HMS 'Vindictive' alongside the Mole, Zeebrugge, April 23rd 1918
In this work, Charles Dixon (1872-1934) has depicted the HMS ‘Vindictive’ alongside the Mole at the Zeebrugge Raid, which took place during the First World War on the night of 23 April 1918. This raid was an attempt by the British to neutralize the Belgian port of Zeebrugge, which was then in use by the German Navy, by blockading the Bruges Canal to reduce the flow of German U-boats into the North Sea. The intention was to use marines and demolition parties to attack the Mole, while three old British ships were filled with concrete and deliberately sunk in the harbour to prevent German vessels from leaving port. Dixon has chosen to show the moment when British troops landed from the ‘Vindictive’ to storm the Mole. In truth, the raid, which took place on St George’s Day, did not succeed in blocking the canal, but was still publicized in Britain as a daring and courageous attack, raising public morale and restoring public confidence in the British Navy. Although Dixon did not serve as an Official War Artist during the First World War and was not present at this event, he was able to produce impressive watercolours such as this by using photographic evidence, sketches and accounts made by servicemen who were actively involved.Object number: PAJ2980
Artist: Charles Dixon
Dimensions: 235 mm x 548 mm
- Image reference: PT2980
- © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
More by this artist
Search for similar images
Product images of HMS 'Vindictive' alongside the Mole, Zeebrugge, April 23rd 1918
We use a 240gsm fine art paper and premium branded inks to create the perfect reproduction.
Our expertise and use of high-quality materials means that our print colours are independently verified to last between 100 and 200 years.
Read more about our fine art prints.
Manufactured in the UK
All products are printed in the UK, using the latest digital presses and a giclée printmaking process.
We only use premium branded inks, and colours are independently verified to last between 100 and 200 years.
Delivery & returns
We print everything to order so delivery times may vary but all unframed prints are despatched within 2-4 days via courier or recorded mail.
Due to the coronovirus pandemic and Brexit situation, current shipping times may be longer, particularly for destinations outside the UK.
Delivery to the UK is £5 for an unframed print of any size.
We will happily replace your order if everything isn’t 100% perfect.