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HMS Southampton at the Battle of Jutland, 1916.

Posted by Ray Packham, on June 1st, 2016

Abstract

HMS Southampton was a cruiser of 5,400 ton displacement, built in 1912 and armed with eight 6-inch guns. She served at the battles of Heligoland Bight and Dogger Bank and pursued the German Squadron after their attack on Scarborough. At Jutland, she played a crucial scouting role as part of Admiral Beatty’s battlecruiser fleet. HMS Southampton was the first ship to sight the German High Seas Fleet. During the ensuing night action, she was badly damaged by German cruisers. An extract from Sir Julian Corbett’s Naval Operations describes her part in the short, furious engagement. The photographs were taken after the battle by Captain William Goodenough and preserved by the family of Leading Telegraphist R. Packham.  The images show shell, shrapnel and fire damage on mast, funnels, upper deck, forecastle, below decks, ammunition hoists, hull protective plating and waterline. There are also photographs of weary and wounded officers and crew clearing up and making good after the battle.

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