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Lieutenant-Commander A Gye Swings The Lapwing Round Across The Bows Of The Disabled Laertes.


Lieutenant-Commander A Gye Swings The Lapwing Round Across The Bows Of The Disabled Laertes.

Learning of the Laertes plight, the destroyer Lapwing at once dashed to her rescue. Amidst the continuous shriek of the enemys shells, the men at work in the Laertes heard a faint cheer from those on deck. The Lapwing had arrived, and with magnificent seamanship Lieutenant-Commander Alexander Gye swung his vessel round across the bows of the disabled Laertes. The men then got a hawser aboard, and the Lapwing began to tow the Laertes out of the zone of fire; and then - the hawser snapped.
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PRINT First World War antique black and white book plate published c.1916-18 of glorious acts of heroism during the Great War. This plate may also have text on the reverse side which does not affect the framed side. Title and text describing the event beneath image as shown.

Paper size 10.5 inches x 8.5 inches (27cm x 22cm)none£13.00

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