||5 March 1920
||Sunk by German
battleship Bismarck 24 May 1941 in company with Prince
Hood." Note extreme length of hull, the UP
Rocket launchers and the abundance of 4" AA mounts
© Andrew Arthur.
When completed Hood, almost universally
known to the Britsh Public as the "Mighty 'ood"
was the largest and most powerful capital ship in the Royal Navy.
In all but name she was a fast battleship rather than a
battlecruiser, being fitted with an inclined main belt which gave
equal protection to the thicker vertical armour on contemporary
Hood had an impressive appearance, and was undoubtedly the
most beautiful battleship ever built, anywhere, and thus was used
extensively for "showing the flag" between the wars.
It had been intended to reconstruct her completely in 1939 in a
similar fashion to Queen Elizabeth and Renown,
because her anti-aircraft armament and horizontal protection were
no longer adequate. She would have been fitted with the new
5.25" dual-purpose mounts as in the "King George
V" Class, and her horizontal protection was to have been
increased. She would have received a new tower bridge structure,
new machinery, and the vertical armour and underwater protection
would have been strengthened.
The original secondary armament comprised 16 x 5.5" guns in
single mounts, but all of these were removed by 1940. Also by
that time her full load displacement had increased by 1600 tons
and her top speed had dropped from 32 to just under 29 knots.
Her brief and unhappy career in World War II came to an abrupt
end on 24 May 1941 after she litterally blew up after being hit
by Bismarck’s salvoes, in company with the doomed Prince
of Wales. This was compounded with her poor material state,
and the lack of protection and damage control onboard.
|Pictures of Hood
|Hood in 1939.
|HMS Hood, probably early war,
showing the graceful, sweeping line of the hull and the
||5200 nm @ 20 knots
Yarrow Small-tube boilers; 4 x Brown-Curtis geared
turbines @ 144000 shp
|Armament, Armour & Complement ( 1939
||1421 officers & ratings
- 4 x 2 x 15" L/42
- 7 x 2 x 4" AA
- 3 x 8 x 2pdr pom-pom AA
- 5 x 20 x 175mm UP AA
- 2 x 4 x 0.5"MG AA
- 5"-12" Belt
- 11" Forecastle
- 1" Upper Deck
- 11"-3" Main Deck
- 1"-2" Lower Deck