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World War 1 at Sea - Ships of the Royal Navy, 1914-1919

 

1. By NAME - Warships, Auxiliary Patrol vessels, some Support vessels, M.1 to Zylpha (Part 2 of 2)


From "British Warships 1914-1919" by F J Dittmar & J J Colledge

HMS I'll Try, as Nelson, Q-ship and Victoria Cross-ship
 (Frank Hale, click to enlarge)

 

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 MARAZION, Aberdare-class minesweeper (Photo Ships)

 

M-designated Monitors, M.1-M.37. Note: "Gunboats" HUMBER, MERSEY, SEVERN, Erebus-class monitors EREBUS, TERROR, and ex-coast defence ships GLATTON and GORGON do not appear to have received M numbers.

M.1, monitor – see ABERCROMBIE, monitor, Abercrombie-class.

M.2, monitor – see HAVELOCK, monitor, Abercrombie-class.

M.3, monitor – see RAGLAN, monitor, Abercrombie-class.

M.4, monitor – see ROBERTS, monitor, Abercrombie-class.

M.5, monitor – see SIR JOHN MOORE, monitor, Lord Clive-class.

M.6, monitor – see LORD CLIVE, monitor, Lord Clive-class.

M.7, monitor – see GENERAL CRAUFURD, monitor, Lord Clive-class.

M.8, monitor – see EARL OF PETERBOROUGH, monitor, Lord Clive-class.

M.9, monitor – see GENERAL WOLFE, monitor, Lord Clive-class.

M.10, monitor – see PRINCE RUPERT, monitor, Lord Clive-class.

M.11, monitor – see PRINCE EUGENE, monitor, Lord Clive-class.

M.12, monitor – see SIR THOMAS PICTON, monitor, Lord Clive-class.

M.13, monitor – see MARSHAL NEY, monitor, Marshal Ney-class.

M.14, monitor – see MARSHAL SOULT, monitor, Marshal Ney-class.

M.15, monitor, M-class, M.15-type. Launched 28.4.15 Gray. 540 tons, 170(pp)x3lx6ft. TE 800ihp, 12kts. Armament: 1-9.2in, 1-12pdr, 1-6pdr. Served in Mediterranean 1915-18. Sunk 11.11.17 by UC.38 off Gaza. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Dardanelles 1915/16.

M.16, monitor, M-class, M.15-type. Launched 3.5.15 Gray. 540 tons, 170(pp)x31x6ft. TE 800ihp, 12kts. Armament: 1-9.2in, 1-12pdr, 1-6pdr. Served in Mediterranean 1915-18. Battle Honour Dardanelles 1915/16. Sold 29.1.20, renamed TIGA.

M 17, monitor, M-class, M.15-type. Launched 12.5.15 Gray. 540 tons, 170(pp)x31x6ft. TE 800ihp, 12kts. Armament: 1-9.2in, 1-12pdr, 1-6pdr. Battle Honour Dardanelles 1915/16. Sold 12.5.20, renamed TOEDJOE.

M.18, monitor, M-class, M.15-type. Launched 15.5.15 Gray. 540 tons, 170(pp)x31x6ft. TE 800ihp, 12kts. Armament: 1-9.2in, 1-12pdr, 1-6pdr. Served in Mediterranean 1915-18. Battle Honour Dardanelles 1915. Sold 29.1.20, renamed ANAM.

M.19, monitor, M-class, M.15-type. Launched 4.5.15 Raylton Dixon. 540 tons, 170(pp)x31x6ft. Bolinders oil engines 640bhp, 12kts. Armament: 1-9.2in, 1-12pdr, 1-6pdr. Served in Mediterranean 1915-18. Battle Honour Dardanelles 1915. Sold 12.5.20, renamed DELAPAN.

M.20, monitor, M-class, M.15-type. Launched 11.5.15 Raylton Dixon. 540 tons, 170(pp)x31x6ft. Bolinders oil engines 640bhp, 12kts. Armament: 1-9.2in, 1-12pdr, 1-6pdr (1-7.5in, 2-3in later). Served in Mediterranean 1915-18. Sold 29.1.20, renamed LIMA.

M.21, monitor, M-class, M.15-type. Launched 27. 5.15 Raylton Dixon. 540 tons, 170(pp)x31x6ft. TE 650ihp, 12kts. Armament: 1-9.2in, 1-12pdr, 1-6pdr. Served in Mediterranean 1915-18, then Dover Patrol. Mined 20.10.18 off Ostend. Battle Honours Dardanelles 1915, Ostend (Zeebrugge) 23 Apr 1918.

M.22, monitor, M-class, M.15-type. Launched 10.6.15 Raylton Dixon. 540 tons, 170(pp)x31x6ft. TE 650ihp, 12kts. Armament: 1-9.2in, 1-12pdr, 1-6pdr. Served in Mediterranean 1915-18. Minelayer 1919, renamed MEDEA 12.25 training ship 1.37. Sold 12.38 Cashmore, stranded 22.1.39 off coast of Cornwall.

M.23, monitor, M-class, M.15-type. Launched 17.6.15 Raylton Dixon. 540 tons, 170(pp)x31x6ft. Bolinders oil engines 640bhp, 12kts. Armament: 1-9.2in, 1-12pdr, 1-6pdr (1-7.5in, 2-3in later). Served in Mediterranean 1915-17, then Dover Patrol. Battle Honour Belgian Coast 1917/18. Log Book Availability. To RNVR 12.22, renamed CLAVERHOUSE 12.22. Arrived 21.4.59 S Bkg Industries, Charlestown to BU.

M.24, monitor, M-class, M.15-type. Launched 9.8.15 Raylton Dixon. 540 tons, 170(pp)x31x6ft. Bolinders oil engines 640bhp, 12kts. Armament: 1-9.2in, 1-12pdr, 1-6pdr (1-7.5in, 2-3in later). Based at Dover 1915-18, then North Russia. Battle Honours Belgian Coast 1917, Ostend (Zeebrugge) 23 Apr 1918. Log Book Availability. Sold 29.1.20, renamed SATOE.

M.25, monitor, M-class, M.15-type. Launched 24.7.15 Raylton Dixon. 540 tons, 170(pp)x31x6ft. Bolinders oil engines 640bhp, 12kts. Armament: 1-9.2in, 1-12pdr, 1-6pdr (1-7.5in, 2-3in later). Based at Dover 1915-18, then North Russia. Battle Honour Belgian Coast 1915/18. Log Book Availability. Scuttled 16.9.19 in Dvina River.

M.26, monitor, M-class, M.15-type. Launched 24.8.15 Raylton Dixon. 540 tons, 170(pp)x31x6ft. Bolinders oil engines 640bhp, 12kts. Armament: 1-9.2in, 1-12pdr, 1-6pdr (1-7.5in, 2-3in later). Based at Dover 1915-18. Battle Honours Belgian Coast 1917/18, Ostend (Zeebrugge) 23 Apr 1918. Sold 29.1.20, renamed DOEWA.

M.27, monitor, M-class, M.15-type. Launched 8.9.15 Raylton Dixon. 540 tons, 170(pp)x31x6ft. Bolinders oil engines 640bhp,12kts. Armament: 1-9.2in, 1-12pdr, 1-6pdr (1-6in, 2-3in later; finally 3-4in, 2-3 in). Based at Dover 1915-18, then White Sea Squadron, North Russia. Battle Honour Belgian Coast 1917/18. Scuttled 16.9.19 in Dvina River.

M.28, monitor, M-class, M.15-type. Launched 28.6.15 Raylton Dixon. 570 tons, 170(pp)x31x6ft. Bolinders oil engines 640bhp, 12kts. Armament: 1-9.2in, 1-12pdr, 1-6pdr. Served in Mediterranean 1915-18. Sunk 20.1.18 by BRESLAU and GOEBEN off Imbros.

M.29, monitor, M-class, M.29-type, ordered 15.3.15. Launched 22.5.15 Harland & Wolff. 535 tons, 170(pp)x31x6ft. Bolinders oil engines 640bhp, 12kts. Armament: 2-6in from Queen Elizabeth-class battleships, 1-6pdr. Served in Mediterranean 1915-18. Battle Honour Dardanelles 1915/16. Log Book Availability. Minelayer 1919, renamed MEDUSA 12.25, depot ship 9.41, renamed TALBOT 9.41, MEDWAY II 1943, MEDUSA 9.44. Sold 9.9.46, BU 1947 at Dover.

M.30, monitor, M-class, M.29-typ, ordered 15.3.15. Launched 23.6.15 Harland & Wolff. 535 tons, 170(pp)x31x6ft. Bolinders oil engines 640bhp, 12kts. Armament: 2-6in from Queen Elizabeth-class battleships, 1-6pdr. Served in Mediterranean from 1915. Sunk 13.5.16 by shore batteries, Gulf of Smyrna.

M.31, monitor, M-class, M.29-type, ordered 15.3.15. Launched 24.6.15 Harland & Wolff. 535 tons, 170(pp)x31x6ft. Bolinders oil engines 640bhp, 12kts. Armament: 2-6in from Queen Elizabeth-class battleships, 1-6pdr. Served in Mediterranean 1915-18. Battle Honour Dardanelles 1915/16. Log Book Availability. Minelayer 1919, renamed MELPOMENE 12.25, MENELAUS 1941. BU 1948 Rees, Llanelly.

M.32, monitor, M-class, M.29-type, ordered 15.3.15 from Harland & Wolff. Subcontracted to Workman Clark, launched 22.5.15. 535 tons, 170(pp)x31x6ft. Bolinders oil engines 640bhp, 12kts. Armament: 2-6in from Queen Elizabeth-class battleships, 1-6pdr. Served in Mediterranean 1915-18. Battle Honour Dardanelles 1915/16. Sold 29.1.20, renamed AMPAT.

M.33, monitor, M-class, M.29-type, ordered 15.3.15 from Harland & Wolff. Subcontracted to Workman Clark, launched 22.5.15. 535 tons, 170(pp)x31x6ft. Bolinders oil engines 640bhp, 12kts. Armament: 2-6in from Queen Elizabeth-class battleships, 1-6pdr. Served in Mediterranean 1915-18. Battle Honour Dardanelles 1915. Log Book Availability. Minelayer 1919, renamed MINERVA 12.25, hulk 6.43 (C.23), still in service (1972).

M.34, monitor, improved Marshal Ney-class, ordered 5.15, building by Harland & Wolff. Armed with 4-15in guns, steam driven, 10kts. Cancelled 6.15.

M.35, monitor, improved Marshal Ney-class, ordered 5.15, building by Harland & Wolff. Armed with 4-15in guns, steam driven, 10kts. Cancelled 6.15.

M.36, monitor, improved Marshal Ney-class, ordered 5.15, building by Swan Hunter. Armed with 4-15in guns, steam driven, 10kts. Cancelled 6.15.

M.37, monitor, improved Marshal Ney-class, ordered 5.15, building by Hamilton. Armed with 4-15in guns, steam driven, 10kts. Cancelled 6.15.

 

M.26, monitor (Photo Ships)

 


 

M-class submarines, M.1-M.4, 1800/1950 tons, 296(oa), 290(pp)x24x16ft. Diesel/electric 2400/1600hp, 15.5/9.5kts. Armament: 1-12 in (ex-pre-dreadnought gun, loaded on surface, could be fired at periscope depth), 1-3in AA, 4-18in tt.

M.1 (ex-K.18), submarine monitor. Launched 9.7.17 Vickers. Served in Mediterranean 1918. Sunk 12.11.25 in collision off Start Point.

M.2 (ex-K.19, renamed 25.6.18), submarine monitor. Launched 19.10.18 Vickers. Seaplane carrier 4.28 with 1?3in, 4tt. Sunk 26.1.32 off Portland.

M.3 (ex-K.20, renamed 25.6.18), submarine monitor. 303ft(oa), 4-21in tt. Launched 19.10.18 Armstrong. Minelayer in 1927 with 4mg, 4?21in tt, mines Sold 2.32 Cashmore.

M.4 (ex-K.21, renamed 25.6.18), submarine monitor. Launched 20.7.19 Armstrong. Completion cancelled. Sold 30.11.21 Armstrong.

 


M.1, submarine
(Navy Photos)

 


 

M.105, decoy or Q-ship - see KEMES, fishing smack (Milford Haven-registered M.105) conversion.

M.135, decoy or Q-ship - see STRUMBLE, fishing smack (Milford Haven-registered M.135) conversion.

M. THOMSON, hired drifter. Built 1908, 87grt, Buckie-reg BCK.10. In service 7.15?1920 as boom defence vessel.

M. A. DODDS, hired trawler. Built 1892, 150grt, North Shields-reg SN.152. In service 6.15?8.18 as boom defence vessel.

M. H. BUCHAN, hired drifter, Adty No 3109. Built 1917, 101grt, Peterhead-reg PD.325. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 5.17?1919 as hydrophone tender. Renamed BUCK 6.18. Served in WW2.

M J HEDLEY, store carrier, decoy or Q-ship.

M. MORAN (ex-HS.42), 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 1912, 315grt. Probably sold in 1920's although six of group served in WW2.

MA FREEN, hired drifter, Adty No 749. Built 1913, 92grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.927. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 1.15?1919 as net vessel.

MABEL VERA, hired drifter. Built 1912, 98grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.1185. In service 9.15?1919 as boom defence vessel.

MACAW, hired trawler, Adty No 145. Built 1909, 187grt, Milford Haven-reg M.18. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 8.14?1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

MACBETH, hired trawler, Adty No 169. Built 1906, 311grt, Hull-reg H.869. Armament: 1?12pdr, 1?3pdr. In service 10.14?1919 as minesweeper.

MACDUFF, hired trawler, Adty No 2577. Built 1906, 179grt, Hull-reg H.894. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 6.15?1919 as minesweeper. Renamed MACDUFF II 9.17.

MACEDONIA, armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, M.59 (on coming into service), MI.76 (1.18, cancelled 6.18), (no pendant. No. was assigned 4.18). Built 1904, 10512grt, 18kts. Armament: 8-4.7in (later 8-6in.). In service 2.8.14- 17.11.18. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Falkland Islands 8 Dec 1914. Log Book Availability.

MACFARLANE, hired trawler, Adty No 1220. Built 1908, 284grt, Hull-reg H.997. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 2.15?1919 as minesweeper.

MACKAY (ex-CLAVERHOUSE, renamed 31.12.18), destroyer leader, Scott-class, ordered 4.17, F.A6 (6.19). Launched 21.12.18 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, Charlestown 6.49.

MACKAYS, hired drifter, Adty No 2801. Built 1908, 83grt, Methil-reg ML.125. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 4.15?1919 as net vessel.

MACKENZIE, hired trawler, Adty No 336. Built 1911, 335grt, Hull-reg H.349. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 8.14?1919 as minesweeper.

MACKEREL SKY, Admiralty wood drifter, Adty No, 3928, building programme began May 1917, average cost of hull and machinery £11,500. Delivered 24.4.19, Noble. 94grt/179 tons deep, 94(oa), 86(pp)x20x10ft. TE 270ihp, 9 kts. To Fishery Board for Scotland 21.10.20, renamed DRAINIE 1921. Served as DRAINIE in WW2.

MACLEAY, hired trawler, Adty No 3327. Built 1913, 317grt, Hull-reg H.1022. Armament: 1?12pdr, 1?7.5in BT. In service 2.17?1919.

MADGETTE, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 16. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

MADIS, hired drifter, Adty No 1845. Built 1909, 79grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.577. In service 8.15?4.17 as net vessel.

MADRAS, Admiralty trawler, Indian-built, Castle-type. Launched 1919, Burn & Co, Calcutta. Teak planking on steel frames, 265grt/588 tons deep, 125(pp)x33x12ft. TE 480ihp, 10.5kts. Probably only vessel of type commissioned as unarmed minesweeper. Renamed TANJORE 1.42. Lost by stranding 6.42.

MAELSTROM, Admiralty wood drifter, Adty No, 4171, building programme began May 1917, average cost of hull and machinery £11,500. Delivered 11.3.20, Courtney. 94grt/179 tons deep, 94(oa), 86(pp)x20x10ft. TE 270ihp, 9 kts. Completed as fishing vessel. To Fishery Board for Scotland 16.6.20, same name. Served as FAIR HAVEN in WW2.

MAENAD, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 9.14, H.A7 (1914), G.25 (1.17), G.27 (1.18), G.A8 (9.18). Launched 10.8.15 Denny. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 22.9.21 Cohen, BU in Germany.

MAFEKING, hired trawler, Adty No 637. Built 1903, 181grt, Hull-reg H.716. Armament: 1?12pdr, 1?7.5in BT. In service 10.14?1919 as minesweeper.

MAFEKING, hired motor drifter, Adty No MB.169, 4308. Built 1900, 50grt, Banff-reg BF.430. In service 12.14?1919. Renamed SMUTS 5.18.

MAGA, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 121 (second use of No.). See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

MAGDA, Admiralty blockship. Built 1888, 2351grt, 290ft. Purchased 1914-15 for Portland, not used as blockship. Became gate vessel.

MAGDALEN, hired drifter, Adty No 2862. Built 1907, 94grt, Kirkcaldy-reg KY.217. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 4.15?1919 as net vessel, minesweeper.

MAGGIE, hired drifter, Adty No 2162. Built 1907, 96grt, Banff-reg BF.424. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 3.15?1919 as net vessel.

MAGGIE, hired motor drifter, Adty No 3008. Built 1904, 56grt, Banff-reg BF.1252. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 3.17?1918. Renamed MAGGIE II 6.17.

MAGGIE BRUCE, hired drifter, Adty No 2437. Built 1911, 76grt, Buckie-reg BCK.94. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 5.15?1919 as net vessel, minesweeper.

MAGGIE COWE, hired drifter, Adty No 2758. Built 1914, 91grt, Berwick-reg BK.334. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 4.15?1919 as net vessel, minesweeper. Served as RACHEL FLETT in WW2.

MAGGIE GAULT, hired drifter. Built 1910, 91grt, Inverness-reg INS.126. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 1.17?1919 as examination vessel. Served in WW2.

MAGGIE JESSIE, hired motor drifter, Adty No 3009. Built 1903, 50grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.397. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 3.17?1919.

MAGGIES, hired drifter, Adty No 2129. Built 1907, 85grt, Kirkcaldy-reg KY.138. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 3.15?1919 as net vessel.

MAGIC (ex-MARIGOLD, renamed 5.15), destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 9.14. G.C0 (1914), G.01 (1.17), G.0A (4.18). Launched 10.9.15 White. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 22.9.21 Cohen, BU in Germany.

MAGIC, naval hospital ship, YA.14 (assigned c 11.14). Built 1893, Harland & Wolff. 2147grt, 311x38ft. Hired, in service 16.11.14-6.5.19, flew red ensign. Renamed MAGIC II 1916, renamed CLASSIC 6.18

MAGNET, fleet tug, 7 (1.18). Launched 1883 Stevens, Birkenhead. 430 tons, 136(pp)x22x10ft. TE 520ihp, 12kts. Was KNIGHT OF THE CROSS. purchased 22.4.85. Armament: 4-3pdr. Tender to VICTORY, flew white ensign. Sold 1.5.20, renamed SAN ANTONIO.

MAGNET, hired drifter. Built 1903, 60grt, Banff-reg BF.1122. In service 1.16?1920 on mining duties.

MAGNET III, hired drifter, Adty No 797. Built 1908, 92grt, Buckie-reg BCK.40. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 12.14?1919 as boom defence vessel repairs vessel.

MAGNETA, hired trawler, Adty No 1970. Built 1915, 322grt, Hull-reg H.354. Armament: 1?12pdr, 1?7.5in BT. In service 9.15?1919 as minesweeper.

MAGNIFICENT, pre-dreadnought battleship, Majestic-class, D.13 (1914), P.83 (9.15), P.3A (1.19). Launched 19.12.94 Chatham 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 1914 went abroad, most of class to Mediterranean, disarmed in 1915 to provide guns for Lord Clive-class monitors, became depot ship or unarmed transport. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Dardanelles 1915. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Inverkeithing.

MAGNIFICENT, hired drifter. Built 1903, 68grt, Inverness-reg INS.538. In service 8.15?1920 as boom defence vessel.

MAGNIFICENT III, hired drifter. Built 1909, 93grt, Inverness-reg INS.23. In service 7.15?1919 as boom defence vessel. Served in WW2.

MAGNOLIA, 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.67 (2.15), T.26 (9.15), T.58 (1.18). Launched 26.6.15 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 2.7.32 Metal Ind, Charlestown.

MAGNOLIA, hired trawler, Adty No 1741. Built 1897, 213grt, Grimsby-reg GY.226. Armament: 1?6pdr AA, 1?2pdr. In service 1.15?1919. Renamed MAGNOLIA Il 7.15.

MAGNOLIA, hired trawler, Adty No 790. Built 1898, 184grt, Milford Haven-reg M.146. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 7.15?1919 as minesweeper. Renamed MAGNOLIA III 18.15.

MAGPIE, hired trawler, Adty No 680. Built 1904, 278grt, Hull-reg H.802. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 11.14?1919 as minesweeper. Renamed MAGPIE II 8.15.

MAGPIE, boom defence vessel, ex-composite gunboat, Redbreast-class. Launched 15.3.89 Pembroke DY, 805 tons. Served in Solent, on boom defence 8.14. Depot ship 10.15. Sold 29.12.21.

MAGPIE (also C.63, borne with name from about 1920), small berthing tug. 40 tons. Purchased 1902, believe flew blue ensign. Sold 1923.

MAGPIE III, fishing trawler. Built 1896, 156grt, Grimsby-reg GY.1010. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

MAHANADI, patrol boat or minesweeper, civilian steamer taken up in India. Built 1892, 1194grt. In service c1917-1919 in Indian Ocean.

MAHRATTA (1918) – see EMPEROR OF INDIA II (ex-PRINCESS ROYAL), patrol paddle vessel.

MAIA, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 6. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

MAID OF GUERNSEY, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 91. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

MAID OF HONOUR, hired yacht, Pendant No 067. Built 1907, 419grt/487TM. Armament: 2?12pdr. In service 12.4.15?10.2.19. May have served as wireless-equipped A/P Group Leader or in special yacht squadrons, at home or in Mediterranean. Served as SYLVANA in WW2.

MAID OF THULE, hired drifter, Adty No 166. Built 1917, 97grt, Lerwick-reg LK.882. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 9.17?1919 as minesweeper.

MAID O'MORAY, hired drifter. Built 1911, 84grt, Inverness-reg INS.224. In service 7.15?1920 as boom defence vessel.

MAINE (1) (ex-SWANSEA), naval hospital ship. Built 1887. Presented to Admiralty 29.6.01. Stranded, sold 6.7.14.

MAINE (2), naval hospital ship – see MEDIATOR

MAIRI, hired yacht, submarine depot, later tug, Pendant No 099. Built 1911, 59grt/65TM. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service from 19.8.14, later purchased, tug from 3.18. Sold 8.8.19.

MAJESTIC, pre-dreadnought battleship, Majestic-class, D.04 (1914). Launched 31.1.95 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 1914 went abroad, most of class to Mediterranean, Sunk 27.5.15 by U.21 off Cape Helles. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Dardanelles 1915.

MAJESTIC, fishing trawler. Built 1894, 159grt, Grimsby-reg GY.682. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

MAJESTIC, hired motor drifter, Adty No 1687. Built 1902, 53grt, Peterhead-reg PD.273. In service 4.17?1919. Renamed MAJESTIC III 9.17.

MAJESTIC, hired motor drifter, Adty No 1669. Built 1910, 56grt, Methil-reg ML.206. In service 4.17?1919. Renamed MAJESTIC IV 9.17.

MAJESTIC II, patrol paddle vessel, mercantile conversion, Adty No. 0107. Built 1901, 408grt. Armament: 2-6pdr AA. In service 23.5.16, Served in Mediterranean, based at Alexandria. Foundered 28.7.16 near Oran.

MAJESTY, hired drifter, Adty No D, 1292. Built 1908, 84grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.66. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 12.14?1919 as patrol boat, minesweeper. Served in WW2.

MAJOR, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 25. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

MALASPINA, Canadian patrol vessel, either Government or hired craft. Built 1913, 392grt. Armed with 1-6pdr. Listed from 12.14 for service in Canadian waters.

MALAYA, dreadnought battleship, Queen Elizabeth-class, 3A (1914), 84 (1.18), 06 (4.18). Launched 18.3.15 Armstrong. 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. Sold 20.2.48, BU Metal Ind, Faslane.

MALCOLM, destroyer leader, Scott-class, ordered 4.17, D.19 (11.19). Launched 29.5.19 Cammell Laird. 1800 tons, 332(oa), 320(pp)x32x12ft. Turbine 40000shp, 36kts. Armament: 5-4.7in, 1-3in AA, 6-21in tt. Sold 25.7.45, BU Ward, Barrow.

MALLAIG, twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, Adty No. 4362, T.5/ (12.18), T.N9 (11.19). Launched 10.10.18 Fleming & Ferguson. 800 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 2200ihp, 16kts. Armament: 1-4in, 1-12pdr AA. Sold 25.11.27 Hughes Bolckow.

MALLARD, destroyer, two-funnelled 30-knotter, designated D-class, D.26 (1914), D.42 (9.15), D.55 (1.18). Launched 19.11.96 Thornycroft. c340 tons, 210(pp)x191x7ft. TE 5800ihp, 30kts. Armament: 1-12pdr, 5-6pdr, 2-18in tt. Patrol Flotilla. Sold 10.2.20 South Alloa S. Bkg Co.

MALLINA, decoy or Q-ship - see DJERISSA, chartered collier (Admiralty No. Y3.231) conversion.

MALLORY, decoy or Q-ship – see PC.42, patrol boat.

MALLOW, 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.68 (2.15), T.27 (9.15), T.59 (1.18). Launched 13.7.15 Barclay Curle. 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. To RAN 7.19. Dismantled 7.32, sunk 1.8.35 as target off Sydney.

MALTA (ex-WEELSBY), hired trawler, Adty No 700. Built 1897, 138grt, Grimsby-reg GY.325. In service 11.14?9.15 as auxiliary patrol vessel, also decoy trap with submarine C.33. Mined 1.9.15 off the North Shipwash Buoy.

MALTA, iron dockyard paddle tug, Aetna-type. Launched 21.1.71 Laird. 530 tons, 128(pp)x25x10ft. 850ihp. Served in Portsmouth and Rosyth, believe flew blue ensign. Sold 1.21, renamed BENSHIE.

MALVERN, twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, T.16 (4.19), T.58 (11.19). Launched 19.2.19 Fleming & Ferguson. 800 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 2200ihp, 16kts. Armament: 1-4in, 1-12pdr AA. Sold 26.6.28 Alloa, Charlestown.

MAMELUKE, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 11.14, G.11 (9.15), G.27 (1.17), G.26 (1.18), G.02 (9.18). Launched 14.8.15 John Brown. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sold 22.9.21 Cohen, BU in Germany.

MANA, decoy or Q-ship - see GOBLIN (ex-MANA), motor schooner conversion.

MANAGEM (ex?HILDEGARDE), hired yacht. Built 1904, 206grt/205TM. Armament: 1?12pdr. In service 15.1.17?1.19. May have served as wireless-equipped A/P Group Leader or in special yacht squadrons, at home or in Mediterranean.

MANATEE, listed as patrol vessel, ex-Nigerian Government motor launch. Armed with 1-3pdr/1-MG. In service from 9.14 in West Africa.

MANCO, squadron supply ship, Y9.25. Built 1908, 2984grt. In commissioned service 10.12.14-10.15, flew white ensign, A/P depot from 4.15.

MANDA, fishing trawler. Built 1898, 150grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.178. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

MANDATE, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 9.14, H.A8 (1914), G.02 (1.17), H.9A (1.18). Launched 27.4.15 Fairfield. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 22.9.21 Cohen, BU in Germany.

MANFORD, decoy or Q-ship – see PENSHURST, chartered collier (Admiralty No. Y3.253) conversion.

MANICA, kite balloon ship, mercantile conversion, Y4.17 (fleet messenger pendant. no). Built 1900, 4120grt. Hired as kite balloon ship 11.3.15-19.8.17, purchased 1915. In Mediterranean 1915, home waters 1915-16. Renamed HUNTBALL 1917, later red ensign collier Y3.313 until 6.18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Dardanelles 1915. Log Book Availability.

MANILA, hired screw tug. Built 1895, 180grt. In service 13.5.17-29.7.17. 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.

MANIPUR, dummy battlecruiser No. 12 INDOMITABLE, later repair ship, mercantile conversion. Built 1906, 7654grt. Dummy battlecruiser conversion ordered late 11.14, hired 11.14 for conversion by Harland & Wolff, Belfast, armed with 1-3pdr, superstructure and guns built of wood and canvas, ship ballasted to suggest greater length, completed during 3.15. Believed based at Loch Ewe on patrol in North Atlantic to c10.15. Paid off in UK by 10.15, purchased by Admiralty 1915. Repair ship SANDHURST.

MANLY, destroyer, M-class, 1913 Programme, H.0A (1914), H.69 (1.18), D.20 (9.18). Launched 12.10.14 Yarrow. 883 tons, 270(oa), 260(pp)x25x9ft. Turbine 23000, 35kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class served Harwich 1914-17, five loaned to Dover 1916-17, all to Mediterranean 1917-18, then Grand Fleet or Dover Force. Battle Honours (and links to despatches, casualties, awards) Belgian Coast 1916/18, Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918. Sold 26.10.21 Barking S. Bkg Co.

MANNERS, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 9.14, H.A9 (1914), G.03 (1.17), H.CI (9.18). Launched 15.6.15 Fairfield. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 26.10.21 Barking S. Bkg Co.

MANNOFIELD, fishing trawler. Built 1905, 206grt, Aberdeen-reg A.526. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

MANON, decoy or Q-ship - see IANTHE, auxiliary 3-mast schooner conversion.

MANOR, hired trawler, Adty No 299. Built 1913, 314grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.174. Armament: 1?12pdr. In service 8.14?1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

MANORBIER CASTLE, hired trawler. Built 1898, 153grt, Aberdeen-reg A.439. In service 6.15?1920 as boom defence accomodation.

MANSFIELD, destroyer, M-class, 1913 Programme, H.1A (1914), H.70 (1.18), D.37 (9.18). Launched 3.12.14 Hawthorn Leslie. 1055 tons, 271(oa), 265(pp)x27x10ft. Turbine 27000, 35kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class served Harwich 1914-17, five loaned to Dover 1916-17, all to Mediterranean 1917-18, then Grand Fleet or Dover Force. Battle Honours (and links to despatches, casualties, awards) Belgian Coast 1916/18, Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918. Sold 26.10.21 Barking S. Bkg Co.

MANSFIELD, fishing trawler. Built 1897, 165grt, Grimsby-reg GY.460. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

MANSURA, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 41 (first use of No.). See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

MANTIS, river gunboat, Insect-class, ordered 2.15 as "China Gunboat" for service on Danube. Served elsewhere, P.0A (1.16), P.5A (1.18). Launched 14.9.15 Sunderland SB. 645 tons, 237(oa), 230(pp)x36x4ft. TE 2000ihp,14kts, twin screws in tunnels. Armament: 2-6in, 2-12pdr. Mesopotamia 1916-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Mesopotamia 1916/17. Log Book Availability. Sold 20.1.40 in China.

MANTON, decoy or Q-ship – see CONVOLVULUS, convoy sloop.

MANTUA, armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, M.51 (on coming into service), MI.77 (1.18), MI.40 (4.18). Built 1908, 10,885grt, 18kts, owned by P&O Line. Armament: 8-4.7in, 2-6pdr. Crew (7.15): 44 officers & 320 crew (bi). In service 5.8.14-26.12.19. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. Log Book Availability.

MANX ADMIRAL, hired trawler. Built 1912, 219grt, Grimsby-reg GY.665. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 12.14?1919 as boom defence vessel.

MANX HERO (ex?BERIAN), hired trawler, Adty No 339. Built 1910, 221grt, Grimsby-reg GY.585. In service 8.14?3.15 as minesweeper. Mined 10.3.15 in the Kephez rninefield, Dardanelles.

MANX HERO, hired trawler, Adty No 3291. Built 1916, 235grt, Grimsby-reg GY.883. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 7.16?1919 as minesweeper. Served as ROTTERDAM in WW2.

MANX KING, hired trawler, Adty No 3274. Built 1916, 235grt, Grimsby-reg GY.881. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 4.16?1919 as minesweeper.

MANX PRINCE, hired trawler, Adty No 311. Built 1910, 220grt, Grimsby-reg GY.542. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 8.14?1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

MANX QUEEN, hired trawler, Adty No 1529. Built 1915, 234grt, Grimsby-reg GY.491. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 6.15?3.16 as minesweeper. Wrecked 1.3.16 on Filey Brig.

