HMS Irresistible

Turkey,Mediterranean

HMS Irresistible was a Formidable class dreadnought laid down at Chatham Dockyard in April 1898, and launched in December 1898. After sea trials she stood ready for duty in Royal Navy in February 1902 and was assigned to 5th Battle Squadron Channel Fleet. After the outbreak of First World War in 1914, the fighting on the western front had come to a standstill. The Entente looked for another theater of war to break up the stalemate and their eyes fell on Germany`s ally Turkey. In early February 1915 she was sent to support the Dardanelles Campaign and the military invasion of Gallipoli. 18. February 1915 she bombarded Turkish forts, and artillery support to the infantry landings. A month later while she
bombarded the Turkish forts again, she hit a mine and was severely damaged. Attempts to rescue her were futile and she had to be abandoned. She went down in the deep18.March 1915 and 150 men lost their lives in the sinking. The wreck rest today on a depth of 38 to 60 meter near Dardanos.


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HMS Irresistible

431,9 x 75,0 x 26,9 f
     
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14658 displ Newcastle ( UK ) 1989  ( UK )


Picture: HMS Irresistible in 1914
Courtesy of Imperial War Museum, Public domain