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Built as a steam trawler under yard no 645 by Cochrane & Sons, Selby for Pioneer Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., Grimsby.
14 August 1915 launched as the NIGHT HAWK.
Tonnage 307 gross, 150 net, dim. 40.23 x 7.31 x 3.90m.
Powered by one 3-cyl. triple expansion steam engine manufactured by C. D. Holmes & Co. Ltd. Hull, 89 nhp, speed ?
January 1916 completed.

14.8.1915: Launched by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby (Yd.No.645) for The Pioneer Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby as NIGHT HAWK.
1.1.1916: Registered at Grimsby (GY822).
3.1.1916: Completed (Alick (Alec) Black, manager).
2.1916: Sold to The Grimsby Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby (George E. J. Moody, manager).
3.1916: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-6pdr HA) (Ad.No.1936). Employed on escort duties. Based Devonport.
By 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Grimsby.
1926: Sir George E. J. Moody appointed manager.
7.2.1934: On an Icelandic trip off Isafjord sustained damage after striking an ice flow.
1.1939: Sold to Earl Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby (Sir Alec Black, manager).
1.6.1940: Requisitioned for war service as an auxiliary patrol vessel (P.No.FY.1858) (Hire rate £86.19.8d/month).
10.1940: Fitted out as a minesweeper. Based Plymouth with M/S Group 76.
8.1941: Sold to North Star Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Aberdeen.
22.9.1941: Grimsby registry closed.
25.9.1941: Registered at Aberdeen (A517).
1944: Employed on auxiliary patrol duties.
1944: Sold to Parkholme Trawlers Ltd, Fleetwood (Harvey Wilfred Wilson, Grimsby, manager). Aberdeen registry closed. Registered at Grimsby (GY15).
1945: Sold to Milford Fisheries Ltd, Milford Haven (Owen W. Limbrick, manager).
8.1946: Returned to owner.
24.8.1948: Landed at Fleetwood (Skipper Arthur Harvey) after nine day trip on herring, 1,350 boxes grossed £2,250.
6.1954: Laid up at Milford due to NCB further increase in price of bunker coal.
29.6.1956: Alongside in Milford. Two men scalded by steam when boiler door joint blew.
2.1959: Sold to Jacques Bakker en Zonen, Bruges for breaking up.
25.2.1959: Last landing at Milford.
28.2.1959: Sailed Milford for Zeebruges.
2.3.1959: Delivered Bruges, and broken up by J. Bakker & Zonen at Zelzate, Belgium, at that time she carried still the name NIGHT HAWK.

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Padi is used for transportation of red clay for pottery in the Barisal area. Heavy block ends, both tall and truncat¬ed on top. Very low freeboard amidships. Covered area over most of the hull. Quarter rudder. Mast stepped in forward third. Crew of 2. Length ca. 13m.

Bangladesh2013;100,0; Ms.SG? Source: A Dictionary of the world’s Watercraft from Aak to Zumbra.

Panshi Bangladesh/India

Water-taxi, fishing boat, ferryboat, and produce carrier of the Ganges River and Delta. Carvel planking fastened with staples; sides teak, bottom ironwood; rounded hull without keel. Long, overhanging spoon bow and stern formed from heavy, squared stem and sternpost; bow low, stern higher and broader. Generally undecked except at the ends. Those carrying jute and rice have a large, built-up house; cargo area lined with tin sheets; sides and roof of bamboo. Passenger panshis have a cabin with sides of wood or tin; a large type may be called a kuthir-pansi. Steered with either an oar or tall, balanced rudder; steering platform built above the cabin. Rowed by 6 oarsmen seated forward,poled,or sailed, setting 1-2 square sails. Average 5-6 in crew: Reported lengths 6-20m; West Bengal fishing panshi length 8.2m, beam 2.28m, depth 0.9m; shallow draft. The Pabna panshi is a long, narrow boat used in local: boat races.

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Built as a cargo vessel under yard no 605 by Sir James Laing & Sons at Deptford, Sunderland for their own account.
18 August 1904 launched as the WONGA FELL.
Tonnage 3,998 gross, 2,583 net, dim. 109.0 x 14.78 x 5.60m.
Powered by one 3-cyl triple expansion steam engine manufactured by G Clark Ld. Sunderland, 361 nhp., speed 10 knots.
October 1904 completed.

