WARSHIPS OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE 1941

HMS Sirius
Chrono date: 
1941 Jan 01

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.

 

Navies mentioned within this works

 

Royal Navy

Royal Australian Navy

Royal Canadian Navy

New Zealand Navy

Royal Indian Navy

 

Royal Navy

Ship types

 

Battleships

Battle-Cruisers

Aircraft Carriers

Cruisers

Destroyers

Submarines

Net-Layers

Monitors

Training Ships

Minesweepers

Escort and Patrol Ships

Depot Ships

Repair Ships

 

Ship Classes under Types

 

Battleships and Battle-Cruisers

 

King George V Class  [http://www.royal-navy.org/warships/class-detail-11.php?name=77]

Nelson Class [http://www.royal-navy.org/warships/class-detail-11.php?name=60]

Queen Elizabeth Class [http://www.royal-navy.org/warships/class-detail-10.php?name=166]

Renown Class

Royal Sovereign Class

Lion Class

 

Aircraft Carriers

 

Illustrious Class

Ark Royal

Hermes

Furious

Eagle

 

Cruisers

 

Edinburgh Class

Newcastle Class

Leander class

Arethusa Class

Fiji Class

Dido Class

Caledon Class

York Class

Hawkins Class

Emerald Class

Dorsetshire Class

Kent Class

London Class

Cruiser-Minelayer Types – “HMS Adventure

Latona Class Building during 1941 “HMS Abdiel, HMS Latona, HMS Manxman, HMS Welshman

“D” Class

Coventry Class

Carlisle Class

“C” Class - “HMS Ceres” Group

 

Destroyers

 

Tribal Class

Javelin Class

Lightening Class

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

Campbell Class

Admiralty “S” Type

The “R” Class

Churchill Class

Hunt Class

Other Destroyers -  “HMS Broke, HMS Keppel

 

Submarines

 

Triton Class

Porpoise class – Mine-layers

Thames Class

Regent Class

Parthian Class

Olympus Class

Oberon Class

Sealion Class

Swordfish Class

Unity Class

“L” Class

“H” Class

 

Net-Layers

 

HMS Guardian, HMS Protector

 

Training Ships

 

HMS Iron Duke, HMS Vindictive

 

 

Monitors

 

HMS Erebus, HMS Marshall Soult

 

Minesweepers

 

Halcyon Class

Improved “Hunt” Class

Motor Minesweepers – HMS 1, HMS 2

Mine-laying Tenders

Coastal Minelayers

 

Escort

Black Swan Class

Egret Class

Enchantress Class

Bridgewater Class

Flower Class

Aberdeen Class

Grimsby Class

Hastings Class

Whitley Class (Ex Destroyers)

Falmouth Class

 

Escort and Patrol Ships

 

USA Revenue Cutters

Guillemot Class

Kingfisher Class

PC 74

Motor Torpedo Boats

HMML

Corvettes

Depot Ships

 

Submarine Depot Ships

 

Repair Ships

 

Fleet repair Ship

Destroyer Repair Ships

 

Royal Australian Navy

 

Ship types

 

Cruisers

Destroyers

Escort Sloops

Depot and Repair Ship

Boom Working Ships

Survey Vessel

Fleet Oiler

Motor vessel

Motor Torpedo Boats

 

Ship Classes under Types

 

Cruisers

 

HMAS Australia, HMAS Canberra, HMAS Sydney, HMAS Adelaide, HMAS Perth, HMAS Hobart.

 

Destroyers

 

HMAS Stuart (Flotilla Leader), HMAS Waterhen, HMAS Voyager, HMAS Vendetta, HMAS Vampire.

 

Escort Sloops

 

HMAS Yarra, HMAS Swan.

 

Depot and Repair Ship

 

HMAS Penquin

 

Boom Working Ships

 

HMAS Koala, HMAS Kangaroo.

 

Survey Vessel

 

HMAS Moresby

 

Fleet Oiler

 

HMAS Kurumba

 

Motor vessel

 

HMAS Cerberus

 

Motor Torpedo Boats

 

12 boats under construction at this time – 1941.

 

 

Royal Canadian Navy

 

Ship types

 

Destroyers

Minesweeping Trawlers

Motor Launch

Armed Government Service Vessels

 

Ship Classes under Types

When the war broke out the royal Canadian Navy consisted:

 

Destroyers

 

Ex Royal Navy “Keith” Class

Ex Royal Navy “A” Class

 

Minesweeping Trawlers

 

Trawlers – “Comox,” “Fundy,””Gaspe,””Nootka,””Armentieres.”

 

Motor Launch

 

Motor launch – “Skidegate

 

A number of Government Service Vessels

 

 

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.

New Zealand Navy

 

The New Zealand Navy at this time was not large, and is mainly composed of ships transferred from the Royal Navy.

Ship types

 

Cruisers

Escort Vessels

Surveying Ship

Minesweeping Trawler

 

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.

 

Ship Classes under Types

 

Cruisers

 

HMS Achilles, HMS Leander

 

Escort Vessels

 

HMS Leith, HMS Wellington

 

Surveying Ship

 

HMS Endeavour

 

Minesweeping Trawler

 

HMS Coronet

 

Royal Indian Navy

 

At this time, 1941, the Royal Indian Navy consisted of seven ships. However, building programs are under way.

Ship types

 

Escort Sloops

Surveying Vessel

Trawlers

 

Ship Classes under Types

 

Escort Sloops

 

Grimsby Class

Hastings Class

 

Surveying Vessel

 

RIN Investigator

 

Trawlers

 

RIN Pathan, RIN Madras. 1941 – “Pathan” has recently become a loss.