british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMS Vestal (J-215) [+1945]
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nationality british
purpose war
type minesweeper
propulsion steam turbine
date built 1943
weight (tons) 850  grt
dimensions 68.58 x 10.6 x 3.2 m
engine 2 x Steam Geared turbines, dual shaft, reciprocating (V.T.E.) engines
armament 1 4" AA gun 4 20mm guns (4x1)
power 2000  s.h.p.
speed 16.5  knots
yard no. 1147
about the loss
cause lost air raid
other reasons scuttled
date lost 26/07/1945  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.20rank: 635
about people
Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast & Glasgow
British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
captain Lt. Cdr. Charles William Port Dsc, Rn.
about the wreck
depth (m.) 72 max. / 61 min. (m)
war grave
entered by Claes Johnny
entered 20/09/2007
last update Allen Tony
last update 19/01/2011
[1] Allen Tony22/08/2008
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Allen Tony22/08/2008

The wreck lies upright on the bottom in 72 meters of water on a sandy seabed. As is common for this area, much of the wreck is covered in fishing nets and rope, making entanglement a problem especially for technical divers wearing 4 tanks. Divers report finding explosive ordinance present on the wreck, so don't touch anything
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Claes Johnny20/09/2007Sunk by a Japanese kamikaze aircraft about 55 nautical miles south-west of Phuket, Siam (Thailand)
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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
 Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast & Glasgow
Harland and Wolff was formed in 1861 by Edward James Harland and Hamburg-born Gustav Wilhelm Wolff. Based in Belfast at Queen’s Island, Harland and Wolff are a huge and very important shipbuilding company. The shipbuilding complex is only one of two yards left in the U.K. capable of building large merchant ships. The yard was most well known for building high-class transatlantic passenger liners and was considered to be the best in the world. The company has built over 1700 ships at four yards and has been in operation for over 135 years.

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