After completing chartered by W.S. Fell Co. Ltd., Sydney, NSW, Australia.
28 November1904 she sailed on her maiden voyage from London to Freemantle, Australia, where she arrived in January 1905.
1906 Was she bought by W.S. Fell & Co. Ltd, Sydney not renamed.
1909 Sold to W. Crosby & Co, Melbourne who renamed her in 1910 in WONGANELLA.
During World War I from 18 November 1915 was she requisitioned by the British Admiralty as a decoy or Q- ship
Her armament is not given.
During that time her patrols or voyages were in the Mediterranean she made one round voyage from the UK to Halifax before she was decommissiond.
11 March 1917 on a passage from Malta to Gibraltar at 36 38N 0 13E came under attack of an enemy submarine with torpedoes and gunfire. The following extract from E. Kebble Chatterton’s Q-Ships and Their Story records the action:
On March 11, 1917, the WONGANELLA (Lieut.-Commander B.J.D. Guy, RN) was on her way from Malta to England via Gibraltar, she was shelled by a submarine, and while the ‘panic’ party were getting out the boats, a shell wounded the officer and several of the crew in the starboard lifeboat. Another shell went through the bulwarks of the ship, wounding some men and bursting the steam-pipe of the winch, thus rendering unworkable the derrick used for hoisting out the third boat, and the port lifeboat was also damaged
Shells burst in the well deck and holed the big boat, so in this case, as all his boats were ‘done in’, the captain had to give up the idea of ‘abandoning’ ship. There was nothing for it but to open fire, though it was not easy for orders to be heard in that indescribable din when shells were bursting, steam pouring out form the burst winch-pipe, wounded men in great pain, and WONGANELLA’s own boiler-steam blowing off with an annoying roar
As soon as fire was opened, the submarine dived and then fired a torpedo, which was avoided by WONGANELLA going astern with her engines, the torpedo just missing the ship’s fore-foot by 10 feet. No more was seen of the enemy, and at dusk the armed steam yacht IOLANDA was met, from whom a doctor was obtained, thus saving the lives of several of the wounded
In this engagement, whilst the White Ensign was being hoisted, the signal halyards were shot away, so the ensign had to be carried up the rigging and secured thereto. WONGANELLA was holed on the water-line and hit elsewhere, but she put into Gibraltar on March 13.
After Gibraltar she sailed to Portsmouth where she arrived on 02 April. She made then a round voyage to Halifax, Canada on her return voyage she rescued 30 survivors from the British cargo vessel ELELE which was torpedoed by the U-24 on 18 June 1917 on a voyage from Boston, USA to Liverpool loaded with wheat & munitions.
23 June 1917 arrived at Plymouth. August 1917 decommissioned as a naval crewed vessel and again merchant manned. 1922 registered in Capetown. 1930 Sold to Afrikanska Angfartygs A/B, Gothenburg, Sweden and renamed MAGDA. 31 March 1933 on a voyage from Callao, Peru to Buenos Aires loaded with timber and general cargo she stranded on the Stragglers at the entrance of Smyth Channel, Magallanes. She was wrecked and lost, the crew were rescued by the Chilean cargo vessel DON RICARDO.

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Source: Lloyds Register 1930.


Built as a passenger-cargo vessel under yard No 279 by Workman Clark & Co. Ltd., Belfast for the Orient Steam Navigation Company Ltd. London.
06 July 1909 launched as the ORVIETO, named after a small town in Northern Italy.
Tonnage 12,130 gross, 7,421 net, 7,400 dwt, dim. 163.1 x 19.50 x 11.76m., draught 8.34m.
Powered by two 4-cyl. quadruple expansion steam engines manufactured by the shipbuilder, 14,000 ihp, twin shafts, speed 18 knots.
Passenger accommodation for 235 first, 186 second and 696 third class passengers.
Cargo capacity: 2,690 cubic meters refrigerated.
04 November 1909 completed. Building cost £335,713.