MANXMAN, aircraft carrier, mercantile conversion, N.70 (1.18). Launched 15.6.04 Vickers. 2048grt, 341(oa), 334(pp)x43ft. Turbine, 21kts. Converted at Chatham DY, commissioned 17.4.16-24.12.19. Armament: 2-4in, 1-6pdr AA, 8 aircraft. In commission 17.4.16-24.12.19. Rosyth 1916-17, then Mediterranean. Returned 12.2.20. Served as CADUCEUS in WW2.

MANZANITA, hired drifter, Adty No 1038. Built 1911, 93grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.1113. In service 1.15?9.16 as net vessel. Wrecked 6.9.16 in the Adriatic.

MAORI, destroyer, Tribal class, 2nd group, 4-funnelled, designated F-class, H.16 (1914). Launched 24.5.09 Denny. c970-1090 tons, c280(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 15500shp, 34kts. Armament: 2-4in, 2-18in tt. 6th DF, Dover until loss. Mined 7.5.15 off Belgian coast. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Belgian Coast 1914/15.

MARA SMITH, hired drifter, Adty No 2553, 2251. Built 1908, 88grt, Buckie-reg BCK.22. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 2.15?1920 as net vessel. Renamed DREEL CASTLE 2.18.

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

MARAZION, twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, N.3A (6.19), N.4A (11.19). Launched 15.4.19 Fleming & Ferguson. 800 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 2200ihp, 16kts. Armament: 1-4in, 1-12pdr AA. Log Book Availability. Sold 3.33 at Hong Kong.

MARCELLA (ex?MARCHESA), hired yacht, armed boarding steamer, Pendant No MI.25(1.16). Built 1887, 127grt/160TM. In service from 6.7.15. Sunk 24.3.16 in collision off the Downs.

MARIE DELLE VITTORIE (ms – MARIA ….), cargo steamship, Admiralty blockship. Built 1882, 2,926grt. Ex-Clan liner CLAN GRAHAM, owned by T Astarita. One of two Admiralty blockships (the other VINCENZO FLORIO) scuttled at "W" -Tekke Burnu beach, S tip of Gallipoli peninsula by 29 December 1915 as breakwaters for final evacuation (not included in Dittmar; Rn/ms).

MARCHIONESS OF BREADALBANE, paddle minesweeper, mercantile conversion to take advantage of shallow draught, high speed and manoeuvrability, Adty No. 558. Built 1890, 246grt. Armament: not listed. In service 20.4.17-30.5.19. Served with Auxiliary Patrol, carried Fishery flag superior pendant, troop carrier from 21.1.19.

MARCHIONESS OF FIFE, paddle minesweeper, mercantile conversion to take advantage of shallow draught, high speed and manoeuvrability, Adty No. 936. Built 1890, 246grt. Armament: 1-6pdr, 1-6pdr AA. In service 27.10.15, purchased by Admiralty 23.10.17. Served with Auxiliary Patrol, carried Fishery flag superior pendant, troop carrier 24.1.19, hospital carrier 10.4.19, designated HC.6 5.19. Sold 16.1.23 Ward, Inverkeithing.

MARCHIONESS OF LORNE, patrol paddle vessel, later minesweeper, mercantile conversion, Adty No. 0110. Built 1891, 295grt. Armament: 1-6pdr, 1-6pdr AA. In service 19.6.16-1920, paddle minesweeper 20.4.19. Served in Mediterranean, based at Alexandria.

MARCHWOOD, dockyard tug, Edith-type. Launched 23.11.00 Dundee SB. 140 tons, 86(oa), 78(pp)x16x7ft. 200ihp. Served in Portsmouth, believe flew blue ensign. Sold 1948.

MARCONI, hired trawler, Adty No 3304. Built 1916, 322grt, Hull-reg H.488. Armament: 1?12pdr. In service 8.16?1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

MARCONI, hired motor drifter, Adty No 3011. Built 1904, 61grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.993. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 3.17?1919 as hydrophone vessel. Renamed MARCONI II 6.17.

MARCONI, hired motor drifter, Adty No MB.168. Built 1903, 50grt, Wick-reg WK.201. In service 12.14?1920. Renamed MARCONI III 9.17.

MARE, hired drifter, Adty No 2200. Built 1911, 92grt, Montrose-reg ME.156. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 7.15?1919 as net vessel. Served in WW2.

MARESFIELD, decoy or Q-ship, chartered collier (Admiralty No. Y3.777) conversion. Built 1910, 4176grt. In service 8.3.17-15.5.18, armament not listed, other names CHISWELL, SEQUAX.

MARGARET, Canadian patrol vessel, either Government or hired craft. Built 1914, 756grt. Armed with 2-6pdr. Listed from 12.14 for service in Canadian waters.

MARGARET & ANNIE, decoy or Q-ship - see BRIG 4 (ex-VERA), brigantine conversion.

MARGARET DUNCAN, hired trawler, Adty No 593. Built 1913, 224grt, Liverpool-reg LL.123. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 12.14?1919. Served as LUDA LORD in WW2.

MARGARET HAM, hired rescue tug, W.52 (1.18). Built 1913, 113grt. In service 7.9.15-29.5.19, BDV before 1917.

MARGARET MURRAY, decoy or Q-ship, auxiliary schooner conversion. Built 1885, 184grt. In service 30.4.18-18.10.19, armed with 1-4in, 3-12pdr, other name SARAH JONES.

MARGARET WETHERLY, hired trawler. Built 1911, 211grt, Aberdeen-reg A.344. In service 6.15?1920 as boom defence accommodation.

MARGARETHA, decoy or Q-ship (true identity not known). In service 19.8.18-11.11.18.

MARGATE, hired trawler, Adty No 818. Built 1897, 161grt, Grimsby-reg GY.218. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 11.14?4.17. Sunk 24.4.17 by U-boat off Severn Point.

MARGIT, decoy or Q-ship - see THORNHILL, chartered collier (Admiralty No. Y3.260) conversion.

MARGOT, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 44. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

MARGUERITE, 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.51 (1.16), T.60 (1.18). Launched 23.11.15 Dunlop Bremner. 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. To RAN 1919. Dismantled 9.32, sunk 1.8.35 as target.

MARGUERITE, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 94. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

MARGUERITE, decoy or Q-ship - see BRIG 1 (ex-EMILIA C, ex-MARGUERITE), auxiliary barkentine conversion.

MARGUERITE, fishing trawler. Built 1895, 151grt, Aberdeen-reg A.594. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

MARIE, hired drifter, Adty No 1876. Built 1905, 60grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.717. In service 9.15?1919 as net vessel, examination vessel.

MARIE LOUISE, fishing trawler. Built 1900, 140grt, Ostend-reg O.97. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

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

MARIGOLD (ex-IVY), 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.45 (2.15), T.19 (9.15), T.61 (1.18). Launched 27.5.15 Bow McLachlan. 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. Sold 26.1.20 C. W. Kellock, renamed PRINCIPE DE PIAMONTE.

MARINER, hired drifter, Adty No 2426. Built 1907, 88grt, Inverness-reg INS.259. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 5.15?1919 as net vessel, minesweeper.

MARINER, boom defence vessel, ex-composite screw sloop, Mariner-class. Launched 23.6.84 Devonport DY, 970 tons. Served in Devonport, on boom defence 8.14. Salvage vessel 1917; sold 2.29 Hughes Bolckow.

MARION, hired trawler, Adty No 20. Built 1891, 128grt, Dundee-reg DE.14. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 8.14?2.18 as minesweeper. Mined 23.2.18 off Malta.

MARION II, fishing trawler. Built 1906, 255grt, London-reg LO.235. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

MARISTO, hired trawler, Adty No 1978. Built 1914, 287grt, Milford Haven-reg M.14. Armament: 1?12pdr. In service 12.15?1919 as minesweeper.

MARITANA, hired drifter, Adty No 2275. Built 1907, 97grt, Banff-reg BF.715. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 2.15?1919 as net vessel, minesweeper.

MARJORAM, convoy sloop, Flower-class, Anchusa-type, ordered 2.17, Aubretia and Anchusa-types built to look like merchant ships, with concealed armament, T.51 (1.18). Launched 26.12.17 Greenock & Grangemouth. 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. To be renamed PRESIDENT 1921, but wrecked 1.21 at Flintstone Head on passage to Haulbowline to fit out.

MARKSMAN (c1913), destroyer, M-class, 1913 Programme. One of three boats cancelled and replaced by two Marksman-class leaders.

MARKSMAN, destroyer leader, Marksman-class, 1914-15 programme, H.96 (1914), G.35 (1917), F.85 (1.18), G.23 (4.18), F.66 (9.18). Launched 28.4.15 Hawthorn Leslie. c1604-1608 tons, 325(oa), 315(pp)x32x12ft. Turbine 36000shp, 34kts. Armament: 4-4in, 2-2pdr, 4-21in tt. Grand Fleet 1915-17, Dover 1917-18, then Grand Fleet again. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 8.11.21 Slough T.C. BU in Germany.

MARKSMAN, hired screw tug. Built 1914, 78grt. Harbour service 24.11.15-8.5.20, renamed BOATMAN 4.18 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.

MARLBOROUGH, dreadnought battleship, Iron Duke-class, 79 (1914), 85 (1.18), 66 (4.18). Launched 24.10.12 Devonport DY. 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. 1st BS Grand Fleet 1914-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 27.6.32 Metal Ind, Rosyth.

MARLBOROUGH, dummy battleship No.7 – see MOUNT ROYAL, mercantile conversion.

MARLBOROUGH, hired trawler. Built 1907, 213grt, Grimsby-reg GY.306. In service 12.14?1919 as boom defence vessel. Served in WW2.

MARLOES, hired trawler, Adty No 15. Built 1911, 220grt, Milford Haven-reg M.76. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 8.14?1919 as minesweeper.

MARLOW, twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, Adty No. 4355, T.42 (12.18), T.77 (11.19). Launched 7.8.18 Harkess. 800 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 2200ihp, 16kts. Armament: 1-4in, 1-12pdr AA. Sold 21.4.28 Alloa, Charlestown.

MARLTON (RCN), hired screw tug. Built 1914, 64grt. In service 8.18-1.20, limited to harbour and inland waterway duties, flew red ensign.

MARMION (also C.112, borne with name from about 1920), small berthing tug. 100 tons. Purchased 3.00, believe flew blue ensign. Sold 22.7.20.

MARMION, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 9.14, H.C2 (1914), G.04 (1.17). Launched 28.5.15 Swan Hunter. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sunk 21.10.17 in collision with TIRADE off Lerwick.

MARMION II, paddle minesweeper, mercantile conversion to take advantage of shallow draught, high speed and manoeuvrability, Adty No. 586. Built 1906, 403grt. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 15.5.15-27.5.20. Served with Auxiliary Patrol, carried Fishery flag superior pendant. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Belgian Coast 1915. Served in WW2.

MARMORA, armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, M.58 (on coming into service), MI.78 (1.18), MI.41 (4.18). Built 1903, 10509grt, 18kts. Armament: 8-4.7in. In service 3.8.14. 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 23.7.18 by UB.64 S of Ireland.

MARNE, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 9.14, H.A6 (1914), G.05 (1.17), H.A0 (1.18). Launched 29.5.15 John Brown. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 29.9.21 Cohen, BU In Germany.

MARNE, hired trawler, Adty No 1365. Built 1915, 257grt, Hull-reg H.231. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 4.15?1919 as minesweeper. Renamed MARNE II 1.16.

MARS, pre-dreadnought battleship, Majestic-class, D.42 (1914), P.01 (9.15), P.6A (1.19). Launched 3.3.96 Laird. 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 1914 went abroad, most of class to Mediterranean, disarmed in 1915 to provide guns for Lord Clive-class monitors, became depot ship or unarmed transport. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Dardanelles 1915/16. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Briton Ferry.

MARSA (ex-MARS), paddle minesweeper, mercantile conversion to take advantage of shallow draught, high speed and manoeuvrability, Adty No. 438. Built 1902, 317grt. Armament: 1-6pdr, 1-6pdr AA. In service 22.9.16. Served with Auxiliary Patrol, carried Fishery flag superior pendant. Sunk 18.11.17 in collision at entrance to Harwich harbour.

MARSDEN, hired paddle tug. Built 1906, 131grt. In service from 24.6.15. Harbour and dockyard service, normally flew the red ensign. Wrecked 31.10.15.

MARSDEN, hired rescue tug, W.53 (1.18). Built 1917, 195grt. In service 1.10.17-11.11.19.

MARSHAL NEY, monitor, Marshal Ney-class, M.12 (4.15), M.08 (1.18). Laid down as M.13, launched 17.6.15 Palmer. 6670 tons, 336(oa), 340(pp)x90x10ft. Diesel 1500bhp, 6.5kts. Armament: 2-15in, 2-12pdr (15in removed 1916, replaced by 1-9.2in, 4-6in; 6-6in, 2-3in AA 1917). Armour: 4in deck, 13in guns. Based at Dover 1915-18. Rearmed as a guardship. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Belgian Coast 1915. Base ship 6.22, renamed VIVID 6.22, DRAKE 1.34, ALAUNIA II 1947. Arrived 6.10.57 Ward, Milford Haven.

MARSHAL SOULT, monitor, Marshal Ney-class, M.13 (4.15), M.09(1.18). Laid down as M.14, launched 24.8.15 Palmer. 6670 tons, 336(oa), 340(pp)x90x10ft. Diesel 1500bhp, 6.5kts. Armament: 2-15in, 2-12pdr. Armour: 4in deck, 13in guns (2-6in added 1916, replaced by 8-4in 1918). Based at Dover 1915-18, often towed into action by EREBUS or TERROR. Battle Honours (and links to despatches, casualties, awards) Belgian Coast 1915/18, Ostend (Zeebrugge) 23 Apr 1918. Base ship 1940. Sold 10.7.46, BU at Troon.

MARSHFORT (ex-HUAYNA, ex-HILDEBRAND), decoy or Q-ship, cargo ship conversion. Built 1893, 1988grt. In service 22.4.17-13.5.19, armed with 2-4in, 2-12pdr, other names HILLCOLLOW, HUAYNA, SENLEY.

MARTHE, fishing trawler. Built 1913, 234grt, Ostend-reg O.43. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control. Served as CRAIG ISLAND in WW2.

MARTIAL, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 9.14, H.C3 (1914), G.06 (1.17), F.77 (1.18). Launched 1.7.15 Swan Hunter. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Briton Ferry.

MARTIN, destroyer, Acorn-class, designated H-class, H.65 (1914), H.71 (1.18). Launched 15.12.10 Thornycroft. 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 21.8.20 at Malta.

MARTIN, hired trawler, Adty No 414. Built 1897, 242grt, Hull-reg H.187. Armament: 1?12pdr. In service 11.14?11.16 as minesweeper. Renamed MARTIN Il 2.15.

MARTINETA, hired trawler. Built 1909, 279grt, Grimsby-reg GY.505. In service 10.16?1920 as boom defence vessel.

MARTON, hired trawler, Adty No 1590. Built 1905, 232grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.38. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 6.15?1919 as minesweeper.

MARVEL, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 11.14, G.20 (9.15), G.28 (1.17), G.A3 (9.18). Launched 7.10.15 Denny. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Hayle.

MARVELLOUS, hired drifter, Adty No 2565. Built 1908, 82grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.474. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 3.15?1919 as net vessel.

MARY B. MITCHELL, decoy or Q-ship, 3-mast schooner conversion. Built 1892, 227grt. In service 25.4.16-24.3.19, armed with 1-4in, 1-12pdr, 1-6pdr, other names AMARIS, ARIUS, BRINE, CANCALAIS, EIDER, JEANETTE, MARIE THERESE, MARY Y JOSE, MITCHELL, NEPTUN, Q.9.

MARY, hired trawler, Adty No 361. Built 1906, 256grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.84. In service 8.14?11.14 as minesweeper. Mined 5.11.14 off Yarmouth.

MARY ADELINE, hired drifter, Adty No 1005. Built 1910, 73grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.650. In service 1.15?1919 as net vessel.

MARY BOWIE, hired drifter, Adty No 1783. Built 1911, 79grt, Buckie-reg BCK.86. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 3.15?1919 as net vessel.

MARY COWIE, hired drifter, Adty No 1806. Built 1908, 83grt, Londonderry-reg LY.48. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 4.15?1919 as net vessel.

MARY DUNCAN, hired motor drifter, Adty No 1672. Built 1900, 45grt, Kirkcaldy-reg KY.1. In service 5.17?1919.

MARY HENDERSON, hired motor drifter, Adty No MB.187. Built 1913, 13 net reg tons. In service 4.15?1916.

MARY MALTMAN, hired drifter, Adty No 2757. Built 1908, 79grt, Berwick-reg BK.269. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 4.15?1919 as net vessel.

MARY REID, hired drifter, Adty No 2304. Built 1908, 77grt, Buckie-reg BCK.36. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 5.15?1920 as net vessel, minesweeper.

MARY ROSE, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 9.14, H.C4 (1914), G.29 (1.17). Launched 8.10.15 Swan Hunter. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sunk 17.10.17 by BREMSE & BRUMMER in North Sea. Battle Honours (and links to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916, Scandinavian convoys 17 Oct 1917.

MARY ROSE II, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 98. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

MARY ROSE III, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 202, 4328 (Fishery flag No. after 6.18). See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats. (Also listed as motor drifter with same name and numbers – see separate listing)

MARY ROSE III, hired motor drifter, Adty No MB.202, 4328. Built 1914, 16 net reg tons. In service 12.15?1920.

MARY SLATER, hired drifter, Adty No 2856. Built 1911, 79grt, Inverness-reg INS.243. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 5.15?1919 as net vessel.

MARY STEPHEN, hired drifter, Adty No 1390. Built 1906, 89grt, Peterhead-reg PD.116. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 5.15?1919 as net vessel.

MARY SWANSTON, hired drifter. Built 1916, 109grt, Berwick-reg BK.357. In service 3.16?1919 as meat carrier. Served as DEWY EVE in WW2.

MARY TAVY, tug. Launched 1918 Philip. 162 tons gross. 93(pp)x23ft. Compound. Believe flew blue ensign. Sold 1947, renamed DANNY.

MARY WETHERLY, hired trawler, Adty No 1345. Built 1907, 221grt, Aberdeen-reg A.159. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 4.15?1919 as minesweeper.

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

MARY'S, hired drifter, Adty No 2467. Built 1907, 82grt, Buckie-reg BCK.198. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 2.15?1919 as net vessel.

MARYLAND, hired drifter. Built 1902, 61grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.506. In service 1.15?1920 as stores & water carrier.

MARYNTHEA, hired yacht, Pendant No 017. Built 1911, 854grt/900TM. Armament: 2?12pdr. In service 4.2.15?8.2.19. May have served as wireless-equipped A/P Group Leader or in special yacht squadrons, at home or in Mediterranean. Served as CONQUEROR in WW2.

MASCOT, decoy or Q-ship - see ENERGIC, fishing smack (Lowestoft-registered LT.1195) conversion.

MASCOT, hired drifter, Adty No 2429. Built 1902, 66grt, Banff-reg BF.994. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 5.15?1920 as net vessel. Renamed MALAPERT 9.18.

MASHONA, hired motor drifter. Banff-reg BF.1139. In service 9.18?1918.

MASHONA, armed launch, ex-launch-tug. Armed with 1-3pdr. In service from 11.14. One of five vessels (GARMSIR, LEWIS PELLY, MASHONA, MINER, SIRDAR-I-NAPHTI) commissioned in Persian Gulf area by 4 officers and 41 men of battleship OCEAN. Tug from 1.1.15.

MASSOUDIEH, listed as patrol vessel, Mesopotamian river stern-wheeler. To support military operations, armed 6.15. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Mesopotamia 1915.

MASTER, decoy or Q-ship - see QUICKLY, hired drifter.

MASTERPIECE, hired drifter, Adty No 756. Built 1907, 82grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.407. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 1.15?1919 as net vessel.

MASTIFF, destroyer, M-class, 1913 Programme, H.3A (1914), H.72 (1.18), D.66 (9.18). Launched 5.9.14 Thornycroft. c985-1070 tons, 271(oa), 265(pp)x27x10ft. Turbine 26500, 35kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class served Harwich 1914-15, Mastiff to 11th S/M Flotilla 1915-17, all class to Mediterranean 1917-18, then Grand Fleet or Dover Force. Battle Honours (and links to despatches, casualties, awards) Dogger Bank 25 Jan 1915, Belgian Coast 1916/18, Ostend (Zeebrugge) 23 Apr 1918. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Briton Ferry.

MASTIFF, gunboat, Ant-class, harbour service tender since c1905, ex-"flatiron" gunboat, commissioned in 1914 for service off Belgian coast. Launched 4.4.71 Armstrong. 254 tons, 89(oa), 85(pp)x26x6ft. Horizontal engines 260ihp, 8kts. Armament (1914): 2-4.7in, 1-12pdr. Renamed SNAPPER 1914. Reverted to harbour service by 1916. Sold 28.11.31 S Bkg Ltd, Thames.

MASTWING, hired trawler, Adty No 684. Built 1908, 199grt, Hull-reg H.981. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 11.14?1919 as minesweeper.

MATCHLESS, destroyer, M-class, 1913 Programme, H.4A (1914), H.73 (1.18), D.47 (9.18). Launched 5.10.14 Swan Hunter. 1010 tons, 272(oa), 265(pp)x26x8ft. Turbine 25000, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class served Harwich 1914-17, five loaned to Dover 1916-17, all to Mediterranean 1917-18, then Grand Fleet or Dover Force. Battle Honours (and links to despatches, casualties, awards) Belgian Coast 1916/18, Ostend (Zeebrugge) 23 Apr 1918. Sold 26.10.21 Barking S. Bkg Co.

MATTHEW BERRYMAN, Admiralty trawler, Castle-class, Adty No 4412, building Cook, W & G. Cancelled after 11.18. Completed for commercial service, renamed RIGHTO. Served as RIGHTO in WW2.

MATTHEW CASSADY, Admiralty trawler, Castle-class, Adty No 4457. Launched 18.12.18, Ailsa, Troon. 275grt/360 tons/547 tons deep, 134(oa), 125x23x13ft. TE 480ihp, 10.5kts. Completed as fishing vessel. Sold 1919 renamed INVERDON.

MATTHEW CROOKE, Admiralty trawler, non-standard Strath-class, Adty No 3655. Launched 2.10.17, Hall. Units ranged from 194-237grt, 115-122x22ft. Approx. TE 430ihp, 10.5kts. Armament: 1-12pdr. Crew: 15, up to 18 with wireless. Sold 1921, renamed FORTROSE. Served in WW2.

MATTHEW FLYNN, Admiralty trawler, Castle-class, Adty No 3745. Delivered 23.2.18, Hepple. 275grt/360 tons/547 tons deep, 134(oa), 125x23x13ft. TE 480ihp, 10.5kts. Armament: 1-12pdr. Crew: 15, up to 18 with wireless. Sold 1921 renamed AMIRAL MAR QUER. Served as COMMILES in WW2.

MATTHEW HARTLEY, Admiralty trawler, Strath-class, Adty No 4202. Delivered 6.5.19, Rennle Forrestt. 215grt/311 tons/429 tons deep, 123(oa), 115x22x12ft. TE 430ihp, 10.5kts. Completed as fishing vessel. Sold 1919 renamed WYBERTON.

MAUD, small hired yacht, in RIM service.

MAUD EVELYN, hired drifter, Adty No 1837. Built 1910, 73grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.540. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 8.15?1920 as net vessel.

MAUN, hired trawler, Adty No 122. Built 1906, 271grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.81. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 8.14?1919 as minesweeper.

MAUNA LOA, hired screw tug. Built 1907, 44grt. In service 11.17-2.19, limited to harbour and inland waterway duties, flew red ensign.

MAURETANIA, armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, MI.57 (4.18). Built 1907, 31938grt, 25kts. Armament: not listed. In service 17.8.14-1914, released because of heavy fuel consumption, taken up again 1.18-1919.

MAUVEEN, hired drifter, Adty No 4397. Built 1918, 95grt, North Shields-reg SN.360. In service 10.18?1919.

MAVIS (ex-NYROCA), decoy or Q-ship, cargo ship conversion. Built 1903, 1295grt. In service 31.1.17-27.7.18, armed with 1-4in, 2-12pdr, other name NYROCA, Q.26.

MAVIS, hired yacht, ferry, later tug, Pendant No Y4.67. Built 1903, 218grt/260TM. In service 9.7.17?26.5.19, ferry at Scapa Flow, tug from 1918.

MAX PEMBERTON, hired trawler, Adty No 3049. Built 1917, 334grt, Hull-reg H.563. Armament: 1?12pdr. In service 6.17?1919 as minesweeper, then hydrophone experiments.

MAXIMUS (ex?ULLESWATER), hired trawler, Adty No 997. Built 1898, 236grt, Grimsby-reg GY.973. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 12.14?1919.

MAY BABY (ex?BOLINDERS), hired yacht. Built 1911, 65grt. In service 11.14?1915.

MAY QUEEN, hired motor drifter, Adty No MB.171. Built 1903, 41 net reg tons, Banff-reg BF.432. In service 12.14?1916.

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

MAYBERRY (ex?SIX), hired drifter. Built 1901, 77grt, Wick-reg WK.79. In service 1.16?1920 as hospital vessel.

MAYFLY, coastal destroyer (1906) – see TB.11, torpedo boat, TB.1-12-class.

MAYFLY, river gunboat, Fly-class, ordered 2.15. Built in sections by Yarrow, sent out to Mesopotamia 8.15, re-erected after 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 1916/17. Sold 1.3.23 at Basra.

MAYFLOWER, decoy or Q-ship - see WALTER S BAILEY, hired trawler

MAYFLOWER, hired drifter, Adty No 2570. Built 1907, 97grt, Inverness-reg INS.75. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 3.15?1919 as net vessel.

MAYMIE, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 80. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

MAYO (RIM), patrol boat or minesweeper, ex-steamer. Built 1896, 1125grt. In service c1917-1919 in Indian Ocean.

MAZURKA, tunnel minesweeper, Dance-class, ordered as "tunnel tugs" (screw in tunnel) by War Department for Mesopotamia, transferred 10.17, 1242 (pendant. no). Launched 13.10.17 Murdoch & Murray. 290 tons, 130(pp)x26x4ft. Compound 450ihp, 9.5kts. Armament: 1-6pdr. Based at Dunkirk 1918, clearing mines off Flanders coast. Sold 1.5.20 Crichton Thompson & Co.

MB.1-MB. 211, Motor Boats, ex-civilian pleasure craft, ranged from 3 to 65 tons, capable of high speed in calm weather, but poor sea-keeping qualities, carried out local and harbour patrol duties, armed with rifles and other small arms, crewed by RNVR personnel with yachting experience. Joined Motor Boat Reserve (formed in January 1914) between 8.14 and late 1915 when Elco-built Motor Launches started to be delivered. Original armed patrol units included four motor boats. Incorporated into Yacht Patrol organisation 1.10.15, but only a few were left in service after mid-1916. Original Admiralty MB series were used for craft carried by large warships.

The following MB numbers were sometimes used a number of times, and might be allocated to ex-civilian motor boats (MB.1-MB.211), motor fishing drifters (MB.119-MB.202), and coastal motor boats (CMB's – MB.781 to 1691). Although the following list should only include ex-civilian motor boats, there are a number of cases where a motor boat is also listed as a motor drifter. See the motor boat names for possibly more information.

(MB. No. not listed) - see ANZAC

(MB. No. not listed) - see FIONGHALL

(MB. No. not listed) - see LUCY M.

(MB. No. not listed) - see MENZIES II

(MB. No. not listed) - see NOVICE

MB.1 - see MAYFAIR

MB.2 - see BRAEMAR

MB.3 - see HILARY

MB.4 - see PLATYPUS

MB.5 - see GABRIELLE

MB.6 - see MAIA

MB.7 - see DRANOEL

MB.8 - see MYNONIE

MB.9 - see SALEE ROVER

MB.10 - see WHAT NEXT

MB.11 - see MINNEHAHA

MB.12 - see PUP

MB.13 - see NEVA

MB.14 - see HATASOO

MB.15 (first use of No.) - see GENESTA

MB.15 (second use of No.) - see ESPOIR

MB.16 - see MADGETTE

MB.17 - see NOAH

MB.18 - see YTENE

MB.19 - see JEAN

MB.20 - see LAXFORD

MB.21 (first use of No. Second use as motor boat or motor drifter not listed) - see DRAGONFLY

MB.22 - see OSPREY

MB.23 - see FLORA

MB.24 - see OOMALA

MB.25 - see MAJOR

MB.26 - see SPLASH

MB.27 - see DAPHNE

MB.28 - see KESTREL

MB.29 (first use of No.) - see ROSMAR

MB.29 (second use of No.) - see FOREST FLY

MB.30 - see WHITE SLAVE

MB.31 - see DAWN

MB.32 - see TALAWA

MB.33 - see WEENIE

MB.34 - see NORD EST

MB.35 - see MINOU

MB.36 - see MY LADY MOLLY

MB.37 (first use of No.) - see BABY

MB.37 (second use of No.) - see PENGUIN

MB.38 - see SHAMROCK

MB.39 - see CLARA

MB.40 - see SHEARWATER

MB.41 (first use of No.) - see MANSURA

MB.41 (second or third use of No.) - see RED LICHTIE

MB.41 (second or third use of No.) - see ULEX

MB.42 - see KIWI

MB.43 - see MOLLY

MB.44 - see MARGOT

MB.45 - see KONATSU

MB.46 - see SENORA

MB.47 - see SEA GULL

MB.48 - see BALGAL

MB.49 (first use of No.) - see MORWENNA

MB.49 (third use, possibly second, of No.) - see RAZORBILL

MB.50 (first use of No.) - see LLYS HELIG

MB.50 (second use of No.) - see DAUNTLESS

MB.51 - see TERRIER

MB.52 - see EUN MARA

MB.53 - see CATRIONA

MB.54 - see ORCHID

MB.55 (first use of No.) - see ARABIAN

MB.55 (second use of No.) - see DOLORES

MB.56 - see AMAZON

MB.57 - see RUBY

MB.58 - see OMBAH

MB.59 - see CERISE

MB.60 - see PAPAKURA

MB.61 - see KAMI NO MICHI

MB.62 - see LADY LEL

MB.63 - see NYATA

MB.64 - see CURLEW

MB.65 (first use of No.) - see BURRASTOW

MB.65 (second use of No.) - see PEARL II

MB.66 - see KIA ORA

MB.67 - see DORA

MB.68 - see ARMIDA

MB.69 - see TARA

MB.70 - see AUK

MB.71 - see VANDORA

MB.72 - see KOROOMA

MB.73 - see MORNA

MB.74 - see TORTOISE

MB.75 - see OLIVE

MB.76 - see YEHONALA

MB.77 - see VERA III

MB.78 - see FEDERATION

MB.79 - see OTTAWA

MB.80 - see MAYMIE

MB.81 - see ISLANDER

MB.82 - see COLONSAY

MB.83 - see RAMONA

MB.84 - see DUNIRA

MB.85 - see APTERA

MB.86 - see CLIO

MB.87 - see VALERIE

MB.88 - see TYROL

MB.89 - see DOREEN

MB.90 - see SEABIRD

MB.91 - see MAID OF GUERNSEY

MB.92 - see PLEIONE

MB.93 (first use of No.) - see LADY DORA

MB.93 (second use of No.) - see ELIDA

MB.94 - see MARGUERITE

MB.95 - see LALLA II

MB.96 - see JANA

MB.97 - see SPROUT

MB.98 - see MARY ROSE II

MB.99 - see MOLLA

MB.100 - see OLIVIA

MB.101 (first use of No.) - see DEGANWY

MB.101 (second use of No.) - see SUNBEAM

MB.102 - see EMERALD

MB.103 - see YVONNE

MB.104 (first use of No.) - see INANDA

MB.104 (second use of No.) - see ST. BENEDICT

MB.105 - see ALLEGRO

MB.106 - see GRIFFIN

MB.107 - see RESOLUTE

MB.108 - see PUFFIN II

MB.109 - see IRIS

MB.110 (first use of No.) - see FRANCIS

MB.110 (second use of No.) - see TARBES

MB.112 - see ANACAPA

MB.113 - see DOROTHY MAY

MB.114 - see BABY V

MB.115 - see GRETA II

MB.116 - see EVADNE

MB.117 - see ST. JOLES

MB.118 (also listed as motor drifter with same name) - see PERLONA

MB.119 (first use of No.) - see ANGUS

MB.119 (second use of No., also listed as motor drifter with same name) - see SPRING FLOWER

MB.120 (first use of No.) - see NAIDIA

MB.120 (second use of No.) - see NINA D'ASTY

MB.121 (first use of No.) - see ELEKTRA

MB.121 (second use of No.) - see MAGA

MB.122 (first use of No.) - see IMP

MB.122 (second use of No.) - see SWEETHEART

MB.123 (first use of No.) - see IRENE

MB.123 (second use of No.) - see TRIDENT

MB.124 (first use of No.) - see IDA

MB.124 (second use of No.) - see CALIFORNIA II

MB.125 (first use of No.) - see JAMES TATE

MB.125 (second use of No.) - see PERIWINKLE

MB.126 (first use of No.) - see ROKA

MB.126 (second use of No.) - see MIMIC

MB.126 (order of use not listed) - see MEA

MB.127 (first use of No.) - see UTILITY

MB.127 (second use of No.) - see VIMONO

MB.129 - see RONALIN

MB.130 - see GWAUN MAID

MB.131 - see HONOLULU

MB.132 - see CYNTHIA

MB.133 - see ROLYATINA

MB.134 - see CALIFORNIA

MB.135 - see IAN

MB.136 - see AMICE

MB.137 - see ESTRELLA

MB.138 - see ARIEL

MB.139 - see MURIEL

MB.140 - see EXCALIBUR

MB.141 - see MEMPHIS

MB.142 - see HIKIBYIDO

MB.143 - see VELSA

MB.144 (first use of No.) - see SPARROW

MB.144 (second use of No.) - see EOTHEN

MB.145 - see TANTRUM

MB.146 - see MORANDY

MB.147 - see MEGALEEP

MB.148 (first use of No.) - see VALKYRIE II

MB.148 (second use of No.) - see SINHALEE

MB.149 - see NITA PITA

MB.163 (one use of No., other was motor drifter ENDEAVOUR) - see GUDEAVON

MB.182 (also listed as motor drifter with same name. Previously listed as motor drifter PETER & JOHN) - see OLIVETTE

MB.186 - see VICTORY

MB.190 - see SAKKARA

MB.191 - see FLOUNDER

MB.192 - see SALMON

MB.193 - see PERCH

MB.194 - see TUNA

MB.195 - see TAUTOG

MB.196 - see TROUT

MB.197 - see POPPY

MB.198 - see COLLEEN II

MB.199 - see SPHINX

MB.201 (also listed as motor drifter with same name) - see PENELOPE

MB.202 (also listed as motor drifter with same name) - see MARY ROSE III

MB.203 - see DOROTHEA

MB.211 (second use of No. No first listing as motor boat or motor drifter) - see YAQUI

MB.1143 – see DCB.4, distant control boat

MB.1256 – see DCB.5, distant control boat

 


 

MEA, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 126 (one of three with this number; order of use not listed). See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

MEAD (SAN) – see KILMEAD, Kil-class patrol gunboat.

