THINGS FROM WW1 WHICH ARE OF INTEREST OUTSIDE THE RUN-OF-THE-MILL NAVY

The last time we hired Merchant Ships in any number to help fight a shooting war was in 1982 during the Falklands War. Some were high profile vessels [QE2, Canberra and the Uganda] and all in all there were up to 18 of them.

BUT

during WW1 their numbers were measured as 2799

On top of that we had getting on for 700-odd warships proper on the books! I don't have that full list [not yet anyway] but WW2 returned hefty numbers in both departments. When you have opened the two PDF files below, go to the bottom of the page to see the vast number of warships we had at the end of WW2*.

This is the list of Merchant Vessel Commissioned as HM Ships.

WW1 MERCHANT SHIPS COMMISSIONED AS HM SHIPS.pdf

Adverts are rarely interesting, at least commercial adverts, but in WW1 adverts concerning the Navy were definitely of interest.

Here are some of them.

WW1 ADVERTS IN VARIOUS MAGAZINES AND JOURNALS.pdf

 * http://www.godfreydykes.info/navy_and_its_changes_during_my_3.htm