british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMS Saucy [+1940]
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general
nationality british
purpose utility
type tug
propulsion steam
date built 1918
status
live live
details
weight (tons) 597  grt
dimensions 47.9 x 10.1 x 3.4 m
material steel
engine 1 triple expansion engine, 1 screw
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speed  
yard no. 183
IMO/Off. no. 142597
about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 04/09/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.21rank: 629
about people
builder
Livingstone & Cooper Ltd., Hessle, Hull
engine by
Bellis & Morcom Ltd. , Birmingham
last owner
[1]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMS Saucy [+1940]
period 1939 ~ 1940
IMO/Off. no.: 142597
prev. owners
[2]Shanghai Tug And Lighter Co. Ltd., London
SS Saucy
period 1924 ~ 1939
IMO/Off. no.: 142597
[3]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
SS Saucy
period 1918 ~ 1924
IMO/Off. no.: 142597
captain
about the wreck
depth (m.) 15 max. / 11.2 min. (m)
orientation 158°
protected
war grave
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entered 27/08/2008
last update Racey Carl
last update 11/11/2012
 
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Racey Carl11/11/2012On 04/09/1940 the Admiralty Hired rescue tug SAUCY struck a mine and foundered in the Firth Of Forth with the loss of 21 lives.
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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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