HMS Prince of Wales


HMS Prince Of Wales was a King George V class battleship built by Cammell Laird & Company in Birkenhead, and was
launched in May 1939. She was commissioned in January 1941, and five months later she participated in the hunt for the German battleship Bismarck and the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen. In the Battle of Denmark Strait 24.May 1941, the battle cruiser HMS Hood was sunk and she had to pull back after being damaged. It is believed she hit and damaged Bismarck in this battle. The German ships scored seven hits on Prince of Wales before she had to retreat. She was transferred to Force Z in October 1941 and sat course for Singapore where she arrived in December. Outside Kuantan, HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse was attacked 4.December by Japanese airplanes. She was sunk after several attacks and 327 men from the crew perished in the sinking. Illegal salvaging has been done on the wreck despite the fact it is considered a war grave. The wreck rest on a depth of approximately 38 to 66 meter.

Former names:
HMS Prince of Wales

745,0 x 112,5 x 35,6 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
43786 displ Birkenhead ( UK ) 1939 Singapore ( UK )

Picture: HMS Prince of Wales
Courtesy of Royal Navy

Last updated: January 2021