MECHANICIAN, commissioned escort or convoy escort ship, mercantile conversion, P.A5 (7.17), MI.98 (1.18). Built 1900, 9044grt, 13kts. Armament: 2-6in, 2-4in, 2-11in A/S howitzers. In service 20.6.17. Sunk 20.1.18 by UB.35 off St. Catherine's Point, Channel.

MEDEA, destroyer, ex-Greek M-class KRITI, H.9C (9.15), H.74 (1.17). Purchased 8.14, launched 30.1.15 John Brown. 1007 tons, 273(oa), 265(pp)x26x10ft. Turbine 25000 ship, 32kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. Harwich Force 1915-16,10th S/M Flotilla, Tees 1916-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Belgian Coast 1916. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Milford Haven.

MEDEA (1925)– see M.22, monitor, M-class.

MEDIATOR, hired trawler, Adty No 509, 447. Built 1912, 178grt, Aberdeen-reg A.483. In service 9.14?1.16 as auxiliary patrol vessel. Mined 2.1.16 off Hornsea.

MEDIATOR (ex-HELIOPOLIS), naval hospital ship, D.95 (1914), N.95 (9.15), X.13 (1.16). Launched 1906 Henderson. 8785 tons, 404(oa), 390(pp)x52x20ft. TE, 12.5kts. Purchased 7.3.13, renamed MAINE 7.14, flew blue ensign as RFA. Sold 7.3.16 Harris & Dixon, renamed HELIOPOLIS.

MEDINA (ex-REDMILL, renamed, as not a 2-shaft Admiralty R-class), destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 5.15, G.75 (9.15), G.51 (1.17), G.52 (1.18), D.87 (11.18). Launched 8.3.16 White. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Milford Haven.

MEDUSA, destroyer, ex-Greek M-class LESVOS, H.90 (9.15). Purchased 8.14, launched 27.3.15 John Brown. 1007 tons, 273(oa), 265(pp)x26x10ft. Turbine 25000 ship, 32kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. Harwich Force from 1915. Sunk 25.3.16 in collision with LAVEROCK in North Sea.

MEDUSA, hired yacht, Pendant No 049. Built 1906, 598grt/627TM. Armament: 1?12pdr, 1?6pdr AA. In service 12.1.15?22.3.19, renamed MEDUSA II 6.15. May have served as wireless-equipped A/P Group Leader or in special yacht squadrons, at home or in Mediterranean. Served as MOLLUSC in WW2.

MEDUSA (1925) – see M.29, monitor, M-class.

MEDWAY, hired screw tug. Built 1895, 30grt. In service 11.14-12.18, limited to harbour and inland waterway duties, flew red ensign.

MEDWAY (ex-REDWING, renamed initially as MEDORA, as not a 2-shaft Admiralty R-class), destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 5.15, G.76 (9.15), F.01 (1.17), G.2A (4.18). Launched 19.4.16 White. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Milford Haven.

MEG (Z.1), Admiralty whaler, ordered 15.3.15, Adty No 1790. Launched 29.5.15, Smiths Dock. 336 tons/237grt, 132(oa), 125(pp)x25x8ft. TE 1200ihp, 13 kts. Armament: 1?12pdr, 1-6pdr AA. From 1915-18, served as coastal anti-submarine escort in one of three squadrons, based at Stornoway, Shetlands, Peterhead or the Humber. Renamed ZEDWHALE 1.16. Sold 12.2.20, same name, later renamed TSAR DUSHAN.

MEG, hired drifter, Adty No 1055. Built 1906, 82grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.316. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 1.15?1919 as net vessel. Renamed MEG II 8.18.

MEGALEEP, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 147. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

MEJIDIEH, listed as patrol vessel, Mesopotamian river steamer. Built 1882, 463grt. Armed with 2-18pdr field guns. Stern-wheeler from 3.12.14. To support military operations.

MEJIDIEH's, listed as patrol vessels - see P.50-61, shallow draught stern-wheelers for service in Mesopotamia.

MEKONG (ex?MAUD), hired yacht, Pendant No 070. Built 1906, 903grt/899TM. Armament: 2?3in. In service from 14.4.15. May have served as wireless-equipped A/P Group Leader or in special yacht squadrons, at home or in Mediterranean. Wrecked 12.3.16 north of Filey Brigg.

MELAMPUS, destroyer, ex-Greek M-class CHIOS, H.44 (9.15), H.75 (1.17). Purchased 8.14, launched 16.12.14 Fairfield. 1040 tons, 273(oa), 265(pp)x26x10ft. Turbine 25000 ship, 32kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. Harwich Force 1915-16, 9th S/M Flotilla, Harwich 1916-18. Sold 22.9.21 Cohen, BU in Germany.

MELBOURNE (RAN), light cruiser, ex-2nd-class cruiser, Chatham-class, 86 (1.18), 93 (4.18). Launched 30.5.12 Cammell Laird. 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 1914, North America and West Indies 1914-16, 2nd LCS Grand Fleet 1916-18. Sold 8.12.28 Alloa, Rosyth.

MELCOMBE REGIS (ex-Lune), paddle minesweeper, mercantile conversion to take advantage of shallow draught, high speed and manoeuvrability, Adty No. 1637. Built 1892, 253grt. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 1.12.17-31.5.20. Served with Auxiliary Patrol, carried Fishery flag superior pendant, Medway ferry from 17.5.19.

MELINKA, hired drifter, Adty No 2335. Built 1911, 77grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.432. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 2.15?1919 as net vessel.

MELISANDE (ex?MONARCH), hired yacht, Special Service Vessel. Built 1883, 264grt/367TM. In service 8.8.18-6.8.19. Served in WW2.

MELITA, boom defence vessel, ex-composite screw sloop, Mariner-class. Launched 20.3.88 Malta DY, 970 tons. Served in Solent, on boom defence 8.14. Salvage vessel 11.15, renamed RINGDOVE 12.15. Sold 9.7.20, renamed RINGDOVE'S AID. See also RINGDOVE, examination ship, ex-Coastguard and Fishery Protection..

MELODY, Admiralty steel drifter, Adty No, 4172. Delivered 4.2.21, Crichton Thompson. 94grt/199 tons (deep), 93(oa), 86x18x9. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Completed as fishing vessel. To Fishery Board for Scotland 4.2.21, renamed ROSE DUNCAN 1921.

MELPOMENE, destroyer, ex-Greek M-class SAMOS, H.09 (9.15), H.76 (1.18), D.50 (9.18). Purchased 8.14, launched 1.2.15 Fairfield. 1040 tons, 273(oa), 265(pp)x26x10ft. Turbine 25000 ship, 32kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. Harwich Force 1915-16, Dover 1916-17, then Mediterranean and Grand Fleet. Battle Honours (and links to despatches, casualties, awards) Belgian Coast 1916/18, Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, New Holland.

MELPOMENE (1925) – see M.31, monitor, M-class.

MELTON, paddle minesweeper, Ascot or Racecourse-class, ordered 9.15, based on design of successful hired paddle minesweeper GLEN USK, Adty No. 898, T.94 (9.18). Launched 16.3.16 Hamilton. 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. Sold 25.11.27. Served as QUEEN OF THANET in WW2.

MEMPHIS, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 141. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

MENA, hired trawler, Adty No 453. Built 1914, 234grt, Grimsby-reg GY.210. In service 2.15?1920 as minesweeper. Served as LUDA LADY in WW2.

MENACE (c1913), destroyer, M-class, 1913 Programme. One of three boats cancelled and replaced by two Marksman-class leaders.

MENACE, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 9.14, H.7C (1914), G.28 (1.17), G.30 (1.18), G.6A (6.18). Launched 9.11.15 Swan Hunter. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Grays.

MENELAUS, kite balloon ship, mercantile conversion, Y4.21 (fleet messenger pendant. no). Built 1895, 4672grt. Hired and commissioned as kite balloon ship 5.5.15-7.6.17. Served at Dover 1915-16, Scapa 1916-17. On red ensign charter as store carrier Y8.138, and troopship from 6.17-12.19. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Belgian Coast 1915.

MENTOR, destroyer, M-class, 1913 Programme, H.6A (1914), H.77 (1.18), D.54 (9.18). Launched 21.8.14 Hawthorn Leslie. 1055 tons, 271(oa), 265(pp)x27x10ft. Turbine 27000, 35kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class served Harwich 1914-17, five loaned to Dover 1916-17, all to Mediterranean 1917-18, then Grand Fleet or Dover Force. Battle Honours (and links to despatches, casualties, awards) Dogger Bank 25 Jan 1915, Belgian Coast 1917/18, Ostend (Zeebrugge) 23 Apr 1918. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Hayle.

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

MERA, hired yacht, Pendant No 045. Built 1886, grt219/293TM. Armament: 1?12pdr.1?6pdr AA. In service 8.12.14?25.3.19. May have served as wireless-equipped A/P Group Leader or in special yacht squadrons, at home or in Mediterranean.

MERCURIUS, hired screw tug. Built 1912, 90grt. In service 7.2.19-1.8.19. 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.

MERCURY, paddle minesweeper, mercantile conversion to take advantage of shallow draught, high speed and manoeuvrability, Adty No. 578. Built 1892, 378grt. Armament: 2-6pdr AA. In service 21.12.15-24.1.20. Served with Auxiliary Patrol, carried Fishery flag superior pendant.

MEREDITH, decoy or Q-ship – see PC.60, patrol boat.

MERION, dummy battlecruiser No. 14 TIGER, mercantile conversion. Built 1902, 11621grt. Dummy battlecruiser conversion ordered late 11.14, hired 1.12.14 for conversion by Harland & Wolff, Belfast, armed with 1-3pdr, superstructure and guns built of wood and canvas, ship ballasted to suggest greater length, completed during 3.15, nominally purchased by Admiralty 30.5.15. Served in Aegean, sunk 30.5.15 by UB.8 off Strati Island.

MERISIA, hired trawler, Adty No 127. Built 1912, 291grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.153. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 9.14?1919 as minesweeper.

MERLIN, survey ship, ex-sloop, Espiegle-class, converted 1906/07. Was 1070 tons, 210(oa), 185(pp)x33x11ft. TE 1400ihp, 13kts. Armament: 6-4in, 4-3pdr. Log Book Availability.

MERLIN, hired trawler, Adty No 1794. Built 1899, 186grt, Grimsby-reg GY.190. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 5.15?1920 as minesweeper.

MERLIN, hired trawler, Adty No 374. Built 1906, 172grt, Hull-reg H.924. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 10.14?1919 as minesweeper. Renamed MERLIN Il 8.15.

MERMAID, destroyer, three-funnelled 30-knotter, designated C-class, P.35 (1914), D.63 (9.15), D.56 (1.18), H.85 (9.18). Launched 22.2.98 Hawthorn Leslie. 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. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Belgian Coast 1914/17. Sold 23.7.19 Ward, New Holland.

MEROPS (ex-MARACAIBO), decoy or Q-ship, barkentine conversion. Built 1892, 313grt. In service 2.2.17-11.2.19, armed with 1-4in, 2-12pdr, other names BELLMORE, ILMA, MARACAIBO, Q.28, STEADY, TOOFA. Renamed BELLMORE.

MEROR (ex?EMPEROR), hired trawler, Adty No 685. Built 1905, 250grt, Grimsby-reg GY.94. Armament: 1?3pdr, 1?2pdr. In service 11.14?1920. Served in WW2.

MERRIMAC, hired rescue tug, W.54 (1.18). Built 1918, 226grt. In service 23.2.18-17.5.19.

MERRY HAMPTON, 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.8N (5.19). Launched 19.12.18 Blyth SB. 1320 tons, 267(oa), 258(pp)x35x10ft. TE2500ihp, 17kts. Armament: 2-4in, 39 depth charges. Survey vessel 1923, renamed HERALD 2.23. Scuttled 2.42 at Selatar, became Japanese HEIYO 10.42. Mined 14.11.44.

MERRYDALE, hired trawler, Adty No 1759. Built 1906, 225grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.77. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 5.15?1919 as minesweeper.

MERSE, hired trawler, Adty No 980. Built 1914, 296grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.62. Armament: 1?12pdr. In service 2.15?5.17 as minesweeper. Mined 22.5.17 off Garroch Head, Bute.

MERSEY, river monitor, Humber-class, listed by RN as gunboats, P.62 (1914), M.1A (9.15), M.10 (1.18). Launched 1.10.13 Vickers. Ex-Brazilian MADEIRA (sometimes wrongly listed as MADURA), taken over 4.8.14. 1260 tons, 266(oa), 261(pp)x49x5ft. TE 1450ihp,12kts. Armament: 2-6in, 2-4.7in howitzers (3-6in after 1915). Dover 1914, East Africa 1915-18, then Mediterranean. Battle Honours (and links to despatches, casualties, awards) Belgian Coast 1914/15, single ship action with SEVERN v KONIGSBERG, 11 Jul 1915. Log Book Availability. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Morecambe, BU 1923.

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

MESSENGER, mooring vessel, Trinculo-class, X.41 (1916), X.42 (1.18). Launched 22.2.16 Bow McLachlan. 750 tons, 152(oa), 135(pp)x26x10ft. 500ihp, 9.5kts. Boom defence duty at Granton to 1918. Sold c1950 at Malta.

MESSINES, Admiralty trawler, Canadian-built, Festubert-group, ordered 1.17. Launched 6.6.17, Polson Iron Works. Iron-hull, 320grt, 130(pp)x23x13ft. TE 480ihp, 10.5kts. Armament: 1-12pdr (designed for 2-12pdr). Built for Atlantic coast patrol, in RCN hands by 13.11.17. To Canadian Dept of Marine & Fisheries 1920 renamed Lightship No.3.

METEOR, iron dockyard paddle tug, Aetna-type. Launched 5.9.83 Laird. 530 tons, 128(pp)x25x10ft. 850ihp. Served in Chatham, believe flew blue ensign, renamed PERSEVERANCE 1914. Sold 31.1.23 Carriden S Bkg Co.

METEOR, destroyer, M-class, 1913 Programme, H.7A (1914), H.78 (1.18), D.84 (9.18). Launched 24.7.14 Thornycroft. c985-1070 tons, 271(oa), 265(pp)x27x10ft. Turbine 26500, 35kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class served Harwich 1914-17, five loaned to Dover 1916-17, all to Mediterranean 1917-18, then Grand Fleet or Dover Force. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Dogger Bank 25 Jan 1915. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Milford Haven.

METHYL, decoy or Q-ship – see PC.55, patrol boat.

MEUSE, fishing trawler. Built 1904, 217grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.107. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

MEWSLADE, hired trawler, Adty No 1993. Built 1916, 275grt, Swansea-reg SA.34. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 4.16?1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

MEYNELL, twin-screw fleet minesweeper, early Hunt-class, ordered 1916, Adty No. 495, T.7C (6.18). Launched 7.2.17 Henderson. 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 4.11.22 Col. J. Lithgow.

MEYUN, hired screw tug. Built 1905, 567grt. In service in East Indies 5.3.17-15.7.19.

MICHAEL, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 9.14, H.C5 (1914), G.07 (1.17), H.A1 (1.18). Launched 19.5.15 Thornycroft. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 22.9.21 Cohen, BU in Germany.

MICHAEL ANGELO, hired trawler, Adty No 1510. Built 1911, 285grt, Hull-reg H.324. Armament: 1?12pdr. In service 5.15?1919 as minesweeper

MICHAEL BRION, Admiralty trawler, Strath-class, Adty No 4430. Launched 12.6.19, Hall Russell. 215grt/311 tons/429 tons deep, 123(oa), 115x22x12ft. TE 430ihp, 10.5kts. Completed as fishing vessel. Sold 1919 renamed STURDEE. Served in WW2.

MICHAEL CLEMENTS, Admiralty trawler, Mersey class, Adty No 3561. Launched 21.8.17, Cochrane. 324grt/438 tons/665 tons deep, 148(oa), 138x23x13ft. TE 600ihp, 11kts. Armament: 1-12pdr AA. Crew: 15, up to 18 with wireless. Served as minesweeper. Sunk 8.8-18 in collision off St. Catherines Point.

MICHAEL GING, Admiralty trawler, Castle-class, Adty No 3784. Launched 11.5.18, George Brown. 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, same name.

MICHAEL GRIFFITH, Admiralty trawler, Castle-class, Adty No 3781. Launched 5.9.18, Cook, W & G. 275grt/360 tons/547 tons deep, 134(oa), 125x23x13ft. TE 480ihp, 10.5kts. Armament: usually 1-12pdr & BT. Crew: 15, up to 18 with wireless. Sold 1921, same name. Served in WW2.

MICHAEL MALONEY, Admiralty trawler, Castle-class, Adty No 3513. Launched 7.5.17, 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. Stranded 19.2.20 at Egersund, Norway.

MICHAEL MCDONALD, Admiralty trawler, Mersey class, Adty No 4252. Launched 17.5.19, Cochrane. 324grt/438 tons/665 tons deep, 148(oa), 138x23x13ft. TE 600ihp, 11kts. Completed as fishing vessel. Sold 1919 renamed KANUCK.

MICHAELMAS DAISY, hired drifter, Adty No 1910. Built 1913, 99grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.136. In service 9.15?11.16 as net vessel. Mined 26.11.16 near Cape Santa Maria di Leuca.

MICHIGAN, dummy battleship No. 2 COLLINGWOOD, later Admiralty blockship, mercantile conversion. Built 1887, 4935grt. Passenger liner, owned by White Diamond SS, Liverpool-reg. Dummy battleship conversion ordered 21.10.14, ship purchased by Admiralty 28.10.14 for conversion by Harland & Wolff, Belfast, no armament, superstructure and guns built of wood and canvas, ship ballasted to suggest greater length, completed by 4.12.14. Based at Scapa Flow 1.15-10.15, then paid off, transferred to Aegean 12.15. Expended 31.12.15 or 1.1.16 as blockship at Mudros, Lemnos island. Salvaged after war. (Not listed as blockship in Dittmar; Lr/C/Cn/D)

MIDAS, hired drifter, Adty No 1107. Built 1910, 89grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.585. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 2.15?1919 as net vessel. Served in WW2.

MIDGE, hired screw tug. Built 1861, 27grt. In service 12.14-6.15, limited to harbour and inland waterway duties, flew red ensign.

MIDGE (was to be named KEITLOA 9.13), destroyer, Acasta-class, designated K-class, H.13 (1914), H.40 (9.15), H.79 (1.18). Launched 22.5.13 Harland & Wolff, Govan. 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 5.11.21 Granton S. Bkg Co.

MIDNIGHT SUN, Admiralty wood drifter, non-standard type, Adty No, 3930, building programme began May 1917, average cost of hull and machinery £11,500. Delivered 1.5.18, Richards. Approx 95grt, 94(oa), 86(pp)x20x10ft. TE 270ihp, 9 kts. Armament: 1?6pdr. Served as minesweeper. BU 1929.

MIGNONETTE, 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.75 (1.16). Launched 26.1.16 Dunlop Bremner. 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 17.3.17 off Galley Head. SW Ireland.

MIGNONETTE, hired drifter. Built 1907, 96grt, Banff-reg BF.756. In service 12.15?1920 as boom defence vessel.

MIKADO, hired trawler, Adty No 1222. Built 1905, 265grt, Hull-reg H.823. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 2.15?1919 as minesweeper.

MIKASA, hired trawler, Adty No 1771. Built 1913, 255grt, Cardiff-reg CF.41. Armament: 1?6pdr, 1?7.5in BT. In service 5.15?1919.

MILBROOK, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 9.14, H.C6 (1914), G.08 (1.17), H.A2 (1.18). Launched 12.7.15 Thornycroft. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 22.9.21 Cohen, BU In Germany.

MILDRED, hired screw tug. Built 1893, 26grt. In service 8.14-8.19, limited to harbour and inland waterway duties, flew red ensign.

MILETUS, hired trawler, Adty No 1886. Built 1915, 313grt, Hull-reg H.366. Armament: 1?12pdr. In service 9.15?1919. Served as LOWTHER in WW2.

MILEWATER (ex-SUSAN McCAUSLAND), hired rescue tug, W.55 (1.18). Built 1888, 283grt. In service 11.8.17-23.1.19.

MILFOIL, decoy or Q-ship – see PC.65, patrol boat.

MILKY WAY, Admiralty wood drifter, Adty No, 3929, building programme began May 1917, average cost of hull and machinery £11,500. Delivered 11.5.20, Noble. 94grt/179 tons deep, 94(oa), 86(pp)x20x10ft. TE 270ihp, 9 kts. Completed as fishing vessel. To Fishery Board for Scotland 11.5.20, same name.

MILL BURN, hired drifter, Adty No 2393. Built 1914, 85grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.72. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 2.15?1919 as net vessel.

MILL O'BUCKIE, hired drifter, Adty No 2272. Built 1914, 99grt, Buckie-reg BCK.102. Armament: 1?3pdr AA. In service 2.15?1919 as net vessel. Served in WW2.

MILNE, destroyer, M-class, 1913 Programme, H.8A (1914), H.80 (1.18), D.12 (9.18). Launched 5.10.14 John Brown. 1010 tons, 272(oa), 265(pp)x26x8ft. Turbine 25000, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class served Harwich 1914-17, five loaned to Dover 1916-17, all to Mediterranean 1917-18, then Grand Fleet or Dover Force. Battle Honours (and links to despatches, casualties, awards) Dogger Bank 25 Jan 1915, Belgian Coast 1916. Sold 22.9.21 Cohen, BU in Germany.

MIMI, 40ft armed launch. Built 1915 by Thornycroft. Armed with 1-3pdr/1-MG. Transported overland to Lake Tanganyika with TOUTOU, re-launched on the Lake 23.12.15.

MIMIC, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 126 (second use of No.). See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

MIMOSA, 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.95 (2.15), T.28 (9.15), T.62 (1.18). Launched 16.7.15 Bow McLachlan. 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. Sold 18.11.22 S. Wales Salvage Co.

MINAS, hired screw tug. Built 1909, 64grt. In service as BDV, 1916-7.19, limited to harbour and inland waterway duties, flew red ensign.

MINDFUL, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 11.14, G.04 (9.15), G.31 (1.18), H.91 (6.18). Launched 24.8.15 Fairfield. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 22.9.21 Cohen, BU in German.

MINER, armed launch, ex-launch-tug. Built 1880, 50grt. Armed with 1-12pdr/1-3pdr/1-MG. In service from 11.14. One of five vessels (GARMSIR, LEWIS PELLY, MASHONA, MINER, SIRDAR-I-NAPHTI) commissioned in Persian Gulf area by 4 officers and 41 men of battleship OCEAN. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Mesopotamia 1914/16.

MINERVA, light cruiser, ex-2nd-class protected cruiser, Eclipse-class, P.32 (1914), P.1A (9.15), P7A (1.18). Launched 23.9.95 Chatham DY. 5,600 tons, 373(oa), 350(pp)x53x19ft. TE 9600ihp, 19.5kts. Armament: 11-6in, 8-12pdr, 3-18in tt. Armour: 2.5in deck, 3in guns. 11th CS to 1915, then to Eastern Mediterranean and East Africa. Battle Honours (and links to despatches, casualties, awards) Suez Canal 2-4 Feb 1915, Dardanelles 1915. LOG BOOK AVAILABILITY. Sold 5.10.20 Auten Ltd.

MINERVA (1925) – see M.33, monitor, M-class.

MINERVA, hired motor drifter, Adty No 2866. Built 1903, 49grt, Peterhead-reg PD.488. In service 5.17?1919. Renamed MINERVA III 6.17.

MINERVA II, patrol paddle vessel, later minesweeper, mercantile conversion, Adty No. 0111. Built 1893, 315grt. Armament: 1-6pdr, 1-6pdr AA. In service 19.6.16-7.4.20, paddle minesweeper 20.4.19. Served in Mediterranean, based at Alexandria.

MINERVA II, fishing trawler. Built 1900, 222grt, Hull-reg H.. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

MINERVA IV, fishing trawler. Built 1900, 142grt, Grimsby-reg GY.732. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

MINGARY, hired yacht, Pendant No 041. Built 1899, 591grt/639TM. Armament: 2?6pdr. In service 29.1.15?23.3.19. May have served as wireless-equipped A/P Group Leader or in special yacht squadrons, at home or in Mediterranean.

MININGSBY, hired trawler, Adty No 33. Built 1908, 245grt, Boston-reg BN.148. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 9.14?1919 as minesweeper.

MINION, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 9.14, H.C7 (1914), G.09 (1.18), G.14 (4.18), H.82 (6.18). Launched 11.9.15 Thornycroft. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 8.11.21 Slough T. C. BU in Germany.

MINNA, examination vessel, ex-Scottish Fishery Board cruiser. Built 1900, 281grt. Listed from 8.14, served mainly in Scottish waters.

MINNEHAHA, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 11. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

MINO, hired trawler, Adty No 416. Built 1903, 168grt, Hull-reg H.799. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 11.14?1919 as minesweeper.

MINONA, hired yacht, later miscellaneous service, Pendant No 011. Built 1906, 199grt/249TM. Armament: 2?6pdr, 1?6pdr AA. In service 7.10.14?6.6.19, miscellaneous service from 24.7.18. Before miscellaneous service, may have served as wireless-equipped A/P Group Leader or in special yacht squadrons, at home or in Mediterranean. Served in WW2.

MINORU, 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, N.A3 (8.19). Launched 6.6.19 Swan Hunter. 1320 tons, 267(oa), 258(pp)x35x10ft. TE2500ihp, 17kts. Armament: 2-4in, 39 depth charges. Sold 25.2.20 M. Mazza, renamed HAIM MAZZA.

MINORU, hired trawler, Adty No 348. Built 1909, 260grt, Grimsby-reg GY.484. Armament: 1?12pdr. In service 8.14?1920 as minesweeper. Renamed MINORU II 11.17.

MINOS, destroyer, M-class, 1913 Programme, H.9A (1914), H.81 (1.18). Launched 6.8.14 Yarrow. 883 tons, 270(oa), 260(pp)x25x9ft. Turbine 23000, 35kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class served Harwich 1914-17, five loaned to Dover 1916-17, all to Mediterranean 1917-18, then Grand Fleet or Dover Force. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Dogger Bank 25 Jan 1915. Sold 31.8.20 Ward, Hayle.

MINOTAUR, cruiser, ex-armoured cruiser, Minotaur-class, 91 (2.15), 87 (1.18), 71 (4.18), N.73 (6.18). Launched 6.6.06 Devonport DY. 14,600 tons, 519(oa), 490(pp)x75x25ft. TE 27000ihp, 22.5kts. Armament: 4-9.2in, 10-7.5in, 16-12pdr, 5-18in tt. Armour: 6in sides, 1.5in deck, 8in guns. China 1914, 7th CS Grand Fleet 1915-16, 2nd CS Grand Fleet 1916-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Log Book Availability. Sold 12.4.20 Ward, Milford Haven

MINOU, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 35. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

MINSTREL, destroyer, Acorn-class, designated H-class, H.69 (1914), H.82 (1.18). Launched 2.2.11 Thornycroft. 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, on loan to Japanese in Mediterranean 6.17-1919 as SENDAN. Sold 1.12.21 Stanlee.

MINT, hired drifter. Built 1912, 96grt, Buckie-reg BCK.125. In service 7.15?1919 as boom defence vessel. Served in WW2.

MINTO (RIM), troopship. Launched 22.3.93 Laird. 960 tons, 206(pp)x31x12ft. TE 1850ihp, 14kts. Armament: 4-3pdr. Served in East Indies 1914-18. Sold 1925. (Not to be confused with trawler LORD MINTO).

MINUET (ex-T.93), tunnel minesweeper, Dance-class, ordered as "tunnel tugs" (screw in tunnel) by War Department for Mesopotamia, transferred 10.17, 1241 (pendant. no). Launched 18.9.17 Day Summers. 290 tons, 130(pp)x26x4ft. Compound 450ihp, 9.5kts. Armament: 1-6pdr. Based at Dunkirk 1918, clearing mines off Flanders coast. Sold 1.5.20 Crichton Thompson & Co.

MIRAGE, Admiralty steel drifter, Adty No, 3926. Delivered 16.12.18, Lewis. 94grt/199 tons (deep), 93(oa), 86x18x9. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Armament: 1?6pdr. To Fishery Board for Scotland 6.7.20, renamed THORNTREE 1920.

MIRANDA, destroyer, M-class, 1913 Programme, H.A0 (1914), H.83 (1.18), D.24 (9.18). Launched 27.5.14 Yarrow. 883 tons, 270(oa), 260(pp)x25x9ft. Turbine 23000, 35kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class served Harwich 1914-17, five loaned to Dover 1916-17, all to Mediterranean 1917-18, then Grand Fleet or Dover Force. Battle Honours (and links to despatches, casualties, awards) Dogger Bank 25 Jan 1915, Belgian Coast 1916/18. Sold 26.10.21 Barking S. Bkg Co.

MIRANDA, hired yacht, Pendant No 048. Built 1909, 793grt/942TM. Armament: 2?12pdr. In service 9.1,15?25.2.19, renamed MIRANDA II 2.15. May have served as wireless-equipped A/P Group Leader or in special yacht squadrons, at home or in Mediterranean.

MIRANDA, hired trawler, Adty No 601. Built 1906, 173grt, Hull-reg H.875. Armament: 1-3pdr. In service 9.14?1.18 as minesweeper. Renamed MIRANDA III 12.15. Wrecked 14.1.18 in Pelwick Bay.

MIRIAM STEWART, hired trawler, Adty No 461. Built 1914, 197grt, West Hartlepool-reg HL.10. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 9.14?1919 as minesweeper.

MIRIEL (ex?AVIS), hired yacht, examination vessel. Built 1898, 57grt/65TM. In service 13.8.17?4.2.19.

MISCHIEF, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 11.14, G.10 (9.15), G.32 (1.17), G.A4 (9.18). Launched 12.10.15 Fairfield. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 8.11.21 Slough T. C. BU in Germany

MISHE NAHMA, hired drifter, Adty No 1879. Built 1900, 58grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.494. In service 9.15?1919 as net vessel.

MIST, Admiralty steel drifter, Adty No, 3927. Launched 21.11.18, Lewis. 94grt/199 tons (deep), 93(oa), 86x18x9. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Armament: 1?6pdr. Served as minesweeper. To War Dept 1943, renamed JAMES JOHN STON 1947.

