to The National Archives, in World War 2,
so-called ‘Pink List’, was compiled every three to
four days and shows the stations and movements of
ships. Vessels of the Royal Navy as well of those
of Allied countries are included, with dates of
arrival and departure recorded. .... the weekly
‘Red List’ was used to list all minor vessels in
home waters. The Red List is arranged by commands,
once again including vessels of Allied countries."
similar arrangements were used in World War 1. The
first two Pink Lists to go online - 1 November
1914 and 1 January 1916 were kindly supplied by US
researcher Don Kindell.
would be good to assume that lists compiled
by the Admiralty were
as accurate as they could be. However, the
layout/format is not always as clear or even as
complete as it should be. Also, at least two
instances have been found of exactly the same
information, down to dates of departure and
arrival, being repeated in just the first two
lists, e.g. HMS Broke. How this could happen in
lists separated by 14 months is a puzzle.
short, even Pink Lists should be treated with some
more Pink Lists were then transcribed by Dr Graham
Watson, Military Historian from Pembroke. In this
he was assisted by his long-term colleague, Mike
Cox, also a Military Historian, from Manchester,
both building on the work of the well-known author
and researcher, the late J J (Jim) Colledge.
His publications of course include the
invaluable "British Warships 1914-1919" with F J
Dittmar. To them, our grateful thanks.
total of 12 Pink Lists have been converted to a
quick reference guide to Warship Locations,