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Battleships – World War 1

In 1907, before the revolution in design brought about by HMS Dreadnought of 1906, the United Kingdom had 62 battleships in commission or building, a lead of 26 over France and 50 over the German Empire. The launch of Dreadnought … Continue reading

Posted in on Monday, March 31st, 2014

Cruisers – World War 1

After the outbreak of the First World War, a priority for the Royal Navy was to secure the approaches to the English Channel, to prevent elements of the German High Seas Fleet from breaking out into the Atlantic, or from … Continue reading

Posted in on Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Depot Ships – World War 1

Depot ships provided services unavailable from local naval base shore facilities.┬áto meet recreational needs of British Pacific Fleet personnel. Services provided by a depot ship depend upon whether typical client warship missions are measured in hours, or days, or weeks. … Continue reading

Posted in on Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Destroyers – World War 1

After the outbreak of the First World War, a priority for the Royal Navy was to secure the approaches to the English Channel, to prevent elements of the German High Seas Fleet from breaking out into the Atlantic, or from … Continue reading

Posted in on Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Minesweepers & Trawlers – World War 1

The Mine-sweeping force based at Harwich played an important First World War role; The task of the mine-sweeping force was to keep shipping lanes clear. The force consisted of about 100 minesweeping trawlers, with a complement of roughly 1500 personnel. … Continue reading

Posted in on Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Sloops, Drifters & Monitors – World War 1

Sloops In the 18th and most of the 19th centuries, a sloop-of-war in the British Navy was a warship (also known as one of the escort types) with a single gun deck that carried up to eighteen guns. As the … Continue reading

Posted in on Thursday, April 17th, 2014