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Telegraph message sent from HMS Dorsetshire reporting the sinking of the Bismarck – £850 at Catherine Southon.

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The Royal Navy telegraph message dated May 27, 1941, was sent from HMS Dorsetshire reporting the sinking of the Bismarck on a printed naval message slip filled in using a pencil by the operator stating: Most Immediate To SO Force H From Dorsetshire. I Torpedoed Bismarck Both Sides Before She Sank Stop She Had Ceased Firing But Her Colours Were Still Flying.

The framed message was estimated at £400-600 at the sale on June 9 but found many admirers before selling to a UK collector on thesaleroom.com for £850.