|BC013||Royal Navy Flags and Ensigns Miniature Sheet Cover, unsigned||£50.00||Buy Now|
|BC013B||Royal Navy Flags and Ensigns Miniature Sheet Cover, signed by the Captain (on the reverse)||£50.00||Buy Now|
|BC013K||Royal Navy Flags and Ensigns Miniature Sheet Cover, signed by Admiral Sir Michael Pollock||£55.00||Buy Now|
|BC013N||Royal Navy Flags and Ensigns Miniature Sheet Cover, signed by Geoff Hoon||£55.00||Limited Availability|
|BC013A||Royal Navy Flags and Ensigns Miniature Sheet Cover, signed by Ian Fraser VC.||£60.00||Limited Availability|
|BC013D||Royal Navy Flags and Ensigns Miniature Sheet Cover, signed by Sandy Woodward and Jeff Tall||£60.00||Limited Availability|
|BC013E||Royal Navy Flags and Ensigns Miniature Sheet Cover, signed by 6 Admirals||£125.00||Buy Now|
Issue Date: 22/10/2001
Issue Name: Royal Navy Flags and Ensigns Miniature Sheet Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Another superb cover produced for the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, home of Holland 1 (the first British submarine). This has the full Flags and Ensigns miniature sheet along with a striking painting of HMS Thrasher by artist John Petitt, and was signed by some incredible names, including VC winner, Ian Fraser, Admiral Sandy Woodward, double signed by Admiral Sandy Woodward and Commander Jeff Hall, Admiral Sir Michael Pollock, Geoff Hoon, or signed by 6: - Rear Admiral Derek Anthony MBE, Rear Admiral Tim McClement OBE, Rear Admiral Peter Davies CBE, Rear Admiral Rob Stevens CB, Rear Admiral Niall Kilgour, plus Vice Admiral Sir Roy Newman.
Displayed at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport, HM Submarine Torpedo Boat No.1, more generally known as Holland 1, is the only example in the world of the first practical submarine in history. Built under licence from the Electric Boat Company of the United States at Vickers Son and Maxim in Barrow (now BAE Systems), amidst disdain by many she was unceremoniously launched in October 1901. Her pioneering crew of eight men and three white mice, operating in appalling conditions in a 60 foot long metal cigar, laid the foundation of a service today that operates the most powerful warships ever to serve under the White Ensign.
Her reluctant acceptance into the Order of Battle resonated a comment made by Earl St Vincent as far back as 1805, when as First Sea Lord he had witnesed a demonstration by Robert Fulton of his Nautilus submersible. He remarked 'Pitt is the greatest fook in Christendom to encourage a mode of warfare that those who have command of the seas do not want, but if succesful it will deprive them of it'. However, under the expert guidance of Captain Reginald Bacon, the little flotilla made its mark, and was soon to be followed by the first all British design in the A class.
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Ian Edward Fraser VC, DSC, RD, JP was an English diving pioneer and recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Fraser was born in Ealing in Middlesex and went to school in High Wycombe
Admiral Sir John Forster "Sandy" Woodward GBE, KCB was a British admiral who commanded the British Naval Task Force in the South Atlantic during the Falklands War.
Admiral of the Fleet Sir Michael Patrick Pollock, GCB, LVO, DSC was a senior officer in the Royal Navy who rose to become First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff in the early 1970s
Geoffrey William "Geoff" Hoon is a British Labour politician who served as the Member of Parliament for Ashfield from 1992-2010. He is a former Defence Secretary, Transport Secretary, Leader of the House of Commons and Government Chief Whip.