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An Index to "British Warships 1914-1919" by F J Dittmar & J J Colledge


Introduction

"BRITISH WARSHIPS, 1914-1919", published by Ian Allan, 1972,  is the only available listing of most of the vessels that served in the Royal Navy during the Great War and into 1919. Unfortunately the book is out of print, but perhaps more importantly it lacks an index, which makes finding all but the best-known of ships, difficult. The main aim of this work is therefore to provide such an index, as well as to preserve the data on the numerous smaller vessels, which otherwise get little recognition.

This transcription and rearrangement of the data, which is in the public domain, is in three parts (right) - by Name (3 sections), by Type/Class (3) and by Number(s) (4)


There are ship additions from other sources, as well as chartered oilers and colliers lost in Admiralty service from "British Vessels Lost at Sea" HMSO 1919.

See "British Naval Vessels Lost, Damaged and Attacked" for fuller details of oilers and colliers, as well as the loss of other vessels.

Links to All Ship Data
NAME

A.1 to Gwenllian (here)

H.1 to Ozone

P.11 to Zylpha
TYPE/CLASS

Warships -
capital ships to motor launches

Auxiliary Patrol
- hired yachts, Admiralty and hired trawlers, Fishery Reserve, whalers, Admiralty and hired steam drifters, hired motor drifters

Support and Harbour vessels - patrol vessels, tugs, salvage, boom defence & mooring vessels, blockships, fleet auxiliaries, hospital ships, troopships including RIM
NUMBER

Pendant Numbers

Admiralty Numbers

Motor Boat Numbers

Fishing Port Registration Numbers





Numerical, but without a Prefix


No. 10, lighter/barge. Served as BDV motor boat.

No. 21, lighter/barge, light ship.Served used as BDV gate vessel. Armament: 1-12pdr.

No. 51, lighter/barge, light ship. Served as BDV gate vessel: Armament: 1-12pdr.

No. 135, lighter/barge. Served as BDV motor boat.

No. 334, lighter/barge. Served as BDV engine repair vessel and water boat.




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AMETHYST, old 3rd-class cruiser (Cyber Heritage)

 

A-class submarines, A.1-A.4, 165/180 tons, 100(oa)x11x10ft. Petrol motor/electric 450/150hp, 11.5/7kts. Armament: 2-18in tt.

A.1 (D not listed; C/Cn sunk as target 8.11).

A.2, submarine, A-class. Launched 16.4.03 Vickers. Harbour service, Portsmouth, 1914-15, training duty by 1918. Wrecked 1.20 in Bomb Ketch Lake, Portsmouth, sold 22.10.25 Pounds, Portsmouth.

A.3 (D not listed; C/Cn sunk as target 17.5.12).

A.4, submarine, A-class. Launched 9.6.03 Vickers. Harbour service, Portsmouth, 1914-15, training duty by 1918. Sold 16.1.20 J. H. Lee, Bembridge.

A-class submarines, A.5-A.13 (I-Pendant No, replaced by class and number, mid-1915). 180/207 tons, 94(oa)x13x10ft. Petrol motors/electric 550/150hp, 11.5/7kts. Armament: 2-18in tt.

A.5, submarine, A-class, I.15. Launched 3.3.04 Vickers. 2nd Flotilla, Portsmouth, 1914-15, training duty by 1918. BU 1920 at Portsmouth DY.

A.6, submarine, A-class, I.16. 2nd Flotilla, Portsmouth, 1914-15, training duty by 1918. Sold 16.1.20 J. H. Lee, Bembridge.

A.7 (D not listed; C/Cn dived into mud Whitesand Bay and lost 16.1.14).

A.8, submarine, A-class, I.18. 1st Flotilla, Devonport, 1914-15, training duty by 1918. Sold 8.10.20 Philip, Dartmouth.

A.9, submarine, A-class, I.19. 1st Flotilla, Devonport, 1914-15, training duty by 1918. BU 1920.

A.10, submarine, A-class, I.10. 9th Flotilla, Ardrossan, 1914-15, training duty by 1918. Sold 1.4.19 Ardrossan DY Co.

A.11, submarine, A-class, I.01. 9th Flotilla, Ardrossan, 1914-15, 4th Flotilla, Dover 1915-16, training duty by 1918. BU 5.20 at Portsmouth DY.

A.12, submarine, A-class, I.02. 9th Flotilla, Ardrossan, 1914-15 4th Flotilla, Dover 1915-16, training duty by 1918. Sold 16.1.20 J. H. Lee, Bembridge.

A.13, submarine, A-class, I.03. Laid-up 10.14. BU 1920.

 


A.13, submarine (Maritime Quest)

 


 

A. H. WHITMAN, decoy or Q-ship - see ALBERT H. WHITMAN (ex-A. H. WHITMAN), schooner conversion.

A. M. LEASK, hired drifter. Built 1903, 79grt, Peterhead-reg PD.492. In service 9.15-1919 as boom defence vessel.

A SPENCE MACDONALD, hired trawler, Adty No 113. Built 1911, 195grt, Aberdeen-reg A.357. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 8.14-1919 as minesweeper.

AARON HUBERT, Admiralty trawler, Strath-class, Adty No 3773. Delivered 19.2.19, Fullerton, 215grt/311 tons/429 tons deep, 123(oa), 115x22x12ft. TE 430ihp, 10.5kts. Completed as fishing vessel. Sold 1919 renamed GRAFFOE.

ABADOL (also OAKLEAF), RFA oiler/group freighting tanker, Y7.172 (1916). Launched 11.7.99 Stephen.8106grt, 485(pp)x59ft. TE, 13kts. Ex-merchantman MONTEZUMA hired 10.14, ex-dummy battleship IRON DUKE, purchased 7.15 and converted to oiler. Renamed OAKLEAF 2.17. Sunk 25.7.17 by submarine NW of the Butt of Lewis (rfa) see also MONTEZUMA, dummy battleship No. 3.

ABANA, hired motor drifter, Adty No 1680. Built 1902, 44grt, Banff-reg BF.790. In service 8.17-1919 as minesweeper, water carrier.

ABBASSIEH (ex-SICILIAN PRINCE), armed storeship, listed as miscellaneous. Built 1889, 2784grt. In commissioned service 6.7.15-22.3.16.

ABDIEL (ex-ITHURIEL, renamed before launch), destroyer leader, improved Marksman-class, four funnels, ordered 11.14, G.07 (9.15), F.43 (1.17), F.49 (1.18). Launched 12.10.15 Cammell Laird. c1666-1687 tons, 325(oa), 315(pp)x31x12ft. Turbine 36000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 70 mines. Minelayer, Grand Fleet 1916-18, Leader 20th (M/L) DF, North Sea 1918. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, gallantry awards) - Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 7.36 Rees, Llanelly.

ABELARD, hired trawler, Adty No 151. Built 1909, 187grt, Milford Haven-reg M.17. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 8.14-12.16 as minesweeper. Wrecked 24.12.16 off Plymouth.

ABERCROMBIE, monitor, Abercrombie-class, M.01 (4.15), M.00 (1.18). Names changes: laid down 11.14 as FARRAGUT, ADMIRAL FARRAGUT 12.14, M.1 31.5.15; GENERAL ABERCROMBIE 19.6.15, ABERCROMBIE 21.6.15. Launched 15.4.15 Harland & Wolff, Belfast. 6150 tons, 334(oa), 320(pp)x90x10ft. Quad. Expansion 2300ihp, 6kts. Armament: 2-14in intended for Greek battleships building in Germany, 2-12pdr, 1-3pdr, 1-2pdr (2-6in added 1916-17). Armour: 4in deck, 10in guns. Eastern Mediterranean from completion until 1918. Sold 25.6.27 Ward, Inverkeithing.

ABERDARE, twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, Adty No. 3450, T.0N (11.19). Launched 29.4.18 Ailsa SB. 800 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 2200ihp, 16kts. Armament: 1-4in, 1-12pdr AA. Believed one of 32 of class completed by 10.11.18, 27 serving in Home Waters, five in Mediterranean. Sold 13.3.47 Dohmen & Habets.

ABERDEEN, hired trawler, Adty No 639. Built 1896, 163grt, Grimsby-reg GY.129. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 10.14-1919.

ABERDOUR, hired drifter, Adty No 1307. Built 1908, 93grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.274. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 9.15-1919 as patrol boat. Served in WW2.

ABERGELDIE, hired trawler, Adty No 1598. Built 1915, 200grt, Aberdeen-reg A.391. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 7.15-1919.

ABERCRAIG, store carrier, Y8.42. Built 1902, 440grt. In service as store carrier 8.1.15-13.5.15, collier (Y3.712) from 14.5.15.

ABINGDON, twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, Adty No. 3453, N.9C (11.19). Launched 11.6.18 Ailsa SB. 800 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 2200ihp, 16kts. Armament: 1-4in, 1-12pdr AA. Believed one of 32 of class completed by 10.11.18, 27 serving in Home Waters, five in Mediterranean. Bombed 5.4.42 by Italian A/C off Malta, beached at Calcara, BU 1950.

ABNEY, decoy or Q-ship see CONVOLVULUS, convoy sloop.

ABOUKIR, cruiser, ex-armoured cruiser, Cressy-class, N.00 (1914). Launched 16.5.00 Fairfield. 12,000 tons, 472(oa), 440(pp)x69x25ft. TE 21000ihp, 21kts. Armament: 2-9.2in, 12-6in, 14-12pdr, 2-18in tt. Armour: 6in sides, 3in deck, 6in guns. 7th CS 1914. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Heligoland 28 Aug 1914. Sunk with CRESSY and HOGUE, 22.9.14 by U.9 in North Sea.

ABOYNE, hired trawler, Adty No 65. Built 1908, 233grt, Aberdeen-reg A.183. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 8.14-1919 as minesweeper. Served as LIBRA in WW2.

ABRONIA, hired trawler, Adty No 704. Built 1906, 242grt, Grimsby-reg GY.112. Armament: 1-12pdr. In service 11.14-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

ACACIA, fleet sweeping sloop, Flower-class, Acacia-type, ordered 1.15, Acacia, Azalea and Arabis-types built on merchant ship lines, with similar warship-like appearance, M.26 (2.15), T.00 (9.15). Launched 15.4.15 Swan Hunter. 1200 tons, 262(oa), 250(pp)x33x11ft. TE 1800ihp, 16.5kts. Armament: 2-12pdr, 2-3pdr AA. Acacia-types served in Grand Fleet, at Queenstown, and in Mediterranean. Log Book Availability. Sold 6.9.22 Dornom Bros.

ACCRINGTON, training ship at Portsmouth, listed as miscellaneous. Built 1910, 1629grt. In commissioned service 17.4.17-29.11.18.

ACCUMULATOR, hired drifter, Adty No 3237. Built 1912, 85grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.1184. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 12.15-1920 as net vessel. Served in WW2.

ACHATES (was to be named KNIGHT 9.13), destroyer, Acasta-class, designated K-class, H.46 (1914), H.01 (1.18). Launched 14.11.12 John Brown. c935-957 tons, 267(oa), 260(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 24500shp, 30kts. Armament: 3-4in, 2-21in tt. All class formed 4th DF, Grand Fleet 1914-16, then 4th and 6th DF Portsmouth, Devonport or Dover. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Rainham.

ACHERNAR (ex-CHIRE, ex-HEBDEN), Admiralty trawler, Adty No 180. Built 1908 Duthie, 256grt, one of nine Portuguese vessels purchased 9.15 for a total of 80,788. Armament: 1-6pdr. Intended as minesweeper, but apparently served as A/P. Sold 17.5.19 to Cruz Bros, Gibraltar, probably returned to Portuguese ownership as RIO GUADIANA.

ACHERON, destroyer, Acheron-class, designated I-class, H.00 (1914), H.02 (1.18). Launched 27.6.11 Thornycroft. c745-810 tons, c246(oa), 240(pp)x25x9ft. Turbine 16000shp, 28kts. Armament: 2-4in, 2-12pdr, 2-21in tt. All class formed 1st DF, Grand Fleet 1914-16, then Devonport, Harwich or Dover 1916-17, all to Mediterranean by 1918 except three fitted as minelayers. Battle Honours (and links to despatches, casualties, awards) Heligoland 28 Aug 1914, Dogger Bank 24 Jan 1915, Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 9.5.21 Ward.

ACHIEVABLE, hired drifter, Adty No 212. Built 1913, 89grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.87. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 9.14-1919 as patrol boat, minesweeper, escort vessel.

ACHILLES, cruiser, ex-armoured cruiser, Warrior or improved Duke of Edinburgh-class, 24 (1914), 00 (1.18), N.03 (4.18). Launched 17.6.05 Armstrong. 13,550 tons, 505(oa), 480(pp)x73x26ft. TE 23000ihp, 23kts. Armament: 6-9.2in, 4-7.5in, 1-12pdr, 29-3pdr, 3-18in tt. Armour: 6in sides, 1in deck, 6in guns. Crew: 712. 2nd CS Grand Fleet 1914-17, North America and West Indies 1917-18, then returned to 2nd CS. Single ship action with DUNDEE v LEOPARD (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) 16 Mar 1916. Log Book Availability. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Briton Ferry.

ACHILLES, hired trawler, Adty No 293. Built 1906, 225grt, Grimsby-reg GY.182. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 8.14-6.18 as minesweeper. Renamed ACHILLES II 12.15. Mined 26.6.18 off Shipwash LV.

ACOR (ex-HS.69; ex-PENGUIN), tug. One of some 50 War Department tugs and steam lighters transferred to Admiralty towards end of war for HM Dockyard service and given a name. Built 1897, 106grt. Probably sold in 1920's although six of group served in WW2.

ACORN, destroyer, Acorn-class, designated H-class, H.02 (1914), H.03 (1.18). Launched 1.7.10 John Brown. c720-760 tons, 246(oa), 240(pp)x25x8ft. Turbine 13500shp, 27kts. Armament: 2-4in, 2-12pdr, 2-21in tt. All class formed 2nd DF, Grand Fleet 1914-15, six ships to Mediterranean in 1915, five more in 1916, all there by 1918. Sold 29.11.21 Marple Gillott, Saltash.

ACQUISITION, hired drifter. Built 1913, 83grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.582. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 12.14-1919 as stores & water carrier. Served in WW2.

ACTAEON, harbour service, torpedo school, Sheerness (ex-ARIADNE, ex-Walker's large wooden screw frigate), built 1859, 4538 tons. Sold 11.12.22.

ACTAEON, harbour service, torpedo school, Portsmouth (ex-VERNON, ex-4th rate sailing ship-of-the-line), built 1832, 2388 tons. Sold 14.9.23.

ACTAEON II, harbour service, torpedo school, Sheerness (ex-DIDO, ex-wooden screw corvette, Eclipse-class), built 1869, 1760 tons. Sold 17.7.22.

ACTIVE, light cruiser, ex-Scout cruiser, Boadicea/Active-class, A2 (1914), 01 (1.18), N.06 (4.18). Launched 14.3.11 Pembroke DY. 3,440 tons, 405(oa), 385(pp)x41x14ft. Turbine 18000shp, 25.5kts. Armament: 10-4in, 4-3pdr, 2-21in tt (10-4in, 1-3in AA in 1916; 8-4 in, 1-3in AA in 1918). Armour: 1in deck. 2nd DF Leader, Harwich 1914-15 and Grand Fleet 1915, 4th DF Leader, Portsmouth 1916-17, at Queenstown 1917-18, Mediterranean 1918. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 21.4.20, BU in Norway.

ACTIVE, hired trawler, Adty No 2788. Built 1899, 185grt, Peterhead-reg PD.361. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 6.15-11.18. Renamed ACTIVE IV 8.15.

ACTIVE, hired drifter, Adty No 2486. Built 1907, 81grt, Banff-reg BF.771. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 4.15-10.17 as net vessel. Renamed ACTIVE III 5.15. Mined 15.10.17 off Milford Haven.

ACTIVE, hired screw tug. Built 1875, 58grt. In service 1915-1918, limited to harbour and inland waterway duties, flew red ensign.

ACTIVE II, hired drifter, Adty No 1086. Built 1906, 65grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.520. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 2.15-1919 as net vessel.

ACTON (ex-HARELDA), decoy or Q-ship, cargo ship conversion. Built 1901, 1288grt. In service 15.2.17-26.3.19, armed with 1-4in, 4-12pdr, other names GANDY, HARELDA, Q.34, WOFFINGTON.

ADA, hired screw tug. Built 1885, 21grt. In service 7.18-9.19, limited to harbour and inland waterway duties, flew red ensign.

ADAMANT, sea-going depot ship, Navy order, P.37 (1914), P.00 (1.18). Launched 12.7.11 Cammell Laird. 935 tons, 212(oa), 190(pp)x32x11 ft. TE1400ihp, 14kts. Armament: 1-4in. Submarine depot ship for 8th S/M Flotilla, Harwich 1914-15, then Mediterranean submarines. Battle Honour (and link todespatches, casualties, awards) Dardanelles 1915. Sold 21.9.32 Rees, Llanelly.

ADAMANT II (1930), depot ship see LILY, fleet sweeping sloop, Flower-class, Acacia-type.

ADAMTON, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1904, 2,304grt - lost 8.4.16, Atlantic off W Scotland (H/L/Lr/te/un/wi)

ADDER, hired screw tug. Built 1906, 54grt. In service 2.18-9.19, limited to harbour and inland waterway duties, flew red ensign.

ADDER (ex-BURGOYNE), tender to depot ship or training establishment, described as special service vessel. Built1886, 125 tons. Transferred to Navy from War Department 1905-06. Renamed ATTENTIVE II, 7.19. Sold 31.1.23 Carriden S Bkg Co.

ADDIE, hired screw tug. Built 1915, 44grt. In service 3.18-10.19, limited to harbour and inland waterway duties, flew red ensign.

ADELAIDE (RAN), light cruiser, ex-2nd-class cruiser, Birmingham-class. Launched 27.7.18 Cockatoo DY, completed 8.22. 5,500 tons, 462(oa), 430(pp)x50x16ft. Turbine 25000shp, 25.5kts. Armament: 9-6in, 1-3in AA, 2-21in tt. Armour: 3in sides, 2in deck. Sold 1.49 Australian Iron & Steel Co, Port Kembla.

ADELAIDE (ex-MINER 18), tender to depot ship or training establishment, described as special service vessel.  Built 1904. Transferred to Navy from War Department 1905-06. Named FIDGET until 1907, renamed ADDA 10.15, ST. ANGELO 12.33. Sold 6.37 at Malta.

ADELE, hired drifter, Adty No 1499. Built 1915, 99grt, Yarmouth-registered YH.473. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 3.15-1919 as net vessel. Nominal parent ship, carrying the muster books of other small craft, exchanged name and number with, Admiralty trawler KINGFISHER (also a parent ship), renamed KINGFISHER 6.18, Adty No 1498. Served as ADELE in WW2.

ADELE (1918) see KINGFISHER (ex-ALCYON), Admiralty trawler.

ADEQUATE, hired motor drifter, Adty No MB.158. Built 1903, 41grt, Wick-reg WK.109. In service from 11.14. Sunk 2.12.16 in collision off Kirkabista Light.

ADJUTANT, listed as patrol vessel, ex-German tug captured 10.10.14 by HMS DARTMOUTH in East Africa. Built 1905, 231grt. Armed with 1-3pdr. Damaged by gunfire near RufIji River 6.2.15 by German forces, recaptured and taken to Lake Tanganyika.

ADMIRABLE, hired drifter, Adty No 2284. Built 1914, 90grt, Buckie-reg BCK.203. Armament: 1-3pdr AA. In service 2.15-5.17 as net vessel. Sunk 15.5.17 by Austrian cruisers off Fano Island, Adriatic Sea.

ADMIRAL CRADOCK, fishing trawler. Built 1914, 295grt, Hull-reg H.103. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

ADMIRAL FARRAGUT (1914) see ABERCROMBIE, monitor, Abercrombie-class.

ADMIRAL JELLICOE, hired motor drifter. Built 1914, 17 net reg tons, Grimsby-reg GY.368. In service 7.15-1920 as boom defence vessel.

Admiralty steel drifters, Builders Nos. 363-366, building Ailsa. Cancelled, order dated 17.12.18.

Admiralty steel drifters, Builders Nos. 461-462, building Duthie. Cancelled, order dated 17.12.18.

Admiralty wood drifter No. 299, building Fellows. Was to have been completed under contract as fishing vessel, but believed cancelled 17.12.18. Completed for commercial service, named BELLEVUE 1922. Served as BELLE VUE in WW2.

Admiralty wood drifter No. 75, building Colby. Believed cancelled 17.12.18. Completed for commercial service, named SILVER WAVE 1920, later CADIZ.

Admiralty wood drifter No. 76, building Colby. Believed cancelled 17.12.18. Launched, never completed, BU c1956.

Admiralty wood drifter No. 300, building Fellows. Believed cancelled 17.12.18. May have been completed for commercial service.

ADMIRATION, hired drifter. Built 1914, 77grt, Inverness-reg INS.99. In service 7.15-1919 as boom defence vessel water carrier.

ADMIRE, hired drifter, Adty No 2051. Built 1908, 93grt, Inverness-reg INS.518. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 1.16-1919 as examination vessel. Served in WW2.

ADORATION, hired drifter. Built 1912, 93grt, Banff-reg BF. 425. In service 6.15-1919 as boom defence vessel. Served in WW2.

ADRIATIC, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1904, 3,028grt - lost 31.10.16, possibly North Atlantic (H/L/Lr/dk)

ADRIAN, hired trawler, Adty No 820. Built 1900, 199grt, Grimsby-reg GY.1185. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 12.14-3.18 as minesweeper. Sunk in collision 13.3.18 off Harwich

ADUR (ex-HELENE), hired screw tug. Built 1877, 57grt. In service 8.14-5.20, limited to harbour and inland waterway duties, flew red ensign.

ADUR II, hired screw tug. Built 1912, 54grt. In service 8.14-3.19, limited to harbour and inland waterway duties, flew red ensign.

ADVANCE, fishing vessel. Built 1905, 62grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.570. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917/18, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

ADVENTURE (was to be named EDDYSTONE), light cruiser, ex-scout cruiser, Adventure-class, D.10 (1914), P.64 (9.15), P.01 (1.18). Launched 8.9.04 Armstrong. 2,670 tons, 395(oa), 374(pp)x38x13ft. TE 15000ihp, 25.5kts. Armament: 9-4in, 1-3in AA (originally 10-12pdr, 8-3pdr), 2-14in tt. Armour: 2in deck. 6th DF Leader, Dover 1914-15, then Queenstown 1915-18, joined Mediterranean Fleet 1918. Sold 3.3.20 Ward, Morecambe.

ADVENTURE II, hired trawler, Adty No 2771. Built 1906, 184grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.54. Armament: 1-6pdr AA,. In service 6.15-1919 as minesweeper.

ADVENTURESS, hired yacht, minesweeper, Pendant No 044. Built 1913, 342grt/362TM. Armament: 2-12pdr. In service 23.11.14-18.3.19. Served as ANGLIA in WW2.

ADVICE, paddle tug, Dromedary-class. Launched 2.10.99 London & Glasgow. 680 to 700 tons, 150(oa), 144(pp)x27(50 oa)x10ft. 2-stage oscillating 1250ihp, 12kts. Served in Chatham, believe flew blue ensign. Sold 20.10.50 J. Scott, Cork.

AE.1 (RAN), submarine, E-class see E-class (E.1 group) submarines, E.1-E.8, AE.1-AE.2.

AE.2 (RAN), submarine, E-class see E-class (E.1 group) submarines, E.1-E.8, AE.1-AE.2.

AEGUSA (ex-ERIN), hired yacht, Pendant No 082. Built 1896, 1057grt/1242TM. Armament: 2-3in. In service from 3.7.15. May have served as wireless-equipped A/P Group Leader or in special yacht squadrons, at home or in Mediterranean. Mined 28.4.18 near Malta.

AENNE RICKMERS (1915) see ANNE, aircraft carrier, mercantile conversion.

AEROLITE (ex-GARLAND), hired yacht, tug, Pendant No N.92 (9.18). Built 1880, 61grt/84TM. In service 10.17, purchased 4.18 Sold 29.8.19. Served in WW2.

AETNA, iron dockyard paddle tug, Aetna-type. Launched 1.9.83 Laird. 530 tons, 128(pp)x25x10ft. 850ihp. Served in Devonport, believe flew blue ensign. Sold 19.2.29 Young, Sunderland.

AFRICA, pre-dreadnought battleship, King Edward VII-class, 25 (1914), 02 (1.18), N.07 (4.18). Launched 20.5.05 Chatham DY. 16,350 tons, 457(oa), 425(pp)x78x26ft. TE 18000ihp, 19kts. Armament: 4-12in, 4-9.2in, 10-6in, 12-12pdr, 5-18in tt. Armour: 9in sides, 2in deck, 12in guns. 3rd BS Grand Fleet 8.14, Mediterranean 1916-17, four of class still with Grand Fleet in 1918. Log Book Availability. Sold 30.6.20 Ellis, Newcastle.

AFRICA (1899) see GOOD HOPE, armoured cruiser, Drake-class.

AFRICAN MONARCH, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1898, 4,003grt - lost 6.7.15, Barents Sea (H/L/Lr/Rn/Mn)

AFRICAN PRINCE, fishing trawler. Built 1896, 125grt, Aberdeen-reg A.114. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

AFRIDI, destroyer, Tribal class, 1st group, 3-funnelled, designated F-class, H.40 (1914), D.00 (9.15). Launched 8.5.07 Armstrong. c865-885 tons, c260(pp)x25x8ft. Turbine c14250shp, 34kts. Armament: 5-12pdr, 2-18in tt. 6th DF, Dover throughout the war. Battle Honours (and links to despatches, casualties, awards) Belgian Coast 1916/17, Ostend (Zeebrugge) 23 Apr 1918. Sold 9.12.19 F. Wilkinson.

AFRIKANDER (ex-BISMARCK, ex-VICTORIA), whaler, German vessel seized in South Africa. Built 1883, 126grt. In service 11.14-2.19 at Cape Station as base ship at Simonstown. Sold, renamed VICTORIA 1922.

AFTERGLOW, Admiralty wood drifter, Adty No, 3863, building programme began May 1917, average cost of hull and machinery 11,500. Delivered 7.10.18, Chambers. 94grt/179 tons deep, 94(oa), 86(pp)x20x10ft. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Armament: 1-6pdr. Served as minesweeper. Sold 1921, renamed PORT RICHARD. Served as AFTERGLOW in WW2.

AGADIR, naval hospital ship, YA.13 (assigned c 11.14). Built 1907, Laing. 2738grt, 285x41ft. Hired, in service 30.11.14-1919, flew red ensign.

AGAMEMNON, pre-dreadnought battleship, Lord Nelson-class, 01 (1914), 03 (1.18, cancelled 4.18). Launched 23.6.06 Beardmore. 16,500 tons, 443(oa), 410(pp)x79x27ft. TE 16750ihp, 18.5kts. Armament: 4-12in, 10-9.2in, 24-12pdr, 5-18in tt. Armour: 12in sides, 3in deck, 12in guns. 5th BS for year in Channel and Grand Fleet, then Mediterranean until 1919. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Dardanelles 1915/16. Converted to radio-controlled target ship at Chatham 6.19-7.21. Sold 24.1.27 Cashmore.

AGAMEMNON, hired trawler, Adty No 19. Built 1907, 225grt, Grimsby-reg GY.187. In service 8.14-7.15 as minesweeper. Renamed AGAMEMNON II 2.15. Mined 15.7.15 off the Shipwash.

AGAMI, fishing trawler. Built 1899, 186grt, Grimsby-reg GY.143. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

AGATE, hired trawler, Adty No 1635. Built 1914, 248grt, Hull-reg H.2. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 5.15-3.18 as minesweeper. Mined 14.3.18 off Royal Sovereign LV.

AGATHA, hired yacht, Pendant No 013. Built 1905, 353grt/450TM. Armament: 1-12pdr, 1-6pdr AA. In service 28.9.14-15.3.19. May have served as wireless-equipped A/P Group Leader or in special yacht squadrons, at home or in Mediterranean.

AGATHA II, hired trawler, Adty No 803. Built 1896, 137grt, Grimsby-reg GY.107. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 11.14-1920 as minesweeper.

AGILE, hired trawler, Adty No 697. Built 1907, 246grt, Grimsby-reg GY.263. In service 12.14-4.17 as minesweeper. Mined 27.4.17 off Harwich.

AGINCOURT, dreadnought battleship, Queen Elizabeth-class, ordered at Portsmouth DY. Cancelled 26.8.14.

AGINCOURT, dreadnought battleship, ex-TURKISH SULTAN OSMAN I seized 2.8.14, ex-Brazilian Rio de Janeiro sold 1.14, 53 (1914), 04 (1.18), 09 (4.18). Launched 22.1.13 Armstrong. 27,500 tons, 672(oa), 632(pp)x89x27ft. Turbine 34000shp, 22kts. Armament: 14-12in, 20-6in, 6-3in, 2-3in AA. Armour: 9in sides, 2.5in deck, 9in guns. 4th BS Grand Fleet to 1915, 1st BS to 1918, 2nd BS late 1918. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 19.12.22 Rosyth S. Bkg. Co.

AGNES, hired motor drifter. Built 1903, 51grt, Arbroath-reg AH.5. In service 5.17-1919. Renamed ANGELA 5.18.

AGNES, hired motor drifter. Built 1903, 51grt, Leith-reg LH.351. In service 2.15-1919.

AGNES & JANET, hired drifter, Adty No 2763. Built 1914, 91grt, Berwick-reg BK.328. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 4.15-1919 as net vessel, hospital vessel.

AGNES H. HASTIE, hired trawler, Adty No 105. Built 1912, 210grt, North Shields-reg SN.187. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 8.14-1919 as minesweeper.

AGNES H. WETHERLY, hired trawler, Adty No 3041. Built 1917, 229grt, Aberdeen-reg A.743. Armament: 1-6pdr AA,. In service 5.17-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

AGNES IRVINE, hired motor drifter, Adty No 2867. Built 1905, 52grt, Methil-reg ML.50. In service 4.17-1919 as minesweeper.

AGNES NUTTEN, hired trawler. Built 1915, 183grt, Aberdeen-reg A.215. In service 6.15-1920 as boom defence vessel. Served in WW2.

AGNES WICKFIELD (ex-SOLVA), hired trawler, Adty No 125. Built 1909, 219grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.32. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 8.14-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

AGUIA (ex-KNIGHT OF THE CROSS), hired paddle tug. Built 1862, 194grt. HM Dockyard service, purchased 1915-11.3.22. Normally flew the red ensign. Sold.

AID, hired paddle tug. Built 1889, 194grt. HM Dockyard service from 30.1.15, purchased 27.7.15-10.19. Normally flew the red ensign. Sold.

AID, water tank vessel, Minx-class. Launched 10.9.00 Willoughby, Plymouth. 390 tons, 120(oa), 115(pp)x21x9ft. 300ihp, 9kts. Served at Gosport. Sold c1948.

AIGLON (ex-EAGLE), paddle minesweeper, mercantile conversion to take advantage of shallow draught, high speed and manoeuvrability, Adty No. 938. Built 1898, 647grt. Armament: 2-6pdr AA. In service 22.11.15-23.7.20. Served with Auxiliary Patrol, carried Fishery flag superior pendant.

AILSA, hired screw tug. Built 1906, 60grt. In service 9.16-6.20, limited to harbour and inland waterway duties, flew red ensign.

AIRBLAST, decoy or Q-ship see SPIRAEA, convoy sloop.

AIRE, store carrier, Y8.16. Built 1886, 698grt. In service as store carrier 8.8.14-6.3.15, collier (Y3.584) from 7.3.15.

AIRPOCKET, Admiralty wood drifter, Adty No, 3866, building programme began May 1917, average cost of hull and machinery 11,500. Delivered 8.9.18, Chambers. 94grt/179 tons deep, 94(oa), 86(pp)x20x10ft. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. renamed AMBITIOUS 8.19. To Fishery Board for Scotland 14.10.20, renamed CINERARIA 1921. Served as CINERARIA Served in WW2.

AISNE, fishing trawler. Built 1915, 315grt, Hull-reg H.243. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

AIVERN, hired drifter, Adty No 1802. Built 1910, 72grt, Inverness-reg INS.325. In service 4.15-2.17 as net vessel. Foundered 8.2.17 in the English Channel.

AJAX, dreadnought battleship, King George V-class, 40 (1914), 05 (1.18), 46 (4.18). Launched 21.3.12 Scotts. 23,000 tons, 597(oa), 555(pp)x89x28ft. Turbine 27000shp, 21kts. Armament: 10-13.5in, 16-4in, 3-21in tt (2-4in AA added). Armour: 12in sides, 3in deck, 11in guns. 2nd BS Grand Fleet 1914-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 9.11.26 Alloa, Rosyth.

AJAX, dummy battleship No.9 see KRONPRINZESSEN CECILIE, mercantile conversion.

AJAX, hired drifter, Adty No 1069. Built 1909, 81grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.340. In service 1.15-10.16 as net vessel. Renamed AJAX II 2.15. Sunk 27.10.16 by German destroyers in the Dover Straits.

AJAX, hired screw tug. Built 1894, 273grt. In service 30.7.14-7.8.14. Most hired screw tugs over 70grt used as expeditionary force tugs during part of the war; most of vessels released from naval service 1917-18 carried out similar duties. Nearly all were chartered as naval tugs and flew red ensign. To War Dept.

AKRANES, hired trawler. Built 1899, 184grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.133. In service 6.15-1919 as boom defence vessel.

ALABURN, hired drifter, Adty No 744. Built 1912, 85grt, Whitby-reg WY.169. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 1.15-1919 as net vessel.

ALACRITY, old sloop, ex-despatch vessel. Launched 17.1.85 Palmer as SURPRISE, renamed 1914. 1650 tons, 275(oa), 250(pp)x32x14ft. Horizontal compound engines 3030ihp, 17kts. Armament: 6-6pdr. Served on China Station from 1914. Log Book Availability. Sold 1919.

ALACRITY (1919) see MLADA, hired yacht, armed boarding ship.

ALADER YOUSSANOFF, Russian mercantile. Built 1905, 2071grt. Armed with 1-12pdr, carried two seaplanes. In service 1.19-8.19 in support of ''White" Russian forces on Caspian Sea. Handed over to ''White" Russian crews.

ALARM, destroyer, Acorn-class, designated H-class, H.05 (1914), H.04 (1.18). Launched 29.8.10 John Brown. c720-760 tons, 246(oa), 240(pp)x25x8ft. Turbine 13500shp, 27kts. Armament: 2-4in, 2-12pdr, 2-21in tt. All class formed 2nd DF, Grand Fleet 1914-15, six ships to Mediterranean in 1915, five more in 1916, all there by 1918. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Hayle.

ALARM, hired screw tug. Built 1862, 22grt. In service 10.18-11.18, limited to harbour and inland waterway duties, flew red ensign.

ALASKA, hired trawler, Adty No 728. Built 1898, 135grt, Grimsby-reg GY.477. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 12.14-1919 as minesweeper.

ALASKA, hired motor drifter, Adty No 3007. Built 1902, 49grt, Banff-reg BF.894. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 3.17-1919. Renamed ALASKA II 6.17.

ALASTAIR, decoy or Q-ship see ARVONIAN, collier conversion.

ALBACORE, destroyer, four-funnelled 30-knotter, designated B-class, P.14 (1914), D.76 (9.15), D.01 (1.18). Built on speculation, launched 19.9.06 Palmer, purchased by Admiralty 3.09. 440 tons, 215(pp)x21x7ft. Turbine 7000shp, 26.5kts. Armament: 3-12pdr, 2-18in tt. Grand Fleet Local Patrol. Sold 1.8.19 T. R. Sale.

ALBACORE, Canadian patrol vessel, either Government or hired craft. No further details. Listed from 12.14 for service in Canadian waters.

ALBATROSS, destroyer, three-funnelled 30-knotter, designated C-class, D.32 (1914), D.44 (9.15), D.02 (1.18). Launched 19.7.98 Thornycroft. 430 tons, c215(pp)x21x6ft. TE c6000ihp, 30kts. Armament: 1-12pdr, 5-6pdr, 2-18in tt. Ten of class on patrol Grand Fleet area, nine at Dover, 15 in Patrol or Local Defence Flotilla. Sold 7.6.20 J. Houston.

ALBATROSS, hired trawler, Adty No 919. Built 1906, 220grt, Plymouth-reg PH.17. Armament: 1-6pdr,. In service 11.14-1919 as minesweeper. Renamed ALBATROSS II 2.15.

ALBATROSS, hired trawler, Adty No 772. Built 1895, 151grt, Hull-reg H.277. Armament: 1-12pdr. In service 12.14-9.18 as minesweeper. Renamed ALBATROSS III 5.15.

ALBATROSS, hired drifter. Built 1903, 76grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.478. In service 7.15-2.19 as boom defence vessel. Lost 15.2.19 accidentally.

ALBATROSS, hired drifter, Adty No 2428. Built 1907, 86grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.226. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 5.15-1919 as net vessel. Renamed ALBATROSS IV 8.15.

ALBATROSS, flotilla supply ship No 5, mercantile. Built 1884, 1414grt. In commissioned service 3.8.14-23.7.15, flew white ensign; squadron supply (Y9.29) 16.1.15, mine carrier (Y6.9) 3.3.15, collier (Y3.1696) from 24.7.15, in commissioned service again as mine carrier 27.9.15-1.1.20.

ALBEMARLE, pre-dreadnought battleship, Duncan-class, 07 (1914), 06 (1.18), N.39 (4.18). Launched 5.3.01 Chatham DY. 14,000 tons, 432(oa), 405(pp)x75x27ft. TE 18000ihp, 19kts. Armament: 4-12in, 12-6in, 12-12pdr, 4-18in tt. Armour: 7in sides, 2.5in deck, 11in guns. Crew: 750. 3rd BS 8.14, later 6th BS at the Nore, few months in Mediterranean, harbour service from 1917. Log Book Availability. Sold 19.11.19 Cohen, Swansea, arrived 11.22 after stranding.

ALBERIA, hired trawler, Adty No 768. Built 1910, 286grt, Grimsby-reg GY.588. Armament: 1-12pdr. In service 12.14-1919 as minesweeper. Served as ALBERIC in WW2.

ALBERT, hired screw tug. Built 1882, 61grt. In service 8.14-10.19, limited to harbour and inland waterway duties, flew red ensign.

ALBERT H. WHITMAN (ex-A. H. WHITMAN), decoy or Q-ship, schooner conversion. Built 1916, 94 registered tons. In service 10.7.17-22.11.17, armament not listed.

ALBERT J. LUTZ, decoy or Q-ship, schooner conversion. Built 1908, 95 registered tons. In service 6.7.17-22.11.17, armament not listed.

ALBERT VICTOR (ex-LASS O'GOWRIE), hired paddle tug. Built 1883, 128grt. Harbour service 29.7.14-30.6.19, normally flew the red ensign, minelayer 8 mines 1918.

ALBERTA, hired trawler, Adty No 7. Built 1907, 209grt, Grimsby-reg GY.212. In service 8.14-4.16 as minesweeper. Mined 14.4.16 off Grimsby.

ALBION, pre-dreadnought battleship, Canopus-class, N.48 (1914), N.00 (1.18). Launched 21.6.98 Thames IW. 12,950 tons, 421(oa), 390(pp)x74x26ft. TE 13500ihp, 18kts. Armament: 4-12in, 12-6in, 12-12pdr, 4-18in tt. Armour: 6in sides, 2.5in deck, 9in guns. 7th or 9th BS, Channel Fleet at outbreak of war, then abroad. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Dardanelles 1915. Log Book Availability. Sold 11.12.19 Ward, Morecambe.

ALBION, hired yacht, hospital ship, later A/P, Pendant Nos 054, YA.9 (as hospital ship). Built 1905, 1116grt/1346TM. Armament as Auxiliary Patrol yacht: 2-12pdr, 1-6pdr AA. In service as hospital ship from 9.14, as Auxiliary Patrol yacht 22.2.15-11.3.19. Renamed ALBION III 4.15. In Auxiliary Patrol role, may have served as wireless-equipped A/P Group Leader or in special yacht squadrons, at home or in Mediterranean.

