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WWII armed yachts

more than 1000 BRT:

Name Launched // Comm. Builder Tonnage, BRT Dimensions, m Speed, kts Machinery, Fuel, t Armament Fate
St. Modwen (ex-Jeanette) 4/1911 // 9/1939 John Brown, Clydebank 1023 72.8(pp)x9.5x   2VTE 2 - 76/40 returned 1945
Sea Belle II, 1942 - Sea Belle (10/1944 - RIN) 13/10/1927 // 9/1939 White, Cowes 1057 71.0(pp)x10.2x   2VTE 2 - 76/40 base ship 1942, RIN A/S yacht 10/1944, returned 5/1946
Surprise (ex-Russian Razsvet) 1896 // 12/1939   1322       3 - 76/40 fire 28/2/1942 (commissioned 9/1918 - 6/1923 at first time)
Troubadour (ex-Warrior, ex-Vanadis, ex-Warrior, ex-Vanadis) 1924 // 6/1940 Germaniawerft, Kiel, Germany 1245 63.6(pp)x10.6x   2diesels 2 - 76/40 accommodation ship 1942

less than 1000 BRT:

Aarla (1903, 471 t, 10/1939 - 7/1945), Adele (RAN) (1906, 327 t, 9/1939 - 7/5/1943), Adventuress (1898, 322, 9/1939 - 2/1946), Aisha (1934, 117, 2/1940 - 11/10/1940), Alastor (1926, 340, 1/1941 - 6/1945), Alice (1930, 527, 9/1939 - 1941), Alisdair (1937, 120, 10/1939 - 1945), Altair (1905, 505, 9/1939 - 1945), Amalfi (1925, 124, 1/1940 - 1944), Amazone, 11/1940 - Dunlin (1936, 229, 1 - 57/40, 6/1940 - 1945), Ambler (RCN) (1922, 261, 7/1940 - 1946), Anglia (1913, 362, 9/1939 - 1946), Anna Marie, 1941 - Torrent (1930, 344, 9/1939 - 6/4/1941), Anne (1925, 121, 1/1940 - 1946), Arlette II (1936, 163, 1940 - 12/1945), Aronia (1929, 193, 11/1939 - 1945), Attendant (1913, 357, 1939 - ?/11/1943), Azur (1929, 136, 11/1939 - 4/1946), Beaver (RCN) (1902, 890, 4/1941 - 1945), Braemar, 1940 - Clorinde (1931, 147, 1940 - 1946), Breda (1912, 1431, 1939 - 1940), Brinmaric (1938, 106, 1940 - 1946), Bunting, 1940 - Freelance (1896, 191, 1/1940 - 1944), Cacouna (1932, 202, 1940 - 1945), Cala Mara (1898, 313, 6/1941 - 1945), Calanthe (1898, 430, 2 - 57/40, 11/1914 - 1919, 8/1939 - 24/4/1941), Caleta (1930, 138, 1940 - 1945), Campeador V (1938, 213, 9/1939 - 22/6/1940), Caribou (RCN) (1928, 301, 10/1940 - 10/1945), Carina (1899, 356, 1/1940 - 1946), Charles McIver (1936, 428, 9/1939 - 12/1945), Christabel II (1928, 111, 1940 - 1945), Coila (1922, 355, 9/1939 - 5/1947), Corsair (1930, 2181, 1 - 57/40, to FAA 8/1940 - 12/1948), Cougar (RCN) (1916, 226, 9/1940 - 11/1945), Cutty Sark (1920, 828, 9/1939 - 1940), Cynara (1913, 560, 9/1939 - 1940), Diane (1903, 227, 1940 - 1941), Dorade II (1906, 213, 5/1940 - 1945), Dorothy Duke (1918, 307, 1941 - 12/1945), Duenna (1937, 140, 1/1940 - 1945), Elk (RCN) (1926, 578, 9/1940 - 4/1945), Evadne (1931, 581, 1 - 76/40, 9/1939 - 1945), Fifer (RCN) (1939, 194, 1941 - 1946), Fleur de Lis (RCN) (1929, 316, 1940 - 1945), Freelance (1908, 106, 9/1940 - 1940), Gael (1904, 115, 10/1917 - 1919, 1/1940 - 24/11/1940), Gelert (1881, 122, 11/1939 - 1/1946), Glen Strathallan (1928, 356, 1 - 76/40, 9/1939 - 1945), Grey Mist (1920, 197, 11/1939 - 1943), Grizzly (RCN) (1909, 216, 7/1941 - 12/1944), Gulzar (1934, 201, 11/1939 - 29/7/1940), Hinba (1903, 154, 2 MG, 1/1940 - 1943), Hiniesta (1902, 361, 9/1939 - 1942), Husky (RCN) (1930, 360, 7/1940 - 8/1945), Idalia (1934, 157, 9/1939 - 11/1939), Iona (1920, 279, 9/1940 - 1943), Janetha IV (1930, 164, 1940 - 1945), Kenkora II (1930, 536, 1942 - 1946), Kihna (1930, 574, 6/1942 - 1942), Kiloran (1930, 277, 11/1939 - 8/1941), Lady Blanche (1907, 405, 3/1915 - 3/1919, 9/1939 - 7/1942), Lady Shahrazad (1904, 439, 