A Model of HMS Vindictive as Fitted for the Zeebrugge Raid, 1918

By Alistair Roach, published February 2018


HMS Vindictive’s role in the Zeebrugge raid on St George’s day 1918 is well known to First World War naval historians but details of her conversion for the event are difficult to ascertain. The work carried out at Chatham dockyard prior to the raid was shrouded in secrecy with very few details being recorded at the time. The model of the ship depicting her as altered was commissioned by the Imperial War Museum from model-maker Norman Ough in 1923. Combined with correspondence in the archives at the museum, this makes an important historical source which increases our understanding of wartime naval conversions, the practice of ship model making and the role of ship models as historical evidence.

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Filed under: WW1 | North Sea
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Navies | Ship Models & Figureheads

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