HMS Vanguard

Orkney Islands,UK

HMS Vanguard was laid down at Vickers in 1908 and launched 22.April 1909. The year after she stood fully equipped as a dreadnought in the St.Vincent class for Royal Navy. She was assigned service in Home Fleet in Scapa Flow and participated at the battle of Jutland in 1916, and patrolled the English coastline and the North Sea. While she laid at anchor in Scapa Flow 9.July 1917, the ammunition storage on board suddenly exploded and she immediately went down. Of the crew of 845 men only two men survived. After the first world war parts of her got broken up and salvaged, and the whole mid-section is today flattened out. In 1986 the wreck got status as a war grave, and diving here is prohibited. The remains of HMS Vanguard rest on a depth of 14 to 30 meter south of Barel of Butter and is marked with a buoy.

Former names:
HMS Vanguard

536,0 x 84,0 x 28,0 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
19700 displ
Barrow ( UK ) 1909
Scapa Flow ( UK )

58° 51′ 23.76″ N, 3° 6′ 22.32″ W
( Source: Wikipedia )

Picture: HMS Vanguard
From "Disaster in Harbour, sinking of HMS Vanguard"
by William Schleihauf

Last updated: September 2019