Hms hood

HMS Hood coming into the harbour at Malta mid 1938. (coloured by Colin Rowe)

HMS Hood coming into the harbour at Malta mid 1938. (coloured by Colin Rowe)

The HMS Hood launched in 1918 was the last battlecruiser built for the Royal Navy; she was the only one built from several units that had been planned.

The HMS Hood launched in 1918 was the last battlecruiser built for the Royal Navy; she was the only one built from several units that had been planned.

A and B turrets, HMS Hood 1940 HMS Hood’s forward 15" turrets, with a 4" gun’s crew under training in the foreground. The leading seaman, (noted) standing on the extreme left, behind the man with the 4" projectile, is leading seaman W Dowdell, who lost his life on 24 May 1941 along with 1414 other members of the ship’s company, there being just three survivors when the ship was sunk in action by the German battleship Bismarck. Colourised by Royston Leonard

A and B turrets, HMS Hood 1940 HMS Hood’s forward 15" turrets, with a 4" gun’s crew under training in the foreground. The leading seaman, (noted) standing on the extreme left, behind the man with the 4" projectile, is leading seaman W Dowdell, who lost his life on 24 May 1941 along with 1414 other members of the ship’s company, there being just three survivors when the ship was sunk in action by the German battleship Bismarck. Colourised by Royston Leonard

HMS Hood in New Zealand in 1924, at the time the largest warship afloat. Here we can see her forward 15 inch naval guns, and her armoured front conning tower.

HMS Hood in New Zealand in 1924, at the time the largest warship afloat. Here we can see her forward 15 inch naval guns, and her armoured front conning tower.

HMS Hood, the last battlecruiser built for the Royal Navy. She was the only one of the Admiral-class battl

HMS Hood, the last battlecruiser built for the Royal Navy. She was the only one of the Admiral-class battl

Famous 15 in late WW1 vintage British battlecruiser HMS Hood, the largest ever built, in her final 1941 guise.  Modern German battleship Bismarck disposed of her in a few salvoes on May 24 that year.

Famous 15 in late WW1 vintage British battlecruiser HMS Hood, the largest ever built, in her final 1941 guise. Modern German battleship Bismarck disposed of her in a few salvoes on May 24 that year.

HMS Hood sunk by KMS Bismarck on May 24, 1941 at the Battle of the Denmark Strait. 3 survivors.

HMS Hood sunk by KMS Bismarck on May 24, 1941 at the Battle of the Denmark Strait. 3 survivors.

Powerful: The British battle cruiser HMS Hood pictured docked at the Devonport Dockyard, Devon, in 1928, lost more than 1,400 men when it was attacked

Hunt for HMS Hood's bell to provide memorial to ship's 1,415 crew who drowned when it was sunk by the Bismark in 1941

Powerful: The British battle cruiser HMS Hood pictured docked at the Devonport Dockyard, Devon, in 1928, lost more than 1,400 men when it was attacked

British battlecruiser HMS Hood in 1924 - for many years she was the largest warship in the world.

British battlecruiser HMS Hood in 1924 - for many years she was the largest warship in the world.

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HMS Hood by chris-parker, via Flickr   The mighty Hood sent to the bottom by the Bismark from 15 miles away!

HMS Hood by chris-parker, via Flickr The mighty Hood sent to the bottom by the Bismark from 15 miles away!

HMS Hood - 15 Inch Shells being loaded "on deck" - Royal Navy (Malta)

HMS Hood - 15 Inch Shells being loaded "on deck" - Royal Navy (Malta)

HMS Hood dry dock. She was sunk by the Bismarck with a direct hit; only three men survived!

HMS Hood dry dock. She was sunk by the Bismarck with a direct hit; only three men survived!

HMS Hood, entering Vancouver Harbour.

HMS Hood, entering Vancouver Harbour.

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