MISTLETOE, convoy sloop, Flower-class, Anchusa-type, ordered 2.17, Aubretia and Anchusa-types built to look like merchant ships, with concealed armament, T.99 (1.18). Launched 17.11.17 Greenock & Grangemouth. 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. Sold 25.1.21 Clan Line, renamed CHIAPAS.

MISTLETOE, hired drifter, Adty No 226. Built 1904, 79grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.833. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 9.14?1919 as patrol boat.

MISTLETOE (ex-LAUREL), small berthing tug. Built 1897 Lewin, Wandsworth. 30 tons. Purchased 1901, believe flew blue ensign. Sold 3.23.

MISTLEY (ex-MARYPORT), twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, T./4 (early 1919), T.3/ (11.19). Launched 19.10.18 Harkess. 800 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 2200ihp, 16kts. Armament: 1-4in, 1-12pdr AA. Sold 19.5.28 Ward, Pembroke Dock

MISTRAL, Admiralty wood drifter, Adty No, 3985, building programme began May 1917, average cost of hull and machinery £11,500. Delivered 29.7.19, Richards. 94grt/179 tons deep, 94(oa), 86(pp)x20x10ft. TE 270ihp, 9 kts. Completed as fishing vessel. Sold 1919, renamed GOLDEN LINE. Served as GOLDEN LINE in WW2.

MISTRESS ISA, hired drifter. Built 1915, 99grt, Inverness-reg INS.399. In service 7.15?1920 as boom defence vessel. Served in WW2.

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

MITRES, hired trawler, Adty No 3078. Built 1917, 261grt, Grimsby-reg GY.1105. In service 12.17?1919 as auxiliary patrol vessel. Served in WW2.

MIURA, hired trawler, Adty No 979. Built 1911, 257grt, Cardiff-reg CF.36. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 2.15?8.15. Mined 23.8.15 off Yarmouth.

MIURA, hired trawler, Adty No 3302. Built 1916, 275grt, Cardiff-reg CF.45. Armament: 1?12pdr, 1-6pdr. In service 8.16?1919 as minesweeper, then hydrophone vessel.

MIZPAH (ex?CATO), hired drifter, Adty No 2037. Built 1901, 77grt, Peterhead-reg PD.552. In service 8.15?1919 as net vessel.

ML.1-ML. 580 Motor Launches, US Elco-built. Three orders were placed, ML1-50, ML.51-550, ML.551-580. ML's were assembled in Montreal and then shipped to Britain as deck-cargo, usually four per ship. Served in the Auxiliary Patrol, manned by RNVR personnel – often ex-Motor Boat Reserve. Some 82 ML Patrol Units, six vessels each, were formed as Units 500-581. Duties included patrolling, anti-submarine, hydrophone operation, inshore minesweeping, and smoke generating.

Note: The following list of Elco-built motor launches is taken from an earlier Naval-History.Net project, including information from sources (in brackets) other than Dittmar and Colledge. Additional information has been added including battle honours and that supplied by a number of correspondents. Many of the ML's have "no other details". However, more details about the ML's of World War 1 are coming to light in various sources, including the Old Weather ship histories. These need to be added in.

Published sources are: C - "Ships of the Royal Navy", J J Colledge; Cn - "Conways All the World's Fighting Ships 1906-21"; D - "British Warships 1914-1919" Dittmar & Colledge; H - "British Vessels Lost at Sea 1914-18", HMSO; J - "Jane's Fighting Ships of World War 1", 1990 edition; L - "Lloyds War Losses"; W - "Shipwreck Index of the British Isles", R & B Larn; dp - "The Dover Patrol 1914-1918", R Humphreys; te - "British Merchant Ships Sunk by U-boats in the 1914-1918 War", A J Tennant; th - "Companion to the Royal Navy" by D A Thomas.

 


ML.110

First British Admiralty Order - ML.1-50 series, ordered 9 April 1915 in USA through Canadian Vickers as anti-submarine vessels, built Elco, Bayonne, New Jersey. Delivery of first 25 boats promised by 30.11.15; the next 200 of the first and second orders by 31.5.16. 34t/39grt (H - 25grt), 75x12x4ft. Petrol engined, 19kts. Armament: initially 1-13pdr, replaced with 1-3pdr in most plus depth charges. 8 crew. Total of 50 boats, 2 lost plus 1 after Armistice:

ML.1-ML.7 (total 7), no other details.

ML.8, still in service 5.24. Disposed off by 1927.

ML.9-ML.10 (total 2), no other details.

ML.11, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Ostend (Zeebrugge) 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.12-ML.15 (total 4), no other details.

ML.16, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Ostend (Zeebrugge) 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.17, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Ostend (Zeebrugge) 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.18, included in the War Loss Section in Jane's Fighting Ships, but lost after Armistice; ML.18, ML.62, ML.191 lost 29.9.19 on passage from Norway, no other details, but presumably North Sea area. (J/Cn/D).

ML.19. Destroyed by fire 31.1.16 at Harwich (H/J/C/Cn/D).

ML.20-21 (total 2), no other details.

ML.22, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Ostend (Zeebrugge) 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.23, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Ostend (Zeebrugge) 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.24-ML.29 (total 6), no other details.

ML.30, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Ostend (Zeebrugge) 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.31-ML.37 (total 7), no other details.

ML.38, Conway lists her as transferred to French Navy, but this appears to be a misprint for ML.380 (Cn).

ML.39, no other details.

ML.40. Destroyed by fire 18.5.16 in Suez Canal (H/J/Cn/D).

ML.41-ML.50 (total 10), no other details.

Second British Admiralty Order - ML.51-550 series, slightly increased size, ordered 8 June 1915 in USA through Canadian Vickers, built Elco, Bayonne, New Jersey. Delivery of first 150 boats of this order promised by 31.5.16, with 50 each month thereafter; last boat delivered by 3.11.16. 37t/46grt (H - 37grt), 86x12x4ft. Petrol engined, 19kts. Armament: initially 1-13pdr, later vessels completed with 1-3pdr, plus depth charges. 8 crew. Forty boats from ML.114-548 series transferred to French Navy leaving 460 to RN; 20 lost plus 7 after Armistice:

ML.51, no other details.

ML.52. Destroyed by fire 29.11.17 in Sandown Bay, Isle of Wight (H/J/C/Cn/D).

ML.53-ML.54 (total 2), no other details.

ML.55. Destroyed by fire 28.1.18 at yard of Messrs Wills and Packham, Sittingbourne, Kent (H/J/Cn/D).

ML.56-ML.59 (total 4), no other details.

ML.60, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Ostend (Zeebrugge) 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.61, no other details.

ML.62, included in the War Loss Section in Jane's Fighting Ships, but lost after Armistice; ML.18, ML.62, ML.191 lost 29.9.19 on passage from Norway, no other details, but presumably North Sea area. (J/Cn/D).

ML.63, no other details.

ML.64. Destroyed by fire 10.6.18 in Granton Harbour, Edinburgh (H/J/Cn/D).

ML.65-ML.78 (total 14), no other details.

ML.79, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.80, no other details.

ML.81, Lt Hugh Hunter RNVR in command, served in North Sea, also possibly English Channel. Damaged by a petrol fire early 1917 at Aberdeen or possibly Peterhead, E Scotland (Dr A T Hunter MD of Canada, whose father was second in command)

ML.82-ML.96 (total 15), no other details.

ML.97, sold in a damaged condition, not known when, where and how damaged (Cn/D).

ML.98, lost after the Armistice; date and cause not known (D).

ML.99-ML.102 (total 4), no other details.

ML.103. Battle Honour Belgian Coast 1918 (Cn/th).

ML.104, no other details.

ML.105, served in Dover Command. Battle Honours Belgian Coast 1918, Ostend (Zeebrugge) 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.106, wartime service not known. Post-war history with thanks to Nickie Johnson (22/11/11) - "My aunt has sent me a photo of their family houseboat, the ML 106, moored mainly on the Hamble, Bursledon mid 1920s to probably 1939. My grandfather was an RAF pilot (Harold Allan Hamersley - see Google) and apparently they preferred to live on this houseboat. I am trying to find out if there is a record of the WW1 service of ML 106. My aunt says it was very seaworthy and at the outbreak of war they parted company with it, and she wondered if it went to Dunkirk."

ML.107-109 (total 3), no other details.

ML.110, served in Dover Command. Lost in action during Raid on Zeebrugge. Battle Honours Belgian Coast 1918, Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/D/H/J/dp/th).

ML.111-ML.113 (total 3), no other details.

ML.114-ML.548 series - 40 boats in this series were transferred to France and delivered 1916-17. They were numbered in the V for Vedette V.1-V.40 series. The British part of Conway's allocates them to a V.1-V.73 series, but V.41-73 covered three other classes of French ML's

ML.114, to French Navy (Cn).

ML.115-ML.117, 3 of 40 to France, renumbered in V.1-V.40 series (Cn).

ML.118-ML.120 (total 3), no other details.

ML.121, served in Dover Command, included in the War Loss Section in Jane's Fighting Ships, but lost after Armistice. Lost 22.12.18 by collision off Seine Bank, France. Battle Honour Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918 (J/Cn/D).

ML.122-ML.126 (total 5), no other details.

ML.127, sold in a damaged condition, not known when, where and how damaged (Cn/D).

ML.128, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.129-ML.134 (total 6), no other details.

ML.135, commanding officer was Canadian Lt G L Cassady (sic), awarded a DSC for his part in sinking a U-boat off Dartmouth in the summer of 1918. U-boat was probably UC.49, sunk in English Channel off Start Point, in 50.20N, 03.30E, on 8 August 1918, depth-charged by destroyer HM Opossum, joined by a number of ML's (Andy Hunter, Canada - see WW1Memoir-ML.htm; also Kemp's "U-boats Destroyed")

ML.136-ML.148 (total 13), no other details.

ML.149. Destroyed by fire 10.9.16 at Taranto, SE Italy (H/J/Cn/D).

ML.150-ML.151 (total 2), no other details.

ML.152, in Conway's as lost after the Armistice. Grounded 2.1.20 on southern Oland island, Sweden (Cn/D).

ML.153-ML.190 (total 38), no other details.

ML.191, included in the War Loss Section in Jane's Fighting Ships, but lost after Armistice. ML.18, ML.62, ML.191 lost 29.9.19 on passage from Norway, no other details, but presumably North Sea area. (J/Cn/D).

ML.192-ML.195 (total 4), no other details.

ML.196, in Conway's as lost after the Armistice, caught fire and sank, no other details. (Cn/D).

ML.197, 31 January 1917 in St George's Channel - wrecked near Ballincourty/Ballinacourty Lighthouse, Co Waterford on SE Ireland coast (H/J/Cn/D).

ML.198-ML.210 (total 13), no other details.

ML.211, commanded by Canadian Lt John Hunter RNVR from 8 June 1917 until 9 January 1919 

ML.212-ML.222 (total 11), no other details.

ML.223, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.224-228 (total 5), no other details.

ML.229, sold in a damaged condition, not known when, where and how damaged (Cn/D). (Note: ML.229, one of 11 British ML's on the Rhine. Almost destroyed by petrol explosion and fire in 1919. Probably not repaired)

ML.230, ML's 230, 253, 255 being transported as deck cargo - normally 4 ML's per ship - aboard collier INVERBERVIE 4,309grt. sailing Cardiff & Messina for Taranto with cargo of coal; 14 September 1916 in central Mediterranean - lost when INVERVERBIE (H/L/D - also spelt INVERBERVIE) torpedoed without warning by Austro-Hungarian submarine U.IV (U.4) and sunk in Gulf of Squillace, 17 miles S by W from Cape Rizzuto, Italy (te - in 38.55N, 16.15E; L - 15 miles SW of Cape Rizzuto) (Cn/D/H/J/L/te)

ML.231-ML.238 (total 8), no other details.

ML.239, served in Dover Command. Battle Honours Belgian Coast 1918, Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.240, no other details.

ML.241, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.242-ML.246 (total 5), no other details.

ML.247, 29 September 1918 in Atlantic off SW England - one of four ML's which entered St Ives Bay for shelter during strong southerly gale, wind veered and "increased to hurricane force", threatening to blow them ashore. Two boats started engines and worked into deeper water, the local lifeboat went to the aid of the other two, one of which then managed to get started and entered St Ives Harbour, the other developed engine trouble one mile off Clodgy Point and drifted towards the rocks. By the time the lifeboat had been relaunched and reached ML.247, she had struck the rocks and blown up on Oar Rock, west of Clodgy Point, St. Ives (WI - in 50.13.10N, 05.29.42W); all but one crew lost in the explosion or probably drowned, one man washed ashore and saved by people on the beach. A further two hour search only revealed wreckage (H/J/Cn/W/D).

ML.248, no other details.

ML.249, served in Dover Command (Cn/dp).

ML.250-ML.251 (total 2), no other details.

ML.252, served in Dover Command. Battle Honours Belgian Coast 1918, Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.253, ML's 230, 253, 255 being transported as deck cargo - normally 4 ML's per ship - aboard collier INVERBERVIE 4,309grt. sailing Cardiff & Messina for Taranto with cargo of coal; 14 September 1916 in central Mediterranean - lost with INVERVERBIE (H/L/D - also spelt INVERBERVIE) torpedoed without warning by Austro-Hungarian submarine U.IV (U.4) and sunk in Gulf of Squillace, 17 miles S by W from Cape Rizzuto, Italy (te - in 38.55N, 16.15E; L - 15 miles SW of Cape Rizzuto) (Cn/D/H/J/L/te)

ML.254, served in Dover Command, sunk to avoid capture during Raid on Ostend. Battle Honours Ostend (Zeebrugge) 23 Apr 1918, Ostend 10 May 1918, VC-boat - Lt Geoffrey Drummond RNVR. (Cn/D/H/J/dp/th).

ML.255, ML's 230, 253, 255 being transported as deck cargo - normally 4 ML's per ship - aboard collier INVERBERVIE 4,309grt. sailing Cardiff & Messina for Taranto with cargo of coal; 14 September 1916 in central Mediterranean - lost with INVERVERBIE (H/L/D - also spelt INVERBERVIE) torpedoed without warning by Austro-Hungarian submarine U.IV (U.4) and sunk in Gulf of Squillace, 17 miles S by W from Cape Rizzuto, Italy (te - in 38.55N, 16.15E; L - 15 miles SW of Cape Rizzuto) (Cn/D/H/J/L/te)

ML.256-ML.257 (total 2), no other details.

ML.258, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.259-ML.261 (total 3), no other details.

ML.262, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.263-271 (total 9), no other details.

ML.272, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Belgian Coast 1918, Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.273, no other details.

ML.274, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Ostend (Zeebrugge) 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.275, no other details.

ML.276, served in Dover Command Battle Honours Belgian Coast 1918, Ostend (Zeebrugge) 23 Apr 1918, Ostend 10 May 1918, VC-boat - Lt Roland Bourke RNVR. (Cn/dp/th).

ML.277, no other details.

ML.278, served in Dover Command, war loss; 15 January 1918 in Strait of Dover - wrecked on Dunkirk Pier (Cn/D/H/J/dp).

ML.279, served in Dover Command. Battle Honours Belgian Coast 1918, Ostend (Zeebrugge) 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.280, served in Dover Command. Battle Honours Belgian Coast 1918, Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp).

ML.281, no other details.

ML.282, served in Dover Command Battle Honours Belgian Coast 1918, Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918, VC-boat - Lt Percy Dean RNVR. (Cn/dp/th).

ML.283, served in Dover Command. Battle Honours Belgian Coast 1918, Ostend (Zeebrugge) 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.284-ML.286 (total 3), no other details.

ML.287, still in service 5.24. Disposed off by 1927.

ML.288, no other details.

ML.289, Albert Medal (George Cross)-boat - Deckhand Stanners RNR (Cn/dx).

ML.290, no other details.

ML.291, still in service 5.24. Disposed off by 1927.

ML.292-ML.304 (total 13), no other details.

ML.305 - "Based at Leith, patrolled Islands & Scapa Flow. Would put-up on Isle of May. Able Seaman (or he may have been Coxswain) Herbert Stapleton mentioned in dispatches after raising the alarm when Queen Elizabeth (Admiral Beatty's Flag Ship) caught fire." (with thanks to Brenda Duggan, grand-daughter of Herbert Stapleton).

ML.306, no other details.

ML.307, still in service 5.24. Disposed off by 1927.

ML.308, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.309-ML.313 (total 5), no other details.

ML.314, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.315-ML.338 (total 24), no other details.

ML.339, still in service 5.24. Disposed off by 1927.

ML.340-ML.344 (total 5), no other details.

ML.345, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.346-ML.355 (total 10), no other details.

ML.356, served in Dover Command, war loss; 11 April 1918 in Strait of Dover - sunk after collision off Dover, Kent. Albert Medal (George Cross)-boat - Lt A G Bagot RNVR (Cn/D/H/J/dp/th).

ML.357-ML.379 (total 23), no other details.

ML.380, one of 40 to France, renumbered in V.1-V.40 series (believed misprinted as ML.38 in Conway) (Cn).

ML.381-389 (total 9), no other details.

ML.390, one of 40 to France, renumbered in V.1-V.40 series (Cn).

ML.391, no other details.

ML.392, one of 40 to France, renumbered in V.1-V.40 series (Cn).

ML.393, no other details.

ML.394, possibly served in Dover Command before transfer as one of 40 to France, renumbered in V.1-V.40 series (Cn/dp).

ML.395, no other details.

ML.396, one of 40 to France, renumbered in V.1-V.40 series (Cn).

ML.397, probably served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/th).

ML.398-ML.399 (total 2), no other details.

ML.400, one of 40 to France, renumbered in V.1-V.40 series (Cn).

ML.401, no other details.

ML.402, one of 40 to France, renumbered in V.1-V.40 series (Cn).

ML.403, war loss; 22 August 1918 in North Sea area - salvaging a German torpedo and blown up in Runswick Bay, near Whitby, Yorkshire, NE England (Cn/D/H/J)

ML.404, one of 40 to France, renumbered in V.1-V.40 series (Cn).

ML.405-412 (total 8), no other details.

ML.413, 21 April 1918 in Strait of Gibraltar - sank German UB.71 with depth charges.

ML.414-415 (total 2), no other details.

ML.416, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.417, no other details.

ML.418, identified as at Gallipoli as of May 1918 (Donald Carmichael).

ML.419, no other details.

ML.420, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.421, war loss; 6 April 1918 - wrecked in Seaford Bay, presumably Sussex, in English Channel (D - collision off Whitby, in the North Sea) (H/J/Cn/D).

ML.422, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.423, no other details.

ML.424, served in Dover Command, lost in action during Raid on Zeebrugge. Battle Honour Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/D/H/J/dp/th).

ML.425-428 (total 4), no other details.

ML.429, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Ostend (Zeebrugge) 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.430, no other details.

ML.431. Destroyed by accidental fire 22.4.17 at Poole, Dorset (W - described as a 'B' Class motor launch, in Poole Harbour, around 50.42N, 02W) (Cn/D/H/J/W).

ML.432-433 (total 2), no other details.

ML.434, in Conway's as lost after the Armistice, caught fire on the Danube river, no other details. (Cn/D).

ML.435-441 (total 7), no other details.

ML.442, one of 40 to France, renumbered in V.1-V.40 series (Cn).

ML.443, no other details.

ML.444, one of 40 to France, renumbered in V.1-V.40 series (Cn).

ML.445, no other details.

ML.446, one of 40 to France, renumbered in V.1-V.40 series (Cn).

ML.447, no other details.

ML.448, served in Dover Command, probably before transfer as one of 40 to France, renumbered in V.1-V.40 series (Cn/dp).

ML.449-ML.454, 6 of 40 to France, renumbered in V.1-V.40 series (Cn).

ML.455, no other details.

ML.456, one of 40 to France, renumbered in V.1-V.40 series (Cn).

ML.457, no other details.

ML.458-ML.460, 3 of 40 to France, renumbered in V.1-V.40 series (Cn).

ML.461, no other details.

ML.462, one of 40 to France, renumbered in V.1-V.40 series (Cn).

ML.463, no other details.

ML.464, one of 40 to France, renumbered in V.1-V.40 series (Cn).

ML.465, no other details.

ML.466, identified as at Gallipoli as of May 1918 (Donald Carmichael)

ML.467-ML.468 (total 2), no other details.

ML.469-ML.472, 4 of 40 to France, renumbered in V.1-V.40 series (Cn).

ML.473, still in service 5.24. Disposed off by 1927.

ML.474. Hit by Turkish shell 23.7.17 and destroyed by fire near Chios island, off W Turkish coast (Cn/D/H/J).

ML.475-ML.488 (total 14), no other details.

ML.489, one of 40 to France, renumbered in V.1-V.40 series(Cn).

ML.490, no other details.

ML.491-ML.493, 3 of 40 to France, renumbered in V.1-V.40 series (Cn).

ML.494-ML.510 (total 17), no other details.

ML.511, served out of Portsmouth, commanded by Irish yachtsman Conor O'Brien (Jeffrey Charles referencing PRO archives)

ML.512, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Ostend (Zeebrugge) 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.513, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.514-518 (total 5), no other details.

ML.519, still in service 5.24. Disposed off by 1927.

ML.520, no other details.

ML.521, in Conway's as lost after the Armistice, caught fire and sank at Portsmouth, date not known (Cn/D).

ML.522-524 (total 3), no other details.

ML.525, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.526, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.527-530 (total 4), no other details.

ML.531, commanded by Canadian Lt Russell Odell RNVR.

ML.532, probably served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Belgian Coast 1918, Ostend (Zeebrugge) 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/th).

ML.533, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.534. Destroyed by fire 13.4.17 at Taranto, SE Italy (Cn/D/H/J)

ML.535-537 (total 3), no other details.

ML.538, served in Dover Command (Cn/dp).

ML.539, no other details.

ML.540, ML.541 being transported as deck cargo - normally 4 ML's per ship - aboard cargo steamship HUNSTRICK 8151grt. sailing London for Salonica, also with government stores & troops. Torpedoed by submarine 8.6.17 in Strait of Gibraltar and sunk 80 miles WNW of Cape Spartel, N tip of Morocco (L - 53 miles NW of) (Cn/D/H/J/L).

ML.542, still in service 5.24. Disposed off by 1927.

ML.543-ML.544, 2 of 40 to France, renumbered in V.1-V.40 series (Cn).

ML.545-546 (total 2), no other details.

ML.547-548, 2 of 40 to France, renumbered in V.1-V.40 series (Cn).

ML.549, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.550, no other details

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ML.319 in Mounts Bay
(Pete London)

 

Final Order - ML.551-580, final 30 ordered July 1917. Last boat of order delivered by 2.18. Launched in 1918, 37t, 80x12x4ft, 19kts, completed with 1-3pdr, 8 crew. Total of 30 boats, 1 lost and 1 after Armistice:

ML.551, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Ostend (Zeebrugge) 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.552, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.553-554 (total 2), no other details.

ML.555, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.556, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Ostend (Zeebrugge) 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.557, probably served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/th).

ML.558, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.559, no other details.

ML.560, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.561, served in Dover Command. Mined and sank 21.10.18 off Ostend. Battle Honour Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/D/H/J/dp/th).

ML.562, served in Dover Command. Battle Honour Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918 (Cn/dp/th).

ML.563-565 (total 3), no other details.

ML.566, included in the War Loss Section in Jane's Fighting Ships. Swamped and sank 22.12.18 in English Channel off Cape Barfleur, France (J/Cn/D/J)

ML.567-580 (total 14), no other details.

Final Disposals – Conways quotes a total of 200 ML's sold in 1919, 127 in 1920, and all but 8 by 1924. Dittmar goes in to slightly more detail – from late 1919, boats were sold in large lots, including 200 for £55,000 (£275 per boat) by M. Eugene Bloch on 31.12.19; 95 for £25,000 (£263 per boat) by W. J. O'Loghlen on 23.1.20; and 32 for £1,600 (£50 per boat (?)) by A. E. Cree at Malta. Other ML's on foreign stations were also sold, mainly at local sales. By comparison, the first 550 ML's, excluding armament, cost £4,735,000 or £8,600 each.

 


 

MLADA (ex?SEMIRAMIS), hired yacht, armed boarding ship. Built 1900, 1792grt/1797TM. In service from18.9.18, purchased 3.19, renamed ALACRITY 7.19. Sold 1926. Served as ALACRITY in WW2.

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

MOERAKI, decoy or Q-ship – see PERUGIA, chartered collier (Admiralty No. Y3.1049) conversion.

MOHAWK, destroyer, Tribal class, 1st group, 4-funnelled, designated F-class, H.19 (1914), D.05 (9.15), D.57 (1.18). Launched 15.3.07 White. c865-885 tons, c260(pp)x25x8ft. Turbine c14250shp, 34kts. Armament: 5-12pdr, 2-18in tt. 6th DF, Dover until last year of war, then 10th S/M Flotilla. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Belgian Coast 1915/16. Sold 27.5.19 Hughes Bolckow.

MOLDAVIA, armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, MI.64 (on coming into service), MI.79 (1.18), MI.42 (4.18). Built 1903, 9500grt, 18.5kts. Armament: 8-6in, 2-6pdr AA. In service 27.11.15. 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 23.5.18 by UB.57 off Brighton.

MOLE, listed as patrol vessel, ex-Nigerian Government dredger. Armed with 1-6in. In service from 9.14 in West Africa.

MOLLA, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 99. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

MOLLY, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 43. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

MOLLYMAWK, fishing trawler. Built 1899, 242grt, Grimsby-reg GY.654. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control. Served as REFORMO in WW2.

MON AMI, fishing vessel. Built 1910, 77grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.178. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917/18, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

MONA, hired yacht (also listed as small sailing vessel purchased at Malta). Served as Q-ship, also known as ZEUS. To avoid capture, blown up 4.7.17 off Cape Passaro.

MONA (1919) – see HAZEL, armed boarding steamer.

MONAGHAN (ex-MULLION), twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, N.A3 (11.19). Launched 29.5.19 Harkess. 800 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 2200ihp, 16kts. Armament: 1-4in, 1-12pdr AA. Sold 15.11.20 A. S. Miller, renamed BOA VIAGEM.

MONARCH (was to be named KING GEORGE V), dreadnought battleship, Orion-class, 55 (1914), 88 (1.18), 60 (4.18). Launched 30.3.11 Armstrong. 22,500 tons, 581(oa), 545(pp)x88x27ft. Turbine 27000shp, 21kts. Armament: 10-13.5in, 16-4in, 3-21in tt (2 AA guns added during war). 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. Sunk 20.1.25 as target off Scilly.

MONARCH, hired trawler, Adty No 1599. Built 1904, 234grt, Grimsby-reg GY.29. Armament: 1?12pdr, 1-7.5in BT. In service 7.15?1919 as minesweeper. Renamed MONARCH Ill 8.15.

MONARCH (ex-FLYING SPEAR), hired paddle tug. Built 1883, 123grt. In service 30.7.14-25.10.19. Harbour and dockyard service, normally flew the red ensign.

MONARCH II, hired drifter, Adty No 2901. Built 1907, 82grt, Banff-reg BF.581. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 5.15?1920 as net vessel, minesweeper.

MONARCH IV, fishing trawler. Built 1895, 130grt, Aberdeen-reg A.35. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

MONARCHY (ex-MONARCH), paddle minesweeper, mercantile conversion to take advantage of shallow draught, high speed and manoeuvrability, Adty No. 560. Built 1888, 315grt. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 5.5.17-23.8.19. Served with Auxiliary Patrol, carried Fishery flag superior pendant. Served as EXWEY in WW2.

MONARDA, hired drifter, Adty No 3101. Built 1916, 108grt, Peterhead-reg PD.266. Armament: 1?6pdr, 1?2pdr. In service 10.16?1919 as net vessel. Served in WW2.

MONGIBELLO, decoy or Q-ship - see BRIG 2 (ex-ROSINA FERRARA, ex-EMMA M, ex-MONGIBELLO, ex-LUIGI F.), brigantine conversion.

MONITOR (c1913), destroyer, M-class, 1913 Programme. One of three boats cancelled and replaced by two Marksman-class leaders.

MONITOR, hired drifter. Built 1906, 68grt, Buckie-reg BCK.72. In service 1.16?1919 as hospital vessel, tender.

MONMOUTH, cruiser, ex-armoured cruiser, Kent-class, D.28 (1914). Launched 13.11.01 London & Glasgow. 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. 5th CS West Africa, then South America 1914. Sunk 1.11.14 at Coronel.

MONOLIADH, hired drifter. Built 1912, 85grt, Inverness-reg INS.311. In service 8.14?1920 as tender, Purchased 20.12.14 for Cromarty.

MONS, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 9.14, H.2A (1914), G.11 (1.17), G.10 (1.18), G.1A (4.18), H.89 (6.18). Launched 1.5.15 John Brown. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 8.11.21 Slough T. C. BU in Germany.

MONS, fishing trawler. Built 1896, 163grt, Grimsby-reg GY.806. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

MONSOON (ex?LATHARNA), hired yacht, Pendant No 075. Built 1897, 366grt/TM437. Armament: 2?12pdr. In service 10.5.15?13.2.19. May have served as wireless-equipped A/P Group Leader or in special yacht squadrons, at home or in Mediterranean.

MONTAGU (ex-MONTAGUE), pre-dreadnought battleship, Duncan-class. Wrecked 30.5.05 on Lundy Island.

MONTBLETTON, hired drifter, Adty No 2555. Built 1910, 76grt, Banff-reg BF.136. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 2.15?1919 as net vessel.

MONTBRETIA, convoy sloop, Flower-class, Aubretia-type, ordered 12.16, Aubretia and Anchusa-types built to look like merchant ships, with concealed armament, T.63 (1.18). Launched 3.9.17 Irvine. 1250 tons, 268(oa), 255(pp)x33x11ft. TE 2500ihp, 17.5kts. Armament: 2-4in, 1-3pdr. Served with Grand Fleet or in Mediterranean, decoy or Q-ship, other name ROCHFORT. Sold 25.1.21 Clan Line, renamed CHIHUAHUA.

MONTCALM, dummy battleship No. 8 AUDACIOUS, later oiler, mercantile conversion. Built 1897, 5505grt. Dummy battleship conversion ordered 21.10.14, hired 28.10.14 for conversion by Harland & Wolff, Belfast, no armament, superstructure and guns built of wood and canvas, ship ballasted to suggest greater length, completed during 3.15. Believed based at Loch Ewe on patrol in North Atlantic to c10.15. Paid off in UK by 10.15, purchased by Admiralty 29.1.16. Oiler.

MONTCOFFER, hired drifter, Adty No 2479. Built 1909, 53grt, Banff-reg BF.85. In service 2.15?1919 as net vessel, hospital vessel.

MONTEZUMA, dummy battleship No. 3 IRON DUKE, later oiler, mercantile conversion. Built 1899, 8360grt. Dummy battleship conversion ordered 21.10.14, hired 2.11.14 for conversion by Harland & Wolff, Belfast, no armament, superstructure and guns built of wood and canvas, ship ballasted to suggest greater length, completed during 3.15. Believed based at Loch Ewe on patrol in North Atlantic to c10.15. Purchased by Admiralty 7.7.15, paid off in UK by 10.15. Oiler ABADOL.

MONTROSE, destroyer leader, Scott-class, ordered 4.17, F.45 (9.18). Launched 10.6.18 Hawthorn Leslie. 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. Sold 31.1.46, BU Hughes Bolckow.

MONTROSE, ex-passenger-cargo liner, Admiralty blockship. Built 1897, 7,207grt, 443ft length (D – built 1905, 4,452grt, 365ft), Owned by Canadian Pacific Railway, London-reg. Famous for carrying murderer Dr. Crippen and his mistress across the Atlantic in 1910, only for them to be arrested after the captain had sent a wireless message ahead. Purchased 28 October 1914 for scuttling in the gap between Admiralty Pier and Southern Breakwater at Dover, fitted with large gantries for hanging anti-torpedo nets, filled with cement and ready for scuttling. 20 December 1914 (wi – 28 December 1916) - broke loose from moorings within the harbour during a gale, drifted through the entrance and on towards Goodwin Sands, grounded near East Goodwin LV on South Sand Head (wi - in 51.14.56N, 01.34.12E), and broke in two. Wreck still lies in very shallow water. SS SPANISH PRINCE was bought as replacement and scuttled in March 1915 (Lr/C/D/dq/wi).

MOON, destroyer, Yarrow M-class, ordered 9.14, H.C8 (2.15), G.12 (1.17), G.11 (1.18), G.11 (4.18), F.69 (6.18). Launched 23.4.15 Yarrow. c900 tons, 271(oa), 260(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 23000shp, 36kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. Grand Fleet or Harwich Force from completion. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Briton Ferry.

MOONBEAM, Admiralty steel drifter, Adty No, 3922. Launched 4.9.18, Lewis. 94grt/199 tons (deep), 93(oa), 86x18x9. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Armament: 1?6pdr. Served as minesweeper. Sold 1922, renamed SKIMMER.

