National Geographic : 1952 Apr
DUE OF QYORK © National Geographic Society + White Ensign, Britannia's Battle Flag, Rises on H.M.S. Duke of York In 1943 the Duke's 14-inch guns mortally wounded the German battleship Scharnhorst, long a thorn in the Royal Navy's side. Later she helped bottle up Japan. A 35.000-tonner, she remains one of Great Britain's five modern battleships. Kodlachronies by 1. Anthony Stewart + Day Begins in the Royal Dockyard with the Hoisting of the Flag King John made Portsmouth a dockyard. Here in 1495-96 Henry VII built England's first dry dock. When Charles Dickens was born, his father worked at the yard. The figurehead glorifies Admiral Benbow, who in 1702 fought the French despite a shattered leg.