british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMS Vala (Q-8) (+1917)
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type patrol boat
subtype/class Q-ship
propulsion steam
date built 1894
status
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weight (tons) 1016  grt
dimensions
engine
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about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 20/08/1917  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.43rank: 600
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builder
Ramage & Ferguson Ltd., Leith
last owner
[1]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMS Vala (Q-8) (+1917)
period --- ~ 1917
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[2]Salvesen J. T. & Co., Grangemouth
SS Vala
period 1894 ~ ---
captain Bernays, Leopold A.
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entered 01/09/2007
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last update 11/12/2011
 
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Lettens Jan11/12/2011Vala, built by Ramage & Ferguson, Ltd., Leith in 1894 and operated at the time of her loss by Royal Navy, was a British Q-ship of 1.016 tons. She was originally a cargo ship owned by J. T. Salvesen, Grangemouth.

On August 20th, 1917, Vala was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine UB-54 (Egon von Werner), 120 miles southwest of Scilly Island. Most of the crew survived the double torpedo attack and went into the boats, but nothing was ever heard of them. 43 persons were lost.
Lettens Jan11/12/2011ADAMS WILLIAM J. C.P.O. 189087
ATHERTON JAMES A.B. J 41809
BEER ALBERT E. P.O. 193877
BERNAYS LEOPOLD A. CDR
BURNS JOHN TY/ENGINEER LT, RNR
CAPEWELL BRIAN H. SHIP'S STEWARD'S ASST M 15985
CHARLES RAYNOR H.L. A.B. J 47206
CHURCH JOHN J. A.B. (RFR B 2312) 178787
CLARK DAVID L/STOKER K 6744
COLES VYVIAN H. PAYMASTER, RNR
CULLEN THOMAS M. E.R.A., RNR E B 379
DUDDY CHARLES A.B. J 47698
DUNHAM WILLIAM J. A.B. J 47904
EVANS EVAN J. STOKER, RNR T 2901
FOOTT JAMES A. CARPENTER'S CREW M 15887
FULL GEORGE J. PAINTER 2c M 3112
GRAY SAMUEL TY/LT , RNR
HALFYARD WALTER H. A.B. (RFR B 4083) 197331
HARRIS RICHARD H. P.O. 213377
HODGES LAWRENCE J.A. A.B. J 28634
HOY THOMAS STOKER, RNR S 1561
HURRELL PERCY H. SIGNALMAN, RNVR Z P 1237
JOHNSON HENRY TY/LT, RNR
JORDAN WILLIAM H. A.B. 224463
KENDRICK DAVID J. OFFICER'S COOK 2c L 9688
LANG WILLIAM G. COOK'S MATE M 11881
LIGGITT ROBERT STOKER, RNR S 3957
LOWER LEONARD D. L/SEAMAN, RNR A 3190
MANGER ALFRED O/TELEGRAPHIST J 41168
PHENNA EDWARD STOKER P.O., RNR U 1504
PYNE GEORGE R. A.B. SS 6408
PYNE HARRY OFFICER'S STEWARD 3c L 9177
RADFORD ALFRED S. L/SEAMAN J 4513
RENNIE MARK N. TY/LT, RNR
SAMBELLS BENJAMIN E.R.A. 1c 269327
SCOTT ROBERT G. A.B. (RFR B 2569) SS 363
SLATER FRED TELEGRAPHIST J 36567
STEPHENSON ALEXANDER STOKER, RNR T 3021
THOMPSON LEONARD O/TELEGRAPHIST J 34769
THORBURN JAMES OFFICER'S STEWARD 2c L 8297
VINNICOMBE FREDERICK W. A/P.O. 198783
WHITE WILLIAM C. A.B. J 17154
WOOD JOHN B. C.P.O. TELEGRAPHIST 179611
Allen Tony01/09/2007Vala SS was a British Special Service ship of 1,016grt. On the 20th August 1917 when on Government Service she was torpedoed by German submarine UB-54 when 120 miles SW from the Scilly Isles, England. Owned by J. T. Salvesen & Co, Leith.
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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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 Ramage & Ferguson Ltd., Leith
Makes iron ships and 1st launch is in 1878. 1880 > Capacities growing and began with steel vessels. 1910 > Top of production, size and variety. 1920> Over equippement facing demand. 1933 > Closed. The yard is then bought up by the shipbuilder Henry Robb

Lance son premier navire en 1878 et produit en fer. 1880> Aggrandissement des capacités et production en acier. 1900 > période d'apogée en nombre, taille et variété. 1920 > Suréquipement par rapport aux commandes. 1933: Fin de l'enterprise. Le chantier est racheté ensuite par le constructeur Henry Robb

Lanza su primero buque en 1878 y los construye de hierro. 1880 > Crecimiento y inicio de la producción de buques de acero. 1910 > Cumbre de la producción, tamaño y variedad. 1920 > Excesso de oferta. 1933: Cierre de la empresa, A continuación, el constructor Henry Robb compra el astillero.

Lança o suu primero navio em 1878 y os constroi de ferro. 1880 > Crecimento y inicio da produção de navios de aço. 1910 > Pique da produção, tamanho e variedade. 1920 > Excesso de oferta. 1933: Fechamento. Depois o estaleiro é comprado pelo construtor Henry Robb



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