MOONFLEET, tug, W.56 (1.18). Launched 2.10.17 Edwards, Millwall. 123 tons gross. 100(pp)x20ft. TE. Purchased 3.11.17 from Argentina. Believe flew blue ensign, used as a salvage tug. Sold 16.8.23, renamed SALVAGE CHIEF.

MOONLIGHT, Admiralty wood drifter, Adty No, 3986, building Richards. Believed cancelled 17.12.18. Completed for commercial service, renamed CARRY ON 1919. Served as CARRY ON in WW2.

MOONRISE, Admiralty wood drifter, Adty No, 3987, building Richards. Believed cancelled 17.12.18. Completed for commercial service, renamed ASCENDANT 1920.

MOONSET, Admiralty steel drifter. Delivered 10.2.20, Brooke. 94grt/199 tons (deep), 93(oa), 86x18x9. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Completed as fishing vessel. To Fishery Board for Scotland 20.10.20, renamed FLORA TAYLOR 1920.

MOONSHINE, Admiralty steel drifter, Adty No, 3923. Launched 4.9.18, Lewis. 94grt/199 tons (deep), 93(oa), 86x18x9. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Armament: 1?6pdr. Served as minesweeper. Sold 1924, same name.

MOOR, mooring vessel, Moor-class. 12.6.19 Bow McLachlan. 720 tons, 148(oa), 137(pp)x29x10ft. TE 600ihp, 9kts. Armament: 1-12pdr AA (not mounted). Mined 8.4.42 off Malta.

MOORDALE, mooring vessel, Moor-class. 15.8.19 Bow McLachlan. 720 tons, 148(oa), 137(pp)x29x10ft. TE 600ihp, 9kts. Armament: 1-12pdr AA (not mounted). Sold 1961.

MOORFOWL, mooring vessel, Moor-class. 11.9.19 Bow McLachlan. 720 tons, 148(oa), 137(pp)x29x10ft. TE 600ihp, 9kts. Armament: 1-12pdr AA (not mounted). Sold c1963.

MOORHEN, river gunboat, N.6A (11.19), close sister to TEAL. Launched 13.8.01 Yarrow. 180 tons, 148(oa), 145(pp)x24x2ft. Compound 550ihp, 13kts. Armament: 2-6pdr, 4 MG. China Station, paid off 12.14. Log Book Availability. Sold 8.33 at Hong Kong.

MOORHILL, mooring vessel, Moor-class. 12.9.19 Bow McLachlan. 720 tons, 148(oa), 137(pp)x29x10ft. TE 600ihp, 9kts. Armament: 1-12pdr AA (not mounted). Sold c1961.

MOORLAKE, mooring vessel, Moor-class. 10.11.19 Bow McLachlan. 720 tons, 148(oa), 137(pp)x29x10ft. TE 600ihp, 9kts. Armament: 1-12pdr AA (not mounted). Sold 1946 in the East Indies.

MOORSOM (right, Jon Richards), destroyer, M-class, 1913 Programme, H.A2 (1914), H.84 (1.18), D.27 (9.18). Launched 20.12.14 John Brown. 1010 tons, 272(oa), 265(pp)x26x8ft. Turbine 25000, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class served Harwich 1914-17, five loaned to Dover 1916-17, all to Mediterranean 1917-18, then Grand Fleet or Dover Force. Battle Honours (and links to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916, Belgian Coast 1917/18, Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918. Sold 8.11.21 Slough T.C. BU in Germany.

MOORSTONE, mooring vessel, Moor-class. 12.11.19 Bow McLachlan. 720 tons, 148(oa), 137(pp)x29x10ft. TE 600ihp, 9kts. Armament: 1-12pdr AA (not mounted). Sold 1949 at Malta, renamed KURTARAN.

MOORVIEW, mooring vessel, Moor-class. 1919 Bow McLachlan. 720 tons, 148(oa), 137(pp)x29x10ft. TE 600ihp, 9kts. Armament: 1-12pdr AA (not mounted). Wrecked 21.3.20 on the Runnelstone, Lands End.

MOOSE, hired rescue tug. Built 1915, 208grt. In service 2.10.15-8.1.20, HM Dockyard, harbour or general towing service before 1917.

MOPSA, hired trawler, Adty No 1606. Built 1907, 206grt, Hull-reg H.966. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 3.15?1919 as minesweeper.

MOPSWORTH, decoy or Q-ship – see PC.51, patrol boat.

MORANDY, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 146. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

MORAVIA, hired trawler, Adty No 1272. Built 1917, 206grt, Grimsby-reg GY.1018. Armament: 1?12pdr. In service 6.17?1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

MORAY, hired trawler, Adty No 1630. Built 1915, 201grt, Granton-reg GN.55. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 5.15?1919 as minesweeper.

MORAY GEM, hired drifter. Built 1911, 73grt, Inverness-reg INS.206. In service 7.15?1920 as boom defence vessel.

MORAY VIEW, hired drifter. Built 1909, 93grt, Inverness-reg INS.22. In service 7.15?1920 as boom defence vessel. Served in WW2.

MORDAUNT (c1917) - see DAUNTLESS, hired screw tug

MORDRED (ex?MERLIN), hired yacht, Pendant No 3 (1.18). Built 1897, 181grt/195TM. In service 22.4.17?2.5.19. May have served as wireless-equipped A/P Group Leader or in special yacht squadrons, at home or in Mediterranean. Served as MERLIN in WW2.

MOREA, armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, MI.80 (1.18), MI.43 (4.18). Built 1908, 10890grt, 18.5kts. Armament: 4-6in. In service 28.3.16-18.10.19. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. Log Book Availability.

MORESBY (ex-MARLION, renamed 9.14), destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 9.14, H.C1 (1914), F.02 (1.17), H.27 (1.18). Launched 20.11.15 White. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Grays.

MORESBY (1925), survey ship – see SILVIO, fleet sweeping sloop.

MORGAN JONES, Admiralty trawler, Castle-class, Adty No 3845. Launched 10.3.18, Fletcher & Fearnall. 275grt/360 tons/547 tons deep, 134(oa), 125x23x13ft. TE 480ihp, 10.5kts. Armament: 1-12pdr. Crew: 15, up to 18 with wireless. Sold 1920, same name. Served in WW2.

MORMOND HILL (ex?KATE BAIRD), hired drifter, Adty No 2431. Built 1908, 98grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.584. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 5.15?1919 as net vessel.

MORN, Admiralty steel drifter, Adty No, 4173. Delivered 17.3.21, Crichton Thompson. 94grt/199 tons (deep), 93(oa), 86x18x9. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Completed as fishing vessel. To Fishery Board for Scotland 1921, same name, renamed HOMEFINDER 1922. Served as DEFENSOR in WW2.

MORNA, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 73. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

MORNING STAR, destroyer, Yarrow M-class, ordered 9.14, H.C9 (2.15), G.13 (1.17), G.12 (1.18), G.18 (4.18), H.48 (6.18). Launched 26.6.15 Yarrow. c900 tons, 271(oa), 260(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 23000shp, 36kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. Grand Fleet or Harwich Force from completion. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 1.12.21 Stanlee.

MORNING STAR, decoy or Q-ship (true identity not known). In service 17.8.16-24.10.16 and 3.2.17-31.3.17.

MORNING STAR, hired trawler. Built 1900, 145grt, Scarborough-reg SH.61. In service 6.16?1919 as boom defence vessel.

MORNING STAR, hired drifter, Adty No 2286. Built 1907, 97grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.237. In service 2.15?1.16 as net vessel. Mined 8.1.16 off Brindisi.

MORNING STAR II, hired drifter, Adty No 2127. Built 1906, 84grt, Kirkcaldy-reg KY.128. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 2.15?1919 as net vessel.

MORNING STAR III, hired drifter, Adty No 71. Built 1907, 90grt, Leith-reg LH.250. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 5.15?1919 as net vessel.

MORNING STAR IV, hired drifter, Adty No 2903. Built 1907, 84grt, Buckie-reg BCK.201. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 5.15?1919 as net vessel, minesweeper.

MORNING STAR V, hired drifter, Adty No 2716. Built 1904, 68grt, Peterhead-reg PD.135. Armament: 1?47mm. In service 10.15?1919 as net vessel, patrol boat.

MORNING STAR VI, fishing trawler. Built 1895, 120grt, Aberdeen-reg A.773. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

MORNINGTON, decoy or Q-ship – see PC.62, patrol boat.

MOROCOCALA, hired trawler, Adty No 2656. Built 1915, 265grt, Aberdeen-reg A.238. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 4.15?11.17. Mined 19.11.17 off Daunt LV.

MORRIS, destroyer, M-class, 1913 Programme, H.A3 (1914), H.85 (1.18), D.35 (9.18). Launched 19.11.14 John Brown. 1010 tons, 272(oa), 265(pp)x26x8ft. Turbine 25000, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class served Harwich 1914-17, five loaned to Dover 1916-17, all to Mediterranean 1917-18, then Grand Fleet or Dover Force. Battle Honours (and links to despatches, casualties, awards) Dogger Bank 25 Jan 1915, Jutland 31 May 1916, Belgian Coast 1917/18, Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918. Sold 8.11.21 Slough T.C. BU in Germany.

MORRIS DANCE (ex-T.99), tunnel minesweeper, Dance-class, ordered as "tunnel tugs" (screw in tunnel) by War Department for Mesopotamia, transferred 4.19, T.0N (11.6.19). Launched 1918 Lytham SB. 265 tons, 130(pp)x26x4ft. Compound 450ihp, 9.5kts. Armament: 1-6pdr. Acquired for service in North Russia. Sold 1.5.20 Crichton Thompson & Co.

MORRISON, hired drifter, Adty No 597. Built 1909, 80grt, Peterhead-reg PD.580. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 12.14?1919 as minesweeper.

MORTMAIN, decoy or Q-ship – see PC.44, patrol boat.

MORVEN, hired trawler, Adty No 2789. Built 1902, 198grt, Aberdeen-reg A.567. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 6.15?1919 as minesweeper.

MORVINA, hired trawler, Adty No 1439. Built 1914, 226grt, Grimsby-reg GY.300. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 4.15?1919 as minesweeper.

MORWENNA, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 49 (first use of No.). See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

MOSELLE, hired screw tug. Built 1887, 71grt. In service 5.11.15-4.2.16. 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.

MOSQUITO, destroyer, Beagle-class, designated G-class, H.A3 (1.18). Launched 27.1.10 Fairfield. 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. Sold 31.8.20 Ward, Rainham.

MOSS, hired drifter, Adty No 248. Built 1911, 99grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.734. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 9.14?1920 as patrol boat. Served as GUIDING LIGHT in WW2.

MOTAGUA (ex-EMIL L. BOAS), armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, M.84 (on coming into service), MI.81 (1.18), MI.44 (4.18). Built 1912, 5,977grt, 15kts, owned by Elders & Fyffes. Armament: 6-6in, 2-3pdr AA. Crew (7.15): 29 officers & 200 crew (bi)In service 21.11.14-18.12.19. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. Log Book Availability.

MOTH, coastal destroyer (1906) – see TB.12, torpedo boat, TB.1-12-class.

MOTH, river gunboat, Insect-class, ordered 2.15 as "China Gunboat" for service on Danube. Served elsewhere, P.7A (1.16), P.8A (1.18). Launched 9.10.15 Sunderland SB. 645 tons, 237(oa), 230(pp)x36x4ft. TE 2000ihp,14kts, twin screws in tunnels. Armament: 2-6in, 2-12pdr. Mesopotamia 1916-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Mesopotamia 1916/17. Log Book Availability. Scuttled 21.12.41 at Hong Kong, raised by Japanese, renamed SUMA. Mined 19.3.45.

MOUNSEY, destroyer, Yarrow M-class, ordered 9.14, H.0C (2.15), G.14 (1.17), H.C0 (4.18), G.1A (6.18). Launched 11.9.15 Yarrow. c900 tons, 271(oa), 260(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 23000shp, 36kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. Grand Fleet or Harwich Force from completion. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 8.11.21 Slough T. C. BU in Germany.

MOUNT ROYAL, dummy battleship No. 7 MARLBOROUGH, later oiler, mercantile conversion. Built 1898, 7998grt. Dummy battleship conversion ordered 21.10.14, hired 28.10.14 for conversion by Harland & Wolff, Belfast, no armament, superstructure and guns built of wood and canvas, ship ballasted to suggest greater length, completed during 3.15. Based at Scapa Flow to 10.15, then paid off. Purchased by Admiralty 10.7.16. Oiler RANGOL.

MOURILYAN (RAN), patrol vessel, ex-civilian. 1349grt. Armed with 1-4.7 in/2-3pdr. In service 5.18-1921 in Australian waters

MOY, destroyer, River-class, two medium funnels, designated E-class, N.02 (1914), D.25 (9.15), D.58 (1.18), H.76 (9.18). Launched 10.11.04 Laird. c545-560 tons, c222(pp)x23x9ft. TE c7500ihp, 25.5kts, Armament: 4-12pdr, 2-18in tt. Patrol Flotilla. Sold 27.5.19 T. Oakley.

MOY HALL, hired drifter. Built 1910, 71grt, Inverness-reg INS.117. In service 8.17?1920 on misc. service.

MOZAFFIR - see MUZAFFRI, armed launch.

MOZAFFIR (also MUZAFRI), armed launch, ex-Persian stern-wheeler. In service from 3.3.15 in Persian Gulf area. Later tug for horseboat armed with 4.7 in gun. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Mesopotamia 1915/16.

MUNLOCHY (ex-MACDUFF), twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, Adty No. 3443, T.98 (9.18), T.A5 (11.19). Launched 12.6.18 Fleming & Ferguson. 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 23.11.22 J. Smith, Poole.

MUNSTER (ex-MONITOR, renamed 9.14), destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 9.14, H.8C (1914), G.33 (1.17), G.7A (6.18). Launched 24.11.15 Thornycroft. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 15.11.21 Cashmore.

MURIEL, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 139. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

MURITAI, squadron supply ship, Y9.9. Built 1910, 7280grt. In commissioned service 3.8.14-12.2.15, flew white ensign, renamed PORT VICTOR 1914

MURK, Admiralty steel drifter, Adty No, 3925. Delivered 13.11.18, Lewis, 94grt/199 tons (deep), 93(oa), 86x18x9. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Armament: 1-6pdr. To Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries 16.10.20, renamed GIRLS FRIEND 1922. Served as TRUST in WW2.

MURRAY, destroyer, M-class, 1913 Programme, H.A4 (1914), H.86 (1.18), D.33 (9.18). Launched 6.8.14 Palmer. 1010 tons, 272(oa), 265(pp)x26x8ft. Turbine 25000, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class served Harwich 1914-17, five loaned to Dover 1916-17, all to Mediterranean 1917-18, then Grand Fleet or Dover Force. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Belgian Coast 1916. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Briton Ferry.

MUSGRAVE, hired rescue tug,. Built 1897, 220grt. In service 17.12.15-1.12.16, HM Dockyard, harbour or general towing service before 1917, rescue tug 1917-18.

MUSKERRY, twin-screw fleet minesweeper, early Hunt-class, ordered 1916, Adty No. 496, T.0C (6.18). Launched 28.11.16 Lobnitz. 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 22.1.23 Rees, Llanelly.

MUSKETEER, destroyer, Yarrow M-class, ordered 9.14, H.1C (2.15), G.15 (1.17), G.19 (4.18), H.42 (6.18). Launched 12.11.15 Yarrow. c900 tons, 271(oa), 260(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 23000shp, 36kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. Grand Fleet or Harwich Force from completion. Sold 25.11.21 Hayes, Porthcawl.

MUSQUASH, Canadian patrol vessel, hired tug. Built 1910, 198grt. Armed with 1-3pdr. In service from 10.15 in Canadian waters.

MUSTARD (ex?OBERON), hired yacht, torpedo range vessel, Weymouth. Built 1887, 112grt/137TM. In service 25.3.18?19.2.19.

MUTINE, survey vessel, ex-sloop, Condor-class, converted 1906/07. Was 980 tons, 204(oa), 180(pp)x33x11ft. TE 1400ihp, 13kts. Armament: 6-4in, 4-3pdr. Log Book Availability.

MUZAFRI or MUZAFFRI - see MOZAFFIR, armed launch, ex-Persian stern-wheeler.

MY LADY MOLLY, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 36. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

MYNA, hired trawler, Adty No 1174. Built 1912, 333grt, Hull-reg H.379. Armament: 1?6pdr AA, 1-7.5in BT. In service 2.15?1919 as minesweeper. Served as BORTIND in WW2.

MYNGS, destroyer, M-class, 1913 Programme, H.A5 (1914), H.87 (1.18), D.41 (9.18). Launched 24.9.14 Palmer. 1010 tons, 272(oa), 265(pp)x26x8ft. Turbine 25000, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class served Harwich 1914-17, five loaned to Dover 1916-17, all to Mediterranean 1917-18, then Grand Fleet or Dover Force. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Rainham.

MYNONIE, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 8. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

MYOSOTIS, 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.68 (1.16), T.64 (1.18). Launched 4.4.16 Bow McLachlan. 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.

MYRMIDON, destroyer, four-funnelled 30-knotter, designated B-class, P.83 (1914), D.85 (9.15). Launched 26.5.00 Palmer. c355-400 tons, c215(pp)x21x6ft. TE c6000ihp, 30kts. Armament: 1-12pdr, 5-6pdr, 2-18in tt. Based at Dover. Sunk 26.3.17 in collision with SS HAMBORN in the Channel. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Belgian Coast 1914/16.

MYRTLE, 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.38 (9.15), T.65 (1.18). Launched 11.10.15 Lobnitz. 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, MYRTLE later to Baltic. Mined 16.7.19 in Gulf of Finland.

MYRTLE SPRIG, hired drifter, Adty No 1827. Built 1910, 77grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.473. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 8.15?1919 as net vessel.

MYRTLE, hired screw tug. Built 1867, 32grt. In service 8.16-8.19, limited to harbour and inland waterway duties, flew red ensign.

MYSTIC (ex-MYRTLE, renamed 5.15), destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 9.14, H.2C (1914), G.16 (1.17), G.3A (4.18). Launched 20.6.15 Denny. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 8.11.21 Slough T.C. BU in Germany.

MYSTIC (ex-HT.12), 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. Built 1899, 75grt. Probably sold in 1920's although six of group served in WW2.

 


 

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N.1 (1918) – see NAUTILUS, submarine, experimental ocean-going.

NAAS, minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, building Eltringham. Cancelled 17.12.18.

NAB, hired screw tug. Built 1912, 59grt. In service 9.18-7.19, limited to harbour and inland waterway duties, flew red ensign.

NADINE, decoy or Q-ship - see CORMORANT IV, hired trawler.

NADINE (ex?NIOBE), hired trawler, Adty No 693. Built 1898, 150grt, Grimsby-reg GY.138. In service 11.14?9.15 as auxiliary patrol vessel. Mined 1.9.15 off the North Shipwash Buoy.

NADINE, fishing trawler. Built 1910, 198grt, Ostend-reg O.151. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

NADIR, Admiralty wood drifter, non-standard type, Adty No, 3931, building programme began May 1917, average cost of hull and machinery £11,500. Delivered 29.5.18, Richards. Approx 95grt, 94(oa), 86(pp)x20x10ft. TE 270ihp, 9 kts. Armament: 1?6pdr. Sold 1921, renamed SALPA. Served as SALPA in WW2.

NAIAD, minelayer, ex-2nd-class protected cruiser, Apollo-class, P.52 (1914), N.71 (1.18). Launched 29.9.90 Vickers. 3400 tons, 314(oa), 300(pp)x43x16ft. TE 9000ihp, 20kts (designed). Conversion to minelayer completed 23.8.10 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. Sold 9.6.22 King, Troon.

NAIADE (ex?ST. CLEAR), hired trawler, Adty No 3269. Built 1907, 240grt, Ostend-reg O.144. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 3.16?1919 as minesweeper.

NAIDIA, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 120 (first use of No.). See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

NAILSEA (ex-NEWQUAY), twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, Adty No. 4356, T.A7 (early 1919), T.18 (11.19). Launched 7.8.18 Inglis. 800 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 2200ihp, 16kts. Armament: 1-4in, 1-12pdr AA. Sold 25.11.27 Hughes Bolckow.

NAIRANA, aircraft carrier, mercantile conversion, N.94 (4.17), N.72 (1.18). Launched 1917 Denny, purchased while building, commissioned 25.8.17. 3070 tons/3547grt, 352(oa), 315(pp)x45x14ft. Turbine 6700shp, 19kts. Armament: 2-3in, 2-12pdr AA, 7 aircraft. Grand Fleet 1917-18. Log Book Availability. Sold 1921.

NAIRANA, hired trawler, Adty No 2513. Built 1913, 225grt, Milford Haven-reg M.238. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 11.15?1919 as minesweeper. Renamed NAIRANA II 3.17. Served in WW2.

NAIRN (ex?ST. SERF), hired yacht, Pendant No 069. Built 1913, 437grt/489TM. Armament: 2?12pdr, 1?6pdr AA. In service 15.4.15-2.19. May have served as wireless-equipped A/P Group Leader or in special yacht squadrons, at home or in Mediterranean. Served as TIERCEL in WW2.

NAIRN (1919) – see DRIVER, Admiralty trawler.

NAKERBY, decoy or Q-ship – see PC.68, patrol boat.

NALDERA, armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, MI.58 (after 9.18). Built 1918, 15993grt, 18kts. Armament: 8-6in, 2-6pdr AA, 2-7.5in bomb throwers. In service 29.5.18-14.3.19. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol.

NANCOWRY, patrol boat or minesweeper, civilian steamer taken up in India. 70grt. In service c1917-1919 in Indian Ocean.

NANCY HAGUE, hired trawler, Adty No 1360. Built 1911, 299grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.133. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 3.15?1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

NANERIC (ex-AOTEA), commissioned escort or convoy escort ship, mercantile conversion, MI.24 (6.18). Built 1895, 5609grt, 10kts. Armament: 2-6in, 2-4in, 2-11in A/S howitzers. In service 7.12.17-11.3.19. Log Book Availability.

NAPIER, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 2.15, G.34 (9.15), G.A0 (6.18). Launched 27.11.15 John Brown. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sold 8.11.21 Slough T. C. BU in Germany.

NARBROUGH, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 2.15, G.39 (9.15), F.11 (1.17), F.02 (1.18). Launched 2.3.16 John Brown. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Wrecked 12.1.18, Pentland Skerries. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916.

NARCISSUS, hired yacht, Pendant No 050. Built 1905, 661grt/816TM. Armament: 2?12pdr. In service 13.1.15?27.2.19, renamed NARCISSUS II 9.15. May have served as wireless-equipped A/P Group Leader or in special yacht squadrons, at home or in Mediterranean. Served as GRIVE in WW2.

NARCISSUS, 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.41 (9.15), T.66 (1.18). Launched 22.9.15 Napier and Miller. 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 6.9.22 A. A. Bond.

NARKUNDA, armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, MI.48 (4.18). 16227grt. Converting at war's end, work stopped 6.12.18, delivered for mercantile service 1920.

NARVAL, hired trawler, Adty No 3268. Built 1910, 211grt, Ostend-reg O.141. Armament: 1?12pdr. In service 3.16?11.16 as minesweeper. Disappeared 26.11.16 between Grimsby and Harwich.

NARWHAL, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 2.15, G.47 (9.15), G.36 (1.17), G.35 (1.18), H.29 (6.18). Launched 30.12.15 Denny. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. BU 1920 at Devonport DY after collision damage.

NASTURTIUM, 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.76 (1.16). Launched 21.12.15 McMillan. 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 27.4.16 near Malta.

NATAL, cruiser, ex-armoured cruiser, Warrior or improved Duke of Edinburgh-class, 69 (1914). Launched 30.9.05 Vickers. 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. 2nd CS Grand Fleet from 1914. Sunk 30.12.15 by internal explosion, Cromarty Firth.

NATAL, hired trawler, Adty No 305. Built 1903, 208grt, Grimsby-reg GY.1277. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 8.14-1919. Renamed NATAL II 2.15. Served in WW2.

NATHANIEL COLE, Admiralty trawler, Castle-class, Adty No 3507. Launched 20.2.17, Smiths Dock, first class delivery, delivered 4.5.17. 275grt/360 tons/547 tons deep, 134(oa), 125x23x13ft. TE 480ihp, 10.5kts. Armament: usually 1-12pdr & BT. Crew: 15, up to 18 with wireless. Foundered 6.2.18 off Buncrana, Lough Swilly.

NAUTILUS (1913) – see GRAMPUS, destroyer, Beagle-class.

NAUTILUS, submarine, experimental ocean-going, I.AC (replaced by class and number, mid-1915), 20 (9.15, cancelled 1.16). Launched 31.12.14 Vickers. 1270/1594 tons, 242(oa), 240(pp)x26ft. Diesel/electric 3700/1000hp, 17/10kts. Armament: 8-18in tt, 1-12pdr. N.1 in 1918. Nominally 1st Flotilla, Portsmouth, but never operational. Sold 9.6.22 Cashmore.

NAUTILUS, hired trawler, Adty No 3267. Built 1905, 257grt, Ostend-reg O.128. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 3.16?1919 as minesweeper. Renamed NAUTILUS II 7.16.

NEAPTIDE, Admiralty steel drifter, Adty No, 4174. Delivered 21.8.20, Ouse SB. 94grt/199 tons (deep), 93(oa), 86x18x9. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Completed as fishing vessel. To Fishery Board for Scotland 19.11.20, same name, renamed SMILING THRU 1923. Stranded 20.4.24.

NEARCHUS (RIM), patrol boat or minesweeper, ex-steamer. Built 1914, 925t dis. In service c1917-1919 in Indian Ocean.

NEATH CASTLE, hired trawler, Adty No 1763. Built 1913, 225grt, Swansea-reg SA.6. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 5.15?8.16. Sunk 14.8.16 in collision off the Orkneys.

NEATH CASTLE, hired trawler, Adty No 2981. Built 1916, 275grt, Swansea-reg SA.65. Armament: 1?12pdr. In service 11.16?1919 as minesweeper.

NEBULA, Admiralty steel drifter, Adty No, 3934. Delivered 19.11.18, Rose Street Foundry. 94grt/199 tons (deep), 93(oa), 86x18x9. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Armament: 1?6pdr. To Fishery Board for Scotland 20.8.20, NACRE 1920. Served as CALLIOPSIS in WW2.

NEGRO, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 11.14, G.13 (9.15). Launched 8.3.16 Palmer. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sunk 21.12.16 in collision with HOSTE in North Sea.

NEIL GOW, hired trawler, Adty No 161. Built 1911, 255grt, Grimsby-reg GY.624. Armament: 1?12pdr, 1?3pdr, 1?7.5in BT. In service 8.14?1920 as minesweeper.

NEIL SMITH, Admiralty trawler, Castle-class, Adty No 3524. Launched 5.7.17, Smiths Dock. 275grt/360 tons/547 tons deep, 134(oa), 125x23x13ft. TE 480ihp, 10.5kts. Armament: usually 1-12pdr & BT. Crew: 15, up to 18 with wireless. Sold 1921 same name. Served in WW2.

NELLIE BRADDOCK, hired trawler, Adty No 521. Built 1913, 314grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.175. Armament: 1?12pdr. In service 11.14?1919 as minesweeper.

NELLIE DODDS, hired trawler, Adty No 426. Built 1911, 220grt, North Shields-reg SN.159. Armament: 1?12pdr. In service 11.14?1919 as minesweeper. Served as EBOR ABBEY in WW2.

NELLIE MCGEE, hired drifter, Adty No 2059. Built 1908, 93grt, Peterhead-reg PD.521. In service 11.14?1922, Hospital tender, Purchased 1915, sold 27.6.22. Served in WW2.

NELLIE NUTTEN, hired trawler, Adty No 81. Built 1901, 184grt, Granton-reg GN.89. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 8.14?7.16 as minesweeper. Sunk 11.7.16 by gunfire of U.40, U.49, U.52 and U.69 off Aberdeen.

NELLIE REID, hired drifter, Adty No 2367. Built 1907, 94grt, Inverness-reg INS.362. Armament: 1?3pdr AA. In service 1.15?1919 as net vessel.

NELLIE WILSON, hired motor drifter, Adty No MB.157. Built 1904, 53grt, Berwick-reg BK.102. In service 10.14?1916.

NELLY, hired drifter, Adty No 1473. Built 1903, 75grt, North Shields-reg SN.350. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 5.15?1919 as net vessel

NELSON, decoy or Q-ship - see G. & E., fishing smack (Lowestoft-registered LT.649) conversion.

NELSON, hired drifter, Adty No 1018. Built 1906, 71grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.516. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 1.15?1920 as net vessel.

NEMEA (ex-HERCULES), hired paddle tug. Built 1877, 145grt. In service 28.6.15-12.3.19. Harbour and dockyard service, normally flew the red ensign.

NEMESIS, destroyer, Acorn-class, designated H-class, H.72 (1914), H.88 (1.18). Launched 9.8.10 Hawthorn Leslie. 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, on loan to Japanese in Mediterranean 6.17-1919 as KANRAN. Sold 26.11.21 British Legion, Plymouth.

NEPAULIN (ex-NEPTUNE), paddle minesweeper, mercantile conversion to take advantage of shallow draught, high speed and manoeuvrability, Adty No. 574. Built 1892, 378grt. Armament: not listed. In service 7.12.15. Served with Auxiliary Patrol, carried Fishery flag superior pendant. Mined 20.4.17 near Dyck LV.

NEPEAN, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 11.14, G.18 (9.15), F.03 (1.17), H.44 (4.18). Launched 22.1.16 Thornycroft. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sold 15.11.21 Cashmore.

NEPTOR (ex-NEPTUNO), hired rescue tug, W.78 (9.18). Built 1915, 325grt. In service, purchased 8.11.15-1920, HM Dockyard, harbour or general towing service before 1917. Sold

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

NEPTUNE (was to be named FOUDROYANT), dreadnought battleship, Neptune-class, 02 (1914), 89 (1.18), 79 (4.18). Launched 30.9.09 Portsmouth DY. 19,900 tons, 546(oa), 510(pp)x86x27ft. Turbine 25000shp, 21kts. Armament: 10-12in, 16-4in, 3-21in tt (4-4in replaced by 2-3pdr AA). Armour: 10in sides, 3in deck. 11in guns. 1st BS Grand Fleet until 1916, then 4th BS. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 9.22 Hughes Bolckow.

NEPTUNIAN, hired trawler, Adty No 1523. Built 1913, 315grt, Hull-reg H.626. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 5.15?10.18 as minesweeper. Sunk 27.10.18 in collision near Albacarry Light House.

NEREE (ex?ATHALIA), hired trawler, Adty No 3266. Built 1909, 230grt, Ostend-reg O.143. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 3.16?1919 as minesweeper, then special service vessel.

NEREID, Canadian patrol vessel, hired tug. Built 1912, 40grt. Listed sometime after 12.14 for service in Canadian waters.

NEREIDE, destroyer, Acorn-class, designated H-class, H.74 (1914), H.89 (1.18). Launched 6.9.10 Hawthorn Leslie. 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 1.12.21 Stanlee.

NEREUS, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 11.14, G.19 (9.15), F.12 (1.17), F.33 (1.18), H.21 (4.18), H.37 (11.18). Launched 24.2.16 Thornycroft. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sold 15.11.21 Cashmore.

NERISSA, destroyer, Yarrow M-class, ordered 11.14, G.35 (9.15), F.04 (1.17), F.05 (1.18), H.09 (6.18). Launched 9.2.16 Yarrow. c900 tons, 271(oa), 260(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 23000shp, 36kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. Grand Fleet or Harwich Force from completion. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 15.11.21 Cashmore.

NERISSA, hired trawler, Adty No 1793. Built 1906, 173grt, Hull-reg H.879. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 8.15?2.18. Renamed NERISSA II 12.15. Wrecked 28.2.18 off Lemnos.

NERO (ex-N. E. R. No. 3), hired rescue tug. Built 1915, 177grt. In service 20.10.15-22.8.19, HM Dockyard, harbour or general towing service before 1917.

NESMAR, hired drifter, Adty No 2514. Built 1911, 87grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.1112. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 1.15?1920 as stores & water carrier, net vessel, minesweeper. Renamed NESMAR II 12.17.

NESS, destroyer, River-class, two medium funnels, designated E-class, N.81 (1914), D.26 (9.15), D.59 (1.18), H.77 (9.18). Launched 5.1.05 White. c545-560 tons, c222(pp)x23x9ft. TE c7500ihp, 25.5kts, Armament: 4-12pdr, 2-18in tt. Patrol Flotilla. Sold 27.5.19 T. R. Sales.

