Great British shipwrecks: a personal adventure by Rod Macdonald

By Rod Macdonald

37 vintage shipwrecks round the united kingdom - with complete background, pictures and representation of every by means of well known marine artist

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Both stricken battleships started flooding with tons of water and it was only their watertight compartments that prevented them from sinking and allowed them to limp back to the safe haven of their base. Both battleships had been put out of action for several months as a result of Commander Laurence’s daring piece of seamanship - and in recognition of his actions, and for surviving two hours of depth charging by the German destroyers, he was awarded a bar to his Distinguished Service Order. Kronprinz spent most of the rest of the war at her moorings.

With supporting light cruisers, torpedo-boat flotillas and dozens of mine warfare ships, the entire naval force amounted to more than 300 ships. More than 100 aircraft and 6 zeppelins gave air support to the invasion force, which amounted to some 24,600 men. Russian forces opposing this mighty German force consisted of a couple of old Russian pre-dreadnoughts, several dated and vulnerable armoured cruisers, 26 Bayern turrets. indd 39 22/11/2012 14:57:45 Great British Shipwrecks Once on the surface, air started to escape from the hull.

8-inch layer of armour plating. 8-inch thick side armour plating and weighing more than 700tons. Two super-firing turrets were set one behind the other towards the bow - in front of the conning tower and superstructure. Another was set midships and the remaining two set towards the stern, one behind the other. These massive guns could hurl shells some 21,000 yards. 75-inch thick armoured turret-front, which rotated with the gun. These casemate guns were designed to protect the battleship against smaller ships, such as torpedo-boat destroyers trying to close for a broadside shot at the battleship.

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