QM On board

From Battle of Jutland Crew Lists Project

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C1: A truly striking 1913 rendering of the quarterdeck. Possessing a significant number of very interesting features, all depicted in considerable detail. Dominating this scene is ‘X’ main mounting holding its pair of 13.5in pieces with their highly polished muzzles, capped by scrolled and very decorative tampions carrying the ships crest. On the crown of the gun-house can be identified the sighting ports all sealed by covers, while to the gun-house rear can be seen the rangefinder position. While on its face, the canvas blast bags, to weather proof and keep fumes out of the embrasure opening, can be readily seen at the base of the gun barrels. This was the mounting under the command of Lieutenant Ewart at Jutland, which was to be a veritable island of survivors, from which Petty Officer Francis, along with midshipmen Lhoyd-Owen, Deardon, and Storey, managed to escape, enabling them to later relate their telling accounts of her loss. The latter all mentioned the devastated state of the after 4in battery in their descriptions of the Queen Mary’s condition at the end. Here the after superstructure area in question is well illustrated in this picture, rising behind ‘X’ turret. Showing four of its eight 4in pieces from this angle, torpedo control tower, the mainmast seemingly framed by its web of attendant standing rigging, and after funnel, towering above the boat well. Occupying the foreground of the quarterdeck itself lay a range of open skylights, hatchway coamings, and high stanchions for the rigging of an awning. Mushroom ventilators rise from the immaculately scrubbed teak wooden deck, made up of lengths of 9in wide by 3in deep planks. (IWM A39893)


C2: An evocative view of the forecastle in 1913 looking aft, one captioned by an unknown hand as ‘England’s teeth’. A fair collection of ratings are posed here, with the two astride ‘A’ turrets gun barrels, giving a very good scale impression of these pieces impressive proportions. (NMM C9865)


C3: Amidships, ‘Q’ turret trained off the starboard quarter, with a marine private caught by the photographer under its dominating barrels. This view is looking forward from the starboard side of the after superstructure, taken in late 1913. This is an excellent study, which illustrates her centre turret, and its surrounding structural features, and deck fittings very well indeed. Of special regard here, has to be the presence of a consignment of sealed cordite containers, ranged on deck, with the working party in the back-ground, just before her blast screen, apparently captured in the act of striking them down to the magazine, through the embarkation hatch on deck, employing the hoist just discernible over the foremost gun. Her forward funnels, the blast screen, rear of her bridge, post for her boat handling derricks, deck hatches and skylights, are further items well caught in this impressive view. (NMM C9864)


C4: The ‘raison d’être’ of the Queen Mary, her 13.5in ordnance in action. In this telling picture shot from her bridge, looking over her forecastle, ‘A’ and ‘B’ gun-houses have just unleashed a salvo off her starboard bow. Note the protective canvas ‘blast bags’ at the base of the gun, and the dark grey paint finish to the crowns of the gun-houses, as well as the stowed anti-torpedo net to starboard. The conspicuous crowns curved sighting port, and central periscope hoods, are well captured in this unique view of her guns firing. The only photograph of this occurrence discovered, although she undertook a number of practice shoots in her career. (RMM 7/17/4/24)


C5: Coaling ship. The forecastle of the Queen Mary, a photo taken immediately after her evolution had ceased. Judging by the relaxed posture of those crewmen in the fore ground, the two colliers alongside, still with their derricks rigged, and the snaked hoses lying on the dry deck, before the necessary cleaning process commenced. This is an excellent shot for a number of reasons. Paramount here has to be the broadside view of ‘A’ gun-house, trained off the starboard beam. With a good impression of its overall size gauged by the aforementioned crewmen around it, this wartime perspective is also a very good comparison to the earlier peacetime views of this area. (Stuart Haller)

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