The original works was carried out in the beginning of World War II and published in 1941. The preparation of work of this kind necessarily takes considerable time.
During the preparation of the drawings and the process of printing, new ships have been added to the Navy, armaments have been altered to meet new conditions of warfare, and in the misfortunes of war, ships have been lost.
The commissioning of some of our new ships were officially announced at the time, 1941, but most of the alterations were secret, and thus no work on the Royal Navy or Royal Navies of the British Empire can hope to be complete until peace had returned. Nevertheless, the text has been kept as up-to-date as circumstances permit. Also note at this time 1941, HMS Repulse, HMS Hood and HMS Barham had been lost in action.
It is regretted that the Navies of the Allies could not be included in this works. The Free French, Dutch, Norwegian and Polish Navies were giving wonderful service with our own fleet, but the number of ships and types operating had never been officially announced. It is known only that these forces are constantly being increased at the time.
The original listings was compiled by Robert E. Groves and Published by Rolls House Publishing Co. Ltd.
Royal Australian Navy
Royal Canadian Navy
New Zealand Navy
Royal Indian Navy
Escort and Patrol Ships
King George V Class [http://www.royal-navy.org/warships/class-detail-11.php?name=77]
Queen Elizabeth Class [http://www.royal-navy.org/warships/class-detail-10.php?name=166]
Royal Sovereign Class
Cruiser-Minelayer Types – “HMS Adventure”
Latona Class Building during 1941 “HMS Abdiel, HMS Latona, HMS Manxman, HMS Welshman”
“C” Class - “HMS Ceres” Group
Admiralty Type Leader
Intrepid and Hero Class
Admiralty “W” Class
Admiralty “Modified W” Class – 1st group
Admiralty “Modified W” Class – 2nd Group
Admiralty “V” Class
Thornycroft “V” Type
Special “A” Type Ships
Eclipse and Fearless Classes
Beagle and Achates Classes
Admiralty “S” Type
The “R” Class
Other Destroyers - “HMS Broke, HMS Keppel”
Porpoise class – Mine-layers
HMS Guardian, HMS Protector
HMS Iron Duke, HMS Vindictive
HMS Erebus, HMS Marshall Soult
Improved “Hunt” Class
Motor Minesweepers – HMS 1, HMS 2
Black Swan Class
Whitley Class (Ex Destroyers)
USA Revenue Cutters
Motor Torpedo Boats
Submarine Depot Ships
Fleet repair Ship
Destroyer Repair Ships
Depot and Repair Ship
Boom Working Ships
Motor Torpedo Boats
HMAS Australia, HMAS Canberra, HMAS Sydney, HMAS Adelaide, HMAS Perth, HMAS Hobart.
HMAS Stuart (Flotilla Leader), HMAS Waterhen, HMAS Voyager, HMAS Vendetta, HMAS Vampire.
HMAS Yarra, HMAS Swan.
HMAS Koala, HMAS Kangaroo.
12 boats under construction at this time – 1941.
Armed Government Service Vessels
When the war broke out the royal Canadian Navy consisted:
Ex Royal Navy “Keith” Class
Ex Royal Navy “A” Class
Trawlers – “Comox,” “Fundy,””Gaspe,””Nootka,””Armentieres.”
Motor launch – “Skidegate”
It was officially announced in August, 1941, there were some 250 ships in the Royal Canadian Navy and that many new Destroyers are being built. For Naval purposes Newfoundland is included with Canada.
The New Zealand Navy at this time was not large, and is mainly composed of ships transferred from the Royal Navy.
At this time the New Zealand Navy was expanding rapidly and New Zealand Royal Navy Voluntary Reserve officers and men are serving in ships of every class of the Royal Navy.
HMS Achilles, HMS Leander
HMS Leith, HMS Wellington
At this time, 1941, the Royal Indian Navy consisted of seven ships. However, building programs are under way.
RIN Pathan, RIN Madras. 1941 – “Pathan” has recently become a loss.