Model of HMS Sheffield to go under the hammer

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A model of the famous HMS Sheffield warship – which sank after being hit by a missile in the Falklands War – and memorabilia from another HMS Sheffield ship are among the highlights of a forthcoming auction in the city.

The large-scale model of the second HMS Sheffield, which was carried on board the third, will go up for auction at Sheffield Auction Gallery with a guide price of between £600 and £1,000.

John Morgan, the gallery’s specialist valuer, said: “The quality and finish of this superb model is to a very high standard, as you would expect from an item associated with the Royal Navy, and is probably unique.”

The model is housed in a glass case and was built by AB Smith and CM Dove.

It measures more than 1.3 metres in length and was housed outside the petty officers’ mess, even being repaired after it was knocked to the floor in a storm.

The second HMS Sheffield, a type 42 guided missile destroyer, was sunk while serving in the Falklands War after being struck by an exocet missile fired from an Argentinian aircraft in May 4, 1982.

It sank six days later while on tow to safety with the loss of 20 lives.

Items from the third HMS Sheffield, including the bell from the chief petty officers’ mess, bell plans, a large collection of photographs of the ship and her crew, a cased ‘Yard Of Ale’, and the blue ‘Shiny Sheff’ flag which she flew whenever returning to Hull, are all going up for auction on Friday, August 16.

The third ship, a type 42 frigate, was originally going to be called Bruiser, but was changed to HMS Sheffield in honour of its two predecessors. It entered service in 1988 before being sold to the Chilean navy in 2002.

The first HMS Sheffield, a town class light cruiser, saw active and distinguished service in World War Two and was nicknamed ‘Shiny Sheff’, cementing its links with the city.

Rather than the usual brass, its fittings were made from stainless steel to see if it reduced the amount of cleaning time needed by her crew.

The ship’s bell, made at Hadfields of Sheffield, was stainless steel and can now be seen in Sheffield Cathedral.

n For further information on the sale, contact 0114 281 6161 or visit www.sheffieldauctiongallery.com