ALBION, hired trawler, Adty No 139. Built 1907, 240grt, Milford Haven-reg M.219. In service 8.14-1.16 as minesweeper. Renamed ALBION II 2.15. Mined 13.1.16 off St Catherine's Point.

ALBURY, twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, T.9 (1.19), T.41 (11.19). Launched 21.11.18 Ailsa SB. 800 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 2200ihp, 16kts. Armament: 1-4in, 1-12pdr AA. Sold 13.3.47 Dohmen & Habets.

ALBYN (ex-ALBION), paddle minesweeper, mercantile conversion to take advantage of shallow draught, high speed and manoeuvrability, Adty No. 587. Built 1893, 363grt. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 26.5.15-15.3.19. Served with Auxiliary Patrol, carried Fishery flag superior pendant. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Belgian Coast 1915/16.

ALCALA, decoy or Q-ship - see PRIVET (ex-ISLAND QUEEN), cargo ship conversion.

ALCANTARA, armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, M.94 (on coming into service). Built 1914, 15,831grt, 16kts, owned by Royal Mail Steam Packet, Belfast-registered. Armament: 8-6in, 2-6pdr. Crew (7.15): 38 officers & 300 crew (bi). In service 10.3.15. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. Log Book Availability. Sunk 29.2.16 in action with German GREIF in North Sea.

ALCINOUS, squadron supply ship, Y9.16. Built 1900, 6743grt. In commissioned service 3.8.14-19.12.14, flew white ensign.

ALDEBARAN, fleet sweeping sloop, Flower-class, ordered 1.16, built by Barclay Curle. Delivered to French Navy 1916-17.

ALDEBARAN, decoy or Q-ship - see ROSSKEEN, hired trawler.

ALDWYCH, decoy or Q-ship see EGLANTINE, convoy sloop.

ALECTO, sea-going depot ship, Navy order, N.35 (1914), N.01 (1.18). Launched 29.8.11 Cammell Laird. 935 tons, 212(oa), 190(pp)x32x11 ft. TE1400ihp, 14kts. Armament: not listed. Submarine depot ship for S/Ms at Yarmouth 1914-18. Sold 7.7.49, BU at Faslane.

ALERT, hired drifter, Adty No 2199. Built 1907, 96grt, Peterhead-reg PD.506. In service 4.15-1920 as net vessel. Renamed ALERT III 7.15.

ALERT, depot ship, ex-Alert-class sloop, completed 1895, 960t, was 6-4in, 13kts, 106 crew. Persian Gulf. Log Book Availability. Sold 1926.

ALERT, fleet messenger, Y4.8. Built 1910, 195grt. In service 16.10.14-14.10.19, flew red ensign, tug from 5.5.15, renamed ANCHOR 1917.

ALERT, harbour service, depot ship, Persian Gulf (ex-steel screw sloop, Alert-class), built 1894, 960 tons. Sold 12.1.26.

ALERT II, hired drifter, Adty No 2418. Built 1907, 83grt, Peterhead-reg PD.131. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 6.15-1919 as net vessel.

ALERT IV, fishing trawler. Built 1896, 150grt, Cardiff-reg CF.22. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

ALEX HASTIE, hired trawler, Adty No 1457. Built 1914, 206grt, North Shields-reg SN.56. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 4.15-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

ALEX WATT, hired drifter, Adty No 943. Built 1913, 86grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.586. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 1.15-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

ALEXANDER, hired paddle tug. Built 1891, 196grt. Hired 4.17, purchased 1.9.18-10.20. Harbour and dockyard service, normally flew the red ensign. Sold.

ALEXANDRA, Royal yacht, described as special service vessel, Portsmouth harbour pendant 4(1914). Launched 30.5.07 Inglis. 2050 tons, 300(oa), 275(pp)x40x12ft. Turbine 4500shp, 18kts. Armament: nil. Laid up at Portsmouth during the war. Sold 5.25, renamed PRINCE OLAF.

ALEXANDER, ex-Russian icebreaker ALEKSANDR NEVSKI, described as miscellaneous special service vessel, N.N3 (10.19), N.9A (1.11.19).   Launched 12.16 Armstrong. 6000 tons, 281(oa), 264(pp)x64x19 ft. TE 7500ihp (3 screws), 19kts. Armament: 1-4 in, 2-12pdr. Seized before completion, commissioned in 9.17. Also listed as Fleet Messenger Y4.1. Returned 1921 to Russia, renamed LENIN.

ALEXANDER COLVILLE, Admiralty trawler, Castle-class, Adty No 4455, building George Brown. Cancelled after 11.18. Not known if completed for commercial service.

ALEXANDER DUNBAR, Admiralty trawler, Castle-class, Adty No 4493, building Hepple. Cancelled after 11.18. Not known if completed for commercial service.

ALEXANDER HILLS, Admiralty trawler, Mersey class, Adty No 3549. Launched 22.5.17, Cochrane. 324grt/438 tons/665 tons deep, 148(oa), 138x23x13ft. TE 600ihp, 11kts. Armament: 1-12pdr. Crew: 15, up to 18 with wireless. Renamed MOY 9.20. Sold 1.46, renamed CORAL ISLAND 1947.

ALEXANDER MACBETH, Admiralty trawler, Mersey class, Adty No 4241. Delivered 14.7.19, Cochrane. 324grt/438 tons/665 tons deep, 148(oa), 138x23x13ft. TE 600ihp, 11kts. Completed as fishing vessel. Sold 1919 renamed JOHN W. JOHNSON.

ALEXANDER MCDOWELL, Admiralty trawler, Mersey-class, Adty No 4273 building Cochrane. Cancelled after 11.18.

ALEXANDER MURRAY, Admiralty trawler, Mersey-class, Adty No 4280 building Cochrane. Cancelled after 11.18.

ALEXANDER PALMER, Admiralty trawler, Castle-class, Adty No 3517. Launched 21.5.17, Smiths Dock. 275grt/360 tons/547 tons deep, 134(oa), 125x23x13ft. TE 480ihp, 10.5kts. Armament: 1-12pdr. Crew: 15, up to 18 with wireless. Served as minesweeper. Renamed NESS 9.20. Sold 1922 to Spain renamed UAD LUCAS.

ALEXANDER SCOTT, Admiralty trawler, Castle-class, Adty No 3530. Launched 3.8.17, Smiths Dock. 275grt/360 tons/547 tons deep, 134(oa), 125x23x13ft. TE 480ihp, 10.5kts. Armament: 1-12pdr. Crew: 15, up to 18 with wireless. Sold 4.5.20, same name. Served in WW2.

ALEXANDRA, hired trawler, Adty No 316. Built 1904, 182grt, North Shields-reg SN.81. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 8.14-1919 as minesweeper.

ALEXANDRA, hired patrol tug, T.7. Built 1907, 168grt. In service for short time as unarmed patrol boat, Liverpool area 29.10.14-19.12.14, then other service, tug from 7.9.15. Wrecked 28.10.15.

ALEXANDRA, fleet messenger, Y4.62. Built 1904, 618grt.

ALEXANDRA II, hired rescue tug. Built 1917, 215grt. In service 30 1.18-23.1.20.

ALEXIS (ex-ALEXANDRA), paddle ferry, listed as miscellaneous. Built 1879, 235grt. In service 10.9.15-13.2.20 at Chatham.

ALFALFA, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1898, 2,993grt - lost 27.4.17, Atlantic off SW England (H/L/Lr/dk/ge/te/un)

ALFRED, hired drifter, Adty No 1036. Built 1907, 96grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.1053. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 1.15-1920 as net vessel, minesweeper.

ALFRED EDITH, fishing trawler. Built 1908, 262grt, Ostend-reg O.35. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

ALGENIB (ex-NEPTUNO, ex-VINCA), Admiralty trawler, Adty No 176. Built 1907 Goole SB, 321grt, one of nine Portuguese vessels purchased 9.15 for a total of 80,788. Armament: 1-6pdr, 1-7.5in BT. Intended as minesweeper, but apparently served as A/P. Sold 17.5.19 to Cruz Bros, Gibraltar, probably returned to Portuguese ownership as RIO DOURO.

ALGERINE, ex-sloop. Launched 6.8.95 Devonport DY. 1050 tons, 210(oa), 185(pp)x32x11ft. TE 1400ihp, 13.5kts. Armament: 6-4in, 4-3pdr. Based at Esquimalt, near Vancouver 1914-19, harbour service from 1915. Log Book Availability. Sold 11.4.19 as mercantile.

ALGOL, fleet sweeping sloop, Flower-class, ordered 1.16, built by Barclay Curle. Delivered to French Navy 1916-17.

ALGOL (ex-MARIA AMALIA, ex-CAITHNESSSHIRE), Admiralty trawler, Adty No 179. Built 1901 Mackie & Thomson, 213grt, one of nine Portuguese vessels purchased 9.15 for a total of 80,788. Armament: 1-6pdr. Intended as minesweeper, but apparently served as A/P. Sold 17.5.19 to Cruz Bros, Gibraltar, probably returned to Portuguese ownership as RIO LIMA.

ALGOMA, fishing trawler. Built 1899, 169grt, Grimsby-reg GY.6. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

ALHAMBRA (ex-ALEXANDRA), paddle vessel, listed as miscellaneous. Built 1888, 127grt. In service 23.5.18-25.5.19.

ALIBI (ex-ALBION), lighter/barge. Built 1887, 151grt, steam lighter. Served as BDV, 11.6.18-14.11.19.

ALICE (ex-VINCENT GRECH), hired rescue tug. Built 1913, 253grt. In service 1916-9.25, HM Dockyard service before 1917. Sold.

ALICES, hired drifter, Adty No 73. Built 1907, 84grt, Kirkcaldy-reg KY.210. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 5.15-1919 as hydrophone training ship.

ALIDA, hired trawler, Adty No 1977. Built 1915, 270grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.192. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 12.15-1919. Served in WW2.

ALLAN RAMSAY, hired trawler. Built 1911, 210grt, Aberdeen-reg A.356. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 6.15-1919 as boom defence vessel.

ALLANTON, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1901, 4,253grt - lost 3.1.18, Central Mediterranean (H/L/Lr/te/un)

ALLEGRO, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 105. Lost with DOREEN and GRIFFIN, aboard SS ACHAIA torpedoed 8.9.16 off Oran. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

ALLIANCE, tug, Rover-class, W.77 (9.18). Launched 23.8.10 Chatham DY. 620 tons, 153(oa), 145(pp)x29x12ft. TE 1400ihp, 11kts. Served in Sheerness and Scapa, believe flew blue ensign, rescue tug from 1917. Lost 19.12.41 at the fall of Hong Kong.

ALLIGATOR, iron dockyard tug. Launched 1885 Laird. 630 tons, 157(pp)x25x10 ft. TE 1000ihp. Was STORMCOCK, purchased 1896 for salvage tug and firefloat duties. Served in Pembroke, rescue tug 1917-18, believe flew blue ensign. Sold 1920, renamed REFLOATER.

ALLIGATOR, listed as patrol vessel, ex-Nigerian Government 100 ft motor launch. Armed with 1-MG. In service from 9.14 in West Africa.

ALLIGATOR, lifting craft. Built 1897, 704grt. large dumb barge with horned bows, normally working in pairs with wreck on cables between them. In service 15.2.16-10.11.20, renamed LC.1, 3.17.

ALL'S WELL, hired drifter, Adty No 1818. Built 1910, 87grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.751. In service 8.15-1919 as minesweeper.

ALMA, decoy or Q-ship - see VERA ELIZABETH, schooner (Granton-registered) conversion.

ALMANZORA, armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, MI.A0 (on coming into service), MI.50 (1.18), MI.28 (4.18). Built 1914, 16,034grt, 16kts. Armament: 6-6in. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. In service 23.8.15-20.12.19. Log Book Availability.

ALMERIA (ex-WAKEFIELD), Admiralty blockship. Built 1888, 2418grt, 293ft. Owned by Almeria SS, Cardiff-reg. Purchased 1914-15 as accommodation ship. Allocated to Scapa Flow as blockship. Scuttled 1915 - No.2 Barrier, Skerry Sound, between Glims Holm & Lamb Holm islands (wi - in 58.52.57N, 02.53.51W) (Lr/D/wi).

ALNMOUTH, Admiralty trawler, minesweeper, Adty No 12. Built 1912 Cochrane, 236grt, purchased 7.14. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. Intended for target-towing. On outbreak of war, allocated to the patrol organisation as minesweeper. Sold 1919.

ALOUETTE (ex-CALVADOS), fleet messenger, mercantile conversion, later armed boarding steamer, Y4.5 (1914), N.54 (on coming into service as ABS), N.02 (1.18). Built 1894, 570grt. Fleet messenger (Y4.5), in service 23.9.14-6.7.15; converted to armed boarding steamer, armed with 1-12pdr, in service 7.7.15-21.11.19.

ALONSO, fishing trawler. Built 1906, 172grt, Hull-reg H.887. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

ALPHA, hired trawler, Adty No 1131. Built 1900, 274grt, London-reg LO.24. Armament: 1-12pdr. In service 3.15-1920 as minesweeper.

ALPHA, hired drifter, Adty No 2177. Built 1903, 92grt, Inverness-reg INS.559. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 5.15-1919 as net vessel, minesweeper. Renamed ALPHA II 8.15.

ALPHA, hired screw tug. Built 1897, 33grt. In service 8.14-10.19, limited to harbour and inland waterway duties, flew red ensign.

ALRESFORD, twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, T.92 (5.19), T.06 (11.19). Launched 17.1.19 Ailsa SB. 800 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 2200ihp, 16kts. Armament: 1-4in, 1-12pdr AA. Sold 13.3.47 Dohmen & Habets.

ALSATIAN, armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, M.50 (on coming into service), MI.51 (1.18), MI.29 (4.18). Built 1913, 18,481grt, 19.5kts, owned by Allan Line. Armament: 8-4.7in (later 8-6in, 2-6pdr AA). Crew (7.15): 67 officers & 480 crew (bi). In service 7.8.14-4.4.19. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. Log Book Availability. Renamed EMPRESS OF FRANCE 1919.

ALSATIAN, hired trawler, Adty No 524. Built 1900, 191grt, Boston-reg BN.73. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 12.14-10.16. Renamed ALSATIAN MINOR 12.14. Released from patrol organisation back to civilian fishing as ALSATIAN, later requisitioned by Admiralty for Fishery Reserve of the Trawler Section, recommissioned and flew white ensign; continued fishing under naval control.

ALTAIR, fleet sweeping sloop, Flower-class, ordered 1.16, built by Hamilton. Delivered to French Navy 1916-17.

ALTAIR (ex-VICTORIA LAURA, ex-STAR OF FREEDOM), Admiralty trawler, Adty No 178. Built 1907 Duthie, 257grt, one of nine Portuguese vessels purchased 9.15 for a total of 80,788. Armament: 1-6pdr, 1-7.5in BT. Intended as minesweeper, but apparently served as A/P. Renamed ALTAIR II 10.17. Sold 17.5.19 to Cruz Bros, Gibraltar.

ALTON (ex-ARBROATH), minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, building Ailsa SB. Cancelled 17.12.18.

ALVINIA (ex-SOKOLITZA), hired yacht. Built 1901, 597grt/579TM. Seized in Russia 3.8.18. Returned 16.7.19 to Russia.

ALYSSUM, fleet sweeping sloop, Flower-class, Arabis-type, ordered 7.15, Acacia, Azalea and Arabis-types built on merchant ship lines, with similar warship-like appearance, T.46 (1.16). Launched 5.11.15 Earle. 1250 tons, 268(oa), 255(pp)x33x11ft. TE 2000ihp, 16kts. Armament: 2-4.7in (or 2-4in), 2-3pdr AA. Arabis-types served in Grand Fleet, at Queenstown, in North Sea, and Mediterranean. Mined 18.3.17 SW of Ireland.

AMADAVAT, hired trawler, Adty No 922. Built 1899, 171grt, Plymouth-reg PH.8. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 11.14-11.15. Released from patrol organisation back to civilian fishing, later requisitioned by Admiralty for Fishery Reserve of the Trawler Section, recommissioned and flew white ensign; continued fishing under naval control. Mined 12.12.17.

AMALTHAEA (ex-lOLANTHE), hired yacht, Pendant No 065. Built 1881, 415grt/634TM. Armament: 2-3 in. In service from 14.3.15, renamed IOLAIRE 11.18. (Note: one of two hired yachts that shared the names AMALTHAEA and IOLAIRE). May have served as wireless-equipped A/P Group Leader or in special yacht squadrons, at home or in Mediterranean. Wrecked 1.1.19 on Blatan Holm, entrance to Stornoway.

AMALTHAEA see IOLAIRE, hired yacht, built 1902.

AMARIS, decoy or Q-ship - see MARY B. MITCHELL, 3-mast schooner conversion.

AMARYLLIS, fleet sweeping sloop, Flower-class, Arabis-type, ordered 7.15, Acacia, Azalea and Arabis-types built on merchant ship lines, with similar warship-like appearance, T.69 (1.16), T.02 (1.18). Launched 9.12.15 Earle. 1250 tons, 268(oa), 255(pp)x33x11ft. TE 2000ihp, 16kts. Armament: 2-4.7in (or 2-4in), 2-3pdr AA. Arabis-types served in Grand Fleet, at Queenstown, in North Sea, and Mediterranean. Sold 30.1.23 B. Fryer.

AMAZON (right, Photo Ships), destroyer, Tribal class, 2nd group, 4-funnelled, designated F-class, H.37 (1914), D.01 (9.15), D.03 (1.18). Launched 29.7.08 Thornycroft. c970-1090 tons, c280(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 15500shp, 34kts. Armament: 2-4in, 2-18in tt. 6th DF, Dover throughout the war. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Belgian Coast 1914/16. Log Book Availability. Sold 22.10.19 Ward, Preston.

AMAZON, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 56. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

AMBASSADOR, fishing trawler. Built 1899, 149grt, Dundee-reg DE.3. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

AMBER, decoy or Q-ship (true identity not known), possible trawler conversion. Other name REMO.

AMBER, fishing trawler. Built 1898, 172grt, Hull-reg H.398. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

AMBIENT, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1904, 1,517grt - lost 12.3.17, North Sea (H/L/Lr/te/un/wi)

AMBITIOUS, hired drifter, Adty No 215. Built 1910, 90grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.519. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 9.14-1921 as patrol boat, minesweeper. Renamed AMBITIOUS II 8.19.

AMBLESIDE, twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, T.00 (11.19). Launched 21.2.19 Ailsa SB. 800 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 2200ihp, 16kts. Armament: 1-4in, 1-12pdr AA. Completed as survey vessel, renamed BEAUFORT 3.19. Sold 30.6.38 Cashmore, resold 27.7.39 Rees, Llanelly.

AMBROSE, armed merchant cruiser, later depot ship, mercantile conversion, M.87 (on coming into service). Built 1903, 4,595grt, 15kts, owned by Booth Line. Crew (7.15): 33 officers & 260 crew (bi). Armament: 8-4.7in, 2-6pdr. In service 20.11.14. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. Log Book Availability. Purchased by Admiralty 20.10.15, converted to depot ship. Armament: 2-12pdr. Submarine depot ship at Berehaven1917-18, then Falmouth 1918. Became a base ship 1938. Sold 10.8.46, BU Ward, Inverkeithing, renamed COCHRANE 6.38.

AMBUSCADE (was to be named KEITH 9.13), destroyer, Acasta-class, designated K-class, H.62 (1914), H.05 (1.18). Launched 25.1.13 John Brown. c935-957 tons, 267(oa), 260(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 24500shp, 30kts. Armament: 3-4in, 2-21in tt. All class formed 4th DF, Grand Fleet 1914-16, then 4th and 6th DF Portsmouth, Devonport or Dover. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 6.9.21 Petersen & Albeck, Denmark.

AMEER, hired trawler, Adty No 38. Built 1908, 216grt, Grimsby-reg GY.397. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 8.14-3.16 as minesweeper. Mined 18.3.16 off Felixstowe.

AMENITY, fishing trawler. Built 1908, 212grt, Grimsby-reg GY.481. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

AMERICA, hired paddle tug. Built 1891, 244grt. Harbour service 13.9.15-15.5.20, normally flew the red ensign, minelayer 8 mines 1918.

AMERSHAM, twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, T.01 (11.19). Launched 30.4.19 Ailsa SB. 800 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 2200ihp, 16kts. Armament: 1-4in, 1-12pdr AA. Completed as survey vessel 1919, renamed COLLINSON 3.19. Sold 25.10.22 McLellan.

AMETHYST, light cruiser, ex-3rd-class protected cruiser, Gem-class, P.00 (1914), P.02 (1.18). Launched 5.11.03 Armstrong. 3,000 tons, 373(oa), 360(pp)x40x14ft. Turbine 12000shp, 23kts. Armament: 12-4in, 11-3pdr, 2-18in tt (2-6in, 8-4in from 1918). Armour: 2in deck. 1st LCS Grand Fleet 1914, Mediterranean 1915, South America 1915-18. Battle Honours (and links to despatches, casualties, awards) Heligoland 28 Aug 1914, Dardanelles 1915. Log Book Availability. Sold 1.10.20 J. W. Towers, Milford Haven.

AMETHYST (ex-NELLIE II), hired yacht, Pendant No 066. Built 1877, 201grt/330TM. Armament: 2-6pdr. In service 14.9.14-30.9.14, 30.3.15-15.2.17, renamed AMETHYST III, 3.15. May have served as wireless-equipped A/P Group Leader or in special yacht squadrons, at home or in Mediterranean.

AMETHYST, hired trawler, Adty No 1214. Built 1898, 172grt, Hull-reg H.401. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 1.15-10.15 as minesweeper. Renamed AMETHYST II 2.15. Released from patrol organisation back to civilian fishing as AMETHYST, later requisitioned by Admiralty for Fishery Reserve of the Trawler Section, recommissioned and flew white ensign; continued fishing under naval control.

AMIABLE, hired drifter, Adty No 755. Built 1910, 72grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.554. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 1.15-1919 as net vessel. Served in WW2.

AMICE, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 136. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

AMITY, hired drifter, Adty No 2551. Built 1907, 82grt, Banff-reg BF.929. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 2.15-1919 as net vessel.

AMOKURA, harbour service, training ship, New Zealand (ex-SPARROW, ex-composite gunboat,Redbreast-class), built 1889, 805 tons. Sold 2.22.

AMPERE, fishing trawler. Built 1891, 154grt, Hull-reg H.169. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

AMPHION, light cruiser, ex-Scout cruiser, Boadicea/Active-class. Launched 4.12.11 Pembroke DY. 3,440 tons, 405(oa), 385(pp)x41x14ft. Turbine 18000shp, 25.5kts. Armament: 10-4in, 4-3pdr, 2-21in tt. Armour: 1in deck. 3rd DF leader, Harwich 1914. Mined 6.8.14 North Sea.

AMPHITRITE, cruiser, later minelayer, ex-1st-class protected cruiser, Diadem-class, D.52 (1914), P.7C (1.18). Launched 5.1.98 Vickers. 11,000 tons, 466(oa), 435(pp)x69x26ft. TE 16500ihp, 20.5kts. Armament: 16-6in, 12-12pdr, 4-3pdr, 2-18in tt. Armour: 4in deck, 4.5in guns. 9th CS to 1915, then harbour service, conversion to minelayer completed 9.7.17 Portsmouth DY, 4-6in, 1-4in AA, 354 mines. 1st Mine Squadron, Grangemouth 1917-18. Log Book Availability. Sold 12.4.20 Ward, Milford Haven.

AMPLEFORTH, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1914, 3,873grt - lost 21.5.17, Central Mediterranean (H/L/Lr/te/un)

AMPLIFY, hired trawler, Adty No 1982. Built 1916, 342grt, Grimsby-reg GY.789. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 2.16-1.17 as minesweeper. Wrecked 17.1.17 at Skeirascape, Castlebay.

AMPULLA, hired trawler, Adty No 59. Built 1913, 248grt, Grimsby-reg GY.949. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 9.14-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

AMROTH CASTLE, hired trawler, Adty No 2665. Built 1913, 255grt, Swansea-reg SA.8. Armament: 1-12pdr, 1-6pdr. In service 5.15-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

AMSTERDAM, armed boarding steamer, mercantile conversion, M.08 (on coming into service), MI.00 (1.18). Built 1894, 1777grt, 17kts. Armament: 1-4in, 1-12pdr. In service 31.10.14-29.9.19.

AMY (ex-JASON), hired yacht, Pendant No 081. Built 1877, 288grt/416TM. Armament: 1-12pdr, 1-6pdr AA. In service 7.7.15-30.3.19. May have served as wireless-equipped A/P Group Leader or in special yacht squadrons, at home or in Mediterranean.

AMY, hired trawler, Adty No 334. Built 1905, 223grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.39. In service 8.14-4.17 as minesweeper. Mined 11.4.17 off Le Havre.

AMY B. SILVER, decoy or Q-ship, schooner conversion. Built 1912, 129grt. In service 17.7.17-22.11.17, armament not listed.

ANACAPA, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 112. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

ANCHOR OF HOPE, hired drifter, Adty No 2295. Built 1903, 79grt, Peterhead-reg PD.484. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 2.15-1920 as net vessel. Renamed ANCHOR OF HOPE II 5.15.

ANCHOR OF HOPE, hired drifter, Adty No 2376. Built 1907, 95grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.214. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 2.15-1919 as net vessel, minesweeper.

ANCHOR STAR, hired drifter, Adty No 2718. Built 1908, 82grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.127. In service 12.15-1920 as net vessel.

ANCHORITE (originally PROGRESS), mooring vessel, Trinculo-class, X.35 (1916), X.01 (1.18). Launched 24.1.16 Simons. 750 tons, 152(oa), 135(pp)x26x10ft. 500ihp, 9.5kts. Boom defence duty at Sheerness to 1918. Renamed HERMIT 1944. BU 2.48 Metal Ind, Rosyth.

ANCHUSA, convoy sloop, Flower-class, Anchusa-type, ordered 1.17, Aubretia and Anchusa-types built to look like merchant ships, with concealed armament, T.01 (1.18). Launched 21.4.17 Armstrong. 1290 tons, 262(oa), 250(pp)x35x11ft. TE2500ihp, 16.5kts. Armament. 2-4in, 2-12pdr. Served with Grand Fleet or in Mediterranean, decoy or Q-ship, other names CASHEL, WINSTREE. Sunk 16.7.18 by U.54 off W coast of Ireland.

ANCIENT (12.18) - see VETERAN, paddle tug

ANCONA, tug, Poultry-class. Ordered 1918 for canal and harbour work. Launched 2.4.19 Henry Scarr. 65 tons gross. 75(pp)x15x6 ft. Compound 185ihp. 8kts. Believe flew blue ensign. Sold 8.22 W. R. Johnson.

ANDES, armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, M.82 (on coming into service), MI.52 (1.18), MI.30 (4.18). Built 1913, 15,620grt, 16kts. Armament: 6-6in, 2-6pdr. Crew (7.15): 40 officers & 300 crew (bi).In service 22.3.15-22.10.19. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. Log Book Availability. Served as ATLANTIS in WW2.

ANDES, fishing trawler. Built 1899, 169grt, Grimsby-reg GY.5. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

ANDREW ANDERSON, Admiralty trawler, Castle-class, Adty No 4405. Launched 15.8.19, Cook, W & G. 275grt/360 tons/547 tons deep, 134(oa), 125x23x13ft. TE 480ihp, 10.5kts. Completed as fishing vessel. Sold 13.2.22 renamed NORMANBY.

ANDREW APSLEY, Admiralty trawler, Castle-class, Adty No 4298. Launched 2.6.19, Cook, W & G. 275grt/360 tons/547 tons deep, 134(oa), 125x23x13ft. TE 480ihp, 10.5kts. Completed as fishing vessel. Sold 13.10.19, delivered 9.12.19, renamed CALLANCROFT. Served as MILFORD EARL in WW2.

ANDREW JEWER, Admiralty trawler, Mersey class, Adty No 3844. Delivered 4.12.18, Cochrane. 324grt/438 tons/665 tons deep, 148(oa), 138x23x13ft. TE 600ihp, 11kts. Armament: 1-12pdr. Crew: 15, up to 18 with wireless. Served as gunnery tender. Renamed NITH 9.20, EXCELLENT 6.22. Sold 1946 renamed MALVERN.

ANDREW KING, Admiralty trawler, Mersey class, Adty No 3545. Launched 19.4.17, Cochrane. 324grt/438 tons/665 tons deep, 148(oa), 138x23x13ft. TE 600ihp, 11kts. Armament: 1-12pdr. Crew: 15, up to 18 with wireless. Served as minesweeper, hydrophone vessel. Renamed OUSE 9.20. Mined 20.2.41 off Tobruk.

ANDREW MARVEL, hired trawler, Adty No 1180. Built 1912, 285grt, Hull-reg H.466. Armament: 1-12pdr. In service 2.15-1919 as minesweeper.

ANDREW MCWILLIAM, Admiralty trawler, Mersey-class, Adty No 4270 building Cochrane. Cancelled after 11.18.

ANDREW SACK, Admiralty trawler, Castle-class, Adty No 3523. Launched 5.7.17, Smiths Dock. 275grt/360 tons/547 tons deep, 134(oa), 125x23x13ft. TE 480ihp, 10.5kts. Armament: 1-12pdr. Crew: 15, up to 18 with wireless. Served as minesweeper. Sold 1924, renamed ALEX ANDRITE. Served as NORTH NESS in WW2.

ANDRINA, hired drifter, Adty No 2132. Built 1911, 92grt, Kirkcaldy-reg KY.134. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 4.15-1920 as net vessel. Served as ROSSARD in WW2.

ANDROMACHE, minelayer, ex-2nd-class protected cruiser, Apollo-class, N.22 (1914), N.03 (1.18). Launched 14.8.90 Chatham DY. 3400 tons, 314(oa), 300(pp)x43x16ft. TE 9000ihp, 20kts (designed). Conversion to minelayer completed 13.9.09 Chatham DY, armament 4-4.7in, 100 mines (only 1-12pdr 6.18). Minelayer, based at Dover and Sheerness 1914-15 (seven Apollo-class minelayers laid nearly 8000 mines in 22 operations), then subsidiary service, ended war as depot ship. BU 8.20 Castle, Plymouth.

ANDROMEDA, convoy sloop, Flower-class, Aubretia-type, ordered 12.16, Aubretia and Anchusa-types built to look like merchant ships, with concealed armament, T.4A (1.18), T.02 (6.18). Launched 6.17 Swan Hunter. 1250 tons, 268(oa), 255(pp)x33x11ft. TE 2500ihp, 17.5kts. Armament: 2-4in, 1-3pdr. To French navy, renamed ANDROMEDE, later VILLE D'YS.

ANDROMEDA, fishing trawler. Built 1899, 130grt, Sunderland-reg SD.9. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

ANDROMEDA, harbour service, ex-1st-class protected cruiser, Diadem-class, launched 1897, 11000 tons. Boys training ship Devonport 1913, renamed IMPREGNABLE II 11.1919, DEFIANCE 1931. Sold 1956.

ANDROS (ex-KNIGHT OF ST. PATRICK), hired rescue tug. Built 1885, 274grt. In service 6.15-8.22, HM Dockyard service before 1917. Sold.

ANEMONE, fleet sweeping sloop, Flower-class, Acacia-type, ordered 1.15, Acacia, Azalea and Arabis-types built on merchant ship lines, with similar warship-like appearance, M.27 (2.15), T.01 (9.15), T.03 (1.18). Launched 13.5.15 Swan Hunter. 1200 tons, 262(oa), 250(pp)x33x11ft. TE 1800ihp, 16.5kts. Armament: 2-12pdr, 2-3pdr AA. Acacia-types served in Grand Fleet, at Queenstown, and in Mediterranean. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Dardanelles 1915/16. Sold 6.9.22 Marple & Gillott, Saltash.

ANEMONE, lighter/barge. Miscellaneous small craft, owned by J. T. Crampton & Co. Served 24.7.18-10.6.19.

ANGELINA, hired drifter, Adty No 1850. Built 1908, 86grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.69. Armament: 1-3pdr AA. In service 9.15-1919 as net vessel.

ANGELUS, hired trawler, Adty No 1629. Built 1914, 304grt, Grimsby-reg GY.19. Armament: 1-12pdr. In service 5.15-2.16 as minesweeper. Mined 28.2.16 off Dover.

ANGERTON, hired trawler, Adty No 526. Built 1901, 186grt, Boston-reg BN.92. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 11.14-1919 as minesweeper.

ANGLE, hired trawler, Adty No 1367. Built 1908, 222grt, Milford Haven-reg M.225. Armament: 1-12pdr. In service 4.15-1919 as minesweeper.

ANGLER, destroyer, two-funnelled 30-knotter, designated D-class, P.25 (1914), D.36 (9.15), D.04 (1.18). Launched 2.2.97 Thornycroft. c340 tons, 210(pp)x191x7ft. TE 5800ihp, 30kts. Armament: 1-12pdr, 5-6pdr, 2-18in tt. Portsmouth Local Defence Flotilla. Sold 20.5.20 Ward, Milford Haven.

ANGLESEY, minelayer, building by Denny, builders No. 1034. Cancelled 6.12.18, completed in 1920 as mercantile ANGLIA, 3460grt.

ANGLIA, armed boarding steamer, mercantile conversion, P.75 (on coming into service). Built 1900, 1862grt. Armament: 3-6pdr. In service 8.8.14-24.4.15. Converted to military hospital ship. Mined 17.11.15 off Folkestone Gate.

ANGLIA, fishing trawler. Built 1904, 196grt, London-reg LO.186. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

ANGOLIAN, fishing trawler - see TEUTON, hired trawler.

ANGORA, minelayer, mercantile conversion, N.40 (4.15), N.04 (1.18). Built 1911, 4298grt, 17kts. Fitted out at Blackwall. Armament: 3-4.7in, 2-6pdr AA, 320 mines. In service 27.2.15-15.11.19.

ANGUS, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 119 (first use of No.). See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

ANGUS MCDONALD, Admiralty trawler, Mersey-class, Adty No 4279 building Cochrane. Cancelled after 11.18.

ANIDA, hired trawler, Adty No 3059. Built 1917, 270grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.299. Armament: 1-12pdr. In service 9.17-1919 as hydrophone vessel.

ANIMATE, hired drifter, Adty No 3076. Built 1917, 88grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.622. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 12.17-1919. Served in WW2.

ANN FORD MELVILLE, hired trawler, Adty No 1347. Built 1911, 212grt, Aberdeen-reg A.365. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 4.15-1919 as minesweeper. Served as SHIELBURN in WW2.

ANN LEWIS, hired trawler, Adty No 2985. Built 1916, 216grt, Aberdeen-reg A.621. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 12.16-1919 as minesweeper. Served as JEAN EDMONDS in WW2.

ANN MELVILLE, hired trawler, Adty No 1596. Built 1909, 201grt, Aberdeen-reg A.254. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 6.15-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

ANNA LIFFEY, hired screw tug. Built 1904, 179grt. In service 28.10.18-22.11.18. Most hired screw tugs over 70grt used as expeditionary force tugs during part of the war; most of vessels released from naval service 1917-18 carried out similar duties. Nearly all were chartered as naval tugs and flew red ensign.

ANNANDALE (may be spelt ANNADALE), boom defence vessel, ex-blockship, listed as miscellaneous. Built 1878, 1521grt, 264ft. Purchased 1914-15 for Dover, not used as blockship. Sold 7.1.20.

ANNE, aircraft carrier, mercantile conversion. Built 1911 Rickmers, Bremerhaven. 7000 tons/4083grt, 367(pp)x47ft. TE, 10kts. German AENNE RICKMERS. seized Port Said 8.14, in mercantile service under red ensign from 1.15, commissioned 4.8.15, renamed ANNE next day. Armament: 1-12pdr, 2 seaplanes. Eastern Mediterranean 1915-17. Decommissioned 8.8.17, store carrier and in 1.18 collier in government service until 1.19. Sold 1922.

ANNIE, hired drifter, Adty No 2118. Built 1907, 94grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.420. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 1.15-12.17 as net vessel. Destroyed 19.12 17 after grounding off Enos.

ANNIE CUMINE, hired drifter, Adty No 2377. Built 1913, 80grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.536. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 2.15-1919 as net vessel. Served as MARY J. MASSON in WW2.

ANNIE MATHERS, hired motor drifter, Adty No 2869. Built 1905, 56grt, Methil-reg ML.285. In service 4.17-1919 as minesweeper.

ANNIE MELLING, hired trawler, Adty No 1593. Built 1906, 221grt, Preston-reg PN.61. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 4.15-12.18 as minesweeper.

ANNIE SMITH, hired drifter, Adty No 2413. Built 1907, 84grt, Inverness-reg INS.422. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 4.15-4.18 as net vessel. Sunk 9.4.18 in collision off Lundy Island.

ANNIE WALKER, fishing trawler. Built 1890, 123grt, Leith-reg LH.195. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

ANSON, battlecruiser, Hood-class, building Armstrong. Work suspended 9.3.17, cancelled 10.18.

ANSON, hired trawler, Adty No 1090. Built 1905, 211grt, Grimsby-reg GY.47. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 2.15-1920 as minesweeper. Renamed ANSON II 3.17. Served in WW2.

ANT, gunboat, Ant-class, harbour service tender since c1905, ex-"flatiron" gunboat, commissioned in 1914 for service off Belgian coast. Launched 14.8.73 Laird. 254 tons, 89(oa), 85(pp)x26x6ft. Horizontal engines 260ihp, 8kts. Armament (1914): 2-4.7 in. Reverted to harbour service by 1916, boom defence vessel 1916, target 10.21. Sold 2.6.26 Granton S Bkg Co.

ANT, hired drifter, Adty No 2510. Built 1903, 61grt, Buckie-reg BCK.124. In service 6.15-1920 as net vessel, stores & water carrier.

ANT (new), tender, described as special service vessel. Bought on stocks 5.13, known as ANT (new) to 1919, launched 23.7.13 Murdoch & Murray. 545grt, 164(pp)x33 ft. Sold 12.6.24 G. Nichol, renamed RANGITOTO.

ANTARES, fleet sweeping sloop, Flower-class, ordered 1.16, built by Hamilton. Delivered to French Navy 1916-17.

ANTARES (ex-CABO VERDE, ex-BEN ALLIGIN), Admiralty trawler, Adty No 177. Built 1906 Duthie, 218grt, one of nine Portuguese vessels purchased 9.15 for a total of 80,788. Armament: 1-3pdr. Intended as minesweeper, but apparently served as A/P. Renamed ANTARES II 10.17. Damaged in collision off Gibraltar, sunk 2.5.18 by.

ANTELOPE, harbour service, ex-torpedo gunboat, Alarm-class, D.25 (1914), N.25 (9.15). Built 1893, 810 tons, on sale list, then training ship, Devonport. Sold 27.5.19.

ANTHONY ASLETT, Admiralty trawler, non-standard Mersey-class, Adty No 3579. Launched 22.2.17, Cochrane. Units ranged from 248-324grt, 117-125x22-23ft. Approx. TE 480ihp, 10.5kts. Armament: usually 1-12pdr & BT. Crew: 15, up to 18 with wireless. Served as minesweeper. Renamed ROTHER 9.20. Sold 1922 to Spain, renamed UAD QUERT.

ANTHONY HOPE, hired trawler, Adty No 1380. Built 1913, 288grt, Hull-reg H.1006. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 4.15-11.16. Mined 16.11.16 off Le Havre.

ANTIC, decoy or Q-ship - see AUK, hired trawler, but name not included in AUK's listing.

ANTICYCLONE, Admiralty wood drifter, Adty No, 3865, building programme began May 1917, average cost of hull and machinery 11,500. Delivered 2.12.18, Chambers. 94grt/179 tons deep, 94(oa), 86(pp)x20x10ft. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. Sold 9.31, same name. Served in WW2.

