british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN SS New Royal Sovereign (+1940)
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nationality british
purpose transport
type ferry
propulsion steam
date built 1929
weight (tons) 68  grt
material steel
engine 1 triple expansion engine, 1 boiler
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cause lost air raid
date lost 23/08/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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[1]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
SS New Royal Sovereign (+1940)
period 1939 ~ 1940
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[2]Butler Arthur, Bridlington
SS New Royal Sovereign
period 1936 ~ 1939
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 Racey Carl, A Century of Steamship Losses
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Racey Carl25/02/2011In 1936 the New Royal Sovereign arrived at Bridlington from Southend, possibly because of the competition there from the other large boats New Prince of Wales and Southend Britannia was too fierce.

She was requisitioned by the Royal Navy in 1939 and was destroyed in an air raid in August 1940.

On the 23/08/1940 the NEW ROYAL SOVEREIGN was lost when attacked by German aircraft whilst moored up in Bridlington Harbour. All the crew were ashore during the bombing.
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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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