The Loss of H.M.S. Viper

By H.C. Timewell, published August 1974


During the Channel Squadron’s summer manoeuvres, Lieut. William Speke RN wrecked H.M.S. Viper, the world’s first turbine driven warship. Thirteen days later Lieut. Speke faced his court martial. The Admiralty accepted the risks of manoeuvring some 127 warships in crowded waters, perhaps this recognition was the reason Lieut. William Speke walked away from his court martial with nothing more serious than a reprimand.

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Filed under: English Channel | Other (Twentieth C) | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

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