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H.M.S Hood
Ships and Harbours
No: 229   Contributor: Colin Dunn   Year: 1930   Country: United Kingdom
H.M.S Hood

HMS Hood (pennant number 51) was a battlecruiser of the Royal Navy. She was one of four Admiral-class battlecruisers ordered in mid-1916 under the Emergency War Programme. Although the design was drastically revised after the Battle of Jutland, it was realised that there were serious limitations even to the revised design; for this reason, and because of evidence that the German battlecruisers that they were designed to counter were unlikely to be completed, work on her sisters was suspended in 1917. As a result, Hood was Britain's last completed battlecruiser. She was named after the 18th century Admiral Samuel Hood.
She was sunk during the Battle of the Denmark Strait on 24 May 1941, when the Hood and the Prince of Wales engaged the Bismarck and Prinz Eugen. The Hood sank with the loss of 1415 hands, only 3 surviving to be picked up 2 hours later by the Destroyer H.M.S Electra.
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