Ersatz Yorck wrote:Except for cases where a ship has suffered a major explosion, I cannot think of any cases where a dreadnought (Battleship or Battlecruiser) has been sunk by gunfire alone. There is the possible case of the Lützow, but there is apparently many who think she was hit by a torpedo. But apart from that?
At midnight, there was still hope that the severely wounded Lützow could make it back to harbor. The ship was capable of 7 knots up until around 00:45 when she began taking on more water. By 01:00, there was too much water in the hull for the pumps to handle. Water began to enter the forward generator compartments, which forced the crew to work by candlelight. Lützow was so low in the water by 01:30 that water began to flood the forward boiler room. By that point, almost all of the compartments in the forward part of the ship, up to the conning tower and below the main armored deck, were thoroughly flooded. Water had also entered the ship through shell holes in the forecastle above the armored deck; the majority of the upper portion of the ship forward of the forward-most barbette was flooded as well. The battlecruiser's crew attempted to patch the shell holes three times, but as the flooding worsened and the draft increased, water increasingly washed over the deck and inhibited progress on the repair work.
The crew attempted to reverse direction and steam backwards, but this had to be abandoned when the bow became so submerged that the propellers were pulled partially out of the water; forward draft had increased to over 17 meters.[Note 8] By 2:20, an estimated 8,000 tons of water was in the ship, and she was in serious danger of capsizing, so KzS Harder gave the order to abandon ship. The torpedo boats G37, G38, G40, and V45 came alongside the stricken battlecruiser to evacuate the ship's crew. By 02:45 Lützow was submerged up to her bridge. G38 fired two torpedoes into the ship, and two minutes later she disappeared below the waves.
By 02:45 Lützow was submerged up to her bridge.
BobDonnald wrote:The French battleship at Mers-el-Kebir whose name eludes me is another. Unless beaching does not count as sunk.
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