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WW2 1941 calendar with image of H.M.S. Hood in convoy at sea. Issued by W. Harris & Co. Glue Manufacturers (Renderers). Advertising for ‘dead or worn-out horses and cattle’.
Fatefully, H.M.S. Hood was sunk in May 1941 with the loss of all but three of her crew of 1,418 while chasing the German battleship Bismarck.
UL couple of small tears, scuff on image. Upper right corner tears, repaired with scotch tape on back, Pinholes in 4 corners. Scuff mid-bottom of image. Couple light creases in image. Paper is toned
Printed on thicker paper.
32 x 24 cm
W. Harris & Company remained at Danforth & Coxwell until 1922 when, for the last time, it re-located to an industrial area of Toronto at #200 Keating Avenue (now Lakeshore Blvd) - this was a convenient location primarily due to the access the company now had to the Keating Channel. Operations were carried on as usual within the Keating Street plant under the direction of John B. Harris' sons and grandsons following John's death on June 22 1930. In 1960 the land around the factory was desired by the city in order to construct the much needed Don Valley Parkway.
HMS Hood was a battlecruiser of the Royal Navy. Hood was an Admiral-class battlecruiser built during World War I… Despite the appearance of newer and more modern ships, Hood remained the largest warship in the world for 20 years after her commissioning, and her prestige was reflected in her nickname, "The Mighty Hood".
When war with Germany was declared, Hood was operating in the area around Iceland… she sailed as the flagship of Force H, and participated in the destruction of the French fleet at Mers-el-Kebir. Transferred to the Home Fleet shortly afterwards, Hood was dispatched to Scapa Flow, and operated in the area as a convoy escort and later as a defence against a potential German invasion fleet.
In May 1941, Hood and the battleship Prince of Wales were ordered to intercept the German battleship Bismarck and the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen…On 24 May 1941, early in the Battle of the Denmark Strait, Hood was struck by several German shells, exploded, and sank within 3 minutes, with the loss of all but three of her crew of 1,418. Due to her publicly perceived invincibility, the loss affected British morale.