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Throwback Thursday - HMS Warspite

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Wielding the big stick at tier 6 before it's cool.

All if fair in love and war. HMS Warspite, the Original and the Best!

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A ship with personality, she did what she pleased, when she wanted it. Regardless of the crew's opinion. 

Charged the high seas fleet on her own twice (thanks rudder jam), and decided she wasn't going on the breakers yard willingly. 

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Taught me angling more than any other ship.

Such a delight when she got the turret speed buff. Now you have to microwave your tea while the turrets turn, instead of brewing it properly!

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There is a plaque near Seattle where tge ship was repaired.. was placed thrir after tge war by her crew.

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On 4/12/2018 at 1:24 PM, fierymountain said:

Certainly better then the Queen Elizabeth hands down!

Poor QE never got a chance to prove herself at Jutland lol. In WOWS 100% though. 

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The brits save cruisers and destroyers as museum ships that really didnt do that much(Belfast) but the 1 battle tested beloved queen of the seas they dont think twice about scrapping her even when she fought back while being towed to the breakers lol. How amazing would it be to be able to walk on the deck of the most famous, battletested, beloved ship in RN history and maybe of all navies in history. Good call chaps save the Belfast which spent most of the war being repaired or upgraded instead of the Grand Lady Warspite.

 

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6 hours ago, linusboy2118 said:

The brits save cruisers and destroyers as museum ships that really didnt do that much(Belfast) but the 1 battle tested beloved queen of the seas they dont think twice about scrapping her even when she fought back while being towed to the breakers lol. How amazing would it be to be able to walk on the deck of the most famous, battletested, beloved ship in RN history and maybe of all navies in history. Good call chaps save the Belfast which spent most of the war being repaired or upgraded instead of the Grand Lady Warspite.

 

Warspite and Renown would have been great candidates for preservation, barring the fact the UK was totally broke at the end of the war, and HAD to scrap most of its WWII navy to make ends meet

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On 07/08/2018 at 3:24 PM, Sledgehammer427 said:

Warspite and Renown would have been great candidates for preservation, barring the fact the UK was totally broke at the end of the war, and HAD to scrap most of its WWII navy to make ends meet

In theory yes, in practice no. The issue of money aside,  Warspite was a total wreck of a ship towards the end of her life and the cost of preserving her as a museum would of been prohibitively expensive. For practical preservation a ship like Renown or Vanguard would of been better choices simply because their physical condition was much better. We should consider ourselves lucky enough money was raised to buy Belfast, the MoD at the time would of been more than happy to let her go to the breakers yard.

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Yeah, the US got to preserve so many of its fleet simply because we were mad rich at the end of the second world war. It's a shame, though, I think the US should've helped the other allied navy in such historical preservation efforts. 

 

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