ANTONIO, fishing trawler. Built 1908, 202grt, Hull-reg H.990. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

ANTRIM, cruiser, ex-armoured cruiser, Devonshire-class, 09 (1914), 07 (1.18), N.58 (4.18). Launched 8.10.03 John Brown. 10,850 tons, 473(oa), 450(pp)x68x23ft. TE 21000ihp, 22kts. Armament: 4-7.5in, 6-6in, 2-12pdr, 2-18in tt. Armour: 6in sides, 2in deck, 6in guns. 3rd CS Grand Fleet 1914-16, North America & West Indies 1916-18. Log Book Availability. Sold 19.12.22 Hughes Bolckow, Derwanthaugh.

ANTWERP, decoy or Q-ship see VIENNA (originally accommodation ship), armed boarding steamer.

ANWOTH, hired trawler, Adty No 1158. Built 1915, 211grt, Granton-reg GN.29. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 2.15-1919 as minesweeper, then hydrophone vessel.

ANZAC, destroyer leader, improved Marksman-class, three funnels, ordered 12.15, F.61 (2.17), G.60 (4.17), G.50 (1.18), G.70 (4.18). Launched 11.1.17 Denny. c1666-1687 tons, 325(oa), 315(pp)x31x12ft. Turbine 36000shp, 34kts. Armament: 4-4in, 4-21in tt. Leader, Grand Fleet Flotillas from completion. To RAN 3.19. Sold 8.8.35 Abrahams & Wilson, Redfern, NSW.

ANZAC, hired trawler, Adty No 3305. Built 1916, 317grt, Hull-reg H.487. Armament: 1-6pdr, 1-7.5in BT. In service 8.16-1919 as minesweeper. Renamed ANZAC II 3.17.

ANZAC, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

AORANGI, Admiralty blockship. Built 1883, 4268grt, 389ft. Owned by Union SS Co, Dunedin (NZ)-reg, chartered as non-commissioned RAN supply ship 8/14, purchased by Admiralty 1915 for use at Scapa Flow. Scuttled August 1915 - No.1 Barrier, Kirk Sound, between island of Lamb Holm & Mainland (wi - in 58.53.26N, 02.51.42W). Wreck refloated in 1920 (wi - resunk in Holm Kirkyard) (Lr/D/wi)

APHIS, river gunboat, Insect-class, ordered 2.15 as "China Gunboat" for service on Danube. Served elsewhere, P.96 (1.16), P.03 (1.18). Launched 15.9.15 Ailsa SB. 645 tons, 237(oa), 230(pp)x36x4ft. TE 2000ihp,14kts, twin screws in tunnels. Armament: 2-6in, 2-12pdr. Mediterranean 1916-18. Log Book Availability. Sold 1947 at Singapore.

APLEY, hired trawler, Adty No 143. Built 1908, 222grt, Milford Haven-reg M.226. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 8.14-12.17 as minesweeper. Mined 6.12.17 off Worthing.

APOLLO, minelayer, ex-2nd-class protected cruiser, Apollo-class, N.36 (1914), N.05 (1.18). Launched 10.2.91 Chatham DY. 3400 tons, 314(oa), 300(pp)x43x16ft. TE 9000ihp, 20kts (designed). Conversion to minelayer completed 4.8.09 Chatham DY, armament 4-4.7in, 100 mines. Minelayer, based at Dover and Sheerness 1914-15 (seven Apollo-class minelayers laid nearly 8000 mines in 22 operations), then subsidiary service, ended war as depot ship. BU 8.20 Castle. Plymouth.

APOLLO, hired screw tug. Built 1900, 52grt. In service 4.15-7.19, limited to harbour and inland waterway duties, flew red ensign.

APPLEDORE, twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, N.7A (11.19). Launched 15.8.19 Ailsa SB. 800 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 2200ihp, 16kts. Armament: 1-4in, 1-12pdr AA. Sold 16.10.20, renamed KAMLAVATI.

APPLELEAF (ex-TEXOL), Admiralty chartered red-ensign oiler, later RFA oiler/fleet attendant tanker, Leaf-class, X.32 (2.16 while building under original name), Y7.178 (later). Launched 28.11.16 Workman Clark. 12300 tons, class ranged from 5311-5948grt, 370-418(pp) x54x26ft. TE 6000ihp, 14kts. Damaged 10.11.17, North Sea. Flew red ensign until 1920, and later the blue ensign. Arrived 12.47 Arnott Young, Dalmuir (H/L/D/rfa)

APTERA, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 85 (first use of No.). See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

AQUAMARINE, hired trawler, Adty No 1843. Built 1911, 333grt, Hull-reg H.356. Armament: 1-6pdr, 1-7.5in BT. In service 8.15-1919 as minesweeper.

AQUARIUS (ex-HAMPSTEAD), sea-going depot ship, earlier mercantile conversion, N.13 (1914),N.06 (1.18). Launched 25.9.00 Austin. 3660tons, 268(pp)x37x16ft. TE 1100ihp, 10.5kts. Purchased1902 as distillery vessel, completed 6.07 as depot ship. Served with 8th DF Forth 1914-15, Mediterranean S/Ms 1915, then water carrier and depot ship in Mediterranean. Armament: not listed. Sold 14.5.20.

AQUARIUS, hired trawler. Built 1905, 187grt, Grimsby-reg GY.76. In service 6.15-8.15. Released from patrol organisation back to civilian fishing, later requisitioned by Admiralty for Fishery Reserve of the Trawler Section, recommissioned and flew white ensign; continued fishing under naval control.

AQUILA (ex-PENDRAGON), hired screw tug. Built 1870, 59grt. In service as BDV, 8.17-1.20, limited to harbour and inland waterway duties, flew red ensign.

AQUILLA, fleet messenger, Y4.76. Built 1907, 450grt. Also listed as store carrier. In commissioned service 27.4.18-5.1.20, flew white ensign.

AQUITANIA, armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, MI.56 (4.18). Built 1914, 45647grt, 24kts. Armament: 12-6in. In service 2.8.14-5.9.14, released because of heavy fuel consumption, taken up again 1.18-1919. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol.

ARAB, destroyer, four-funnelled 30-knotter, designated B-class, D.01 (1914), D.77 (9.15), D.05 (1.18), H.08 (4.18). Launched 9.2.01 Thomson. 470 tons, c215(pp)x21x6ft. TE c6000ihp, 30kts. Armament: 1-12pdr, 5-6pdr, 2-18in tt. Scapa Local Defence Flotilla. Sold 23.7.19 Fryer, Sunderland.

ARAB, lighter/barge.  Built 1901, 56grt, steam lighter. Served 31.7.17-23.4.19. Renamed ARABESQUE 4.18.

ARABIAN, hired trawler. Built 1899, 180grt, Aberdeen-reg A.209. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 6.15-1919 as minesweeper, then boom defence vessel.

ARABIAN, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 55. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

ARABIS, fleet sweeping sloop, Flower-class, Arabis-type, ordered 7.15, Acacia, Azalea and Arabis-types built on merchant ship lines, with similar warship-like appearance, T.44 (1.16). Launched 6.11.15 Henderson. 1250 tons, 268(oa), 255(pp)x33x11ft. TE 2000ihp, 16kts. Armament: 2-4.7in (or 2-4in), 2-3pdr AA. Arabis-types served in Grand Fleet, at Queenstown, in North Sea, and Mediterranean. Sunk 10.2.16 by German TBs off Dogger Bank.

ARACARI, hired trawler, Adty No 514. Built 1908, 245grt, Grimsby-reg GY.355. Armament: 1-12pdr, 1-6pdr AA. In service 9.14-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

ARALIA, fishing trawler. Built 1899, 229grt, Grimsby-reg GY.371. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

ARAWANA, patrol vessel, ex-civilian. Built 1914, 152grt. Armed with 1-13pdr. In service 20.3.17-15.1.19 in West Indies, based at Demerara.

ARBUTUS, convoy sloop, Flower-class, Anchusa-type, ordered 2.17, Aubretia and Anchusa-types built to look like merchant ships, with concealed armament, T.94 (1.18). Launched 8.9.17 Armstrong. 1290 tons, 262(oa), 250(pp)x35x11ft. TE2500ihp, 16.5kts. Armament. 2-4in, 2-12pdr. Served with Grand Fleet or in Mediterranean, decoy or Q-ship, other name SPRIGG. Sunk 16.12.17 by UB.65 in St. Georges Channel.

ARCA, Admiralty chartered red-ensign oiler. Built 1912, 4,839grt - lost 2.10.18, Atlantic off N Ireland (H/L/Lr/sl/te/un/wi)

ARCADY, hired drifter, Adty No B, 1290. Built 1910, 85grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.741. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 12.14-1919 as patrol boat, minesweeper. Served in WW2.

ARCHDALE (ex-VIXEN), hired screw tug. Built 1896, 119grt. In service 26.9.15-24.12.15. Most hired screw tugs over 70grt used as expeditionary force tugs during part of the war; most of vessels released from naval service 1917-18 carried out similar duties. Nearly all were chartered as naval tugs and flew red ensign.

ARCHER, destroyer, Acheron-class, designated I-class, H.10 (1914), H.29 (9.15), H.06 (1.18). Launched 21.10.11 Yarrow. c745-810 tons, c246(oa), 240(pp)x25x9ft. Turbine 16000shp, 28kts. Armament: 2-4in, 2-12pdr, 2-21in tt. All class formed 1st DF, Grand Fleet 1914-16, then Devonport, Harwich or Dover 1916-17, all to Mediterranean by 1918 except three fitted as minelayers. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Heligoland 28 Aug 1914. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Rainham, BU 10.22.

ARCHIMEDES, hired drifter. Built 1911, 83grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.720. In service 10.15-1919 on misc. service. Served in WW2.

ARCTIC, kite balloon ship. Dumb barge, 88grt, rebuilt 1898, completed conversion 5.16 by C & H Crichton for experimental use as a kite balloon vessel, purchased 11.17. Later employed for other purposes.

ARCTIC PRINCE, hired trawler, Adty No 1470. Built 1915, 194grt, North Shields-reg SN.169. Armament: 1-12pdr. In service 4.15-1919 as minesweeper. Served as CLIFTON in WW2.

ARCTIC WHALE (Z.15), Admiralty whaler, ordered 15.3.15, Adty No 878. Launched 7.10.15, Smiths Dock. 336 tons/237grt, 132(oa), 125(pp)x25x8ft. TE 1200ihp, 13kts. Armament: 1-12pdr. From 1915-18, served as coastal anti-submarine escort in one of three squadrons, based at Stornoway, Shetlands, Peterhead or the Humber. Sold 20.4.20, same name, renamed BERMUDIAN 1923. Served as BERMUDIAN in WW2.

ARCTURUS (ex-RIO TEJO, ex-ALBERIA), Admiralty trawler, Adty No 175. Built 1910 W & G Cook, 337grt, one of nine Portuguese vessels purchased 9.15 for a total of 80,788. Armament: 1-6pdr, 1-7.5in BT. Intended as minesweeper, but apparently served as A/P. Renamed ARCTURUS II 6.18. Sold 17.5.19 to Cruz Bros, Gibraltar.

ARD PATRICK, fleet sweeping sloop, 24-class, "double-ended" decoy appearance with straight stem and stern, and symmetrical superstructure, class ordered between 12.16 and 4.17, T.95 (9.18). Launched 6.6.18 Swan Hunter. 1320 tons, 267(oa), 258(pp)x35x10ft. TE2500ihp, 17kts. Armament: 2-4in, 39 depth charges. Believed to be one of 10 of class, completed 1918 and served in Sloop Flotillas, Granton and Gibraltar. Sold 12.8.20 M. Mazza, resold 1.12.21 Stanlee.

ARDANDEARG, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1895, 3,237grt - lost 14.3.18, Central Mediterranean (H/L/Lr/te/un)

ARDENT (was to be named KENRIC 9.13), destroyer, Acasta-class, designated K-class "special boat", H.78 (1914). Launched 8.9.13) Denny. c898-1000 tons, c265(oa), 257(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 22500shp, 30kts. Armament: 3-4in, 2-21in tt. All class formed 4th DF, Grand Fleet 1914-16. Sunk 1.6.16 at Jutland. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916.

ARDENT, hired trawler, Adty No 1798. Built 1908, 228grt, Milford Haven-reg M.222. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 6.15-1919 as minesweeper. Renamed ARDENT II 3.17.

ARDGARTH, store carrier, Y8.53. Built 1913, 770grt. Ex-collier (Y3.603). BDV supply vessel in service 22.5.15-8.2.17, collier again 9.2.17.

ARDLAW, hired drifter, Adty No 2036. Built 1909, 94grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.44. In service 8.15-1919 as net vessel, hospital vessel.

ARETHUSA, light cruiser, Arethusa-class, ordered 9.12, 3C (1914). Launched 25.10.13 Chatham DY. 3,500 tons, 436(oa), 410(pp)x39x14ft. Turbine 40000shp, 29kts. Armament: 2-6in, 6-4in (altered to 3-6in, 4-4in, 2-3in AA), 8-21in tt. Armour: 3in sides, 1in deck. 5th LCS, Harwich. Wrecked 11.2.16 near Harwich after mine damage. Battle Honours (and links to despatches, casualties, awards) Heligoland 28 Aug 1914, Dogger Bank 24 Jan 1915.

ARETHUSA, harbour service, training ship, Greenhithe, River Thames (ex-wooden screw frigate), built 1849, 3832 tons. Sold 1934.

ARETHUSA II, fleet messenger, Y4.52. Built 1906, 477grt. In commissioned service 25.9.15-26.4.20, flew white ensign.

ARFON, hired trawler, Adty No 134. Built 1908, 227grt, Milford Haven-reg M.223. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 8.14-4.17 as minesweeper. Mined 30.4.17 off St. Alban's Head.

ARGO, Q ship, listed as miscellaneous. Built 1906, 854grt. In commissioned service 9.6.17-10.4.19, purchased 19.12.17,  2-4in, 1-15pdr, 2-12pdr. Also known as ARGO, SARUSAN and STEAD. Renamed LOTHBURY 1917, store carrier 16.4.19 (withpendant X.54 assigned from 9.18). Renamed ARGO 4.19. sold c1939.

ARGO, fishing trawler. Built 1903, 174grt, Aberdeen-reg A.554. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

ARGO, boom defence vessel, ex-ESPIEGLE, composite screw sloop, Doterel-class. Launched 3.8.80 Devonport DY, 1130 tons. Served in Spithead, on boom defence 8.14. Sold 25.8.21 W. Thorpe.

ARGO, listed as miscellaneous. Built 1898, 1102grt. In commissioned service 28.11.14-3.4.15.

ARGO, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1895, 3,071grt - lost 24.12.17, Western Mediterranean (H/L/Lr/te/un)

ARGON see ARGUS, patrol and examination vessel, ex-Coastguard and Fishery Protection.

ARGON, hired trawler, Adty No 1540. Built 1907, 226grt, Swansea-reg SA.48. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 6.15-1919 as minesweeper. Renamed ARGON II 5.17.

ARGONAUT, cruiser, ex-1st-class protected cruiser, Diadem-class, P.78 (1914), P.04 (1.18). Launched 24.1.98 Fairfield. 11,000 tons, 466(oa), 435(pp)x69x26ft. TE 16500ihp, 20.5kts. Armament: 16-6in, 12-12pdr, 4-3pdr, 2-18in tt. Armour: 4in deck, 4.5in guns. 9th CS to 1915, then harbour service. Log Book Availability. Sold 18.5.20 Ward, Milford Haven.

ARGUS, aircraft carrier, mercantile conversion. N.96 (1919), 49 (9.19). Building as Italian liner CONTE ROSSO, purchased 8.16, launched 2.12.17 Beardmore, completed 9.18, first aircraft carrier with full-length flight deck and large hangar. 14450 tons, 566(oa), 535(pp)x68x21ft. Turbine 20000shp, 20kts. Armament: 6-4in AA, 20 Sopwith torpedo planes. Accommodation ship 12.44. Sold 5.12.46, BU Ward, Inverkeithing.

ARGUS, patrol and examination vessel, ex-Coastguard and Fishery Protection, C.75 (1914). Launched 6.12.04 Bow McLachlan. 380 tons, 130(pp)x23x9ft. TE 650ihp, 11.5kts. Armament: 2-6pdr. Examination service at Berehaven 1914-18. Renamed ARGON 1.17. Sold 5.2.20, renamed Peninnis.

ARGYLE (may be spelt ARGYLL), Admiralty blockship. Built 1872, 1185grt, 241ft. Owned by T Wilson & Sons, Hull-reg. Purchased 1914-15 (1914) for Scapa Flow. Scuttled 1914 - No.2 Barrier, Skerry Sound, between Glims Holm & Lamb Holm islands (wi - in 58.52.53N, 02.54.02W) (Lr/D/wi).

ARGYLL, cruiser, ex-armoured cruiser, Devonshire-class, 80 (1914). Launched 3.4.04 Scotts. 10,850 tons, 473(oa), 450(pp)x68x23ft. TE 21000ihp, 22kts. Armament: 4-7.5in, 6-6in, 2-12pdr, 2-18in tt. Armour: 6in sides, 2in deck, 6in guns. 3rd CS Grand Fleet from 1914. Wrecked 28.10.15 on Bell Rock.

ARIADNE, cruiser, later minelayer, ex-1st-class protected cruiser, Diadem-class, P.69 (1914). Launched 22.4.98 Thomson. 11,000 tons, 466(oa), 435(pp)x69x26ft. TE 16500ihp, 20.5kts. Armament: 16-6in, 12-12pdr, 4-3pdr, 2-18in tt. Armour: 4in deck, 4.5in guns. Laid up at Devonport, conversion to minelayer completed 20.3.17 Devonport DY, 4-6in, 1-4in AA, 400 mines. 1st Mine Squadron, Grangemouth from 1917. Sunk 26.7.17 by UC.65 off Beachy Head.

ARIADNE, hired trawler, Adty No 349. Built 1906, 225grt, Grimsby-reg GY.173. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 8.14-11.18 as minesweeper. Also served as decoy trap with submarine C.29. Renamed ARIADNE II 2.15.

ARIADNE CHRISTINE, store carrier, Y8.92. Built 1910, 3550grt. Ex-collier (Y3.490). In service as store carrier from 2.8.18. Became constructive loss 31.8.18. Sold 23.8.19 to Norway.

ARIAN, hired trawler, Adty No 1404. Built 1910, 221grt, Grimsby-reg GY.584. In service 3.15-1919 as minesweeper.

ARIANE (ex-SHEELAH), hired yacht, Pendant No 053. Built 1898, 492grt/630TM. Armament: 1-12pdr, 2-6pdr. In service from 23.2.15. May have served as wireless-equipped A/P Group Leader or in special yacht squadrons, at home or in Mediterranean. Transferred 25.2.16 to France.

ARIEL, destroyer, two-funnelled 30-knotter, later designated D-class. Lost 19.4.07.

ARIEL, destroyer, Acheron-class, designated I-class. H.11 (1914), H.37 (9.15), H.07 (1.18). Launched 26.9.11 Thornycroft. c745-810 tons, c246(oa), 240(pp)x25x9ft. Turbine 16000shp, 28kts. Armament: 2-4in, 2-12pdr, 2-21in tt. All class formed 1st DF, Grand Fleet 1914-16, then Devonport, Harwich or Dover 1916-17, one of three of class fitted as minelayer, then 20th DF in North Sea, rest to Mediterranean by 1918. Mined 2.8.18 in North Sea. Battle Honours (and links to despatches, casualties, awards) Heligoland 28 Aug 1914, Belgian Coast 1914, Dogger Bank 24 Jan 1915, Jutland 31 May 1916.

ARIEL, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 138. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

ARIEL, hired trawler, Adty No 616. Built 1905, 174grt, Hull-reg H.843. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 9.14-1919 as minesweeper. Renamed ARIEL II 2.15.

ARIES, hired yacht, Pendant No 05. Built 1880, 201grt/268TM. Armament: 2-3pdr. In service from 12.9.14. May have served as wireless-equipped A/P Group Leader or in special yacht squadrons, at home or in Mediterranean. Mined 31.10.15 off Leathercoat, in Dover Straits.

ARIES, hired trawler, Adty No 28. Built 1906, 250grt, Grimsby-reg GY.131. Armament: 1-12pdr AA. In service 9.14-1919 as minesweeper. Renamed ARIES II 2.15. Served as SORANUS in WW2.

ARIES II, fishing trawler. Built 1899, 159grt, Aberdeen-reg A.295. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

ARIMATHEA, hired drifter, Adty No 1122. Built 1907, 87grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.1084. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 4.15-1919 as net vessel.

ARIUS, decoy or Q-ship - see MARY B. MITCHELL, 3-mast schooner conversion.

ARK ROYAL, aircraft carrier, mercantile conversion, N.80 (1914), N.07 (1.18). Launched 5.9.14 Blyth SB Co. 7080 tons, 366(oa), 35(pp)x51x171ft. TE 3000ihp, 11kts. Armament: 4-12pdr, 4 seaplanes. Eastern Mediterranean 1915-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Dardanelles 1915. Log Book Availability. Depot ship 1923, renamed PEGASUS 12.34, catapult ship 4.41, depot ship 1944. Sold 18.10.46 as Anita I.

ARLANZA, armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, M.93 (on coming into service), MI.53 (1.18), MI.31 (4.18). Built 1912, 15,044grt, 16kts. Armament: 6-6in, 2-6pdr. Crew (7.15): 39 officers & 220 crew (bi). In service 23.3.15-1.6.20. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. Log Book Availability.

ARLEIA, store carrier, Y8.81. Built 1915, 795grt. In service as store carrier 30.3.18-2.8.18, then collier (Y3.2162).

ARLEUX, Admiralty trawler, Canadian-built, Armentieres-group, ordered 1.17. Launched 1918, Canadian Vickers. Steel-hull, 357grt, 130(pp)x25x13ft. TE 480ihp, 10.5kts. Armament: 1-12pdr. Built for Atlantic coast patrol, commissioned in RCN 5.6.18. Sold 1946, same name. Sunk 26.8.49 by internal explosion.

ARLEY, hired trawler, Adty No 591. Built 1914, 304grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.44. Armament: 1-12pdr, 1-6pdr, 1-7.5in BT. In service 10.14-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

ARMADALE CASTLE, armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, M.63 (on coming into service), MI.54 (1.18), MI.32 (4.18). Built 1903, 12,973grt, 17kts. Armament: 8-4.7in. In service 2.8.14-11.9.19. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. Log Book Availability.

ARMAGEDDON, hired trawler, Adty No 1748. Built 1915, 323grt, Hull-reg H.319. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 9.15-1919 as minesweeper. Served as DHOON in WW2.

ARMENTIERES, Admiralty trawler, Canadian-built, Armentieres-group, ordered 1.17. Launched 1918, Canadian Vickers. Steel-hull, 357grt, 130(pp)x25x13ft. TE 480ihp, 10.5kts. Armament: 1-12pdr. Built for Atlantic coast patrol, commissioned in RCN 17.6.18. Sold 1946, renamed A. G. GARRISH 1947.

ARMIDA, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 68. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

ARMOURER (ex-ENGINEER), store carrier, Y8.76. Built 1888, 724grt. In service 17.3.18-3.4.19.

ARNDILLY CASTLE, hired drifter, Adty No 564. Built 1908, 78grt, Inverness-reg INS.500. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 1.15-1919 as net vessel.

ARNEWOOD, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1916, 2,259grt - lost 13.12.17, off W Scotland (H/L/Lr/te/un)

ARNO, destroyer, ex-Portuguese LIZ, D.62 (9.15), D.06 (1.18). Launched 22.12.14 Ansaldo, Genoa, purchased 3.15 before completion. 500 tons, 230(pp)x22x7ft. Turbine 8000shp, 29kts. Armament: 4-14pdr, 3-18in tt. Mediterranean from 1915. Sunk 23.3.18 in collision with HOPE off Dardanelles. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Dardanelles 1915/16.

ARNO, mine carrier, Y6.8. Built 1894, 745grt, ex-armament carrier (Y2.42) (ex-JUNO). Mine carrier 1915-1.8.16, storecarrier (Y8.67) 2.8.16-28.6.17. Renamed ARBEECO 6.17.

ARO (ex-ALBERTVILLE), torpedo sub-depot ship, pendants Y1.2 and Y8.126. 3794grt, built 1898 Raylton Dixon. 351(pp)x44ft. One of three vessels (also Sobo, Sokoto) managed by Elder Dempster, purchased 10.14 for 55,000. Depot ship at Rosyth 1915-18, troopship 14.8.18. Sold 1.20 W. R. Device,renamed STELLA.

ARRAS, Admiralty trawler, Canadian-built, Armentieres-group, ordered 1.17. Launched 1918, Canadian Vickers. Steel-hull, 357grt, 130(pp)x25x13ft. TE 480ihp, 10.5kts. Armament: 1-12pdr. Built for Atlantic coast patrol, commissioned in RCN 8.7.18. BU 12.57.

ARRIVAL, store carrier, Y8.37. Built 1904, 358grt. Ex-armament carrier (Y2.14). In service as store carrier 13.10.14-13.10.17, and as BDV supply from 7.15. Later renamed ELSIE ANNIE.

ARROGANT, sea-going depot ship, Arrogant-class, 2nd-class cruiser conversion, P.42 (1914), N.08 (1.18). Launched 26.5.96 Devonport DY.5750 tons. Completed as depot ship 7.11. Armament: nil. Served with 4th S/M Flotilla at Dover 1914-16, 5th S/M Flotilla at Dover and base flagship 1915-18. Sold 13.11.23 Hughes Bolckow.

ARROW, ex-gunboat, described as miscellaneous special service vessel.  Launched 22.4.71 Rennie, Greenwich. 254 tons, 7kts. Served at Portsmouth 1914-18. Sold 1.3.22 W. H. Webber.

ARTHUR, lighter/barge. Dumb barge, owned by Plymouth & Oreston Timber Co. Served as BDV, 10.7.18-6.8.19.

ARTHUR CAVANAGH, Admiralty trawler, Castle-class, Adty No 3677. Delivered 28.5.18, Bow McLachlan. 275grt/360 tons/547 tons deep, 134(oa), 125x23x13ft. TE 480ihp, 10.5kts. Armament: 1-12pdr, 1-3.5in BT. Crew: 15, up to 18 with wireless. Served as hydrophone vessel. Sold 1925, same name. Served in WW2.

ARTHUR H. JOHNSON, hired drifter, Adty No 1025. Built 1913, 99grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.402. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 1.15-1919 as net vessel.

ARTHUR HERWIN, Admiralty trawler, Strath-class, Adty No 3817. Launched 19.12.19, Fleming & Ferguson. 215grt/311 tons/429 tons deep, 123(oa), 115x22x12ft. TE 430ihp, 10.5kts. Completed as fishing vessel. Sold 10.11.19. delivered 23.1.20, renamed RIVER LOSSIE. Served in WW2.

ARTHUR LESSIMORE, Admiralty trawler, Castle-class, Adty No 3510. Launched 9.3.17, Smith Dock. 275grt/360 tons/547 tons deep, 134(oa), 125x23x13ft. TE 480ihp, 10.5kts. Armament: 1-12pdr. Crew: 15, up to 18 with wireless. Served as minesweeper, escort. Sold 1924. Served as IRVANA in WW2.

ARTIST, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1909, 3,570grt - lost 27.1.17, St George's Channel (H/L/Lr/Mn/ge/os/te/un/wi)

ARTOIS (1915) Log Book Availability see DIGBY, armed merchant cruiser.

ARUN, destroyer, River-class, two medium funnels, designated E-class, N.04 (1914), D.11 (9.15), D.07 (1.18). Launched 30.4.03 Laird. c545-560 tons, c222(pp)x23x9ft. TE c7500ihp, 25.5kts, Armament: 4-12pdr, 2-18in tt. Patrol Flotilla. Sold 30.6.20 Ward, Hayle.

ARVONIA, military hospital ship see CAMBRIA, armed boarding steamer.

ARVONIAN, decoy or Q-ship, chartered collier (Admiralty No. Y3.538) conversion. Built 1905, 2794grt. In service 19.8.17-21.4.19, purchased by Admiralty 20.11.17, armed with 3-4in, 3-12pdr, 4-18in tt, other names ALASTAIR, BALFAME, BENDISH, DORINDA, GIRDLER, USS SANTEE.

ASAMA, hired trawler. Built 1914, 284grt, Cardiff-reg CF.12. In service 1.17-7.17 as Q-ship, Sunk 16.7.17 by U-boat 160 miles SW of Fastnet.

ASCOT, paddle minesweeper, Ascot or Racecourse-class, ordered 9.15, based on design of successful hired paddle minesweeper GLEN USK, Adty No. 881, T.16 (9.18). Launched 26.1.16 Ailsa SB. 810 tons, 245(oa), 235(pp)x29(58oa)x7ft. Diagonal Compound engines 1500ihp, 14.5kts. Armament: 2-6pdr, 2-2pdr. Served with Auxiliary Patrol, carried Fishery flag superior pendant. Sunk 10.11.18 by UB.67 off the Faroes.

ASHBURTON, minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, building Ailsa SB. Cancelled 17.12.18.

ASHBY, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1896, 1,947grt - lost 15.2.16, Atlantic off NW France (H/Lr)

ASHLEAF (ex-OLGA), RFA oiler/group freighting tanker, Leaf-class, pendant Y7.156. Launched 12.9.16 Ropner. 12300tons, class ranged from 5311-5948grt, 370-418(pp) x54x26ft. TE 6000ihp, 14kts. Flew red ensign. Sunk 29.5.17 by submarine 150 miles west of Bishop Rock (rfa)

ASHLYN, hired trawler, Adty No 191. Built 1914, 304grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.1. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 11.14-1919 as minesweeper. Served as BERNADETTE in WW2.

ASHMANI, patrol boat or minesweeper, civilian steamer taken up in India. In service c1917-1919 in Indian Ocean.

ASHTON, hired trawler, Adty No 640. Built 1896, 144grt, Grimsby-reg GY.123. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 10.14-9.18.

ASIA, hired trawler, Adty No 652. Built 1905, 309grt, Hull-reg H.829. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 10.14-9.17 as minesweeper. Mined 12.9.17 off Bressay.

ASKOLD, Russian light cruiser - see GLORY IV.

ASP, water tank vessel, Asp-class. Launched 15.10.90 Green, Blackwall. 330 tons, 115(pp)x22x7ft. 300ihp. Served at Sheerness. Sold 1947.

ASPASIA, hired trawler, Adty No 196. Built 1916, 342grt, Grimsby-reg GY.793. Armament: 1-12pdr. In service 4.16-1919 as minesweeper.

ASPENLEAF, Admiralty chartered red-ensign oiler, 7,535/11,850t - damaged 30.12.16, English Channel (H/L/C/D/ed/un),

ASPHODEL, fleet sweeping sloop, Flower-class, Arabis-type, ordered 7.15, Acacia, Azalea and Arabis-types built on merchant ship lines, with similar warship-like appearance, T.70 (1.16), T.04 (1.18). Launched 21.12.15 Henderson. 1250 tons, 268(oa), 255(pp)x33x11ft. TE 2000ihp, 16kts. Armament: 2-4.7in (or 2-4in), 2-3pdr AA. Arabis-types served in Grand Fleet, at Queenstown, in North Sea, and Mediterranean. Sold 16.6.20 Denmark, renamed FYLLA.

ASPIRANT, hired drifter, Adty No 1312. Built 1909, 81grt, Peterhead-reg PD.510. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 6.15-1919 as net vessel.

ASPIRE, hired drifter, Adty No 2478. Built 1907, 87grt, Banff-reg BF.941. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 2.15-1919 as net vessel.

ASSEGAI (ex-ASSAGAI), hired yacht, later tug. Built 1876, 78grt/82TM. Purchased 1915, tug at Portsmouth from 3.18. Sold 2.11.21.

ASSISTANCE, sea-going fleet repair ship, earlier mercantile conversion, 8C (1914), C2 (1.18). Purchased on stocks 19.9.00, launched23.12.00 Raylton Dixon. 9,600 tons, 436(pp)x53x20ft. TE 4000ihp, 12kts. Armament: 10-3pdr. Served as repair ship at Scapa and Cromarty 1914-18. Handed over 11.3.37 to Ward in part payment for MAJESTIC.

ASSURANCE, dockyard tug, Enterprise-class. Launched 18.12.99 Bow McLachlan. 307 tons, 115(oa),110(pp)x23x8ft 450ihp. Served in Devonport, believe flew blue ensign. Sold 31.1.23 Carriden S Bkg Co.

ASTER, fleet sweeping sloop, Flower-class, Acacia-type, ordered 1.15, Acacia, Azalea and Arabis-types built on merchant ship lines, with similar warship-like appearance, M.28 (2.15), T.02 (9.15). Launched 1.5.15 Earls. 1200 tons, 262(oa), 250(pp)x33x11ft. TE 1800ihp, 16.5kts. Armament: 2-12pdr, 2-3pdr AA. Acacia-types served in Grand Fleet, at Queenstown, and in Mediterranean. Mined 4.7.17 in Mediterranean. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Dardanelles 1915/16.

ASTER, hired yacht, Pendant No 027. Built 1883, 201grt/249TM. Armament: 2-3pdr. In service 25.9.14-5.10.16, renamed ASTER II 6.15. May have served as wireless-equipped A/P Group Leader or in special yacht squadrons, at home or in Mediterranean.

ASTERIA, fleet messenger, Y4.29. Built 1891, 493grt. In commissioned service 20.7.15-22.1.21, flew white ensign.

ASTRAEA, light cruiser, ex-2nd-class protected cruiser, Astraea-class. Launched 17.3.93 Devonport DY. 4,360 tons, 339(oa), 320(pp)x49x17ft. TE 9000ihp, 19.5kts. Armament: 2-6in, 8-4.7in, 8-6pdr, 3-18in tt. Armour: 2in deck, 4.5in guns. Cape and West Africa stations 1914-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Cameroons 1914. Log Book Availability. Sold 1.7.20 Castle, BU in Germany.

ASTRAL, Admiralty wood drifter, Adty No, 3864, building programme began May 1917, average cost of hull and machinery 11,500. Delivered 17.8.18, Chambers. 94grt/179 tons deep, 94(oa), 86(pp)x20x10ft. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Armament: 1-6pdr. Sold 6.10.21, foundered 10.21 on delivery passage.

ASTRUM SPEI, hired drifter, Adty No 2452. Built 1914, 82grt, Banff-reg BF.57. In service 2.15-7.16 as net vessel. Sunk 9.7.16 by Austrian cruiser off Brindisi.

ASTURIAN (ex-CAPELLA), store carrier, Y8.83. Built 1890, 3193grt. In service 28.5.18-2.12.18.

ATALANTA (ex-LORENA), hired yacht, Pendant No 020. Built 1903, 1303grt/1393TM. Armament: 2-3 in. In service 5.6.15-21.2.19. May have served as wireless-equipped A/P Group Leader or in special yacht squadrons, at home or in Mediterranean. Log Book Availability.

ATALANTA, hired drifter. Built 1903, 60grt, Buckie-reg BCK.165. In service 5.15-1919 as boom defence vessel tender.

ATALANTA II, screw minesweeper, mercantile conversion, Fy.572 (12.15). Built 1906, 486grt. Armament 2-6pdr AA. In service 3.12.15-26.6.19.

ATALANTA III, hired rescue tug, W.00 (1.18). Built 1907, 577grt. In service 21.2.15-26.1.20, HM Dockyard, harbour or general towing service before 1917.

ATHELENEY, minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, building Clyde SB. Cancelled 17.12.18.

ATHELSTAN, hired trawler, Adty No 343. Built 1911, 202grt, Grimsby-reg GY.648. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 8.14-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

ATHERSTONE, paddle minesweeper, Ascot or Racecourse-class, ordered 9.15, based on design of successful hired paddle minesweeper GLEN USK, Adty No. 882, T.09 (9.18). Launched 4.4.16 Ailsa SB. 810 tons, 245(oa), 235(pp)x29(58oa)x7ft. Diagonal Compound engines 1500ihp, 14.5kts. Armament: 2-6pdr, 2-2pdr. Sold 12.8.27. Served with Auxiliary Patrol, carried Fishery flag superior pendant. QUEEN OF KENT in WW2.

ATHLETE, hired screw tug. Built 1893, 119grt. In service 26.9.15-6.10.15. Most hired screw tugs over 70grt used as expeditionary force tugs during part of the war; most of vessels released from naval service 1917-18 carried out similar duties. Nearly all were chartered as naval tugs and flew red ensign.

ATHOS, decoy or Q-ship - see GLEN (ex-Sidney), auxiliary schooner conversion.

ATLANTIC, fishing trawler. Built 1898, 167grt, Dundee-reg DE.126. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

ATLAS, tug, Rover-class. Launched 2.9.09 Chatham DY. 620 tons, 153(oa), 145(pp)x29x12ft. TE 1400ihp, 11kts. Served in Hong Kong, believe flew blue ensign, rescue tug from 1917. Sold 19.5.58.

ATLAS, hired screw tug. Built 1872, 84grt. Harbour service 17.1.15-3.7.15 Most hired screw tugs over 70grt used as expeditionary force tugs during part of the war; most of vessels released from naval service 1917-18 carried out similar duties. Nearly all were chartered as naval tugs and flew red ensign.

ATMOSPHERE, Admiralty wood drifter, Adty No, 3862, building programme began May 1917, average cost of hull and machinery 11,500. Delivered 6.7.18, Chambers. 94grt/179 tons deep, 94(oa), 86(pp)x20x10ft. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Armament: 1-6pdr. Served as minesweeper. To Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries 2.8.21, same name. Lost 6.12.29.

ATTACK, destroyer, Acheron-class, designated I-class. H.14 (1914), H.86 (1.16), H.08 (1.18). Launched 21.12.11 Yarrow. c745-810 tons, c246(oa), 240(pp)x25x9ft. Turbine 16000shp, 28kts. Armament: 2-4in, 2-12pdr, 2-21in tt. All class formed 1st DF, Grand Fleet 1914-16, then Devonport, Harwich or Dover 1916-17, then to Mediterranean by 1918 except three fitted as minelayers. Battle Honours (and links to despatches, casualties, awards) Heligoland 28 Aug 1914, Dogger Bank 24 Jan 1915, Jutland 31 May 1916. Log Book Availability. Mined 30.12.17 off Alexandria.

ATTENDANT, hired screw tug. Built 1913, 317grt. In service 22.4.18-3.2.19. Most hired screw tugs over 70grt used as expeditionary force tugs during part of the war; most of vessels released from naval service 1917-18 carried out similar duties. Nearly all were chartered as naval tugs and flew red ensign.

ATTENDANT, RFA oiler/coastal tanker, N.97 (1914), X.15 (1916), X.02 (1.18). Launched 5.7.13 Chatham DY. 1935tons, 210(oa), 200(pp)x34x16ft. TE 700ihp, 8kts. Sold 1934, renamed ATTENDANT (rfa)

ATTENTIVE, light cruiser, ex-scout cruiser, Adventure-class, P.03 (1914), P.06 (1.18). Launched 24.11.04 Armstrong. 2,670 tons, 395(oa), 374(pp)x38x13ft. TE 15000ihp, 25.5kts. Armament: 9-4in, 1-3in AA (originally 10-12pdr, 8-3pdr), 2-14in tt (2-6in, 6-4in, 1-3in AA in 1918). Armour: 2in deck. 6th DF Leader 1914-18, then White Sea. Battle Honours (and links to despatches, casualties, awards) Belgian Coast 1914/18, Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918. Log Book Availability. Sold 12.4.20 Ward, Preston.

AU FAIT, hired drifter, Adty No 763. Built 1909, 83grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.364. In service 1.15-4.16 as net vessel. Sunk 25.4.16 by German destroyer off Zeebrugge.

AU RETOUR, hired drifter, Adty No 2407. Built 1906, 73grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.550. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 4.15-1919 as net vessel.

