HMS Royal Oak

Orkney Islands,Europe

The battleship HMS Royal Oak was laid down in Devonport in 1914 and launched 17.November the same year. She participated during first world war in the battle of Jutland, and did service with the blockade for German shipping in the North Sea. She returned to Scapa Flow when the war ended in November 1918. In the following years she was refitted several times, and in 1935 she was given a major rebuilding and fitted with improved armor. She got the doubtful honor of becoming the first large war ship to be sunk in the second world war. At night 14.October 1939 the German uboat U 47 led by Günther Prien, managed to sneak past the block ships and fired torpedoes that hit Royal Oak. She sank after fifteen minutes and 833 men lost their lives. The wreck rest today on a depth of 8 to 30 meter at Scapa Bay and is considered a war grave.

Former names:
HMS Royal Oak 

186,0 x 26,5 x 10,0 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
29150 displ Devonport ( UK ) 1916 Scapa Flow ( UK )

Picture: HMS Royal Oak
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Picture: Kapitänleutnant Gunther Prien
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