Wreck of HMS Repulse 'rigged with scrap metal merchants' explosives' is one of the "The Telegraph" headlines of 23 April 2015. Julian Ryall, Tokyo correspondent, tells us that the wreck of HMS Repulse, sunk in 1941 off Malaysia and classified as a war grave, has been "rigged up with home-made bombs and fuses waiting for detonation", according to a diver who visited the site on Sunday.
The Telegraph's journalist tells, according to David Yiu's declarations, director of Singapore-based Friendly Waters Seasports Pte., that "New fuses and cables had been laid all across the hull and tin cans containing explosives were in place" and that "The damage being done to the British warships is "hugely disrespectful" to the men who died when they sank, while another concern is the environmental damage the vessels could cause should they leak large amounts of fuel", among other facts. You can read more at: "The Telegraph".
In October 2014, the Daily Telegraph reported that both Prince of Wales and Repulse were being "extensively damaged" with explosives by scrap metal dealers. Wreckage of HMS Repulse and HMS Prince of Wales do much time that they are being ravaged by scrap metal merchants.
The wrecks of the two ships were found after the war, Repulse in 183 feet (56 m) of water, and Prince of Wales in 223 feet (68 m). Both are in a nearly upside-down position. Buoys were attached to the propeller shafts, and flags of the Royal Navy are attached to the lines and are regularly changed by divers. These Royal Navy wrecks are Crown property.
More images about Wrecks of HMS Repulse courtesy from: TEC Expedition Report; South China Sea Liveaboard – HMS Repulse & Submarine K17:
Image; YC Lee passes over the HMS Repulse shipwreck, propelled by his DPV
Image; A diver swims along the enormous HMS Repulse wreck
Image; A diver swims along the enormous bow of the magnificent HMS Repulse
Image; The wreath laid on the bridge of the Repulse by the DJL Diving team
More images about Wrecks of HMS Repulse courtesy from Wreck Thailand:
This famous British Renown Class Battlecruiser was completed in August 1916. Repulse was extremely fast, easily topping 32 knots, due in part to their extreme length – beam ratio. But this speed also came at the expense of light armour. Together with HMS Prince of Wales and 5 Destroyers, she was stationed in Singapore and their group was commonly known as Force Z. The allies hoped that the presence of Forze Z would help deter a Japanese attack.
The sinking of Prince of Wales and Repulse was a Second World War naval engagement that took place north of Singapore, off the east coast of Malaya, near Kuantan,Pahang, where the British Royal Navy battleship HMS Prince of Wales and battlecruiser HMS Repulse were sunk by land-based bombers and torpedo bombers of the Imperial Japanese Navy on 10 December 1941. In Japanese, the engagement was referred to as the Naval Battle off Malaya.
HMS Repulse Photo: GETTY [Via]
HMS Repulse leaving Singapore