Dummy Capital Ships

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Dummy Capital Ships.  List of dummy capital ships used by the Royal Navy during World War One.  These ships were ex-merchant vessels made to look like several of the navy's large battleships and battlescuisers.

NAME

DUMMY NAME

FATE

City of Oxford

St Vincent

Served October 1914 to July 1915 then became balloon ship.

Michigan

Collingwood

Served from October 1914 to January 1916 when it was sunk as a blockship on the 1st day of that month.

Montezuma

Iron Duke

Served from November 1914 to July 1915 until sold as oiler and renamed Abadol.

Ruthenia (ex - Lake Champlain)

King George V

Served from November 1914 to January 1916 until purchased as a water carrier.

Tyrolia (ex - Lake Erie)

Centurion

Served from October 1914 to June 1916 until purchased as an oiler and renamed Saxol.

Oruba

Orion

Served from October 1914 to January 1916 when it was sunk as a blockship on the 1st day of that month.

SS Oruba as HMS Orion, 1915.

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Mount Royal

Marlborough

Served from October 1914 to July 1916 until purchased as an oiler and remaned Rangol.

Montcalm

Audacious

Served from October 1914 to January 1916 when it was purchased as an oiler.

Princess (ex - Kronprincessen Cecilie)

Ajax

Served from November 1914 to January 1916, until converted to armed merchant cruiser.

Perthshire

Vanguard

Served from October 1914 to September 1915 until purchased as a water carrier.

SS Perthshire as HMS Vanguard, 1915.

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Cevic

Queen Mary

Served from October 1914 to September 1915 when it became the oiler Bayol.

Manipur

Indomitable

Served from November 1914 to 1915 until purchased as repair ship Sandhurst.

Patrician

Invincible

Served from November 1914 to 1915 until purchased as oiler and renamed Teakol.

Merion

Tiger

Served from December 1914 to May 1915 when it was torpedoed on the 30th.