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HMS Worcester

Was this ship involved in collision with HMS Active? See Active photo for similar damage.

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It does actually look like the missing deck area on this one may just be the same as that attached to the Active`s bow!
 

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Not her only collision apparently -"On 1 Jun, 1940, the Maid of Orleans was returning from her sixth voyage to Dunkirk (having rescued over 5000 men) when badly damaged in a collision with HMS Worcester (D 96) (Cdr J.H. Allison, RN) which was returning from Dunkirk after being badly damaged by German bombers."
 

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Very interesting. Amongst other things, this is why the SN site is so addictive! Any idea what ship lies in the background?
Donald
 

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That is the ship Active had a disagreement with, appears air-conditioned mess-decks where arround in the 1930's
In the Back ground is the Queen Elizabeth class battleship Barham post her 1933 refit so that gives us some idea of the date.
I should add these are excellent images that I have never seen before
Thanks
Steve
 

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Thanks for the info Steve. One of the war`s most spectacular explosions unfortunately was when the Barham was torpedoed. The photos are from two different uncles who served in the RN during this period. They both survived the war and although both are now deceased, their photos were passed on to me as I was keen on naval history even at an early age.
On the bright side; now would probably be a good time to tell the jossman that you had £100 stowed in your kit locker which had taken a dive over the side to meet up with Davey Jones`s.

regards, Donald
 

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That film of the Barham is a terrible sight, sadly when they need to dramaticise a film or advertise a series ( The battleships TV series was one) then they use that clip. Personally I think it is very poor taste to use the death of 862 men to advertise something
 

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I assume the forrard messdecks were unoccupied at the time of the collision otherwise looking at the damage I think she would have suffered a lot of casualties.
Peter
 

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I think that was the case Peter, over the years I have looked for info on this incident but found nothing - then these photo's turn up
 

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Possibly the incident which caused this damage is related by someone who was on board at the time: http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/36/a2372636.shtml
 

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Not this damage. That is the Maid of Orleans Collision, 1940. (And a remarkable account of a Dunkirk experience).
This is pre-war Malta.
 

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