AUBRIETIA, convoy sloop, Flower-class, Aubretia-type, ordered 1.16, Aubretia and Anchusa-types built to look like merchant ships, with concealed armament, T.06 (1.18). Launched 17.6.16 Blyth SB. 1250 tons, 268(oa), 255(pp)x33x11ft. TE 2500ihp, 17.5kts. Armament: 2-4in, 1-3pdr. 1st Sloop Flotilla, Queenstown 1916-17, then 3rd Sloop Flotilla, North Sea. Served as decoy or Q-ship, other names KAI, Q.13, WINTON, ZEBAL. Sold 25.10.22 R. H. Partridge.

AUCHMEDDEN, hired drifter, Adty No 2380. Built 1914, 82grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.74. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 2.15-1919 as net vessel, minesweeper.

AUCKLAND, hired trawler, Adty No 648. Built 1899, 155grt, Hull-reg H.441. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 10.14-1919 as minesweeper.

AUCUBA, hired trawler. Built 1906, 211grt, Grimsby-reg GY.117. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 12.14-1919 as boom defence vessel.

AUDACIOUS, dreadnought battleship, King George V-class, 54 (1914). Launched 14.9.12 Cammell Laird. 23,000 tons, 597(oa), 555(pp)x89x28ft. Turbine 27000shp, 21kts. Armament: 10-13.5in, 16-4in, 3-21in tt (2-4in AA added). Armour: 12in sides, 3in deck, 11in guns. 2nd BS Grand Fleet 1914. Mined 27.10.14 off Tory Island.

AUDACIOUS, dummy battleship No.8 see MONTCALM, mercantile conversion.

AUDREY, fishing trawler. Built 1906, 186grt, Hull-reg H.854. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

AUK, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 70. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

AUK, hired trawler. Built 1901, 183grt, Aberdeen-reg A.482. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 6.15-1919 as boom defence vessel.

AUK, hired trawler, Adty No 422. Built 1903, 168grt, Hull-reg H.755. In service 11.14-11.18 as minesweeper armed with 1-13pdr, 1-6pdr. Also Q-ship (aka BEN NEVIS, CLAYMORE, GIRDLER, GLEN AFRIC, HOPE, LORNE, ST GOTHERD, SPIKA) from 3.17, armed with 1-12pdr, 1-7.5in BT. Renamed ANTIC 4.18.

AULD LANG SYNE, hired drifter, Adty No 1097. Built 1906, 75grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.496. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 2.15-1919 as net vessel.

AUREA, hired trawler, Adty No 3066. Built 1917, 270grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.300. Armament: 1-12pdr, 1-3.5 in BT. In service 9.17-1920 as hydrophone vessel.

AURICULA, convoy sloop, Flower-class, Anchusa-type, ordered 2.17, Aubretia and Anchusa-types built to look like merchant ships, with concealed armament, T.98 (1.18). Launched 4.10.17 Armstrong. 1290 tons, 262(oa), 250(pp)x35x11ft. TE2500ihp, 16.5kts. Armament. 2-4in, 2-12pdr. Served with Grand Fleet or in Mediterranean, decoy or Q-ship, other name HEMPSEED. Sold 1.2.23 J. Homby.

AURORA, light cruiser, later minelayer, Arethusa-class, ordered 9.12, C1 (1914), 08 (1.18), (no pendant. from 4.18). Launched 30.9.13 Devonport DY. 3,500 tons, 436(oa), 410(pp)x39x14ft. Turbine 40000shp, 29kts. Armament: 2-6in, 6-4in (altered to 3-6in, 4-4in, 2-3in AA), 8-21in tt. Armour: 3in sides, 1in deck. 10th DF Leader, Harwich 1915-16, 5th LCS, Harwich 1916-18, then 7th LCS, Grand Fleet, fitted for minelaying 5.17, 74 mines (3 operations, laid 212). Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Dogger Bank 24 Jan 1915. To RCN 11.20. Sold 8.27 Lasseque, Sorel.

AURORA, hired trawler, Adty No 345. Built 1906, 225grt, Grimsby-reg GY.172. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 8.14-1919 as minesweeper. Renamed AURORA II 2.15.

AURORA II, hired drifter. Built 1906, 74grt, Banff-reg BF. 387. In service 2.15-1920 as boom defence vessel. Served in WW2.

AUSTRALIA (RAN), battlecruiser, Indefatigable-class, C6 (2.15), 09 (1.18), 81 (4.18). Launched 25.10.11 John Brown. 18,800 tons, 590(oa), 555(pp)x80x26ft. Turbine 43000shp, 25.5kts. Armament: 8-12in, 16-4in, 3-21in tt. Armour: 6in sides, 2in deck, 7in guns. Pacific 8.14, joined 2nd BCS Grand Fleet in 1915. Sunk 12.4.24 as target off Sydney.

AUSTRALIA, hired trawler. Built 1882, 238grt, Hull-reg H.1328. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 8.16-1919 as boom defence vessel. Renamed BENDIGO 4.18.

AUTOCRAT, hired rescue tug, W.01 (9.18). Built 1915, 128grt. In service 16.2.16-4.2.20, HM Dockyard, harbour or general towing service before 1917.

AVALANCHE, Admiralty wood drifter, Adty No, 3861, building programme began May 1917, average cost of hull and machinery 11,500. Delivered 2.7.18, Chambers. 94grt/179 tons deep, 94(oa), 86(pp)x20x10ft. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Armament: 1-6pdr. Served as minesweeper. Sold 1926, renamed LOCHALSH.

AVENGER (ex-AOTEAROA), armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, MI.75 (on coming into service). Built 1915, 15000grt, 18kts. Armament: 8-6in, 2-3pdr. In service 14.12.15. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. Log Book Availability. Sunk 14.6.17 by U.69 in North Atlantic.

AVIATOR, fleet messenger, Y4.81 - ex-store carrier VICTOR.

AVOCA (ex-AVON), armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, MI.79 (on coming into service), MI.57 (1.18), (no pendant. assigned 4.18). Built 1907, 11073grt, 16kts. Armament: 8-6in, 2-6pdr. In service 14.1.16-29.10.19. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. Log Book Availability.

AVON, destroyer, three-funnelled 30-knotter, designated C-class, D.02 (1914), D.45 (9.15), D.08 (1.18). Launched 10.10.96 Vickers. c350-400 tons, c215(pp)x21x6ft. TE c6000ihp, 30kts. Armament: 1-12pdr, 5-6pdr, 2-18in tt. Ten of class on patrol Grand Fleet area, nine at Dover, 15 in Patrol or Local Defence Flotilla. Sold 1.7.20 Castle, Plymouth, BU 10.22.

AVON, hired trawler, Adty No 705. Built 1907, 250grt, Grimsby-reg GY.340. Armament: 1-12pdr. In service 12.14-1919 as minesweeper. Renamed AVON II 7.16. Served in WW2.

AVONDALE, hired drifter, Adty No 2114. Built 1911, 80grt, Banff-reg BF. 311. Armament: 1-57mm. In service 1.15-5.17 as net vessel. Sunk 15.5.17 by Austrian cruisers off Fano Island, Adriatic Sea.

AVONMOUTH, hired trawler, Adty No 963. Built 1890, 139grt, Bristol-reg BL.4. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 1.15-4.15. Released from patrol organisation back to civilian fishing, later requisitioned by Admiralty for Fishery Reserve of the Trawler Section, recommissioned and flew white ensign; continued fishing under naval control.

AXMINSTER, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1881, 1,905grt - lost 13.11.17, North Sea (H/L/Lr/te/un/wi)

AYACANORA, fishing trawler. Built 1894, 147grt, North Shields-reg SN.72. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

AYRES, decoy or Q-ship see SWEETBRIAR, convoy sloop.

AZALEA, fleet sweeping sloop, Flower-class, Azalea-type, ordered 5.15, Acacia, Azalea and Arabis-types built on merchant ship lines, with similar warship-like appearance, T.32 (9.15), T.07 (1.18). Launched 10.9.15 Barclay Curle. 1200 tons, 262(oa), 250(pp)x33x11ft. TE 1800ihp, 16.5kts. Armament: 2-4.7in, 2-3pdr AA or possibly 2-4in, 2-3pdr AA. Azalea-types served in Grand Fleet, at Queenstown, and in Mediterranean. Sold 1.2.23 J. Hornby.

AZARAEL, hired drifter, Adty No 565. Built 1907, 94grt, Kirkcaldy-reg KY.169. Armament: 1-6pdr, 1-2pdr. In service 2.15-1919 as net vessel.

AZERBAIJAN, armed launch, ex-Persian Customs river steamer. Based at Muscat. To RIM 20.10.18, to Persia 31.11.19.

AZOV, boom defence vessel, ex-MUTINE, composite screw sloop, Doterel-class. Launched 30.7.80 Devonport DY, 1130 tons. Served in Spithead, on boom defence 8.14. Sold 25.8.21 C. A. Beard.

 

 


 

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direct to A, C, D, E, F, G, H-O, P-Z



BEN-MY-CHREE, seaplane carrier (Photo Ships)

 

B-class submarines, B.1-B.11 (I-Pendant No replaced by class and number, mid-1915), 280/314 tons, 135(oa)x13x10ft. Petrol motors/electric: 600/190hp, 13/8.5kts. Armament: 2-18in tt.

B.1, submarine, B-class, I.21. Launched 25.10.04 Vickers. Sold 25.8.21 A. J. Andersen, resold 2.5.22 J. Smith, Poole.

B.2 (D not listed; C/Cn sunk in collision with SS AMERIKA in Dover Straits 4.10.12).

B.3, submarine, B-class, I.23. Launched 31.10.05 Vickers. Sold 20.12.19 J. Jackson.

B.4, submarine, B-class, I.24. Launched 14.11.05 Vickers. Sold 1.4.19 Ardrossan DY Co.

B.5, submarine, B-class, I.25. Launched 14.11.05 Vickers. Sold 25.8.21 A. J. Andersen, resold 1.3.22 J. Smith, Poole.

B.6, submarine, B-class, I.26. Launched 30.11.05 Vickers. Mediterranean service until Autumn 1915 only, because of lack of spares. Converted to surface patrol boat in Venice 1917, motors removed, hull raised, conning tower replaced by wheelhouse, renamed S.6. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) submarine, Dardanelles 1915. Sold 1919 at Malta.

B.7, submarine, B-class, I.27. Launched 30.11.05 Vickers. Mediterranean service until Autumn 1915 only, because of lack of spares. Converted to surface patrol boat in Venice 1917, motors removed, hull raised, conning tower replaced by wheelhouse, renamed S.7. Sold 31.10.19 at Malta.

B.8, submarine, B-class, I.28. Launched 23.1.06 Vickers. Mediterranean service until Autumn 1915 only, because of lack of spares. Converted to surface patrol boat in Venice 1917, motors removed, hull raised, conning tower replaced by wheelhouse, renamed S.8. Sold 1919.

B.9, submarine, B-class, I.29. Launched 24.1.06 Vickers. Mediterranean service until Autumn 1915 only, because of lack of spares. Converted to surface patrol boat in Venice 1917, motors removed, hull raised, conning tower replaced by wheelhouse, renamed S.9. Sold 1919 at Malta.

B.10, submarine, B-class, I.20. Launched 23.3.06 Vickers. Mediterranean service until Autumn 1915 only, because of lack of spares. Sunk 9.8.16 by Austrian A/C while being converted to surface patrol boat at Venice.

B.11, submarine, B-class, I.00. Launched 21.2.06 Vickers. Mediterranean service until Autumn 1915 only, because of lack of spares. Converted to surface patrol boat in Venice 1917, motors removed, hull raised, conning tower replaced by wheelhouse, renamed S.11. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) submarine, Dardanelles 1915. Sold 1919 at Malta.

 


B and C-class submarines, including B.1 (Navy Photos)

 


 

B. SUTHERLAND, hired drifter, Adty No 2053. Built 1915, 96grt, Buckie-reg BCK.214. In service 1.16-1919 on fleet duties. Served as LORD CAVAN in WW2.

B. T. B., hired drifter, Adty No 1553. Built 1911, 89grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.1153. Armament: 1-12pdr AA, 1-6pdr. In service 8.15-1919 as net vessel. Served in WW2.

BABY, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 37 (first use of No.). See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

BABY V, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 114. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

BACCHANTE, cruiser, ex-armoured cruiser, Cressy-class, N.39 (1914), N.09 (1.18). Launched 21.2.01 John Brown. 12,000 tons, 472(oa), 440(pp)x69x25ft. TE 21000ihp, 21kts. Armament: 2-9.2in, 12-6in, 14-12pdr, 2-18in tt (4-6in removed 1916). Armour: 6in sides, 3in deck, 6in guns. 7th CS 1914, 12th CS 1914-15, then Mediterranean to 1916, 9th CS West Africa 1917-18. Battle Honours (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Heligoland 28 Aug 1914, Dardanelles 1915/16. Sold 1.7.20 Castle, Plymouth.

BACCHANTE II (ex-ZARIA), hired yacht, Pendant No 047. Built 1891, 759grt/973TM. Armament: 2-12pdr. In service from 1.2.15. May have served as wireless-equipped A/P Group Leader or in special yacht squadrons, at home or in Mediterranean. Transferred 25.2.16 to France.

BACCHUS, Admiralty store carrier,  P.66 (9.15), X.22 (1.16), X.03 (1.19). Launched 10.5.15 Hamilton. 2343grt/4000 tons, 295(pp)x44x13ft. TE 900, 10kts. Served in Mediterranean 1915-18, water carrier until 1917, then store carrier. Log Book Availability. Renamed BACCHUS II 5.36. Sunk 15.11.38 as target off Alderney.

BACKWASH, Admiralty wood drifter, Adty No, 3869, building programme began May 1917, average cost of hull and machinery 11,500. Delivered 19.7.18, Colby. 94grt/179 tons deep, 94(oa), 86(pp)x20x10ft. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Armament: 1-6pdr. Served as minesweeper. To Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries 4.8.21, renamed WILLIAM C. FARROW 1922. Served as MORVEN HILL Served in WW2.

BADEN POWELL, hired drifter, Adty No 1448. Built 1900, 72grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.152. In service 4.15-1920 as net vessel, hospital vessel.

BADEN POWELL II, fishing vessel. Built 1900, 93grt, North Shields-reg SN.268. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917/18, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

BADGER, destroyer, Acheron-class, designated I-class. H.15 (1914), H.52 (9.15), H.09 (1.18). Launched 11.7.11 Denny. c745-810 tons, c246(oa), 240(pp)x25x9ft. Turbine 16000shp, 28kts. Armament: 2-4in, 2-12pdr, 2-21in tt. All class formed 1st DF, Grand Fleet 1914-16, then Devonport, Harwich or Dover 1916-17, all to Mediterranean by 1918 except three fitted as minelayers. Battle Honours (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Heligoland 28 Aug 1914, Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Hayle.

BADMINTON, twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, Adty No. 3458, T.N1(10.18), T.8N (11.19). Launched 18.3.18 Ardrossan SB. 800 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 2200ihp, 16kts. Armament: 1-4in, 1-12pdr AA. Believed one of 32 of class completed by 10.11.18, 27 serving in Home Waters, five in Mediterranean. Sold 19.5.28 Ward, Inverkeithing.

BADORA, patrol boat or minesweeper, civilian steamer taken up in India. Built 1914, 279grt. In service c1917-1919 in Indian Ocean. Served in WW2.

BAGSHOT, twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, Adty No. 3452, T.15 (4.19), T.57 (11.19). Launched 23.5.18 Ardrossan SB. 800 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 2200ihp, 16kts. Armament: 1-4in, 1-12pdr AA. Believed one of 32 of class completed by 10.11.18, 27 serving in Home Waters, five in Mediterranean. Depot ship MEDWAY II 4.45 to 2.46. Sold c1949, mined 1.9.51in tow off Corfu.

BAHREIN, believed civilian-manned transport, River Transport Service, Shaikh Mohamed Baba, Master. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Mesopotamia 1915. Probably same vessel as following, but needs confirmation.

BAHREIN (RIM), patrol boat or minesweeper, ex-paddle river steamer. In service 5.15-c1919 in Indian Ocean.

BAKU STANDARD, Admiralty chartered red-ensign oiler. Built 1893, 3,708grt - lost 11.2.18, North Sea (H/L/Lr/dk/te/un/wi)

BALA, minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, building Clyde SB. Cancelled 17.12.18.

BALAKANI, Admiralty chartered red-ensign oiler. Built 1899, 3,696grt - lost 9.9.15, North Sea (H/L/Lr/te/un/wi)

BALBUS, listed as patrol vessel, ex-Nigerian Government tug. Armed with 3-37mm. In service from 9.14 in West Africa.

BALEINE, Canadian minesweeper, either Government or hired craft. Built 1907, 418grt. Armed with 1-3pdr. Listed from 12.14 for service in Canadian waters.

BALENA (Z.2), Admiralty whaler, ordered 15.3.15, Adty No 865. Launched 29.5.15, Smiths Dock. 336 tons/237grt, 132(oa), 125(pp)x25x8ft. TE 1200ihp, 13kts. Armament: 1-12pdr. From 1915-18, served as coastal anti-submarine escort in one of three squadrons, based at Stornoway, Shetlands, Peterhead or the Humber. Sold 20.4.20 to A. J. Ashwin, renamed BEECHWIN.

BALFAME, decoy or Q-ship see ARVONIAN, collier conversion.

BALFOUR, hired trawler, Adty No 1228. Built 1912, 285grt, Hull-reg H.432. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 2.15-5.18 as minesweeper. Sunk 13.5.18 in collision with the Royal Sovereign LV.

BALGAL, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 48. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

BALGAY, minesweeper, civilian steamer taken up in India. Built 1897, 303grt. In service c1917-1919 in Indian Ocean.

BALGOWNIE, fishing trawler. Built 1902, 185grt, Aberdeen-reg A.614. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

BALHAM, decoy or Q-ship - see SARAH COLEBROOKE, auxiliary ketch conversion.

BALLANTRAL, decoy or Q-ship - see GOODWIN, cargo ship conversion.

BALLISTAN, decoy or Q-ship - see BRADFORD CITY, chartered collier (Admiralty No. Y3.500) conversion.

BALMEDIE, hired trawler, Adty No 350. Built 1906, 205grt, Aberdeen-reg A.113. In service 8.14-4.15 as minesweeper. Sunk 27.4.15 in collision in the Dardanelles.

BALMORAL, paddle minesweeper, mercantile conversion to take advantage of shallow draught, high speed and manoeuvrability, Adty No. 583. Built 1900, 473grt. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 15.5.15-11.6.19. Served with Auxiliary Patrol, carried Fishery flag superior pendant. Served in WW2.

BALMORAL II, hired trawler, Adty No 3043. Built 1916, 222grt, Grimsby-reg GY.1001. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 6.17-1919 as minesweeper. Served as AVALANCHE in WW2.

BALMORAL CASTLE, hired trawler. Built 1890, 145grt, Aberdeen-reg A.510. In service 6.15-1919 as boom defence vessel.

BALTIC, hired trawler, Adty No 967. Built 1888, 154grt, Grimsby-reg GY.186. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 1.15-6.15.

BALUCHI (1922) see PC.55, patrol boat, PC-class.

BAN WHATT HIN, minesweeper, civilian steamer taken up in India. Built 1885, 361grt. In service c1917-1919 in Indian Ocean

BANBURY, paddle minesweeper, Ascot or Racecourse-class, ordered 1.17, based on design of successful hired paddle minesweeper GLEN USK, Adty No. 1641, T.34 (9.18). Launched 19.12.17 Ailsa SB. 820 tons, 249(oa), 235(pp)x29(58oa)x7ft. Diagonal Compound engines 1500ihp, 14.5kts. Armament: 2-6pdr, 2-2pdr. Served with Auxiliary Patrol, carried Fishery flag superior pendant. Sold 14.9.23 Hayes, Porthcawl.

BANCHORY, twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, Adty No. 3451, N.C0 (11.19). Launched 15.5.18 Ayrshire. 800 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 2200ihp, 16kts. Armament: 1-4in, 1-12pdr AA. Believed one of 32 of class completed by 10.11.18, 27 serving in Home Waters, five in Mediterranean. Sold 18.5.22 B. Zammitt, Malta.

BANFFSHIRE, hired motor drifter, Adty No MB.159. Built 1901, 46grt, Wick-reg WK.35. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 11.14-1919.

BANFFSHIRE, collier (assumed Admiralty chartered) - rescued survivors from cruiser Pegasus at Zanzibar, 20.9.14, German East Africa,

BANGARTH, store carrier, Y8.46. Built 1906, 1872grt. Ex-collier (Y3.60), BDV water carrier in service 10.3.15-1.12.15, collier again from 2.12.15. Sunk 13.12.17 by U-boat off the Tyne (H/L/Lr/te/un/wi)

BANYERS, hired trawler - see THE BANYERS

BARALONG, squadron supply ship, Y9.5. Built 1901, 4192grt. In commissioned service 2.8.14-12.11.16, flew white ensign; Q ship, armed with 3-12pdr, also WYANDRA 3.15-22.10.16, MANICA 1916.

BARBADOS, hired trawler. Built 1905, 211grt, Grimsby-reg GY.71. In service 12.14-1919 as boom defence vessel. Served in WW2.

BARBADOS, hired trawler, Adty No 544. Built 1907, 183grt, Hull-reg H.938. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 10.14-1919 as minesweeper. Renamed BABS 4.18.

BARBARA BEATTIE, hired motor drifter. Arbroath-reg AH.7. In service 5.18-1919.

BARBARA COWIE, hired drifter, Adty No 2509. Built 1909, 82grt, Buckie-reg BCK.43. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 4.15-1919 as net vessel.

Barges, Steel, 20 built for service in Mespotamia. 71(oa)x20x3ft. Dumb vessels to be towed by river craft - also see X-lighters.

BARHAM, dreadnought battleship, Queen Elizabeth-class, 97 (1914), 10 (1.18), 34 (4.18). Launched 31.10.14 John Brown. 27,500 tons, 640(oa), 600(pp)x90x30ft. Turbine 75000shp, 25kts. Armament: 8-15in, 14-6in, 2-3in AA, 4-21in tt. Armour: 13in sides, 3in deck, 11in guns. 5th BS attached to Battlecruiser Force, Grand Fleet from completion. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Log Book Availability. Sunk 25.11.41 by U.331 in central Mediterranean.

BARKOL (ex-PLA Hopper No. 3, renamed 10.16), RFA oiler, X.04 (1.18). Built 1898 Simons. 704grt,190(pp)x30ft. TE 145nhp. Commissioned 1.17. Returned to Port of London Authority in 1920 (rfa)

BARLE, hired trawler, Adty No 1862. Built 1914, 283grt, Grimsby-reg GY.78. Armament: 1-6pdr AA, 1-3.5 in BT. In service 9.15-1919 as minesweeper.

BARLEY STALK, hired drifter, Adty No 3112. Built 1917, 91grt, Banff-reg BF.365. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 7.17-1919 as minesweeper.

BARNARD BOYLE, Admiralty trawler, Strath-class, Adty No 3642. Launched 13.6.18, Hall Russell. 215grt/311 tons/429 tons deep, 123(oa), 115x22x12ft. TE 430ihp, 10.5kts. Armament: 1-12pdr AA. Crew: 15, up to 18 with wireless. Sold 3.11.21 renamed DULCIBELLE. Served in WW2.

BARNARDO, hired drifter, Adty No 1135. Built 1909, 77grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.318. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 3.15-1919 as net vessel.

BARNSLEY, hired trawler, Adty No 717. Built 1896, 144grt, Grimsby-reg GY.125. In service 10.14-5.15 as minesweeper. Mercantile loss 13.2.17.

BARNSTAPLE, twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class. Launched 20.3.19 Ardrossan SB. 800 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 2200ihp, 16kts. Armament: 1-4in, 1-12pdr AA. Sold 1.12.21 Stanlee, resold, renamed LADY CYNTHIA.

BARON AILSA, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1912, 1,836grt - lost 9.5.18, St George's Channel (H/L/Lr/te/un)

BARON ARDROSSAN, squadron supply ship, Y9.8. Built 1905, 4319grt. In commissioned service 5.8.14-18.8.16, flew white ensign; collier (Y3.1655) from 17.6.17.

BARON ERSKINE, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1911, 5,585grt - lost 19.8.15, Atlantic off SW England (H/L/te/un/wi)

BARON HERRIES, flotilla supply ship No 8, mercantile. Built 1907, 1610grt. In commissioned service 15.8.14-16.2.15, flew white ensign; collier (Y3.105) from 18.2.16. Sunk 22.4.18 by submarine NW of Bishop Rock (H/L/Lr/C/Cn/D/ge/os/te/un/wi)

BARON ROSE (ex-SAMUEL S. THORP), decoy or Q-ship, auxiliary schooner conversion. Built 1881, 524grt. In service 9.4.18-14.6.19, armed with 1-4.1in, 2-12 pdr, other name SIEUX.

BARON RUZETTE, fishing trawler. Built 1910, 214grt, Ostend-reg O.120. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

BARRANCA, decoy or Q-ship, cargo ship conversion. Built 1906, 4124grt. In service 26.4.16-30.1.18, armed with 1-4in, 2-12pdr, other names ECHUNGA, Q.3.

BARRINGTON, destroyer leader, Shakespeare-class, ordered 4.18, building Cammell Laird. Cancelled 12.18.

BARRY, fleet messenger, Y4.28. Built 1907, 398grt, paddle steamer. In commissioned service 29.6.15-20.11.19, flew white ensign, renamed BARRYFIELD 9.17, later WAVERLEY. Served in WW2 as SNAEFELL.

BARTONIA, hired drifter, Adty No 2259. Built 1908, 82grt, Buckie-reg BCK.32. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 3.15-1919 as net vessel.

BARYTA, decoy or Q-ship - see RULE (ex-OUSE), cargo ship conversion.

BASILISK, destroyer, Beagle-class, designated G-class, D.89 (2.15), H.C8 (9.18). Launched 9.2.10 White. c916-975 tons, c270(pp)x27x8ft. Turbine 12500shp, 27.5kts. Armament: 1-4in, 3-12pdr (designed for 5-12pdr), 2-18in tt. All class in Mediterranean 1914, six in UK from late 1914, all in Med 1915-17, 2nd DF in UK 1917-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Dardanelles 1915/16. Sold 1.11.21 Fryer, Sunderland.

BASS ROCK, hired trawler, Adty No 513. Built 1907, 169grt, Leith-reg LH.296. In service 9.14-1919 as minesweeper.

BASSANIO, hired trawler, Adty No 309. Built 1904, 270grt, Hull-reg H.372. Armament: 1-12pdr. In service 8.14-1919 as minesweeper.

BAT, destroyer, three-funnelled 30-knotter, designated C-class, P.97 (1914), D.46 (9.15), D.09 (1.18), H.87 (9.18). Launched 7.10.96 Palmer. c350-400 tons, c215(pp)x21x6ft. TE c6000ihp, 30kts. Armament: 1-12pdr, 5-6pdr, 2-18in tt. Ten of class on patrol Grand Fleet area, nine at Dover, 15 in Patrol or Local Defence Flotilla. Sold 30.8.19 Hayes, Porthcawl.

BATHGATE, minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, building Clyde SB. Cancelled 17.12.18.

BATOUM, Admiralty chartered red-ensign oiler. Built 1893, 4,054grt - lost 19.6.17, Atlantic off SW Ireland (H/L/Lr/te/un/wi)

BATTENHALL, squadron supply ship. Built 1901, 2174grt. In service 1.8.14-30.9.14, flew red ensign. Renamed CAPELHALL 1916. Collier (Y3.1812) from 1.10.17. Later renamed HILLTOWN.

BATTERSOL (ex-PLA Hopper No. 4, renamed 10.16), RFA oiler, X.05 (1.18). Built 1898 Simons. 704grt,190(pp)x30ft. TE 145 nominal hp. Commissioned 11.16. Returned to Port of London Authority in 1920 (rfa)

BATTLE, twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class. Launched 1919 Dundee SB. 800 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 2200ihp, 16kts. Cancelled 10.19, sold incomplete 3.22 Ward, Inverkeithing.

BATTLEAXE (ex-T.16), Admiralty trawler, ex-Russian T.13-24 group, Axe-class, Adty No. 4333. Launched 19.6.16, Smiths Dock. 296grt/520 tons, 138(oa), 130(pp)x23x12ft. TE 490ihp, 10.5kts. Reported seized in White Sea 3.8.18, but possibly one of eight handed over by White Russians. Armament: 1-75mm. Renamed DEE 9.20. Sold 1946, renamed SAFIR.

BAYANO, armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, M.78 (on coming into service). Built 1913, 5948grt, 14kts. Armament: 2-6 in. In service 21.11.14. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. Sunk 11.3.15 by U.27 off Corsewall Point, near Stranraer.

BAYANO, commissioned escort or convoy escort ship, mercantile conversion, MI.20 (6.18). Built 1917, 6788grt, 14kts. Armament: 4-6in, 2-4in, 2-11in A/S howitzers. In service 3.12.17-3.19. Log Book Availability. North Atlantic convoys.

BAYARD, decoy or Q-ship, motor lugger conversion. Built 1908, 220grt. In service 25.1.17, armed with 1-13pdr, 1-3pdr, other names LEDGER No. 898, Q.20, SYREN. Sunk 29.3.17 in collision in Channel.

BAYOL (also as BAYLEAF), RFA oiler/freighting tanker, Y7.173 (1916). Launched 1893 Harland & Wolff.8455grt, 500(pp)x60ft. TE. Ex-merchantman CEVIC hired 10.14, ex-dummy battlecruiser QUEEN MARY, purchased 1915 for conversion. Renamed BAYLEAF 1917.Sold 1919, renamed PYRULA (rfa) see also CEVIC, dummy battlecruiser No. 11.

BD-series boom defence vessels, 300 tons, 100(oa), 96(pp)x25x8 ft. No propelling machinery; "dumb". Armament: 1-12pdr AA.

(BD.1-2) see BV.1-2

BD.3, boom defence vessel, BD-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 1918 Workman Clark. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Sold 6.24 J. Jackson.

(BD.4-10) see BV.4-10

BD.11, boom defence vessel, BD-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 1917 W Chalmers, Rutherglen. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Sold 5.23 Ward.

BD.12, boom defence vessel, BD-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 16.11.17 W Chalmers, Rutherglen. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Sold 5.23 Ward.

BD.13, boom defence vessel, BD-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 13.12.17 W Chalmers, Rutherglen. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Sold 5.23 Ward.

BD.14, boom defence vessel, BD-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 12.4.18 W Chalmers, Rutherglen. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Sold 5.23 Ward.

BD.15, boom defence vessel, BD-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 15.11.17 Scott, Bowling. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Sold 5.23 Ward.

BD.16, boom defence vessel, BD-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 10.12.17 Scott, Bowling. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Sold 5.23 Ward.

(BD.17-18) see BV.17-18

BD.19, boom defence vessel, BD-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 17.11.17 Manchester Drydock Co, Ellesmere Port. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Sold 5.23 Ward.

BD.20, boom defence vessel, BD-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 1917 Manchester Drydock Co, Ellesmere Port. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Sold 5.23 Ward.

BD.21, boom defence vessel, BD-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 1917 Ritchie, Graham & Milne, Whiteinch. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Sold 5.23 Ward.

BD.22, boom defence vessel, BD-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 1917 Ritchie, Graham & Milne, Whiteinch. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Sold 5.23 McLellan.

BD.23, boom defence vessel, BD-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 28.11.17 Day Summers. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Sold 9.4.23 J. McWilliam.

BD.24, boom defence vessel, BD-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 1918 Day Summers. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Sold 9.4.23 J. McWilliam

BD.25, boom defence vessel, BD-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 1918 Day Summers. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Sold 9.4.23 J. McWilliam.

BD.26, boom defence vessel, BD-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 1918 Day Summers. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Sold 9.4.23 J. McWilliam.

BD.27, boom defence vessel, BD-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 13.4.18 Thornycroft. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Sold 9.4.23 J. McWilliam.

BD.28, boom defence vessel, BD-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 1918 Thornycroft. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Sold 9.4.23 J. McWilllam.

BD.29, boom defence vessel, BD-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 1918 W. H. Warren, New Holland. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Sold 9.4.23 J. McWiIliam.

BD.30, boom defence vessel, BD-series. Believed launched 21.9.18 W. H. Warren, New Holland. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Renamed REIGATE 6.33. Sold 1958.

(BD.31) see BV.31

BD.32, boom defence vessel, BD-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 23.5.18 Workman Clark. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Sold 5.23 McLellan.

BD.33, boom defence vessel, BD-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 23.5.18 Workman Clark. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Sold 5.23 McLellan.

BD.34, boom defence vessel, BD-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 25.5.18 Workman Clark. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Sold 6.24 J. Jackson.

BD.35, boom defence vessel, BD-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 28.5.18 Workman Clark. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Sold 5.23 McLellan.

BD.36, boom defence vessel, BD-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 28.5.18 Workman Clark. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Sold 5.23 McLellan.

BD.37, boom defence vessel, BD-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 1918 Manchester Drydock Co, Ellesmere Port. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Sold 5.23 McLellan.

BD.38, boom defence vessel, BD-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 1918 Manchester Drydock Co, Ellesmere Port. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Sold 9.4.23 Metals & Accessories Ltd.

BD.39, boom defence vessel, BD-series, building by 9.17. Believed launched 1918 Scott, Bowling. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Sold 5.23 McLellan.

BD.40, boom defence vessel, BD-series, building Scott. Cancelled 2.18.

(BD.41-42) see BV.41-42

BD.43, boom defence vessel, BD-series, building by 9.17. Believed launched 1918 E. Finch, Chepstow. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Sold 9.4.23 J. McWilliam.

BD.44, boom defence vessel, BD-series, building Finch. Cancelled 2.18.

BD.45, boom defence vessel, BD-series, building by 9.17. Believed launched 1918 Camper & Nicholson. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Sold 9.4.23 J. McWilliam.

BD.46, boom defence vessel, BD-series, building by 9.17. Believed launched 1.10.18 Camper & Nicholson. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Renamed ROGATE 6.33. Sold 7.47.

BD.47, boom defence vessel, BD-series, building by 9.17. Believed launched 1918 C. H. Walker, Sudbrook, In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. near Chepstow. Sold 9.4.23 J. McWilliam.

BD.48, boom defence vessel, BD-series, building by 9.17. Believed launched 1918 C. H. Walker, Sudbrook, near Chepstow. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Sold 9.4.23 Metals & Accessories.

BD.49, boom defence vessel, BD-series, building by 9.17. Believed launched 1918 Abdele & Mitchell. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Sold 9.4.23 J. McWilliam.

BD.50, boom defence vessel, BD-series, building by 9.17. Believed launched 1918 Abdele & Mitchell. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Sold 5.23 E. Suren.

BD.51, boom defence vessel, BD-series, building by 9.17. Believed launched 1918 W Chalmers, Rutherglen. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Sold 5.23 McLellan.

BD.52, boom defence vessel, BD-series, building by 9.17. Believed launched 1918 W Chalmers, Rutherglen. In service at Cromarty, Granton or Humber. Sold 5.23 McLellan.

BD.53-54, boom defence vessel, BD-series, building Warren, both begun 12.17. Cancelled 2.18.

BD.55-56, boom defence vessel, BD-series, building Walker. Cancelled 2.18.

BD.57-60, boom defence vessel, BD-series, building Chalmers. Cancelled 2.18.



 

BEACON LIGHT, Admiralty chartered red-ensign oiler. Built 1890, 2,768grt - lost 19.2.18, off NW Scotland (H/L/Lr/te/un/wi)

BEACON STAR, hired drifter. Built 1911, 99grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.770. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 9.15-1920 as boom defence vessel workshop.

BEAGLE, destroyer, Beagle-class, designated G-class, H.C5 (1.18). Launched 16.10.09 John Brown. c916-975 tons, c270(pp)x27x8ft. Turbine 12500shp, 27.5kts. Armament: 1-4in, 3-12pdr (designed for 5-12pdr), 2-18in tt. All class in Mediterranean 1914, six in UK from late 1914, all in Med 1915-17, 2nd DF in UK 1917-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Dardanelles 1915/16. Sold 1.11.21 Fryer, Sunderland.

BEARDSLEY, decoy or Q-ship see COREOPSIS, convoy sloop.

BEATRICE, hired trawler, Adty No 621. Built 1906, 173grt, Hull-reg H.922. Armament: 1-12pdr. In service 9.14-1919.

BEATRICE, hired trawler, Adty No 362. Built 1907, 239grt, Milford Haven-reg M.212. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 8.14-1919 as minesweeper. Renamed BEATRICE II 12.14. Served as BERGEN in WW2.

BEATRICE, hired drifter, Adty No 1425. Built 1905, 62grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.389. Armament: 1-3pdr AA. In service 4.15-1919 as net vessel. Renamed BEATRICE II 5.15, BEATRICE III 6.15.

BEAUFORT (1919), survey ship see AMBLESIDE, minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class.

BEAULIEU, hired screw tug. Built 1901, 58grt. In service as BDV, 8.14-2.20, limited to harbour and inland waterway duties, flew red ensign.

BEAUMONT, hired screw tug. Built 1907, 58grt. In service 7.18-1.20, limited to harbour and inland waterway duties, flew red ensign.

BEAVER, destroyer, Acheron-class, designated I-class. H.17 (1914), H.66 (9.15), H.20 (1.18). Launched 6.10.11 Denny. c745-810 tons, c246(oa), 240(pp)x25x9ft. Turbine 16000shp, 28kts. Armament: 2-4in, 2-12pdr, 2-21in tt. All class formed 1st DF, Grand Fleet 1914-16, then Devonport, Harwich or Dover 1916-17, all to Mediterranean by 1918 except three fitted as minelayers. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Heligoland 28 Aug 1914. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Hayle.

BEAVER (ex-LADY LEWIS), hired patrol tug, T.4. Built 1897, 154grt. In service for short time as unarmed patrol boat, Liverpool area 29.10.14-14.11.14, then other service, tug 1918-2.23. Sold.

BECHUANA, Admiralty chartered collier, 4,148grt - attacked 4.9.18, Atlantic (H/tl),

BECCLES, minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, building Dundee SB. Cancelled 17.12.18.

BEDALE, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1914, 2,116grt - lost 6.10.17, St George's Channel (H/L/Lr/te/un/wi)

BEDFORD, armoured cruiser, Kent-class. Wrecked 21.8.10.

BEDOUIN, hired trawler, Adty No 353. Built 1902, 188grt, Granton-reg GN.80. In service 8.14-2.15 as minesweeper. Mined 13.2.15 off Tory Island.

BEE, river gunboat, Insect-class, ordered 2.15 as "China Gunboat" for service on Danube. Served elsewhere, P.99 (1.16), P.07 (1.18). Launched 8.12.15 Ailsa SB. 645 tons, 237(oa), 230(pp)x36x4ft. TE 2000ihp,14kts, twin screws in tunnels. Armament: 2-6in, 2-12pdr. Mediterranean 1916-17, Mesopotamia 1917-18, then China Station. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Mesopotamia 1917. Log Book Availability. Sold 22.3.39 at Shanghai.

BEE (ex-THAMES), lighter/barge. Built 1880, 320 displacement tons. Served as dockyard store carrier, renamed YC.128,1915. Listed to 1921.

BEECHLEAF (ex-OLMOS), Admiralty chartered red-ensign oiler, later RFA oiler/group freighting tanker, Leaf-class, pendant Y7.154. Launched 26.10.16 Richardson Duck. 12300 tons, class ranged from 5311-5948grt, 370-418(pp) x54x26ft. TE 6000ihp, 14kts. Attacked 3.1.18, Mediterranean. Flew red ensign. Sold 1919, renamed LIMICANA (H/D/rfa)

BEECHWOLD, hired trawler. Built 1895, 129grt, Grimsby-reg GY.779. In service 8.14-9.14. Mercantile loss 23.9.16.

BEEMAH, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1914, 4,750grt - lost 27.4.17, Atlantic off SW England (H/L/Lr/te/un/wi)

BEGA, hired trawler, Adty No 923. Built 1914, 318grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.233. Armament: 1-12pdr. In service 11.14-6.17. Sunk 18.6.17 by U-boat 40 miles N of Muckle.

