Sunk by the Bismarck: The life and death of the battleship by Edwin Palmer Hoyt

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Sunk through the Bismarck: The existence and loss of life of the battleship HMS Hood

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The submarine R-4 collided with Tiger on exercises^ which was a tragedy and led to a courtmartial aboard. By and large^ however^ these were minor incidents in a placid life^ a workmanlike existence carried on by the great warship that moved so calmly through Albion's waters. Early in 1921 Hood^ Repulse and Queen Elizaled other ships of His beth a mighty trio that Majesty's Navy out into exercises in Spanish waters. And why not? It was proper to show the flag^ and was not the Mediterranean a British lake?

After the strong display off the coast by the destroyers^ he could at least hope that no more British vessels would be attacked. At the end of the month Hood was off again^ headed for Gibraltar and then Malta^, and she kept going back and forth all that summer. In August^ Vice-Admiral Cunningham was succeeded by Vice-Admiral Layton as commander of the force. Hood continued in her duties^ the symbol of Britain's naval power^ to be shown to those along the Spanish coast who might be forgetful of British interests.

Had he been an easygoing commander? Some seemed to think so^ and if that had been the case^ and they expected the same of the new leader^ the officers and men were in for a rude surprise. For it was only a matter of days after taking over that Captain Mackworth had begun to look into various matters. The first man to get into serious trouble was one of the paymaster lieutenantS3 who had been for some time charging wines both to the gunroom and the wardroom simultaneously. An end was put to that practice3 but not before the miscreant had made a false statement to the captain^ had been discovered and hauled up.

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