HMS Victory and Early Submarines in Portsmouth Harbour - signed Etching by W.L. Wyllie
HMS Victory and Early Submarines in Portsmouth Harbour - signed Etching by W.L. Wyllie

HMS Victory and Early Submarines in Portsmouth Harbour - signed Etching by W.L. Wyllie

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William Lionel Wyllie RA (1851-1931)
HMS Victory and Early Submarines in Portsmouth Harbour

Looking north up the harbour, with Portsmouth Dockyard to the right and Portsdown Hill in the distance.

Etching, signed in pencil

Double mounted, contained in a matt black wooden frame

Overall dimensions including frame: 43.7 x 57.3 cm

HMS A13 (in the foreground) was ordered as part of the 1903-04 naval programme from Vickers at Barrow-in-Furness. She was launched on 8th February 1905 and was notably the first British submarine not to use a petrol engine. She was armed with two 18-inch torpedo tubes in the bow. HMS A13 survived WWI and was sold for scrap in 1920.

The submarine right-of-centre is HMS E46 built by Camell Laird at Birkenhead and launched on 4 April 1916. She had five 18-inch torpedo tubes and a 12 pounder 76mm QF gun mounted in the conning tower. E46 was sold for scrap in 1922.