Cowes Week commemoration of First World War

By Ross Findon

Published on Tuesday, August 05, 2014 - 14:42


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.


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