NESSUS, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 11.14, G.00 (9.15), G.37 (1.17), G.36 (1.18), G.5A (6.18). Launched 24.8.15 Swan Hunter. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sunk 8.9.18 in collision with AMPHITRITE in North Sea. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916.

NESTOR, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 11.14, G.30 (9.15). Launched 22.12.15 Swan Hunter. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sunk 31.5.16 at Jutland. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916.

NETHERBY HALL (ex-GLENEARN), squadron supply ship, Y9.10. Built 1905, 4461grt. In commissioned service 3.8.14-22.1.15, flew white ensign. Sunk 10.1.17 by MOWE 300 miles off Pernambuco.

NETSUKIS, hired drifter, Adty No 206. Built 1913, 85grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.271. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 9.14?1919 as minesweeper, net vessel. Served in WW2.

NEVA, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 13. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

NEVER CAN TELL, fishing vessel. Built 1905, 62grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.877. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917/18, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

NEVERTHELESS, hired drifter, Adty No 1019. Built 1911, 88grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.1148. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 1.15?1920 as net vessel.

NEW COMET, decoy or Q-ship - see ROSSKEEN, hired trawler.

NEW COMET, hired trawler, Adty No 1496. Built 1910, 177grt, Granton-reg GN.75. In service 5.15?1.17 as minesweeper. Mined 20.1.17 off Orford Nest.

NEW DAWN, hired drifter, Adty No 774. Built 1908, 93grt, Aberdeen-reg A.221. Armament: 1?.45in MG. In service 11.14?3.18 as minesweeper. Mined 23.3.18 at entrance to the Needles Channel.

NEW LAWRENCE – see LAWRENCE (RIM), sloop.

NEW MOON, Admiralty steel drifter, Adty No, 3936. Delivered 27.1.20, Rose Street Foundry. 94grt/199 tons (deep), 93(oa), 86x18x9. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Completed as fishing vessel. To Fishery Board for Scotland 27.1.20, renamed THE MILNES 1920. Served as UGIEVALE in WW2.

NEW SPRAY, hired drifter, Adty No 1146, 570. Built 1912, 70grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.135. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 2.15?1919 as net vessel. Served in WW2.

NEW ZEALAND (1911) – see ZEALANDIA, pre-dreadnought battleship, King Edward VII-class.

NEW ZEALAND, battlecruiser, Indefatigable-class, 08 (1914), 90 (1.18), 53 (4.18). Launched 1.7.11 Fairfield. 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. 1st BCS Grand Fleet 1914-15, 2nd BCS 1915-18. Battle Honours (and links to despatches, casualties, awards) Heligoland 28 Aug 1914, Dogger Bank 25 Jan 1915, Jutland 31 May 1916. Log Book Availability. Sold 19.12.22 Rosyth S. Bkg. Co.

NEW ZEALAND, hired trawler. Built 1898, 290grt, Hull-reg H.413. In service 8.16?1920 as boom defence vessel. Renamed HOKIANGA 4.18.

NEWARK (ex-NEWLYN), twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, Adty No. 3455, T.7N (early 1919), T.5N (11.19). Launched 19.6.18 Inglis. 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 6.28 Alloa, Charlestown.

NEWBRIDGE, hired trawler, Adty No 963. Built 1906, 228grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.55. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 5.15?11.17 as minesweeper. Sunk 19.11.17 in collision off Prawle Point.

NEWBRIDGE, ex-collier, Admiralty blockship. Built 1906, 3737grt, 342ft. Owned by Temperley SS Co, London-reg. Purchased 1914-15 for Dover. Sent to East Africa as blockship for the first operations against trapped German cruiser SMS KOENIGSBERG. She was filled with crushed rock and dynamite charges, with 14 volunteer crew, and Cdr Raymond Fitzmaurice in command. In the early morning of 10 November 1914, under fire but under cover of 6in cruiser gunfire, she reached her scuttling position 8 miles down the Ssuninga channel of the Rufuji river delta where it met the Ssimba-Uranga arm, swung across the river and anchored bow and stern, charges fired at 0550 and settled to the bottom. This still left two navigable channels - the northern Kikunja and the southern Kiomboni - by which KΦNIGSBERG could reach the sea 10 miles away (L/Lr/Rn/D/dx/kp).

NEWBURY, paddle minesweeper, Ascot or Racecourse-class, ordered 9.15, based on design of successful hired paddle minesweeper GLEN USK, Adty No. 899, T.26 (9.18). Launched 3.7.16 Inglis. 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. Sold 3.22 Ward, Inverkeithing.

NEWCASTLE, light cruiser, ex-2nd-class cruiser, Bristol-class. Launched 25.11.09 Armstrong. 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. Pacific 1914-16, Mediterranean 1916-17, South America 1917-18. Log Book Availability. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Lelant.

NEWHAVEN II, fishing trawler. Built 1897, 161grt, Grimsby-reg GY.232. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

NEWHAVEN, N. B. hired trawler, Adty No 82. Built 1909, 182grt, Granton-reg GN.72. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 8.14?1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

NEWINGTON, Canadian patrol vessel, either Government or hired craft. Built 1899, 193grt. Listed from 12.14 for service in Canadian waters.

NEWLAND, hired trawler, Adty No 942. Built 1903, 245grt, Hull-reg H.713. Armament: 1?12pdr, 1?7.5in BT. In service 1.15?1919 as minesweeper, then hydrophone vessel. Served in WW2.

NEWMARKET, screw minesweeper, mercantile conversion, M.32 (1914), T.06 (9.15). Built 1907, 833grt. Armament: 2-12pdr. In service 8.10.14. Mediterranean from 1915. Sunk 16.7.17 by UC.38 in the Eastern Med.

NEXUS (ex?ROXANA), hired drifter, Adty No 3211. Built 1907, 86grt, Buckie-reg BCK.159. Armament: 1?3pdr AA. In service 8.15?3.18 as net vessel. Mined 13.3.18 in the Thames estuary.

NIBLICK, fishing trawler. Built 1891, 154grt, Grimsby-reg GY.520. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

NICATOR, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 2.15, G.55 (9.15), F.05 (1.17), H.A4 (1.18). Launched 3.2.16 Denny. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Milford Haven.

NICHOLAS COUTEUR, Admiralty trawler, Mersey class, Adty No 4236. Delivered 20.5.19, Cochrane. 324grt/438 tons/665 tons deep, 148(oa), 138x23x13ft. TE 600ihp, 11kts. Completed as fishing vessel. Sold 1919 renamed MARY A. JOHNSON. Lost 11.20.

NICHOLAS DEAN, Admiralty trawler, Mersey class, Adty No 3740. Launched 11.3.18, Ferguson. 324grt/438 tons/665 tons deep, 148(oa), 138x23x13ft. TE 600ihp, 11kts. Armament: 1-12pdr, 1-3.5in BT. Crew: 15, up to 18 with wireless. Served as hydrophone vessel. Sold 1921 renamed NOTRE DAME DE FRANCE.

NICOBAR, decoy or Q-ship – see HYDERABAD, war construction.

NICOLAI, hired paddle tug. Built 1870, 152grt. In service 4.17-31.8.18. Harbour and dockyard service, normally flew the red ensign.

NIGELLA, 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.52 (1.16), T.68 (1.18). Launched 10.12.15 Hamilton. 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 29.11.22 Hallamshire Metal Co.

NIGELLA II (ex?EIGHT), hired drifter, Adty No 2709. Built 1901, 77grt, Peterhead-reg PD.152. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 12.15?1919 as net vessel, hospital vessel.

NIGER, minesweeper, ex-torpedo gunboat, Alarm-class. Launched 17.12.92 Vickers. 810 tons, 230(pp)x27x10ft. TE 3500ihp, 19kts. Armament: 2-4.7in, 4-3pdr, 3-14in tt. Converted with sweeps 1909. Sunk 11.11.14 by 11.12 off Deal.

NIGHT HAWK, hired trawler, Adty No 57. Built 1911, 287grt, Grimsby-reg GY.643. In service 8.14?12.14 as minesweeper. Mined 25.12.14 off Scarborough.

NIGHT HAWK, hired trawler, Adty No 1936. Built 1916, 307grt, Grimsby-reg GY.822. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 3.16?1919 as minesweeper, then escort vessel. Served in WW2.

NIGHTFALL, Admiralty wood drifter, non-standard type, Adty No, 3932, building programme began May 1917, average cost of hull and machinery £11,500. Delivered 4.7.18, Richards. Approx 95grt, 94(oa), 86(pp)x20x10ft. TE 270ihp, 9 kts. Armament: 1?6pdr. Served as minesweeper. Sold 1921, same name.

NIGHTINGALE, river gunboat, Heron-class, N.N8 (11.19). Launched 27.10.97 Yarrow. 85 tons, 108(oa), 100(pp)x20x2ft. TE 240ihp, 9kts. Armament: 2-6pdr, 4 MG. China Station, paid off 12.14. Sold 20.11.19 at Hong Kong.

NIL DESPERANDUM, hired drifter, Adty No 1094. Built 1903, 91grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.175. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 2.15?1919 as net vessel.

NILE, hired trawler. Built 1898, 196grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.11. In service 6.15?1919 as boom defence vessel.

NILLA, patrol boat or minesweeper, civilian steamer taken up in India. Built 1908, 208grt. Armed with 2-3pdr. In service c1917-1919 in Indian Ocean.

NIMBUS, Admiralty wood drifter, non-standard type, Adty No, 3933, building programme began May 1917, average cost of hull and machinery £11,500. Delivered 27.8.18, Richards. Approx 95grt, 94(oa), 86(pp)x20x10ft. TE 270ihp, 9 kts. Armament: 1?6pdr. Served as minesweeper. To Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries 1921, renamed GIRL BELLA 1921, JETSAM 1923. Lost 28.7.24.

NIMROD, destroyer leader, Marksman-class, 1913-14 programme, H.5A (1914), H.90 (1.18). Launched 12.4.15 Denny. c1604-1608 tons, 325(oa), 315(pp)x32x12ft. Turbine 36000shp, 34kts. Armament: 4-4in, 2-2pdr, 4-21in tt (2-14in tt, added 1917). Harwich 1915-18, then Grand Fleet. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Belgian Coast 1917.Sold 5.11.26 Alloa S. Bkg Co. Rosyth.

NINA, hired drifter, Adty No 994. Built 1904, 83grt, Peterhead-reg PD.497. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 4.15?8.17, Sunk 2.8.17 by explosion off Prawle Point.

NINA D'ASTY, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 120 (second use of No.). See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

NINE SISTERS, hired drifter, Adty No 157. Built 1910, 92grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.608. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 11.14?1919 as patrol boat, net vessel.

NINUS, hired trawler, Adty No 1536. Built 1912, 292grt, Grimsby-reg GY.700. Armament: 2?12pdr, 1?7.5in BT. In service 6.15?1919 as hydrophone vessel. Served as LOVANIA in WW2.

NIOBE (RCN), cruiser, ex-1st-class protected cruiser, Diadem-class. Launched 20.2.97 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. RCN 6.9.10. Halifax in 1914, disarmed for harbour service 10.15. BU 1922 at Philadelphia.

NITA PITA, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 149. Lost 2.12.15 by fire at Poole. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

NITH, destroyer, River-class, two medium funnels, designated E-class, N.77 (1914), D.27 (9.15), D.60 (1.18), H.78 (9.18). Launched 7.3.05 White. c545-560 tons, c222(pp)x23x9ft. TE c7500ihp, 25.5kts, Armament: 4-12pdr, 2-18in tt. Patrol Flotilla. Sold 23.6.19 Ward, Preston.

NIVONIA, whaler. Built 1912, 175grt. Purchased, in service 3.8.17?26.5.19 in West Africa. Sold Eastern Whaling Co, same name.

NIZAM, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 11.14, G.28 (9.15), G.52 (1.17), G.53 (1.18), H.C6 (9.18). Launched 6.4.16 Stephen. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Rainham.

NOAH, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 17. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

NOBLE (ex-NISUS, renamed by 10.15), destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 11.14, G.09 (9.15), G.38 (1.17), G.37 (1.18), G.9A (6.18). Launched 25.11.15 Stephen. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 8.11.21 Slough T.C.

NOBLE NORA, whaler. Built 1912, 160grt. Purchased, in service 25.6.17?13.3.19 at Cape Station. Sold 3.19 Premier Whaling Co, same name. Served in WW2.

NODE, Admiralty steel drifter, Adty No, 3988. Delivered 18.10.18, Colby. 94grt/199 tons (deep), 93(oa), 86x18x9. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Sold 1922, renamed TIGER'S EYE. Served as GOLDEN VIEW in WW2.

NODZU, hired trawler, Adty No 1356. Built 1911, 257grt, Cardiff-reg CF.37. Armament: 1?12pdr. In service 3.15?1.19. Wrecked 1.1.19 of Nash Point, Bristol Channel; salved. Served as CLARINET in WW2.

NOGI, hired trawler, Adty No 192. Built 1908, 257grt, Cardiff-reg CF.24. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 11.14?1919 as minesweeper.

NOMAD, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 11.14, G.31 (9.15). Launched 7.2.16 Stephen. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sunk 31.5.16 at Jutland. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916.

NONPAREIL, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 11.14, G.37 (9.15), G.53 (1.17), G.54 (1.18), D.0A (9.18). Launched 16.5.16 Stephen. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Briton Ferry.

NONSUCH (ex-NARCISSUS, renamed 5.15), destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 11.14, G.12 (9.15), G.39 (1.17), G.38 (1.18), G.A5. Launched 7.12.15 Palmer. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Milford Haven.

NOONTIDE, Admiralty steel drifter, Adty No, 3989. Launched 11.6.18, Colby. 94grt/199 tons (deep), 93(oa), 86x18x9. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Armament: 1?6pdr. Sold 11.6.48, same name.

NOOGANA, hired trawler, Adty No 2663. Built 1914, 237grt, Milford Haven-reg M.9. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 5.15?1919. Served as ST. OLIVE in WW2.

NORA, hired screw tug. Built 1889, 99grt. In service 19.7.17-20.9.19. 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.

NORBRECK, hired trawler, Adty No 1374. Built 1905, 201grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.30. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 4.15?1919. Served as CRAIGMILLAR in WW2.

NORD, hired screw tug. Built 1905, 104grt. In service 1915-1919. 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.

NORD EST, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 34. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

NOREEN, hired drifter, Adty No 1550. Built 1914, 79grt, North Shields-reg SN.44. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 7.15?1919 as net vessel, boom defence vessel.

NORFOLK COUNTY, hired drifter, Adty No 2219. Built 1908, 83grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.103. Armament: 1?3pdr AA. In service 9.15?1919 as net vessel. Served in WW2.

NORFORD SUFFLING, hired drifter, Adty No 753. Built 1914, 86grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.45. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 1.15?1919 as net vessel. Served in WW2.

NORHAM CASTLE, hired drifter, Adty No 2499. Built 1899, 93grt, Peterhead-reg PD.102. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 3.15?1919 as stores & water carrier.

NORLAN, hired drifter, Adty No 2285. Built 1914, 90grt, Buckie-reg BCK.177. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 2.15?1920 as net vessel. Served in WW2.

NORMAN, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 11.14, G.14 (9.15), G.54 (1.17), G.55 (1.18), H.0A (9.18). Launched 20.3.16 Palmer. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Milford Haven.

NORMAN, hired trawler, Adty No 1314. Built 1894, 120grt, Peterhead-reg PD.502. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 6.15?1919 as net vessel. Renamed NORMAN Ill 7.16.

NORMAN, hired trawler, Adty No 1575. Built 1911, 346grt, Hull-reg H.249. Armament: 1?6pdr, 1?7.5in BT. In service 5.15?1919 as minesweeper, then escort vessel. Renamed NORMAN II 12.15. Served as DERVISH in WW2.

NORMAN, hired screw tug. Built 1885, 24grt. In service 8.16-8.19, limited to harbour and inland waterway duties, flew red ensign.

NORNA, examination vessel, ex-Scottish Fishery Board cruiser. Built 1909, 457grt. Listed from 8.14, served mainly in Scottish waters.

NORSE, hired trawler, Adty No 1352. Built 1914, 279grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.72. Armament: 1?12pdr, 1?7.5in BT. In service 3.15?1919 as minesweeper.

NORSEMAN, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 2.15, G.70 (9.15), F.13 (1.17), F.06 (1.18), G.51 (4.18), H.22 (11.18). Launched 15.8.16 Doxford. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Grays.

NORTH AMERICAN, fishing vessel. Built 1894, 97grt, Peterhead-reg PD.485. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917/18, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

NORTH CAPE, fishing trawler. Built 1889, 122grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.239. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

NORTH COCK, hired patrol tug, T.2. Built 1903, 149grt. In service for short time as unarmed patrol boat, Liverpool area 29.10.14-25.11.14, then other service.

NORTH KING, hired trawler, Adty No 304. Built 1906, 271grt, Hull-reg H.882. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 8.14?1919 as minesweeper. Renamed NORTH KING II 12.14.

NORTH KING, hired trawler, Adty No 512. Built 1906, 194grt, Aberdeen-reg A.86. Armament: 1?12pdr. In service 9.14?1919 as minesweeper.

NORTH QUEEN, hired trawler, Adty No 681. Built 1906, 195grt, Aberdeen-reg A.78. Armament: 1?3pdr, 1-2pdr. In service 11.14?1919. Served as FINTRAY in WW2.

NORTH STAR, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 11.14, G.16 (9.15), F.45 (1.17), F.53 (1.18). Launched 9.11.16 Palmer. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sunk 23.4.18 by gunfire, Zeebrugge raid. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Zeebrugge 23 Apr 1918.

NORTH STAR, hired trawler, Adty No 267. Built 1907, 188grt, Aberdeen-reg A.172. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 8.14?1919 as minesweeper. Renamed NORTH STAR Ill 12.15.

NORTH STAR II (ex?CHEROKEE), hired yacht, Pendant No 084. Built 1893, 819grt/924TM. Armament: 2?3 in. In service 28.10.15?4.3.19. May have served as wireless-equipped A/P Group Leader or in special yacht squadrons, at home or in Mediterranean.

NORTH WEST, fishing trawler. Built 1890, 123grt, Aberdeen-reg A.478. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

NORTHAMPTON, harbour service, ex-torpedo gunboat SHARPSHOOTER, built 1888, 735 tons. Training ship. Sold 27.3.22.

NORTHBROOK (RIM), troopship (right, Photo Ships). Launched 6.7.07 John Brown. 5820 tons, 360(pp)x52x18ft. TE 7000ihp, 16.5kts. Armament: 6-4.7in, 6-3pdr. Served in East Indies 1914-18. Log Book Availability. Listed to 1924.

NORTHERN LIGHTS, Admiralty steel drifter, Adty No, 3935. Delivered 16.4.19, Rose Street Foundry. 94grt/199 tons (deep), 93(oa), 86x18x9. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Completed as fishing vessel. Sold 1919, renamed SUNNYSIDE GIRL. Served as SUNNYSIDE GIRL in WW2.

NORTHERN PRINCE, hired trawler, Adty No 257. Built 1913, 208grt, North Shields-reg SN.282. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 8.14?1919 as minesweeper.

NORTHERN SCOT, hired drifter, Adty No 2425. Built 1911, 90grt, Inverness-reg INS.248. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 5.15?1919 as net vessel. Served in WW2.

NORTHESK, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 11.14, G.15 (9.15), G.83 (1.17), H.21 (1.18, no pendant. from 4.18). Launched 5.7.16 Palmer. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Rainham.

NORTHESK, hired drifter, Adty No 2022. Built 1913, 100grt, Montrose-reg ME.244. Armament: 1?12pdr. In service 7.15?1919 as net vessel. Renamed NORTHESK II 12.15. Served in WW2.

NORTHMAN, hired trawler, Adty No 327. Built 1911, 197grt, Aberdeen-reg A.414. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 8.14?1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

NORTHOLT, twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, Adty No. 4357, T.A8 (early 1919). Launched 21.6.18 Eltringham. 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 29.2.28 Cashmore.

NORTHREPPS, minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, building Lobnitz. Cancelled 17.12.18.

NORTHUMBRIA, hired trawler, Adty No 623. Built 1906, 211grt, Grimsby-reg GY.169. Armament: 1?12pdr. In service 9.14?3.17 as minesweeper. Mined 3.3,17 near May Island.

NORTHUMBRIA, hired screw tug. Built 1894, 100grt. In service 29.7.15-6.8.15. 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.

NORTHWARD, hired trawler, Adty No 807. Built 1906, 204grt, Grimsby-reg GY.110. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 11.14?1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

NOTTINGHAM, light cruiser, ex-2nd-class cruiser, Birmingham-class, 35 (1914). Launched 18.4.13 Pembroke DY. 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 1915-16. Sunk 19.8.16 by U.52 in the North Sea. Battle Honours (and links to despatches, casualties, awards) Heligoland 28 Aug 1914, Dogger Bank 25 Jan 1915, Jutland 31 May 1916.

NOVELLI, hired trawler, Adty No 3279. Built 1916, 226grt, Grimsby-reg GY.889. Armament: 1?12pdr, 1-7in BT. In service 5.16?1919 as minesweeper.

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

NUBIA, fishing trawler. Built 1903, 196grt, Grimsby-reg GY.1275. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

NUBIAN, destroyer, Tribal class, 2nd group, 4-funnelled, designated F-class, H.70 (1914), D.06 (9.15). Launched 20.4.09 Thornycroft. c970-1090 tons, c280(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 15500shp, 34kts. Armament: 2-4in, 2-18in tt. 6th DF, Dover throughout the war. Disabled 27.10.16 by torpedo off Belgian coast (see also ZUBIAN). Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Belgian Coast 1914/15.

NUGENT, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 11.14, G.17 (9.15), F.46 (1.17), F.54 (1.18), D.58 (9.18). Launched 23.1.17 Palmer. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Belgian Coast 1917. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Hayle.

NUGGET, fleet messenger, Y4.38. Built 1889, 405grt. In commissioned service 23.7.15, flew white ensign. Sunk 31.7.15 by U.28 SW of the Scillies.

NULLI SECUNDUS, hired drifter, Adty No 3070. Built 1917, 104grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.610. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 12.17?1920.

NUMIDIAN, Admiralty blockship. Built 1891, 4836grt, 400ft. Owned by Allan Line SS Co, Glasgow-reg. Purchased 1914-15 for Scapa Flow (D - unlisted location). Scuttled 1915 - No.1 Barrier in Kirk Sound, between Lamb Holm island & Mainland (wi - in 58.53.42N, 02.53.53W). Mostly salvaged in 1924, pile of scattered wreckage left (Lr/D/wi).

NUMITOR, hired trawler, Adty No 3270. Built 1903, 242grt, Ostend-reg O.127. Armament: 1?12pdr AA, 1-6pdr AA. In service 3.16-4.18 as minesweeper. Mined 20.4.18 off Orford Ness.

NUNTHORPE HALL (1920) - see SEAMEW (ex?NUNTHORPE HALL), Admiralty trawler.

NUSA (RAN) patrol vessel, German yacht seized 13.9.14 by MELBOURNE in Solomons. 64 tons dis. In service in Australian waters. Sold 1921.

NYATA, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 63. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

NYKR, hired yacht, hydrophone tender. Built 1893, 30grt/31TM. In service 1916?12.3.20.

NYLGHAU, hired trawler, Adty No 1488. Built 1908, 261grt, Grimsby-reg GY.363. Armament: 1?12pdr. In service 5.15?1919 as minesweeper.

NYMPHE, destroyer, Acorn-class, designated H-class, H.83 (1914), D.25 (1.18). Launched 31.1.11 Hawthorn Leslie. 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.

NYROCA, decoy or Q-ship - see MAVIS (ex-NYROCA), cargo ship conversion.

 


 

 OTTER, C-class destroyer, French battleship in background (Photo Ships)

 

OAK, destroyer, I-class "special boat", H.12 (1914), H.38 (9.15), H.92 (1.18). Launched 5.9.12 Yarrow. 765 tons, 262(oa), (255pp)x25x9ft. Turbine 20000shp, 32kts. Armament: 2-4in, 2-12pdr, 2-21in tt. Tender to Grand Fleet Flagship, 1914-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Hayle, BU 9.22.

OAK APPLE, hired drifter, Adty No 249. Built 1910, 98grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.365. Armament: 1?2.5pdr. In service 9.14?1920 as patrol boat. Served in WW2.

OAKLAND, hired drifter, Adty No 1073. Built 1910, 67grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.719. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 1.15?1919 as net vessel.

OAKLEY, twin-screw fleet minesweeper, early Hunt-class, ordered 1916, Adty No. 497, T.1C (6.18). Launched 10.1.17 Lobnitz. 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 18.1.23 Alloa, Charlestown.

OAKWOLD, hired trawler, Adty No 959. Built 1895, 129grt, Grimsby-reg GY.948. In service 1.15?11.15 as auxiliary patrol vessel.

OBDURATE, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 11.14, G.26 (9.15), F.06 (1.17), F.07 (1.18), H.50 (6.18). Launched 21.1.16 Scotts. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 15.11.21 Cashmore.

OBEDIENT, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 11.14, G.25 (9.15), G.40 (1.17), G.39 (1.18), H.88 (6.18). Launched 6.11.15 Scotts. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 25.11.21 Hayes, Porthcawl.

OBERON, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 2.15, G.80 (9.15), F.27 (1.17), F.36 (1.18), H.35 (11.18). Launched 29.9.16 Doxford. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Rainham.

OBERON, hired drifter, Adty No 2508. Built 1907, 86grt, Banff-reg BF.471. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 4.15?1919 as net vessel. Renamed OBERON II 12.15.

OBSERVER, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 2.15, G.41 (9.15), G.55 (1.17), G.51 (1.18), D.79 (11.18). Launched 1.5.16 Fairfield. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sold 30.10.21 W. & A. T. Burden.

OBTAIN, hired drifter, Adty No 3113. Built 1917, 105grt, Buckie-reg BCK.355. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 12.17?1919. Served in WW2.

OBURN, hired drifter, Adty No 1551. Built 1912, 93grt, Whitby-reg WY.165. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 7.15?1919 as net vessel. Served as GIRL PAMELA in WW2.

OCEAN, pre-dreadnought battleship, Canopus-class, N.56 (1914). Launched 5.7.98 Devonport 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. Mined 18.3.15 in the Dardanelles. Battle Honours (and links to despatches, casualties, awards) Mesopotamia 1914, Suez Canal 2-4 Feb 1915, Dardanelles 1915.

OCEAN ANGLER, hired drifter, Adty No 2466. Built 1911, 84grt, Kirkcaldy-reg KY.208. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 2.15?1919 as net vessel, minesweeper.

OCEAN COMRADE (ex?PESHA), hired trawler, Adty No 160. Built 1892, 133grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.405. In service 8.14?3.18 as minesweeper, then net vessel. Released from patrol organisation back to civilian fishing, requisitioned by Admiralty for Fishery Reserve of the Trawler Section, recommissioned and flew white ensign; continued fishing under naval control.

OCEAN CREST, hired drifter, Adty No 231. Built 1911, 88grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.876. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 9.14?1919 as patrol boat, escort vessel.

OCEAN CREST II, hired drifter, Adty No 233. Built 1914, 99grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.29. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 9.14?1919 as patrol boat.

OCEAN FAVOURITE, hired drifter, Adty No 245. Built 1913, 99grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.239. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 9.14?1919 as patrol boat.

OCEAN FISHER, hired drifter, Q-ship (not listed in Hired Drifter section as Q-ship - see below).

OCEAN FISHER, hired drifter, Adty No 234. Built 1913, 96grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.345. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 9.14?6.18 as patrol boat. Mined 16.6.18 off Haddock Bank Buoy.

OCEAN FOAM, hired drifter, Adty No 1954. Built 1911, 90grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.970. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 3.15?10.18 as patrol boat. Sunk 7.10.18 in collision In Penzance Bay.

OCEAN GAIN, hired drifter, Adty No 1333. Built 1915, 77grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.184. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 12.17?1919. Served in WW2.

OCEAN GIFT, hired drifter, Adty No 2557. Built 1907, 91grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.563. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 2.15?1919 as net vessel.

OCEAN GLEANER, hired drifter, Adty No 2012. Built 1913, 86grt, Banff-reg BF.600. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 1.15?1920 as net vessel, minesweeper.

OCEAN GUIDE, hired drifter, Adty No 238. Built 1914, 75grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.24. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 9.14?1919 as patrol boat. Served in WW2.

OCEAN HARVEST, hired drifter, Adty No 247. Built 1913, 95grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.305. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 9.14?1919 as patrol boat.

OCEAN HOPE, hired drifter, Adty No 244. Built 1912, 81grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.732. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 9.14?1919 as patrol boat, escort vessel.

OCEAN PILOT, hired drifter, Adty No 227. Built 1913, 95grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.325. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 9.14?1919 as patrol boat, escort vessel. Served in WW2.

OCEAN PIONEER, hired drifter, Adty No 1334. Built 1915, 90grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.19. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 9.17?1919. Served in WW2.

OCEAN PLOUGH, hired drifter, Adty No 250. Built 1912, 99grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.792. In service 9.14?8.16 as patrol boat. Mined 27.8.16 off Lowestoft.

OCEAN PRIDE, hired drifter, Adty No 2364. Built 1911, 95grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.104. Armament: 1?3pdr AA. In service 1.15?1920 as net vessel. Served in WW2.

OCEAN PRINCE, hired trawler. Built 1902, 203grt, Aberdeen-reg A.576. In service 9.14?1920 as boom defence vessel.

OCEAN PRINCESS, hired trawler, Adty No 111. Built 1902, 203grt, Aberdeen-reg A.580. Armament: 1?6pdr AA, 1?7.5in BT. In service 8.14?1919 as minesweeper.

OCEAN QUEEN, hired trawler, Adty No 546. Built 1906, 284grt, Hull-reg H.856. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 11.14?1919 as minesweeper.

OCEAN RAMBLER, hired drifter, Adty No 246. Built 1914, 96grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.725. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 9.14?1919 as patrol boat, hydrophone vessel.

OCEAN REAPER, hired drifter, Adty No 232. Built 1912, 101grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.470. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 9.14?1919 as patrol boat, hydrophone tender.

OCEAN RETRIEVER II, hired drifter, Adty No 235. Built 1914, 94grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.33. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 9.14?1920 as patrol boat.

OCEAN RETRIEVER, hired drifter, Adty No 239. Built 1912, 94grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.307. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 9.14?1919 as patrol boat. Served in WW2.

OCEAN REWARD, hired drifter, Adty No 243. Built 1912, 95grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.730. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 9.14?1919 as patrol boat, hydrophone vessel. Served in WW2.

OCEAN ROAMER, hired drifter, Adty No 3044. Built 1917, 90grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.497. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 6.17-1919.

OCEAN SCOUT, hired drifter. Built 1913, 86grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.10. In service 1.16?1920 as examination vessel. Served in WW2.

OCEAN SCOUT I, hired trawler, Adty No 1555. Built 1915, 200grt, Aberdeen-reg A.362. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 7.15?12.17. Sunk 21.12.17 in collision off Western Ireland.

OCEAN SEARCHER, hired drifter, Adty No 2261. Built 1912, 83grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.75. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 2.15?1919 as net vessel.

OCEAN SPRAY, hired drifter, Adty No 1032. Built 1912, 82grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.264. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 1.15?1920 as net vessel. Served in WW2.

OCEAN STAR, hired drifter, Adty No 785. Built 1907, 92grt, Banff-reg BF.960. In service 12.14?9.17 as patrol boat. Sunk 26.9.17 off the Nab LV, probably mined.

OCEAN SWELL, Admiralty steel drifter, building Brooke. Cancelled, order dated 17.12.18. Completed for commercial service, named OCEAN SWELL 1920. Served in WW2.

OCEAN TREASURE, hired drifter, Adty No 228. Built 1913, 92grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.574. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 9.14?1919 as patrol boat. Served in WW2.

OCEAN TRUST, hired drifter. Built 1914, 77grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.160. In service 10.18?1919 on misc. service.

OCEAN'S GIFT, hired motor drifter, Adty No 3015. Built 1901, 50grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.863. Armament: 1?6pdr. Renamed OCEAN'S GIFT II 6.17. Destroyed by fire 30.8.17 off the Wash.

OCEANA (ex-CERBERUS), hired rescue tug - see CERBERUS, boarding tug.

OCEANIC, armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion. Built 1899, 17274grt, 20kts. Armament: 8-4.7in. In service 9.8.14. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. Wrecked 8.9.14 on Foula, Shetlands.

OCEANIC, hired trawler, Adty No 391. Built 1895, 168grt, Hull-reg H.449. Armament: 1?12pdr. In service 11.14?1919 as Q-ship. Renamed OCEANIC II 2.15.

