Special Ships, page 3

HMS Dorsetshire and HMS Cornwall

Logo of the H.M.S. Dorsetshire Association
Drawing of HMS Dorsetshire

On their Last Assignment
H.M.S. Dorsetshire

Easter Sunday 5th April 1942
Pencil Sketch
5" x 12" (12.5cm x 30.5 cm)

H.M.S.Cornwall in company.
Marine painting: HMS Dorsetshire

On their Last Assignment
H.M.S. Dorsetshire

Oil on canvas
12" x 24" (30.5 cm x 61 cm)
H.M.S.Cornwall in company.

Ray Chandler was one of 500 survivors from the sinking of the Dorsetshire and the Cornwall. He commissioned this painting and the drawing to commemorate the 50th Anniversary in 1992.

In 1942, Dorsetshire was assigned to the Eastern Fleet in the Indian Ocean. In the Indian Ocean Raid, Dorsetshire and her sister ship Cornwall were attacked by Japanese dive-bombers 320km southwest of Ceylon on 5th April 1942. Dorsetshire was hit by ten bombs and sank quickly at about 13:50; Cornwall was hit eight times and sank about ten minutes later. Of Dorsetshire's crew, 234 men were killed in the attack; more than 500 survived in the water or on rafts, to be picked up by the cruiser Enterprise and the destroyers Paladin and Panther the next day. Captain Agar was among the survivors.

Dorsetshire was a three funnel Norfolk class heavy cruiser, a displacement of 9,975 tons, main armament of eight 8 inch guns and a complement of 650.

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