The dramatic day Vanguard came close to disaster

Spectators flock to see HMS Vanguard aground in Portsmouth Harbour, 1960

Spectators flock to see HMS Vanguard aground in Portsmouth Harbour, 1960

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It was 56 years ago this week that the headquarters of the Royal Navy came within 15 minutes of being the graveyard of mighty battleship HMS Vanguard.

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