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How long did it take to flood HMS Lion's magazine at Jutland?


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I realise that I have been wondering this for many years!

How long did it take to flood HMS Lion's Q magazine at Jutland? (Or at least reach the stage where it was safe?)

 

RM

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V C was awarded for this order ? one hope very quickly!

 

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Is it in the VC citation? Ship's log?

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I haven't found it anywhere. (Though I haven't looked at either of those yet.)

 

According to Chatfield's report the shell exploded in Q Turret at 16.00. He is a bit vaguer about when the propellant explosion took place, If I understand him aright he said that it took place at about the same time as the enemy battle cruisers became visible and Lion reopened fire at 16.38.

http://www.dreadnoughtproject.org/tfs/index.php/H.M.S._Lion_at_the_Battle_of_Jutland

 

By that time the magazine doors were shut and the magazine flooded enough to prevent an explosion.

 

(Wikipedia puts the propellant explosion at 16.28.)

 

I suppose I should also ask how was the flooding done and who actually carried out the order?

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I came across it when I wrote something on Jutland in 2016 - will go back & check my sources.

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