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11-02-2015, 11:58 AM
AMC RAWALPINDI sailing from Scapa Flow to patrol north of the Faroe Islands. On November 23rd 1939 she sighted and reported the Sharnhorst and Gneisenau. She fought for 40 minutes before being sunk. Of the 308 crew only 48 were picked up.
Watercolour 10 X 7 inches.

11-02-2015, 01:30 PM
Like button:) What a horrible loss of men and ship.I daresay in today's world ships are very reliant on defence systems as they can't really run and hide any more.

11-03-2015, 08:13 AM
Thank you , I seem to be on an ANC trip at the moment.

11-04-2015, 10:29 AM
Nice trip! Any idea how many AMCs were lost during WW Twice?


11-04-2015, 06:04 PM
No idea Lester, I'm sure you could Google the answer. I do know that quite early in WW2 the number of AMC's were reduced, and most were converted to trooping or Landing ships carrying landing craft. Others were converted to Depot Ships as well.

11-05-2015, 06:35 PM
Many years ago I read about this ship . Only the name and a vague memory of it being a heroic action in hopeless circumstances remain . Must look it up and refresh the memory.

11-06-2015, 05:47 AM
Not a lot to add Neil, she had the misfortune to run into two enemy 'heavy units'. She did a bit of damage to them, and having reported there position, they chose returned to there bases.
Another point of interest is that her Captain was Edward Coverly Kennedy, the father of Ludovic Kenedy the TV Jouralist, who was him self in the RN and took part in the sinking of the Bismark. However do read up on it, it keeps memories alive, especially at this time of year.

01-21-2016, 09:08 AM
I think Alistair MacLean wrote about that story. About the confrontation with the Gneisenau, the brave Captain Kennedy, who engaged his opponent knowing he had no chance, but his action disturbed or delayed Gneisenau's intention, already within firing range of the convoy Captain Kennedy was escorting.
My uncle was a merchant navy captain during the war, a nice modest fellow, never bragged upon his war years. He sailed troops, and freight, on a so called Lucky Ship, never torpedoed. But for the rest, he had seen it all.
Salute and big respect to these true heroes!

01-21-2016, 12:11 PM
Rawalpindi was not escorting a Convoy when she was sunk. She was part of The Northern Patrol set up to intercept Enemy/Neutral vessels between Greenland and the U.K. The cruiser Deutschland had engine trouble and was heading back to Germany. Scharnhorst and Gneiseneu were sent to escort her back to Germany, and it was these two that Rawalpindi came across.

01-22-2016, 04:36 AM
You're completely right. The convoy story, that was the Jarvis Bay. What remains of course is the courage of both captains, fighting against all odds.

01-22-2016, 07:25 AM
What really is annoying is that every one has heard of Jervis Bay and I have the utmost admiration for her Captain and crew. The fact is she was an AMC tasked with protecting the convoy. When JB was sunk, The master of Beaverford intentionally turned towards the Scheer and begun engaging her with his two small guns. He could have turned away and taken his chances with the other ships in the scattering convoy. He managed to keep Scheer occupied for another 45 minutes as darkness fell and allowed many more ships to escape. There were no survivors from Beaverford, but some from Jervis Bay, they were interviewed and able to give detailed reports of the action. It was not till after WW2 ended, and Kriegsmarine records were examined that details of the Beaverford's action became clearer.
I did an other painting of a similar action showing HMS Juniper a tree class Trawler. During the Norwegean campaign, she was escorting the Tanker' Oil Pioneer' back to the UK. Unfortunately they came across the heavy cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau and six destroyers!. She ordered the tanker to proceed independently, hoisted her Battle Ensigns and engaged the enemy, this time there were 5 survivors . Oil Pioneer was also sunk.

01-23-2016, 07:53 AM
[quote=vegaskip]What really is annoying is that every one has heard of Jervis Bay and I have the utmost admiration for her Captain and crew.

What's annoying about that?

regards, Kieffer

01-23-2016, 08:57 AM
If you don't understand what I was trying to get across from what I wrote above, I'm sorry. Maybe I was wrong to say 'annoyed'. How about Dissappointed in the coverage of the other actions I described. History written by the scholars is vastly different to tat written by the Participants.

01-23-2016, 09:34 AM
Oh, I get it. Many other courageous acts, but somehow forgotten or standing in the shadow? I agree with that.
Almost forgot to mention, great paintwork!
Those seamen aboard trawlers, tugs and little sweepers, during the harsh first war years, they just did their job, no much glory involved.
Even without battle action, life at sea on these vessels was rough, and that's almost an understatement.

Kindest regards, Kieffer

01-23-2016, 10:15 AM
Good we seem to be on the same wavelength. An excellent example of 'first hand' account is 'He Who Would Valiant Be' (not because I painted the cover)
It is the Daily Journal of Midshipman TT Lewin while he was in HMS Valiant early in WW 2, he describes the battles before the historians got round to giving them names. He went on to become Admiral of the Fleet and Chief of the Defence Staff during the Falklands Conflict.

01-27-2016, 08:07 PM
Great paintings depicting a part of history, Jim.