1923 photo postcard of HMS Resolution in port at Malta
Nice photo of the battleship HMS Resolution in the Mediterranean port of Malta. It was part of the Mediterranean Fleet primarily operating in the Dardanelles and the Sea of Marmora. The year before it responded to the Great Fire of Smyrna.
Written on negative ‘H.M.S. RESOLUTION MALTA 4/2/23’
Small black piece of photo album paper stuck on back.
(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)
HMS Resolution was one of five Revenge-class battleships built for the Royal Navy during the First World War. Completed in December 1916, Resolution saw no combat during the war as both the British and German fleets adopted a more cautious strategy after the Battle of Jutland in May owing to the increasing threat of naval mines and submarines.
Resolution spent the 1920s and 1930s alternating between the Atlantic Fleet and the Mediterranean Fleet. Whilst serving in the Mediterranean in the early 1920s, the ship went to Turkey twice in response to crises arising from the Greco-Turkish War, including the Great Fire of Smyrna in 1922. She also saw limited involvement during the Franco-British intervention in the Russian Civil War in the Black Sea in 1920. The ship's interwar career was otherwise uneventful.