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nationality british
purpose war (prev. fishing)
type minesweeper (ex-trawler)
propulsion steam
date built 1906
weight (tons) 256  grt
material steel
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cause lost mine
date lost 05/11/1914  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.14rank: 645
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Dundee Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Dundee
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[1]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMT Mary (+1914)
period 1914 ~ 1914
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[2]Marr J. & Son Ltd., Hull & Fleetwood
FV Mary (FD 84)
period 1906 ~ 1914
captain William Stephen Greenaway Rnr
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entered by Claes Johnny
entered 29/04/2008
last update Allen Tony
last update 01/05/2013
Claes Johnny29/04/2008
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Claes Johnny29/04/2008HMT MARY was a British Admiralty trawler of 256grt built in 1906 and owned by J. Marr & Son, Fleetwood-reg FD84. She was hired as minesweeper, Admiralty No.361 on the 18th August 1914, Skipper William Stephen Greenaway RNR.

She was sweeping Yarmouth field laid near Smith’s Knoll Buoy by German Kolberg with trawlers Columbia and Driver. Mined just after 1000, after part destroyed, fore part settled and sank with two minutes.

Skipper and 7 ratings lost, 6 survivors rescued by Columbia and Driversunk off Yarmouth. One officer and seven men killed.
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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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