Harold Whitehead (active c.1890s-c.1910)

H.M.S. Renown carrying the Prince & Princess of Wales to India, April 1905, accompanied by H.M.S Terrible
watercolour, heightened with white
signed `H. Whitehead` (lower left)
10 x 20 1/2 in. (25.4 x 52 cm.)


In 1905 the Prince and Princess of Wales embarked on a tour of India, which represented the most extensive survey of the subcontinent undertaken by members of the Royal family.

A second-class pre-dreadnought battleship, the last of its kind ordered by the Royal Navy and built by Pembroke Dockyard, H.M.S. Renown launched in 1895. Originally intended to command cruiser squadrons on foreign stations, early in her career the ship served as the flagship to the Commander in Chief, Sir Joh Fisher, for the North America and West Indies station. H.M.S. Renown was much lighter armed than the standard British battleship; her greatest strength therefore was speed. However when cruiser speeds increased she joined the reserve and later had all her secondary armament removed making her more suitable for her new duties as a royal yacht. Just before the start of the First World War, H.M.S. Renown was sold for scrap.

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