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HMS M.33, Portsmouth

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HMS M33 is an of the Royal Navy built in 1915. She saw active service in the Mediterranean during the First World War and in Russia during the Allied Intervention in 1919. She was used subsequently as a mine-laying training ship, fuelling hulk, boom defence workshop and floating office, being renamed HMS Minerva and Hulk C23 during her long life. She passed to Hampshire County Council in the 1980s and was then handed over to the National Museum of the Royal Navy in 2014. A programme of conservation was undertaken to enable her to be opened to the public. HMS M.33 is located within Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and opened to visitors on 7 August 2015 following a service of dedication. She is one of only three surviving Royal Navy warships of the First World War and the only surviving ship from the Gallipoli Campaign.ConstructionM33 was built as part of the rapid ship construction campaign following the outbreak of the First World War by Harland and Wolff, Belfast. Ordered in March 1915, she was launched in May and commissioned in June; an impressive shipbuilding feat especially considering that numerous other ships of her type were being built in the same period.First World WarArmed with a pair of 6in guns and having a shallow draught, M33 was designed for coastal bombardment. Commanded by Lieutenant Commander Preston-Thomas, her first active operation was the support of the British landings at Suvla during the Battle of Gallipoli in August 1915. She remained stationed at Gallipoli until the evacuation in January 1916. For the remainder of the war she served in the Mediterranean and was involved in the seizure of the Greek fleet at Salamis Bay on 1 September 1916.
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  • The HMS Victory and the HMS Warrior, but especially after the HMS Belfast in London, I expected a little more. There is not much to tell how many people and how they lived in the First World War on the ship, but it is worth it to walk through. Small enough boat, maximum half an hour is enough for it.
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  • The ship is one of just three British warships from World War I still in existence. On board is a very interesting short video.  more »
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  • M33 isn't much of a HM ship's name unlike the others in the fleet but she served her country well in WW1. Decorated in its camouflaged paint to decoy enemies on its actual size from a distance to avoid being hit or torpedoed. They turned the lower decks into a chilling theatre with excellent acoustics. Access to the top decks is pretty open with the ability for the visitor to go into the tight hallways and take a peek into some of the officer bunks, kitchens, loos, etc. Also neat that they had a ship's dog named Squab that belonged to the skipper and a ship's cat that belonged to the crew. Added colour to the otherwise grey story of war. One suggestion, the front canon should be turned away as it's pointed right at HMS Victory. It looks like bad luck and I've never met a squabbie that's not the least bit superstitious.
  • Fascinating first world war ship. Sole surviving vessel from the Gallipoli campaign out in the Dardenelles. Restored beautifully. M33 isn't much of a HM ship's name unlike the others in the fleet but she served her country well in WW1. Decorated in its camouflaged paint to decoy enemies on its actual size from a distance to avoid being hit or torpedoed.
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