1810 Minotaur lost off the Texel with 360 men.
The Wreck of the Minotaur by J.M.W. Turner – http://www.minotaur.org/minotaur-turner.htm
Wikipedia – HMS Minotaur (1793) – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Minotaur_(1793)
1813 Helicon captured the French privateer Revenant 6 miles W. of Bolt Tail.
1836 Naval Instructors and Schoolmasters established by Order in Council, to be appointed by warrant.
1875 Goliath, reduced to a training ship, 819 Sqns (Illustrious) bombed Tripoli.
1940 Destroyer Hyperion sunk by destroyer Janus, having been torpedoed by Italian submarine Serpente off Cape Bon (37-40S, 11-31E). Last of thirty-four destroyers lost in 1940.
Wrecksite – HMS Hyperion (1940+) – http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?15999
Wikipedia – HMS Hyperion (H97 1936-40) – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Hyperion_(H97)
1943 Old cruiser Niobe (German, ex-Yugoslav Cattaro), aground near Silba Island, in Adriatic, torpedoed by RN MTBs.
1956 Last British and French troops withdrawn from Suez. Prime Minister Eden resigned 9 January 1957.
See 25 July 1956, 1 November 1956, 6 November 1956.
THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER
The Royal Navy has led the way in the development of aircraft carriers at every stage. The First World War, however, came too soon in the development of the aeroplane for many real advances in tactical thinking with the RN. The Navy’s air service and that of the Army were combined in the Royal Air Force, and the resultant lack of naval influence over the types of planes to be designed and how to use them left the Fleet Air Arm when it was reformed just before the Second World War equipped with absurdly outdated aircraft, The carriers themselves, however, were well designed and remained better equipped to meet even kamikaze attacks than their US equivalents.
The Navy was quick to learn the use of the Air Arm. The Taranto attack is a classic episode. After the war, as aircraft became bigger and faster, the Royal Navy led the world in the development of the angled deck, the steam catapult and the mirror (later projector) sight. Without these inventions in the early 1950s, the huge USN carrier fleet would not have been possible. Financial constraints affected the Fleet Air Arm savagely: the ‘through deck-cruiser’, the ‘jump jet aircraft’ and the ‘ski jump’ were notable British inventions.
The aircraft carriers HMS Illustrious and Eagle in the Pedestal convoy to Malta in 1942. (RNM)
Wrecksite On This Day – http://wrecksite.eu/wrecked-on-this-day.aspx?41dsmAYjhPJyaV8FSDgR6g==