british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMS Grasshopper [+1942]
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nationality british
purpose war
type gunboat
propulsion steam turbine
date built 1938
weight (tons) 585 
dimensions 60 x 10.1 x 1.5 m
engine Parsons geared steam turbines.
power 4500  h.p.
speed 17  knots
about the loss
cause lost air raid
date lost 14/02/1942  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.165rank: 463
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Yarrow & Co.Shipbuilders Ltd., Glasgow
British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
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entered 28/08/2008
last update Allen Tony
last update 24/07/2012
Lettens Jan01/01/2009
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Claes Johnny29/01/2009The next Grasshopper was a gunboat of the Locust class gunboat. Designed for river patrols in China, the Grasshopper had a flat bottom, displacement of 585 tons and a crew of seventy-five. She was assigned to the British flotilla at Shanghai but may have only reached Hong Kong before withdrawing to Singapore due to increasing Japanese hostilities in the region. She was sunk, together with her sistership HMS Dragonfly, by Japanese forces south of Singapore on 14 February 1942 with heavy loss of life
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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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