Sunday, 9 July 2017

British battleship HMS Neptune underway to the ship breaker damaged HMS Victory according to the Dutch newspaper Bataviaasch nieuwsblad dated 9 November 1903

An item dated London, England 23rd reported that the aged British battleship Neptune (1) to be towed from Portsmouth, England towards Hamburg, Germany to be broken up broke los from the towing line from the tugs and collided with several ships. The famous flagship Victory of Nelson was heavily damaged and could be hardly keep floating and docked. In her side was a hole of 6 feet wide. The Neptune was again connected with the towing line and continued her voyage.

1. Ironclad turret ship laid down at J.&W. Dudgeon, Cubitt Town, London, England as the Independencia for Brazilian account in 1873, launched on 19 September 1874, purchased by England in February-March 1878, completed on 3 September 1881 and finally sold to be broken up on 15 September 1903. Designed by sir Edwars Reed as a modified Devastation design being a seagoing breastwork monitor with masts but considered to be a failure.