She was built for liner service between London to Brisbane, Australia.
26 November 1909 sailed from London for her maiden voyage to Brisbane.
1913 Was she the first ship of the Orient Line which used the New Farm Warf in Brisbane.
1914 Chartered by the Commonwealth of Australia until 29 December 1914
After two months in Sydney dock being fitted out as a troop transport, she sailed for Egypt on 15 November 1914 with 91 officers and 1,347 men of the AIF (Australian Imperial Force), as part of a convoy of 36 ships escorted by Royal Navy and Japanese cruisers, including HMAS MELBOURNE and HMAS SYDNEY. On board the ORVIETO were Major General W T Bridges and his staff of the 1st Division. This included his chief of staff, Lieutenant Colonel (later General) C B B White, Major (later Major General) J. Gellibrand, Lieutenant (later Lord) R G Casey and official correspondent C E W Bean. The ship also carried the 5th Infantry Battalion and 2nd Field Company. ORVIETO was the first ship of the convoy to leave Sydney and the first to set sail from Western Australia for Europe and led the transports all the way to Egypt
21 October 1914 embarked 5th Infantry Battalion (Victoria) 2nd Infantry Brigade & 2nd Field Company Engineers (Victoria) First Division at Melbourne.
1st November 1914 assembled with the first convoy at King George's Sound, Albany Western Australia in transporting the First Detachment of the Australian and New Zealand Imperial Expeditionary Forces to Egypt.
While calling at Colombo on November 15th, the ORVIETO took on board a number of prisoners from the German cruiser EMDEN which had been disabled and grounded by HMAS SYDNEY after 70 days marauding in the Indian Ocean. The prisoners included the ship's captain (von Müller) and torpedo officer (Prince Franz Josef von Hohenzollern). The Australian troops and German POWs were disembarked on arrival at Suez and the ORVIETO proceeded to London, arriving in January 1915.
January 1915 chartered by the British Admiralty for use as a minelayer, fitted out at Blackwall and armed with 4 – 4.7 inch guns and 1 – 3pdr AA gun. Could carry 300 mines.
06 January 1915 commissioned as HMS ORVIETO.
During 6 voyages she laid 3,000 mines from June 1915 till May 1916 in the waters of the East coast of Great Britain.
25 May 1916 Decommissioned at London, 27 May 1916 recommissioned as an AMC armament increased to 8 – 6 inch and 2 – 6pdr guns.
After she left London she was a unit of the Tenth Cruiser Squadron on the Northern Patrol, she intercepted over 30 foreign merchant ships and sent them in British port to be searched the first six months when in service as a AMC.
23 March 1918 sailed from Liverpool after a refit to commence Atlantic convoy escort duty.
19 October 1919 paid off and returned to owners.
11 December 1918 the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company acquires a controlling interest in Orient Steam Navigation Company Ltd.
01 November 1919 after a refit again in the liner service from the UK to Brisbane managed by Anderson Green & Co. Ltd.
August 1930 made her last voyage to Australia and after return laid up at Southampton.
03 April 1931 arrived at Bo’ness and was broken up by P & W MacLellan

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Source: P&O fact sheet. Armed Merchant Cruisers 1878-1945 by Osborne, Spong & Grover.


Built as a monitor under yard No 433 by Vickers at Barrow for the Brazilian Government, taken over by the British Government in 1914.
24 August 1912 laid down.
17 June 1913 launched as the JAVARY.
Displacement 1,280 ton, dim. 81.31 x 15 x 1.7m.
Powered by two triple expansion steam engines, 1.450 ihp, twin shafts, speed 12 knots.
Armament2 – 6 inch guns, 2 – 4.7 inch howitzers, 4 – 3pdr guns and 1 – 3 inch AA gun.
08 August 1914 bought by the British Government and renamed HMS HUMBER.
September 1914 completed.

HMS HUMBER was a Humber-class monitor of the Royal Navy. Originally built by Vickers for Brazil as JAVARY (Revolt).
Brazilian monitor JAVARY (1913), the British-built lead ship of the Javary class of monitors; refused by the Brazilian Navy because of financial setbacks in the Brazilian economy; she was purchased by the Royal Navy in 1914 on the outbreak of the First World War along with her sister ships SEVERN and MERSEY.
Service history
HUMBER took part in operations along the Belgian coast October to November 1914. In March 1915, she was towed to Malta, and arrived off Gallipoli in June. She remained in Egyptian waters until August 1917, when the vessel became a guardship at Akaba, before being sent to Mudros in October 1918 and on to Ismid, Turkey, arriving there on 12 November.
HUMBER returned to England in March 1919, and was refitted prior to being towed to Murmansk in May 1919, for service with the British forces in the Russian Civil War. She left Archangel in September 1919 and was towed back to England for paying off.
HUMBER was sold on 17 September 1920 to F. Rijsdijk in the Netherlands and converted to a crane lighter. She was still afloat in 1938 and was probably broken up post 1945.
(A Dutch web-site gives that she was sold in 1938 to France she still carried the name HUMBER when sold.) gives that she was under French flag, her fate not given.

