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This is a 5.5in gun removed from the Battlecruiser Hood during a refit pre-war, on the Faroe Islands. This, and 2 others on Ascension Island, are the largest remaining relics of the Hood, Destroyed in battle by the German Battleship Bismark and the Heavy Cruiser Prinz Eugen in 1941.
On September 17, 1939, the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Courageous was hit by torpedoes from the German submarine U-29, and sank within 20 minutes. The Courageous, on an anti-submarine patrol off the coast of Ireland, was stalked for hours by U-29, which launched three torpedoes when it saw an opening. Two of the torpedoes struck the ship on the port side, sinking her with the loss of 518 of her 1,259 crew members.