HMS Royal Oak - SMC035
HMS Royal Oak was a Royal Sovereign Class battleship, commissioned in 1916 and saw action at the Battle of Jutland. Even though she was over 20 years old at the outbreak of the Second World War she was still considered to be a capable ship.

On the 13th of October 1939, while lying at anchor in Scapa Flow, the battleship HMS Royal Oak was torpedoed and sunk by U-47, a German U Boat. 833 men lost their lives in this tragedy.

The sinking of HMS Royal Oak was a national disaster and led to the construction of the Churchill Barriers. A memorial to the men of HMS Royal Oak can be found in the north choir aisle of St Magnus Cathedral.

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