The 100th anniversary of the greatest single naval battle (the separate battles of Samar and Surigao Strait were smaller) is over.
Attended a fascinating lecture yesterday by Innes McCartney on the wrecks of Jutland, using their GPS positions to verify or adjust track charts and correct errors of navigation.
He showed the original photo from which the faked picture of Invincible “actually blowing up” was created. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Invincible_(1907
There were two new documentaries on UK TV, one from Channel 4 featuring McCartney’s new multi-beam sonar and ROV work locating 23 out of 24 wrecks, and an inferior effort from the BBC with Dan Snow. It included loading a Queen Mary model hull in a tank to simulate Seydlitz flooding to show it wasn’t having one less watertight bulkhead (crude simplification) that made British ships more vulnerable. It ignored that QM was actually blown apart making the comparison completely invalid. See You Tube Battle Of Jutland: The Navy's Bloodiest Day if you can
Channel 4’s is reviewed at http://thepipeline.info/blog/2016/05/22 ... channel-4/
McCartney scrupulously follows the look don’t touch principle for war grave wrecks but this article highlights that for the Jutland wrecks, others don’t, and protection is frankly unenforceable. It would surely be better if the wrecks were “plundered” by responsible parties for museum relics, which would keep dead sailors’ sacrifice in the public eye, rather than let them be attacked by scrap metal dealers. http://thepipeline.info/blog/2016/05/22 ... ls-to-act/http://www.jutland1916.com
is a fantastic resource including Admiral J.E.T. Harper’s original renavigation of the battle in a series of charts. His work was suppressed by Beatty, but McCartney shows Harper and his team reconstructed from a confusing mass of reports something which the wreck positions largely support.
All the best