Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Cruisers and Men

RHS Georgios Averof
HMCS Ontario of Canadian Navy
This is the second article (after the article Battleships and Men) that is dedicated to crew photos together with their warships. After battleships, the largest surface combatants once in the world, the second largest are the cruisers (and the largest surface combatants today) of which some of them exceeded even the 200 meters in length (for example the American Des Moines class heavy cruisers had a length of over 218m and a crew of about 1,800 men!). Therefore, I felt that I had to create a post about them and their crews, similarly I did about battleships, in order to have a complete collection of massive surface combatants and their numerous crews. This is a collection of over 45 crew photos of various countries' cruisers. So, enjoy some nostalgic photos of these former but also some of the today's elegant and powerful rulers of the seas with their crews! If you have similar photos, please do not hesitate to contact me!

HMAS Australia's ships company on the occasion of a visit from Her Majesty Queen
Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, March 1954
Russian cruiser Bayan
HMS Encounter circa-1913

HMAS Sydney

USS Augusta in 1935

HMS Nigeria

HNLMS De Ruyter and Queen Juliana

HMAS Shropshire
HNLMS De Ruyter and Queen Wilhelmina
HMS King Alfred

HMS Hawkins in 1929

HMAS Canberra

HMAS Sydney
HMAS Perth

HMS Calypso
USS Houston

HMCS Ontario
HMS Newfoundland and Queen Elizabeth
HMS Ajax
HMS Nigeria

French cruiser Lamotte Picquet
HNLMS Sumatra with Princess
Juliana and Queen Wilhelmina aboard

Greek armored cruiser Georgios Averof
HNLMS Java with Princess
Juliana and Queen Wilhelmina aboard

USS Houston
USS Minneapolis

USS Cleveland and her crew in 1922
USS Tuscon and her crew
USS Astoria
USS Augusta

USS Indianapolis

USS San Francisco

HMCS Uganda
Italian cruiser Zara

German cruiser Emden

HMS Lion

HMS Ceylon in 1956
Queen Elizabeth aboard HMAS Australia
FS Colbert missile cruiser

Spanish Nationalist Cruiser Libertad in 1936

Italian light cruiser Bolzano

French cruiser Algerie
HMS Blake
Aircraft carrying cruiser Giuseppe
as she was  known initially
due to her heavy (initially) armament
A Russian Slava class cruiser and her crew
Sailors on deck of four-funnel cruiser HMS Powerful, Australian Squadron, Sydney Harbour, circa 1905
Ticonderoga class cruiser USS Gettysburg


  1. https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-XPu8VhEeBNM/Vx9amyGk3jI/AAAAAAAAG4w/YzQU26N71Dk40AdR_-D169qXp9WgT6AaACLcB/s1600/russian.jpg - this is russian battleship Andrei Pervozvanny (1906).

    1. Thank you very much! I've removed the photo and I will add it later to the Battleships & Men post.

  2. You have HMS Newfoundland mislabelled as HMCS (she never served in the RCN), while you have her Colony - class sister Uganda potentially mislabeled as HMS (she was transferred to the RCN in 1943,after being repaired due to damage sustained off Italy from a German radio-controlled glider bomb).

    1. Thank you so much James and sorry it took me so long! I have fixed the labels.