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Background imageSinking Collection: German propaganda poster, U Boote Heraus!, WW1

German propaganda poster, U Boote Heraus!, WW1
A German propaganda poster, U Boote Heraus! (U Boats Launch!), showing a submarine officer looking through a periscope with a sinking torpedoed enemy ship in the background

Background imageSinking Collection: The Sinking of the Bismarck

The Sinking of the Bismarck
The sinking of the German Battleship Bismarck. In response to sinking the HMS Hood, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill issued the order to " Sink the Bismarck"

Background imageSinking Collection: RMS Carpathia, 1903

RMS Carpathia, 1903
Photograph of the Cunard Lines RMS Carpathia, launched by the Swan Hunter Shipyard, in 1902. She was the first vessel built for the Cunard Line which was exclusively for second

Background imageSinking Collection: LUSITANIA

LUSITANIA
At the time of her launch in 1907, she was the largest vessel in the world : her sinking by a U-boat in 1915 continues to inspire conspiracy theories

Background imageSinking Collection: Grace Darling, rowing with her father

Grace Darling, rowing with her father
Grace Horsley Darling (1815 - 1842), daughter of the lighthouse keeper, William Darling, on the Farne Islands, seen here rowing with her father to the sinking steamboat the SS Forfarshire in 1838

Background imageSinking Collection: The Last Man, Hans Bohrdt - Propaganda - German navy officer

The Last Man, Hans Bohrdt - Propaganda - German navy officer
In 1915 Hans Bohrdt created his most famous illustration which is called " The Last Man". The image shows a German navy officer holding up a German flag as his ship sinks because he would

Background imageSinking Collection: Loss of HMS Courageous by G. H. Davis

Loss of HMS Courageous by G. H. Davis
The loss of HMS Courageous: one of the Royal Navys aircraft carriers sunk by a German submarine. A sectional drawing of the vessel, showing amidships the boiler room section

Background imageSinking Collection: Titanic Shipwreck Registration

Titanic Shipwreck Registration
Board of Trade, Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen, Transcripts and Transactions, Series IV, Closed Registries, RMS Titanic.(front) Date: 25th March 1912

Background imageSinking Collection: HMS RODNEY

HMS RODNEY
British battleship whose finest hour will come in May 1941 when her accurate gunfire is the crucial factor in the sinking of the German warship Bismarck Date: 1927 - 1941

Background imageSinking Collection: The Last Shot by Matania

The Last Shot by Matania
A group of British seamen gunners straining to fire a final shot at a German ship as their own ship sinks beneath them. The caption notes that this was a common occurrence with light cruisers

Background imageSinking Collection: Titanic leaving Southampton

Titanic leaving Southampton on the 10th April 1912. 1912

Background imageSinking Collection: The sinking of the Titanic by Fortunio Matania

The sinking of the Titanic by Fortunio Matania
An illustration showing the Titanic sinking with all its lights on. Life boats full of survivers can be seen in the foreground. Date: 15th April 1912

Background imageSinking Collection: SOS message from Titanic

SOS message from Titanic
A wireless message received by the Russian steamer Birma from the Titanic about five minutes after Titanic struck the iceberg that sank her

Background imageSinking Collection: BIRKENHEAD SINKS

BIRKENHEAD SINKS
The sinking of the Birkenhead troopship

Background imageSinking Collection: HMS Indefatigable sinking, Battle of Jutland, WW1

HMS Indefatigable sinking, Battle of Jutland, WW1
HMS Indefatigable, British battlecruiser, launched 1909, served during the First World War, seen here sinking during the Battle of Jutland. Date: 31 May 1916

Background imageSinking Collection: SMS Bayern sinking after being scuttled, Scapa Flow, WW1

SMS Bayern sinking after being scuttled, Scapa Flow, WW1
The German battleship SMS Bayern sinking after being scuttled in Gutter Sound, Scapa Flow, Scotland after the end of the First World War. Date: 21 June 1919

