british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN SS Moyle (+1940)
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class coastal cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1918
weight (tons) 1761  grt
dimensions 84 x 11 x -- m
engine 1 x 3 cyl. triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
speed 11  knots
yard no. 179
IMO/Off. no. 124668
about the loss
cause lost blockship
other reasons deliberate
date lost 04/06/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
Ailsa Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Troon (Scotland)
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Ailsa Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Troon (Scotland)
last owner
[1]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
SS Moyle (+1940)
period 1940 ~ 1940
IMO/Off. no.: 124668
prev. owners
[2]Shamrock Shipping Co. Ltd. - Thomas Jack, Larne
SS Moyle
period 1922 ~ 1940
IMO/Off. no.: 124668
[3]Shamrock Shipping Co. Ltd. - Thomas Jack, Larne
SS Moyle
period 1907 ~ 1918
IMO/Off. no.: 124668
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entered 01/07/2002
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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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