9/1939 - 1941), Lady Vagrant, 1940 - Vryssie (1903, 484, 8/1939 - 2/1940), Laura Bada (RAN) (, 150, 1943 - 1945), Leprechaun (1939, 100, 9/1939 - 9/1945), Lexa (1936, 133, 12/1939 - 1943), Lorna (1904, 484, 1 - 76/40, 1 - 57/40, 9/1914 - 12/1919, 1 - 76/40, 9/1939 - 5/1941), Lynx (RCN) (1922, 445, 8/1940 - 7/1943), Magedoma (RCN) (1931, 138, 1944 - 1946), Maid Marion (1938, 506, 9/1939 - 3/1944), Majesta (1899, 170, 1940 - 1943), Maravel (1926, 295, 1940 - 1946), Medusa II, 9/1939 - Medusa, 11/1939 - Mollusc (1906, 627, 1 - 76/40, 1 -57/40, 1/1915 - 3/1919, 9/1939 - 9/1939 - 17/3/1941), Minona (1906, 249, 2 - 57/40, 10/1914 - 1919, 11/1939 - 1941), Moose (RCN) (1930, 263, 9/1940 - 8/1945), Norseman, 1941 Inquisitor (1890, 325, 1940 - 1944), Ombra (1902, 275, 9/1914 - 3/1919, 10/1939 - 1945), Oracle (1929, 625, 9/1939 - 29/1/1944), Otter (RCN) (1921, 416, 10/1940 - 26/3/1941), O-We-Ra (1907, 498, 5/1940 - 1946), Princess (1924, 730, 9/1939 - 11/1/1940), Raccoon (RCN) (1931, 258, 12/1940 - 7/9/1942), Radiant (1927, 550, 9/1939 - 1941), Reindeer (RCN) (1926, 337, 1- 76/40, 7/1940 - 10/1945), Renard (RCN) (1916, 466, 5/1940 - 1947), Rhodora (1929, 709, 9/1939 - 7/9/1940), Rion, 6/1944 - Noir (1928, 324, 9/1939 - 6/1945), Rosabelle (1901, 614, 1 - 76/40, 2 - 57/40, 1/1915 - 3/1919, 9/1939 - 11/12/1941), Sagitta (1908, 756, 2 - 76/40, 1 - 57/40, 12/1914 - 2/1918, 11/1939 - 1946), St. Adrian (1927, 387, 9/1939 - 1941), St. Dominica (1895, 338, 10/1939 - 7/1948), Sans Peur (RCN) (1933, 821, 10/1939 - 1944), Sappho (1935, 327, 11/1939 - 30/9/1940), Sargasso (1926, 216, 10/1939 - 6/6/1943), Sayonara (1911, 762, 9/1939 - 1946), Schievan (1897, 439, 11/1939 - 1941), Seaflower (1882, 447, 11/1939 - 12/1946), Shalimar (1903, 114, 9/1939 - 1942), Shemara (1938, 834, 9/1939 - 1941), Shiona (1938, 112, 9/1939 - 1943), Sona (1922, 555, 9/1939 - 9/1940), Southern Cross (RAN) (1933, 357, 1 - 102/40, 1941 - 10/1946), Spitfire III (1938, 142, 10/1939 - 1/1944), Star of India (1888, 735, 7/1940 - 3/1943), Stradbroke (RAN) (1928, 115, 1941 - 1943), Sumar (1926, 447, 1 - 76/40, 1941 - 1946), Surf (1902, 560, 2 - 76/40, 2/1915 - 4/1919, 1/1939 - 6/4/1941), Sylvana (1907, 487, 12/1939 - 1944), Taransay (1930, 175, 10/1939 - 1944), Thalassa (1924, 696, 6/1942 - 1944), Thalia (1904, 185, 3/1940 - 11/10/1942), Tiercel (1913, 489, 9/1939 - 1941), Titan (1935, 103, 9/1939 - 12/1943), Tuscarora (1897, 591, 1/1940 - 1945), Tyrant (1930, 149, 1 - 57/40, 1940 - 1944), Ulna (RCN) (1909, 167, 1939 - 1939), Umbriel (1939, 100, 5/1940 - 1945), Valena (1908, 882, 8/1939 - 1945), Velda (1926, 571, 1942 - 1946), Vencedor (RCN) (1913, 466, 1942 - 1946), Venetia (RCN) (1903, 687, 1942 - 1946), Virginia (1930, 712, 9/1939 - 1945), Vison (RCN) (1931, 422, 10/1940 - 1955), Viva II (1929, 502, 9/1939 - 8/5/1941), Wilna (1939, 461, 1 - 102/40, 8/1939 - 24/3/1941), Wolf (RCN) (1915, 300, 10/1940 - 12/1945), Yarta (1898, 357, 2 - 47/40, 7/1915 - 4/1919, 11/1939 - 6/1945), Zaza (1905, 455, 1 - 76/40, 2 - 57/40, 9/1914 - 3/1919, 9/1939 - 1941)

Ship project history: Private yachts requisitioned by Admiralty.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service:  Format of date including day/month/year means loss of the vessel. Format of date containing month/year means return to owner or conversion to miscellaneous vessel.

Viva II 1941

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