OCEANIC, hired drifter, Adty No 789. Built 1907, 99grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.220. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 12.14?1919 as minesweeper. Renamed OCEANIC III 2.15.

OCEANIC II, decoy or Q-ship - see hired trawlers.

OCEANIC IV, fishing trawler. Built 1898, 235grt, Grimsby-reg GY.863. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

OCLEIAN, hired motor drifter. Peterhead-reg PD. In service 10.18?1919.

OCTAVIA (ex-ORYX, renamed by 9.15), destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 11.14, G.51 (9.15), F.07 (1.17), F.09 (1.18), G.71 (4.18). Launched 21.6.16 Doxford. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sold 5.11.21 Granton S. Bkg Co.

OCTAVIA, fishing trawler. Built 1906, 173grt, Hull-reg H.876. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

OCTOROON, hired trawler, Adty No 1431. Built 1914, 195grt, West Hartlepool-reg HL.68. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 4.15?1919 as minesweeper.

ODIN, old sloop, Espiegle-class. Launched 30.11.01 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. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Mesopotamia 1914/17. Log Book Availability. Sold 12.11.20 at Bombay.

OFFA, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 2.15, G.45 (9.15), G.56 (1.17), G.57 (1.18), D.96 (11.18). Launched 7.6.16 Fairfield. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sold 30.10.21 W. & A. T. Burden.

OFFA, hired trawler, Adty No 1406. Built 1913, 313grt, Grimsby-reg GY.975. Armament: 1?12pdr, 1-7.5in BT. In service 3.15?1919. Renamed OFFA II 12.15.

OKEHAMPTON, minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, building Lobnitz. Cancelled 17.12.18.

OKINO, hired trawler, Adty No 285. Built 1914, 241grt, Grimsby-reg GY.4. In service 8.14?3.15 as minesweeper. Mined 8.3.15 near Yeni Cale, Dardanelles.

OKINO, hired trawler, Adty No 3051. Built 1917, 311grt, Grimsby-reg GY.1060. Armament: 1?12pdr, 1?7.5in BT. In service 7.17?1919 as minesweeper, then escort vessel. Served in WW2.

OKU, hired trawler, Adty No 1355. Built 1909, 248grt, Cardiff-reg CF.25. Armament: 1?12pdr, 1?6pdr AA. In service 3.15?1919 as minesweeper.

OLD COLONY, minelayer, mercantile conversion, N.62 (1.18). Built 1907, 4779grt, Taken over 20.5.18, fitting out Millwall in 11.18, not completed. Sold 3.20 Walliker & Hindmarsh.

OLDHAM, hired trawler, Adty No 825. Built 1898, 165grt, Grimsby-reg GY.538. Armament: 1?12pdr. In service 12.14?1919.

OLIVE, decoy or Q-ship – see CYMRIC, schooner conversion.

OLIVE, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 75. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

OLIVE, hired drifter, Adty No 2205. Built 1906, 89grt, Peterhead-reg PD.122. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 1.16?1919 as net vessel, minesweeper.

OLIVE, hired drifter, Adty No 3154. Built 1904, 60grt, Banff-reg BF.1554. In service 5.15?1919 as net vessel. Renamed OLIVE II 8.15.

OLIVE III, hired drifter, Adty No 2035. Built 1906, 83grt, Banff-reg BF.282. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 8.15?1920 as net vessel.

OLIVE LEAF, hired drifter, Adty No 2409. Built 1907, 82grt, Kirkcaldy-reg KY.220. Armament: 1?3pdr AA. In service 4.15?1919 as net vessel.

OLIVER PICKIN, Admiralty trawler, Castle-class, Adty No 3518. 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. Sold 1922 -FERMO. Served as DAMITO in WW2.

OLIVETTE, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 182, 4310 (Fishery flag No. after 6.18). See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats. (Also listed as motor drifter with same name and numbers. MB. No. also previously used for motor drifter PETER & JOHN)

OLIVETTE (ex?OLIVE), hired motor drifter, Adty No MB.182, 4310. Built 1904, 41grt, Buckie-reg BCK.1135. In service 5.16?1919.

OLIVIA, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 100. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

OLIVIA (ex?LOLA), hired yacht, later tug. Built 1883, 84grt/105TM. In service from 5.15, purchased 1917, tug from 3.18. Sold 28.12.18.

OLIVINE, hired trawler, Adty No 1211. Built 1905, 289grt, Hull-reg H.849. Armament: 1?12pdr AA. In service 1.15?1919 as minesweeper.

OLYMPIA, hired trawler, Adty No 3064. Built 1917, 261grt, Grimsby-reg GY.1080. Armament: 1?12pdr, 1?3.5in BT. In service 9.17?1919 as hydrophone vessel. Served in WW2.

OLYMPIC, armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, MI.26 (4.18). Built 1911, 46359grt. Taken up 1914, but released back to mercantile service. Taken up again 31.3.17, scheduled to complete 5.12.18, finally released 1919.

OLYMPUS, hired drifter, Adty No 2150. Built 1910, 58grt, Buckie-reg BCK.61. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 4.15?1920 as net vessel.

OMBAH, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 58. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

OMBRA, hired yacht, later miscellaneous service, Pendant No 021. Built 1902, 236grt/275TM. Armament: 2?3pdr AA. In service 8.9.14?10.3.19, miscellaneous service from 13.2.18. Before miscellaneous service, may have served as wireless-equipped A/P Group Leader or in special yacht squadrons, at home or in Mediterranean. Served in WW2.

ONA, Argentine screw tug. Built 1914, 345grt. In service for short time in 1914, then released.

ONETOS, hired trawler, Adty No 283. Built 1913, 217grt, Aberdeen-reg A.592. In service 8.14?1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

ONSLAUGHT, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 11.14, G.22 (9.15), G.41 (1.17), G.40 (1.18), G.8A (6.18). Launched 4.12.15 Fairfield. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 30.10.21 W. & A. T. Burden.

ONSLOW, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 11.14, G.29 (9.15), F.09 (1.17), F.34 (1.18), H.24 (4.18). Launched 15.2.16 Fairfield. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 26.10.21 Barking S. Bkg Co.

ONTARIO, hired trawler, Adty No 274. Built 1907, 208grt, Grimsby-reg GY.213. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 8.14?1919 as minesweeper.

ONWARD, hired trawler, Adty No 399. Built 1908, 266grt, Hull-reg H.980. Armament: 1?12pdr. In service 12.14?7.16 as minesweeper. Sunk 11.7.16 by gunfire of U.46, U.49, U.52 and U.69 off Aberdeen.

ONWARD, hired drifter, Adty No 2302. Built 1907, 94grt, Banff-reg BF.919. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 5.15?1919 as net vessel. Renamed ONWARD II 8.15. Served as ONWARD II in WW2.

ONWARD III, hired drifter. Built 1902, 63grt, Peterhead-reg PD.40. In service 7.17?1920.

ONYX, hired trawler, Adty No 1186. Built 1913, 248grt, Hull-reg H.1029. Armament: 1?6pdr, 1?7.5in BT. In service 4.15?1919 as escort vessel. Renamed ONYX II 5.15. Served as AMSTERDAM in WW2.

ONYX, depot ship, ex-torpedo gunboat, Alarm-class.

OOMA, decoy or Q-ship - see HYANTHES, chartered collier (Admiralty No. Y3.1349) conversion.

OOMALA, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 24. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

OPAL, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 11.14, G.02 (9.15), G.42 (1.17), G.41 (1.18). Launched 11.9.15 Doxford. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Wrecked 21.1.18, Pentland Skerries. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916.

OPHELIA, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 11.14, G.03 (9.15), G.57 (1.17), G.58 (1.18), G.A9 (11.18). Launched 13.10.15 Doxford. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 8.11.21 Slough T. C.

OPHIR, armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, M.92 (on coming into service), MI.82 (1.18). Built 1891, 6942grt, 18kts. Armament: 6-6in. In service 26.1.15, purchased by Admiralty 26.2.15. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. Log Book Availability. Paid off 29.7.19 and sold 8.21 to BU.

OPHIR, hired trawler, Adty No 351. Built 1906, 213grt, Grimsby-reg GY.171. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 8.14?1919 as minesweeper. Renamed OPHIR II 2.15.

OPHIR, hired trawler, Adty No 1204. Built 1903, 230grt, Hull-reg H.725. Armament: 1?12pdr, 1?6pdr AA, 1?7.5in BT. In service 1.15?1919 as minesweeper. Renamed OPHIR III 12.15. Served as LADYLOVE in WW2.

OPOSSUM, destroyer, 27-knotter, designated A-class, D.12 (1914), D.99 (9.15), D.62 (1.18). Launched 9.8.95 Hawthorn Leslie. c280-350 tons, c200(pp)x20x5.5ft. TE c3500-4500ihp, 27kts. Armament: 1-12pdr, 5-6pdr, 2-18in tt. Either Local Defence Flotilla or Patrol Flotilla. Sold 29.7.20 Ward, Preston.

OPPORTUNE, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 11.14, G.05 (9.15), G.58 (1.17), G.59 (1.18). Launched 20.11.15 Doxford. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sold 7.12.23 J. J. King.

OPTIMISTIC, hired drifter. Built 1907, 95grt, Inverness-reg INS.291. In service 8.15?1919 as boom defence vessel.

OPULENT (ex-OPHIR), fleet messenger, Y4.75. Built 1907, 469grt. In service 30.12.17-18.6.19, flew red ensign. Served as OPHIR in WW2.

ORACLE, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 11.14, G.27 (9.15), F.08 (1.17), D.46 (1.18). Launched 23.12.15 Doxford. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sold 31.10.21 W. & A. T. Burden, Milford Haven.

ORAMA, armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, M.61 (on coming into service). Built 1911, 12927grt, 18.5kts. Armament: 8-6in. In service 4.9.14. 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 19.10.17 by U.62 south of Ireland.

ORANSAY, hired yacht. Built 1904, 49grt/52TM. In service 2.6.18?29.4.19.

ORBITA, armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, MI.A1 (on coming into service), MI.84 (1.18), MI.59 (after 9.18). Built 1915, 15678grt, 15kts. Armament: 6-6in. In service 21.6.15-12.8.19. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. Log Book Availability.

ORBY, 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.17 (1919). Launched 22.10.18 Swan Hunter. 1320 tons, 267(oa), 258(pp)x35x10ft. TE2500ihp, 17kts. Armament: 2-4in, 39 depth charges. Sold 15.11.22 Ferguson Muir.

ORCADES, hired trawler, Adty No 40. Built 1911, 270grt, Grimsby-reg GY.640. In service 8.14?4.16 as minesweeper. Mined 14.4.16 off Grimsby.

ORCADIA, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 2.15, G.53 (9.15), G.80 (1.17), D.30 (1.18). Launched 26.7.16 Fairfield. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sold 31.10.21 W. & A. T. Burden, Poole.

ORCADIS, hired motor drifter, Adty No 1667. Built 1904, 47 net reg tons, Leith-reg LH.373. In service 5.17?1920.

ORCHID, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 54. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

ORCOMA (right, in civilian service, Photo Ships), armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, M.86 (on coming into service), MI.85 (1.18), MI.46 (4.18). Built 1908, 11,571grt, 15kts. Armament: 6-6in, 2-6pdr. Crew (7.15): 39 officers & 280 crew (bi). In service 23.3.15-11.10.19. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. Log Book Availability.

ORD HILL, hired drifter. Built 1910, 90grt, Inverness-reg INS.148. In service 7.15?1919 as boom defence vessel.

ORESTES, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 11.14, G.33 (9.15), G.61 (1.17), G.60 (1.18), D.56 (11.18). Launched 21.3.16 Doxford. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sold 31.10.21 W. & A. T. Burden.

ORFORD, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 11.14, G.38 (9.15), G.59 (1.17), G.61 (1.18), D.70 (11.18). Launched 19.4.16 Doxford. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sold 31.10.21 W. & A. T. Burden.

ORIANA, hired yacht, Pendant No 019. Built 1896, 122grt/172TM. Armament: 2?3pdr. In service 22.9.14?29.11.17. May have served as wireless-equipped A/P Group Leader or in special yacht squadrons, at home or in Mediterranean. Renamed ORIANA II 12.15.

ORIANA, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 2.15, G.69 (9.15), F.14 (1.17), F.11 (1.18), H.34 (6.18). Launched 23.9.16 Fairfield. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sold 31.10.21 W. & A. T. Burden.

ORIANDA, hired trawler, Adty No 99. Built 1914, 273grt, Grimsby-reg GY.291. In service 9.14?12.14 as minesweeper. Mined 19.12.14 off Scarborough.

ORIENT (7.18) - see SAMPSON, iron dockyard paddle tug

ORIENT II, hired drifter, Adty No 1894. Built 1911, 93grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.859. Armament: 1?57mm. In service 9.15?1919 as net vessel.

ORIFLAMME (1918) – see ST.GEORGE, hired yacht, Special Service Vessel.

ORIOLE, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 2.15, G.44 (9.15), F.16 (1.17), D.1A (1.18), D.06 (4.18). Launched 31.7.16 Palmer. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Grays.

ORIOLE, hired trawler, Adty No 636. Built 1907, 172grt, Hull-reg H.926. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 10.14?1919 as minesweeper. Renamed ORIOLE II 12.15.

ORION, dreadnought battleship, Orion-class, 52 (1914), 91 (1.18), 86 (4.18). Launched 20.8.10 Portsmouth DY. 22,500 tons, 581(oa), 545(pp)x88x27ft. Turbine 27000shp, 21kts. Armament: 10-13.5in, 16-4in, 3-21in tt (2 AA guns added during war). 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 19.12.22 Cox & Danks, Upnor.

ORION, dummy battleship No.6 – see ORUBA, mercantile conversion.

ORION, armoured cruiser, Minotaur-class. Cancelled.

ORION, hired drifter, Adty No 2280. Built 1906, 70grt, Banff-reg BF.368. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 4.15?1919 as net vessel, minesweeper. Renamed ORION II 5.15.

ORION, hired screw tug. Built 1912, 90grt. In service as BDV 1916-1919. 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.

ORIZABA, hired trawler. Built 1908, 233grt, Grimsby-reg GY.356. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 12.14?1919 as boom defence vessel. Served in WW2.

ORLANDO, hired trawler, Adty No 365. Built 1907, 276grt, Grimsby-reg GY.248. In service 8.14?3.15 as minesweeper. Wrecked 14.3.15 at Stornoway.

ORLIONOCH, Russian mercantile. Built 1888, 1046grt. Armed with 2-4in, carried two seaplanes. In service 1918-24.8.19 in support of ''White" Russian forces on Caspian Sea.

ORMONDE, 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, N.A0 (8.19). Launched 8.6.18 Blyth SB. 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. Survey vessel 3.24. Sold 6.8.37 Ward, Briton Ferry.

ORMONDE, hired trawler, Adty No 147. Built 1906, 250grt, Grimsby-reg GY.162. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 8.14?1919 as minesweeper. Renamed ORMONDE II 11.17. Served in WW2.

OROPESA, armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, M.88 (on coming into service). Built 1895, 5,364grt, 14.5kts, owned by Pacific Steam Navigation Co. Armament: 6-6in, 2-3pdr. Crew (7.15): 34 officers & 200 crew (bi). In service 22.11.14. Transferred to French flag 2.12.15-27.7.17, renamed CHAMPAGNE. New name apparently retained on return to British service. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. Sunk as CHAMPAGNE 9.10.17 by U.96 off, Dundrum Bay, County Down

OROPESA, hired trawler, Adty No 711. Built 1914, 324grt, Grimsby-reg GY.358. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 11.14?1919 as minesweeper. Renamed OROPESA II 6.15. Served as DUSK in WW2.

OROTAVA, armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, M.80 (on coming into service), MI.86 (1.18), MI.47 (4.18). Built 1889, 5,980grt, 16kts, owned by Royal Mail Line. Armament: 5-6in, 2-6pdr AA. Crew (7.15): 29 officers & 200 crew (bi). In service 19.11.14, purchased by Admiralty 31.5.15. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. Log Book Availability. Paid off 1.1.19. Served as troopship. BU 1923.

ORPHESIA, hired trawler, Adty No 956. Built 1907, 273grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.119. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 12.14?7.17 as minesweeper. Struck a wreck and sank 22.7.17 off Alexandria.

ORPHEUS, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 11.14, G.43 (9.15), F.17 (1.17), F.35 (1.18), H.28 (4.18), G.A9 (11.18). Launched 17.6.16 Doxford. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sold 1.11.21 Fryer, Sunderland.

ORPHEUS, hired trawler, Adty No 41. Built 1905, 228grt, Grimsby-reg GY.74. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 8.14?1919 as minesweeper. Renamed ORPHEUS II 12.15. Served in WW2.

ORPINGTON, tug, Poultry-class. Ordered 1918 for canal and harbour work. Launched 1919 Rowhedge IW. 65 tons gross. 75(pp)x15x6 ft. Compound 185ihp. 8kts. Believe flew blue ensign. Sold 8.23 Llanelly Harbour Board.

ORRISROOT, decoy or Q-ship – see PC.63, patrol boat.

ORSINO, hired trawler, Adty No 602. Built 1906, 172grt, Hull-reg H.864. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 9.14?9.16. Torpedoed 28.9.16 by U-boat between Loch Eribol and Stromness.

ORTHONA, hired screw tug. Built 1878, 69grt. In service 1.18-4.19, limited to harbour and inland waterway duties, flew red ensign.

ORTHOS, hired trawler, Adty No 282. Built 1913, 218grt, Aberdeen-reg A.591. In service 8.14?4.17 as minesweeper. Mined 9.4.17 off Lowestoft.

ORTOLAN, flotilla supply ship No 2, mercantile. Built 1902, 2145grt. In commissioned service 4.8.14-14.4.16, flew white ensign; fleet messenger ((Y4.47) 2.8.15. Sunk 14.6.17 by submarine 100 miles WSW of Bishop Rock.

ORUBA, dummy battleship No. 6 ORION, later Admiralty blockship, mercantile conversion. Built 1889, 5971grt. Passenger liner owned by Royal Mail Steam Packet, Liverpool-reg. Dummy battleship conversion ordered 21.10.14, purchased by Admiralty 28.10.14 for conversion by Harland & Wolff, Belfast, no armament, superstructure and guns built of wood and canvas, ship ballasted to suggest greater length, completed during 3.15. Based at Scapa Flow to 10.15, then paid off, transferred to Aegean 12.15. Expended 31.12.15 or 1.1.16 as "a much needed" breakwater in Kephalo Bay, Imbros island (Cn - Mudros). (Not listed as blockship in Dittmar; Lr/C/Cn/D/da)

ORVICTO, hired trawler, Adty No 2962. Built 1916, 226grt, Grimsby-reg GY.897. Armament: 1?6pdr AA, 1?7.5in BT. In service 9.16-1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

ORVIETO, minelayer, later armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, P.53 (1.15), N.76 (1.18), MI.25 (6.18). Built 1909, 12130grt, 18kts. Fitted out as minelayer at Blackwall. Armament 4-4.7in, 1-3pdr AA, 600 mines. In service from 6.1.15, on 6 operations, laid 3000 mines. Converted to armed merchant cruiser with 8-6in, 2-6pdr AA. In service 27.5.16-19.10.19. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. Log Book Availability.

ORWELL, destroyer, four-funnelled 30-knotter, designated B-class, D.49 (1914), D.86 (9.15), D.63 (1.18). Launched 29.9.98 Laird. c355-400 tons, c215(pp)x21x6ft. TE c6000ihp, 30kts. Armament: 1-12pdr, 5-6pdr, 2-18in tt. Patrol Flotilla Forth or Grimsby. Sold 1.7.20 Castle, Plymouth, BU 10.22

OSBORNE STROUD, Admiralty trawler, minesweeper, Adty No 3. Built 1912 Hall, 209grt, purchased 7.14. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. Intended for target-towing. On outbreak of war, allocated to the patrol organisation as minesweeper. Sold 1920. Served as BEATHWOOD in WW2.

OSEA, CMB nominal depot ship – see CMB.40, coastal motor boat.

OSIRIS, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 2.15, G.68 (9.15), F.26 (1.17), F.31 (1.18), G.72 (4.18), H.30 (11.18). Launched 28.9.16 Palmer. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Rainham.

OSIRIS, hired as armed merchant cruiser, employed as fleet messenger, then depot ship, mercantile conversion, Built 1898, 1728grt, 21kts. Armament: not listed. In service as AMC 5.8.14-9.10.14, fleet messenger 10.14-4.15, then depot ship 11.4.15-10.3.20. Renamed OSIRIS II, 1916. Battle Honour as OSIRIS II (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Dardanelles 1915/16.

OSIRIS II, fishing trawler. Built 1898, 173grt, Grimsby-reg GY.986. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

OSMANIEH, fleet messenger, Y4.61. Built 1906, 4041grt. In commissioned service 12.5.16, flew white ensign. Mined 31.12.17 off Alexandria.

OSPRAY (sic) II, hired trawler, Adty No 1354. Built 1911, 295grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.129. Armament: 1?12pdr. In service 3.15?1919 as minesweeper.

OSPREY, destroyer, three-funnelled 30-knotter, designated C-class, P.80 (1914), D.64 (9.15). Launched 17.4.97 Fairfield. 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.

OSPREY, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 22. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

OSPREY, hired drifter, Adty No 1860. Built 1907, 82grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.1076. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 9.15?1919 as net vessel.

OSSORY, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 11.14, G.23 (9.15), G.17 (1.17), H.A5 (1.18). Launched 9.10.15 John Brown. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 8.11.21 Slough T.C.

OSTA, hired trawler, Adty No 1591. Built 1915, 230grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.106. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 5.15?1920 as minelayer, then minesweeper. Served in WW2.

OSTERO, fishing trawler. Built 1897, 138grt, Grimsby-reg GY.200. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

OSTRICH, destroyer, three-funnelled 30-knotter, designated C-class, P56 (1914), D.65 (9.15). Launched 22.3.00 Fairfield. 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 29.4.20 Barking S. Bkg Co.

OSTRICH, hired trawler, Adty No 1750. Built 1903, 244grt, Hull-reg H.729. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 9.15?1920 as minelayer, then minesweeper. Renamed OSTRICH II 10.15.

OSTRICH, fishing trawler. Built 1891, 146grt, Grimsby-reg GY.311. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

OSTRICH III, fishing trawler. Built 1889, 148grt, West Hartlepool-reg HL.61. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

OSWALDIAN, hired trawler, Adty No 1651. Built 1917, 261grt, Grimsby-reg GY.1104. Armament: 1?12pdr. In service 9.17?1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

OSWY, hired drifter, Adty No 2978. Built 1916, 95grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.34. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 11.16?1920 as net vessel.

OTHELLO, hired trawler, Adty No 619. Built 1907, 201grt, Grimsby-reg GY.333. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 9.14?1919. Served in WW2.

OTHELLO II, hired trawler, Adty No 1193. Built 1907, 206grt, Hull-reg H.956. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 3.15?10.15. Mined 31.10.15 in Dover Straits off Leathercoat.

OTHONNA, hired trawler, Adty No 940. Built 1899, 180grt, Milford Haven-reg M.24. Armament: 1?12pdr, 1-6pdr AA. In service 1.15?4.17 as minesweeper. Mined 20.4.17 off Fife Ness.

OTRANTO, armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, M.60 (on coming into service), MI.87 (1.18, cancelled by 6.18), (no pendant. assigned 4.18). Built 1909, 12,128grt, 18kts. Armament: 8-4.7in (later 8-6in). In service 4.8.14. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. Log Book Availability. In collision with SS KASHMIR, driven ashore 5.10.18 off Islay.

OTTAWA, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 79. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

OTTER, destroyer, three-funnelled 30-knotter, designated C-class. Launched 23.11.96 Vickers. c350-400 tons, c215(pp)x21x6ft. TE c6000ihp, 30kts. Armament: 1-12pdr, 5-6pdr, 2-18in tt. China Station, only in commission a few months. Log Book Availability. Sold 26.10.16 at Hong Kong.

OTTER, hired yacht, later tug. Built 1903, 146grt/154TM. In service from 1916, purchased 1917, tug from 3.17. Before tug role, may have served as wireless-equipped A/P Group Leader or in special yacht squadrons, at home or in Mediterranean. Sold 31.7.19. Served as HINBA in WW2.

OTTER (ex-AFRICAN), hired patrol tug, T.3. Built 1887, 165grt. In service for short time as unarmed patrol boat, Liverpool area 29.10.14-8.11.14, then other service.

OTTILIE, hired trawler, Adty No 1757. Built 1914, 226grt, Grimsby-reg GY.144. Armament: 1-6pdr AA. In service 5.15?1919 as minesweeper.

OTTOMAN EMPIRE, fishing trawler. Built 1891, 162grt, Fleetwood-reg FD.180. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

OTWAY, armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, M.73 (on coming into service), MI.88 (1.18). Built 1909, 12,077grt, 18.5kts, owned by Orient Line. Armament: 8-6in, 2-6pdr. Crew (7.15): 45 officers & 320 crew (bi). In service 11.11.14. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. Log Book Availability. Sunk 23.7.17 by UC.49 near Rona, N. Minch.

OUNDLE, minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, building Lobnitz. Cancelled 17.12.18.

OUR ALLIES, hired drifter, Adty No 2206. Built 1915, 91grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.492. Armament: 1?57mm. In service 8.15?1920 as net vessel.

OUR FRIEND, hired drifter, Adty No 3239. Built 1913, 86grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.72. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 12.15?1919 as net vessel.

OUR GIRLS THREE, hired motor drifter, Adty No MB.179, 4317. Built 1901, 48grt, Berwick-reg BK.77. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 2.15?1919 as patrol boat.

OUSE, destroyer, River-class, two medium funnels, designated E-class, N.69 (1914), D.28 (9.15), D.66 (1.18), H.80 (9.18). Launched 7.1.05 Laird. c545-560 tons, c222(pp)x23x9ft. TE c7500ihp, 25.5kts, Armament: 4-12pdr, 2-18in tt. Patrol Flotilla. Sold 22.10.19 J. H. Lee.

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

OUSE, hired trawler. Built 1900, 167grt, Glasgow-reg GW.15. In service 2.16?1919 as boom defence vessel.

OUTLINE, Admiralty steel drifter, building Brooke. Cancelled, order dated 17.12.18. Completed for commercial service, named OUTLINE 1920. Served as NORBREEZE in WW2.

OUTPOST, hired screw tug, ex-hopper. Over 70grt. 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.

OVERFALL, Admiralty steel drifter, Adty No, 3990. Delivered 29.10.18, Colby. 94grt/199 tons (deep), 93(oa), 86x18x9. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Served as minesweeper. Sold 1921, same name. Served in WW2.

OVERTON, fleet messenger, Y4.54. Built 1911, 426grt. In commissioned service 26.9.15-16.11.20, flew white ensign.

OWEN MCMANNERS, Admiralty trawler, Mersey-class, Adty No 4258 building Cochrane. Cancelled after 11.18.

OWL (was to be named KILLER 9.13), destroyer, Acasta-class, designated K-class, H.31 (1914), H.93 (1.18). Launched 7.7.13 Harland & Wolff, Govan. 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 5.11.21 Granton S. Bkg Co.

OWL, hired trawler, Adty No 373. Built 1904, 169grt, Hull-reg H.801. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 10.14?1919 as minesweeper. Renamed OWL II 2.15.

OWL III, fishing trawler. Built 1896, 117grt, Aberdeen-reg A.618. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

OXWICH CASTLE, hired trawler, Adty No 144. Built 1907, 252grt, Swansea-reg SA.46. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 1.15?1919 as minesweeper.

OYAMA, hired trawler, Adty No 628. Built 1908, 257grt, Cardiff-reg CF.23. Armament: 1?12pdr, 1?7.5in BT. In service 10.14-1919 as minesweeper.

OYSTERMOUTH CASTLE, hired trawler, Adty No 3060. Built 1914, 283grt, Swansea-reg SA.4. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 8.17?1919. Served in WW2.

OZONE, Admiralty steel drifter, Adty No, 3937. Delivered 30.3.20, Rose Street Foundry. 94grt/199 tons (deep), 93(oa), 86x18x9. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Completed as fishing vessel. To Fishery Board for Scotland 3.5.20, renamed GIRL GEORGIA 1920.

 


 

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P-class patrol boats, P.11-P.64 (P.1-P.10 were not used, as these were pendant. numbers for old warships. "Missing" numbers were changed while building and assigned to PC-class patrol boats – see also PC-class), 613 tons, 244(oa), 230(pp)x23x8ft. Turbine 3500ihp, 20kts. Armament: 1-4in, 1-2pdr, 2-14in tt.

P.11, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 5.15, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 14.10.15 White. Based at Dover to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Belgian Coast 1916. Sold 1.12.21 Stanlee.

P.12, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 5.15, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 4.12.15 White. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sunk 4.11.18 in collision in Channel.

P.13, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 5.15, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 7.6.16 Hamilton. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Renumbered P.75 (8.17). Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 31.7.23 Dover S Bkg Co.

P.14, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 5.15, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 4.7.16 Connell. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 31.7.23 Cashmore.

P.15, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 5.15, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 24.1.16 Workman Clark. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 26.11.21 British Legion, Plymouth.

P.16, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 5.15, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 23.3.16 Workman Clark. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 26.11.21 British Legion, Plymouth.

P.17, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 5.15, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 21.10.15 Workman Clark. Based at Dover to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 26.11.21 British Legion, Plymouth.

P.18, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 5.15, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 20.4.16 Inglis. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 26.11.21 British Legion, Plymouth.

P.19, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 5.15, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 21.2.16 Northumberland SB. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 24.7.23 British Legion, Richborough.

P.20, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 5.15, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 3.4.16 Northumberland SB. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 5.23 Richardson Westgarth, Saltash.

P.21, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 5.15, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 31.3.16 Russell. Based at Dover to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 26.11.21 British Legion, Plymouth.

P.22, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 5.15, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 22.2.16 Caird. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 12.12.23 Keen, Bristol.

P.23, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 5.15, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 5.3.16 Bartram. Based at Dover to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 24.7.23 British Legion, Richborough.

P.24, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 5.15, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 24.11.15 Harland & Wolff Govan. Based at Dover to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 1.12.21 Stanlee.

P.25, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 5.15, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 15.1.16 Harland & Wolff, Govan. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 1.12.21 Stanlee.

P.26, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 5.15, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 22.12.15 Tyne Iron SB. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes possibly removed and depth charges added. Mined 10.4.17 off Le Havre.

P.27, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 5.15, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 21.12.15 Eltringham. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 24.7.23 British Legion, Richborough.

P.28, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 5.15, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 6.3.16 R. Thompson. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 24.7.23 British Legion, Richborough.

P.29, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 5.15, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 6.12.15 Gray. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 24.7.23 British Legion, Richborough.

P.30, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 5.15, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 5.2.16 Gray. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 24.7.23 British Legion, Richborough.

P.31, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 5.15, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 5.2.16 Readhead. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 16.12.26 Demellweek & Redding, Plymouth.

P.32, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 5.15, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 20.1.16 Harkess. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 1.12.21 Stanlee.

P.33, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 5.15, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 8.6.16 Napier & Miller. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 1.12.21 Stanlee

P.34, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 5.15, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 22.3.16 Barclay Curle. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 1.12.21 Stanlee.

P.35, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 2.16, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 29.1.17 Caird. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 15.1.23 Unity S Bkg Co.

P.36, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 2.16, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 25.10.16 Eltringham. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 5.23 Richardson Westgarth, Saltash.

P.37, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 2.16, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 28.10.16 Gray. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 18.2.24 British Legion, Ramsgate.

P.38, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 2.16, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 10.2.17 Hamilton. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Renamed SPEY 2.25. Sold 7.12 37 Ward, Grays

P.39, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 2.16, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 1.3.17 Inglis. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 6.9.22 Marple & Gillott.

P.40, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 2.16, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 12.7.16 White. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 1937 Ward, Milford Haven.

P.41, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 3.16, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 23.3.17 Bartram. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 6.9.22 Granton S Bkg Co.

P.45, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 3.16, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 24.1.17 Gray. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 15.1.23 Unity S Bkg Co.

P.46, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 3.16, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 7.2.17 Harkess. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 28.10.25 Cashmore.

P.47, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 3.16, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 9.7.17 Readhead. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 28.10.25 Alloa S Bkg Co, Charlestown.

P.48, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 3.16, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 5.9.17 Readhead. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 5.23 Dover S Bkg Co

 

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P.48, Dover Harbour, 1918
(Jon Richards)

 

P.49, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 3.16, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 19.4.17 R. Thompson. Based at Dover to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 15.1.23 Unity S Bkg Co.

P.50, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 3.16, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 25.11.16 Tyne Iron SB. Based at Dover to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 1.12.21 Stanlee.