Background imageSinking Collection: A Night to Remember, film poster

A Night to Remember, film poster
Poster advertising the 1958 film, A Night to Remember, starring Kenneth More, based on the Titanic disaster of 1912

Background imageSinking Collection: Sinking of the Emden

Sinking of the Emden
The predatory German cruiser Emden is sunk upon coral reef by the Australians

Background imageSinking Collection: TITANIC SINKING SEQUENCE

TITANIC SINKING SEQUENCE
A sequence of illustrations showing the sinking of the Titanic, sketched by survivor John B Thayer Jr. (known as Jack, the son of John B Thayer, second vice-president of the Pennylvannia Railroad)

Background imageSinking Collection: Grace Darling, lighthouse keeper's daughter

Grace Darling, lighthouse keeper's daughter
Grace Horsley Darling (1815 - 1842), daughter of the lighthouse keeper, William Darling, on the Farne Islands, who rowed with her father to the sinking steamboat the SS Forfarshire in 1838

Background imageSinking Collection: HMS Good Hope in Great War Deeds, WW1

HMS Good Hope in Great War Deeds, WW1
HMS Good Hope of the British Royal Navy going down with her last guns firing, in an action against overwhelming odds off the coast of Chile, South America

Background imageSinking Collection: Cartoon, The Dropped Pilot, WW1

Cartoon, The Dropped Pilot, WW1
Cartoon, The Dropped Pilot, twenty-four years after Tenniel. In Tenniels Dropping the Pilot cartoon of 1890 Kaiser Wilhelm II watches as Bismarck disembarks from the ship (of state)

Background imageSinking Collection: Dog Rescued from Wreck

Dog Rescued from Wreck
All saved ! the last crew member of a sinking sailing boat is pulled to safety on a breeches buoy, clutching the ships dog

Background imageSinking Collection: WW1 - The King Stephen fishing boat and Zeppelin L19, 1916

WW1 - The King Stephen fishing boat and Zeppelin L19, 1916
WW1 - The zeppelin L19 (also known as the LZ 54), was a World War I airship of the of the Imperial German Navy. After its first bomb raid in the UK, the L19 crashed in the North Sea

Background imageSinking Collection: Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless -the stalwart US Navy carrier

Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless -the stalwart US Navy carrier -going dive bomber served throughout the Pacific War, sinking most of Japans aircraft carriers

Background imageSinking Collection: Titanic / Southampton

Titanic / Southampton
The ill-fated White Star Line passenger liner, RMS Titanic departing from Southampton on its maiden, and only, voyage

Background imageSinking Collection: Sinking of Scharnhorst

Sinking of Scharnhorst
During the Battle of the Falkland Islands, German ships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau are both sunk

Background imageSinking Collection: Lusitania Medal

Lusitania Medal
The medal struck in Germany to commemorate the sinking. It reads " Business above all on Cunard Line. The great liner Lusitania sunk by a German submarine."

Background imageSinking Collection: British merchant ship war losses by G. H. Davis

British merchant ship war losses by G. H. Davis
British merchant ship war losses during the Second World War: the toll of oversea supplies. Britain lost through enemy action 2570 ships and over 11 million tonnage

Background imageSinking Collection: RMS Titanic - six postcards, Nearer My God to Thee

RMS Titanic - six postcards, Nearer My God to Thee
RMS Titanic - six Bamforth postcards, Nearer My God to Thee. Date: 1912

Background imageSinking Collection: HMS Arethusa, British light cruiser, WW1

HMS Arethusa, British light cruiser, WW1
HMS Arethusa, British light cruiser, launched 1913, served in various locations during the early part of the First World War, damaged by a mine off Felixstowe and wrecked 1916

Background imageSinking Collection: Titanic sinking / Music Sheet 1912

Titanic sinking / Music Sheet 1912
The Band Was Playing As The Ship Went Down. Written and composed by Robert Donnelly. Music cover inspired by the ill fated passenger ship

