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The launch of HMS Cornwallis.

The launch of HMS Cornwallis.
The launch of HMS Cornwallis.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H2666
Description: The launch of the 13,745 ton first-class battleship HMS 'Cornwallis' from the Thames Ironworks on 17 July 1901. 'Cornwallis' saw service with the Channel Fleet in 1906 but was transferred to the Atlantic Fleet in February the next year. In August 1910 she joined the Mediterranean Fleet and in June two years later returned to the Home Fleet in 4th Battle Squadron. At the outbreak of war in 1914, 'Cornwallis' joined the 6th Battle Squadron of the Channel Fleet but was sent to the Dardanelles in January 1915. HMS 'Cornwallis' was the last ship to leave Gallipoli in the evacuation of 19-20 December 1915. After being hit with three torpedoes from German U-boat 'U32' she sank off Malta with the loss of 15 lives.
Creator: Unknown
Date: 17 July 1901
Credit line: Newham Archives and Local Studies Library collection.
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