HMS Queen Mary

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HMS Queen Mary was the last battlecruiser built for the Royal Navy before the start of WW1. She was sole member of her class though shared many characteristics with the Lion Class including her eight 13.5-inch (343 mm) guns. She was completed in 1913 and participated in the Battle of Heligoland Bight as part of the Grand Fleet in 1914.  As part of the 1st Battlecruiser Squadron, Queen Mary attempted to intercept a German force that bombarded the North Sea coast of England in December 1914, but was unsuccessful. The ship was refitting in early 1915 and missed the Battle of Dogger Bank in January, but participated in the largest fleet action of the war, the Battle of Jutland in May-June 1916. She was hit twice by the German battlecruiser Derfinger during the early part of the battle and her magazines exploded shortly afterwards, sinking the ship.