BEGONIA, fleet sweeping sloop, Flower-class, Azalea-type, ordered 5.15, Acacia, Azalea and Arabis-types built on merchant ship lines, with similar warship-like appearance, T.33 (9.15). Launched 26.8.15 Barclay Curle. 1200 tons, 262(oa), 250(pp)x33x11ft. TE 1800ihp, 16.5kts. Armament: 2-4.7in, 2-3pdr AA or possibly 2-4in, 2-3pdr AA. Azalea-types served in Grand Fleet, at Queenstown, and in Mediterranean. Decoy ship from 9.8.17, other names DOLCIS, JESSOP, Q.10. Sunk 2.10.17 in collision with U.151 off Casablanca.

BEGONIA, hired drifter, Adty No 1393. Built 1907, 91grt, Inverness-reg INS.319. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 3.15-1919 as net vessel. Renamed BEGONIA II 10.15.

BEGONIA, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1918, 3,070grt - lost 21.3.18, Atlantic off SW England (H/L/Lr/te/un)

BELGAUM, hired trawler, Adty No 1985. Built 1916, 337grt, Reykjavik-reg RE.161. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 3.16-1919 as minesweeper.

BELGOL, RFA oiler/tanker, Belgol-class, X.06 (1.18). Launched 23.4.17 Irvine. 4900 tons, 355(oa), 320(pp)x41x20ft. TE 3375ihp, 14kts. Arrived 22.6.58 Charlestown to BU (rfa)

BELIZE, patrol vessel, ex-civilian. Built 1914, 1498grt. Armed with 1-12pdr. In service 19.2.17-c21.2.19 in West Indies.

BELLATRIX, fleet sweeping sloop, Flower-class, ordered 1.16, built by Henderson. Delivered to French Navy 1916-17.

BELLE, paddle minesweeper, mercantile conversion to take advantage of shallow draught, high speed and manoeuvrability, Adty No. 842. Built 1892, 147grt. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 26.5.17-9.1.19. Served with Auxiliary Patrol, carried Fishery flag superior pendant.

BELLE O'MORAY, hired drifter, Adty No 2370. Built 1911, 83grt, Inverness-reg INS.256. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 1.15-1919 as net vessel, minesweeper. Served in WW2.

BELLEROPHON, dreadnought battleship, Bellerophon-class, 72 (1914), 11 (1.18), 63 (4.18). Launched 27.7.07 Portsmouth DY. 18,600 tons, 526(oa), 490(pp)x82x27ft. Turbine 23000shp, 21kts. Armament: 10-12in, 16-4in, 3-18in tt. Armour: 11in sides, 4in deck, 11in guns. 4th BS Grand Fleet 1914-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 8.11.21 Slough T.C., BU in Germany.

BELLEROPHON, hired trawler, Adty No 5. Built 1907, 184grt, Grimsby-reg GY.335. Armament: 1-12pdr. In service 8.14-1919 as minesweeper. Renamed BELLEROPHON II 2.15.

BELLMORE, decoy or Q-ship - see MEROPS (ex-MARACAIBO), barkentine conversion.

BELLONA, light cruiser, later minelayer, ex-Scout cruiser, Boadicea/Active-class, 1C (1914), 12 (1.18), 87 (4.18). Launched 20.3.09 Pembroke DY. 3,350 tons, 405(oa), 385(pp)x41x14ft. Turbine 18000shp, 25.5kts. Armament: 6-4in, 4-3pdr, 2-18in tt (10-4in, 1-3in AA in 1916). Armour: 1in deck. Attached to Grand Fleet battle squadrons 1914-19, fitted for minelaying 6.17, 66 mines (4 operations, laid 306). Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Lelant.

BELLONA, hired trawler, Adty No 23. Built 1907, 184grt, Grimsby-reg GY.336. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 8.14-1919 as minesweeper. Renamed BELLONA III 5.15. Served in WW2.

BELLONA II, hired drifter, Adty No 2002. Built 1907, 82grt, Inverness-reg INS.403. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 1.15-1920 as net vessel.

BELLONA II, hired drifter, decoy or Q-ship (not listed in Hired Drifter section as Q-ship - see above).

BELLVIEW, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1894, 3,567grt - lost 21 April 1918, Central Mediterranean (H/L/Lr/te/un)

BELMONT, hired trawler, Adty No 3248. Built 1906, 209grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.64. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 6.15-1919 as minesweeper.

BELOS, hired drifter, Adty No 1939. Built 1900, 68grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.515. In service 10.15-3.18 as armed boarding ship, on misc. service.

BELUGA (Z.3), Admiralty whaler, ordered 15.3.15, Adty No 866. Launched 26.6.15, Smiths Dock. 336 tons/237grt, 132(oa), 125(pp)x25x8ft. TE 1200ihp, 13kts. Armament: 1-12pdr. From 1915-18, served as coastal anti-submarine escort in one of three squadrons, based at Stornoway, Shetlands, Peterhead or the Humber. Sold 20.4.20 to A. J. Ashwin, same name.

BELVOIR, twin-screw fleet minesweeper, early Hunt-class, ordered 1916, Adty No. 483, T.C0 (6.18). Launched 8.3.17 Ailsa SB. 750 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 1800ihp, 16kts. Armament: 2-12pdr, 2-6pdr (or 1-12pdr, 1-6pdr). Most of class formed 2nd & 3rd Minesweeping Flotillas, Granton. Sold 7.22 Stanlee.

BEMPTON, hired trawler, Adty No 1369. Built 1914, 226grt, Hull-reg H.19. Armament: 1-12pdr. In service 4.15-1919 as minesweeper.

BEN ALDER, hired trawler. Built 1899, 151grt, Aberdeen-reg A.16. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 6.15-1919 as boom defence vessel.

BEN ARDNA, hired trawler, Adty No 289. Built 1912, 197grt, Aberdeen-reg A.517. In service 8.14-8.15 as minesweeper. Mined 8.8.15 near Elbow Buoy.

BEN ASDALE, hired trawler. Built 1912, 197grt, Aberdeen-reg A.473. In service 6.15-1919 as boom defence vessel.

BEN ATTOW, hired trawler. Built 1900, 156grt, Aberdeen-reg A.168. In service 8.16-1919 as boom defence vessel.

BEN BARVAS, hired trawler. Built 1914, 198grt, Aberdeen-reg A.111. In service 6.15-1920 as boom defence vessel. Served in WW2.

BEN BHRACKIE, hired trawler, Adty No 2951. Built 1916, 235grt, Aberdeen-reg A.704. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 8.16-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

BEN BREAC, hired trawler, Adty No 2953. Built 1916, 235grt, Aberdeen-reg A.705. Armament: 1-12pdr. In service 8.16-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

BEN BUI, hired drifter, Adty No 2135. Built 1910, 73grt, Inverness-reg INS.158. Armament: 1-3pdr, 1-57mm. In service 5.15-1920 as net vessel.

BEN CHOURN, hired trawler, Adty No 83. Built 1914, 197grt, Aberdeen-reg A.40. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 8.14-1919 as minesweeper.

BEN CRUACHAN, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1902, 3,092grt - lost 30.1.15, Irish Sea (H/L/Lr/Mn/ap/ge/te/un/wi)

BEN DORAN, hired trawler. Built 1900, 155grt, Aberdeen-reg A.178. In service 9.15-1920 as boom defence vessel.

BEN EARN, hired trawler, Adty No 3309. Built 1916, 235grt, North Shields-reg SN.312. Armament: 1-12pdr, 1-7.5in BT. In service 10.16-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

BEN GAIRN, hired trawler, Adty No 3314. Built 1916, 204grt, Aberdeen-reg A.738. Armament: 1-12pdr, 1-7.5in BT. In service 11.16-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

BEN GLAMAIR, hired trawler, Adty No 1494. Built 1914, 198grt, North Shields-reg SN.110. In service 5.15-1919 as minesweeper.

BEN GLAS, hired trawler, Adty No 3039. Built 1917, 234grt, North Shields-reg SN.336. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 5.17-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

BEN GULVAIN, hired trawler, Adty No 1344. Built 1914, 197grt, Aberdeen-reg A.118. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 3.15-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

BEN HEILEM, hired trawler, Adty No 97. Built 1912, 196grt, Aberdeen-reg A.470. Armament: 1-12pdr, 1-6pdr AA. In service 8.14-10.17 as minesweeper. Wrecked 8.10.17 off Berwick.

BEN HOLDEN, hired trawler, Adty No 84. Built 1914, 197grt, Aberdeen-reg A.38. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 8.14-1919 as minesweeper.

BEN HOPE, fishing trawler. Built 1900, 160grt, Aberdeen-reg A.285. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

BEN IVER, hired trawler, Adty No 94. Built 1914, 197grt, Aberdeen-reg A.602. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 8.14-1919 as minesweeper.

BEN LAWERS, hired trawler, Adty No 472. Built 1900, 176grt, Aberdeen-reg A.311. Armament: 1-12pdr, 1-6pdr AA. In service 11.14-1919 as minesweeper.

BEN LEDI, fishing trawler. Built 1898, 149grt, Aberdeen-reg A.847. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

BEN LEDI, hired paddle tug. Built 1878, 114grt. In service 1.8.14-25.9.15. Harbour and dockyard service, normally flew the red ensign.

BEN LORA, hired trawler, Adty No 303. Built 1913, 197grt, North Shields-reg SN.269. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 8.14-1919 as minesweeper.

BEN LOYAL (ex-COLUMBIA), hired trawler, Adty No 279. Built 1901, 183grt, Aberdeen-reg A.500. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 8.14-1919 as minesweeper.

BEN LUI (ex-IRIS), hired trawler. Built 1900, 155grt, Aberdeen-reg A.185. In service 6.15-1919 as boom defence vessel.

BEN MEIDIE, hired trawler, Adty No 3036. Built 1917, 234grt, North Shields-reg SN.340. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 4.17-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

BEN NEVIS, decoy or Q-ship - see AUK, hired trawler.

BEN NEVIS, store carrier, Y8.94. Built 1905, 3895grt. Ex-armament carrier (Y2.228), ex-collier (Y3.1649), in service as store carrier 3.8.18-30.10.18, collier again from 31.10.18.

BEN RINNES, hired trawler. Built 1901, 183grt, Aberdeen-reg A.488. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 9.15-1920 as boom defence vessel. Renamed BEN DEARG 6.18.

BEN SCREEL, hired trawler. Built 1914, 197grt, Aberdeen-reg A.121. In service 6.15-1919 as boom defence vessel.

BEN STROME, hired trawler, Adty No 2657. Built 1914, 198grt, Aberdeen-reg A.109. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 4.15-1919 as minesweeper.

BEN TARBERT, hired trawler. Built 1912, 197grt, Aberdeen-reg A.476. In service 6.15-1919 as boom defence vessel. Served in WW2.

BEN TORC, hired trawler, Adty No 1571. Built 1914, 199grt, Aberdeen-reg A.604. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 5.15-1919 as minesweeper.

BEN URIE, hired trawler, Adty No 3325. Built 1916, 234grt, Aberdeen-reg A.739. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 1.17-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

BEN VRACKIE, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1905, 3,908grt - lost 19.8.15, Atlantic off SW England (H/L/Lr/te/un)

BEN VURIE, hired trawler, Adty No 1497. Built 1914, 200grt, North Shields-reg SN.113. In service 5.15-1919 as minesweeper.

BEN & LUCY, hired drifter, Adty No 1902. Built 1910, 83grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.714. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 9.15-1919 as net vessel, minesweeper. Served in WW2.

BEN-MY-CHREE, aircraft carrier, mercantile conversion, P.49 (1.15). Launched 23.3.08 Vickers. 3888 tons/2651grt, 375(pp)x46ft. Turbine 14000shp, 24.5kts. Armament: 2-4in, 1-6pdr AA, 4 aircraft. Commissioned 2.1.15. Eastern Mediterranean 1915-17. Sunk 11.1.17 by Turkish batteries off Kastelorizo. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Dardanelles 1915/16. Log Book Availability. Raised 1920 and BU.

BENAIGEN (ex-BEN AIGEN), hired motor drifter, Adty No MB.160, 4301. 57 net reg tons, Wick-reg WK.245. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 11.14-1919. Renamed BENMORE 5.18.

BENBOW, dreadnought battleship, Iron Duke-class, 75 (1914), 14 (1.18), 51 (4.18). Launched 12.11.13 Beardmore. 25,000 tons, 623(oa), 580(pp)x89x29ft. Turbine 29000shp, 21kts. Armament: 10-13.5in, 12-6in, 2-3in AA, 4-21in tt. Armour: 12in sides, 2.5in deck, 11in guns. 4th BS Grand Fleet to 1916, then 1st BS. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 3.31 Metal Ind, Rosyth.

BENCLUTHA, hired screw tug. Built 1895, 70grt. In service 10.12.15-12.12.19. Most hired screw tugs over 70grt used as expeditionary force tugs during part of the war; most of vessels released from naval service 1917-18 carried out similar duties. Nearly all were chartered as naval tugs and flew red ensign.

BEND OR, fleet sweeping sloop, 24-class, "double-ended" decoy appearance with straight stem and stern, and symmetrical superstructure, class ordered between 12.16 and 4.17, T.N9 (1919). Launched 24. 9.18 Barclay Curle. 1320 tons, 267(oa), 258(pp)x35x10ft. TE2500ihp, 17kts. Armament: 2-4in, 39 depth charges. Sold 12.8.20 M. Mazza, resold C. A. Beard.

BENDIGO II, decoy or Q-ship - see ROSSKEEN, hired trawler.

BENDISH, decoy or Q-ship see ARVONIAN, collier conversion.

BENEFICENT, hired drifter, Adty No 2134. Built 1907, 80grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.195. In service 5.15-6.16 as net vessel. Sunk 1.6.16 by gunfire near Saruichey LV, Adriatic Sea.

BENGAL, hired trawler, Adty No 1203. Built 1896, 149grt, Hull-reg H.287. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 12.14-11.18. Served in WW2.

BENGAL, hired trawler, Adty No 1150. Built 1905, 211grt, Grimsby-reg GY.103. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 2.15-1919 as minesweeper. Renamed BENGAL Il 3.15.

BENGROVE, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1910, 3,840grt - lost 7.3.15, Bristol Channel (H/L/Lr/te/un/wi)

BENJAMIN COLEMAN, Admiralty trawler, Strath-class, Adty No 3687. Launched 2.11.17, Fleming & Ferguson. 215grt/311 tons/429 tons deep, 123(oa), 115x22x12ft. TE 430ihp, 10.5kts. Armament: 1-12pdr. Crew: 15, up to 18 with wireless. Sold 16.11.21, same name. Served in WW2.

BENJAMIN COOKE, Admiralty trawler, Castle-class, Adty No 3667. Delivered 1.11.17, Bow McLachlan. 275grt/360 tons/547 tons deep, 134(oa), 125x23x13ft. TE 480ihp, 10.5kts. Armament: 1-12pdr. Crew: 15, up to 18 with wireless. Sold 1922, renamed EMIEL VANDERVELDE. Served as NAMUR in WW2.

BENJAMIN HAWKINS, Admiralty trawler, Mersey class, Adty No 3858. Delivered 7.2.20, Goole SB. 324grt/438 tons/665 tons deep, 148(oa), 138x23x13ft. TE 600ihp, 11kts. Completed as fishing vessel. Sold 17.10.19, delivered 2.20 named FROBISHER, purchased 6.33 as BDV, renamed FASTNET.

BENJAMIN STEVENSON, Admiralty trawler, Castle-class, Adty No 3522. Launched 19.6.17, Smiths Dock. 275grt/360 tons/547 tons deep, 134(oa), 125x23x13ft. TE 480ihp, 10.5kts. Armament: 1-12pdr. Crew: 15, up to 18 with wireless. Sunk 18.8.17 by S/M gunfire 40 miles E. of Fetlar, Shetlands.

BENTON CASTLE, hired trawler, Adty No 1972. Built 1914, 283grt, Swansea-reg SA.1. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 9.15-11.16. Mined 10.11.16 off Dartmouth.

BERBERIS, fleet sweeping sloop, Flower-class, Arabis-type, ordered 7.15, Acacia, Azalea and Arabis-types built on merchant ship lines, with similar warship-like appearance, T.60 (1.16), T.09 (1.18). Launched 3.2.16 Henderson. 1250 tons, 268(oa), 255(pp)x33x11ft. TE 2000ihp, 16kts. Armament: 2-4.7in (or 2-4in), 2-3pdr AA. Arabis-types served in Grand Fleet, at Queenstown, in North Sea, and Mediterranean. Sold 30.1.23 Stuart General Trading Co.

BERBICE, naval hospital ship, YA.18 (assigned c 11.14). Built 1909, Harland & Wolff. 2379grt, 300x38ft. Hired, in service 4.12.15, flew red ensign. Purchased 1919 and flew blue ensign as RFA. Sold 1923.

BERGAMOT, convoy sloop, Flower-class, Anchusa-type, ordered 1.17, Aubretia and Anchusa-types built to look like merchant ships, with concealed armament. Launched 5.5.17 Armstrong. 1290 tons, 262(oa), 250(pp)x35x11ft. TE2500ihp, 16.5kts. Armament. 2-4in, 2-12pdr. Served with Grand Fleet or in Mediterranean, decoy or Q-ship. Sunk 13.8.17 by U.84 in Atlantic.

BERIEN (ex-HIBERNIA), lighter/barge. Built 1892, 94grt. Served as water boat at Scapa Flow,10.12.17-27.3.19.

BERKSHIRE, hired trawler, Adty No 995. Built 1897, 133grt, Grimsby-reg GY.398. In service 12.14-5.15. Sunk in collision in Red Bay 15.5.15.

BERKSHIRE, Admiralty blockship. Built 1894, 2285grt, 285ft. Owned by Berkshire SS Co, Newcastle-reg. Purchased 1914-15 for Sunderland, Durham. Final scuttling location not known (Lr/D).

BERMUDA, hired trawler, Adty No 712. Built 1905, 211grt, Grimsby-reg GY.56. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 12.14-1920 as minesweeper.

BERNARD FLYNN, Admiralty trawler, Mersey-class, Adty No 4285 building Cochrane. Cancelled after 11.18.

BERNICIA, store carrier, Y8.36. Built 1912, 957grt. In service 1.11.14-4.7.16.

BERRIE BRAES, hired drifter, Adty No 2481, 2574. Built 1908, 82grt, Banff-reg BF.1114. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 3.15-1919 as net vessel, minesweeper.

BERRIMA (RAN), armed merchant cruiser, later store carrier, mercantile conversion. Built 1913, 11137grt, 14kts. Armament: not listed. In service 11.8.14-20.10.14, converted to store carrier.

BERRY CASTLE, fishing vessel. Built 1901, 59grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.616. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917/18, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

BERRY HEAD, fishing vessel. Built 1901, 58grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.285. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917/18, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

BERTY, hired screw tug. Built 1914, 73grt. HM Dockyard service 26.9.14-30.3.20. Most hired screw tugs over 70grt used as expeditionary force tugs during part of the war; most of vessels released from naval service 1917-18 carried out similar duties. Nearly all were chartered as naval tugs and flew red ensign.

BERU, hired trawler, Adty No 30, 50, 1772. Built 1911, 195grt, Grimsby-reg GY.611. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 11.14-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

BERWICK, cruiser, ex-armoured cruiser, Kent-class, 36 (1914), P.74 (9.15), P.08 (1.18). Launched 20.9.02 Beardmore. 9,800 tons, 463(oa), 440(pp)x66 x23ft. TE 21000ihp, 23kts. Armament: 14-6in, 10-12pdr, 2-18in tt. Armour: 4in sides, 2in deck, 5in guns. 4th CS West Indies 1914, North America & West Indies 1914-18. Log Book Availability. Sold 1.7.20 Castle, BU in Germany 1922.

BERYL (ex-PRINCESS ALICE), hired yacht, Pendant No 032. Built 1893, 1042grt/1368TM. Armament: 2-3 in. In service 11.1,15-15.3.19. May have served as wireless-equipped A/P Group Leader or in special yacht squadrons, at home or in Mediterranean.

BERYL, hired trawler, Adty No 1139. Built 1914, 248grt, Hull-reg H.31. Armament: 2-6pdr AA. In service 12.14-1919 as minesweeper. Renamed BERYL Il 3.15. Served as BERYL Il (RAN) in WW2.

BERYL, hired drifter, Adty No 2165. Built 1907, 81grt, Inverness-reg INS.353. Armament: 1-3pdr AA. In service 5.15-1919 as net vessel. Renamed BERYL III 11.15.

BERYL II, hired drifter. Built 1909, 88grt, Buckie-reg BCK.46. In service 9.15-1919 as boom defence vessel. Served in WW2.

BESSIE, hired drifter. Built 1903, 79grt, Wick-reg WK.605. In service 7.15-1920 on misc. service. Renamed CROSSBOW 8.18.

BESTWOOD, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1913, 2,248grt - lost 29.7.17, St George's Channel (H/Lr/dk/wi)

BETSY, hired drifter, Adty No 2494. Built 1903, 86grt, Peterhead-reg PD.472. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 3.15-1919 as net vessel.

BETSY JAMIESON, hired motor drifter, Adty No MB.153, 4302. Built 1900, 45grt, Berwick-reg BK.7. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 11.14-1919, including as Q-ship.

BETSY SIM, hired motor drifter, Adty No 3018. Built 1902, 53grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.931. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service from 3.17. Sunk 18.7.17 in collision near Haisboro' Light House.

BETSY SLATER, hired drifter, Adty No 2408. Built 1911, 84grt, Banff-reg BF.390. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 5.15-1919 as net vessel, minesweeper. Served in WW2.

BETTER HOPE, hired motor drifter. Banff-reg BF.1047. In service 9.18-1919 as hospital vessel.

BETTY HANSON, lighter/barge. Built 1911, 63grt, dumb barge. Served as BDV 9.16-1918.

BETTY INGLIS, fishing vessel. Built 1895, 104grt, Kirkcaldy-reg KY.14. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917/18, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control. Served in WW2.

BHAMO (RIM), minesweeper, ex-paddle river steamer. Built 1896, 255grt. Armed with 2-MG. In service c1917-1919 in Indian Ocean.

BIANCA, hired trawler, Adty No 600. Built 1905, 174grt, Hull-reg H.845. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 9.14-1919 as minesweeper.

BIARRITZ, minelayer, mercantile conversion, P.48 (3.15), N.10 (1.18). Built 1915, 2495grt, 23kts. Fitted out by Denny. Armament: 2-12pdr, 180 mines. In service 8.3.15-6.5.20. Served in WW2.

BIBBY, decoy or Q-ship - see DARGLE (ex-JAMES J. BIBBY), brigantine conversion.

BICESTER, twin-screw fleet minesweeper, early Hunt-class, ordered 1916, Adty No. 484, T.Cl (6.18). Launched 8.6.17 Ailsa SB. 750 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 1800ihp, 16kts. Armament: 2-12pdr, 2-6pdr (or 1-12pdr, 1-6pdr). Most of class formed 2nd & 3rd Minesweeping Flotillas, Granton. Sold 8.1.23 Alloa, Charlestown.

BICKERSTAFFE, paddle minesweeper, mercantile conversion to take advantage of shallow draught, high speed and manoeuvrability, Adty No. 506. Built 1879, 213grt. Armament: not listed. In service 16.4.17-1.4.19. Served with Auxiliary Patrol, carried Fishery flag superior pendant.

BIDEFORD, minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, building Ardrossan SB. Cancelled 17.12.18.

BIEN VENU, hired drifter, Adty No 3243. Built 1910, 77grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.631. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 1.16-1919 as net vessel.

BIGOTT, decoy or Q-ship see COREOPSIS, convoy sloop.

BILBROUGH, salvage vessel. Built 1856, 554grt. Added 11.17. Sold 3.11.19 Cassar Ltd, Malta.

BILBSTER, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1908, 4,478grt - lost 21.11.17, Atlantic W of NW Spain (H/Lr)

BILOELA (RAN), fleet collier (rfa not listed as RFA). Launched 10.4.19 Cockatoo DY. 9200 tons, 382(oa), 370(pp)x54x22ft. TE2300ihp, 11kts. Armament: 2-4in (not mounted). Sold 3.31, renamed WOLLERT (rfa)

BILSWOOD, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1915, 3,097grt - lost 12.3.17, Eastern Mediterranean (H/L/te/un)

BIRCH, decoy or Q-ship - see BELLONA II, hired drifter (BELLONA II is not listed in the Hired Drifter section as a Q-ship. Neither is BIRCH listed as an alternative name).

BIRCH, hired trawler, Adty No 1129. Built 1912, 215grt, Grimsby-reg GY.677. In service 2.15-8.16 as minesweeper. Mined 23.8.16 off Yarmouth.

BIRCHLEAF, Admiralty chartered red-ensign oiler. Built 1916, 5,873grt- damaged 23.2.18, Irish Sea (H/L/D/ge/ms/os/un)

BIRCHOL, RFA oiler/harbour oiler, Creosol-class, X.07 (1.18). Launched 16.6.17 Barclay Curle. 2200 tons, 210(pp)x34x12ft. TE 700ihp, 12kts. Wrecked 29.11.39 in the Hebrides (rfa)

BIRCHWOOD, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1910, 2,756grt - lost 3.1.18, St George's Channel (H/L/Lr/te/un/wi)

BIRD, decoy or Q-ship - see G. & E., fishing smack (Lowestoft-registered LT.649) conversion.

BIRDWOOD, decoy or Q-ship see PC.56, patrol boat.

BIRKENHEAD, light cruiser, Birkenhead-class, 9A (9.15), 15 (1.18), 07 (4.18). Laid down as Greek ANTINARKOS CONDOURITIS and purchased on the stocks, launched 18.1.15 Cammell Laird. 5,235 tons, 446(oa), 430(pp)x50x16ft. Turbine 25000shp, 25.5kts. Armament: 10-5.5in, 1-3in AA, 2-21in tt. Armour: 3in sides. 3rd LCS, Grand Fleet from completion to 1918. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 26.10.21 Cashmore.

BIRMINGHAM, light cruiser, ex-2nd-class cruiser, Birmingham-class, 45 (1914), 16 (1.18), 28 (4.18). Launched 7.5.13 Armstrong. 5,440 tons, 457(oa), 430(pp)x50x16ft. Turbine 25000shp, 25.5kts. Armament: 9-6in, 1-3in AA, 2-21in tt. Armour: 3in sides, 2in deck. 1st LCS 1914-15, 2nd LCS 1915-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Heligoland 28 Aug 1914, Dogger Bank 25 Jan 1915, Jutland 31 May 1916. Log Book Availability. Sold 5.2.31 Ward, Pembroke Dock.

BIRTLEY, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1906, 1,438grt - lost 4.1.18, North Sea (H/L/Lr/dk/te/un/wi)

BISON, Admiralty store carrier,  Y2.1. Launched 1.11.02 Mordey Carney.  766 tons, 173(oa),165(pp)x26x11ft. TE 500ihp, 9.5kts. Armament: 1-3pdr (from 6.15). Carried armament stores. Sold circa 1946.

BITER (ex-SIR WILLIAM REID), tender to depot ship or training establishment, described as special servicevessel. Built 1889, 110 tons. Transferred to Navy from War Department 1905-06. Sold 5.23 Dover S Bkg Co.

BITTERN, destroyer, three-funnelled 30-knotter, designated C-class, D.03 (1914), D.5A (9.15), D.10 (1.18). Launched 1.2.97 Vickers. c350-400 tons, c215(pp)x21x6ft. TE c6000ihp, 30kts. Armament: 1-12pdr, 5-6pdr, 2-18in tt. Ten of class on patrol Grand Fleet area, nine at Dover, 15 in Patrol or Local Defence Flotilla. Sunk 4.4.18 in collision with SS KENILWORTH in the Channel.

BITTERN, hired trawler, Adty No 432. Built 1903, 207grt, Grimsby-reg GY.1278. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 12.14-1919 as minesweeper. Renamed BITTERN II 2.15.

BJORN, whaler, 14 tons net. Purchased, in service 26.1.18-23.9.19 as store vessel at Scapa Flow.

BLACK DRAGON, harbour service, oil hulk renamed C.600 (ex-KOBENHAVN, ex-Danish training ship), built 1914, 3400grt. Sold 9.22.

BLACK FROST, Admiralty wood drifter, Adty No, 3871, building programme began May 1917, average cost of hull and machinery 11,500. Delivered 2.9.18, Colby. 94grt/179 tons deep, 94(oa), 86(pp)x20x10ft. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. Renamed COLUMBINE 1925. Sold 1929, renamed TIMOR. Served as MILL WATER in WW2.

BLACK NIGHT, Admiralty wood drifter, Adty No, 3872, building programme began May 1917, average cost of hull and machinery 11,500. Delivered 14.11.18, Colby. 94grt/179 tons deep, 94(oa), 86(pp)x20x10ft. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Armament: 1-6pdr. Served as experiments vessel. To Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries 3.10.21, renamed BLACKNIGHT 1921.

BLACK PRINCE, cruiser, ex-armoured cruiser, Duke of Edinburgh-class, 65 (1914). Launched 8.11.04 Thames IW. 13,550 tons, 505(oa), 480(pp)x73x26ft. TE 23000ihp, 23kts. Armament: 6-9.2in, 10-6in, 23-3pdr, 3-18in tt. Armour: 6in sides, 1in deck, 6in guns. Mediterranean 1914, 1st CS Grand Fleet 1914-16. Sunk 31.5.16 at Jutland. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916.

BLACKBURN (ex-BURNHAM), twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, Adty No. 3460, T.N8(10.18), T.N5 (11.19). Launched 13.8.18 Bow McLachlan. 800 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 2200ihp, 16kts. Armament: 1-4in, 1-12pdr AA. Sold 17.10.22 Fryer.

BLACKCOCK, hired patrol tug, T.1, P.9A (1.16), P.09 (1.18). Built 1886, 254grt. In service for short time as unarmed patrol boat, Liverpool area 23.8.14-11.14, then other service, tug from 1915. Wrecked 18.1.18 in the White Sea.

BLACKFLY, river gunboat, Fly-class, ordered 12.15. Built in sections by Yarrow, sent out to Mesopotamia 4.16, re-erected 22.3.17 on River Tigris. 98 tons, 126(oa), 102(pp)x20x2ft. TE 175ihp, 9.5kts, tunnel screw. Armament: 1-4in, 1-12pdr, 1-6pdr or 2pdr. Mesopotamian campaign. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Mesopotamia 1917. On loan to Air Ministry, lost 26.5.23 in collision with bridge at Baghdad.

BLACKMOREVALE, twin-screw fleet minesweeper, early Hunt-class, ordered 1916, Adty No. 485, T.C2 (6.18). Launched 23.3.17 Ardrossan SB. 750 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 1800ihp, 16kts. Armament: 2-12pdr, 2-6pdr (or 1-12pdr, 1-6pdr). Most of class formed 2nd & 3rd Minesweeping Flotillas, Granton. Mined 1.5.18 off Montrose.

BLACKOL (ex-PLA Hopper No. 5, renamed 10.16), RFA oiler, X.08 (1.18). Built 1906 Fleming & Ferguson. 869grt, 198(pp)x32 ft. TE 116 nominal hp. Commissioned 11.16. Returned to Port of London Authority in 1920 (rfa)

BLACKSTONE, hired trawler, Adty No X.01, X.09. Built 1915, 148grt. In service 10.15-4.21 as water carrier.

BLACKTHORN, hired drifter, Adty No 1493. Built 1904, 79grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.828. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 5.15-1919 as net vessel.

BLACKWATER, destroyer, River-class, later designated E-class. Launched 25.7.03 Laird. Lost in collision 6.4.09.

BLACKWHALE (Z.5), Admiralty whaler, ordered 15.3.15, Adty No 868. Launched 28.6.15, Smiths Dock. 336 tons/237grt, 132(oa), 125(pp)x25x8ft. TE 1200ihp, 13kts. Armament: 1-12pdr. From 1915-18, served as coastal anti-submarine escort in one of three squadrons, based at Stornoway, Shetlands, Peterhead or the Humber. Mined 3.1.18 off Fife Ness.

BLAKE, hired trawler, Adty No 1044. Built 1900, 207grt, Grimsby-reg GY.1162. In service 1.15-2.15. Renamed BLAKEDOWN 2.15. Wrecked 19.2.15 at Crudensgeir.

BLAKE, sea-going depot ship, Blake-class, 1st-class protected cruiser conversion, C3 (1914). Launched 23.11.89 Chatham DY. 9000tons, 399(oa), 375(pp)x65x25ft. TE 20000ihp, 22kts. Armament: 4-6in, 4-4in, 4-12pdr. Armour: 6in deck. Completed as depot ship in 8.07. Served with 2nd DF, then11th DF of the Grand Fleet 1914-18. Sold 9.6.22 Rees, Llanelly.

BLANCHE, light cruiser, later minelayer, ex-Scout cruiser, Boadicea/Active-class, 6C (1914), 17 (1.18), 84 (4.18). Launched 25.11.09 Pembroke DY. 3,350 tons, 405(oa), 385(pp)x41x14ft. Turbine 18000shp, 25.5kts. Armament: 10-4in, 4-3pdr, 2-21in tt. Armour: 1in deck. Attached to Grand Fleet battle squadrons 1914-19, fitted for minelaying 3.17, 66 mines (16 operations, laid 1238). Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 27.7.21 Fryer, Sunderland.

BLANCHE, hired trawler, Adty No 1768. Built 1907, 173grt, Hull-reg H.928. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 5.15-1919 as minesweeper.

BLANTYRE, hired motor drifter. 54 net reg tons, Buckie-reg BCK.306. In service 9.18-1919.

BLARE, Admiralty steel drifter, Adty No, 4140. Delivered 29.4.19, Brooke. 94grt/199 tons (deep), 93(oa), 86x18x9. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Completed as fishing vessel. Sold 1919, renamed MAY BIRD.

BLAZER, gunboat, Ant-class, harbour service tender since c1905, ex-"flatiron" gunboat, commissioned in 1914 for service off Belgian coast. Launched 7.12.70 Portsmouth DY. 254 tons, 89(oa), 85(pp)x26x6ft. Horizontal engines 260ihp, 8kts. Armament (1914): 2-12pdr, 2-6pdr. Reverted to harbour service by 1916. Sold 19.8.19 Loveridge, West Hartlepool.

BLAZER (ex-THE ROSE), hired rescue tug, W.63 (9.18). Built 1888, 283grt. In service from 4.12.14, Examination Service before 1917. Stranded 9.11.18 at Scilly Islands.

BLEAMOOR, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1902, 3755grt - lost 27.11.17, English Channel (H/L/Lr/te/un/wi)

BLENHEIM, sea-going depot ship, Blake-class, 1st-class protected cruiser conversion, C2 (1914), C4 (1.18). Launched 5.7.90 Thames IW. 9000 tons, 399(oa), 375(pp)x65x25ft. TE 20000ihp, 22kts. Armament: 4-6in, 4-4in, 4-12pdr. Armour: 6in deck. Completed as depot ship 5.06. Served with Mediterranean destroyers 1914-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Dardanelles 1915/16. Log Book Availability. Sold 13.7.26 Ward, Pembroke Dock.

BLESSING, decoy or Q-ship, fishing smack or large coble conversion. In service 6.16-31.3.17, carried mined nets. (Possibly same vessel as BLESSING following)

BLESSING, hired motor drifter, Adty No 3027. Built 1885, 52grt, Hull-reg H.395. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 6.16-1919.

BLICKLING, minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, building Dundee SB. Cancelled 17.12.18.

BLITHESOME, hired drifter, Adty No 2554. Built 1908, 81grt, Buckie-reg BCK.16. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 2.15-1919 as net vessel.

BLIZZARD, Admiralty steel drifter, Adty No, 3971. Delivered 30.7.18, Colby. 94grt/199 tons (deep), 93(oa), 86x18x9. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Armament: 1-6pdr. Sold 1921, renamed SATINSTONE. Served as HARVEST GLEANER in WW2.

BLOEMFONTEIN, hired drifter, Adty No 2042. Built 1903, 82grt, Buckie-reg BCK.151. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 8.15-1919 as net vessel.

BLONDE, light cruiser, later minelayer, ex-Scout cruiser, Boadicea/Active-class, C7 (1914), 18 (1.18), 64 (4.18). Launched 22.7.10 Pembroke DY. 3,350 tons, 405(oa), 385(pp)x41x14ft. Turbine 18000shp, 25.5kts. Armament: 10-4in, 4-3pdr, 2-21in tt. Armour: 1in deck. Attached to Grand Fleet battle squadrons 1914-19, fitted for minelaying 9.17, 66 mines. Sold 6.5.20 T. C. Pas, Holland.

BLOODHOUND, gunboat, Ant-class, harbour service tender since c1905, ex-"flatiron" gunboat, commissioned in 1914 for service off Belgian coast. Launched 22.4.71 Armstrong. 254 tons, 89(oa), 85(pp)x26x6ft. Horizontal engines 260ihp, 8kts. Armament (1914): 2-6pdr. Disarmed 11.15, reverted to harbour service by 1916. Sold 28.6.21 F. Bevis.

BLOODHOUND, hired trawler. Built 1890, 150grt, Aberdeen-reg A.533. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 6.15-1919 as boom defence vessel.

BLOOM, hired drifter, Adty No 2167. Built 1907, 87grt, Banff-reg BF.933. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 5.15-1919 as net vessel.

BLOOMFIELD, hired drifter. Built 1906, 83grt, Banff-reg BF.218. In service 12.15-1920 on misc. service. Renamed BUDLEIA 8.18.

BLOSSE LYNCH, listed as patrol vessel, Mesopotamian river steamer. Armed with 2-18pdr field guns. To support military operations 3.12.14.

BLOSSOM, hired drifter, Adty No 2572. Built 1907, 86grt, Banff-reg BF.922. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 4.15-1919 as net vessel.

BLOSSOM, hired motor drifter, Adty No 1684. Built 1903, 49grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.964. In service 3.17-1919 as minesweeper. Renamed BLOSSOM III 9.17.

BLOSSOM, water tank vessel, Minx-class. Launched 15.5.01 Bow McLachlan. 390 tons, 120(oa), 115(pp)x21x9ft. 300ihp, 9kts. Served at Gibraltar, flew white ensign 1915-18. BU 1961.

BLOSSOM II, hired drifter, Adty No 2719. Built 1900, 58grt, Dublin-reg D.223. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 10.15-1919 as net vessel, hospital vessel.

BLOXHAM (ex-BRIXHAM), twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class. Launched 11.9.19 Ayrshire. 800 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 2200ihp, 16kts. Cancelled 10.19, sold incomplete 23.10.23 Col. J. Lithgow.

BLUE HAZE, Admiralty steel drifter, Adty No, 4144. Delivered 6.6.19, Brooke. 94grt/199 tons (deep), 93(oa), 86x18x9. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Completed as fishing vessel. Sold 14.7.19, same name. Served in WW2.

BLUE SKY, Admiralty wood drifter, Adty No, 3867, building programme began May 1917, average cost of hull and machinery 11,500. Delivered 19.6.18, Colby. 94grt/179 tons deep, 94(oa), 86(pp)x20x10ft. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Armament: 1-6pdr. Served as minesweeper. Foundered 12.6.22 off the Thames estuary.

BLUEBELL, fleet sweeping sloop, Flower-class, Acacia-type, ordered 1.15, Acacia, Azalea and Arabis-types built on merchant ship lines, with similar warship-like appearance, M.29 (2.15), T.03 (9.15), T.12 (1.18). Launched 24.7.15 Scotts. 1200 tons, 262(oa), 250(pp)x33x11ft. TE 1800ihp, 16.5kts. Armament: 2-12pdr, 2-3pdr AA. Acacia-types served in Grand Fleet, at Queenstown, and in Mediterranean. Log Book Availability. Sold 26.5.30 Cashmore.

BLUEBELL, hired trawler, Adty No 728 479. Built 1904, 169grt, Glasgow-reg GW.5. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 11.14-11.18. Renamed BLUEBELL Ill 8.15.

