british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMT Northern Rover (+1939)
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nationality british
purpose fishing
type trawler
propulsion steam
date built 1936
weight (tons) 655  grt
dimensions 57.3 x 8.6 x -- m
engine 1 triple expansion engine with exhaust turbine
speed 12  knots
yard no. 553
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cause lost torpedo
date lost 30/10/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Deutsche Schiff-Und Masch A. G. Deschimag - Georg Seebeck, Bremen
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[1]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMT Northern Rover (+1939)
period 1939 ~ 1939
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[2]Mac Line Ltd. Lever & Edinburgh Shipping Co. Ltd., London
FV Northern Rover (LO 164)
period 1936 ~ 1939
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Allen Tony26/06/2007
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Allen Tony25/08/2008Completed in October 1936 as steam trawler Northern Rover (LO 164) for Mac Line Ltd (Lever Brothers Ltd), London. 1937 transferred to Northern Trawlers Ltd, London. In August 1939 requisitioned by the Admiralty and used as armed boarding vessel, based in Kirkwall for Contraband Duties. She was torpedoed by German submarine U-59 and sunk about 100 miles W of Sumburgh Head, Shetland Isles.
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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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 Deutsche Schiff-Und Masch A. G. Deschimag - Georg Seebeck, Bremen
Deschimag was a huge consortium of several shipyards in Northern Germany and was found in 1926. It contained the companies AG "Weser", AG Vulkan Stettin & Hamburg, Joh. C. Tecklenborg, G. Seebeck AG, AG "Neptun" Rostock, Nüschke & Co. AG Stettin, J. Frerichs & Co. AG. In 1941 this enterprise was taken over by the Krupp concern. In 1945 the Deschimag was liquidated and the survived companies were again formed to AG "Weser" and Seebeck-Werft.

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