The biggest, fastest battleship in the Royal Navy's fleet.
Launched in November, 1944, the H.M.S. Vanguard (23) was the biggest, fastest battleship in the Royal Navy's Fleet. Often regarded as the world's final completed battleship, her history is just as incredible as her size and speed. While she wasn't completed in time for WWII, this versatile craft did act as a training ship and a flagship for the Royal Navy Reserve Fleet. Her guns were not her own - they were recycled from notable WWI and WWII-era ships such as the Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Sovereign. Ironically, these guns were never fired in combat. After nearly two decades honorably serving her Queen and Country, the H.M.S. Vanguard was sold for scrap in August, 1960.
Did you know?
- The H.M.S. Vanguard was once used by England's Royal Family as a "royal yacht," taking George VI and his daughter, Elizabeth II, to South Africa. This trip marked the first time the future Queen had ever left the country.
- The Vanguard's impressive 15-inch gun turrets stood in for guns aboard the H.M.S. Hood and the H.M.S. King George V in the 1960 film, Sink the Bismarck!
- Before she was scrapped, portions of the Vanguard's thick steel armor plating were recovered and recycled as shielding for a whole body monitor at England's prestigious Radiobiological Research Laboratory.
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Stock Number: HSGS4115
Mfg. Number: 40115
Skill Level 3
Length: 22.4 in (570 mm)
Width: 2.8 in (71 mm)