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The German High Seas Fleet was one of the most powerful naval forces in the world, and had fought the pride of the Royal Navy to a stalemate at the Battle of Jutland in 1916. After the armistice was signed, ending fighting in World War I, the fleet surrendered to the British and was interned in Scapa Flow pending the outcome of the Treaty of Versailles. One hundred years to this day, on 21 June 1919, the entire fleet attempted to sink itself in the Flow to prevent it being broken up as war prizes. Of the 74 ships present, 52 sunk and 22 were prevented from doing so by circumstance and by British intervention. To mark this momentous centenary, on the blog today we are sharing some images of the wrecks as they are today, drawn from the incredible Scapa 1919 by Innes McCartney.Continue Reading
On 26 July, 1945 HMS Vestal was hit by a Japanese kamikaze pilot whilst participating in Operation Livery, a diversionary minesweeping exercise off Phuket Island on the coast of Siam. The damage was critical and, as the ship was close to Japanese-held Thailand, the crew were removed and the ship scuttled. She was the last Royal Navy ship to be sunk in World War II...Continue Reading

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