On 22nd June 1893 The Royal Navy's Mediterranean Fleet was about to anchor off Tripoli, Lebanon, when Admiral Tyron ordered two lines of battleships to turn toward each other. The lines were too close and Admiral Markham's HMS Camperdown sliced into the bows of Tyron's HMS Victoria.
Within ten minutes the Victoria had sunk taking Tyron and 350 of her crew to their deaths. In an instant the Mediterranean Fleet had lost its Admiral and its flagship, named after the reigning monarch.
A stunned Britain and Admiralty wanted answers. How could such a catastrophe occur? Why did no one prevent the collision? Why did the Victoria sink so fast, when the damage she sustained was limited to her bows only?
Richard Hough's investigation of the Victoria-Camperdown incident reveals how the disaster occurred and what the repercussions were. It has become the classic history of this famous event in the annals of the Royal Navy.
This fascinating book brings the Victorian navy alive and peers deep into the lives of the Admirals in collision.
By Richard Hough - ISBN no 1903381138
14x22cm paperback 174 pages 13 photos & ills