Images of life on board the ships including a group portrait of the crew playing pool;'taking a board a Torpedo'; a plane lifting off the ship runway; images of a sinking ship including a night view; a group portrait of the crew dressed up in costume at Christmas; the Queen Elizabeth off the coast of Canada; and a bird's eye view of a boxing match aboard the ship.
From an early age David Beatty, later Earl Beatty (1871-1936) was fascinated with ships and the sea. Following training at Portsmouth and the Royal Naval College, Greenwich Beatty was assigned to tasks in the Nile and later the China station where he served in the Boxer rebellion. In 1911, he was appointed by Churchill as naval secretary and with the onset of WWI, he was put in command of the scouting forces of the Grand Fleet. In 1916 he was appointed to the acting rank of admiral to command the most powerful fleet in history and in 1917 Beatty chose the 'Queen Elizabeth' as his flagship. Two years later he succeeded Admiral of the Fleet Sir R. Wemyss as first sea lord.