Centenary of the first shot at sea marked by Royal Navy museum

The Queen meets members of the ship's company

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ONE hundred years after the first shot was fired at sea in the First World War, the National Museum of the Royal Navy will mark the centenary with a sail-past.

The Royal Navy’s Portsmouth-based patrol vessel HMS Mersey will sail past the Royal Yacht Squadron during the Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week.

On August 5, a single cannon will be fired from the squadron at 10am and spectators and competitors will join together for a one minute silence in memory of all those who served in defence of the nation.

A further cannon will mark the end of the silence.

Professor Dominic Tweddle, the director general of the Portsmouth-based National Museum of the Royal Navy, said: ‘The Royal Navy will join with us in marking this sombre and thought-provoking ceremony in a time-honoured fashion.’