british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN PSS Gondolier [+1940]
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type ferry
propulsion paddle-steam
date built 1866
status
live live
details
weight (tons) 173  grt
dimensions
material iron
engine Twin oscillating Compound expansion engines, 1 boiler, driving side paddles
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speed  
yard no. 87
about the loss
cause lost blockship
other reasons scuttled
date lost 21/03/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
builder
Thomson J. & G., Govan
last owner
[1]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
PSS Gondolier [+1940]
period 1939 ~ 1940
prev. owners
[2]Macbrayne David Ltd. - Coast Lines - LMS Railway, Glasgow
PSS Gondolier
period 1866 ~ 1939
captain
about the wreck
depth (m.) 10 max. / -- min. (m)
orientation
protected
war grave
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entered by Lettens Jan
entered 27/08/2008
last update Allen Tony
last update 03/05/2014
 
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Allen Tony03/05/2014Gondolier PSS at the end of 1939 season vessel was taken over by the Admiralty and after having her engines, boilers, sponsons, paddleboxes and saloons removed was towed to Scapa Flow and scuttled as a blockship.
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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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