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

The following photographs were sent in to the site by Hood veteran Melville Percival. He served in Hood from roughly 1938 to 1939. Some of these photos actually pre-date his time in Hood, and were likely bought from the ship's bookstall or acquired from shipmates. Others date specifically from his time aboard. Nearly all are of Hood's service in the Mediterranean.

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

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Melville Percival circa 1938
Above- Melville Percival shortly after his time in H.M.S. Hood.

Melville and fellow trainees
Above and Below- Melville and fellow sailors during training
Melville  and fellow trainees

Hood circa late 1936
Above- Hood leaving Portsmouth following her 1936 refit. She is enroute to Gibraltar for a 2+ year stint with the Mediterranean Fleet.

4 inch antiaircraft gun
Above- One of Hood's 4" single barrel anti-aircraft guns. Note the splinter matting alongside the railing.

Hood moored alongside the mole at Gibraltar
Above- Hood moored alongside the mole at Gibraltar, late 1936 or early 1937.

Hoods bridge cirac 1936 or 1937
Above- Hood's focsle in late 1936 or early 1937. This must have been taken shortly after her arrival in Gibraltar as evidenced by the lack of recognition stripes on "B" turret.

Hoods port quater 1936 or 1937
Above- Hood's port quarter, circa late 1936 or early 1937.

Ammunitioning ship
Above and Below- Hood takes on 15" ammunition. In these shots, 15" shells are being hoisted aboard. In the hold of the boat to the left, one can also make out cordite propellant cases.
Ammunitioning ship

Preparing to lower a boat
Above- In Spanish waters. The crew prepares to send one of the ship's boats away.

Landing party from H.M.S. Hood
One of Hood's Spanish Civil War landing parties.

Melville and shipmates from Hood
Above- Meliville and two shipmates from Hood.