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Warspite Aground at Prussia Cove

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HMS Warspite Aground at Prussia Cove, 1950(?)

Prussia Cove was for the most part unheard of, until in 1947 the famous battleship HMS Warspite broke her tow whilst on the way to the ship breakers, and went aground on the hazardous rocks. A piece from one of the ship's spars now stands as a monument on the small headland to the west.

When I was about five years of age my family went on annual holidays to Cliff Cottage, which looked right out on the Warspite as seen in the picture which was taken by my father from the cottage. My parents befriended the salvage men working on the ship, and we were invited over to look around. My mother and nanny got into the local papers as being the first women ever to set foot on the ship. Below you can see us going over on the breaches-boy.

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