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HMS HOOD in Neutral bay

Date: 15 April 1924
Overall: 82 x 103 mm, 2 mm, 0.04 kg
Medium: Emulsion on glass
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Photographer Frederick Garner Wilkinson
Object Name: Glass plate negative
Object No: 00037657
Place Manufactured:Sydney

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    HMS HOOD is shown in Neutral Bay on 15 April 1924 during the visit of the British 1923-1924 Empire Cruise. This photograph was taken by Frederick Wilkinson during a ferry trip from Circular Quay to Cremorne.
    SignificanceThis photograph is representative of the flagship HMS HOOD's presence in Sydney during the world tour of the Special Service Squadron.

    The print is part of the F G Wilkinson Photograph Collection, comprising more than 700 glass plate negatives of ships in Sydney Harbour between 1919 and 1936. The collection provides an extensive and well-documented coverage of the changing styles of shipping in the port of Sydney before the decline of the coastal trade. The background views also reveal the changing face of the city and harbour foreshores.
    HistoryDuring 1923-1924 the British ship HMS HOOD was flagship of the Special Service Squadron, a world tour that stopped at many countries who fought and held allegiance with Britain in World War I. The tour started on 27 November 1923 and lasted until 28 September 1924. The public relations exercise was an attempt to express Britain's world sea power, particularly relevant in the aftermath of World War I.

    HMS HOOD was launched in 1920 and prior to the outbreak of World War II was considered to be the most powerful and significant ship of the Royal Navy. A highlight in HOOD's career was its role as flagship in the Royal Navy's world tour in 1923-1924. HOOD, HMS REPULSE and six light cruisers made up the Special Service Squadron which visited many countries including Australia and the United States.

    HOOD was sunk on 24 May 1941 after taking German gunfire from the BISMARCK during the Battle of Denmark Strait. The ship went down with 1,415 crew on board, in what became one of the greatest maritime tragedies of the Royal Navy. In 2001 the wreck of both the BISMARCK and HOOD were located by David Mearns.
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    Assigned title: Image of HMS HOOD in Neutral bay

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