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Re: HMS Prince of Wales - Unlucky Ship?
The first torpedo hit of her final engagement was certainly very, very unlucky. Although a surprising number of battleships took torpedoes or mines in that area (Bismarck, Richelieu, Vittorio Veneto, Warspite, Pennsylvania..)
With all the talk of the new Flyhawk Hood and books on the loss of the POW and Repulse a few posts down.... got me thinking...
Knowing how superstitious sailors are...I wonder if the RN sailors started to believe privately that HMS Prince of Wales was an unlucky ship - or at least an unlucky ship to sail with...
Sure, she was a brand new ship and she had a relatively uneventful sortie into the Med after the Bismarck action. But, I wonder if after POW and HMS Repulse went down in the South China Sea (although tragic) the HMS Renown sailors breathed a sigh of relief. After all, if you are a Royal Navy battle cruiser being ordered to sail with the Prince of Wales did not guarantee your safe return home. She went through two of them - the mighty HMS Hood beloved HMS Repulse.
I really have never read any accounts of RN sailors or brass believing this, but it's just something that made me say to myself "Hmmmmmmmmmmm....I wonder"....
I welcome those of you more versed on this subject to chime in! I'd love to know your thoughts.
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