BLUEBELL II, hired drifter, Adty No 777. Built 1907, 94grt, Peterhead-reg PD.363. Armament: 1-.45in MG. In service 1.15-1919 as minesweeper.

BLUEBELL IV, hired drifter, Adty No 1840. Built 1907, 88grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.1044. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 8.15-1919 as net vessel.

BLUSH, Admiralty steel drifter, Adty No, 4198, building Thomas, Amlwch. Cancelled, order dated 17.12.18.

BLUSTER, Admiralty steel drifter, Adty No, 4199, building Thomas, Amlwch. Cancelled, order dated 17.12.18.

BOADICEA, light cruiser, later minelayer, ex-Scout cruiser, Boadicea/Active-class, 4C (1914), 19 (1.18), 11 (4.18). Launched 14.5.08 Pembroke DY. 3,300 tons, 405(oa), 385(pp)x41x14ft. Turbine 18000shp, 25.5kts. Armament: 6-4in, 4-3pdr, 2-18in tt (10-4in, 1-3in AA in 1916). Armour: 1in deck. Attached to Grand Fleet battle squadrons 1914-19, fitted for minelaying 12.17, 66 mines (3 operations, laid 184). Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Later on harbour service, was to be renamed POMENE 4.20, order cancelled 7.20. Sold 13.7.26 Alloa, Rosyth.

BOADICEA II, hired yacht, Pendant No 072. Built 1882, 305grt/447TM. Armament: 1-12pdr, 1-6pdr. In service 10.5.15-15.3.19. May have served as wireless-equipped A/P Group Leader or in special yacht squadrons, at home or in Mediterranean. Served as SEA FLOWER in WW2.

BOADICEA II, hired drifter, Adty No 1507. Built 1902, 59grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.664. In service 6.15-7.15 as net vessel. Renamed BOADICEA III 6.15.

BOARHOUND (ex-LEOPOLD II), hired screw tug. Built 1882, 54grt. In service 8.14-10.19, limited to harbour and inland waterway duties, flew red ensign.

BOATMAN (4.18) - see MARKSMAN, hired screw tug

BOB READ, hired drifter, Adty No 1938. Built 1913, 95grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.2. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 11.15-1919 as patrol boat.

BOLDWELL, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1901, 3,118grt - lost 27.5.17, Central Mediterranean (H/L/Lr/te/un)

BOLTON (ex-BEAUMARIS), minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, building Ardrossan SB. Cancelled after 17.12.18.

BOMBALA, decoy or Q-ship - see WILLOW BRANCH, chartered collier (Admiralty No. Y3.1042) conversion.

BOMBAY, Admiralty trawler, Indian-built, Castle-type. Launched 21.9.19, Bombay DY. Teak planking on steel frames, 265grt/588 tons deep, 125(pp)x33x12ft. TE 480ihp, 10.5kts. Armament: 1-12pdr (probably not mounted). Completed as unarmed minesweeper or fishing vessel. Listed to 4.32.

BOMBAY, hired trawler, Adty No 1890. Built 1907, 229grt, Grimsby-reg GY.247. Armament: 1-3pdr, 1-2pdr. In service 9.15-1919. Served in WW2.

BOMBARDIER, Admiralty trawler, minesweeper, Military class, Adty No 1517. One of ten trawlers, of three different types, purchased while building for a total cost of 93,800 six by order 11.12.14, four by order 14.4.15. Launched 1.4.15 Smiths Dock, 303grt, 130x24x13ft. TE engines. Armament: 1-12pdr. Sold 4.5.20 as BOMBARDIER.

BON AMI, hired drifter. Built 1908, 76grt, Inverness-reg INS.609. In service 3.15-1919 as boom defence vessel water carrier.

BON AMI (ex-BONAMIE). hired motor drifter, Adty No MB.176. Built 1901, 36grt, Banff-reg BF.486. In service 1.15-1916.

BON AVENIR, hired drifter, Adty No 1251. Built 1910, 67grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.641. In service 5.15-1919 as net vessel.

BON CHIEF, hired drifter. Built 1908, 83grt, Buckie-reg BCK.17. In service 1.16-1919 on misc. service.

BON ESPOIR, hired drifter, Adty No 1156, 566. Built 1908, 86grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.109. Armament: 1-57mm. In service 3.15-1919 as net vessel.

BONA, fishing trawler. Built 1906, 186grt, Hull-reg H.855. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control. Served in WW2.

BONA DEA, hired trawler, Adty No 458. Built 1915, 322grt, Grimsby-reg GY.429. Armament: 1-12pdr. In service 2.15-1919 as minesweeper, then escort vessel.

BONACCORD, hired trawler, Adty No 510. Built 1908, 214grt, Aberdeen-reg A.231. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 9.14-1919 as minesweeper.

BONAR LAW, hired trawler, Adty No 1223. Built 1912, 285grt, Hull-reg H.437. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 2.15-10.15 as minesweeper. Sunk 27.10.15 in collision off South Goodwins.

BONAVENTURE, sea-going depot ship, Astraea-class 2nd-class cruiser conversion, N.41 (1914), N.11 (1.18). Launched 2.12.92 Devonport DY.4360 tons. Completed as depot ship in 4.07. Armament: 2-6in, 2-6pdr, 4-3pdr (4-3pdr only 1917). Submarine depot ship, 6th S/M Flotilla 1914-16, then 2nd S/M Flotilla 1916-18. Sold 12.4.20 Forth S Bkg Co, Bo'ness.

BONEAXE (ex-T), Admiralty trawler, ex-Russian naval service, Axe-name, Adty No. 4343. Reported seized in White Sea 3.8.18, but possibly one of eight handed over by White Russians. Added 11.9.18. Sold 1920.

BONETTA, destroyer, four-funnelled 30-knotter, designated B-class, D.15 (1914), D.78 (9.15), D.11 (1.18). Built on speculation, launched 14.1.07 Palmer, purchased by Admiralty 3.09. 440 tons, 215(pp)x21x7ft. Turbine 7000shp, 26.5kts. Armament: 3-12pdr, 2-18in tt. Submarine tender on Clyde and later Tyne. Sold 7.6.20 Ward, Hayle; then Briton Ferry.

BONO, hired drifter, Adty No 1445. Built 1908, 70grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.331. Armament: 1-57mm. In service 6.15-1919 as net vessel.

BOOTLE (ex-BUCKIE), twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, Adty No. 3444, T.9C (9.18), T.8C (11.19). Launched 11.6.18 Bow McLachlan. 800 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 2200ihp, 16kts. Armament: 1-4in, 1-12pdr AA. Believed one of 32 of class completed by 10.11.18, 27 serving in Home Waters, five in Mediterranean. Sold 21.2.23 Alloa, Charlestown.

BORA, Admiralty wood drifter, Adty No, 4111, building Rose Street Foundry. Believed cancelled 17.12.18. May have been completed for commercial service.

BORDER KING, hired drifter, Adty No 2755. Built 1914, 92grt, Berwick-reg BK.72. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 4.15-1919 as net vessel, minesweeper. Served in WW2.

BORDER LADS, hired drifter, Adty No 2759. Built 1914, 86grt, Berwick-reg BK.5. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 4.15-3.18 as net vessel. Sunk 25.3.18 off the Tyne, probably torpedoed.

BORDERGLEN (ex-NORAH JAMES), BDV water tender, listed as miscellaneous. Built 1913, 123grt. In service 1.9.15-22.8.19.

BOREALIS, Admiralty wood drifter, Adty No, 3868, building programme began May 1917, average cost of hull and machinery 11,500. Delivered 5.7.18, Colby. 94grt/179 tons deep, 94(oa), 86(pp)x20x10ft. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Armament: 1-6pdr. Served as minesweeper. To Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries 1921, renamed BRASH 1921.

BOREAS, hired trawler, Adty No 165. Built 1907, 184grt, Grimsby-reg GY.338. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 8.14-1919 as minesweeper. Served as CUCKOO in WW2.

BORGIA, decoy or Q-ship - see GUNNER, Admiralty trawler, Military class.

BORNEO, hired trawler, Adty No 809. Built 1906, 211grt, Grimsby-reg GY.115. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 11.14-6.17 as minesweeper. Mined 18.6.17 off Beachy Head.

BORODINO, Russian paddle steamer. Armed with 2-6pdr. In service 4.19-25.9.19 as Senior Naval Officer's Ship on Dvina River, North Russia. Returned to Russian owners two days before final evacuation.

BORODINO, fleet messenger, Y4.6. Built 1911, 1970grt. Also listed as mess stores carrier. In service 1.12.14-28.4.19, flew red ensign.

BOSCASTLE, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1912, 2,346grt - lost 7.4.18, St George's Channel (H/L/Lr/te/un)

BOSCAWEN, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1909, 1,936grt - lost 21.8.18, St George's Channel (H/L/Lr/te/un/wi)

BOSCOBEL, hired trawler, Adty No 1761. Built 1906, 225grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.70. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 5.15-1919 as minesweeper.

BOSTONIAN (ex-CAMBRIAN), commissioned escort or convoy escort ship, mercantile conversion, P.A1 (7.17), MI.59 (1.18). Built 1896, 5626grt, 12kts. Armament: 3-6in, 2-11in A/S howitzers. In service 11.6.17. Sunk 10.10.17 by U.53 off Start Point.

BOSTONIAN, hired trawler, Adty No 670. Built 1900, 192grt, Boston-reg BN.74. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 11.14-11.18 as minesweeper. Renamed BASTION 8.17.

BOTHA, destroyer leader, H.5C (1914), G.60 (2.17), F.61 (4.17), F.50 (1.18), D.80 (9.18). Ex-Chilean ALMIRANTE WILLIAMS ROBELLEDO, purchased 8.14, launched 2.12.14 White. 1742 tons, 331(oa), 320(pp)x32x11ft. Turbine 30000shp, 31.5kts. Armament: 5-4in (2-4.7in, 2-4in in 2.18), 2-2pdr, 4-21in tt. Leader, Grand Fleet, 1915-17, then at Dover. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Belgian Coast 1917/18. Sold 5.20 Chilean Navy, as ALMIRANTE WILLIAMS.

BOUNCER (ex-SIR RICHARD FLETCHER), tender to depot ship or training establishment, described as special servicevessel, N.12 (1.18). Built 1886, 100 tons. Transferred to Navy from War Department 1905-06. Sold 14.5.20 F. Bevis.

BOUNTEOUS, hired motor drifter, Adty No 1682. Built 1903, 63grt, Banff-reg BF.1217. In service from 9.17. Wrecked 4.12.17 on North Shore, Rhum.

BOUNTEOUS SEA, hired drifter, Adty No 1424. Built 1900, 56grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.164. Armament: 1-3pdr AA. In service 3.15-1919 as net vessel. Served in WW2.

BOUNTIFUL, hired drifter, Adty No 1554, 2218. Built 1911, 91grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.1151. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 7.15-1919 as net vessel.

BOURNE (ex-BOURNEMOUTH QUEEN), paddle minesweeper, mercantile conversion to take advantage of shallow draught, high speed and manoeuvrability, Adty No. 188. Built 1908, 353grt. Armament: 2-6pdr AA. In service 5.2.15-5.5.20. Served with Auxiliary Patrol, carried Fishery flag superior pendant. BOURNEMOUTH QUEEN in WW2.

BOVERTON, decoy or Q-ship - see DUNRAVEN (ex-BOVERTON), chartered collier (Admiralty No. Y3.283) conversion.

BOVIC, hired trawler, Adty No 377. Built 1896, 162grt, Hull-reg H.51. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 11.14-8.17 as minesweeper. Sunk 5.8.17 in collision off Souter Point.

BOW WAVE, Admiralty steel drifter, Adty No, 4142. Delivered 29.7.19, Brooke. 94grt/199 tons (deep), 93(oa), 86x18x9. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Completed as fishing vessel. Sold 26.6.19, same name. Served in WW2.

BOWHEAD (Z.4), Admiralty whaler, ordered 15.3.15, Adty No 867. Launched 26.6.15, Smiths Dock. 336 tons/237grt, 132(oa), 125(pp)x25x8ft. TE 1200ihp, 13kts. Armament: 1-12pdr. From 1915-18, served as coastal anti-submarine escort in one of three squadrons, based at Stornoway, Shetlands, Peterhead or the Humber. Sold 20.4.20 to A. J. Ashwin, same name.

BOXER, destroyer, 27-knotter, designated A-class, H.4C (1914, cancelled 4.17) D.16 (1.18). Launched 28.11.94 Thornycroft. c280-350 tons, c200(pp)x20x5.5ft. TE c3500-4500ihp, 27kts. Armament: 1-12pdr, 5-6pdr, 2-18in tt. Portsmouth Local Defence Flotilla. Sunk 8.2.18 in collision with SS ST. PATRICK in the Channel.

BOXLEAF (ex-OLINDA), RFA oiler/group freighting tanker, Leaf-class, pendant Y7.159. Launched 1916 Barclay Curle. 7338grt, 450(pp)x58ft. TE 900nhp. Flew red ensign. Sold 1919, renamed INDIA (rfa)

BOXOL, RFA oiler/harbour oiler, Creosol-class, X.10 (1.18). Launched 12.7.17 Barclay Curle. 2200 tons, 210(pp)x34x12ft. TE 700ihp, 12kts. Sold 1947, renamed PORTNALL. Repurchased 1952, oil hulk. Arrived 2.9.59 Rees, Llanelly (rfa)

BOY ALAN, hired drifter, Adty No 1110, 2375. Built 1914, 109grt, Lowestoft-reg LT. 331. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 2.15-1919 as net vessel. Served in WW2.

BOY ALEX, hired drifter, Adty No 2014. Built 1908, 75grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.286. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 3.15-1919 as net vessel, minesweeper. Served in WW2.

BOY ALFRED, decoy or Q-ship - see ETHEL & MILLIE, fishing smack (Lowestoft-registered LT.200) conversion.

BOY ARCHIE, hired drifter. Built 1901, 58grt, Wick-reg WK.10. In service 1.16-1919 as minefield tender.

BOY ARTHUR, hired drifter, Adty No 3214. Built 1907, 90grt, Peterhead-reg PD.1. Armament: 1-3pdr AA. In service 8.15-1919 as net vessel, minesweeper.

BOY BEN, hired drifter, Adty No 1079. Built 1906, 84grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.212. In service 1.15-1919 as net vessel, examination vessel.

BOY BILLY, hired drifter, Adty No 1472. Built 1904, 70grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.850. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 5.15-1920 as net vessel.

BOY BOB, hired drifter, Adty No 3288. Built 1916, 101grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.667. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 7.16-1919 as net vessel, minesweeper. Served as ELSIE & NELLIE in WW2.

BOY CHARLES, hired drifter, Adty No 1883. Built 1913, 88grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.368. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 9.15-1919 as net vessel.

BOY CHARLEY, hired drifter, Adty No 211. Built 1907, 83grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.1067. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 9.14-1919 as patrol boat, minesweeper.

BOY CHY, hired drifter, Adty No 1040. Built 1908, 78grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.29. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 1.15-1919 as net vessel, hydrophone vessel.

BOY DANIEL, hired drifter, Adty No 2128. Built 1912, 83grt, Shoreham-reg SM.325. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 4.15-1919 as net vessel.

BOY EDDIE, hired drifter, Adty No 1147. Built 1909, 59grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.157. Armament: 1-57mm. In service 3.15-1919 as net vessel.

BOY EDWARD, hired drifter, Adty No 3242. Built 1909, 80grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.413. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 1.16-1920 as net vessel.

BOY ERNEST, hired drifter, Adty No 1967. Built 1902, 56grt, North Shields-reg SN.34. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 12.15-1919 as net vessel.

BOY FRED, hired drifter, Adty No 1464. Built 1900, 58grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.517. In service 4.15-4.15 as net vessel.

BOY GEORGE III, hired drifter, Adty No 1927. Built 1906, 83grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.441. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 10.15-1920 as net vessel.

BOY GEORGE, hired drifter, Adty No 1801. Built 1903, 70grt, Peterhead-reg PD.146. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 4.15-1919 as net vessel. Renamed BOY GEORGE II 6.15.

BOY GEORGE, hired drifter, Adty No 2290. Built 1906, 84grt, Buckie-reg BCK.55. Armament: 1-3pdr AA. In service 3.15-1919 as net vessel.

BOY HAROLD, hired drifter, Adty No 2708. Built 1911, 74grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.1127. In service 10.15-3.16 as net vessel. Mined 3.3.16 off Brindisi.

BOY HECTOR, hired drifter, Adty No 1248. Built 1903, 81grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.968. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 5.15-1919 as net vessel.

BOY JACOB, hired drifter, Adty No 2761. Built 1906, 62grt, Berwick-reg BK.326. In service 4.15-1919 as net vessel.

BOY JOE, hired drifter, Adty No 1003. Built 1913, 85grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.550. Armament: 1-6pdr as as minesweeper. In service 12.14-1919 as stores & water carrier.

BOY ROY, hired drifter, Adty No 209. Built 1911, 95grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.1167. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 9.14-1919 as patrol boat. Served in WW2.

BOY SCOUT, hired drifter, Adty No 210. Built 1913, 80grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.17. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 9.14-1919 as patrol boat. Served in WW2.

BOY WILLIE, hired drifter, Adty No 2502. Built 1907, 81grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.486. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 3.15-1919 as net vessel.

BOY WILLIE, hired drifter, Adty No 2746. Built 1904, 66grt, Peterhead-reg PD.87. In service 6.16-1919 as net vessel. Renamed WILLIAM II 7.17, RAMESES 12.17.

BOYNDIE BURN, hired drifter, Adty No 2011. Built 1910, 73grt, Banff-reg BF.231. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 1.15-1919 as net vessel.

BOYNE, destroyer, River-class, two short funnels, designated E-class, N.68 (1914), D.12 (9.15), H.23 (9.18). Launched 12.9.04 Hawthorn Leslie. c545-560 tons, c222(pp)x23x9ft. TE c7500ihp, 25.5kts, Armament: 4-12pdr, 2-18in tt. Patrol Flotilla. Sold 30.8.19 Hayes, Porthcawl.

BRACKEN, hired drifter, Adty No 3210. Built 1903, 66grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.827. Armament: 1-3pdr AA. In service 8.15-1919 as net vessel.

BRACKENDALE, hired drifter, Adty No 3297. Built 1916, 88grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.695. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 5.16-1919 as net vessel. Served in WW2.

BRACKLYN, hired trawler, Adty No 667. Built 1914, 303grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.2. In service 12.14-5.17 as minesweeper. Mined 11.5.17 off Yarmouth.

BRACODEN, hired drifter, Adty No 2117. Built 1912, 81grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.491. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 1.15-1919 as net vessel, examination vessel.

BRACONDALE, decoy or Q-ship, chartered collier (Admiralty No. YS.1456) conversion. Built 1903, 2095grt. In service 24.5.17, armament not listed, other name CHAGFORD. Sunk 7.8.17 by submarine in Atlantic.

BRACONDALE, hired trawler. Built 1903, 189grt, Aberdeen-reg A.631. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 9.14-1919 as boom defence vessel.

BRACONDENE, hired trawler, Adty No 3261. Built 1916, 235grt, Aberdeen-reg A.615. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 2.16-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

BRACONHEATH, hired trawler, Adty No 114. Built 1906, 201grt, Aberdeen-reg A.95. Armament: 1-12pdr. In service 8.14-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

BRACONLYNN, hired trawler, Adty No 86. Built 1913, 206grt, Aberdeen-reg A.584. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 8.14-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

BRADFIELD, twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, T.36 (9.19), N.8A (11.19). Launched 14.5.19 Ayrshire. 800 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 2200ihp, 16kts. Armament: 1-4in, 1-12pdr AA. Sold 10.20, renamed CHAMPAVATI.

BRADFORD, hired trawler, Adty No 829. Built 1896, 163grt, Grimsby-reg GY.132. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 11.14-10.16. Foundered 28.10.16 near Old Head of Kinsale.

BRADFORD CITY, decoy or Q-ship, chartered collier (Admiralty No. Y3.500) conversion. Built 1910, 3683grt. In service 16.10.15, armament not listed, other names BALLISTAN, SAROS. Sunk 16.8.17 by submarine in Straits of Messina.

BRAE LOSSIE (ex-SEVENTEEN), hired drifter, Adty No 2043. Built 1901, 77grt, Inverness-reg INS.36. In service 8.15-1920 as net vessel.

BRAEHEAD, hired drifter. Built 1914, 85grt, Inverness-reg INS.61. In service 7.15-1920 as boom defence vessel.

BRAEMAR, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 2. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

BRAEMAR, hired trawler. Built 1900, 197grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.215. Armament: 1-12pdr. In service 6.15-1919 as boom defence vessel.

BRAERIACH, fishing trawler. Built 1902, 199grt, Grimsby-reg GY.922. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

BRAES O'BUCKIE, hired drifter. Built 1910, 81grt, Buckie-reg BCK.69. In service 7.15-1919 as boom defence vessel. Served in WW2.

BRAES O'ENZIE, hired drifter. Built 1915, 87grt, Buckie-reg BCK.207. In service 7.15-1920 as boom defence vessel repair tender.

BRAES O'MAR, hired trawler, Adty No 104. Built 1915, 227grt, Aberdeen-reg A.331. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 9.15-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

BRAESIDE, store carrier, Y8.38. Built 1909, 407grt. In service as store carrier 17.7.15-12.8.15, collier (Y3.863) from 13.8.15.

BRAMBLE, old 1st-class gunboat, Bramble-class. Launched 26.11.98 Potter, Liverpool. 710 tons, 187(oa), 180(pp)x33 x8ft. TE 1300ihp, 13.5kts. Armament: 2-4in, 4-12pdr. Served in China and East Indies 1914-18. Log Book Availability. Sold 26.1.20 at Bombay.

BRAMBLE, hired drifter, Adty No 2187. Built 1908, 91grt, Buckie-reg BCK.137. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 6.15-1919 as net vessel. Renamed BRAMBLE II 8.15.

BRAMBLELEAF (ex-RUMOL), RFA oiler/fleet attendant tanker, Leaf-class, pendants X.50 (2.16 while buildingunder original name), Y7.182 . Launched 28.12.16 Russell. 12300 tons, class ranged from 5311-5948grt, 370-418(pp) x54x26ft. TE 6000ihp, 14kts. Flew redensign until 1920, and later the blue ensign. Damaged and beached 6.42; BU 4.53 in Italy (rfa)

BRAMLEY MOORE, hired rescue tug, W.04 (1.18). Built 1916, 214grt. In service 15.9.16-8.2.19, HM Dockyard, harbour or general towing service before 1917.

BRANCH, hired drifter, Adty No 606. Built 1908, 93grt, Peterhead-reg PD.516. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 9.14-1919 as net vessel, minesweeper. Served in WW2.

BRANDENBURGH, hired drifter, Adty No 2010. Built 1911, 79grt, Inverness-reg INS.207. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 1.15-1919 as net vessel.

BRANGWYN, decoy or Q-ship see SWEETBRIAR, convoy sloop.

BRANKSOME CHINE, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1899, 2,026grt - lost 23.2.15, English Channel (H/L/Lr/Mn/te/un/wi)

BRANWEN, hired yacht, Special Service Vessel, Pendant No 080. Built 1905, 131grt/151TM. Armament: 2-6pdr. In service 4.1.15-12.3.17.

BRASH, Admiralty steel drifter, building Duthie. Cancelled, order dated 17.12.18.

BRAVO, fishing trawler. Built 1896, 137grt, Aberdeen-reg A.305. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

BRAZEN, destroyer, three-funnelled 30-knotter, designated C-class, N.11 (1914), D.47 (9.15), D.14 (1.18). Launched 3.7.96 Thomson. c350-400 tons, c215(pp)x21x6ft. TE c6000ihp, 30kts. Armament: 1-12pdr, 5-6pdr, 2-18in tt. Ten of class on patrol Grand Fleet area, nine at Dover, 15 in Patrol or Local Defence Flotilla. Sold 4.11.19 J. H. Lee.

BRAZIL BRASSY, Admiralty trawler, Strath-class, Adty No 3631. Launched 31.10.17, Hall Russell. 215grt/311 tons/429 tons deep, 123(oa), 115x22x12ft. TE 430ihp, 10.5kts. Armament: 1-12pdr, 1-3.5in BT. Crew: 15, up to 18 with wireless. Served as hydrophone vessel. Sold 17.5.19 renamed TYRWHITT.

BREADALBANE, fishing trawler. Built 1891, 112grt, Granton-reg GN.32. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

BREADWINNER, decoy or Q-ship, fishing smack (Lowestoft-registered LT.1095) conversion. Built 1907, 57grt. In service 2.17-11.11.18, armament not listed, other names S.7, SEAGULL.

BREADWINNER, hired drifter, Adty No 2192. Built 1907, 88grt, Kirkcaldy-reg KY.253. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 4.15-1919 as net vessel. Served in WW2.

BREADWINNER, hired drifter, Adty No 2359. Built 1907, 93grt, Banff-reg BF. 9. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 1.15-1919 as net vessel. Renamed BREADWINNER II 8.15.

BREADWINNER, hired motor drifter, Adty No MB.155. Built 1901, 40grt, Berwick-reg BK.50. In service 11.14-1916.

BREAKER, Admiralty steel drifter, Adty No, 4143. Delivered 16.9.19, Brooke. 94grt/199 tons (deep), 93(oa), 86x18x9. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Completed as fishing vessel. Sold 1919, renamed KATHLEEN. Served as KATHLEEN in WW2.

BREAKING SEA, Admiralty steel drifter, building Duthie. Cancelled, order dated 17.12.18.

BRECON CASTLE, hired trawler, Adty No 1989. Built 1916, 274grt, Swansea-reg SA.36. Armament: 1-6pdr AA, 1-5in BT. In service 3.16-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

BRENDA, examination vessel, ex-Scottish Fishery Board cruiser. Built 1898, 174grt. Listed from 8.14, served mainly in Scottish waters.

BRENT, fishing trawler. Built 1892, 142grt, Aberdeen-reg A.62. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

BRESSAY, hired drifter, Adty No 762. Built 1908, 81grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.101. Armament: 1-3pdr AA. In service 1.15-1919 as net vessel.

BRIARLEAF (ex-OLETTA), Admiralty chartered red-ensign oiler, later RFA oiler/group freighting tanker, Leaf-class, pendant Y7.151. Launched 1916 Readhead. 12300 tons, class ranged from 5311-5948grt, 370-418(pp) x54x26ft. TE 6000ihp, 14kts. Attacked 17.10.18, Atlantic. Flew red ensign. Sold 1.8.20, renamed LACUNA (H/D/rfa)

BRIDLINGTON, fishing trawler. Built 1913, 205grt, Hull-reg H.1009. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

BRIG 1-12, Q-ship sailing ship conversions

BRIG 1 (ex-EMILIA C, ex-MARGUERITE), decoy or Q-ship, auxiliary barkentine conversion. Built 1907, 123grt. In service 10.11.17-16.10.18, armed with 2-2pdr, 2-Lewis MG, other name EMELIAC.

BRIG 2 (ex-ROSINA FERRARA, ex-EMMA M, ex-MONGIBELLO, ex- LUIGI F.), decoy or Q-ship, brigantine conversion. Built 1876, 227grt. In service 8.1.18-11.11.18, armed with 1-4in, 2-12pdr, other name ROSINA FERRARA.

BRIG 3 (ex-SANT' ANNA M.), decoy or Q-ship, brigantine conversion. Built 1900, 155grt. In service 18.2.18-11.11.18, armament not listed, other name S. ANNA.

BRIG 4 (ex-VERA), decoy or Q-ship, brigantine conversion. Built 1903, 212grt. In service 6.4.18-11.11.18, armament not listed, other names MARGARET & ANNIE, VERA.

BRIG 5 (ex-SALOMEA K), decoy or Q-ship, brigantine conversion. Built 1914, 225grt. In service 28.5.18-11.11.18, armament not listed, other name SALOMEA K.

BRIG 9 (ex-KOSTOULA), decoy or Q-ship, sailing vessel conversion. Built 1902, 117 registered tons. In service 8.17-12.17, armament not listed, other names KOSTOULA, Q.500, QS.9.

BRIG 10 (ex-HELGOLAND, ex-VOORUITGANG, ex-HOOGEZAND II), decoy or Q-ship, brigantine conversion. Built 1895, 221grt. In service 7.6.17-8.1.19, armament not listed, other names HELGOLAND, HORLEY, Q.17.

BRIG 11 (ex-GAELIC), decoy or Q-ship, barkentine conversion. Built 1898, 224grt. In service 6.11.16-5.3.19, armament not listed, other names GAELIC, GOBO, Q.22.

BRIG 12 (ex-VASSILIKI), decoy or Q-ship, schooner conversion. In service 17.12.17-11.11.18, armament not listed, other name VASSILIKI.



 

BRIAR, hired motor drifter, Adty No MB.166, 4303. Built 1900, 42grt, Wick-reg WK.343. In service 12.14-1919. Wrecked 29.1.20 off Wick Harbour.

BRIGADIER, Admiralty trawler, minesweeper, Military class, Adty No 1530. One of ten trawlers, of three different types, purchased while building for a total cost of 93,800 six by order 11.12.14, four by order 14.4.15. Launched 1.4.15 Smiths Dock, 303grt, 130x24x13ft. TE engines. Armament: 1-12pdr. Renamed BUGLER 1.20. Sold 4.5.20 as BUGLER.

BRIGAND, decoy or Q-ship see COWSLIP, convoy sloop.

BRIGHTER HOPE, hired drifter, Adty No 2808. Built 1909, 53grt, Banff-reg BF.59. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 4.15-1920 as net vessel.

BRIGHTON, hired drifter, Adty No 2133. Built 1906, 75grt, Inverness-reg INS.194. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 5.15-1919 as net vessel. Renamed BRIGHTON II 8.15.

BRIGHTON, fleet messenger, Y4.27. Built 1878, 566grt, paddle steamer. In commissioned service from 29.6.15, flew white ensign, purchased 22.5.17. Sold 26.4.19.

BRIGHTON O'TH'NORTH, hired drifter. Built 1914, 98grt, Inverness-reg INS.382. In service 9.18-1920, on misc service.

BRIGHTON QUEEN, paddle minesweeper, mercantile conversion to take advantage of shallow draught, high speed and manoeuvrability, Adty No. 181. Built 1897, 553grt. Armament: not listed. In service 16.9.14. Served with Auxiliary Patrol, carried Fishery flag superior pendant. Mined 6.10.15 off Nieuport. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Belgian Coast 1915.

BRILLIANT, light cruiser, ex-2nd-class protected cruiser, Apollo-class, N.16 (1914), N.14 (1.18). Launched 24.6.91 Sheerness DY. 3,600 tons, 314(oa), 300(pp)x43x16ft. TE 9000ihp, 20kts. Armament: 2-6in, 6-4.7in, 8-6pdr, 4-14in tt. Armour: 2in deck, 4.5in guns. Depot ship in the Tyne 1914-15, Lerwick 1915-18. Lost  23.4.18 in attempt to block Ostend. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Belgian Coast 1914, Ostend (Zeebrugge) 23 Apr 1918.

BRILLIANT STAR, fishing trawler. Built 1896, 125grt, Aberdeen-reg A.791. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

BRINE, decoy or Q-ship - see MARY B. MITCHELL, 3-mast schooner conversion.

BRINE, Admiralty steel drifter, Adty No, 3966. Launched 17.5.18, Ouse SB, 94grt/199 tons (deep), 93(oa), 86x18x9. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Armament: 1-6pdr. To Fishery Board for Scotland 28.7.20, same name. Served in WW2.

BRISBANE (RAN), light cruiser, ex-2nd-class cruiser, Chatham-class. Launched 30.9.15 Cockatoo DY. 5,400 tons, 458(oa), 430(pp)x49x16ft. Turbine 25000shp, 25.5kts. Armament: 8-6in, 1-3in AA, 2-21in tt. Armour: 3in sides, 2in deck. Pacific 1916-18. Sold 13.6.36 Ward, Briton Ferry.

BRISBANE, fishing trawler. Built 1903, 207grt, Grimsby-reg GY.1281. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

BRISK, destroyer, Acorn-class, designated H-class, H.18 (1914), H.70 (9.15), H.22 (1.18). Launched 20.9.10 John Brown. c720-760 tons, 246(oa), 240(pp)x25x8ft. Turbine 13500shp, 27kts. Armament: 2-4in, 2-12pdr, 2-21in tt. All class formed 2nd DF, Grand Fleet 1914-15, six ships to Mediterranean in 1915, five more in 1916, all there by 1918. Sold 15.11.21 Distin, Devonport.

BRISTOL (right, CyberHeritage/Terry Phillips), light cruiser, ex-2nd-class cruiser, Bristol-class, 99 (1914), 20 (1.18). Launched 23.2.10 John Brown. 4,800 tons, 453(oa), 430(pp)x47x15ft. Turbine 22000shp, 25kts. Armament: 2-6in, 10-4in, 1-3in AA, 2-18in tt. Armour: 2in deck. West Indies and South America 1914-15, Mediterranean 1915-18, South America 1918. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Falkland Islands 8 Dec 1914. Log Book Availability. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Hayle.

BRITAIN (ex-BRITANNIA), paddle minesweeper, mercantile conversion to take advantage of shallow draught, high speed and manoeuvrability, Adty No. 190. Built 1896, 459grt. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 28.1.15-13.4.19. Served with Auxiliary Patrol, carried Fishery flag superior pendant. SKIDDAW in WW2.

BRITANNIA, pre-dreadnought battleship, King Edward VII-class, 27 (1914), 21 (1.18), N.40 (4.18). Launched 10.12.04 Portsmouth DY. 16,350 tons, 457(oa), 425(pp)x78x26ft. TE 18000ihp, 19kts. Armament: 4-12in, 4-9.2in, 10-6in, 12-12pdr, 5-18in tt. Armour: 9in sides, 2in deck, 12in guns. 3rd BS Grand Fleet 8.14, Mediterranean 1916-17. Log Book Availability. Sunk 9.11.18 by UB.50 off Cape Trafalgar.

BRITANNIA, hired trawler, Adty No 826. Built 1891, 138grt, Grimsby-reg GY.410. In service 1.15-9.15 as stores & water carrier. Renamed BRITANNIA Ill 5.15. Sunk 23.9.16.

BRITANNIA, harbour service, ex-training ship, laid up (ex-PRINCE OF WALES, ex-screw 1strate ship-of-the line), built 1860, 6201 tons. Sold 13.11.14.

BRITANNIA II, hired drifter, Adty No 2055. Built 1907, 94grt, Peterhead-reg PD.357. In service 1.15-1919 as transport.

BRITANNIA IV, hired drifter, Adty No 2184. Built 1902, 63grt, Inverness-reg INS.47. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 6.15-1920 as net vessel.

BRITISH BEACON, RFA oiler/tanker, pendant Y7.304. Launched 1918 Workman Clark. 15020 tons, 438(pp)x54ft. TE. Renamed OLCADES 1937. Hulk 1948. Arrived 19.4.53 Hughes Bolckow (rfa)

BRITISH CROWN, hired drifter, Adty No 2115. Built 1913, 85grt, Banff-reg BF.545. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 1.15-1919 as net vessel. Served in WW2.

BRITISH LANTERN, RFA oiler/tanker, pendant Y7.286. Launched 1918 Workman Clark. 15020 tons, 438(pp)x54ft. TE. Renamed OLIGARCH 1937. Scuttled 14.4.46 with surplus ammunition in Red Sea (rfa)

BRITISH LIGHT, RFA oiler/tanker, pendants X.81, Y7.242. Launched 1917 Palmer. 13690 tons, 420(pp)x54ft. TE. Renamed OLWEN 1937. Sold 1947, renamed MUSHTARI (rfa)

BRITISH MONARCH, hired drifter, Adty No 1437. Built 1902, 57grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.889. In service 4.15-1919 as net vessel, examination vessel.

BRITISH STAR, Admiralty chartered red-ensign oiler, later RFA oiler/tanker, pendant Y7.264. Launched 1917 Swan Hunter. 6,976grt/15020 tons, 438(pp)x54ft. TE. Damaged 26.3.18, North Sea; attacked 1.9.18, Western Atlantic. Renamed OLYNTHUS 1937. Sold 1946, renamed PENSILVANIA (H/L/D/bp/rfa/un)

BRITISH SUN, Admiralty chartered red-ensign oiler. Built 1909, 5,565grt - lost 1.5.17, Central Mediterranean (H/L/Lr/ge/te/un)

BRITISH VISCOUNT, Admiralty chartered red-ensign oiler. Built 1889, 3,287grt - lost 23.2.18, Irish Sea (H/L/Lr/bp/te/un/wi)

BRITISHER (ex-BRITANNIA), hired screw tug. Built 1902, 80grt. Purchased, in service 1916-2.23. Most hired screw tugs over 70grt used as expeditionary force tugs during part of the war; most of vessels released from naval service 1917-18 carried out similar duties. Nearly all were chartered as naval tugs and flew red ensign. Sold.

BRITOMART, old 1st-class gunboat, Bramble-class. Launched 28.3.99 Potter, Liverpool. 710 tons, 187(oa), 180(pp)x33 x8ft. TE 1300ihp, 13.5kts. Armament: 2-4in, 4-12pdr. Served in China and East Indies 1914-18. Log Book Availability. Sold 10.6.20 at Bombay.

BRITON, hired trawler, Adty No 1170. Built 1906, 196grt, Aberdeen-reg A.101. In service 2.15-7.15. Mined 21.7.15 off Longsands.

BRITON, hired drifter, Adty No 2717. Built 1906, 79grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.1017. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 10.15-1920 as net vessel.

BRIXHAM (ex-CAPTAIN MCCLURE), store carrier, Y8.58. Built 1885, 501grt. In service as store carrier 4.9.15-8.3.16, collier (Y3.2008) from 13.1.18.

BROADLAND, hired drifter, Adty No 1070. Built 1913, 76grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.718. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 1.15-1919 as net vessel. Served in WW2.

BROCH, hired drifter, Adty No 2120. Built 1908, 90grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.308. Armament: 1-3pdr AA. In service 3.15-1919 as net vessel.

BROCH HEAD, hired drifter, Adty No 2291. Built 1911, 85grt, Inverness-reg INS.254. Armament: 1-57mm. In service 3.15-1920 as net vessel.

BROCK, hired trawler, Adty No 927. Built 1914, 304grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.47. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 11.14-1919. Served in WW2.

BROCKLESBY, fleet messenger, Y4.60. Built 1912, 508grt, paddle steamer. Also listed as paddle air service scout. In commissioned service 21.2.16-9.6.17, flew white ensign.

BROIL, Admiralty steel drifter, Adty No, 4144. Delivered 8.10.19, Brooke. 94grt/199 tons (deep), 93(oa), 86x18x9. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Completed as fishing vessel. To Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries 8.10.19, same name. Served as M A WEST in WW2.

BROKE, destroyer leader, H.98 (1914), H.23 (1.18), D.10 (9.18). Ex-Chilean ALMIRANTE GONI, purchased 8.14, launched 25.5.14 White. 1704 tons, 331(oa), 320(pp)x32x11ft. Turbine 30000shp, 31.5kts. Armament: 5-4in (2-4.7in, 2-4in in 2.18), 2-2pdr, 4-21in tt. Leader, Grand Fleet, 1915-16, then at Dover. Battle Honours (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916, Belgian Coast 1917/18, Dover 21 Apr 1917. Sold 5.20 Chilean Navy, as ALMIRANTE URIBE.

BROKE (1921) see ROOKE, destroyer leader, Shakespeare-class.

BROMELIA, hired trawler, Adty No 3203. Built 1906, 242grt, Grimsby-reg GY.113. Armament: 1-12pdr. In service 6.15-1919 as minesweeper, then hydrophone vessel.

BRONZEAXE (ex-T), Admiralty trawler, ex-Russian naval service, Axe-name, Adty No. 4339. Reported seized in White Sea 3.8.18, but possibly one of eight handed over by White Russians. Added 11.9.18. sold 1920.

