Charles Cundall: D69 -HMS Vendetta, circa 1940 - on Charles Cundall



Charles Cundall:
D69 -HMS Vendetta, circa 1940

Unmounted (ref: 6100)
Studio Stamp on reverse
Gouache over pencil
9 1/4 x 14 1/8 in. (23.5 x 35.8 cm)

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Cundall shows the Vendetta moored alongside another destroyer - hence two mainmasts and two funnels. 

During World War I, Vendetta participated in the Second Battle of Heligoland Bight, and operated against Bolshevik forces during the British Baltic Campaign. Most of the ship's post-war career was spent operating in the Mediterranean. In 1933, Vendetta was one of five destroyers selected for transfer to the RAN. Over the next six years, the ship was either involved in peacetime activities or was in reserve, but when World War II started, she was assigned to the Mediterranean as part of the 'Scrap Iron Flotilla'. During the Greek Campaign, Vendetta was involved in the transportation of Allied troops to Greece, then the evacuation to Crete. After, the destroyer served with the Tobruk Ferry Service, and made the highest number of runs to the besieged city of Tobruk.

At the end of 1941, Vendetta was docked for refit in Singapore, but after the Japanese invaded, the destroyer had to be towed to Fremantle, then Melbourne. After the refit, which converted the destroyer into a dedicated escort vessel, ended in December 1942, Vendetta spent the rest of World War II operating as a troop and convoy escort around Australia and New Guinea. Vendetta was decommissioned in late 1945, and was scuttled off Sydney Heads in 1948.

We are grateful to Ian Jack for assistance.

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