Cowes Week commemoration of First World War

By Ross Findon

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


Cowes Week commemoration of First World War

The Royal Yacht Squadron cannon fires a shot to mark the centenary of the first shot fired at sea in the First World War. Picture by Jennifer Burton,

THE first shot fired at sea during the First World War, was marked at Cowes Week this morning (Tuesday).

As part of centenary events marking the start of the Great War, a single shot was fired from one of the Royal Yacht Squadron cannon, which was followed by a minute silence.

As part of the event, organised by the National Museum of the Royal Navy, there was a sail past by the patrol vessel HMS Mersey.

Prof Dominic Tweddle, director general of the museum, said: "It is commonly believed that the First World War was fought entirely in the trenches, however our naval forces were engaged in battle across the world. Some 43,244 naval personnel lost their lives during the war.

"That single shot from HMS Lance signified the start of a campaign at sea that came at considerable human cost."

HMS Mersey

HMS Mersey, during its sail past off the Isle of Wight.

More News

1 - 2 - 3 - 4


Log-in or register to comment on this story. See our House Rules here.

By ticking "Remember me" you agree to a cookie being stored on your computer - no personal data is shared.

Forgotten your password?

Any views or opinions presented in the comments above are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Isle of Wight County Press.

Most Read

  1. Football club proposal divides Isle of Wight village

    Sunday, December 21, 2014

  2. Woman hurt following assault

    Monday, December 22, 2014

  3. Kitchen fire at Amazon World

    Sunday, December 21, 2014

  4. Business rates under fire from Isle of Wight Labour candidate

    Sunday, December 21, 2014

  5. Thanks for Isle of Wight lifesaver

    Monday, December 22, 2014

View our Elgin Traffic & Travel Map
Travel News Sponsor