The Battle of Coronel and
the battle of the Falklands in
Naval Art prints of the First World war naval battle between The German
Armoured Cruisers Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, Nurnberg and Leipzig against the
British Armoured cruisers HMS Good Hope, Monmouth and HMS Glasgow. These
Naval art prints by leading Naval Historical artists, Randall Wilson,
Robert Taylor and W L Wylie available direct from Cranston Fine Arts
At the outbreak
of World War I, Germany's East Asiatic squadron, consisting of two large
armoured cruisers and three light cruisers under the command of Vice
Admiral Graf Spee, travelled from their base at Tsingtao in northern
China, across the western Pacific to the coast of Chile. On 1st November
they were intercepted off the Chilean port of Coronel by a British
squadron where, enjoying a large advantage in firepower, the encounter
ended with a resounding victory for Admiral Graf Spee. The British
Admiralty reacted swiftly, despatching a powerful naval force to the South
Atlantic to confront the German squadron, and on 9th December battle
commenced some 120 miles south west of the Falkland Islands. Outnumbered,
outgunned, and outpaced by the British force, the Battle of the Falklands
was over by nightfall. Von Spee and the entire crew of his flagship
Scharnhorst perished, and with Leipzig, Nurnberg and Gneisenau also sunk,
the East Asiatic Squadron was routed. Only Dresden escaped and when she
was scuttled in Chilean waters four months later, the East Asiatic
Squadron ceased to exist.
The British squadron under Admiral Sir
Christopher Cradock consisted of two armoured cruisers HMS Good hope and
HMS Monmouth, light cruiser HMS Glasgow and an armed merchant cruiser.
Both HMS Good hope and HMS Monmouth were sunk, Admiral Cradock went down
with his ship HMS Good hope.
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After Filling Her Bunkers The Kent Once More Searched For The Dresden.
After Sir Frederick Sturdees victory over Admiral von Spee, off the Falkland Islands, on December 8th 1914, the cruiser Dresden remained the sole representative of the regular German Navy on the high seas, and hid amongst the innumerable islands off the Chilean coast of South America. The scattered squadron in search of her was under the orders of Captain John Luce, of H.M.S. Glasgow, and included among other vessels the armoured cruiser Kent (Captain John D. Allen) and the armed liner Orama (Captain John R Seagrave). On March 4th 1915, the Kent received a wireless message from the Glasgow, telling her that if she proceeded to a certain port she might come across Dresden. For a few days she hunted in vain, but at daybreak on March 8th caught sight of her. The Kent sped as hard as she could, but the Dresden was a faster ship, and night came on without the British ship being able to get within range. The Kent was now running short of coal, and spent the next day and night filling he.........
|Item Code : DTE0190||After Filling Her Bunkers The Kent Once More Searched For The Dresden. - Editions Available|
|PRINT|| First World War antique black and white book plate published c.1916-18 of glorious acts of heroism during the Great War. This plate may also have text on the reverse side which does not affect the framed side. Title and text describing the event beneath image as shown. |
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| Paper size 10.5 inches x 8.5 inches (27cm x 22cm)||none||£13.00|