|Model of HMS Queen Mary|
A few more rounds were fired when I took another look through my telescope and there was quite a fair distance between the second ship and what I believed was the fourth ship, due to the third ship going under. Flames were belching from what I took to be the fourth ship of the line. Then came the big explosion which shook us a bit, and on looking at the pressure gauge I saw the pressure had failed.
Immediately after that came what I term the big smash, and I was dangling in the air on a bowline, which saved me from being thrown down on the floor of the turret.
|Queen Mary Fatally Wounded at Jutland|
Petty Officer Ernest Francis,
One of 18 Survivors of HMS Queen Mary