ORIGINAL ADMIRALTY SPECIFICATION OF MACHINERY FOR FIRST WORLD WAR STEEL SINGLE-SCREW H. S. TUGS.

Philip & Son Ltd.


£30.00




Secret & Confidential', (Dartmouth) 21st January 1918. Not Published. 14 pp + interleaves. Qtr. blue cloth ; printed boards. 20 x 13cm. V.G. Machinery specifications for six World War I naval tugs ' WEST COKER, WEST DEAN, WEST PORT, WEST WELL, WEST MILL & WEST LING ' all built by Philip & Son, Dartmouth and completed in 1919. With the ending of the war, WEST PORT & WEST WELL were cancelled ; WEST MILL was completed and sold ; and WEST LING was not completed in 1919 and was sold to her builder. The remaining two served the Admiralty into World War II and were lost. WEST COKER (spelt WEST COCKER after 1923) was based at Chatham and in 1940 was converted into an auxiliary minesweeper. She was wrecked in an air attack on Malta on the 9th April 1942 ; cut in two, raised, and broken up in July 1943. WEST DEAN was sunk in another air attack on Malta later that month ' 28th April 1942 ' and was sold by the Admiralty. Her wreck was raised in 1945.


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