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Dominion Tobacco Ships & Shipping Old Ships 2nd Series 1935 Old Ships 2nd Series 1935 25 - Dominion Tobacco was taken over by the Godfrey Phillips group in 1941, but during its short period of independence this London-based company produced four series all featuring old ships. This set is the 2nd Series which covers Naval ships from the late 17th to late 19th Centuries. The black and white drawings show the vessels in intricate detail, but it is the backs that supply the greatest interest because they reveal so many intriguing stories about those troubled times. For example, the French 74-gunner “Terrible” was captured by Hawke and added to the Royal Navy, the name later being given to a new cruiser built in 1895. The French 84-gunner “Franklin”, built in 1796, was captured in the Battle of the Nile and became H.M.S “Canopus”, but she was so fast that the British built ten ships to the same design between 1821 and 1832 and “Canopus” herself was still in service in 1850. Then there was H.M.S “Bellerophon” upon which Napoleon was brought to England after the battle of Waterloo, arriving at Torbay on July 24th 1815. The card tells us “She was surrounded by sight-seers who dared everything to catch a glimpse of Napoleon and if they succeeded the air was rent with cheers”. Fascinating stuff. The cards are size 68 x 36mm.
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Old Ships 2nd Series 1935

Old Ships 2nd Series 1935

Dominion Tobacco - 25 in set

£20.00

Dominion Tobacco Ships & Shipping Old Ships 3rd Series 1936 Old Ships 3rd Series 1936 25 - The Dominion Tobacco Company (1929) Ltd issued just four series of cards, all of which were of old ships. This is the third of these, dating from 1936, and it illustrates vessels from Roman times through to the 20th century with some impressively detailed artwork reproduced in a rather drab green colour. The backs are a rich source of maritime history – for example the text relating to Sir Francis Drake’s flagship “Golden Hind” not only gives commonly-known information about his famous voyage, Queen Elizabeth and all that. It also points out that the ship started out as the “Pelican” but Drake changed its name and that after Drake received his knighthood attempts were made to preserve such a famous ship, a trench being dug into the river bank at Deptford into which she was hauled, but she fell to pieces some forty years later. The final three cards picture twentieth century liners “Doric”, “Olympic” and Blue Riband holder “Mauretania”. Coincidentally, all three had been scrapped in 1935. Size 68 x 36mm
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Old Ships 3rd Series 1936

Old Ships 3rd Series 1936

Dominion Tobacco - 25 in set

£25.00

 
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