Thursday, September 28, 2006

HMS Victoria - Warship Wednesday

HMS Victoria (1887 - 1893) Warship Wednesday

A weekly column looking at interesting naval ships from around the world.

HMS Victoria was built at Elswick on the River Tyne by Armstrong, Whitworth and Co. and launched in 1887.

She became flagship to the British Mediterranean fleet under the command of Vice-Admiral Sir George Tryon.

While conducting naval manoeuvres on 22 June 1893 she was involved in one of the most notorious disasters to strike the Royal Navy.

Tryon, a strict disciplinarian well known for his love of precise naval manoeuvres, was conducting fleet exercises off the coast of Syria. He was steaming the fleet in two parallel columns, one of which he led in the Victoria, about 1,200 metres apart. This was a fatal mistake, as there was insufficient margin of error. The turning circle of one of these capital ships was a minimum of 600 yards. The columns were too close for what Tryon was trying to do. He ordered the columns to turn in towards each other, in order to turn the fleet around.

As the columns turned in Tryon at last realised there was a problem, but it was too late. Victoria collided with HMS Camperdown, leading the other column, and began taking on water. She listed gently at first, then suddenly capsized and sank
Although 357 crew were saved, 358 men were drowned, including Tryon. Standing on Victoria's bridge, his reported last words were "It's all my fault".

Fact: Tryon had been warned of the dangerous nature of the distance between the columns by several officers, but ignored the advice.

Fact: one of the survivors of the collision was John Jellicoe, later Admiral and commander of the British fleet at the Battle of Jutland in 1916.

Fact: Victoria was the first battleship to be propelled by triple expansion steam engines.

Fact: The wreck of HMS Victoria was found by divers in 2004. Unusually, for ship wrecks, Victoria's nose is embedded in the sea bed, her stern pointing almost vertical out of the mud. This is because her huge forward armament and her still turning propellers forced her down at great speed.

HMS Victoria (1887) Particulars

Launched: 9 June 1887 at Sir W. G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co., Ltd., shipyard at Newcastle-on-Tyne, England

Displacement: 11,020 tons
Length: 340ft (104 m)
Beam: 70ft (21.3 m)
Draught: 29ft (8.8 m)
Propulsion: Coal fired triple expansion steam engines, twin screws, 7,500hp
Speed: 16.75 knots (31km/h) maximum

Crew: 430-583
Main armament: 2 x 16.25in (413mm) 110 ton Armstrong guns in a single forward turret
Secondary armament: 1 x 10in (254mm) gun, 12 x 6in (152mm) guns, 12 x6 pdr (2.7kg) guns, 6 x 14in (356mm) torpedo tubes
Armour: 18in (457mm) belt

Next week choose from:

SMS Emden: the infamous German commerce raider from WWI
USS Constitution: 'Old Ironsides', the heavy American frigate from the War of 1812
HMS Conqueror: 'Gotcha!' the sub that sank the Argentinean General Belgrano during the Falklands War

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

All The Simpsons episodes

Like it says on the tin, all the episodes of The Simpsons, delivered via a medium similar to YouTube. Huzzah!

All The Simpsons you need

Tune in tomorrow for our Awesome™ new New Links Feature© with a secret title so secret I can't even reveal it here. In the meantime, enjoy all those episodes of The Simpsons. ttfn!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Awesome! Insect Macro Photography

Fig 1:Ed's new Epic World of Warcraft Bughunter Armour set. Gief!

Behold the caning of bandwidth that this dude is about to suffer.

Photo from here, and lots more for your viewing, erm, "pleasure":????? ???? ????? ??????????

I, for one, welcome our new giant insect overlords.

Monday, September 18, 2006

New Links Reports About Tunnels. Again.

Bah. Mutter. And fscking grumble.

Just sent Bungers a link and just because he has started a one man (and probably one reader) campaign to resurrect New Links he forced me to post it here. So here you a go - a guided tour of an abandoned missile solo. It will be joined tomorrow by Bungers' promised new skin and no doubt the VT report will be getting posted then too. Parp.

Warning: I think this may have appeared here before as its fairly familiar but as we have no one reading anymore there'll be no one to cry DUPE!!!! W00t, w00 and, indeed, yay!


New links is back!

Well, we might be. I'm back anyway, for a short while at least.

Here's an amusing link, featuring lots of dog poo. Excellent: OUR BIGGEST HITS