RMS Laconia during her days as one of the great cruise ships.
She was subsequently sunk by U-Boat U156 in 1942 after being converted to a troop carrier.
Full fascinating story in 'Articles.'                                                           (Unattributed image)




Former Royal Navy flag ship H.M.S. Ark Royal leaving the River Tyne in 1986.
A Fairey Swordfish Torpedo Bomber can be seen on the deck - a reminder of the amazing feat achieved by the 'Stringbag' in May 1941, i.e. taking off from the Ark Royal of the time, attacking the Bismarck and disabling her rudder.

Optimum altitude for the Swordfish to drop her torpedo?  Just 18ft.

The Ark Royal, shown here, sailed from the Tyne for the last time in November 2010, before being scrapped/mothballed or sold. 






The next four images are of ships damaged at war; taken in Wallsend in 1940, the first three are of H.M.S. Jervis.
J-Class Destroyer, completed at Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn on 12th May 1939 when she became Leader of the 7th Destroyer Flotilla in the Home Fleet.
Launched by The Hon. Hilda Maud St. Leger Jervis on 9th September 1938 as the first RN ship to carry the name which commemorates Admiral Sir John Jervis, Earl St Vincent, victor of the Battle of Cape St Vincent 1797.
Fitted for use as a Flotilla Leader she had more cabin and office accommodation for use of the Flotilla staff. 

The award of 13 Battle Honours during WW2 is equalled by only two other ships, HM Cruiser ORION and HM Destroyer NUBIAN.
Her magnificent record includes the fact that she suffered no casualties from enemy action despite being continuously in hazardous deployments.
Unfortunately, whilst sailing from Rosyth with an outward convoy to Norway on 19th. Mar. 1940, she collided with the Swedish S.S. Tor, near the Longstone Light and sustained this major damage to her bow.
17 members of her crew were lost in this tragic accident.
She returned to the Tyne escorted by HM Destroyers JAVELIN and JANUS, spent April and May in Wallsend and resumed operational duty in early July as Leader of the 14th Destroyer Flotilla.
Only one other ship of the eight in this Class survived WW2.











And this this next image is of HMS Kashmir;
On April 9th 1940, H.M.S. Kashmir sustained serious damage when rammed by HM Destroyer KELVIN during screening duties.
Unable to steer, she was towed to Scapa Flow by HMS Cossack, then on to Lerwick escorted by HMS Zulu.
Repair was arranged for Swan Hunter, Wallsend and began on 16th. April 1940.
HMS Kashmir, operating north of Crete, was hit by a single thousand pound bomb delivered by a Junkers JU87 Sturzkampfflugzeug (Stuka Dive bomber) and sank within two minutes.

Minutes later, her sister ship HMS Kelly followed her to the sea floor;
Kelly’s captain, Lord Louis Mountbatten survived, but half of the crew
were lost.