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Title : HMS Wessex at sea

Description : Starboard side view of HMS Wessex at sea, 1918 (TWAM ref. 2931 War31). HMS Wessex was a W-Class destroyer launched by Hawthorn Leslie on 12 March 1918. She served during both World Wars but tragically was sunk on 24 May 1940. The shipyard of R. & W. Hawthorn Leslie at Hebburn built many fine warships. During the First World War the firm built 2 light cruisers, 3 destroyer leaders and 25 torpedo boat destroyers. The firm also built machinery and boilers for 2 battleships, and a further 3 light cruisers. These and other warships built by Hawthorn Leslie before the War, are remembered in this set. There are remarkable images of warships under construction at Hebburn, as well as fascinating shots of the people who attended the launches. The set also contains majestic views of the ships at sea. The images are not only a testimony to the skill of those who designed and built these ships but also to the courage of those who sailed in them. (Copyright) We're happy for you to share these digital images within the spirit of The Commons. Please cite 'Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums' when reusing. Certain restrictions on high quality reproductions and commercial use of the original physical version apply though; if you're unsure please email

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Subject : ww1

Subject : royalnavy

Subject : firstworldwar

Subject : hawthornleslie

Subject : shipbuilding

Subject : hebburn

Subject : hmswessex

Subject : secondworldwar

Subject : torpedoboatdestroyer

Subject : hmswessexd43

Subject : d43

Subject : wclass

Subject : hmswessexf32

Subject : f32

Subject : sunk

Subject : warship

Subject : ship

Subject : destroyer

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