british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMS Hythe (+1915)
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nationality british
purpose war
type minesweeper
propulsion steam
date built 1905
weight (tons) 509  grt
dimensions 59.5 x 8.6 x 4.3 m
material steel
engine 2 x 3 cyl. triple expansion engines, dual shaft, 2 screws
power 104  n.h.p.
speed 15  knots
yard no. 747
IMO/Off. no. 120504
about the loss
cause lost collision
date lost 28/10/1915  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.155rank: 474
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Denny W. & Bros. Ltd., Dumbarton
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[1]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMS Hythe (+1915)
period 1915 ~ 1915
IMO/Off. no.: 120504
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[2]South Eastern & Chatham Railway Co., London
SS Hythe
period 1905 ~ 1915
IMO/Off. no.: 120504
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last update 28/10/2013
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Lettens Jan12/09/2009HMS HYTHE

Built for the South Eastern & Chatham Railway Co. in 1905 by Wm. Denny & Bros.; 509 tons; 195.3x28.1x14.2 ft.; 104 n.h.p.; 12 knots; triple expansion engines.

On the night of October 28th-29th, 1915, when off Cape Helles in the Dardanelles, HMS Hythe was run down by the armed boarding steamer S/S Sarnia.

S/S Hythe was requisitioned and serving as a minesweeper, but unfortunately, this time she was carrying troops.

Two officers, 143 soldiers, a warrant officer and nine crew were drowned.
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 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
Lettens Jan12/09/2009On October 29th 1915, Sarnia collided with the auxiliary minesweeper Hythe off Cape Helles. The Hythe, being used as a troop trasnport sank and was lost with 155 officers and troops.

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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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 Denny W. & Bros. Ltd., Dumbarton
Very famous builder from Dumbarton, established in 1840. Closed down in 1960. The elephant is symbol for the company's strength.
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