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nationality british
purpose war (prev. fishing)
type minesweeper (ex-trawler)
propulsion steam
date built 1911
live live
weight (tons) 258  grt
dimensions 38.1 x 7 x 4.2 m
engine triple expansion engine, 1 boiler, single shaft
yard no. 487
about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 19/04/1917  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.10rank: 654
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Hall, Russell & Co. Ltd., Aberdeen
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[1]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMT Star Of Freedom [+1917]
period 1915 ~ 1917
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[2]Rossall Steam Fishing Co., Fleetwood
Star of Freedom
period 1913 ~ 1915
about the wreck
depth (m.) 51 max. / 47 min. (m)
orientation 144°
war grave
entered by Lettens Jan
entered 15/10/2011
last update Lettens Jan
last update 12/10/2013
[1] Lettens Jan22/03/2012
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Lettens Jan22/03/2012

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Hutchinson Steve11/09/2013

This is actually the Star of Freedom HMT, proven by recovery of the ships bell September 2013. Small ship, large boiler and large winches as would be expected from a steam trawler. Gun on bows. Paravane of to side of wreck. Engine lies on its side. Only boiler stands up any significant amount.
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 Steve Hutchinson, Harlyn Dive School, Padstow

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Lettens Jan12/10/2013STAR OF FREEDOM, built by Hall, Russell & Co. Ltd., Aberdeen in 1911 and operated at the time of her loss by Royal Navy, was a British navy trawler of 258 tons.

On April 19th, 1917, STAR OF FREEDOM was sunk by a mine from the German submarine UC-47 (Paul Hundius), off Trevose Head. 10 persons were lost.

Note: the wreck on this location, previously reported by the UKHO as an unknown obstruction, was positively identified by her bell as the STAR OF FREEDOM by divers and reported by Steve Hutchinson.

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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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 Hall, Russell & Co. Ltd., Aberdeen
For 128 years Hall Russell & Co. built ships of every kind; from yachts to chemical tankers, warships to fishing trawlers and made Aberdeen a name synonymous with engineering excellence around the world.
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