Tuesday, 30 May 2017

British battle cruisers HMS Hood and Renown collided according to the Dutch newspaper De tribune dated 24 January 1935

Drawing made by G.J. Frans Naerebout and published in Op de Lange Deining written by G.A.J. Bovens

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An item dated London, England 24th reported that a day earlier before the afternoon during exercises off the Spanish coast the British battleships Hood and Renown collided. Both ships were just slightly damaged without victims and steamed towards Gibraltar.

1. Nicknamed Mighty Hood. Pennant 51. Her building at the shipyard of John Brown&Company was ordered on 7 April 1916, laid down on 1 September, launched on 22 August 1918, commissioned on 15 May 1920 as world largest warship, sunk on 24 May 1941 during her battle with the German battleship Bismarck. The only one of the four projected Admiral class battle cruisers caused by an insufficient design despite the modifications after the Battle of Jutland (31 May-1 June 1916). During this battle England lost battle cruisers due to the weakness of their armour. Building costs 6.025.000 pond sterling. Main armament 4x2-38,1cm.15” guns.
2. Of the Renown-class with as sister ship the Repulse. Original laid down as an improved Revenge-class design but when the First World War broke out was her completion delayed and afterwards completed as battle cruisers. Building ordered on 30 December 1914, laid down at Fairfield, Govan, Scotland on 25 January 1915, launched on 4 March 1916, commissioned on 20 September 1915 and sold on 19 March 1948.