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Service and wreath laying over the site of HMS Prince of Wales

18th February 2003


A wreath was laid at sea at 17.30 hours on 18 February 2003 over the exact site of the Prince of Wales.

The wreath was laid from the starboard flying bridge by the Master of MV Minerva, Captain Michael Cavaghan, following prayers by the Very Reverend Stephen Platten, Dean of Norwich, and a talk by Professor Martin Biddle, Emeritus Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford, on the events of 10th December 1941.

The wreath laying was made possible and the wreath provided by Swan Hellenic during the course of their 'Swan Discovery Cruise', Y304, from Bangkok to Sri Lanka.

Professor Martin Biddle OBE FBA


Pictures from the service:

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From left, Martin Biddle, Stephen Platten, Michael Cavaghan


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Professor Martin Biddle giving a talk about the events of 10th December 1941, accompanied by his wife, Birthe


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Stephen Platten, Dean of Norwich, leads prayers for the men lost on 10th December 1941


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Captain Michael Cavaghan about to lay the wreath


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A moments pause for thought after laying the wreath


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The passengers watch the wreath being laid


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The message card on the wreath


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The wreath



Photographs kindly provided by Martin Biddle, taken by Captain Boris Tsvetkov, Staff Captain of the MV Minerva


We are indebted to everyone concerned with this service and would like to thank the following:

Professor Martin, and Mrs Birthe Biddle

Stephen Platten, Dean of Norwich

 Captain Michael Cavaghan and the officers and crew of MV Minerva

Swan Hellenic