HMS Royal Oak

Orkney Islands,Europe

HMS Royal Oak was a Revenge class battleship laid down by Devonport Royal Dockyard in January 1914. She was launched in November that same year, and was commissioned in May 1916. She took part in the Battle of Jutland in June 1916, and was part of the North Sea naval blockade. She returned to Scapa Flow after the armistice in November 1918. In the following years she was refitted several times, and in 1935 she was given a major upgrade and rebuilt 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 G√ľnther Prien, managed to sneak past the block ships and fired torpedoes. Four of them found their mark, and Royal Oak wnet down fifteen minutes later together with 833 men. The wreck rest today upside down 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 in 1924
Courtesy of Royal Navy, Public domain

Last updated: January 2021