H.M.S Apollo Prize Oar
Silver. Miniature 1952 gig race oar. The shaft inscribed ‘H.M.S. APOLLO 1952.’ Maker’s mark of William James Dingley. Hallmarked Birmingham 1952.
H.M.S. Apollo was an Abdiel-class minelayer of the Royal Navy, the eighth R.N. ship to carry the name. She served with the Home Fleet during World War II, taking part in the Normandy Landings before being transferred to the British Pacific Fleet. Put into reserve in 1946, she was recommissioned in 1951 after the outbreak of the Korean War, joining the 2nd Cruiser Squadron of the Home Fleet. After Hurricane Charlie struck Jamaica on 17 August 1951, Apollo made a high speed run to deliver relief supplies to the island. In 1953 she took part in the Fleet Review to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, while in November 1954 she became the Flagship of the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet.
Circa 1952. Length: 6in (15cm).