Friday, 12 May 2017

Huge floating dry dock added to the naval shipyard at Devonport, England according to the Dutch newspaper Het Vaderland dated 19 January 1925

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

An item dated London, England 18rth reported that a floating dry dock for the shipyard at Devonport, England the next morning was to be towed to the anchorage which was especially for this purpose dredged. The dry dock was able to dock the largest ships of the Royal British Navy except for the 41.000 tons battle cruiser HMS Hood.(1)

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.