Photos & Graphics of H.M.S. Hood
The Johnson Photo Collection
Updated 07-May-2014

The following photographs were sent in to the site by Chris Johnson of Tawa, New Zealand. Incredibly, they had been found in a rubbish dump and were only narrowly saved! They show Hood during her May 1924 visit to New Zealand during the Cruise of the Special Service Squadron (Empire Cruise).

Important Notice: These photos may not be republished or reposted elsewhere in any format without the express permission of Chris Johnson.

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The squadron approaching, 1924
Above and Below- Distant shots of the great ships approaching. Hood is leading the way.
Hood leads the approching squadron, 1924

H.M.S. Hood docked in New Zealand, 1924
Above- Hood docked in New Zealand. Note her elegant lines.

Crew gathered on the quarterdeck of H.M.S. Hood, 1924
Above- An excellent shot of the port-forward portion of the quarterdeck. This shows the exterior of the Admiral's and Captain's quarters and offices. Note the massive structure of "X" turret in the background.

The forward guns of H.M.S. Hood
Above- The 15 inch guns of "A" and "B" turrets.

The quarterdeck of H.M.S. Hood, 1924
Above- An unusual shot that shows the guns of "X" and "Y" turrets inclined to what looks like the full 40 degree angle. Also note the low freeboard of the quarterdeck that, even in this early stage of her life, made Hood a notoriously "wet" ship.