Content on this page is dedicated to HMS Warspite,
the most famous British Battleship of all time.
My interest in HMS Warspite began sometime ago when I was commissioned to paint the Old Lady by RN Provost Marshall Headquarters, HMS Drake, Plymouth, where it now hangs in the Mess.
Painting of HMS Warspite unveiled at Provost Marshall Headquarters
Left to right, Lt Cmdr Ernest Lord, Provost Marshall, Capt.of HMS Warspite (at the time, a nuclear powered submarine) Derek Shapiro the Artist and Master at Arms, Philip Bryant.
HMS Warspite’, The Old Lady, Bombarding the Beaches, Normandy ‘
oil on canvas Size: 30″ x 48″ by Derek Shapiro
Artist signed prints of HMS Warspite are available through this site, if you are interested in purchasing a print then please contact Derek Shapiro here
‘HMS Warspite (The Young Lady)’ 1st World War
oil on canvas Size: 20″ x 30″
This painting was commissioned by a private client and is hanging overseas in Canada.
HMS Warspite Book by Wally Shaw
A report by the author’s father of his times served on HMS Warspite in WW2 save by incorporating it in to a small tome by his son.
No. of pages: 51
Illustrated with colour and b/w photographs.
I bought a print of HMS Warspite from Derek Shapiro, the artist, and sent it to my father soon after this, and he sent me a copy of his report. I re-discovered his report in June 2012 and realised that if I didn’t do something constructive about it, it would be lost forever. Hence the book.
Wally died in 2008 and I sent the Warspite picture to my son, Shean Shaw, who also spends his life at sea off the coast of Australia, working in the oil industry.
HMS Warspite was the most powerful weapons platform in the world when she was launched in 1915. She had eight 15” rifled cannon, four for’ard and four aft, capable of hitting a target at about 26,000 yards (23,000 metres) or about 15 miles.
My grandfather, William Shaw, Chief Armourer, did the gun trials on her prior to commissioning.
My father, Wally Shaw was a telegraphist aboard her in 1940-41 under Admiral Cunningham. He wrote of his time after a “last Tribute” to the “Grand Old Lady” as she was known, at a memorial service held in Marazion, Cornwall in 1992 on the shore opposite to where she sank.