This is the County class cruiser HMS Sussex
, leaving the Scottish coast into the
North Atlantic in 1942.
The heavy cruisers of this class were very seaworthy ships,
with a high freeboard and the typical three funnels.
is showing her tricolour admiralty scheme , which prove successful in that waters.
In a more simple and older camouflage scheme here appears the sister ship HMS Norfolk
In this outfit the Norfolk
was one of the pursuer of the German Bismarck
She is flying the flag of the commander of the 18. cruiser squadron , rear admiral Wake Walker,
whose flagship she was at that time.
The blue deck colour of HMS Norfolk
unique in the Royal Navy at that time .
Another heavy cruiser of the County class - the HMS Berwick
is seen here in Scapa Flow
In the summer of 1941 . After a refit in a navy yard the Berwick
got a paint in Mountbatton
Pink (light), but that was later combined with dark grey and white patterns .
A small fleet tanker of the Birchol
type is going alongside for oiling the Berwick
After being oiled the Berwick
heads for the open sea , passing an older Z-type tanker who's on lower speed.
, a light cruiser of the colony class is a further example for the Mountbatton pink camouflage.
She is wearing a pattern of light and dark of that colour shade
and is escorting a convoy to Russia in arctic waters in 1941.
The upper, rear 15cm gun turret had got an own range finder. Other
conversions matters about masts ,antennas and additional equipment. The basic model is Neptun N 1140 .
Because the overcoming water, the front turrets are turned backwards.
Besides the danger, come from German aircrafts,
submarines and ships,
Latitudes ships of the convoys
had frequently to fight with the ocean