Harry Tate's Navee by Snaffles


Harry Tate's Navee



Ref GM514
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 16" x 9" (40 x 23 cm)
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During the First World War, the Royal Naval Patrol Service, staffed mostly by naval reservists and using outdated and poorly armed vessels, such as requisitioned trawlers crewed by ex-fishermen came to bear the unofficial title "Harry Tate's Navy". The name 'Harry Tates' originated from an old music hall entertainer who would play the clumsy comic who couldn't get to grips with various contraptions. His act included a car that gradually fell apart around him. By the start of World War II it had been adopted by the Royal Navy and used for the purpose of poking fun at the trawlers and drifters of the Royal Naval Patrol Service. In true RNPS style they took it on the chin and the title of Harry Tate's Navy was proudly adopted. As the war went on it was to become a worthy password for courage. This picture depicts two men from the Royal Naval Patrol Service on a small trawler boat. One man is signaling with flags whilst the other is keeping an eye out to sea with his binoculars. There is a larger boat in the background but this is mainly hidden behind the trawler. The sea looks choppy against the small wooden boat which is instantly recognisable as British with the Union Jack flag at the back flowing with the wind. The Royal Naval Patrol Service suffered over 250 lost vessels, more than any other branch of the Royal Navy. Because of the dangers and losses faced by the men of the Royal Naval Patrol service, they were honoured in a statement made by Churchill and by a unique silver badge, worn on the sleeve of the serviceman's uniform, which was awarded to those who served six months or more in the RNPS.