I don’t know how many Dopers may have heard of the story of the HMS Victoria. She was a pre-dreadnought battleship, with the second largest bore guns of any used by the Royal Navy. For a hundred years her fame, such as it was, derived from how she was lost: Her Admiral basically ordered the two squadrons of his fleet to turn in towards each other without sufficient sea room to allow for the two columns to safely clear each other.
So she was rammed by the lead ship of the second division, and sank in about ten minutes, with huge loss of life.
A week ago all I could have told you was that, without giving a name to the ships involved. I’d read the story of her loss as a pre-teen, and only the basics of the story stayed with me.
I got the urge last week, to see what I could find out about this, see what I’d misremembered, or what I had remembered properly. And I found out that the wreck of the Victoria had been found recently, and it was in a position that seems to be unique: It’s inclinws at 90 degrees attitude to the seabed.
That doesn’t mean that the ship is lying on its side on the seabed.
No, the forward third of the hull is embedded into the sea bottom, and the other two thirds are pointed straight up at the surface.
No point to this, just sharing because I found it interesting.