A slide designed to be projected with a 'magic lantern'. The HMS Hood was the biggest warship in the world for much of her service and was the pride of the Royal Navy. Seen as a reminder of the power of Empire, the 'Mighty Hood' visited New Zealand in 1924 and 1936. This photograph was taken during one of these visits.
Slides of the visit would have been viewed around Aotearoa at the time. HMS Hood's 1936 visit was especially important when the warship's presence provided a sense of security as war brewed in Europe. However, the Hood was sunk when fighting the German 'Bismark' in 1941.