BROOK, store carrier, Y8.57. Built 1906, 1436grt. Ex-collier (Y3.94), in service as store carrier 14.7.15-27.8.15, collier again from 8.9.15.

BROOMHILL, store carrier, Y8.51. Built 1909, 1392grt. Ex-collier (Y3.319), in service as store carrier 21.4.15-31.5.16, collier again 1.6.16. Sunk 10.5.17 by U-boat off Portland Bill (H/L/Lr/te/un/wi)

BROTHERS, hired drifter, Adty No 1124, 2739. Built 1903, 65grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.216. In service 3.15-1919 as net vessel, examination vessel.

BROTHERS GEM, hired drifter, Adty No 2857. Built 1907, 96grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.241. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 5.15-1919 as net vessel, minesweeper.

BROWN MOUSE, hired yacht, Q-ship trawler (BM.276), also known as SPINOZA. Built 1908, 43grt/75TM. Armament: not listed. In service from 23.12.16. Caught fire 28.2.18, total loss,

BRUCE, destroyer leader, Scott-class, ordered 12.16, F.48 (6.18). Launched 26.2.18 Cammell Laird. 1800 tons, 332(oa), 320(pp)x32x12ft. Turbine 40000shp, 36kts. Armament: 5-4.7in, 1-3in AA, 6-21in tt. Grand Fleet or at Harwich, 1918. Sunk 22.11.39 as target off the Isle of Wight.

BRUCE, fishing trawler. Built 1883, 103grt, Granton-reg GN.10. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

BRUCES, hired drifter. Built 1907, 92grt, Banff-reg BF.753. In service 7.15-1919 as boom defence vessel.

BRUCKLAY, fishing trawler. Built 1900, 182grt, Dundee-reg DE.5. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

BRUNEL, listed as patrol vessel, shallow draught Thames river steamer. Built 1905, 126grt. Sent out from England to support military operations in Mesopotamia, arrived by mid-1916.

BRUNO, hired screw tug. Built 1914, 100grt. In service 17.8.14-10.3.19. Most hired screw tugs over 70grt used as expeditionary force tugs during part of the war; most of vessels released from naval service 1917-18 carried out similar duties. Nearly all were chartered as naval tugs and flew red ensign.

BRUTUS, hired trawler, Adty No 79. Built 1906, 311grt, Hull-reg H.893. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 11.14-1919 as minesweeper.

BRYONY convoy sloop, Flower-class, Anchusa-type, ordered 2.17, Aubretia and Anchusa-types built to look like merchant ships, with concealed armament, T.96 (1.18). Launched 27.10.17 Armstrong. 1290 tons, 262(oa), 250(pp)x35x11ft. TE2500ihp, 16.5kts. Armament. 2-4in, 2-12pdr. Served with Grand Fleet or in Mediterranean, decoy or Q-ship, other name COOKCROFT. Sold 3.4.38 Cashmore.

BUBBLE, Admiralty steel drifter, Adty No, 4145. Delivered 30.10.19, Brooke. 94grt/199 tons (deep), 93(oa), 86x18x9. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Completed as fishing vessel. To Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries 2.12.19, same name. Served as UNICITY in WW2.

BUCCANEER, store carrier, Y8.74, also Y8.111. Built 1890, 970grt. Ex-collier (Y3.1683), ex-armament carrier (Y2.152), in service as store carrier 11.8.17-27.9.17 and 14.11.18-13.5.20

BUCCLEUCH, fishing trawler. Built 1903, 146grt, Granton-reg GN.27. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

BUCENTAUR, hired trawler, Adty No 297. Built 1907, 184grt, Grimsby-reg GY.339. In service 8.14-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

BUCHAN, hired drifter, Adty No 2498. Built 1908, 81grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.254. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 3.15-1919 as net vessel. Served in WW2.

BUCKIE BURN, tug, Burn-class. Purchased while building. Launched 1919 McGregor, Kirkintilloch. 51 tons gross. 69(pp)x16 ft. Compound 200ihp. Believe flew blue ensign. Reported on sale 10.19, but retained by Admiralty. BU 9.58.

BUCKINGHAM, fishing trawler. Built 1899, 172grt, Grimsby-reg GY.1096. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

BUCKLER, hired drifter, Adty No F, 1294. Built 1911, 81grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.756. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 12.14-1919 as patrol boat, minesweeper. Served in WW2.

BUDDING ROSE, hired drifter. Built 1914, 88grt, Banff-reg BF.39. In service 7.15-1919 as boom defence vessel.

BUDRIE, Admiralty blockship. Built 1882, 2,252grt, 285ft length. Owned by Arab Steamers, Bombay-reg. Purchased 1914-15, scuttled 1915, Scapa Flow Burra Sound, between Hoy & Graemsay islands in about 40-60ft, second blockship from north (wi - in 58.55.40N, 03.18.38W). Wreck dispersed in 1962 to clear shipping channel (not included in Dittmar; Lr/wi/www).

BUFFALO, hired trawler, Adty No 1597. Built 1905, 230grt, Grimsby-reg GY.52. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 7.15-1919 as minesweeper. Renamed BUFFALO II 12.15.

BUFFALO, lifting craft. Built 1897, 704grt. large dumb barge with horned bows, normally working in pairs with wreck on cables between them. In service 15.2.16-8.4.16 and 12.10.16-10.11.20, renamed LC.3, 3.17.

BUFFALO, mooring vessel, Trinculo-class, X.42 (1916), X.11 (1.18). Launched 25.1.16 Bow McLachlan. 750 tons, 152(oa), 135(pp)x26x10ft. 500ihp, 9.5kts. Boom defence duty at Sheerness to 1918. Mined 4.4.41 off Singapore.

BUGLER (1920) - see BRIGADIER, Admiralty trawler, minesweeper, Military class.

BULL DOG, fishing trawler. Built 1892, 148grt, Grimsby-reg GY.576. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

BULLDOG, destroyer, Beagle-class, designated G-class, H.C7 (1.18), H.C4 (9.18). Launched 13.11.09 John Brown. c916-975 tons, c270(pp)x27x8ft. Turbine 12500shp, 27.5kts. Armament: 1-4in, 3-12pdr (designed for 5-12pdr), 2-18in tt. All class in Mediterranean 1914, six in UK from late 1914, all in Med 1915-17, 2nd DF in UK 1917-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Dardanelles 1915/16. Sold 21.9.20 Ward, Rainham.

BULLFINCH, destroyer, three-funnelled 30-knotter, designated C-class, D.17 (1914), D.48 (9.15), D.15 (1.18). H.04 (4.18). Launched 10.2.98 Earle. c350-400 tons, c215(pp)x21x6ft. TE c6000ihp, 30kts. Armament: 1-12pdr, 5-6pdr, 2-18in tt. Ten of class on patrol Grand Fleet area, nine at Dover, 15 in Patrol or Local Defence Flotilla. Sold 10.6.19 Young, Sunderland.

BULLFROG, boom defence vessel, ex-composite gunboat, Banterer-class. Launched 3.2.81 Pembroke DY, 465 tons. Served in Malta, on boom defence 8.14. Base ship at Malta 3.23, renamed EGMONT 3.23, renamed ST. ANGELO 7.33. Sold 1933.

BULLFROG (ex-BLAIRSTOWN), mooring vessel, X.03 (1916), X.12 (1.18). 895tons, 131(pp)x36 ft. Purchased 1915, boom defence duty at Scapa Flow to 1918. Sold 2.23 Carriden S Bkg Co.

BULLMOUTH, Admiralty chartered red-ensign oiler. Built 1893, 4,018grt - lost 28.4.17, Atlantic off N Ireland (H/L/Lr/sl/te/un)

BULLWHALE (Z.6), Admiralty whaler, ordered 15.3.15, Adty No 869. Launched 28.6.15, Smiths Dock. 336 tons/237grt, 132(oa), 125(pp)x25x8ft. TE 1200ihp, 13kts. Armament: 1-12pdr. From 1915-18, served as coastal anti-submarine escort in one of three squadrons, based at Stornoway, Shetlands, Peterhead or the Humber. Sold 6.3.20 to Allen Adams & Co, same name, later renamed RIO CASMA.

BULRUSH, hired drifter, Adty No 1953. Built 1907, 90grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.972. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 3.15-1919 as patrol boat.

BULWARK, pre-dreadnought battleship, London-class, 95 (1914). 1898 or 1900 Estimates, launched 18.10.99 Devonport DY. 15,000 tons, 431(oa), 400(pp)x75x27ft. TE 15000ihp, 18kts. Armament: 4-12in, 12-4in, 16-12pdr, 4-18in tt. Armour: 9in sides, 3in deck. 12in guns. 5th BS, Channel Fleet 8.14, then Grand Fleet. Sunk 26.11.14 by internal explosion in the Medway.

BULYSSES, Admiralty chartered red-ensign oiler. Built 1900, 6,127grt - lost 20.8.17, Atlantic off NW Scotland (H/L/Lr/sl/te/un)

BUNTY, hired screw tug. Built 1914, 73grt. In service 26.9.14-10.3.19. Most hired screw tugs over 70grt used as expeditionary force tugs during part of the war; most of vessels released from naval service 1917-18 carried out similar duties. Nearly all were chartered as naval tugs and flew red ensign.

BURD, hired drifter, Adty No 2166. Built 1904, 83grt, Banff-reg BF.1465. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 5.15-1919 as net vessel.

BUREAUCRAT, hired screw tug. Built 1916, 137grt. Harbour service 15.12.16-26.5.17 and 23.7.17-31.7,17. Most hired screw tugs over 70grt used as expeditionary force tugs during part of the war; most of vessels released from naval service 1917-18 carried out similar duties. Nearly all were chartered as naval tugs and flew red ensign.

BURESK, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1914, 4,337grt - lost 27.9.14, Indian Ocean (H/L/Lr/Rn/Mn/D/kp)

BURLINGTON, decoy or Q-ship see PC.60, patrol boat.

BURMA, RFA oiler/harbour tanker, N.96 (1914), X.14 (1916). Launched 3.3.11 Greenock & Grangemouth. 3945tons, 270(pp)x36x18 ft. TE 1200ihp,11kts. Armament: 1-3pdr (from 6.15). Sold 28.6.35 McLellan (rfa)

BURMAH, decoy or Q-ship - see COOT, hired trawler.

BURMAH, hired trawler. Built 1892, 168grt, Hull-reg H.86. In service 10.14-11.14 as minesweeper. Released from patrol organisation back to civilian fishing, later requisitioned by Admiralty for Fishery Reserve of the Trawler Section, recommissioned and flew white ensign; continued fishing under naval control.

BURN, Admiralty steel drifter, building Duthie. Cancelled, order dated 17.12.18.

BURNBY, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1905, 3,665grt - lost 26.2.17, Western Mediterranean (H/L/Lr/te/un)

BURNLEY, hired trawler, Adty No 3277. Built 1916, 276grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.242. Armament: 1-12pdr. In service 5.16-11.16 as minesweeper. Mined 25.11.16 off Orford Ness.

BURNSTONE, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1903, 2,340grt - lost 19.3.18, North Sea (H/L/te/un/wi)

BURRASTOW, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 65 (first use of No.). See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

BURRIANA, store carrier, Y8.56. Built 1906, 1359grt. Ex-collier (Y3.675), in service as store carrier 14.7.15-19.12.16.

BURRSFIELD, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1902, 4,037grt - lost 5.10.15, Central Mediterranean (H/L/Lr/Mn/te/un)

BURSLEM (ex-BLAKENEY), twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, Adty No. 3436, T.90 (6.18), T.68 (11.19). Launched 5.3.18 Ayrshire. 800 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 2200ihp, 16kts. Armament: 1-4in, 1-12pdr AA. Believed one of 32 of class completed by 10.11.18, 27 serving in Home Waters, five in Mediterranean. Sold 19.5.28 Ward, Inverkeithing.

BURY, twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class. Launched 17.5.19 Eltringham. 800 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 2200ihp, 16kts. Armament: 1-4in, 1-12pdr AA. Sold 20.1.23 J. Smith.

BUSH, hired trawler, Adty No 2667. Built 1908, 221grt, Milford Haven-reg M.227. Armament: 1-12pdr. In service 5.15-1920. Served in WW2.

BUSTARD, old gunboat, harbour service tender since c1905, ex-"flatiron" gunboat, commissioned in 1914 for service off Belgian coast. Launched 7.1.71 Napier. 254 tons, 89(oa), 85(pp)x26x6ft. Horizontal engines 260ihp, 8kts. Armament (1914): 1-6in, 1-4.7 in. Disarmed 10.16, reverted to harbour service. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Belgian Coast 1914/16. Sold 3.23 Ward, Milford Haven.

BUSTLER, iron dockyard paddle tug. Launched 1890 Hepple. 346 tons, 130(pp)x20x8ft. 750ihp. Was CONQUEROR, purchased 1896. Served in Gibraltar, believe flew blue ensign. Sold 11.21 at Gibraltar.

BUSY BEE, hired drifter, Adty No 2487. Built 1907, 84grt, Buckie-reg BCK.205. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 3.15-1919 as net vessel.

BUSY BEE, hired drifter. Built 1903, 92grt, Peterhead-reg PD.479. In service 12.15-1919 as boom defence vessel.

BUTETOWN (1), Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1905, 3,789grt - lost 8.9.16, Central Mediterranean (H/L/Lr/te/un)

BUTETOWN (2), Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1907, 1,929grt - lost 29.1.18, English Channel (H/L/Lr/te/un/wi)

BUTTERCUP, fleet sweeping sloop, Flower-class, Arabis-type, ordered 7.15, Acacia, Azalea and Arabis-types built on merchant ship lines, with similar warship-like appearance, T.45 (1.16), T.14 (1.18). Launched 24.10.15 Barclay Curle. 1250 tons, 268(oa), 255(pp)x33x11ft. TE 2000ihp, 16kts. Armament: 2-4.7in (or 2-4in), 2-3pdr AA. Arabis-types served in Grand Fleet, at Queenstown, in North Sea, and Mediterranean. Sold 5.2.20 Hughes & Co, renamed SEMPER PARATUS.

BUTTERFLY, river gunboat, Fly-class, ordered 2.15. Built in sections by Yarrow, sent out to Mesopotamia 7.15, re-erected 11.15 on River Tigris. 98 tons, 126(oa), 102(pp)x20x2ft. TE 175ihp, 9.5kts, tunnel screw. Armament: 1-4in, 1-12pdr, 1-6pdr or 2pdr. Mesopotamian campaign. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Mesopotamia 1915/17. Sold 1.3.23 at Basra.

BUZZARD, hired trawler, Adty No 549. Built 1907, 199grt, Hull-reg H.971. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 10.14-1919 as minesweeper.

BUZZARD II, fishing trawler. Built 1898, 181grt, Grimsby-reg GY.825. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control. Served in WW2.

BV-series barrage vessels, 275 tons, 100(oa), 96(pp)x25x8 ft. No propelling machinery; "dumb". Armament: 2-12pdr AA. Mainly part of the Dover Straits A/S barrage, equipped with powerful searchlight atop bridge to force U-boats to submerge into deep minefields.

BV.1, barrage vessel, BV-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 12.11.17 Workman Clark. BU c1944.

BV.2, barrage vessel, BV-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 12.11.17 Workman Clark. BU c1944.

BV.4, barrage vessel, BV-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 28.11.17 Workman Clark. Renamed SANDGATE 6.33. Scuttled 2.47.

BV.5, barrage vessel, BV-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 12.11.17 Workman Clark. Renamed PARKGATE 6.33, renamed BV.5 1940. Sold 1945.

BV.6, barrage vessel, BV-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 1917 Workman Clark. Sold 28.6.27 Ward.

BV.7, barrage vessel, BV-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 12.11.17 Workman Clark. Renamed POLEGATE 6.33, renamed BV.7 1940. sold 1945.

BV.8, barrage vessel, BV-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 12.11.17 Workman Clark. Renamed SOUTHGATE 6.33. Sold 1946 at Singapore.

BV.9, barrage vessel, BV-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 1918 Workman Clark. Sold 8.4.42 Ward.

BV.10, barrage vessel, BV-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 1917 Workman Clark. Sold 1945.

BV.17, barrage vessel, BV-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 14.3.18 A W Robertson, Milwall. Renamed WESTGATE 1937. Sold 6.8.46 at Malta.

BV.18, barrage vessel, BV-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 12.4.18 A W Robertson, Milwall. Sold 28.4.47.

BV.31, barrage vessel, BV-series, reportedly on order 6.17. Believed launched 19.4.18 Workman Clark. Sold 6.24 Ward.

BV.41, barrage vessel, BV-series, building by 9.17. Believed launched 6.9.18 A W Robertson, Milwall. Sold 10.10.47,

BV.42, barrage vessel, BV-series, building by 9.17. Believed launched 22.10.18 A W Robertson, Milwall. Lost 22.12.43 by explosion at Leith.


 

BY GEORGE, hired trawler, Adty No 253. Built 1914, 225grt, Grimsby-reg GY.69. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 8.14-9.17 as minesweeper. Mined 7.9.17 in the Gulf of Ruphani, Aegean.

BYDAND, hired drifter, Adty No 162. Built 1917, 90grt, Peterhead-reg PD.352. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 10.17-1919 as minesweeper.

BYWATER, decoy or Q-ship see HEATHER, convoy sloop.

 




C


direct to A, B, D, E, F, G, H-O, P-Z


CAESAR, pre-Dreadnought battleship (Maritime Quest)

 

C-class submarines, C.1-C.38, CC.1-CC.2 (I-Pendant No, replaced by class and number, mid-1915), 280/320 tons, 135(oa)x13x11ft. Petrol motors/electric: 600/300hp, 13.5/10kts. Armament: 2-18in tt. Some of the class spent a limited time working with trawlers as decoy traps for U-boats.

C.1, submarine, C-class, I.31. Launched 10.7.05 Vickers. Dover or East Coast Flotillas, or training duty Portsmouth. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918. Sold 22.10.20 Stanlee, resold 14.11.21 Young, Sunderland.

C.2, submarine, C-class, I.32. Launched 10.7.06 Vickers. Dover or East Coast Flotillas, or training duty Portsmouth. Sold 8.10.20 Maden & McKee.

C.3, submarine, C-class, I.33. Launched 3.10.06 Vickers. Dover or East Coast Flotillas, or training duty Portsmouth. Expended 23.4.18 at Zeebrugge. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918.

C.4, submarine, C-class, I.34. Launched 18.10.06 Vickers. Dover or East Coast Flotillas, or training duty Portsmouth. Sold 28.2.22 Hallamshire Metal Co.

C.5, submarine, C-class, I.35. Launched 20.8.06 Vickers. Dover or East Coast Flotillas, or training duty Portsmouth. Sold 31.10.19 at Malta.

C.6, submarine, C-class, I.36. Launched 20.8.06 Vickers. Dover or East Coast Flotillas, or training duty Portsmouth. Sold 20.11.19 J. A. Walker.

C.7, submarine, C-class, I.37. Launched 15.2.07 Vickers. Dover or East Coast Flotillas, or training duty Portsmouth. Sold 20.12.19 J. Jackson.

C.8, submarine, C-class, I.38. Launched 15.2.07 Vickers. Dover or East Coast Flotillas, or training duty Portsmouth. Sold 22.10.20 Stanlee, resold 14.11.21 Young, Sunderland.

C.9, submarine, C-class, I.39. Launched 3.4.07 Vickers. Dover or East Coast Flotillas, or training duty Portsmouth. Sold 7.22 Stanlee.

C.10, submarine, C-class, I.30. Launched 15.4.07 Vickers. Dover or East Coast Flotillas, or training duty Portsmouth. Sold 7.22 Stanlee.

C.11 (D not listed; C/Cn sunk in collision with SS EDDYSTONE off Cromer 14.7.09).

C.12, submarine, C-class, I.42. Launched 9.9.07 Vickers. Dover or East Coast Flotillas, or training duty Portsmouth. Sold 2.2.20 J. H. Lee.

C.13, submarine, C-class, I.43. Launched 9.11.07 Vickers. Dover or East Coast Flotillas, or training duty Portsmouth. Sold 2.2.20 J. H. Lee.

C.14, submarine, C-class, I.44. Launched 7.12.07 Vickers. Dover or East Coast Flotillas, or training duty Portsmouth, served as decoy trap with unidentified trawler. Sold 5.12.21 C. A. Beard, Upnor.

C.15, submarine, C-class, I.45. Launched 21.1.08 Vickers. Dover or East Coast Flotillas, or training duty Portsmouth. Sold 28.2.22 Hallamshire Metal Co.

C.16, submarine, C-class, I.46. Launched 19.3.08 Vickers. Dover or East Coast Flotillas, or training duty Portsmouth, served as decoy trap with unidentified trawler. Sold 12.8.22 C. A. Beard, Upnor.

C.17, submarine, C-class, I.47. Launched 13.3.08 Chatham DY. Dover or East Coast Flotillas, or training duty Portsmouth. Sold 20.11.19 J. A. Walker.

C.18, submarine, C-class, I.48. Launched 10.10.08 Chatham DY. Dover or East Coast Flotillas, or training duty Portsmouth. Sold 26.5.21 B. Fryer.

C.19, submarine, C-class, I.49. Launched 20.3.09 Chatham DY. Dover or East Coast Flotillas, or training duty Portsmouth. Sold 2.2.20 J. H. Lee.

C.20, submarine, C-class, I.50. Launched 27.11.09 Chatham DY. Dover or East Coast Flotillas, or training duty Portsmouth. Sold 26.5.21 B. Fryer.

C.21, submarine, C-class, I.51. Launched 26.9.08 Vickers. Dover or East Coast Flotillas, or training duty Portsmouth. Served as decoy trap with unidentified trawler. Sold 5.12.21 C. A. Beard, Upnor.

C.22, submarine, C-class, I.52. Launched 10.10.08 Vickers. Dover or East Coast Flotillas, or training duty Portsmouth. Sold 2.2.20 J. H. Lee.

C.23, submarine, C-class, I.53. Launched 26.11.08 Vickers. Dover or East Coast Flotillas, or training duty Portsmouth, served as decoy trap with trawler RATAPIKO. Sold 5.12.21 C. A. Beard, Upnor.

C.24, submarine, C-class, I.54. Launched 26.11.08 Vickers. Dover or East Coast Flotillas, or training duty Portsmouth, served as decoy trap with trawler TARANAKI. Sold 26.5.21 B. Fryer.

C.25, submarine, C-class, I.55. Launched 10.3.09 Vickers. Dover or East Coast Flotillas, or training duty Portsmouth. Sold 5.12.21 C. A. Beard, Upnor.

C.26, submarine, C-class, I.56. Launched 20.3.09 Vickers. Dover or East Coast Flotillas, or training duty Portsmouth to 1916, served as decoy trap with trawler WOLSEY, Baltic from 1916. Scuttled 4.4.18 in Helsingfors Bay.

C.27, submarine, C-class, I.57. Launched 22.4.09 Vickers. Dover or East Coast Flotillas to 1916, served as decoy trap with trawler PRINCESS LOUISE (ex-PRINCESS MARIE JOSE, renamed 21.7.15), Baltic from 1916. Scuttled 5.4.18 in Helsingfors Bay.

C.28, submarine, C-class, I.58. Launched 22.4.09 Vickers. Dover or East Coast Flotillas, or training duty Portsmouth. Sold 25.8.21 B. Fryer, Sunderland.

C.29, submarine, C-class, I.59. Launched 19.6.09 Vickers. Dover or East Coast Flotillas, served as decoy trap with trawler ARIADNE. Mined 29.8.15 in the North Sea.

C.30, submarine, C-class, I.60. Launched 19.7.09 Vickers. Dover or East Coast Flotillas, or training duty Portsmouth. Sold 25.8.21 B. Fryer, Sunderland.

C.31, submarine, C-class, I.61. Launched 2.9.09 Vickers. Dover or East Coast Flotillas. Sunk 4.1.15, unknown cause, Belgian coast.

C.32, submarine, C-class, I.62. Launched 29.9.09 Vickers. Dover or East Coast Flotillas, Baltic from 1916. Stranded 24.10.17 and destroyed, Gulf of Riga.

C.33, submarine, C-class, I.63. Launched 10.5.10 Chatham DY. Dover or East Coast Flotillas, served as decoy trap with trawler MALTA (ex-WEELSBY renamed 31.7.15). Sunk 4.8.15, unknown cause, North Sea.

C.34, submarine, C-class, I.64. Launched 8.6.10 Chatham DY. Dover or East Coast Flotillas, served as decoy trap with unidentified trawler. Sunk 21.7.17 by U.52 off North Ireland.

C.35, submarine, C-class, I.65. Launched 2.11.09 Vickers. Dover or East Coast Flotillas, Baltic from 1916. Destroyed 5.4.18 in Helsingfors Bay.

C.36, submarine, C-class, I.66. Launched 30.11.09 Vickers. China Station, 1914-18. Sold 25.6.19 at Hong Kong.

C.37, submarine, C-class, I.67. Launched 1.1.10 Vickers. China Station, 1914-18. Sold 25.6.19 at Hong Kong.

C.38, submarine, C-class, I.68. Launched 10.2.10 Vickers. China Station, 1914-18. Sold 25.6.19 at Hong Kong.

CC.1 (RCN), submarine, C-class. Launched 3.6.13 Seattle Con. & DD Co. Ex-Chilean IQUIQUE, purchased 4.8.14. 310/373 tons, 144(oa)x14x11ft. 600/260hp, 13/10kts. Armament: 5-18in tt. To sale list 1925.

CC.2 (RCN), submarine, C-class. Launched 31.12.13 Seattle Con. & DD Co. Ex-Chilean ANTOFAGASTA purchased 4.8.14. 310/373 tons, 151(oa)x15x11ft. 600/260hp, 13/10kts. Armament: 3-18in tt. To sale list 1925.

 

C-class submarines (Maritime Quest)

 


 

C.2 - see VIGILANT, dockyard paddle tug.

C.8, harbour service, coal hulk, renamed C.68 1926 (ex-NORTHUMBERLAND, ex-broadside ironclad, Minotaur-class), built 1866, 6621 tons. Sold 6.27.

C.10, harbour service, coal hulk (ex-RUBY, ex-composite screw corvette, Emerald-class), built 1876, 2120 tons. Sold 16.2.21.

C.15 (ex-HT.14), believed tug. One of some 50 War Department tugs and steam lighters transferred to Admiralty towards end of war for HM Dockyard service and given a name. Probably sold in 1920's although six of group served in WW2.

C.60, harbour service, coal hulk (ex-HIMALAYA, ex-iron screw troopship), built 1853, 4690tons. Sold 28.9.20.

C.62 (1920) - see HALLGARTH, small berthing tug.

C.63 (1920) - see MAGPIE, small berthing tug.

C.64, fleet messenger, Y4.48. Built 1915, 615grt. Renamed ROSA c1929. Lost 28.4.30.

C.65, fleet messenger, Y4.49. Built 1915, 615grt. Renamed NORA c1930. Listed to 1939.

C.66 (ex-AS.41), steam lighter. One of some 50 War Department tugs and steam lighters transferred to Admiralty towards end of war for HM Dockyard service and given a name. Probably sold in 1920's although six of group served in WW2.

C.102 - see STOBO CASTLE, tug

C.108 - see FLAMER, tug.

C.109, harbour service, coal hulk, Sheerness (ex-AGINCOURT, ex-broadside ironclad, Minotaur-class), built 1865, 6621 tons. Sold 10.60.

C.110, harbour service, coal hulk (ex-JUMNA, ex-iron screw troopship), built 1866, 6211 tons.Sold 7.22.

C.111 (1920) - see TOXTETH, small berthing tug.

C.112 (1920) - see MARMION, small berthing tug.

C.115, harbour service, coal hulk (ex-TOURMALINE, ex-composite screw corvette, Emerald-class),built 1875, 2120 tons. Sold 11.20.

C.134 (ex-AS.40), steam lighter. One of some 50 War Department tugs and steam lighters transferred to Admiralty towards end of war for HM Dockyard service and given a name. Probably sold in 1920's although six of group served in WW2.

C.150 (1920) - see CARBON, small berthing tug.

C.210 (1920) - see VICTORY, small berthing tug.

C.230 (1920) - see WELSHMAN, small berthing tug.

C.371 (1920) - see SCOTSMAN, small berthing tug.

C.410 (1920) - see POLLY, small berthing tug.

C.470, harbour service, coal hulk, Bermuda (ex-SHAH, iron frigate), built 1873, 6250 tons.Sold 19.9.19.

C.505 (ex-AS.139), tug. One of some 50 War Department tugs and steam lighters transferred to Admiralty towards end of war for HM Dockyard service and given a name. Renamed CONTACT. Probably sold in 1920's although six of group served in WW2.



 

C. & E. W., hired drifter, Adty No 1889. Built 1911, 81grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.637. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 9.15-1920 as net vessel.

C. B., decoy or Q-ship - see TELESIA, fishing smack (Lowestoft-registered LT.1155) conversion.

CABALSIN (ex-BURHAVE), Admiralty trawler, German prize, Adty No. 1937. Built 1904, Tecklenborg, Geestemunde, 218grt. Captured 30.9.15 by ARETHUSA, added 10.15. Armament: 1-6pdr. Probably assigned to Mediterranean A/P service. Sold 16.3.20, renamed STAR OF THE ORIENT 1921.

CACHALOT (Z.7), Admiralty whaler, ordered 15.3.15, Adty No 870. Launched 28.7.15, Smiths Dock. 336 tons/237grt, 132(oa), 125(pp)x25x8ft. TE 1200ihp, 13kts. Armament: 1-12pdr. From 1915-18, served as coastal anti-submarine escort in one of three squadrons, based at Stornoway, Shetlands, Peterhead or the Humber. Sold 1933, renamed GLADIATOR.

CACHOSIN (ex-DOKTOR KRUGLER), Admiralty trawler, German prize, Adty No. 1932. Built 1912, Seebeck, Goestemunde, 218grt. Captured 7.10.15 by UNDAUNTED, added 10.15. Armament: 1-12pdr. Probably assigned to Mediterranean A/P service. Sold 16.3.20 renamed CAIRNRIGH.

CADET, fishing trawler. Built 1915, 323grt, Hull-reg H.210. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control. Served as LADY ESTELLE in WW2.

CADDISFLY, river gunboat, Fly-class, ordered 12.15. Built in sections by Yarrow, sent out to Mesopotamia 4.16, re-erected after 22.3.17 on River Tigris. 98 tons, 126(oa), 102(pp)x20x2ft. TE 175ihp, 9.5kts, tunnel screw. Armament: 1-4in, 1-12pdr, 1-6pdr or 2pdr. Mesopotamian campaign. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Mesopotamia 1917. Sold 17.2.23 Anglo-Persian Oil Co.

CADMUS, old sloop, Espiegle-class. Launched 29.4.03 Sheerness DY. 1070 tons, 210(oa), 185(pp)x33x11ft. TE 1400ihp, 13kts. Armament: 6-4in, 4-3pdr. Served in China and East Indies during war. Log Book Availability. Sold 1.9.21 at Hong Kong.

CADORNA, hired trawler, Adty No 3055. Built 1917, 255grt, Grimsby-reg GY.1072. Armament: 1-12pdr. In service 7.17-1919. Served in WW2.

CAERLEON, twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, T.8/ (1.19), T.43 (11.19). Launched 6.12.18 Bow McLachlan. 800 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 2200ihp, 16kts. Armament: 1-4in, 1-12pdr AA. Sold 4.22 Stanlee.

CAEROLITE, hired yacht, miscellaneous service. In service 1918-1920.

CAERSIN (ex-DORA), Admiralty trawler, German prize, Adty No. 1949. Built 1892, Wencke, Bremerhaven, 133grt. Captured 30.9.15 by PENELOPE, added 10.15. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. Probably assigned to Mediterranean A/P service. Sold 17.3.20 as CAERSIN.

CAESAR, pre-dreadnought battleship, Majestic-class, D.27 (1914), P.02 (9.15), P.10 (1.19). Launched 2.9.96 Portsmouth DY. 14,900 tons, 421(oa), 390(pp)x75x27ft. TE 12000ihp, 17.5kts. Armament: 4-12in, 12-6in, 18-12pdr, 5-18in tt. Armour: 9in sides, 4in deck, 14in guns. 7th or 9th BS, Channel Fleet at outbreak of war, later in war went abroad, most of class to Mediterranean, remained on foreign stations for some time, depot ship Malta 11.18. Log Book Availability. Sold 8.11.21 Slough T.C. BU in Germany.

CAESAR, hired trawler, Adty No 539. Built 1906, 311grt, Hull-reg H.874. Armament: 2-6pdr. In service 10.14-1919 as minesweeper. Renamed CAESAR Il 2.15.

CAESAREA, armed boarding steamer, mercantile conversion, M.12 (on coming into service). Built 1910, 1500grt. Armament: 2-12pdr. In service 21.10.14-17.12.15. Many ABS worked with cruiser squadrons, and carried out examination duties at sea. Served as BRUCE in WW2.

CAIRD, decoy or Q-ship see CEANOTHUS, convoy sloop.

CAIRNBULG, hired drifter. Built 1907, 104grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.224. In service 1.16-1919 on misc. service.

CAIRNGARTH, hired screw tug. Built 1913, 133grt. In service 3.11.17-1919. Most hired screw tugs over 70grt used as expeditionary force tugs during part of the war; most of vessels released from naval service 1917-18 carried out similar duties. Nearly all were chartered as naval tugs and flew red ensign.

CAIRNWELL, fishing trawler. Built 1895, 141grt, Aberdeen-reg A.198. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

CAIRO, light cruiser, Capetown or Carlisle-class, ordered 6/7.17, 97 (9.19). Launched 19.11.18 Cammell Laird. 4,190 tons, 451(oa) trawler bow, 425(pp)x43x14ft. Turbine 40000shp, 29kts. Armament: 5-6in, 2-3in AA, 8-21in tt. Armour: 3in sides, 1in deck. Log Book Availability. AA ship 1939. Sunk 12.8.42 by Italian submarine AXUM off Bizerta.

CAIRO, hired trawler, Adty No 635. Built 1902, 172grt, Hull-reg H.550. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 10.14-1919 as minesweeper.

CAISTER CASTLE, hired drifter, Adty No 1414. Built 1914, 109grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.42. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 3.15-1919 as net vessel.

CALANTHE, hired yacht, miscellaneous service (not commissioned), Pendant No 043. Built 1898, 370grt/429TM. Armament: 2-6pdr. In miscellaneous service from 19.11.14, then 24.5.17-8.5.19. Served in WW2.

CALCEOLARIA, hired drifter, Adty No 562. Built 1908, 92grt, Kirkcaldy-reg KY.267. Armament: 1-3pdr AA. In service 2.15-10.18 as net vessel. Mined 27.10.18 off Elbow Light Buoy, Downs.

CALCUTTA, light cruiser, Capetown or Carlisle-class, ordered 6/7.17, 74 (8.19). Launched 9.7.18 Vickers. 4,190 tons, 451(oa) trawler bow, 425(pp)x43x14ft. Turbine 40000shp, 29kts. Armament: 5-6in, 2-3in AA, 8-21in tt. Armour: 3in sides, 1in deck. Log Book Availability. AA ship 1939. Sunk 1.6.41 by A/C off Crete.

CALCUTTA, Admiralty trawler, Indian-built, Castle-type. Launched 1919, Burn & Co, Howrah, Calcutta. Teak planking on steel frames, 265grt/588 tons deep, 125(pp)x33x12ft. TE 480ihp, 10.5kts. Armament: 1-12pdr (probably not mounted). Completed as unarmed minesweeper or fishing vessel. Listed to 4.32.

CALCUTTA, harbour service, hulk, Devonport, renamed FISGARD II 4.15 (ex-HERCULES, central battery ironclad), built 1868, 9300 tons. Sold 7.32.

CALDER, store carrier, Y8.17. Built 1887, 708grt. In service as store carrier 8.10.14-26.3.15, collier (Y3.646) from 1915

CALDY, hired trawler, Adty No 1372. Built 1908, 222grt, Milford Haven-reg M.228. Armament: 1-12pdr. In service 4.15-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

CALEB, decoy or Q-ship see SPIRAEA, convoy sloop.

CALEDON, light cruiser, Caledon-class, ordered 12.15, 69 (4.17), 22 (1.18), 65 (4.18). Launched 25.11.16 Cammell Laird. 4,120 tons, 450(oa), 425(pp)x43x14ft. Turbine 40000shp, 29kts. Armament: 5-6in, 2-3in AA, 8-21in tt. Armour: 3in sides, 1in deck. AA ship 12.43. Grand Fleet from completion.Sold 22.1.48, BU at Dover.

CALEDONIA, paddle minesweeper, mercantile conversion to take advantage of shallow draught, high speed and manoeuvrability, Adty No. 557. Built 1889, 244grt. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 26.4.17-18.11.19. Served with Auxiliary Patrol, carried Fishery flag superior pendant.

CALEDONIA, hired trawler. Built 1906, 161grt, Granton-reg GN.34. In service 3.17-3.17 as special service vessel. Sunk 17.3.17 by U-boat off Newton, Northumberland on passage to fit out.

CALEDONIA, hired drifter, Adty No 2710. Built 1906, 87grt, Inverness-reg INS.174. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 9.15-1919 as net vessel. Renamed CALEDONIA II 9.17.

CALEDONIA II, fishing trawler. Built 1898, 144grt, Aberdeen-reg A.93. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

CALGARIAN, armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, M.54 (on coming into service), MI.58 (1.18). Built 1914, 17515grt, 20kts. Armament: 8-6 in. In service 15.9.14. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. Log Book Availability. Sunk 1.3.18 by U.29 off Rathlin Island.

CALIFOL, Admiralty chartered red-ensign oiler, 6,572grt/12,300t - attacked 30.9.16, Atlantic N of Scotland (H/D/Mn),

CALIFORNIA, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 134. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

CALIFORNIA II, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 124 (second use of No.). See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

CALIPH, hired trawler, Adty No 133. Built 1906, 226grt, Milford Haven-reg M.197. Armament: 1-6pdr AA, 1-3.5in BT. In service 8.14-1919 as minesweeper, then hydrophone vessel.

CALISTA, hired yacht, Pendant No 014. Built 1902, 229grt/265TM. Armament: 2-3pdr. In service 10.9.14-6.12.17. May have served as wireless-equipped A/P Group Leader or in special yacht squadrons, at home or in Mediterranean.

CALISTOGA, hired drifter, Adty No 2728. Built 1910, 72grt, Londonderry-reg LY.852. Armament: 1-57mm. In service 10.15-1919 as net vessel.

CALLIOPE, light cruiser, Calliope-class, ordered 7/8.13, 76 (1914), 23 (1.18), 78 (4.18). Launched 17.12.14 Chatham DY. 3,750 tons, 446(oa), 420(pp)x41x14ft. Turbine 40000shp, 29kts. Armament: 2-6in, 8-4in (4-6in, 2-3in AA in 1918). Armour: 4in sides, 1in deck. Grand Fleet from completion. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Log Book Availability. Sold 28.8.31 Ward, Inverkeithing.

CALLIOPE, hired trawler, Adty No 367. Built 1907, 240grt, Milford Haven-reg M.214. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 8.14-3.16 as minesweeper. Renamed CALLIOPE II 6.15. Sunk 5.3.16 in collision off Butt of Lewis.

CALLIOPE, harbour service, RNVR drillship, Newcastle, renamed HELICON 6.15, renamed CALLIOPE 10.31 (ex-steel screw corvette, Calypso-class), built 1884, 2770 tons. Sold 4.10.51.

CALLIOPE, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1900, 2,883grt - lost 12.7.17, Atlantic off Gibraltar (H/L/Lr/ge/te/un)

CALLSIN (ex-MOND), Admiralty trawler, German prize, Adty No. 1917. Built 1896, Tecklenborg, Geestemunde, 136grt. Captured 7.8.15 by CONQUEST, added 10.15. Armament: 1-6pdr AA, 1-3pdr. Probably assigned to Mediterranean A/P service. Sold 7.4.21 as CALLSIN.

