british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMS Medea [+1939]
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general
nationality british
purpose war
type minelayer
propulsion steam
date built 1915
status
lifted lifted
details
weight (tons) 540  disp (surf)
dimensions 51.8 x 9.4 x 1.8 m
engine 2 triple expansion engines, dual shaft, 2 screws
power 650  n.h.p.
speed  
yard no. 429
about the loss
cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
date lost 28/01/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.1rank: 668
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builder
Sir Raylton Dixon & Co. Ltd., Middlesbrough
last owner
[1]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMS Medea [+1939]
period --- ~ 1939
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[2]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HM Monitor M-22
period 1915 ~ ---
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entered by Lettens Jan
entered 27/08/2008
last update Allen Tony
last update 28/07/2014
 
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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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 Sir Raylton Dixon & Co. Ltd., Middlesbrough
This yard was bought out by Dixon and his partner Backhouse in 1862, operating as Backhouse, Dixon until bought out entirely by Raylton Dixon in 1873. There were three brothers involved in the firm Sir Raylton Dixon & Co. Ltd. Raylton, John, and Waynman
 
 
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