For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
Admiral Class Battelecruiser
This page is not meant to be a comprehensive history of HMS Hood., but a record of sailors of the ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY who served in her, photos they took and stories they may have shared with their families.
In May 1941, H.M.S. Hood (Capt. Ralph Kerr, R.N., CBE, with Vice-Admiral Lancelot Ernest Holland, R.N., CB onboard) in company with the new battleship Prince H.M.S. Prince of Wales, she was sent out to search for the German battleship Bismarck, which had left Norway with the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen for the Atlantic. On the morning of May 24, the two British capital ships found the enemy to the west of Iceland. In the resulting Battle of the Denmark Strait, one or more of Bismarck's fifteen-inch shells got into Hood's after magazines. The resulting explosion split HMS Hood in two and she sank about 260 nautical miles east-south-east of Reykjavik, Iceland with a loss of 1,415 officers and men - there were only 3 survivors.