british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMS Crispin (+1941)
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1935
weight (tons) 5051  grt
dimensions 125.61 x 16.92 x 7.92 m
engine triple expansion engine with exhaust turbine
power 603  n.h.p.
speed 13  knots
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cause lost torpedo
date lost 03/02/1941  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.20rank: 634
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Cammell Laird & Co., Birkenhead
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[1]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMS Crispin (+1941)
period 1940 ~ 1941
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[2]Booth Steamship Co. (Booth Line), Liverpool
HMS Crispin
period 1935 ~ 1940
no. of crew 141
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last update Allen Tony
last update 26/06/2012
Claes Johnny26/10/2007
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Allen Tony13/05/2009Completed in March 1935 as steam merchant Crispin SS of Booth Steamship Co Ltd (Booth Line), Liverpool. In August 1940 requistioned by the Admiralty and converted to the ocean boarding vessel HMS Crispin, armed with two 6in guns and some light AA-guns.

Crispin SS was a British Cargo Steamer of 5,051 tons built in 1935 by Cammell, Laird & Co. for the Booth S. S. Co. She was powered by a steam triple expansion engine of 603nhp giving 13 knots.

The Crispin, Lt. Cdr. B. Moloney, D.S.O., was taken over by the Admiralty early in the Second World War. On February 3rd, 1941, she was torpedoed by a German submarine U-107 about 500 miles W of Ireland. She sank on the following day. Cdr. Moloney, seven officers and 12 ratings were killed and three officers were wounded.

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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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 Cammell Laird & Co., Birkenhead
Charles Cammell and Co, iron and steel founders, was established in 1824. Cammell, Laird and Co. was formed in 1903 when the Laird Brothers amalgamated their company with Charles Cammell and Co. - - The Cammell Laird site at Birkenhead on Merseyside was established in 1824, and has been successfully building, repairing ships right through to present times. The shipyard is in a world famous maritime region and is recognised internationally as having been at the forefront of the British Shipbuilding Industry. - - - - - - - Cammell Laird used to have their own flag. The flag was used on ships that were in their trials. Only when approved by the buyer, she changed flags

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