Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
The Opening Salvo of the Naval War
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The naval gun and turret above, shown in transit between the Imperial
War Museum and
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, fired the first shot in anger at sea in
the Great War. It is a 4-inch Mk. IV piece capable of firing a 32-lb.
shell over five miles. On 4 August 1914 it was mounted on the destroyer
RMS Lance, part of a patrol off the Dutch coast that came across
the German minesweeper Königin Luise. Failing to escape the speedier vessels, the German ship was scuttled by the crew. However, the next day, a mine the Königin Luise had laid sank the cruiser
RMS Amphion, the first British ship to be sunk in the Great War. The war at sea was off and running.
Thanks to Charles Bogart of the Coastal Defense Study Group
Photo Source: WarHistoryOnline.com