Thanet, in its unique position at the south-eastern tip of England, where the North Sea meets the English Channel, has always been of strategic importance in naval warfare. The threat from German submarines soon became apparent, when on the last day of October 1914 HMS Hermes was torpedoed in the Dover Straits. When the Admiralty ordered in December 1914 that there was to be no fishing between Cromer and Portland Bill many of Thanet’s fishermen relocated to Brixham in Devon. Many other local fishermen took part in the Dover Patrol preventing German ships and submarines from using the English Channel to reach the Atlantic Ocean. Based at Dover and Dunkirk, the Dover Patrol assembled all kinds of vessels from cruisers to paddle-minesweepers. Apart from carrying out anti-submarine patrols the ships escorted merchantmen carrying troops, wounded soldiers, supplies and munitions across the Channel. They also worked hard laying sea-mines and constructing mine barrages. The families of trawler skippers received some financial assistance but money was always in short supply. Fourteen Ramsgate fishermen died at the hands of German U-Boats and over forty Ramsgate fishing smacks were lost, a big blow to the local economy.Many other local lads who were used to handling boats joined the Royal Navy or the Merchant Navy.
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Royal Navy 239183 Boy 2nd Class HMS Ganges
Royal Navy 239183 Leading Seaman H.M.T.B. "4."
Royal Navy 208693 Leading Seaman H.M.T.B. 12
Royal Navy SS111627 Stoker 1st Class. H.M.T.B. "4"
Royal Navy K21489 Stoker 1st Class H.M.T.B. "4"
Royal Navy T 3049 Royal Naval Reserve
Royal Navy 3049/T Stoker Royal Naval Reserve - H.M.T.B. "4."
Royal Navy 163578
Royal Navy 163578 Chief Stoker (RFR/CH/A/2058). H.M.S. "Hawke."
Royal Navy 366197 Acting Ldg. Stoker HMS Antrim
Royal Navy 366197 Stoker Petty Officer HMS Q12
Royal Navy 366197 Petty Officer Stoker HMS Rhododendron
Royal Navy 725 Temporary Lieutenant Royal Naval Reserve
Royal Navy Lieutenant Royal Naval Reserve - H.M. Submarine K.17.
Royal Navy Commander HMS Defence
Royal Navy J55459
Royal Navy J.55459 Ordinary Seaman H.M.S. Orion
Royal Navy M9453
Royal Navy Royal Naval Division
Royal Navy Lieutenant Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve - H.M. Motor Launch 247.
Royal Navy 174298
Royal Navy 174298 Stoker 1st Class H.M.S. "Endeavour"
Royal Navy Shipwright H.M. Dockyard Sheerness H.M.S. Princess Irene
Royal Navy SA 2592 Royal Naval Reserve
Royal Navy 2592/SA Second Hand Royal Naval Reserve - H.M.S. Attentive II
Royal Navy 2592/SA Second Hand H.M.S. Attentive II Royal Naval Reserve.