Right m’lads, everybody aft and on the count of three, start jumping!

HMS Nelson aground on Hamilton Bank off Southsea in January 1934 PPP-141230-153717001
HMS Nelson aground on Hamilton Bank off Southsea in January 1934 PPP-141230-153717001
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It might have been hugely embarrassing for her commanding officer and the pilots responsible for getting her out of Portsmouth Harbour, but at least it gave many an amusing few hours.

This is the Portsmouth-based battleship HMS Nelson aground on Hamilton Bank on January 12, 1934.

She was leaving harbour about 9am when she drifted starboard and ran aground.

At the time she was the flagship of Admiral Sir William Boyle, Commander-in-Chief of the Home Fleet.

There are two lovely anecdotes connected to this incident.

The first is that the ship’s company was ordered to the stern where, on the count of three, they were detailed to jump up and down in an attempt to free the 34,000-ton ship.

The second is that the officers of the overlooking submarine base at Gosport, HMS Dolphin, offered the battleship officers honorary membership of their mess ‘for the duration of your stay’.

The fact that Nelson was on Hamilton also caused much hilarity...