Friday, September 3, 2010

Invincible

At Jutland on May 31, 1916, the HMS Invincible was hit in the turret and exploded. The battlecruiser had been shooting very fast, doing great damage to her foes, when the mist shrouding the peninsula cleared. Many of the German ships launched salvos at the ship, and she was a sitting duck. Her fast shooting worked against her, and when one of the shots hit P turret, the resulting fire spread to the magazine, causing first it to explode and then another and another and another until soon all the ship's magazines burned. The ship took with her many of her crew and split in half, the two sections remaining vertical for some time until they sank into the North Sea.

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