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    Posted: 10 Feb 2013 at 20:17

In dry dock at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, with unfortunately no access and just a small display board, one of three surviving WW1 British warships (the others being HMS Caroline in Belfast and HMS Saxifrage on the River Thames - an Anchusa class 'Q' Ship, now known as the President, a floating bar). M33 was commissioned in June 1915 and supported the Gallipoli Campaign from the Suvla Bay landings onwards with some of her sister ships. After the campaign M33 stayed in Dardanelles area for the rest of the war and in 1919 was involved in the Russian Civil War

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But HMS Waterwitch still diesels past Gallipoli twice a year between Istanbul & Fethiye.  She was called Halas 71 as a Bosphorus ferry after HM past her back to Turkey ("stolen" in 1915) in 1924.  She was retired in 1986 & converted into a luxury motor yacht.  I had a wonderful 5 days on her in 2007.  Google "halas position" for photos & info.  There are several posts about her hidden away on this GA site.  My g-pa was her master in 1918-19.  There are lots of refs to her moving soldiers to transports Nov-Dec 1915 for the evacuation. 
John Dixon, grandson of Lt John Edward Loveluck, 1st officer HMS Manica 1915-17, master of HMS Waterwitch 1918-19
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