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Shrapnel - HMS New Zealand, 22 Apr 1916 Object Reg. No: ST 039826

Summary:
Fragment of shrapnel on a brass stand on inner side painted 'H.M.S. New Zealand 22/4/1916'. 'NZ' painted on outer side.

The construction of the Indefatigable class battlecruiser H.M.S. New Zealand was funded by the government of New Zealand as a gift to Britain. She was launched in 1911 and commissioned into the Royal Navy in 1912. After World War I broke out, she became part of the Royal Navy's Grand Fleet.

On 22 April 1916 the 'New Zealand' and her sister ship, the 'Australia', were part of a fleet patrolling north-west of the Horn Reefs. The ships were zigzagging to avoid submarine attack, and when a heavy fog descended the 'Australia' collided with the 'New Zealand' twice in three minutes. The 'New Zealand' was quickly repaired (repairs to the Australia took several months), and went on to serve for the rest of World War I, including the battle of Jutland and the action of Helgoland Bight of 17 November 1917. The 'New Zealand' was sold for scrap in December 1922 under the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty.

Two 4-inch guns from the 'New Zealand' are displayed outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Description:
Fragment of shrapnel on a brass stand.
Acquisition Information:
Unknown from Unknown
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: world war i 1914-1918, battleships, battle of jutland 1916, war trophies
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Souvenirs & Mementoes
Tertiary Classification: plunder
Inscriptions: Painted on inner side: 'H.M.S. NEW ZEALAND 22/4/1916'
Painted on outer side: 'NZ"
Other Association (See Comments): HMS New Zealand, 1911-1922, 22 Apr 1916

Name of ship from which shrapnel came
Other Association (See Comments): New Zealand, 1911

The ship was funded by New Zealand and launched in 1911.
References: Information on the HMS New Zealand from Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_New_Zealand_(1911), accessed 29 Oct 2010.

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