CALM, Admiralty steel drifter, Adty No, 3877. Launched 9.5.18, Duthie. 94grt/199 tons (deep), 93(oa), 86x18x9. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Armament: 1-6pdr. To Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries 10.8.20, renamed JOHN HEDLEY 1920. Served as PRE-EMINENT in WW2.

CALUMSIN (ex-WURZBURG), Admiralty trawler, German prize, Adty No. 1935. Built 1902, Seebeck, Geestemunde, 224grt. Captured 7.10.15 by British warship, added 10.15. Armament: 1-12pdr. Probably assigned to Mediterranean A/P service. Sold 13.12.21, renamed BRIDGE OF EARN 1922.

CALVIA, hired trawler, Adty No 852. Built 1915, 304grt, Grimsby-reg GY.476. Armament: 1-12pdr, 1-7.5in BT. In service 5.15-1919 as minesweeper, then hydrophone vessel.

CALVINIA (ex-SVENDBORG), hired trawler, Adty No 734. Built 1901, 191grt, Grimsby-reg GY.559. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 1.15-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

CALYPSO, light cruiser, Caledon-class, ordered 12.15, 24 (1.18), 82 (4.18). Launched 24.1.17 Hawthorn Leslie. 4,120 tons, 450(oa), 425(pp)x43x14ft. Turbine 40000shp, 29kts. Armament: 5-6in, 2-3in AA, 8-21in tt. Armour: 3in sides, 1in deck. Grand Fleet from completion. Log Book Availability. Sunk 12.6.40 by Italian S/M BAGNOLINI South of Crete.

CALYPSO, harbour service, drillship. St. Johns, Newfoundland, renamed BRITON 2.16 (ex-steel screw corvette, Calypso-class), built 1883, 2770 tons. Sold 7. 4.22.

CALYPSO, fishing trawler. Built 1901, 187grt, Milford Haven-reg M.168. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

CALYX (ex-CALYPSO), armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, M.86 (on coming into service). Built 1904, 2876grt, 14kts, owned by Wilson Line. Armament: 8-4.7in, 2-3pdr. In service 9.11.14-26.6.15. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. Returned to mercantile service. Sunk 10.7.16 by submarine off Flamborough Head.

CAMBERLEY, twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, T.7 (early 1919). T.7/ (11.19). Launched 28.12.18 Bow McLachlan. 800 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 2200ihp, 16kts. Armament: 1-4in, 1-12pdr AA. Sold 7.23 C. A. Beard.

CAMBODIA, hired trawler, Adty No 1521. Built 1911, 284grt, Grimsby-reg GY.597. Armament: 1-6pdr AA, 1-3pdr. In service 5.15-1920.

CAMBRIA, armed boarding steamer, mercantile conversion, P.76 (on coming into service). Built 1897, 1842grt. Armament: 3-6pdr. In service 8.8.14-7.8.15. Converted to military hospital ship, renamed ARVONIA 1919.

CAMBRIA, hired trawler, Adty No 154, 1358. Built 1905, 206grt, Milford Haven-reg M.92. Armament: 1-12pdr. In service 9.14-1919 as minesweeper.

CAMBRIAN, light cruiser, ex-2nd-class protected cruiser, Astraea-class. Launched 31.1.93 Pembroke DY. 4,360 tons, 339(oa), 320(pp)x49x17ft. TE 9000ihp, 19.5kts. Armament: 2-6in, 8-4.7in, 8-6pdr, 3-18in tt. Armour: 2in deck, 4.5in guns. Depot ship HARLECH from 3.16, VIVID from 9.21. Sold 21.2.23 Young, Sunderland.

CAMBRIAN, light cruiser, Calliope-class, ordered 9.14, A3 (1914), 25 (1.18), 30 (4.18). Launched 3.3.16 Pembroke DY. 3,750 tons, 446(oa), 420(pp)x41x14ft. Turbine 40000shp, 29kts. Armament: 4-6in, 1-4in AA. Armour: 3in sides, 1in deck. Grand Fleet from completion. Log Book Availability. Sold 28.7.34 Metal Ind, Rosyth.

CAMBRIAN, hired trawler, Adty No 662. Built 1900, 191grt, Boston-reg BN.75. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 11.14-1919 as minesweeper. Renamed CAMBRIAN Il 2.15.

CAMBRIDGE (ex-CAMBRIA), paddle minesweeper, mercantile conversion to take advantage of shallow draught, high speed and manoeuvrability, Adty No. 183. Built 1895, 420grt. Armament: 1-6pdr AA, 1-3pdr AA. In service 4.11.14-9.6.19. Served with Auxiliary Patrol, carried Fishery flag superior pendant. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Belgian Coast 1915. PLINLIMMON in WW2.

CAMBRISIN (ex-ORION), Admiralty trawler, German prize, Adty No. 1946. Built 1891, Wencke, Bremerhaven, 158grt. Captured 30.9.15 by CLEOPATRA, added 10.15. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. Probably assigned to Mediterranean A/P service, served as minesweeper. Sold 17.3.20 renamed CAMBRISIN.

CAMEL, paddle tug, Robust-class. Launched 19.10.14 Bow McLachlan. 690 tons, 150(oa), 144(pp)x27x11ft. 1250ihp, 12kts. Served in Rosyth, believe flew blue ensign. BU 1962.

CAMELEON, destroyer, Acorn-class, designated H-class, H.21 (1914), H.24 (1.18). Launched 2.6.10 Fairfield. c720-760 tons, 246(oa), 240(pp)x25x8ft. Turbine 13500shp, 27kts. Armament: 2-4in, 2-12pdr, 2-21in tt. All class formed 2nd DF, Grand Fleet 1914-15, six ships to Mediterranean in 1915, five more in 1916, all there by 1918. Sold 15.11.21 Distin, Devonport.

CAMELLIA, fleet sweeping sloop, Flower-class, Azalea-type, ordered 5.15, Acacia, Azalea and Arabis-types built on merchant ship lines, with similar warship-like appearance, T.34 (9.15), T.15 (1.18). Launched 25.9.15 Bow McLachlan. 1200 tons, 262(oa), 250(pp)x33x11ft. TE 1800ihp, 16.5kts. Armament: 2-4.7in, 2-3pdr AA or possibly 2-4in, 2-3pdr AA. Azalea-types served in Grand Fleet, at Queenstown, and in Mediterranean. Sold 15.1.23 Unity S Bkg Co.

CAMELLIA, hired drifter, Adty No 2854. Built 1907, 85grt, Kirkcaldy-reg KY.143. Armament: 1-3pdr AA. In service 5.15-1919 as net vessel. Renamed CAMELLIA II 10.15.

CAMEO, hired trawler, Adty No 1216. Built 1898, 172grt, Hull-reg H.394. Armament: 1-12pdr. In service 2.15-9.18 as minesweeper.

CAMITO, commissioned escort or convoy escort ship, mercantile conversion, MI.21 (6.18). Built 1915, 6611grt, 14kts. Armament: 4-6in, 2-11in A/S howitzers. In service 26.2.18-27.3.19. Served in WW2.

CAMPAIGNER, hired screw tug. Built 1911, 163grt. In service 13.5.15-3.7.17. Most hired screw tugs over 70grt used as expeditionary force tugs during part of the war; most of vessels released from naval service 1917-18 carried out similar duties. Nearly all were chartered as naval tugs and flew red ensign.

CAMPANIA, aircraft carrier, mercantile conversion, P.54 (4.15), N.15 (1.18). Launched 8.9.93 Fairfield. 18000 tons/12884grt, 622(oa), 601(pp)x65x26ft. TE 31050ihp, 23kts. Purchased 27.11.14 from shipbreakers, conversion completed by Cammell Laird 4.16. Armament: 6-4.7in, 1-3in AA, 10 aircraft. Sunk 5.11.18 in collision with GLORIOUS and ROYAL OAK during a gale in the Firth of Forth.

CAMPANIA, hired drifter, Adty No 2568. Built 1907, 90grt, Buckie-reg BCK.98. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 4.15-3.17 as net vessel. Renamed CAMPANIA II 8.15. Disappeared 5.3.17 in gale off St. Abb's Head.

CAMPANIA, hired motor drifter, Adty No MB.177. Built 1897, 40grt, Banff-reg BF.1987. In service 1.15-1916.

CAMPANULA, fleet sweeping sloop, Flower-class, Arabis-type, ordered 7.15, Acacia, Azalea and Arabis-types built on merchant ship lines, with similar warship-like appearance, T.48 (1.16), T.16 (1.18). Launched 25.12.15 Barclay Curle. 1250 tons, 268(oa), 255(pp)x33x11ft. TE 2000ihp, 16kts. Armament: 2-4.7in (or 2-4in), 2-3pdr AA. Arabis-types served in Grand Fleet, at Queenstown, in North Sea, and Mediterranean. Sold 6.9.22 Cove & Distinn.

CAMPANULA, hired drifter, Adty No N, 1300. Built 1913, 95grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.102. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 12.14-1919 as patrol boat, minesweeper. Renamed CAMPANULA II 12.15.

CAMPBELL, destroyer leader, Scott-class, ordered 4.17, G.76 (1.19). Launched 21.9.18 Cammell Laird. 1800 tons, 332(oa), 320(pp)x32x12ft. Turbine 40000shp, 36kts. Armament: 5-4.7in, 1-3in AA, 6-21in tt. Sold 18.2.47, BU Metal Ind, Rosyth.

CAMPERDOWN, hired drifter, Adty No 2136. Built 1907, 97grt, Kirkcaldy-reg KY.150. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 4.15-1919 as net vessel.

CAMPINE, tug, Poultry-class. Ordered 1918 for canal and harbour work. Launched 22.1.19 Yarwood. 65 tons gross. 75(pp)x15x6 ft. Compound 185ihp. 8kts. Believe flew blue ensign. Sold 8.22 W. R. Johnson, renamed BRITANNIA.

CAMPSIN (ex-ADJUDANT), Admiralty trawler, German prize, Adty No. 856. Built 1894, Tecklenborg, Geestemunde, 133grt. Captured 30.9.15 by AURORA, added 10.15. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. Probably assigned to Mediterranean A/P service, served as minesweeper. Sold 18.2.20 renamed CAMPSIN.

CANADA, dreadnought battleship, 28 (1914), 26 (1.18), 01 (4.18). Launched as Chilean ALMIRANTE LATORRE (ex-Valparaiso) 27.11.13 Armstrong, purchased 9.9.14. 28,000 tons, 661(oa), 625(pp)x103x28ft. Turbine 37000shp, 22.5kts. Armament: 10-14in, 12-6in, 2-3in AA, 4-21in tt. Armour: 10in sides, 4in deck, 16in guns. 4th BS Grand Fleet to 1916, then 1st BS. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Returned 4.20 to Chilean Navy as ALMIRANTE LATORRE. (For Chilean sister ship, ALMIRANTE COCHRANE, see EAGLE, aircraft carrier).

CANADA, hired trawler. Built 1886, 231grt, Hull-reg H.1. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 11.16-1919 as boom defence vessel. Renamed CANADA Il 2.17.

CANADA, Canadian patrol vessel, either Government or hired craft. Built 1904, 411grt. Armed with 2-12pdr, 2-3pdr. Listed from 12.14 for service in Canadian waters.

CANCALAIS, decoy or Q-ship - see MARY B. MITCHELL, 3-mast schooner conversion.

CANCER, hired trawler, Adty No 2957. Built 1916, 230grt, Grimsby-reg GY.918. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 8.16-1919 as minesweeper. Served as INVERTAY in WW2.

CANDIDATE, hired trawler, Adty No 91. Built 1906, 161grt, Granton-reg GN.31. Armament: 1-12pdr. In service 8.14-1919 as minesweeper.

CANDYTUFT, convoy sloop, Flower-class, Anchusa-type, ordered 1.17, Aubretia and Anchusa-types built to look like merchant ships, with concealed armament, T.17 (1.18). Launched 19.5.17 Armstrong. 1290 tons, 262(oa), 250(pp)x35x11ft. TE2500ihp, 16.5kts. Armament. 2-4in, 2-12pdr. Served with Grand Fleet or in Mediterranean, decoy or Q-ship, other name PAVITT. Torpedoed 18.11.17 by submarine and stranded near Bougie, North Africa.

CANGANIAN, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1900, 1,142grt - lost 17.11.16, North Sea (H/L/Lr/te/un/wi)

CANNING, kite balloon ship, mercantile conversion, Y4.46 (fleet messenger pendant. no), N.16 (pendant. No.). Built 1896, 5375grt. Hired transport, red ensign 5.15-6.15, purchased 28.6.15, commissioned 29.6.15-27.6.16. In Mediterranean 1915-16, Scapa 1916-18, D/S 1917, attached to Flying Squadron in 11.18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Dardanelles 1915. Sold 21.1.20 to Greek owners.

CANNING (RIM) (ex-GOLCONDA), troopship. Launched 15.11.82 Inglis. 3300 tons, 285(pp)x36x16ft. 1080ihp, 101kts. Armament: not listed. Served in East Indies 1914-18. On sale list 1919.

CANOPUS, pre-dreadnought battleship, Canopus-class N.29 (1914), N.17 (1.18). Launched 13.10.97 Portsmouth DY. 12,950 tons, 421(oa), 390(pp)x74x26ft. TE 13500ihp, 18kts. Armament: 4-12in, 12-6in, 12-12pdr, 4-18in tt. Armour: 6in sides, 2.5in deck, 9in guns. 7th or 9th BS, Channel Fleet at outbreak of war, then abroad. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Dardanelles 1915/16. Log Book Availability. Sold 18.2.20 Stanlee.

CANOSSIN (ex-PAUL), Admiralty trawler, German prize, Adty No. 1936. Built 1894, Seebeck, Geestemunde, 153grt. Captured 7.10.15 by CLEOPATRA, added 10.15. Armament: 1-6pdr. Probably assigned to Mediterranean A/P service. Sold 16.3.20 renamed CANOSSIN.

CANTATRICE, hired trawler, Adty No 3205. Built 1915, 302grt, Grimsby-reg GY.469. In service 7.15-11.16 as minesweeper. Mined 5.11.16 near Yarmouth.

CANTERBURY, light cruiser, Calliope-class, ordered 9.14, 0A (1914), 27 (1.18), 59 (4.18). Launched 21.12.15 John Brown. 3,750 tons, 446(oa), 420(pp)x41x14ft. Turbine 40000shp, 29kts. Armament: 4-6in, 1-4in AA. Armour: 3in sides, 1in deck. Harwich Force 1916-18, then Mediterranean. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Log Book Availability. Sold 28.7.34 Metal Ind, Rosyth.

CAPE ANTIBES, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1903, 2,549grt - lost 21.10.15, Barents Sea (H/L/Lr)

CAPE COLONY, hired drifter, Adty No 2497. Built 1908, 82grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.525. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 3.15-1.17 as net vessel. Mined 8.1.17 off Harwich.

CAPE TOWN II, fishing trawler. Built 1908, 188grt, Hull-reg H.998. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control. Served in WW2.

CAPELLA, hired drifter, Adty No 2723. Built 1892, 111grt, Dundee-reg DE.31. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 10.15-1920 as net vessel.

CAPETOWN, light cruiser, Capetown or Carlisle-class, ordered 6/7.17, 88 (11.19). Launched 28.6.19 Cammell Laird, towed to Pembroke DY and completed 2.22. 4,190 tons, 451(oa) trawler bow, 425(pp)x43x14ft. Turbine 40000shp, 29kts. Armament: 5-6in, 2-3in AA, 8-21in tt. Armour: 3in sides, 1in deck. Log Book Availability. Sold 5.4.46, BU Ward, Preston.

CAPETOWN, hired drifter, Adty No 1013. Built 1908, 83grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.76. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 1.15-1919 as net vessel, minesweeper. Renamed CAPO 9.18.

CAPRICORNUS, hired trawler, Adty No 1264. Built 1917, 219grt, Grimsby-reg GY.1022. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 4.17-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

CAPTAIN, fishing trawler. Built 1898, 134grt, Granton-reg GN.50. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

CAPTAIN FRYATT, hired drifter, Adty No 3073. Built 1917, 87grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.277. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 12.17-1919 as net vessel.

CAPTAIN POLLEN, hired trawler, Adty No 1656. Built 1917, 275grt, Grimsby-reg GY.1108. Armament: 1-12pdr. In service 12.17-1919 as minesweeper. Served as AVONGLEN in WW2.

CAPULET, decoy or Q-ship - see RESULT, auxiliary 3-mast schooner conversion.

CARADOC, light cruiser, Caledon-class, ordered 12.15, A0 (6.17), 28 (1.18), 55 (4.18). Launched 23.12.16 Scotts. 4,120 tons, 450(oa), 425(pp)x43x14ft. Turbine 40000shp, 29kts. Armament: 5-6in, 2-3in AA, 8-21in tt. Armour: 3in sides, 1in deck. Grand Fleet from completion. Log Book Availability. Base ship 4.44. BU 5.46 Ward, Briton Ferry.

CARBILL, hired trawler, Adty No 1648. Built 1917, 242grt, Grimsby-reg GY.1100. Armament: 1-12pdr, 1-6pdr AA. In service 8.17-1919 as minesweeper. Served as HOVERFLY in WW2.

CARBINEER, Admiralty trawler, minesweeper, Military class, Adty No 1164. One of ten trawlers, of three different types, purchased while building for a total cost of 93,800 six by order 11.12.14, four by order 14.4.15. Launched 15.2.15 Smiths Dock, 276grt, 130x23x12ft. TE engines. Armament: 1-3pdr. Wrecked 18.5.16 on Crebawethan Point.

CARBINEER II see FUSILIER, Admiralty trawler, minesweeper, Military class.

CARBON (also C.150, borne with name from about 1920), small berthing tug. 185 tons. Purchased 1900, believe flew blue ensign. Sold 1947.

CARBOSIN (ex-D. ARMSTADT), Admiralty trawler, German prize, Adty No. 1947. Built 1896, Bremer Vulcan, Vegesack, 158grt. Captured 30.9.15 by CLEOPATRA, added 10.15. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. Probably assigned to Mediterranean A/P service, served as minesweeper. Sold 5.10.20 renamed KEITH HALL. Lost 27.11.21.

CARCASS (ex-JAVA), boarding tug, N.62 (1914), N.18 (1.18). Built 1905, 128grt. Purchased as unarmed boarding vessel with Downs Boarding Flotilla, based at Ramsgate to 1918, in service 8.14-14.5.19.

CARDIFF (was to be named CAPRICE), light cruiser, Ceres-class, ordered 3/4.16, 29 (1.18), 39 (4.18). Launched 12.4.17 Fairfield. 4,190 tons, 450(oa), 425(pp)x43x14ft. Turbine 40000shp, 29kts. Armament: 5-6in, 2-3in AA, 8-21in tt. Armour: 3in sides, 1in deck. Grand Fleet 1917-18. Log Book Availability. Sold 23.1.46, BU at Troon.

CARDIFF CASTLE, hired trawler, Adty No 638. Built 1907, 255grt, Swansea-reg SA.44. Armament: 1-12pdr, 1-7.5in BT. In service 11.14-1919 as minesweeper.

CARDINAL, hired trawler, Adty No 1576. Built 1912, 309grt, Hull-reg H.584. Armament: 1-12pdr. In service 5.15-1920.

CARENCY, hired trawler, Adty No 2984. Built 1916, 233grt, Grimsby-reg GY.956. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 12.16-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

CAREW CASTLE, hired trawler, Adty No 2671. Built 1912, 256grt, Swansea-reg SA.106. Armament: 1-12pdr. In service 5.15-6.17 as minesweeper. Mined 12.6.17 off Hartland Pt.

CARIBBEAN (ex-DUNOTTAR CASTLE), armed merchant cruiser, later accommodation ship, mercantile conversion, M.79 (on coming into service). Built 1890, 5824grt, 16kts, owned by Royal Mail Line. Armament: 8-4.7in, 2-6pdr. In service 19.11.14. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. Accommodation ship 1.6.15. Foundered 26.9.15 en route to Scapa.

CARIEDA, hired trawler, Adty No 1751. Built 1913, 225grt, Grimsby-reg GY.908. Armament: 1-12pdr. In service 4.15-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

CARILON, hired trawler, Adty No 21. Built 1915, 226grt, Grimsby-reg GY.692. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 11.15-12.15 as minesweeper. Mined 24.12.15 off Margate.

CARLISLE (was to be named CAWNPORE), light cruiser, Capetown or Carlisle-class, ordered 6/7.17, 41 (11.18). Launched 9.7.18 Fairfield. 4,190 tons, 451(oa) trawler bow, 425(pp)x43x14ft. Turbine 40000shp, 29kts. Armament: 5-6in, 2-3in AA, 8-21in tt. Armour: 3in sides, 1in deck. Log Book Availability. AA ship 1939. Base ship 1944. Sold 1948 at Alexandria.

CARLSTON, store carrier, Y8.114. Built 1901, 662grt. Ex-collier (Y3.106), in service as store carrier 16.11.18-20.10.19.

CARLTON, hired trawler, Adty No 1965. Built 1907, 267grt, Grimsby-reg GY.270. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 12.15-2.16 as minesweeper. Mined 21.2.16 off Folkestone.

CARLYLE, listed as patrol vessel, shallow draught Thames river steamer. Built 1905, 129grt. Sent out from England to support military operations in Mesopotamia, arrived by mid-1916.

CARMANIA, armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, M.55 (on coming into service). Built 1905, 19524grt, 18kts. Armament: 8-4.7 in. In service 8.8.14-6.7.16. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. Single ship action v CAP TRAFALGAR, 14 Sep 1914. Log Book Availability.

CARMANIA II, hired trawler, Adty Nos 3221, N.1A, N.19. Built 1907, 250grt, Grimsby-reg GY.268. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 5.15-1919 as minelayer, then minesweeper.

CARMI III, hired drifter, Adty No 2122. Built 1908, 88grt, Kirkcaldy-reg KY.300. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 2.15-1919 as net vessel. Served as J. T. HENDRY in WW2.

CARMSIR - see GARMSIR, patrol vessel.

CARNALEA, store carrier, Y8.10. Built 1913, 579grt. In service as store carrier 30.9.14-27.3.15, collier (Y3.644) from 28.3.15.

CARNARVON, cruiser, ex-armoured cruiser, Devonshire-class, 30 (1914), P.3A (9.15), P.80 (1.18). Launched 7.10.03 Beardmore. 10,850 tons, 473(oa), 450(pp)x68x23ft. TE 21000ihp, 22kts. Armament: 4-7.5in, 6-6in, 2-12pdr, 2-18in tt. Armour: 6in sides, 2in deck, 6in guns. 5th CS West Africa 1914, South America 1914-15, North America & West Indies 1915-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Falkland Islands 8 Dec 1914. Log Book Availability. Sold 8.11.21 Slough T.C. BU in Germany.

CARNATION, fleet sweeping sloop, Flower-class, Azalea-type, ordered 5.15, Acacia, Azalea and Arabis-types built on merchant ship lines, with similar warship-like appearance, T.36 (9.15), T.18 (1.18). Launched 6.9.15 Greenock & Grangemouth. 1200 tons, 262(oa), 250(pp)x33x11ft. TE 1800ihp, 16.5kts. Armament: 2-4.7in, 2-3pdr AA or possibly 2-4in, 2-3pdr AA. Azalea-types served in Grand Fleet, at Queenstown, and in Mediterranean. Sold 14.1.22 Stanlee.

CAROL, RFA oiler, N.98 (1914), X.16 (1916), X.15 (1.18). Launched 5.7.13 Devonport DY. 2178 tons, 210(oa),200(pp)x34x17ft. TE 450ihp. Sold 28.6.35 McLellan (rfa)

CAROL & DOROTHY, hired drifter, Adty No 2725. Built 1905, 89grt, Inverness-reg INS.120. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 10.15-1920 as net vessel, minesweeper.

CAROLINA, decoy or Q-ship - see QUICKLY, hired drifter.

CAROLINE, light cruiser, Caroline-class, ordered 7/8.13, 87 (1914), 30 (1.18), 44 (4.18). Launched 29.9.14 Cammell Laird. 3,750 tons, 446(oa), 420(pp)x41x14ft. Turbine 40000shp, 29kts. Armament: 2-6in, 8-4in (4-6in in 1918), 8-21in tt. Armour: 3in sides, 1in deck. Grand Fleet 1915-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Log Book Availability. RNVR drill ship 4.24, still extant as of 2012.

CARONIA, armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, M.53 (on coming into service). Built 1905, 19687grt, 18kts. Armament: 8-4.7 in. In service 2.8.14-22.9.16. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. Log Book Availability.

CARRIGAN HEAD, squadron supply ship (Y9.14), later Q-ship, later commissioned escort or convoy escort ship, mercantile conversion, MI.22 (6.18). Built 1901, 4201grt. In service as squadron supply ship, 4.8.14-1.4.16; as Q-ship Q.4 armed with 1-4in, 2-12pdr, 1.6.16-2.8.17; as commissioned escort ship with 2-6in, 2-4in, 2-11in A/S howitzers, 3.8.17-25.2.19. Log Book Availability. North Atlantic convoys.

CARRIGART, hired drifter, Adty No 2061. Built 1912, 84grt, Londonderry-reg LY.921. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 8.15-1919 as net vessel, on misc service.

CARRON, iron dockyard paddle tug. Launched 1880 Chambers, Dumbarton. 450 tons. 500ihp. Was FLYING EAGLE, purchased 14.3.88. Served in Chatham, believe flew blue ensign. Sold 27.3.23 at Gibraltar.

CARRON, armed boarding steamer, mercantile conversion, M.19 (on coming into service), MI.01 (1.18). Built 1909, 2351grt, 15kts. Armament: 2-4.7in. In service 22.11.14-9.10.19. Many ABS worked with cruiser squadrons, and carried out examination duties at sea.

CARSTAIRS (ex-CAWSAND), twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, T.08 (11.19). Launched 18.4.19 Bow McLachlan. 800 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 2200ihp, 16kts. Armament: 1-4in, 1-12pdr AA. Renamed DRYAD 1.24 to 8.24. Sold 26.4.35 Ward, Grays.

CARTIER, Canadian patrol vessel, either Government or hired craft. Built 1910, 556grt. Armed with 3-12pdr. Listed from 12.14 for service in Canadian waters.

CARTMEL, hired rescue tug, W.09 (1.18). Built 1907, 304grt. In service 6.17-30.7.19.

CARYSFORT, light cruiser, Caroline-class, ordered 7/8.13, 88 (1914), 31 (1.18), 22 (4.18). Launched 14.11.14 Pembroke DY. 3,750 tons, 446(oa), 420(pp)x41x14ft. Turbine 40000shp, 29kts. Armament: 2-6in, 8-4in (4-6in in 1918), 8-21in tt. Armour: 3in sides, 1in deck. Grand Fleet 1915-16, Harwich 1916-17, Grand Fleet 1918. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Belgian Coast 1916. Sold 1931 McLellan.

CARYSFORT Il, hired trawler, Adty No 1533. Built 1915, 243grt, Milford Haven-reg M.32. Armament: 1-6pdr, 1-7.5in BT. In service 6.15-1919 as minesweeper.

CASCADE, Admiralty steel drifter, Adty No, 3967. Launched 3.7.18, Ouse SB. 94grt/199 tons (deep), 93(oa), 86x18x9. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Armament: 1-6pdr. Served as minesweeper. Sold 1945, renamed ILLUSTRIOUS 1946.

CASHEL, decoy or Q-ship see ANCHUSA, convoy sloop.

CASHEL (ex-CLEY), minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, building Bow McLachlan SB. Cancelled 17.12.18.

CASORIA (ex-DELFINEN), hired trawler, Adty No 808. Built 1897, 185grt, Grimsby-reg GY.567. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 11.14-1919 as minesweeper.

CASPIAN, fishing trawler. Built 1895, 150grt, Grimsby-reg GY.755. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

CASSANDRA, light cruiser, Caledon-class, ordered 12.15, 3C (6.17), 32 (1.18), 04 (4.18). Launched 25.11.16 Vickers. 4,120 tons, 450(oa), 425(pp)x43x14ft. Turbine 40000shp, 29kts. Armament: 5-6in, 2-3in AA, 8-21in tt. Armour: 3in sides, 1in deck. Grand Fleet from completion. Mined 5.12.18 in the Baltic.

CASSANDRA, hired trawler, Adty No 1767. Built 1905, 174grt, Hull-reg H.848. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 5.15-1919 as minesweeper. Renamed CASSANDRA Il 7.17.

CASSIOPE, fleet sweeping sloop, Flower-class, ordered 9.16, built by Barclay Curle. Delivered to French Navy 1916-17.

CASSOR, decoy or Q-ship - see RULE (ex-OUSE), cargo ship conversion.

CASSOWARY, hired trawler, Adty No 806. Built 1908, 222grt, Grimsby-reg GY.634. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 11.14-1919 as minesweeper.

CASTLE EDEN, Admiralty chartered collier. Built 1914, 1,949grt - lost 4.3.18, Atlantic off N Ireland (H/L/Lr/te/un/wi)

CASTOR, light cruiser, Calliope-class, ordered 9.14, C4 (1914), 33 (1.18), 20 (4.18). Launched 28.7.15 Cammell Laird. 3,750 tons, 446(oa), 420(pp)x41x14ft. Turbine 40000shp, 29kts. Armament: 4-6in, 1-4in AA. Armour: 3in sides, 1in deck. Grand Fleet from completion. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Log Book Availability. Sold 30.7.36 Metal Ind, Rosyth.

CASTOR, hired screw tug. Built 1914, 70grt. HM Dockyard service, then BDV 21.11.15-21.5.19. Most hired screw tugs over 70grt used as expeditionary force tugs during part of the war; most of vessels released from naval service 1917-18 carried out similar duties. Nearly all were chartered as naval tugs and flew red ensign.

CASTOR, hired trawler, Adty No 2960. Built 1916, 209grt, Grimsby-reg GY.963. Armament: 1-12pdr. In service 9.16-1919 as minesweeper. Renamed CASTOR Il 3.17.

CASWELL, hired trawler, Adty No 3323. Built 1917, 276grt, Swansea-reg SA.70. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 1.17-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

CATANIA, hired yacht, Pendant No 07. Built 1895, 589grt/668TM. Armament: 2-12pdr. In service 7.9.14-21.2.19. May have served as wireless-equipped A/P Group Leader or in special yacht squadrons, at home or in Mediterranean.

CATERHAM, twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, T.80 (7.19), T.07 (11.19). Launched 6.3.19 Bow McLachlan. 800 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 2200ihp, 16kts. Armament: 1-4in, 1-12pdr AA. Sold 26.4.35 Cachmore.

CATO, store carrier, Y8.32. Built 1914, 710grt. In service 4.11.14-21.2.15.

CATRIONA, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 53. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

CATSPAW, Admiralty steel drifter, Adty No, 3988. Launched 6.8.18, Ouse SB. 94grt/199 tons (deep), 93(oa), 86x18x9. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Armament: 1-6pdr. Foundered 28.12.19 in the Kattegat en route Reval to Copenhagen.

CATTISTOCK, twin-screw fleet minesweeper, early Hunt-class, ordered 1916, Adty No. 486, T.07 (9.18). Launched 21.2.17 Clyde SB. 750 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 1800ihp, 16kts. Armament: 2-12pdr, 2-6pdr (or 1-12pdr, 1-6pdr). Most of class formed 2nd & 3rd Minesweeping Flotillas, Granton. Sold 22.2.23 Alloa, Charlestown.

CAUCASIAN, Admiralty chartered red-ensign oiler, 4,656grt - lost 1.7.15, Atlantic off SW England (H/L/Lr/Mn/te/un),

CAULONIA, hired trawler, Adty No 3201. Built 1912, 296grt, Grimsby-reg GY.792. Armament: 1-6pdr AA, 1-7.5in BT. In service 5.15-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

CAVAN (ex-CLOVELLY), minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, building Bow McLachlan SB. Cancelled 17.12.18.

CAVE, hired trawler, Adty No 389. Built 1902, 247grt, Hull-reg H.463. Armament: 1-12pdr, 1-6pdr AA. In service 11.14-1919 as minesweeper.

CAVENDISH (1918) see VINDICTIVE, aircraft carrier, warship conversion

CAWDOR CASTLE (ex-CAWDOR CASTLE II), hired drifter. Built 1908, 84grt, Inverness-reg INS.610. In service 7.15-1920 as boom defence vessel.

CAWOOD, hired screw tug. Built 1908, 34grt. In service 4.18-11.19, limited to harbour and inland waterway duties, flew red ensign.

CAYRIAN, hired trawler, Adty No 3085. Built 1911, 216grt, Grimsby-reg GY.645. In service 11.16-1919 as boom defence vessel. Served in WW2.

CC.1 (RCN), submarine, C-class see C-class submarines, C.1-C.38, CC.1-CC.2.

CC.2 (RCN), submarine, C-class see C-class submarines, C.1-C.38, CC.1-CC.2.

CD-type, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifters, 99grt/150 ton, 84(pp)x19x10ft. Compound engines 24 nominal hp, 9kts.

CD.1, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 4.9.17. Armament (designed): 1-6pdr. Served at Gibraltar 1918-19. Renamed EBBTIDE 11.24. Paid off 1946. Sold 1946 Northern S Bkg Co.

CD.2, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 16.10.17. Armament (designed): 1-6pdr. Served in West Africa 1918-19. Paid off 1921. Sold 1921, renamed WESTBY 1922, resold 25.9.22 to Spain.

CD.3, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 29.9.17. Armament (designed): 1-6pdr. Paid off 31.1.19. Sold 1921 Puerto Monte Agency, Peru, renamed CORCOVADO.

CD.4, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 3.10.17. Armament (designed): 1-6pdr. Paid off 31.1.19. Sold 1921 Puerto Monte Agency, Peru.

CD.5, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 11.10.17. Armament (designed): 1-6pdr. Paid off 31.1.19. Sold 1921 Empresa Maritime de Cuba.

CD.6, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 8.10.17. Armament (designed): 1-6pdr. Paid off 31.1.19. Sold 1921, renamed BAY QUEEN. Foundered 1925 off Nova Scotia.

CD.7, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 15.10.17. Armament (designed): 1-6pdr. Served in West Africa 1918-19. Paid off 1920. Sold 1921, renamed UTTERBY 1922, resold 1.10.24 to France.

CD.8, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 16.10.17. Armament (designed): 1-6pdr. Served in West Africa 1918-19. Paid off 1920. Sold 12.20.

CD.9, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 17.10.17. Armament: 1-6pdr. Paid off 12.18. Sold 1920 Captain D. J. Munro.

CD.10, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 20.10.17. Armament: 1-6pdr. Paid off 12.18. Sold 1920 Captain Munro, engines to COLEUS 1922 and hull BU.

CD.11, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 22.10.17. Armament (designed): 1-6pdr. Served in West Africa 1918. Paid off 12.18. Sold 1921, renamed RAUCEBY 1922, PONTOISE 1925.

CD.12, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 23.10.17. Armament: 1-6pdr. Served at Gibraltar 1918-19. Paid off 1920. Sold 12.20.

CD.13, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 29.10.17. Armament: 1-6pdr. Paid off 12.18. Sold 1920 Captain Munro, renamed EWERBY 1923, LOCQUELTAS 1925.

CD.14, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 30.10.17. Armament: 1-6pdr. Paid off 1.19. Sold 1921, renamed GILBY 1922, resold 21.10.26 to France.

CD.15, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 31.10.17. Armament: 1-6pdr. Paid off 12.18. Sold 1921, renamed BRETONIA 1922.

CD.16, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 31.10.17. Armament: 1-6pdr. Paid off 12.18. Sold 1920.

CD.17, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 8.11.17. Armament: 1-6pdr. Paid off 2.19. Sold 1921 Captain Munro, yacht renamed STANSGATE 1925.

CD.18, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 7.11.17. Armament: 1-6pdr. Paid off 8.19. Sold 1921 engines to ABELIA 1922 and hull BU.

CD.19, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 10.11.17. Armament: 1-6pdr. Paid off 12.18. Sold 1921 engines to TELIA 1922 and hull BU.

CD.20, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 10.11.17. Armament: 1-6pdr. Served as base ship. Paid off 2.19. Renamed GUELPH 1918. Sold 1921 Captain Munro.

CD.21, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 6.9.17. Armament: 1-6pdr. Paid off 8.19. Sold 1920 Captain Munro, engines to FORSYTHIA 1922 and hull BU.

CD.22, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 12.11.17. Armament: 1-6pdr. Paid off 4.19. Sold 1921, renamed GUNBY 1922, resold 25.9.22 to Spain.

CD.23, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 14.11.17. Armament: 1-6pdr. Paid off 1919. Sold 1921, renamed BLAIRMORE I 1924, resold 1927 to USA

CD.24, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 17.11.17. Armament: 1-6pdr. Paid off 12.18. Sold 1920 Captain Munro, engines to BIOTA 1922, converted to motor vessel, renamed DARON 1924. BU c1924.

CD.25, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 17.11.17. Armament: 1-6pdr. Paid off 2.19. Sold 1921 Captain Munro, renamed FENBY 1923, resold 1.16.25 to France.

CD.26, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 19.11.17. Armament: 1-6pdr. Paid off 12.18. Sold 1921, renamed MOON 1924. Sank 1927.

CD.27, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 19.11.17. Armament: 1-6pdr. Paid off 2.19. Loaned to Dr Grenfell (Labrador Mission) 7.20, renamed WOP 1921.

CD.28, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 21.11.17. Armament: 1-6pdr. Paid off 12.18. Sold 1920 Captain Munro, renamed GRABY 1922, MASSABIELLE 1923.

CD.29, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 21.11.17. Armament: 1-6pdr. Paid off 1919. Sold 1920 Captain Munro, resold 1921 W. N. Macdonald.

CD.30, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 14.7.18. Armament (designed): 1-6pdr. Loaned to USN. Paid off 9.7.19. Sold 10.9.19 Empresa de Pesca Vianese L'tada, Portugal.

CD.31, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 14.7.18. Armament (designed): 1-6pdr. Loaned to USN. Paid off 23.7.19. Sold 1920 Captain Munro, renamed SWABY 1923, resold 1925 to Spain.

CD.32, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 12.7.18. Armament: 1-6pdr. Paid off 12.18. Sold 1920 Captain Munro.

CD.33, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 12.7.18. Armament: 1-6pdr. Paid off 12.18. Sold 1920 Captain Munro, resold 1921 W. & T. Macdonald of Sydney, NS.

CD.34, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 17.7.18. Armament: 1-6pdr. Paid off 12.18. Sold 1920 Captain Munro, engines to MYRICA 1922 and hull BU.

CD.35, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 17.7.18. Armament: 1-6pdr. Paid off 2.19. Sold 20.5.19 Wm. Smith & Co, renamed H. A. WALKER 1920.

CD.36, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 14.7.18. Armament (designed): 1-6pdr. Loaned to USN. Paid off 9.7.19. Sold 1920 W. N. MacDonald, renamed MARGARET MAC.

CD.37, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 17.7.18. Armament: 1-6pdr. Paid off 12.18. Sold 11.20, last noted 27.12.20 refloated off Magilligan Point.

CD.38, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 17.7.18. Armament: 1-6pdr. Paid off 12.18. Sold 1920, engines to COLUTEA 1922 and hull BU.

CD.39, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 12.7.18. Armament: 1-6pdr. Paid off 12.18. Sold 1920, engines to DEUTZIA 1922 and hull BU.

CD.40, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 12.7.18. Armament: 1-6pdr. Paid off 12.18. Sold 1920 Captain Munro.

CD.41, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 14.7.18. Armament (designed): 1-6pdr. Loaned to USN. Paid off 9.7.19. Sold 1920 T. Hogan & Co, Halifax, NS.

CD.42, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 15.7.18. Armament: 1-6pdr. Paid off 12.18. Sold 1920 Captain Munro, engines to EXTENSION 1922 and hull BU.

CD.43, Canadian-built Admiralty wood drifter, ordered 1.17. Built by Davie SB & R, Levis, commissioned 1.9.18. Armament (designed): 1-6pdr. Paid off 8