I think I would rather blow up than drown.
Not many survivors from HMS Barham.
I think the worst would be to work down in the boiler room. No chance of getting out because the first thing they do when the ship starts flooding, is close the watertight doors, sealing you in.
Then if you don't drown in the darkness from flooding, the boilers burst and you are scalded to death.
Yeah my Pops spent 3 years in the boiler room of a Destroyer, NO FUCKIN THANK YOU!!! He would pull pranks like wearing his life preserver for three days straight while in the middle of the pacific, just long enough to make the other sailors that knew he ran the boilers nervous.
The speed in which the Szent Istvan tips is gut-wrenching.