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HMS Hood (51)

HMS Hood was a British battlecruiser, the last such ship built for the Royal Navy. Constructed beginning in 1916, Hood was the only Admiral-class battlecruiser to be completed. She was commissioned in 1920 and used generally for showing-the-flag exercises until the onset of the Second World War. After a refit, Hood was sent back into service. On 24 May 1941, early in the Battle of the Denmark Strait, she was struck by several shells from the German battleship Bismarck and exploded, killing all but three of her crew of 1,418.

Photograph: Allan C. Green; restoration: Adam Cuerden

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