‘They All Got Off Except the Ship’: Captain Hastings and the Howe

By Ernest W. Toy , published May 2001


This article begins with the early career of Captain Hastings, before explaining why he and his command were off Spain in 1982. The fact that the reef upon which Howe grounded was uncharted was accepted at the courtmartial, but her failure to turn as swiftly as the Royal Sovereign was the cause of her grounding. The subsequent events and the findings of the court are detailed, together with the public reception given to the exoneration of Hastings, the subsequent court martial of Admiral Fairfax and the public outcry which followed.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Post WW2 | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Biography | Navies | Ship Handling & Seamanship

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