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Postby john sefton » Fri Sep 03, 2010 9:01 pm

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HMS Calpe was one of thirty-two Type II Hunt Class destroyers. Built by Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson at Tynemouth, she was launched on 28 April 1941 and commissioned on 29 November 1941.
She displaced 1,200 tons and had a speed of approx. 27 knots.
Her armament consisted of six 4" guns in twin HA/LA mountings, four 40mm pom-pom guns and two depth charges rails.
Whilst in the Mediterranean she spent most of June 1943 going between Gibraltar and Mers-El-Kebir escorting capital ships of Force H. She subsequently moved eastwards
escorting convoys in support of the invasion of Sicily in 1943.
Amongst the many actions she was involved in during her Mediterranean services she is best remembered for two encounters. On 13 December 1943, whilst on anti-submarine operations with USN Wainwright, her depth charges were successful in forcing the
Germany submarine U-593 to surface, to be subsequently sunk by gunfire. In October 1944, whilst in company with HMS Cleveland, she made offensive raids on German defences in the Aegean and also engaged and destroyed six German assault craft off the Island of Piscopi. She was awarded 8 battle honours of which 6 were for her
actions in the Mediterranean.
She left Gibraltar for the last time on 10 November 1946 flying her paying off pennant and was paid off into the Reserve Fleet on the 16 January 1946.
After the war she was reconstructed and in 1953 went on loan to the Royal Danish Navy as the 'RoIf Kraken' and was eventually scrapped in 1962.
The present holder of the name HMS Calpe is the Royal Naval
Reserve Headquarters Unit based in Gibraltar (the only RNR HQ
Unit outside the United Kingdom) which was formed in July 1965.
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Type II HUNT Class Escort Destroyer ordered from Swan Hunter at Wallsend in December 1939 under the 1939 War Emergency Programme. The ship was laid down as Job No 4196 on 12th June 1940. The ship was launched on 28th April 1941 as the 2nd RN warship to carry the name which was first used for a Prize (SAN JOSEF) captured in 1800. She was completed on 11th December 1941 and was adopted by Abingdon, Berkshire after a successful WARSHIP WEEK National Savings campaign in February 1942.

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HMS CALPE served with the Flotilla in the Indian Ocean until November 1946 when she took passage to UK to Pay-off and reduce to Reserve status. She was laid up at Sheerness on 17th January 1946 and transferred to Portsmouth in 1947. Later she went to Harwich and was transferred on loan to Denmark during 1952. Renamed ROLFE KRAKE this ship was sold to Denmark after 9 years on loan and deployed on the Active List until October 1966 when she was sold for breaking up locally.
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Built as destroyer of the Hunt II type under yard No 1595 by Swan, Hunter & W. Richardson, Wallsend, for the Royal Navy.
20 December 1939 ordered.
12 June 1940 keel laid down.
28 April 1941 launched as the HMS CALPE (L71). The second ship under that name in the Royal Navy
Displacement 1,050 standard, 1,430 tons full load. Dim. 85.34 x 9.61 x 4.42m length bpp. 80.5m.
Powered by two geared stem turbines, 19,000 shp, twin shafts, speed 26 knots.
Range 2,560 miles by a speed of 20 knots.
Armament: 6 – 4 inch guns, 1 – 2 pdr. pompom, 2 – 20mm Oerlikon guns, 50 depth charges.
Crew 164.
11 December 1941 commissioned.

After commissioned joined the First Destroyer Flotilla, and serves there for over one year.
During that time she took part in the Raid on Dieppe on 19 August 1942 when she embarked the naval and military force commanders, during the raid she received minor damage from an air attack.
Then joined the Torch Operation in the Mediterranean as a unit of the 59th Destroyer Division till August 1943. Mostly used for the escort of capital ships between Gibraltar and Mers-El-Kebir.
From August 1943 until September 1943 a unit of the 48th Escort Group.
September 1943 until November 1943 a unit of the 50th Escort Group.
12 December 1943 as unit of the Mediterranean Hunts together with USS NIBLACK, WAINWRIGHT and BENSON and HMS HOLCOMBE she sank U 593 off the Algerian coast.
1944 She took part in the South of France landings, and on October 1944 carried the occupying forces to the Aegean Islands.
She returned briefly to the UK before heading again to the Mediterranean. Underwent a refit at Ferryville, Tunisia from 03 January 1945, after three months she left for Malta for further repairs.
11 May 1945 she returned home to Chatham of a unit of the 18th Destroyer Flotilla.
Stayed for a short time in Chatham before leaving for the Far East to join the 14th Destroyer Flotilla Eastern Fleet at Trincomalee where she was on VJ Day.
Returned thereafter to the UK to pay off into reserve at Sheerness on 17 January 1946.
January 1947 transferred to Portsmouth and later to Harwich.
1952 Was she transferred to Sheerness for a refit in preparation for her transfer to Denmark.
28 February 1952 loaned to the Danish Navy as ROLF KRAKE (F 342).
18 October 1954 commissioned in the Danish Navy.
Armament 3 – 102mm guns, 4 – 40mm MG. 4 depth charge mortars Mk. IV and 2 depth charge launchers.
Crew 148.
1962 Decommissioned.
26 October 1966 sold to Otto Danielsen for demolition in Denmark.

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