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."
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 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.
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