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HMS Newcastle, Weymouth, 1939

Town Class cruiser HMS Newcastle

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© Charles Brown Collection, Royal Air Force Museum

Royal Navy Ships World War Two


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In this evocative photograph, the Town Class cruiser HMS Newcastle is anchored in Weymouth Harbour in 1939, as the shadows of war began to lengthen over the horizon. Taken by the renowned Royal Air Force (RAF) photographer Charles E. Brown, this image captures the essence of the Royal Navy's determination and readiness in the face of impending conflict. The HMS Newcastle, a formidable warship of her time, was commissioned into the Royal Navy in 1937. With a displacement of 6,500 tons and armed with a main battery of eight 6-inch guns, she was a potent symbol of British naval power. Her sleek lines and imposing presence are on full display in this photograph, as she sits serenely in the harbour, her ensign fluttering in the breeze. Yet, despite the tranquil scene, the ominous clouds gathering on the horizon serve as a stark reminder of the storm that was to come. The year was 1939, and the shadows of World War II were beginning to lengthen over Europe. The HMS Newcastle and her crew were ready for action, and this photograph captures a moment of quiet resolve before the storm. Charles E. Brown, a prolific and talented photographer, captured many iconic images during his time with the RAF. This photograph of the HMS Newcastle in Weymouth Harbour is a testament to his skill and his ability to capture the essence of a moment in history. It is a poignant reminder of the courage and determination of the Royal Navy in the face of adversity, and a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made during the dark days of World War II.

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