Background imageSinking Collection: French fishing boat catches octopuses

French fishing boat catches octopuses
The crew of a French fishing boat off Cancale, Brittany, find their nets full of hundreds of octopuses which swarm onto the side of their boat, nearly sinking it

Background imageSinking Collection: The Lifeboat Men

The Lifeboat Men. People You See, from Teddy Bear magazine, 1966. Date: 1966

Background imageSinking Collection: Titanic - Lord Mersey, head of inquiry into the disaster

Titanic - Lord Mersey, head of inquiry into the disaster
Front cover of the Illustrated London News featuring a portrait of Mr Justice Bigham, Lord Mersey who was appointed as chairman of the Court of Inquiry into the Titanic disaster. Date: 1912

Background imageSinking Collection: Jack Roper, Lusitania survivor

Jack Roper, Lusitania survivor
Jack Roper, a surviving crew member of the Cunard ocean liner RMS Lusitania, which was sunk by German U-Boat torpedo on 7th May 1915

Background imageSinking Collection: End of the Titanic

End of the Titanic
Artists impression of the final moment of the ill-fated White Star Line passenger liner, RMS Titanic, turning onto her end before plunging forward into the water

Background imageSinking Collection: The Wreck of the Titanic by Lawrence Beesley - Sphere

The Wreck of the Titanic by Lawrence Beesley - Sphere
A page from the Sphere with a full report of the sinking of the Titanic by a survivor, Mr Lawrence Beesley, a science master at Dulwich College since 1904. Date: 1912

Background imageSinking Collection: Daily Mirror poster, Titanic disaster hymn

Daily Mirror poster, Titanic disaster hymn
The Daily Mirror news vendor poster for 20 April 1912, depicting the hymn which was played while the ship sank: Nearer My God To Thee

Background imageSinking Collection: An illustration of the last moments of the Titanic

An illustration of the last moments of the Titanic
Calmly awaiting the order to save themselves: Stokers of the Titanic standing in a squad on the vessel while she was sinking fast

Background imageSinking Collection: Lockheed Hudsons bombing Aalesund; Second World War, 1941

Lockheed Hudsons bombing Aalesund; Second World War, 1941
Illustration showing British Lockheed Hudson bombers of Coastal Command attacking German shipping in the port of Aalesund, Norway, 1941

Background imageSinking Collection: The destruction of HMS Prince of Wales, 1941

The destruction of HMS Prince of Wales, 1941
The destruction of HMS Prince of Wales by Japanese aircraft and torpedoes near Kuantan, off the east coast of Malaya on 10 December 1941

Background imageSinking Collection: Sinking of the German battleship Scharnhorst, WW1

Sinking of the German battleship Scharnhorst, WW1
Sinking of the German battleship Scharnhorst, 8 December 1914, in the Battle of the Falklands, First World War. 1914

Background imageSinking Collection: The Sinking of the the Scharnhorst at the Battle of North

The Sinking of the the Scharnhorst at the Battle of North
Illustration showing the German Battlecruiser Scharnhorst listing to starboard as she sank at the end of the Battle of North Cape, approximately 7.30pm on 26th December 1943

Background imageSinking Collection: Scapa Flow, Battleship Bayern sinking at 2pm

Scapa Flow, Battleship Bayern sinking at 2pm on 21st June 1919

Background imageSinking Collection: A German battleship, Scapa Flow, Orkney, June 1919

A German battleship, Scapa Flow, Orkney, June 1919

Background imageSinking Collection: Salvaging German battleship Baden, Scapa Flow

Salvaging German battleship Baden, Scapa Flow, Orkney, June 1919

Background imageSinking Collection: British salvage party on a German destroyer, Scapa

British salvage party on a German destroyer, Scapa Flow, Orkney, June 1919



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