british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMT Ouse (T80) (+1941)
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nationality british
purpose war
type trawler
subtype/class Mersey class trawler
Mersey class trawler Thomas Cornwall HMT [+1918]
propulsion steam
date built 1917
weight (tons) 324  grt
dimensions 45.1 x 7.24 x 3.81 m
material steel
engine Steam triple expansion, one single boiler, single screw.
armament 1 x 12 pounder forecastle mounted deck gun; Depth-charge thower
power 600  n.h.p.
speed 11  knots
about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 20/02/1941  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.12rank: 651
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Cochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd., Selby
British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
captain Lt. W. V. Fitzmaurice Rnvr
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war grave
entered by Allen Tony
entered 26/11/2010
last update Jan Lettens
last update 06/01/2013
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Allen Tony26/11/2010HMS Ouse (T 80) was mined off Tobruk, Lybia on the 20th February 1941.( Lt W V Fitzmaurice, RNVR) The commanding officer survived the sinking however 12 were killed and only 9 survived.
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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
 Cochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd., Selby
Cochrane and Sons was owned by Andrew Cochrane who originally founded a shipyard in 1884 at Beverley, but then moved in 1898, 50 miles away from the sea by river to Selby in Yorkshire, England. Cochrane and Sons built their reputation for building trawlers and coasters for the Hull and Grimsby fishing fleets. - - - In 1965 control of the yard passed from the Cochrane family to Ross Group Ltd who then sold on to the Drypool Group Ltd in 1969. In 1976, the Selby yard was bought up by United Towing Co. Ltd of Hull. The company’s name was changed to Cochrane Shipbuilders in 1977 and built an average of four ships per year for the next 15 years, mainly tugs, trawlers, oil rig supply vessels, ferries dry-cargo coasters and coastal tankers.

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