For over twenty years, HMS Hood toured the world as the most iconic warship in the Royal Navy. Unmatched in her beauty and charisma, Hood is one of history’s greatest warships.
During the twilight years of the British Empire, Hood toured the world showing the flag as a symbol of British power. As the Royal Navy’s show-ship, Hood came to command a special place in the hearts and minds of the British public.
Such was the regard for the Hood that her destruction on the morning of 24 May 1941 by the German battleship Bismarck created dismay across the world. Within minutes of entering battle, ‘the Mighty Hood’ as she was affectionately known, was destroyed by a catastrophic explosion, which had echoes of Jutland a quarter of a century earlier. Out of a crew of a crew of 1,418, only three survived.
HMS HOOD Pride of the Royal Navy
A comprehensive look at the life and death of the battlecruiser HMS Hood in war and peace. The sinking of HMS Hood was the single largest disaster ever sustained by the Royal Navy.