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'Audacious '

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Picture from the German library

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The new super-dreadnought HMS Audacious, barely a year old, was sunk after striking a single mine during a fleet gunnery exercise in October 1914, virtually at the very beginning of World War I. The ultimate loss of the ship was probably attributable more to the poor state of training in damage-control and salvage than to the actual amount of damage inflicted upon the ship. Fortunately, only one man was actually killed, but the loss of the ship was a profound embarrassment to the Royal Navy. However, the loss of such a powerful ship to a single mine did cause the Admiralty to give some serious re-consideration to matters such as damage control and underwater hull protection.
 

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In the background is the White Star Liner R.M.S. OLYMPIC who came to assist Audacious. She tried to engage a tow but it did not work out before the ship sank. She rescued survivors.
 

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