Angus McBride (biography)Medium:
Watercolour on BoardSize:
12" x 13" (295mm x 335mm)Date:
1970This is the original Watercolour painting by Angus McBride.
HMS Natal was a Duke of Edinburgh-class armoured cruiser of the Royal Navy. She was built by Vickers Maxim of Barrow and launched on 30 September 1905. She was sunk by an internal explosion near Cromarty on 30 December 1915. Shortly after 15:20, and without warning, a series of violent explosions tore through the ship. She capsized five minutes later.
The most probable explanation for the disaster was that a fire had broken out, possibly due to faulty cordite that ignited a magazine. The exact number of casualties is still debated, and ranges from 390, up to 421.
This is the original artwork from Look and Learn no. 464 (5 December 1970).