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What ship is she ? A British one ?

What ship is she ? A British one ?

Picture taken in the years 1919 - 1925, probably in a French harbor (Calais or so ?).

It is certainly not a Belgian or French mail-boat – Dover.
A British paddle Mine sweeper ?

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Almost certainly a British commercial paddler under requisition. Will have a look in the books!
 

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A passenger boat ?? Note the big windows with the dead ports or shutters to be closed in poor weather .
 

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I think this could be HMS Glencross, paddle minesweeper, formerly (and subsequently) PS Glen Rosa (1893, 306grt) of Glasgow and South Western Rly. Co. fleet.
 

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Looks like the Knacker's yard and looks like she is being broken up as a minesweeper with the large winch on an open aft deck
 

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Don`t think she would be flying the White Ensign and have naval personnel aboard whilst being scrapped.
Cheers, John
 

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After asking on various ships-sites, I think you probably are very close to an identification.
As I said previously, this is NOT a former Belgian or French packet-boot Ostend/Calais/Boulogne – Dover. The superstructure is absolutely not the same.
With the large winch on an open aft deck, could certainly be a paddle-mine sweeper. A former commercial paddler under requisition, why not ! This could be thus a White Ensign.
About the naval personnel aboard whilst being scrapped, on the enlarge picture/negative one can see that they are wearing berets with a tuft. Blue (French) or red ? (Belgian) !
As far as I could feed back, this picture (and some others from the same collection) has probably been taken in 1919 – 192… in the port of Calais (France); this regarding a light-house on the right part of the picture.
“ Naval personnel aboard whilst being scrapped” could be just a after-the-war visit of French- or Belgian navy-officers.
Any other comment welcome.
Cheers, Freddy.
 

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The type of crows nest on the vessel behind suggests she could be a requisitioned whale catcher?
 

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If not Glen Rosa, possibly exact sister ship Minerva (1893, 306grt) Admiralty requisition 6/1916 to 4/1920, aux patrol vessel then minesweeper from 4/1919. Sold to Turkey 1924
 

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Can anyone explain the unusual large shuttered windows and the line of port holes so close to the waterline ?

Derek
 

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