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Admiralty Hired Drifters


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I am doing some research Lowestoft drifters hired to the Admiralty. I have David Hepper's excellent book British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era 1860 - 1919 which lists all the drifters lost to enemy action. However, how do I find out the list of steam drifters hired by the Admiralty?

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Two useful books, for drifters best used together

British Warships 1914-1919: Dittmar and Colledge (1972). Lists the hired drifters with their commercial registration numbers.

Steam Drifters, A Brief History: Tarvit (2004). In theory contains all steam drifters built in the UK with their fate if known. It is quite hard work to use as the drifters are grouped by builder.


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