Formidable was a battleship serving with the Royal Navy in the Channe,
15,000 tons. Launched 17th November 1898, Portsmouth. Heaviest gun,
12 in, 50 tons. She
had a crew of 780 men. On New Year’s Day, 1915, the fleet
was returning from firing exercise. Six battleships and two cruisers
were sailing in line through Lyme Bay . HMS Formidable developed
engine trouble and was last in the line. Unknown to the navy the
fleet was being shadowed by a German submarine. At 2.30am, in bright
moonlight, HMS Formidable was sunk by torpedo from German submarine
U24 off Portland Bill, in the English Channel, on 1st January 1915.
Nearly 600 men were drowned or died of cold in the freezing waters.