british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMT Quail 111 (No. 645) (+1915)
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nationality british
purpose war (prev. fishing)
type minesweeper (ex-trawler)
propulsion steam
date built 1897
weight (tons) 162  grt
dimensions 10.8 x 1.9 x -- m
material iron
engine triple expansion, one single boilers, single screw
armament armed trawler ( 2 X 3pdr.)
power 41  h.p.
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cause lost collision
date lost 23/06/1915  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
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Edwards Brothers - Edwards Shipbuilding, North Shields
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[1]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMT Quail 111 (No. 645) (+1915)
period 1914 ~ 1915
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[2]Kelsall Brothers & Beeching Ltd., Hull
FV Quail (H236)
period 1897 ~ 1914
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entered by Chipchase Nick
entered 15/09/2009
last update Racey Carl
last update 16/01/2012
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Racey Carl23/06/2010The trawler QUAIL survived attacks by Russian gunboats in 1904. Later the Quail then sank in the Humber after a collison with the liner DYNAMO in 1907. The vessel was refloated and sailed on until she was finally sunk in another collision with the tug BULLDOG in the English Channel, when 7 miles SW of Portland Bill, whilst under Admiralty control.
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 Racey Carl, A Century of Steamship Losses
Chipchase Nick15/09/2009Built as Quail by Edward Bros. , N. Shields. Req. 1914 and converted to a minesweeper. Armed with 2 X 3pdr. Renamed Quail 111 in 1915. Lost in collision with an unknown ship off Portland Bill.
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 Royal Navy Trawlers, Part Two, G. Toghill

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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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