Sailors balance on guns of historic HMS Warspite

Two men walk on 15in gun barrels of X turret on HMS Warspite
Two men walk on 15in gun barrels of X turret on HMS Warspite

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On the right you can see two Royal Marines walking on the 15in gun barrels of X turret, HMS Warspite.

This particular ship has had a illustrious career, taking part in the Battle of Jutland in 1916, where she was holed 150 times and 14 of the crew were killed.

During the Second World War, she served in many places of conflict all over the world.

During the battle of Calabria in 1940, her guns achieved one of the longest gunnery hits from a moving vessel ever.

At a range of 26,000 yards (14.5 miles) she landed a direct hit on the Italian cruiser Giulio Cesare.

Later in the war she was at Toronto and then in the Far East at Matapan.

In 1947 she left Portsmouth for the last time heading to the scrapyard at Faslane, but she became parted from her tug in a storm.

Some eight years later in 1955, after several attempts to drag her out to sea, she slid beneath the waves a few miles off St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall.