The sad end of HMS Implacable

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The sad end of the Implacable Trafalgar battleship

This clip shows the story of how the British Navy allowed a Trafalgar fighting ship to rot and then, just 60 years ago, blew her up. The officers and men entrusted with the job appear to be nearly in tears.

My thanks go to Chris Partridge of Rowing for Pleasure for pointing out the link.

If you can’t follow the link above to the BBC story about the destruction of the Implacable, try this Pathé newsreel piece from the time (my thanks to Claire Goodwin for spotting and sharing this link).

Afterwards, the World Ship Trust adopted the motto: ‘Never again!’ referring to the sad and unnecessary loss of the Implacable.

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2 Responses to The sad end of HMS Implacable

  1. Andreas Bootz says:

    Sounds like interesting footage, but unfortunately not for users outside the UK. Blimy, i´m a bloody german in Germany :-((

    Best regards fromthe other side of the creek

    Andreas

    P.S.: keep up the good work, Gavin

  2. ROBERT BOUCHER says:

    LOOKING FOR PRINT ,PICTURE OF HMS IMPLCABLE WAITING WHAT COMES NEXT IN THE LIFE OF A SAD OLD SHIP.I SAW IT ONCE OF THE INTERNET WOULD LOVE TO HAVE A SHOT TO OBTAIN A SECOND CHANCE OLD HMS

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