British Warships Found off Estonia

Sonar searches by an Estonian minesweeper, Ugandi, have found the remains of 3 British ships that were part of a squadron that was supporting the Baltic states’ struggle for independence against both German and Soviet invaders in 1918 / 1919.

The cruiser HMS Cassandra was sunk by an uncharted German mine on 5th December 1918 with the loss of 11 of her crew of 400. Two Flower Class sloops, HMS Myrtle and HMS Gentian, were sunk by mines in July 1919 while clearing a passage to try and supply the independent Estonian government with weapons. Nine men were lost.

The ships apparently lie in around 60-100 metres of water near the island of Saaremaa.

There is more information on the Guardian’s website.

About Neil Hambleton

I am a British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) Advanced Diver and an Open Water Instructor. I have been diving since 1992, after joining South China Diving Club (SCDC), which is a Hong Kong-based branch of the BSAC. Having moved to New Zealand, I am now a member of BSAC New Zealand.
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2 Responses to British Warships Found off Estonia

  1. alfiesaden says:

    hello – is it just me !! can any one explain why when i type in the yahoo browser “” i get a different site yet whe i type it in google its ok? could this be a bug in my system or is any one else having same probs ?
    alfie saden

  2. Neil Hambleton says:

    No, sorry. Works for me.

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