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nationality british
purpose war
type aircraft carrier
propulsion steam
date built 1922
is nickname no
live live
weight (tons) 5355  grt
dimensions 121.92 x 15.54 x 9.1 m
material steel
engine Steam triple expansion engine, three boilers, single screw.
power 3750  i.h.p.
speed 23.5  knots
yard no. 885
call sign
about the loss
cause lost air raid
date lost 27/04/1941  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.39rank: 608
about people
Cammell Laird & Co., Birkenhead
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Cammell Laird & Co., Birkenhead
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[1]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMS Patia [+1941]
period 1940 ~ 1941
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[2]Elders & Fyffes Ltd., Garston
SS Patia
period 1922 ~ 1940
call sign: 
captain Baker D.M.B.
about the wreck
depth (m.) 57 max. / 43 min. (m)
orientation 165°
war grave
entered by Hazard Darren
entered 23/08/2006
last update Vleggeert Nico
last update 14/11/2011
[1] Lettens Jan01/10/2009
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Hazard Darren12/09/2006

Now lies on a hard sand seabed, with her decks in 57 metres. She sits upright all the way back to number three hold, where she was broken by a bomb's direct hit and from this point to the stern she is twisted through 90-degrees, leaving the decks lying nearly vertical.

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unknown member12/09/2006Patia HMS was an ordinary merchantman converted to launch aircraft (MK 1a Hurricanes) from a rocket driven catapault mounted on the forecastle. Bombed and sunk off Northumbria as loss of 39 lives.
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About Owners
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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About Builders
 Cammell Laird & Co., Birkenhead
Charles Cammell and Co, iron and steel founders, was established in 1824. Cammell, Laird and Co. was formed in 1903 when the Laird Brothers amalgamated their company with Charles Cammell and Co. - - The Cammell Laird site at Birkenhead on Merseyside was established in 1824, and has been successfully building, repairing ships right through to present times. The shipyard is in a world famous maritime region and is recognised internationally as having been at the forefront of the British Shipbuilding Industry. - - - - - - - Cammell Laird used to have their own flag. The flag was used on ships that were in their trials. Only when approved by the buyer, she changed flags

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