Three Queens Named Mary – Part 2

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HMS Repulse (British Battlecruiser, 1916-1941) leading other Royal Navy capital ships during maneuvers, circa the later 1920s. The next ship astern is HMS Renown. The extensive external side armor of Repulse and the larger “bulge” of Renown allow these ships to be readily differentiated. Launched in 1916, Repulse was one of the three battlecruisers the Royal Navy still had in service during World War Two – HMS Hood and HMS Renown were the others. Only HMS Renown survived the war.

At Jutland, the Royal Navy’s concept of a ‘battlecruiser’ — a warship the size of a ‘battleship’ but with far less armor in order to increase speed – proved a disaster. These ships were designed to act as the advance scouts of the main battle fleet and the Battle of Jutland began when Vice-Admiral Beatty and his Battlecruiser Squadron did find the German fleet. Unfortunately, with their typically far more accurate shooting, the Germans very quickly hit two of the battlecruisers HMS Queen Mary and HMS Invincible at a weak point and both exploded.

The Duke and Duchess of York on their wedding day with the Duke’s parents King George V and Queen Mary, she being the namesake of the HMS Queen Mary.

[Images courtesy of the US Naval History and Heritage Command and The Telegraph.]

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Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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