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The best pictures of the sinking of HMS Birkenhead, 1852

Posted in Best pictures, Boats, Bravery, Children, Disasters, Famous news stories, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Ships, War on Thursday, 30 July 2015

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The best pictures of the Steam Frigate Birkenhead show the wreck and the heroism of the soldiers on board this troopship, which in 1852 struck a rock near Cape Town and sank with over 400 fatalities.
The first picture shows the women and children getting to safety in Birkenhead’s lifeboats watched by the soldiers doomed to go down with the ship.

HMS Birkenhead, picture, image, illustration

Wreck of the Birkenhead

The second picture shows the ship’s captain and the soldiers on board standing to attention as the ship goes down, their chivalric action giving rise to the phrase “Birkenhead Drill”, better known as “women and children first”.

HMS Birkenhead, picture, image, illustration

The Vessel went down, each Man standing unflinchingly at his Post by Percy Sumner

The third picture shows the Birkenhead moments before she sinks with every soldier still on deck.

HMS Birkenhead, picture, image, illustration

The Wreck of the "Birkenhead," 1852 by Charles Edward Dixon

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