P.52, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 3.16, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 28.9.16 White. Armament was 2-4in, 1-2pdr, no tt. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 5.23 Dover S Bkg Co.

P.53, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 3.16, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 8.2.17 Barclay Curle. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 18.2.24 British Legion, Ramsgate.

P.54, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 3.16, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 25.4.17 Barclay Curle. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 18.2.24 British Legion, Ramsgate.

P.57, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 4/5.16, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 6.8.17 Hamilton. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 21.5.20 Egypt, renamed RAQIB.

P.58, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 4/5.16, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 9.5.18 Hamilton. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 1.12.21 Stanlee.

P.59, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 4/5.16, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 2.11.17 White. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 16.6.38 Ward.

P.64, patrol boat, P-class, ordered 6.16, low silhouette for U-boat hunting, twin screws, hardened steel ram bows. Launched 30.8.17 Inglis. Nore Local Defence Flotilla or Portsmouth Escort Force to 1918. Tubes removed and depth charges added later, some vessels fitted to tow kite balloons 8.18. Sold 9.4.23 Cashmore.

P.75 – see P.13, patrol boat, P-class

 


 

P.50-61. patrol vessels, shallow draught stern-wheelers for service on River Tigris (note: not the above P-type patrol boats of the P.11-75 series). Similar to Mesopotamian river steamer MEJIDIEH and described as ''new MEJIDIEH's". All built 1916-17. 500t, 220x30x6ft, planned armament 2-12pdr, probably 1-3pdr.

P.50-51. Built by Beardmore. P.50 arrived 9.6.16 and completed 30.6.16.

P.52-57. Built by Caird.

P.58-59. Builder not known.

P.60-61. Built by Lobnitz. (More may have been built.)

 


 

P. FANNON, hired trawler, Adty No 1816. Built 1915, 211grt, Aberdeen-reg A.349. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 7.15?1919 as minesweeper.

PACIFIC, hired motor drifter. 55 net reg tons, Buckie-reg BCK.5. In service 10.18?1918.

PACKICE, Admiralty wood drifter, Adty No, 3938, building programme began May 1917, average cost of hull and machinery £11,500. Delivered 22.10.18, Smith, Buckie. 94grt/179 tons deep, 94(oa), 86(pp)x20x10ft. TE 270ihp, 9 kts. Armament: 1?6pdr. To Fishery Board for Scotland 5.7.20, renamed MURRAY CLAN 1921. Served as UTILISE in WW2.

PACTOLUS, depot ship, ex-3rd-class protected cruiser, P or Pyramus-class, D.08 (1914), N.08 (9.15), N.77 (1.18). Launched 21.12.96 Armstrong, 2135 tons, converted 9.12, no armament. 9th S/M Flotilla Aberdeen 1914-18. Sold 25.10.21 Multiocular S Bkg Co, Stranraer.

PADRE, decoy or Q-ship - see GEORGE L. MUIR (ex-GEORGE L. MUNRO, ex-CHOLMONDELEY), motor ketch conversion.

PAISIBLE, hired drifter, Adty No 1566. Built 1911, 90grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.1149. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 7.15?1919 as net vessel.

PALADIN, hired rescue tug, W.68 (1.18). Built 1913, 326grt. In service 17.11.14-31.1.19, BDV before 1917, renamed PALADIN II 1917.

PALADIN, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 2.15, G.40 (9.15), F.18 (1.17), F.14 (1.18), G.73 (4.18), D.1A (11.18). Launched 27.3.16 Scotts. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Rainham.

PALADIN II (1917) - see PALADIN, hired rescue tug

PALETTE, decoy or Q-ship – see HIBISCUS, convoy sloop.

PALMA, squadron supply ship, Y9.2. Built 1903, 7632grt. In commissioned service 2.8.14-5.3.15, flew white ensign.

PAMELA, decoy or Q-ship - see RESOLUTE, barkentine conversion.

PAMELA (ex?TWENTY SEVEN), hired drifter, Adty No 2135, 1413. Built 1902, 79grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.680. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 3.15?1919 as net vessel.

PAMPERO, Admiralty steel drifter, Adty No, 4133. Delivered 1.11.19, Hall. 94grt/199 tons (deep), 93(oa), 86x18x9. TE 270ihp, 9kts. Completed as fishing vessel. Sold 10.19, delivered 11.19, renamed EDALBA. Served as ACORN in WW2.

PANACHE, decoy or Q-ship – see PC.56, patrol boat.

PANDORA, ex-3rd-class protected cruiser, P or Pyramus-class. Sold 1913-14.

PANGBOURNE (ex-PADSTOW 5.18), twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, Adty No. 3432, T.79 (9.18), T.37 (11.19). Launched 26.3.18 Lobnitz. 800 tons, 231(oa), 220(pp)x28x7ft. TE 2200ihp, 16kts. Armament: 1-4in, 1-12pdr AA. Sold 13.3.47 Dohmen & Habets.

PANGLOSS, decoy or Q-ship - see PARGUST (ex-VITTORIA), chartered collier (Admiralty No. Y3.540) conversion.

PANOPIA, hired drifter, Adty No 2470. Built 1908, 77grt, Buckie-reg BCK.18. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 2.15?1920 as net vessel.

PANSY, 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.61 (1.16), T.69 (1.18). Launched 1.2.16 Hamilton. 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 12.1.20 Calcutta Port Commissioners, retained name.

PANSY, hired drifter. Built 1902, 58grt, Wick-reg WK.578. In service 7.15?1919 on misc. service. Renamed PLUMER 8.18.

PANSY II, hired drifter, Adty No 3215. Built 1903, 67grt, Banff-reg BF.1312. In service 8.15?1919 as net vessel, hospital vessel.

PANSY III, hired drifter, Adty No 2024. Built 1907, 91grt, Montrose-reg ME.203. In service 12.15?1919 as net vessel, tender.

PANTHER, destroyer, four-funnelled 30-knotter, designated B-class, D.69 (1914), D.87 (9.15), D.67 (1.18). Launched 21.1.97 Laird. c355-400 tons, c215(pp)x21x6ft. TE c6000ihp, 30kts. Armament: 1-12pdr, 5-6pdr, 2-18in tt. Patrol Flotilla Forth or Grimsby. Sold 7.6.20 J. Kelly.

PAPAKURA, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 60. See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

PARADOX II, hired drifter, Adty No 757. Built 1910, 73grt, Yarmouth-reg YH.710. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 1.15?1919 as net vessel.

PARAGON (was to be named KATRINE 9.13), destroyer, Acasta-class, designated K-class "special boat", H.26 (1914). Launched 21.2.13 Thornycroft. 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, then 4th and 6th DF Portsmouth, Devonport or Dover. Sunk 18.3.17 by destroyer torpedo in Dover Straits action.

PARAGON, hired drifter, Adty No 2855. Built 1906, 83grt, Banff-reg BF.500. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 5.15?1919 as net vessel, minesweeper. Renamed PARAGON II 3.17. Served in WW2.

PARAMOUNT, hired drifter, Adty No G, 1295. Built 1911, 95grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.1116. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 12.14?1919 as patrol boat, minesweeper. Served in WW2.

PARGUST (ex-VITTORIA), decoy or Q-ship, chartered collier (Admiralty No. Y3.540) conversion. Built 1907, 2914grt. In service 22.3.17, armed with 3-4in, 4-12pdr, 1-11in BT, 4-18in tt, other names FRISWELL, PANGLOSS, SNAIL, VITTORIA, purchased by Admiralty 8.17, loaned to USN 10.17-4.18, sold 3.19.

PARIKA, patrol vessel, ex-civilian. Built 1904, 304grt. Armed with 2-13pdr. In service 20.3.17-31.1.19 in West Indies, based at Demerara.

PARIS, minelayer, mercantile conversion, N.59 (1914), N.79 (1.18). Built 1913, 1774grt, 25kts. Fitted out at Blackwall. Armament: 1-4in, 1-12pdr, 1-6pdr AA, 140 mines. In service 14.11.14-5.11.19.

PARKER (ex-FROBISHER, renamed before launch), destroyer leader, improved Marksman-class, three funnels, ordered 2.15, G.49 (9.15), G.71 (1.17), G.95 (1.18), G.75 (4.18). Launched 16.8.16 Cammell Laird. c1666-1687 tons, 325(oa), 315(pp)x31x12ft. Turbine 36000shp, 34kts. Armament: 4-4in, 4-21in tt. Leader, Grand Fleet Flotillas 1916-18. Sold 5.11.21 Cashmore.

PARKMORE, hired trawler, Adty No 164. Built 1915, 199grt, West Hartlepool-reg HL.76. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 10.15?1919 as minesweeper. Served as BEN TORC in WW2.

PARRAMATTA, destroyer, Australian I-class. Launched 9.2.10 Fairfield. 700 tons, 246(oa)x24x8ft. Turbine 13000shp, 27kts. Armament: 1-4in, 3-12pdr, 3-18in tt. Pacific 1914-17, then Mediterranean. Log Book Availability. Dismantled from 10.29 at Cockatoo DY.

PARRAMATTA, hired trawler, Adty No 679, 814. Built 1891, 168grt, Hull-reg H.445. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 12.14?9.15 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.

PARTHIAN, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 2.15, G.52 (9.15), G.77 (1.17), H.91 (1.18). Launched 3.7.16 Scotts. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sold 8.11.21 Slough T. C. BU in Germany.

PARTHIAN, hired trawler, Adty No 328. Built 1911, 202grt, Grimsby-reg GY.646. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 8.14?1919 as minesweeper. Renamed PARTHIAN II 12.15. Served in WW2.

PARTICK (ex?CITY OF GLASGOW), motor lifeboat, Adty No 440. In service 13.6.18?13.9.19. Renamed 13.6.18 when taken into service. Served on Harwich Station as tender to GANGES. Sold 1.5.20 J. KING & Co.

PARTRIDGE, armed boarding steamer, mercantile conversion, M.03 (on coming into service), MI.15 (1.18). Built 1906, 1461grt, 16kts. Armament: 2-12pdr. In service 15.11.14-12.7.20. Many ABS worked with cruiser squadrons, and carried out examination duties at sea. Renamed PARTRIDGE II 12.15.

PARTRIDGE, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 2.15, G.46 (9.15), G.62 (1.17). Launched 4.3.16 Swan Hunter. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sunk 12.12.17 by German destroyers in North Sea. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Scandinavian convoys 12 Dec 1917.

PARTRIDGE II (1915) – see PARTRIDGE, armed boarding steamer.

PARVATI (ex-NANIWA MARU), Indian trawler minesweeper. Built 1912, 208grt. Purchased from Japan 3.17. Disposed of 1920, believed Ceylon government service, renamed PARVATI 1920.

PASLEY, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 2.15, G.54 (9.15), F.22 (1.17), D.42 (1.18). Launched 15.4.16 Swan Hunter. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Hayle.

PASSAWAY, motor drifter, Q-ship (not listed in Motor Drifter section as Q-ship - see below).

PASSAWAY (ex?PASS AWAY). hired motor drifter, Adty No MB.170, 4311. Built 1903, 60grt, Banff-reg BF.1091. In service 12.14?1919.

PASSING, hired trawler, Adty No 58, 1542. Built 1913, 459grt, Grimsby-reg GY.877. Armament: 1?12pdr. In service 8.14?1920 as minesweeper.

PAT CAHARTY, Admiralty trawler, Strath-class, Adty No 3860. Delivered 8.10.18, Rennie Forrestt. 215grt/311 tons/429 tons deep, 123(oa), 115x22x12ft. TE 430ihp, 10.5kts. Armament: 1-12pdr. Crew: 15, up to 18 with wireless. Lent to USN 1919. Sold 1922 renamed KIRBY. Served as BUCHANS Il in WW2.

PAT MERRYGAN, Admiralty trawler, Mersey-class, Adty No 4278 building Cochrane. Cancelled after 11.18.

PATHAN (1922) – see PC.69, patrol boat, PC-class.

PATHFINDER (was to be named FASTNET), light cruiser, ex-scout cruiser, Pathfinder-class. Launched 16.7.04 Cammell Laird. 2,940 tons, 379(oa), 370(pp)x38x13ft. TE 17000ihp, 25.5kts. Armament: 9-4in, 1-3in AA (originally 10-12pdr, 8-3pdr), 2-14in tt. Armour: 2in deck. 8th DF Leader, Forth 1914. Sunk 5.9.14 by U.21 in the North Sea.

PATIA, armed merchant cruiser, mercantile conversion, M.76 (on coming into service), MI.89 (1.18), MI.48 (6.18). Built 1913, 6,103grt, 15.5kts, owned by Elders & Fyffes. Armament: 6-6in, 2-3pdr AA. Crew (7.15): 28 officers & 200 crew (bi). 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. Log Book Availability. Sunk 13.6.18 by UC.49 in Bristol Channel.

PATRICIAN, destroyer, Thornycroft M-class, ordered 2.15, G.48 (9.15), F.23 (1.17), F.15 (1.18), G.A1 (9.18). Launched 5.6.16 Thornycroft. 1004 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x27x10ft. Turbine 27500shp, 35kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. Grand Fleet, 1916-18. To RCN 9.20, BU 1929 at Esquimalt.

PATRICIAN, dummy battlecruiser No. 13 INVINCIBLE, later oiler, mercantile conversion. Built 1901, 7474grt. Dummy battlecruiser conversion ordered late 11.14, hired 30.11.14 for conversion by Harland & Wolff, Belfast, armed with 1-3pdr, superstructure and guns built of wood and canvas, ship ballasted to suggest greater length, completed during 3.15. Served in Aegean to 6.15. Paid off in UK by 10.15, purchased by Admiralty 1915. Oiler TEAKOL.

PATRICK BORROW, Admiralty trawler, Strath-class, Adty No 3689. Delivered 3.7.18, Montrose SB. 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 1919 renamed RIVER DON.

PATRICK BOWE, Admiralty trawler, Castle-class, Adty No 3591. Launched 17.1.18, Cook, W & G. 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 hydrophone vessel. Sold 1922 to Spain, renamed TEST 9.20 -UAD TARGA.

PATRICK CULLEN, Admiralty trawler, Castle-class, Adty No 4460. Launched 31.3.19, Ailsa, Ayr. 275grt/360 tons/547 tons deep, 134(oa), 125x23x13ft. TE 480ihp, 10.5kts. Completed as fishing vessel. Sold 1919, renamed BRIARLYN.

PATRICK DEVINE, Admiralty trawler, Strath-class, Adty No 4496. Delivered 11.12.19, Rennie Forrestt. 215grt/311 tons/429 tons deep, 123(oa), 115x22x12ft. TE 430ihp, 10.5kts. Completed as fishing vessel. Sold 1921 renamed YOLANDA. Served as SEDOCK in WW2.

PATRICK DONOVAN, Admiralty trawler, Castle-class, Adty No 4487. Delivered 20.6.20, J P Rennoldson. 275grt/360 tons/547 tons deep, 134(oa), 125x23x13ft. TE 480ihp, 10.5kts. Completed as fishing vessel. Sold 1922 -LOCH NEVIS.

PATRICK MITCHELL, Admiralty trawler, Mersey class, Adty No 4248. Launched 16.4.19, Cochrane. 324grt/438 tons/665 tons deep, 148(oa), 138x23x13ft. TE 600ihp, 11kts. Completed as fishing vessel. Sold 1919 renamed KELVIN.

PATRIOT, destroyer, Thornycroft M-class, ordered 2.15, G.56 (9.15), G.63 (1.17), (no pendant. from 9.18). Launched 20.4.16 Thornycroft. 1004 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x27x10ft. Turbine 27500shp, 35kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. Grand Fleet, 1916-18. To RCN 9.20. Sold 1929 Ward, Briton Ferry.

PATROL, light cruiser, ex-scout cruiser, Pathfinder-class, N.24 (1914), N.80 (1.18). Launched 13.10.04 Cammell Laird. 2,940 tons, 379(oa), 370(pp)x38x13ft. TE 17000ihp, 25.5kts. Armament: 9-4in, 1-3in AA (originally 10-12pdr, 8-3pdr), 2-14in tt. Armour: 2in deck. 9th DF Leader, Forth and Tyne 1914-15, 7th DF Leader, Humber 1915-18. Sold 21.4.20 Machinehandel Co, BU in Holland.

PATUCA, armed merchant cruiser, later kite balloon ship, mercantile conversion, M.77 (on coming into service), MI.90 (1.18), MI.49 (4.18). Built 1913, 6,103grt, 15.5kts, owned by Elders & Fyffes. Armament: 6-6in, 2-3pdr AA. Crew (7.15): 28 officers & 205 crew (bi). In service 21.11.14 -17.7.19, including kite balloon ship from 1917-13.12.18 (Not apparent from log books). Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. Log Book Availability.

PAULINA (ex?THE QUEEN MOTHER), hired yacht, Pendant No 089. Built 1894, 264grt/317TM. Armament: 2?6pdr AA. In service 11.7.16-4.5.19. May have served as wireless-equipped A/P Group Leader or in special yacht squadrons, at home or in Mediterranean. Served as MARIA JOAO in WW2.

PAULINE, fishing trawler. Built 1899, 133grt, Sunderland-reg SD.6. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

PAVITT, decoy or Q-ship – see CANDYTUFT, convoy sloop.

PAVLOVA, hired trawler, Adty No 56. Built 1912, 342grt, Grimsby-reg GY.716. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 8.14?1919 as minesweeper. Served as MARGARET ROSE in WW2.

PAX VOBISCUM, hired drifter. Built 1913, 84grt, Buckie-reg BCK.162. In service 1.16?1920 as examination vessel. Served as SCOTCH THISTLE in WW2.

PAXTON, decoy or Q-ship - see LADY PATRICIA, cargo ship conversion.

PAXTON, hired drifter, Adty No 1008. Built 1911, 92grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.1114. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 1.15?1919 as net vessel. Served in WW2.

PC-class patrol boats, PC.42-PC.74 ("missing" numbers were assigned to the original P-class patrol boats), 682 tons (PC.42-56)/694 tons (PC.60-74), 247(oa), 233(pp)x25x8ft. Turbine 3500shp, 20kts. Armament: 1-4in, 2-12pdr.

PC.42, patrol boat, PC-class, ordered 3.16 as P-class, converted on stocks 12.16, decoy ships looking like small merchant ships, also known as PQ-boats. Launched 7.6.17 Caird. Based at Pembroke DY from completion to 1918, other names CULLODEN, MALLORY. Sold 1.12.21 Stanlee.

PC.43, patrol boat, PC-class, ordered 3.16 as P-class, converted on stocks 12.16, decoy ships looking like small merchant ships, also known as PQ-boats. Launched 14.8.17 Caird. Based at Pembroke DY from completion to 1918, other names CHARING, TREGO. Sold 20.1.23 J. Smith, Poole.

PC.44, patrol boat, PC-class, ordered 3.16 as P-class, converted on stocks 12.16, decoy ships looking like small merchant ships, also known as PQ-boats. Launched 25.4.17 Eltringham. Based at Pembroke DY from completion to 1918, other names MORTMAIN, ROLASK. Sold 9.4.23 E. Suren.

PC.51, patrol boat, PC-class, ordered 3.16 as P-class, converted on stocks 12.16, decoy ships looking like small merchant ships, also known as PQ-boats. Launched 25.11.16 Tyne Iron SB. Based at Pembroke DY from completion to 1918, other names COCKELYTE, MOPSWORTH. Sold 18.1.23 Alloa S Bkg Co.

PC.55, patrol boat, PC-class, ordered 4/5.16 as P-class, converted on stocks 12.16, decoy ships looking like small merchant ships, also known as PQ-boats. Launched 5.5.17 Barclay Curle. Based at Pembroke DY from completion to 1918, other names JUGGERNAUT, METHYL. Commissioned in RIM 2.2.22, renamed BALUCHI 5.22. Sold 1935.

PC.56, patrol boat, PC-class, ordered 4/5.16 as P-class, converted on stocks 12.16, decoy ships looking like small merchant ships, also known as PQ-boats. Launched 2.6.17 Barclay Curle. Based at Pembroke DY from completion to 1918, other names BIRDWOOD, PANACHE. Sold 31.7.23 Dover S Bkg Co.

PC.60, patrol boat, PC-class, ordered 4/5.16 as P-class, converted on stocks 12.16, decoy ships looking like small merchant ships, also known as PQ-boats. Launched 4.6.17 Workman Clark. Based at Pembroke DY from completion to 1918, other names BURLINGTON, MEREDITH. Sold 18.2.24 British Legion, Ramsgate.

PC.61, patrol boat, PC-class, ordered 4/5.16 as P-class, converted on stocks 12.16, decoy ships looking like small merchant ships, also known as PQ-boats. Launched 19.6.17 Workman Clark. Based at Pembroke DY from completion to 1918, other names CHESNEY, DOWNTON. Sold 9.4.23 E. Suren.

PC.62, patrol boat, PC-class, ordered 4/5.16 as P-class, converted on stocks 12.16, decoy ships looking like small merchant ships, also known as PQ-boats. Launched 7.6.17 Harland & Wolff, Govan. Based at Pembroke DY from completion to 1918, other names KINGSNAKE, MORNINGTON. Sold 1.12.21 Stanlee.

PC.63, patrol boat, PC-class, ordered 6.16 as P-class, converted on stocks 12.16, decoy ships looking like small merchant ships, also known as PQ-boats. Launched 2.10.17 Connell. Based at Pembroke DY from completion to 1918, other name ORRISROOT. Sold 5.23 Cashmore.

PC.65, patrol boat, PC-class, ordered 1.17, decoy ships looking like small merchant ships, also known as PQ-boats. Launched 5.9.17 Eltringham. Based at Pembroke DY from completion to 1918, other name MILFOIL. Sold 18.1.23 Alloa, Charlestown, BU 3.24.

PC.66, patrol boat, PC-class, ordered 1.17, decoy ships looking like small merchant ships, also known as PQ-boats. Launched 12.2.18 Harkess. Based at Pembroke DY from completion to 1918. Sold 31.7.23 Hughes Bolckow.

PC.67, patrol boat, PC-class, ordered 1.17, decoy ships looking like small merchant ships, also known as PQ-boats. Launched 7.5.17 White. Based at Pembroke DY from completion to 1918, other names CHINTZ, FLASHLIGHT. Sold 1.12.21 Stanlee.

PC.68, patrol boat, PC-class, ordered 1.17, decoy ships looking like small merchant ships, also known as PQ-boats. Launched 29.6.17 White. Based at Pembroke DY from completion to 1918, other names NAKERBY, TELFORD. Sold 1.12.21 Stanlee.

PC.69, patrol boat, PC-class, ordered 1.17, decoy ships looking like small merchant ships, also known as PQ-boats. Launched 11.3.18 Workman Clark. Based at Pembroke DY from completion to 1918. To RIM 5.8.21, renamed PATHAN 5.22. Sunk 23.6.40 by internal explosion (Italian submarine) off Bombay.

PC.70, patrol boat, PC-class, ordered 1.17, decoy ships looking like small merchant ships, also known as PQ-boats. Launched 12.4.18 Workman Clark. Based at Pembroke DY from completion to 1918. Sold 3.9.26 Hughes Bolckow.

PC.71, patrol boat, PC-class, ordered 6.17, decoy ships looking like small merchant ships, also known as PQ-boats. Launched 18.3.18 White. Based at Pembroke DY from completion to 1918. Sold 28.10.25 Alloa, wrecked 25.11.25 off South Shields.

PC.72, patrol boat, PC-class, ordered 6.17, decoy ships looking like small merchant ships, also known as PQ-boats. Launched 8.6.18 White. Based at Pembroke DY from completion to 1918. Sold 28.10.25 Hayes, Porthcawl.

PC.73, patrol boat, PC-class, ordered 6.17, decoy ships looking like small merchant ships, also known as PQ-boats. Launched 1.8.18 White. Based at Pembroke DY from completion to 1918. Renamed DART 4.25. Sold 25.2.39 Ward, Briton Ferry,

PC.74, patrol boat, PC-class, ordered 6.17, decoy ships looking like small merchant ships, also known as PQ-boats. Launched 4.10.18 White. Based at Pembroke DY from completion to 1918. Decoy ship CHATSGROVE 9.39-10.39. Sold 19.7.48, BU Hayes, Porthcawl.

 


 

PEACE, hired drifter, Adty No 2484. Built 1907, 83grt, Peterhead-reg PD.130. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 3.15?1919 as net vessel, minesweeper.

PEACEMAKER, hired drifter, Adty No 1912. Built 1911, 89grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.768. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 10.15?1919 as net vessel, minesweeper. Served in WW2.

PEARL, hired trawler, Adty No 830. Built 1899, 198grt, Grimsby-reg GY.1121. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 11.14?1919 as minesweeper.

PEARL, hired trawler, Adty No 306. Built 1913, 289grt, Hull-reg H.883. Armament: 1?12pdr. In service 8.14?1919 as minesweeper, then hydrophone vessel. Renamed PEARL II 2.15. Served as CADELLA in WW2.

PEARL, hired motor drifter, Adty No MB.167. Built 1904, 54grt, Wick-reg WK.64. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 12.14?1918.

PEARL II, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 65 (second use of No.). See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats.

PEARL III, hired drifter, Adty No 2306. Built 1906, 72grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.461. Armament: 1?57mm. In service 12.15?1919 as net vessel.

PEARY, hired trawler, Adty No 1350. Built 1913, 289grt, Hull-reg H.1016. Armament: 1?12pdr AA. In service 5.15?1919 as minesweeper. Towed kit balloon ship MENELAUS during bombardment of Westende Batteries 7.9.15. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Belgian Coast 1915.

PEBBLE, fleet messenger, Y4.31. Built 1890, 477grt. In commissioned service 24.7.15, flew white ensign. Purchased 23.5.19. Sold 8.20.

PECHEUR, hired drifter, Adty No 1824. Built 1910, 67grt, Lowestoft-reg LT.638. In service 8.15?4.16 as net vessel. Sunk 3.4.16 in collision off Smalls Light.

PEDRO? GOMEZ - see PERO GOMEZ, hired paddle tug.

PEEL CASTLE (ex-DUKE OF YORK), armed boarding steamer, mercantile conversion, M.13 (on coming into service), MI.16 (1.18), MI.07 (6.18). Built 1894, 1474grt, 17kts. Armament: 2-12pdr. In service 28.10.14-10.5.19. Many ABS worked with cruiser squadrons, and carried out examination duties at sea.

PEEWIT (ex-PLOVER), hired screw tug. Built 1881, 245grt. In service 26.9.14-8.3.20. 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.

PEEWIT II (1918) - see LAPWING, hired yacht.

PEGAS (ex?PEGASUS), hired trawler, Adty No 3068. Built 1917, 219grt, Grimsby-reg GY.1101. Armament: 1?12pdr. In service 12.17?1920 as minesweeper.

PEGASUS, light cruiser, ex-3rd-class protected cruiser, P or Pyramus-class. Launched 4.3.97 Palmer. 2,135 tons, 313(oa), 300(pp)x36x16ft. TE 7000ihp, 20kts. Armament: 8-4in, 8-3pdr, 2-18in tt. Armour: 2in deck. Cape Station 1914. Sunk 20.9.14 by the German KONIGSBERG at Zanzibar.

PEGASUS, aircraft carrier, mercantile conversion, N.8A (4.17), N.9A (1.18). Laid down as Stockholm, purchased 27.2.17, launched 9.6.17 John Brown. Renamed 28.8.17. 3300 tons/2450grt, 332(oa), 330(pp)x43x15ft. Turbine 9500shp, 20kts. Armament: 2-3in, 2-12pdr AA, 9 aircraft. Grand Fleet 1917-18. Log Book Availability. Sold 22.8.31 Ward, Morecombe.

PEGASUS (1934), depot ship – see ARK ROYAL, aircraft carrier, mercantile conversion.

PEGGY, decoy or Q-ship - see DARGLE (ex-James J. Bibby), brigantine conversion.

PEGGY, hired drifter, Adty No 1315. Built 1907, 100grt, Peterhead-reg PD.149. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 6.15?1919 as net vessel.

PEGGY NUTTEN, hired trawler, Adty No 1171. Built 1907, 193grt, Aberdeen-reg A.170. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 4.15?1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

PEKEN, hired trawler, Adty No 24. Built 1908, 228grt, Grimsby-reg GY.354. Armament: 1?6pdr AA. In service 8.14?1919 as minesweeper. Served in WW2.

PELAGIA (ex?THIRTY?FOUR, ex?THREE), hired drifter, Adty No 2722. Built 1900, 84grt, Coleraine-reg CE.227. In service 10.15?11.16. Mined 28.11.16 off the Nab LV.

PELAGOS, hired trawler, Adty No 3295. Built 1916, 231grt, Aberdeen-reg A.623. Armament: 1?6pdr AA, 1?7.5in BT. In service 7.16?1919 as minesweeper.

PELARGONIUM, convoy sloop, Flower-class, Anchusa-type, ordered 2.17, Aubretia and Anchusa-types built to look like merchant ships, with concealed armament, T.0A (1.18). Launched 18.3.18 Hamilton. 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. Sold 25.1.21 Clan Line, OAXACA.

PELICAN, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 5.15, G.58 (9.15), F.10 (1.17), H.A8 (1.18). Launched 18.3.16 Beardmore. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Preston, BU 5.24.

PELICAN I, hired trawler, Adty No 527. Built 1908, 248grt, Plymouth-reg PH.98. Armament: 1?12pdr. In service 11.14?1919 as minesweeper. Served as CEVIC in WW2.

PELICAN II, hired trawler, Adty No 3265. Built 1905, 205grt, Grimsby-reg GY.91. Armament: 1?12pdr. In service 7.16?1920 as minesweeper. Served as ERIDANUS in WW2.

PELLEW, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 5.15, G.64 (9.15), H.98 (11.18). Launched 8.5.16 Beardmore. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Scandinavian convoys 12 Dec 1917. Sold 9.5.21 Ward, Briton Ferry, BU 1923.

PELORUS, light cruiser, ex-3rd-class protected cruiser, P or Pyramus-class. Launched 15.12.96 Sheerness DY. 2,135 tons, 313(oa), 300(pp)x36x16ft. TE 7000ihp, 20kts. Armament: 8-4in, 8-3pdr, 2-18in tt. Armour: 2in deck. Bristol Channel patrol 1914, then Mediterranean, depot ship 1916. Log Book Availability. Sold 6.5.20 Ward, Grays.

PEMBROKE (1922), base ship – see PRINCE RUPERT, monitor, Lord Clive-class.

PEMBROKE CASTLE, fishing trawler. Built 1893, 153grt, Aberdeen-reg A.531. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

PENARTH, twin-screw minesweeper, later Hunt or Aberdare-class, Adty No. 3437, T.91 (6.18), T./8 (early 1919). Launched 21.5.18 Lobnitz. 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. Mined 4.2.19 in the North Sea.

PENELOPE, light cruiser, later minelayer, Arethusa-class, ordered 9.12, 8A (1914), 92 (1.18), 17 (4.18). Launched 25.8.14 Vickers. 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 from 1915, 7th LCS Grand Fleet in 1918, fitted for minelaying 11.17, 70 mines (3 operations, laid 210). Sold 10.24 Stanlee.

PENELOPE, motor boat, ex-civilian pleasure craft, Motor Boat No. 201, 4327 (Fishery flag No. after 6.18). See MB.1-MB.211 for additional information on motor boats. (Also listed as motor drifter with same name and numbers – see separate listing)

PENELOPE, hired motor drifter, Adty No MB.201, 4327. Built 1914. In service 12.14?1920.

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

PENGUIN, hired trawler, Adty No 528. Built 1902, 190grt, Plymouth-reg PH.178. Armament: 1?6pdr. In service 11.14?1919 as minesweeper.

PENGUIN (1923) (RAN), depot ship – see ENCOUNTER (RAN), light cruiser.

PENGUIN II, fishing trawler. Built 1895, 151grt, Scarborough-reg SH.223. Requisitioned by Admiralty in 1917 for Fishery Reserve, commissioned and flew white ensign; continued commercial fishing under naval control.

PENHALLOW, decoy or Q-ship, chartered collier (Admiralty No. Y3.301) conversion. Built 1913, 4318grt. In service 10.15-23.5.17, armament not listed, other name CENTURY.

PENN, destroyer, Admiralty M-class, ordered 5.15, G.50 (9.15), F.19 (1.17), F.16 (1.18), G.74 (4.18). Launched 8.4.16 John Brown. c1025 tons, 274(oa), 265(pp)x26x9ft. Turbine 25000shp, 34kts. Armament: 3-4in, 1-2pdr, 4-21in tt. All class with Grand Fleet from completion, although four served in Mediterranean for short period 1917-18. Sold 31.10.21 W. & A. T. Burden.

PENNAN, hired drifter, Adty No 2045. Built 1910, 64grt, Fraserburgh-reg FR.401. Armament: 1?3pdr. In service 8.15?1919 as net vessel, examination vessel.