They are different sailors chocks
Thanks chocks. She look a bit of a hulk in that photo
SUNK AT LEAST 12 TIMES
HMS Ark Royal was launched in 1937. The largest ship in the fleet at the time.
When war broke out Ark Royal was the ship the German Fleet feared the most and within two days the German propaganda machine came into it's own, claiming they had sunk her in the North Atlantic, only for her to pop up in the North Sea.. Thus began a game of cat and mouse. Every time the Germans sunk a british carrier they either claimed or honestly believed they had sunk the Ark. There are at least 12 known occassions where the claim of "We sunk the Ark" was made but again and again the Ark popped up somewhere else. Why the Germans believed their High Command is beyond me.
The Ark Royal saw service on Operations in Norway, in the hunt for the Graf Spee, the Raid on the Bismark and the Malta Convoys and suffered so many near misses that she became known as the "Lucky Ship" however her luck finally ran out on November 13th 1941 a few miles off the coast of Gibraltar when she was hit by a torpedo from U-Boat U81.
The Ark remained afloat though listing badly for another day allowing the rescue of those aboard. She rolled over and went to the bottom on the 14th November. Of a crew of 1488 only one man was killed.
ARK ROYAL LAUNCH APRIL 1937.jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) Arks Launch. April 1937 ARK ROYAL PORTSMOUTH LATE 1937.jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) Ark Royal, Portsmouth late 1937
ARK ROYAL IN THE ATLANTIC MARCH 1940.jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) Ark in Atlantic 1940 ARK ROYAL SINKING NR GIBRALTAR NOVEMBER 1941.jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) Ark Sinking Nr Gibraltar Nov' 1941
And she still lives on as a great reef
Some of Britains greatest Battleships of WW2.
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HMS NELSON.jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) Nelson
HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH.jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) Queen Elizabeth
HMS RENOWN.jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) Renown
HMS RODNEY.jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) Rodney
I wouldn't have liked to have been in a scrap against Nelson. That is a mean looking warship
More of the great Battleships of WW2.
z Barham.jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) BARHAM z Black Prince.jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) BLACK PRINCE z Exeter.jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) EXETER z Iron Duke.jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) IRON DUKE
z Ramillies1943.jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) RAMILLIES z ROYAL OAK-1914-1939.jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) ROYAL OAK z Valiant.jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) VALIANT z Warspite.jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) WARSPITE
I do love these names
HMS Dreadnought, an 18,110-ton battleship built at Portsmouth Dockyard, England, represented one of the most notable design transformations of the armoured warship era. Her "all-big-gun" main battery of ten twelve-inch guns, steam turbine power-plant and 21-knot maximum speed so thoroughly eclipsed earlier types that subsequent battleships were commonly known as "dreadnoughts", and the previous ones disparaged as "pre-dreadnoughts". The swiftness of her construction was equally remarkable. Laid down in October 1905, she was launched in February 1906, after only four months on the ways. Dreadnought was commissioned for trials a year after her keel was laid and was completed in December 1906. Her building, trials and early service were closely watched by the World's naval authorities, including the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Intelligence.
The new battleship served as Flagship of the Home Fleet in 1907-1912 and remained part of that fleet thereafter. Dreadnought served with the 4th Battle Squadron in the North Sea during the first two years of World War I. On 18 March 1915, while so employed, she rammed and sank the German Submarine U-29. From May 1916, Dreadnought was flagship of the 3rd Battle Squadron, based on the Thames to counter the threat of bombardment by German battlecruisers. Placed in reserve in 1919, the once-revolutionary warship was sold for scrapping in 1922.
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HMS Ajax.... Picture taken in 1948 almost 10yrs after she survived a run in with the German Pocket Battleship Graf Spee at the Battle of the River Plate.
Ajax 1948 survivor of Batttle of River Plate.jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte)