WWI escort trawlers to Scandinavia
During WWI a great number of trawlers were requisitioned by Admiralty for escort and auxiliary duties. In order not to infringe on the supplies of fresh fish, Admiralty in 1916 decided to commence on a building program for escort trawlers, resulting in 120 Mersey-class, 300 Castle- and 160 Strath-class units being ordered.
The isles, Tree, Dance and Shakespearian classes were similar in hull design and arrangement, with the following specifications:
Early in 1946 the first batches of surplus vessels were offered for sale through the Director of Small Craft Disposals in Cobham, Surrey. We note that a Belgian buyer, F Daems of Antwerp, acquiring a number of vessels on 19 March 1946. These were duly offered for resale through the broker network.
Basically hull, arrangement and engines were similar for the Isle, Dance, Tree and Shakespearean classes.