HMS NEW ZEALAND “Lucky Ship”

When HMS New Zealand sighted enemy ships and went to action stations, a seaman was seen climbing a ladder to the bridge to take a quick look around.“It’s alright, he’s got ‘em on!” he shouted to his mates on the deck below, a shout to assure them the captain was wearing the piupiu and tiki. 

In the early 1900s, the British Admiralty declared the naval defence of the British Empire should be the responsibility of the Royal Navy so at the 1909 Imperial Conference, the Admiralty proposed the creation of Fleet Units. These forces would consist of a battlecruiser, three light cruisers, six destroyers, and three submarines. read more