Many may not be aware that one way you can donate to The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) is through selling items on eBay. One seller has done exactly that with the sale of a rare Tampion from HMS Hood and now they are selling more Navy relics.

Recently, a bidding war erupted for a rare piece of Royal Navy history, a gun tampion from HMS Hood. Finally, the item sold for £410 from which 15 per cent (£61.50) was automatically donated to RNRMC. For those who missed out on this piece, the same seller is now auctioning three more Naval relics including two photos of HMS Hood and one flat iron.

HMS Hood

HMS Hood was the last battlecruiser built for the Royal Navy. Commissioned in 1920, she was named after the 18th-century Admiral Samuel Hood. Although she was one of four Admiral-class battlecruisers ordered in mid-1916, she was actually the only one of her class to be completed.

As one of the largest and, ostensibly, the most powerful warships in the world, HMS Hood was the pride of the Royal Navy and, carrying immense prestige, was known as ‘The Mighty Hood’.

In May 1941, she and battleship Prince of Wales were ordered to intercept the German battleship Bismarck and the heavy cruiser Prinz Equgen, which were en route to the Atlantic where they were to attack convoys. Early in on the Battle of the Denmark Strait, HMS Hood was struck by several German shells, exploded and sank. At the time, due to her perceived invincibility, the loss had a profound effect on the British people.

Naval relics for sale

In recognition of one of the largest and most powerful ships of her time we are proud to say that two original press photos of HMS Hood are being sold on our behalf. One is dated 1934 and the other is dated 1939 and both are stamped by Ministry of Information and can be seen in the pictures below.

Also available to take pride of place on the mantle or use as a characteristic door stop, there is a rare 20th Century Vintage Flat Navy Travelling Iron which would have been part of a Sailors Kit. Who knows, this iron may even have been taken on board by a sailor on a battlecruiser like the HMS Hood.

These three items are now up for grabs on eBay with a huge 50 per cent of each final selling price being donated to RNRMC.

If you would like to bag one (or all three) of these genuine pieces of Navy history then follow the respective links below. The bidding for all three items are already underway and will conclude on Monday 3 October, so don’t miss out! Remember 50 per cent of each sale will go to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity!

Genuine 20th Century Vintage Flat Navy Travelling Iron

This iron is believed to be a British Royal Navy flat iron, although the seller has been advised it is also quite possible that this could be a US navy flat iron due to the early welding it has received. 

This is a lovely genuine item of great character, which in the right environment it could even be used for its intended purpose but nowadays it would have better use as a decorative ornament or even as a paperweight on your office desk.

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HMS Hood Press photo (1934)- HMS Hood Leaving Portsmouth

This is an original press photo by Sport & General, Press Agency Ltd of London. Sport & General photographs are known for their excellent quality and many of their original photographs can be seen in galleries and museums such as the IWM and V&A.

They are typically large in size and this one measures approximately 25.5cm across by 20cm down.

On the back, it provides the date: 12/1/34, the title and the Hoods current location- Ships of the Home Fleet Leave Portsmouth for the Spring Cruise. H.M.S Hood Leaving Portsmouth

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HMS Hood Press photo (1939) - HMS Hood Battle Cruisers 

This is an original press photo by Sport & General, Press Agency Ltd of London.

On the back it provides the title: Battle Cruisers, HMS Hood. It also shows the serial number 334401.

The back is also stamped: Sport & General, Press Agency Limited, London, Copywright. The Sport and General Press Agency were located in Fleet Street, London but many of their archives were destroyed during the second world war.

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