Mary Smith

Mary Smith

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My mother lived in Warspite Road, Woolwich and here's a picture of the ship it was named after.

My mother lived in Warspite Road, Woolwich and here's a picture of the ship it was named after.
My mother lived in Warspite Road, in Woolwich, London. This is the ship the road was named after.

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Andy McGeechan
Andy McGeechan
HMS Warspite
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Eight ships of the Royal Navy have been named Warspite. The origins of the name are unclear, although it is likely a pun on the word 'spite', in part embodying contempt for the Navy's enemies, but also the common name for the green woodpecker, suggesting the 'Warspite' would poke holes in enemy ship's (wooden) hulls.[1] Until 1919 a woodpecker was used as the ships's crest; the official badge was a cannon, although the woodpecker continued to be used on the ship's tompions.
English ship Warspite (1596) was a 29-gun galleon, sometimes known as Warspight. She was launched in 1596 and sold in 1649.
HMS Warspite (1666) was a 70-gun third-rate ship of the line launched in 1666. She was renamed HMS Edinburgh in 1721, rebuilt three times and broken up in 1771.
HMS Warspite (1758) was a 74-gun third rate launched in 1758. She was on harbour service from 1778, was renamed HMS Arundel in 1800 and was broken up in 1801.
HMS Warspite (1807) was a 76-gun third rate launched in 1807 and burnt by accident in 1876.
HMS Warspite (1833) was a 120-gun first rate launched in 1833 as HMS Waterloo. She was renamed Warspite in 1876 after being transferred as a training ship to The Marine Society, and was burnt in 1918.
HMS Warspite (1884) was an Imperieuse-class first-class armoured cruiser launched in 1884 and scrapped in 1905.
HMS Warspite (03) was a Queen Elizabeth-class battleship launched in 1913. She served in the First World War and in numerous operations in the Second World War, earning the most battle honours of any Royal Navy ship. She ran aground on her way to be broken up in 1947 and was scrapped in 1950.
HMS Warspite (S103) was a Valiant-class nuclear-powered submarine launched in 1965 and decommissioned in 1991. She is currently awaiting disposal.
Battle honours[edit]

Warspite carries the most battle honours of any ship in the Royal Navy, and the seventh ship carries the most for any individual ship.[2]
(First)
Cadiz 1596
(Second)
Orfordness 1666
Sole Bay 1672
Schooneveld 1673
Texel 1673
Barfleur 1692
Velez Malaga 1705
Marbella 1705
(Third)
Lagos 1759
Quiberon 1759
(Seventh)
Jutland 1916
Atlantic 1939
Narvik 1940
Norway 1940
Calabria 1940
Mediterranean 1940-41-43
Malta Convoys 1941
Matapan 1941
Crete 1941
Sicily 1943
Salerno 1943
English Channel 1944
Normandy 1944
Biscay 1944
Walcheren 1944
References[edit]

Jump up ^ Ballantyne, Iain (2013). Warspite, From Jutland Hero to Cold War Warrior. Barnsley, UK: pen & Sword Maritime. ISBN 978-1-84884-350-9.Page 10
Jump up ^ Ballantyne, Iain (2013). Warspite, From Jutland Hero to Cold War Warrior. Barnsley, UK: pen & Sword Maritime. ISBN 978-1-84884-350-9.Page 6
Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) [1969]. Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.
A.E. Weightman : Crests and Badges of H.M. Ships (1957) ISBN (none)
Gardiner, Robert, ed. (1979). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860-1905. Greenwich: Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-8317-0302-4.
3 years ago.
Mary Smith
Mary Smith
Thanks Andy. I knew the name must have an illustrious history.
3 years ago.