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When was the last 74 sunk? - 6/16/2014 9:55:32 AM   
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(all information shamelessly copied from Wikipedia)

HMS Implacable was a 74-gun third rate of the Royal Navy. She was originally the French Navy's Téméraire-class ship of the line Duguay-Trouin, launched in 1800. She survived the Battle of Trafalgar only for the British to capture her at the subsequent Battle of Cape Ortegal. In British service she participated in the capture of the Imperial Russian Navy 74-gun ship of the line Vsevolod (Russian: Всеволод) in the Baltic in 1808 during the Anglo-Russian War. Later, Implacable became a training ship. Eventually, she became the second oldest ship in the Royal Navy after HMS Victory, Lord Nelson's flagship at Trafalgar. When the Royal Navy finally scuttled Implacable, she flew both the French and British flags side-by-side as she sank.

My question is, following which war was the Implacable scuttled ?

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Unlike the unfortunate Wellesley, Implacable survived the Second World War. Still, the Admiralty scuttled her by an explosive charge on 2 December 1949. A fireboat towed her to a spot east of the Isle of Wight and she sank into Saint Catherine's Deep, about five miles from Ventnor. A French warship was in attendance to render honours. Implacable was by then the second oldest ship of the Navy after Victory, and there were heavy protests against her disposal. However, given the post-War austerity the British decided against the cost of her restoration, which was estimated at £150,000 with another £50,000 for re-rigging. In 1947 they had offered her to the French, who too declined to spend the money to turn her into a museum. Still, her figurehead and stern galleries were saved and are on display in the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich, while her capstan is on display at the maritime museum at Rochefort. Public reaction to the "criminal action against the maritime history of Britain" forced the government to support the preservation of Cutty Sark.


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RE: When was the last 74 sunk? - 6/16/2014 10:07:09 AM   
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I assumed Wiki had got it wrong - not the first time - as otherwise how could Implacable be the second oldest ship in the RN when there was an Implacable aircraft carrier in WWII...

Then I saw she had her name changed so that explains how that was possible.

Nice fact - thanks for sharing

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RE: When was the last 74 sunk? - 6/16/2014 10:12:53 AM   
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http://www.oldsaltblog.com/2013/03/hms-implacable-survivor-of-trafalgar-wwii-scuttled-in-1949/

Video of her demise.

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RE: When was the last 74 sunk? - 6/16/2014 10:34:19 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Aurelian

http://www.oldsaltblog.com/2013/03/hms-implacable-survivor-of-trafalgar-wwii-scuttled-in-1949/

Video of her demise.

Great video ... but at 1:13 there is another hulk shown ... what was that hulk and did she survive longer than Implacable?


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RE: When was the last 74 sunk? - 6/16/2014 11:33:41 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Greyshaft


quote:

ORIGINAL: Aurelian

http://www.oldsaltblog.com/2013/03/hms-implacable-survivor-of-trafalgar-wwii-scuttled-in-1949/

Video of her demise.

Great video ... but at 1:13 there is another hulk shown ... what was that hulk and did she survive longer than Implacable?

warspite1

+1. That's a real shame she couldn't have been preserved.


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RE: When was the last 74 sunk? - 6/16/2014 1:11:44 PM   
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Thank you for telling this, Greyshaft.

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RE: When was the last 74 sunk? - 6/16/2014 4:07:17 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: warspite1


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ORIGINAL: Greyshaft


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ORIGINAL: Aurelian

http://www.oldsaltblog.com/2013/03/hms-implacable-survivor-of-trafalgar-wwii-scuttled-in-1949/

Video of her demise.

Great video ... but at 1:13 there is another hulk shown ... what was that hulk and did she survive longer than Implacable?

warspite1

+1. That's a real shame she couldn't have been preserved.



It is.

The USS Olympia (C-6) may go the save way. She needs roughly $10 million in repairs. I really need to go there soon.

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RE: When was the last 74 sunk? - 6/17/2014 8:43:54 PM   
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That's sad :( .

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