HMS Hermes (R12) – Brass Opening Portholes no’s 9 – 17
£660.00 (inc. VAT)
HMS Hermes (R12) Large Brass Portholes
Huge, heavy, gorgeous scuttles, or portholes in layman’s terms, from one of the Worlds longest serving and one of the Royal Navy’s most famous Warships. Painstakingly reclaimed at the shipbreakers, refurbished and polished in the UK, and now made available and ready for a new life ashore.
Almost all of them are identical except for minor differences, such as slightly different sizes & style of key (dogs) and a couple of them do not have the squared off edge that was originally cut by the shipyard to fit.
The original porthole glass was in a very poor state, so poor that we had no choice other than to replace them, using of course the correct marine grade toughened glass.
Due to the politics surrounding Her scrapping, co-vid affecting our ability to directly negotiate and oversee removal, record high non-ferrous prices, the intense labour involved in removal, the importing and cost of full re-refurbishment of them here in the UK have made these prohibitively expensive and a very modest profit exercise for us. In fact, when the true cost of making these available became painfully apparent there was a moment when I nearly gave up on them, but I could not bear to see these historically important and evocative fittings go onto the scrap heap so we persevered to the bitter end.
Shown is the porthole you will receive with its photo of the cabin/room/quarters door where the porthole lived onboard.
Along with the porthole you will receive a Certificate of Authenticity to accompany your investment. Keep that safe as the value of this item will only go up in time.
These items are exclusive to Trinity Marine, as we were the only company that was allowed onboard to salvage significant quantities of artefacts from the Hermes in the same way as we were with other RN carriers we were appointed to, such as; HMS Ark Royal and HMS Vengeance, as well as other ships of the Royal Navy, HMS Cornwall, Plymouth, LLandaff, Fearless to name just a few.
To read more about the ‘Happy H’ from Her history to the story behind Her being broken up and our role in that, please click here.
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