HMS Invincible 
by Alessandro Querci 

1/700 HMS Invincible (Flyhawk)

She was laid down at the shipyards of Sir W. G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co., Ltd in Tyneside on April 2, 1906 and launched at 3:00 pm on April 13, 1907 by Lady Allendale. On December 28, while she was still being set up, she was hit by the Oden coal mine, which caused some damage to the hull. She was officially completed on March 16, 1909. On March 18, she sailed from Tyne to Portsmouth, where she was to enter service. On the way she collided with the brig Mary Ann and she had to wait until the rescue ship John Birch arrived from Yarmouth for her to tow the brig away. She entered service on March 20, 1909 under the command of Mark Kerr. During the Battle of Jutland on May 31, 1916 she was the flagship of the 3rd Battlecruiser Squadron ("3rd Battlecruiser Squad"). Her "Q" tower was hit by a volley from Lützow, which blew up the roof of the turret. That same shot (or a shot from the same salvo that penetrated the ammunition depot) blew up the ammunition depot causing a severe explosion. The ship broke into two parts and sank. All 1,021 crewmen lost their lives except six. Admiral Hood was among the dead. After the war the wreck was located by a mine hunter at the coordinates 57 ° 02?40 ? N 6 ° 0

Alessandro Querci

Gallery updated 1/19/2023