Scans reveal sunken wrecks of World War One ships

HMS Echo's state-of-the-art scan of the wreck of HMS Invincible from the Battle of Jutland. Below, HMS Black Prince. Pictures: Crown copyright 2015
HMS Echo's state-of-the-art scan of the wreck of HMS Invincible from the Battle of Jutland. Below, HMS Black Prince. Pictures: Crown copyright 2015
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SCANS of ships destroyed in the Battle of Jutland, 99 years ago, have been made for the first time using 21st Century technology.

The colourful three-dimensional images created by Royal Navy survey ship HMS Echo reveal the horrors played out off the coast of Denmark one Wednesday afternoon during World War One.

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They show the twisted and battered wreck of HMS Invincible.

The ship was one of 25 warships – 14 of them British – that were blown up during the battle on May 31, 1916.

Ahead of the battle’s centenary next spring, survey ship HMS Echo spent a week scouring the floor of the North Sea with her state-of-the-art sonar suite.

The centenary of the great battle will form the focal point of the Royal Navy’s Great War commemorations which will be held next year.