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Sgt Stripes

H M DRIFTER FINROSS

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Sgt Stripes

Hello. I am looking for any information regarding the service and loss of the drifter FINROSS, sunk in November 1916 by enemy mine also any information about her shipper James Third . Thank you

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horatio2

Not mined but ran shore and wrecked off Gallipoli (Italy) 26 Nov 1916. Some claim it as a sinking by mine laid by UC14. However, there are no deaths recorded as would be expected from blowing a drifter to bits. (Compare with mining of the drifter MICHAELMAS DAISY on the same date - 11 killed.)

FINROSS, a Londonderry drifter, was taken up and fitted out at HMS WHITE OAK (Poole, Dorset) 1/10/1915. She was transferred to the Med and based on HMS MANZANITA (Tananto/Brindisi drifter base)17/11/1915. She was based on HMS ADMIRABLE (Taranto) from 14/10/1916.

James Third's RNR original record is held at the National Museum of the Royal Navy (Fleet Air Arm Museum) but rather poor B&W, low res copies of these records are at Kew.  http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D8586947

 

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wightspirit

You may find more details about the activities of the Finross, and her subsequent loss, here: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C4112161

 

Quite often such information is recorded in these weekly reports and as there seems to be no official report into the loss, this probably represents the best chance of finding more information.

 

Dave W

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Sgt Stripes

Many Thanks for replies. Interesting to here from Horatio2 that she ran ashore and that no casualties. As he says if hit by mine would sadly have resulted in many men killed.   

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