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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Hood circa 1937
Above- Hood in Spanish waters circa 1937

The view aft from the spotting top in 1937 or 1938
Above- A view aft from one of the directors behind the spotting top, late 1937 or 1938.

Hood launches a 21 inch torpedo
Above- Hood launches a 21 inch torpedo

Crewmen resting on Hoods boat deck
Above- Some of the lads getting a well-deserved rest and sun tan on the Shelter Deck

Hoods quarterdeck awash as usual
Above- The largest submarine afloat. The Quarterdeck in it's usual seagoing state.

Crew posing on the focsle
Above- Some of the crew posing on the focsle on a Christmas Day (year unknown, but likely 1936 or 1937)

Hood in drydock at Malta, 1937
Above and Below- Views of Hood during her refit at Malta, September 1937
Hood in drydock, 1937

Hood in drydock, 1937

The British fleet at Gibraltar
Above and Below- The fleet at Gibraltar. Can you find Hood? Hint- she's the big one!
The British fleet at Gibraltar

Gibraltar as seen from aboard Hood
Above- Gibraltar as seen from Hood

View from the focsle
Above and Below- Two views of Hood's focsle in 1937 or 1938. Note the recognition markings atop both "A" and "B" gunhouses.
Hoods forecastle circa 1937

The forward guns aim to port
Above- The guns take aim.