27/10/1914 Britain loses a battleship

Britain’s control of the sea rests on its mighty fleet of battleships. It has more of these huge vessels than Germany and so can keep the German fleet bottled up in port, strangling the enemy’s maritime trade. But Germany has ways of striking back at the British fleet. U-boats are one threat to Britain’s maritime dominance, but for now a more significant threat is the mine. Today German mines laid off the north coast of Ireland claim the Audacious. The battleship hits a mine and sinks. The crew evacuate and are rescued by other British warships and by the ocean liner Olympic, sister ship of the famous Titanic.

The loss of the Audacious is considered so disturbing that all mention of it is banned from British newspapers.

image source (Wikipedia)

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