HMS Warspite, “The Grand Old Lady,” was commissioned in 1915. One of five ships in the Queen Elizabeth class, she fought through World War I and II and was the most-decorated ship in British history. No doddering grande dame, during WWII she scored a 26,000-yard (12.8 nautical miles) hit on an Italian warship. Warspite was designated for scrapping in 1946, but ran aground on her final voyage. After several failed attempts to refloat the hulk, she was eventually broken up offshore.