AGM Raffle Opportunity
You will all remember that, at previous AGMs, we have raffled a significant prize in support of Alliance. You will also all know that fund raising does not stop with the completion of Alliance’s upgrade; there will be an ongoing need for funds to support maintenance to the tune of around £40,000 per year.
We hope this original oil painting fires your imagination. Julie Hammonds is a Plymouth marine artist. On seeing the national press photo of Valiant surfacing off Scotland for the first time after the long journey home from Singapore dived on 26 April 1967, Julie was moved to recreate the vessel, the sea, the spume and the spray in this picture. Peter Herbert was Captain and David Wixon was on watch in the Manoeuvring Room at the time. Harry Brazier was on the bridge. The boat was in the Full Power State, producing a lot of rev whilst attempting to get onto ‘the step’.
We think this is a splendid painting and superbly executed. It isn’t a large picture (approximately 20" x 24") The artist is professional and bigger pictures of hers sell for over £1,500.
So, we think we should all put an extra £20 in our purses and wallets, ready to deposit that amount (or more if you wish) in an envelope with a name on it at the AGM. When all the goodies have been collected, the draw will take place. On completion, one lucky Member will be the owner of a splendid oil painting and the Alliance fund will swell by a significant amount.
There is now a second or consolation prize – depending on your point of view – of a book about Alliance: Anatomy of the Ship - The Submarine Alliance by John Lambert & David Hill.
Members who cannot attend the AGM but who would like to enter the raffle should send their £20 (cheques made payable to the Friends of the RN Submarine Museum) to The Membership Secretary (Valiant), 12 Alvara Road, Alverstoke, Gosport, PO12 2HY to reach him by Thursday 19 June at the very latest. Please write ‘Valiant’ on the reverse of the cheque. Late postal entries cannot be accepted and cheques received late will be returned. [Final decisions rest with the Committee of the Friends of the RN Submarine Museum.]
HMS Alliance - Photo Gallery
HMS Alliance Before and After
A rare ladies submarine brooch has been discovered at the Museum. This delicate brooch is thought to have been specially commissioned for a serving submarine officer to give to his sweetheart. The newly discovered brooch, dated 1909 is made of solid silver by Liberty’s and is reminiscent of a C class submarine.
George Malcolmson, Archivist, said, “I would think that this brooch is pretty unique probably ordered by a submarine officer for his wife or girlfriend”
“I have never seen another one like this. It is a remarkable piece of jewellery and I would love to know more about the story behind it”
It was common for submariners to make their own tokens of love for sweethearts during the duller periods on patrol. Often many such objects were made from silver spoons “borrowed” from the Wardroom.
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