Shipshape, Travel Week, Day 1, Greenwich, England, Guest Photo

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Intro, week: Do you feel like traveling? I feel like traveling. Let’s hear it for vicarious travel.

Intro, today: Travel photo by Jennifer Garlen, who blogs about classic movies at Virtual Virago. Welcome Jennifer.

Horse posts on Virtual Virago
Virtual Virago: Stars of the Stands: Classic Hollywood at the Kentucky Derby Museum
Virtual Virago: Classic Films in Focus: PHANTOM STALLION (1954)



Ship Badge. From the collection of ship badges at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England. “Official ship’s badge of HMS Turpin.” NMM Collection Record. From their extensive Ship Badge collection on display in the Sea Things Gallery, National Maritime Museum.

Badge Links
History of ship badges. HMS Turpin listed, along with an unofficial badge of horse & rider. RN Subs, Website of the Barrow Submariners Association: Submarine Badges

More on history, “In terms of ship’s badges it does not appear to have been formalised in the Royal Navy until the end of the First World War. By October 1918 a Charles ffoulkes was appointed to be the Admiralty Adviser on Heraldry to the Ship’s Badges Committee.” National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy: History of Ship Badges

Types. “Circular – Battleships & Battle Cruisers.” HMS Turpin not listed. Different kind of ship? Royal Navy Research Archive: Royal Navy Ship’s Badges

Other examples. HMS Turpin not listed. Retired? Military Insignia & Badges: British Royal Navy Ships

Does anyone know what the flower on the reins is all about?

Ship History
Specifications Royal Navy, Forgotten Fleets of WWII: H.M. S/M TURPIN

Timeline. “Transferred to Israeli Navy after an extensive refit and re-named Leviathan.” Naval-History.netService Histories of Royal Navy Warships in World War 2, HMS TURPIN – T-class Submarine
Another timeline & logbook entries. “Scrapped in 1978.” HMS Turpin (P 354)

That doesn’t even include the Wiki entry, HMS_Turpin_(P354)

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

3 thoughts on “Shipshape, Travel Week, Day 1, Greenwich, England, Guest Photo

  1. I’ve no supporting evidence, but a suspicion that the white rose on the black horse, refers to York, where Dick Turpin, robber turned highwayman (inaccurately but commonly associated with a black horse,) was hung.

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