Locating RN Vesslels that have been scuttled:

Discussion in 'Royal Navy' started by rampant, Oct 19, 2010.

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  1. rampant

    rampant LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    Maybe should have posted this in History and Militaria, but I am trying to pin point the position of an RN vessel that was scuttled off Malta (c 45/46) following the end of the war. It was an small Coastal Patrol Craft which my grandfather served on.

    I assume the RN keeps records of these things, not wanting other vessels bumping into them or snagging nets.

    Where can I loacte the records and what is the best way to retrieve a copy.
  2. dockers

    dockers Old-Salt Book Reviewer

    Perhaps the best place to start is:
    Admiralty Library,
    Naval Historical Branch (Naval Staff),
    No 24 Store (pp 20),
    Main Road,
    HM Naval Base Portsmouth,
    PO1 3LU.
    Tel: 023 92 724327 or 725300
    Fax: 023 92 724003

    While they may not have the records themselves, they are the best place to go to for advice on how to proceed.
  3. rampant

    rampant LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    Well she isn't listed on those dives, but having said that looking at the remains of the E-Boat and Schnellboot, suggests if I can pinpoint her, and dependent on the nature of how she was scuttled she should be in pretty good nick being a Fairmile "D" Class boat, constructed from Mahogany, which lasts superbly considering, there is a partially beached boat of the same class in Norwegian Waters which is still in very good condition.

    Thanks gents I'm gonna give Admiralty Library a call in a few.