HMS Hood, 1897

ClassRoyal Sovereign
Builtat Chatham, 1891
Speed17.5 knots
Armament2 x twin 13.5 Inch Guns, 10 x 6 Inch Guns, 10 x 6 pdr Guns, 5 Torpedo Tubes
FateShe was sunk as a blockshop for Portland Harbour in 1914.
NotesHMS Hood was assigned to the Mediterranean due to her poor sea handling capablities. These came about as the result of the increased weight due to her turrets. The extra weight of these turrets had meant that she had had to be shortened at the fore and aft. It was this that led to her relative unwieldliness.

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