'Sunset on the North Sea', c 1916.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A photograph of a sunset seen from the deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1916. This photograph is from an album entitled 'Britain Prepared', prepared by Charles Urban (1867-1942) under the patronage of King George V and Queen Mary. Stood beneath their ship's 15 inch guns a group of naval officers watch a sunset somewhere in the North Sea. Other British warships can just be made out on the horizon in the evening light. The figure on the left in the photograph is the film maker Charles Urban. Launched in 1915 the battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth was the first of a class of five formidable warships. The first battleship to mount 15 inch guns she was also the fastest built at the time, and the first to use oil for fuel. She supported the Galipoli landings in 1915, before serving as flagship for the Grand Fleet between 1916 and 1918. The Queen Elizabeth went on to serve in World War Two. The American Charles Urban was an influential figure in early