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Drowned close to shore: the loss of two American Troopships in 1918

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In 1918 the small island of Islay off the west coast of Scotland would witness the full brunt of the sea war on not one but two occasions. Above: Islay is the most southern of the islands in the Inner Hebrides, known as ‘The Queen of the Hebrides’. The first of these was on 5 February 1918 when the Troopship Tuscania was torpedoed by UB-77 at 7…


HMS Zubian: A Tale of Two Halves

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On 15 February 1907 the first of the new Tribal Class destroyers, HMS Cossack, was launched and over the following two-and-a-half years she was followed by another eleven sister-ships.  The last of them, HMS Zulu, was launched on 16 September 1909 and commissioned in the following March.  At 285 feet long (86.9m), with a beam of 27 feet (8.2m) and …