HMS WARSPITE, Prussia Cove, Cornwall. Warspite was launched in 1913 and saw action with the Royal Navy at the Battle of Jutland in 1916. During the second world war she saw service off Norway, Italy, in the Indian Ocean, Sicily and Normandy. Plagued by steering problems almost from the outset this Queen Elizabeth class battleship was finally sold for scrap in 1947. Photographed here in May 1947, she is seen here having run her anchor during a storm and run aground while on her way to be broken up. Aerofilms Collection (see Links)
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EDITORS COMMENTS This print captures the majestic HMS Warspite, a renowned battleship that played a significant role in both World War I and World War II. Launched in 1913, this formidable vessel proudly served with the Royal Navy during some of history's most critical moments. One such moment was the Battle of Jutland in 1916, where Warspite fearlessly engaged enemy forces. Throughout her illustrious career, she sailed across various theaters of war including Norway, Italy, the Indian Ocean, Sicily, and Normandy. However, despite her valiant efforts and distinguished service record, Warspite faced persistent steering problems throughout her existence. This particular image taken in May 1947 showcases an unfortunate incident where she ran aground after losing anchor control during a fierce storm while en route to be dismantled for scrap. The photograph beautifully captures the dramatic scene as Warspite stands defiantly against nature's wrath on Prussia Cove's coastline in Cornwall. The aerial perspective offers a unique view of this historic ship stranded on land but still retaining its grandeur amidst turbulent waters. Preserved within Historic England's Aerofilms Collection is this remarkable snapshot that immortalizes not only the ship itself but also its enduring legacy as one of Britain's iconic naval vessels.
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