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Loading up mines - onto a Naval vessel from a sailing barge. Photo from G.R. 'Ronnie' Hone ?
George Hone was serving as Sub-Lieutenant on ML121 August 1916 and Lieutenant on ML121 in June 1917.
ML121 was one of a series of Motor Launches built by Elco in United States / Canada. They were powered by twin petrol engines with a speed of 19 knots. The complement comprised two officers, two motor mechanics two leading seaman and four seamen. [ See navymuseum.co.nz for a good description]
ML121, served in Dover Command, battle honour - Zeebrugge 4.1918, included in the War Loss Section in Jane's Fighting Ships, but lost after Armistice; 22 December 1918 in English Channel - lost by collision off Seine Bank, France ( www.naval-history.net ).
Date: May 1917
Photo: Mersea Museum - Wendy Woolley
Image ID WW03_HON_013
Category 1 War-->World War 1
Category 2 Ships and Boats-->Naval
This image is part of the Mersea Museum Collection.