An amazing picture

#1
Bang



That's HMS Barham blowing up. She was torpedoed, began to sink and the pic is of her magazine blowing up.

Can you imagine taking a pic of a sinking ship and the very same instant as you push the button on the camera... the ship blows up?

Coincidence? Yeah probably, but kind of freaky all the same 8O
 

Chalky

Lantern Swinger
#3
Over 2/3 of her crew were apparently lost at this moment, Gawd bless 'em.

What an amazing piece of photography, though.
 
#4
Chalky said:
Over 2/3 of her crew were apparently lost at this moment, Gawd bless 'em.

What an amazing piece of photography, though.
Got to agree with you there Chalky , god bless 'em all , amazing it was only 2/3s when you look at the phot , :cry:
 
#7
On 15th April 1941 Churchill via Admiral Pound proposed using HMS Barham as a blockship for Tripoli harbour-Stop supplies to Rommel (along with an old Light Cruiser) Admiral Cunningham stated that due to secrecy he would not be able to ask for volunteers, therefore ships would have to be 2/3rds manned & without crews knowing that their ships/lives were to be sacrificed. He stated it would be totally abhorrent to him & would jepordise/if not destroy the confidence of the personnel of the Fleet in the higher command.
Idea dropped.
Book Churchill & the Admirals by Stephen Roskill
Riviting account of the relationship from WW1 & 2.
 
#8
Was going to say, would be bit worried if the photographer then said "Here shippers lets get one of you." "Dont point that thing at me!!!!"
 
#12
Re The Barham

Is it really the Magazines blowing or is it when the sea water hits her boilers.

I have watched the film a couple of times and the explosion seens to occur just as the water rushes down the funnels??
 
#13
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Barham_(1914)

As she rolled over to port, her magazines exploded and the ship quickly sank with the loss of over two-thirds of her crew.
Not sure why sea water would cause the boilers to explode? - would the compression caused by the water rushing in cause the boilers to burst, or something?
 
#15
dunkers said:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Barham_(1914)

As she rolled over to port, her magazines exploded and the ship quickly sank with the loss of over two-thirds of her crew.
Not sure why sea water would cause the boilers to explode? - would the compression caused by the water rushing in cause the boilers to burst, or something?
I'm not sure either, not being a stoker. Is it an urban myth then that boilers explode when the sea water hits them??
Rapid cooling etc
 

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