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R. N. Trawlers: Pt.1: Admiralty Vessels Hardcover – 1 Aug 2003

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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Maritime Books; First Edition. edition (1 Aug. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0907771955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0907771951
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 908,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the early days of the twentieth century the simple contact mine was becoming the cheap weapon of choice for many navies. Countering this threat eventually fell to the the humble trawler - the similarity between trawling for fish and trawling for mines having quickly been realised. By 1916 however, the Admiralty was facing a famine of commercially available trawlers - so they went into the trawler building business. By the time the Armistice was signed, the RNR Trawler Section, originally a little force of 1200 men and 150 vessels for sweeping UK waters, had expanded to a massive 39,000 men, manning more than 700 vessels at home and abroad. This volume traces the histories of those Admiralty built vessels which started life as humble minesweepers but soon became the jack of all trades in two World Wars and beyond. Includes details of displacement, engines, armament, Admiralty no, port registration etc.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 Nov. 2013
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Under the common title of ‘Royal Navy Trawlers,’ this book was published in two volumes; ‘Part One: Admiralty Trawlers’ and ‘Part Two: Requisitioned Trawlers.’ Both are now out of print and I obtained Part Two over a year ago and gave that work a well-deserved 5 Star rating. Now that I have finally obtained Part One, I feel short-changed.

My three main criticisms are;

(1) This work (227 pages) is less than half the size of Part Two (568 pages) which is considerable value for money. Curiously, although it was originally cheaper than Part Two it is now more expensive – if you are able to find a copy.

(2) The work has no Index and the ‘Contents’ page is limited to the various classes of vessels listed in alphabetical order – plus Introduction, Abbreviations and Port Registrations. This is not the sort of book, which many people will read from cover to cover. Instead it is full of dates, facts and figures of the sort researchers wish to access. In short, if you know the class of Trawler to which the vessel belongs, your search will be relatively short. If, however, you only have a name, you will have to search through every single page until you arrive at that vessel – provided it is not in Volume Two, and then start again with the next name on your list

(3) Both published within a year of each other, I fail to see why the two works in question were not combined into a single book in the first place. My work involves research, research and even more research and never more so - as far as Trawlers are concerned, than when it comes to Malta - which also includes RN Drifters and Tugboats. At the outset, I would have no idea whether a particular Trawler was purpose built for the Admiralty or was later pressed into service (i.e. requisitioned).
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About This Book... 9 July 2010
By Theseus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"In the early days of the 20th century, the simple contact mine was becoming the cheap weapon of choice for many navies. Countering this threat eventually fell to the humbler trawler -- the similarity between trawling for fish and trawling for mines having quickly been realized.

By 1916 however, the Admieralty were facing a famine of commercially available trawlers, so they went into the trawler-building business. By the time the Armistic was signed, the RNR Trawler Section, originally a little force of 1200 men and 150 vessels for sweeping UK waters had expanded to a massive 39,000 men, manning more than 700 vessels at home and abroad.

This volume traces the histories of those Admiralty-built vessels which started life as humble minesweepers but soon became the jack-of-all-trades in two World Wars and beyond."

A handsome little volume from Maritime Books. Hardcover with a sewn binding; in dustjacket; baby blue papers over boards with gold details.

227 on glossy stock, index, bibliography, abbreviations, Port Registry. B&w illustrations.
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