HMS Irresistible


The Ship

Torpedoed and sunk 18 March 1915

HMS Irresistible was built by Chatham Dockyard,launched 15/12/1898. Torpedoed and sunk by shore battereies, Dardanelles, Turkey,18/3/1915.

On 18th March 1915 the entire squadron re-entered the Straits - the batteries were once again silenced. The French battleship Bouvet then hit a drifting mine and sank within three minutes, losing 640 members of her crew. The Turks, elated by their success, released more mines and scored a further hit on the cruiser Irresistible, which started to drift towards the enemy shore. HMS Ocean took Irresistible in tow, but she also hit a mine and both ships were lost in deep water. The Dardanelles Campaign ended in complete failure after two further ships, Gaulois and Inflexible, were badly damaged

My Postcards

Postally used 21 April 1905.


Postally used 20 Feb 1912.


Postally used - date unknown but post the loss of HMS Irresistible.
Postcard series: Bells' Westcliff


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