british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN SS Fairplay Two [+1940]
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nationality british
purpose utility
type tug
propulsion steam
date built 1922
live live
weight (tons) 282  grt
dimensions 36.3 x 7.3 x -- m
material steel
engine triple expansion by Schiffsw (V. J. & sch) A. G. Hamburg, one single boiler, single screw
armament none
power 111  n.h.p.
about the loss
cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
date lost 02/03/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
Janssen & Schmilisky A.G. (J. & S. Schiffswerft), Hamburg
engine by
Janssen & Schmilisky A.G. (J. & S. Schiffswerft), Hamburg
last owner
[1]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
SS Fairplay Two [+1940]
period 1939 ~ 1940
prev. owners
[2]Fairplay Towage & Shipping Co. Ltd.
SS Fairplay Two [+1940]
period 1938 ~ 1939
[3]Fairplay Towage & Shipping Co. Ltd.
SS Fairplay XIV
period 1922 ~ 1938
about the wreck
status broken in several pieces
depth (m.) 2 max. / -- min. (m)
position on seabed upright
visibility average
current weak
sea bed hard ground
protected no
war grave no
 Racey Carl, A Century of Steamship Losses
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entered 18/10/2005
last update Racey Carl
last update 17/02/2011
[1] Lettens Jan01/10/2009
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Lettens Jan06/08/2007

Wk is very broken in 2 metres. Bow & Boiler still visible.

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Racey Carl01/02/2010Built as the FAIRPLAY XIV; Yard No 605; Date of completion: 15/03/1922; Steel tug; In 1938 renamed FAIRPLAY TWO; Requisitioned by the Admiralty in 1939 as a rescue tug; Ran aground in Fog; BSAC Wreck Register, Volume 6.

In 1939 this small rescue tug was hired by the Royal Navy. On 02/03/1940 she ran aground in thick fog on Salt Scar Rocks Redcar; 43 degrees magnetic from the lifeboat slip.
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Fairplay II ran aground in fog.
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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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