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nationality british
purpose utility
type cable ship
propulsion steam
date built 1918
weight (tons) 941  grt
dimensions 59.9 x 9.6 x 6.13 m
material steel
engine 2 screws
speed 10.5  knots
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 24/02/1945  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.59rank: 582
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Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Wallsend
British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
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depth (m.) 39 max. / 32 min. (m)
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entered 01/07/2002
last update Lettens Jan
last update 13/04/2011
[1] Lettens Jan06/08/2007
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Lettens Jan06/08/2007

A steering post marked John Hasty nr 1132.I, identified her as the Alert2. There is another Alert2, lying near to the Kentish coast.
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Dived the wreck june 2007: Stands proud in 39m of water. About 7m high. Lies in N-S direction. Medium visibility: +/-4m. Strong current due to her N-S position. She is still in a good shape. One can swim through the gangways of the Alert from the front to the back part (+/-25m). Two winches for the cables are still visible, one at the front, another one at the aft part. Found an intact porthole ather starboard aft part.

Quite disappointing was the fauna and flora on the wreck. She seems to have been fished heavily.
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Lettens Jan13/04/2011The Cableship Alert was launched in 1918 and was constructed by Messrs Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson. Along with the new cableship Monarch, the Alert was designed to operate in shallow waters only. Her gross tonnage was 941 and the 105 horse power engines were able to drive the twin-screws up to a maximum speed of 10.5 knots. The ship was constructed from steel and had a clipper stem with cable sheaves and a cruiser type stern.

Originally she was coal-fired, but was converted to oil fuel in 1920. Three cable tanks of 10.160 cubic feet total capacity were fitted. These could hold up to 81 miles of single core cable, 54 of 4 core or 35 of 6 or 7 core. As a result of other demands during World War I she had to be equipped with the very old and almost broken down cable gear from the first Cableship Alert. This largely impeded her operational capabilities until it was replaced in 1921 by more modern gear.

After 27 years service, on 24 February 1945, shortly before VE Day, the Cableship Alert was sunk while repairing the Dumpton Gap - La Panne cable in the Straits of Dover. All 59 hands - officers and men - were lost.
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British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London

In 1509 when Henry VIII was crowned he realised the growing navel power of King James IV of Scots. James had built an impressive fleet to control the Western Isles and was allied to France. Henry built up of his own fleet, the Navy Royal, as it was then known. New ships were constructed, the best known being the Mary Rose. Smaller types of warships (galleases) combining the best features of oars, sails and guns were also built. By Henry's death in 1547 his fleet had grown to 58 vessels.

In 1546 a 'Council of the Marine' was established which later became the 'Navy Board'. The Navy Board was in charge of the daily administration of the navy until 1832 when it was combined with the Board of the Admiralty.

Elizabeth I inherited a fleet of only 27 ships in 1558. Instead of building up her own fleet Elizabeth encouraged private enterprise against Spain's new empire. Men like Sir John Hawkins and Sir Francis Drake to command groups of Royal and private ships to attack the Spanish. When Spain threatened invasion with its Armada in 1588 the Navy of England both Royal and private defended the realm.

Early in the Seventeenth Century, larger galleons were built with heavier armaments. the largest English ship was Sovereign of the Seas built for prestige purposes by Charles I in 1637. The first ship with three gun decks to carry her 102 guns, she was the most powerful ship in the world for many years.

When King Charles II came to the throne in 1660 he inherited a huge fleet of 154 ships. This was a permanent professional national force and the beginning of the Royal Navy as we know it today.

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 Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Wallsend
From: Janes Fighting Ships 1919

SWAN. HUNTER & WIGHAM RICHARDSON, LTD. (WALLSEND-ON-TYNE), Twenty-one building berths, fifteen of which are served by overhead electric cranes. Four berths covered in. Employees : about 8000. Annual gross shipbuilding capacity (1918) : 150,000 tons. Engine works : 100,000 H.P. output per year.

The dry docks dept, includes a large repairing yard with two graving docks and two floating docks. Engine works have developed the Neptune and Polar marine oil engines. Total area of works : 78 acres. Water frontage : 4000 ft. Shipyard also at Southwick-on-Wear, with three building berths. Allied firms are the Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Co., Ltd.. Wallsend ; Barclay. Curle & Co., Ltd., of Whiteinch, Govan. Elderslie and Glasgow.

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Gepassioneerd zoeken en onderzoeken we de talloze wrakken in de Franse, Britse, Nederlandse en uiteraard ook de Belgische wateren.

Info: Jan en Wim Vermeire
Donklaan 26
9290 Berlare
Tel: +32 (0)9 367 01 20
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