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HMS VANGUARD

HMS VANGUARD

HMS VANGUARD (19,560 ts / 23,030 ts) was a St Vincent-class battleship launched on 22 Febr 1909 by Vickers, Sons and Maxim at Barrow-in-Furness.

Vanguard underwent a refit in 1911/1912 and was moved to Scapa Flow in July 1914 together with the bulk of the Grand Fleet. She took part in the Battle of Jutland in 1916 but scored no hits, sustaining no damages as well.

On 9 July 1917 the Vanguard anchored in the northern part of Scapa Flow and the crew underwent exercises. At 2320 h cordite charges in the main magazines suddenly blew up, destroying the Vanguard and sinking her within a few seconds. 843 men of her crew died, only 2 crew members survived the catastrophe along with about 70 other men who went ashore earlier that day.

The wreck lies in position 58.51N 03.06W in a depth of about 18 fathoms. It is listed as a war grave and since 1986 protected as a Controlled Site.

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Daily Mail article 19/01/2017 at this link. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4135368/Divers-given-MoD-permission-visit-wreck-HMS-Vanguard.html
 

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