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Superb photo of the old girl, although not the most successful battle-cruisers ( Hence the nicknames Refit and Repair) Repulse and her sistership Renown are to me one of the best looking warships built.
This is repulse post the addition of a hangar and catapult in 1933-6 so I think this image was taken in 1936-7 when she served in the Med.
A product of Jackie Fishers love of alll things battle-cruiser she was built by the famous John Brown's of Clydebank, being laid down on the 25th January 1915, launched on the 08th January 1916 and complted that August - rushed through by Jackie Fisher. She was originally to have been built as a Revenge class battlship by Palmers on the Tyne but reordered as a battle-cruiser and the design now being too long for Palmers was re-allocated to JB's.
L 787'08" B 90' 30'06" Disp 27,500 standard 30,850 full load ( as designed)
Machinery : as per HMS Tiger but with more boilers for greater power, quadruple screws, direct drive Curtis steam turbines with the HP units driving the outer shafts and the LP units the inner shafts, fourty-two Babcock-Wilcox large water tube boilers working at 285 PSI, Fisher was given the alternative of using the 'new' small tube boilers but demanded speed of production so there was no chance to save weight and space. 112,000 shp 31.5 knots
Armament : six Mk1 15" C42 guns in three Mk1 turrets, seventeen 4" C45 guns in five triple and two single mounts. Two 12 pounder (3") Mk1 HA AA guns,
Two 21" submerged torpedo tubes
Armour : very poor, based on the earlier Invincible class battle-cruisers, Fisher wanted speed and armour reduced speed so the armour scheme was so light the ships could really face nothing larger than a cruiser with any safety. Belt 6" tapering to 1.5", Decks 3" over machinery and magazines, tapering to 0.5" elsewhere, Bulkheads 4" fwds and 3" aft, Turrets, 9" face plates, 7" sides, 4.25" roof. Barbettes 7" outside of other armour 4" elsewhere.
Conning tower 10"
Repulse was lost on the 10th December 1941 under heavy air attack by Japanese land based bombers and torpedo planes, hit by two bombs on her hanger she avoided numerous torpedoes due to the the Brilliant handling of her CO, Captain Tennant, however she was attacked from both sides and hit by three torpedoes on the port side and a further hit on the starboard side was too much for her elderly protection system, she rapidly rolled over to port and sank, of her crew of 1,309 men 796 were rescued by her escorting destroyers, 513 men remain with her.
The well known Chinese model maker Trumpeter are about to release a 1 / 350 scale model of Repulse as she appeared in 1941 at the time of her loss
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Steve,

For info, one of my Uncles was on one of the escorting destroyers when the Repulse and Prince of Wales were lost. I think it may have been HMS Express he was on at the time. I remember him telling me about the enormous amount of aircraft attacking both ships. They were initially unsuccessful until they changed their tactics and came in from the horizon on both sides. If I remember correctly, he also mentioned watching a falling bomb which went straight down the funnel of one of the capital ships.
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Interesting Stuff Donald, the other three escorting destroyers were, apart from Express, Electra, Tenedos and HMAS Vampire, if ever a capital ship was sent on the wrong task Repulse was it, her AA outfit was virtually hopeless she was far better suited for hunting commerce raiders, even though her armour was a little thin for 11" shells her high speed and six 15" were designed for just that task not fighting off massed air attack, that being said if the POW and Repulse had made contact with the Japanese invasion convoy - and they very nearly did, it may have had a significant affect on Singapores fortunes.
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