Q-ship


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Q-ship

(kyo͞o′shĭp′)
n.
A decoy ship, especially an armed ship disguised as a merchant ship to entice submarines to surface so that they may be attacked with gunfire.

[Q, naval classification.]

Q-ship

n
(Nautical Terms) a merchant ship with concealed guns, used to decoy enemy ships into the range of its weapons
[named from q(uery)]
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Q-ships were heavily armed merchant ships with concealed weaponry, designed to lure submarines into making attacks on the surface.
In early 1917 he received a DSO for his part in the attack on a German submarine after the Q-ship HMS Farnborough had allowed itself to be torpedoed to set a trap.
The Q-ship was attacked by a German U-boat, UC29, and struck by a torpedo at close range.
It is anticipated that WOQOD will also provide marine lubricants under the agreement to the four LPG carriers owned and operated by Gulf LPG Transport, a joint venture between Nakilat and Q-Ship.
The Germans said Trooper was sunk by Q-ship GA45 off Kos - but this is dismissed by the Navy.
The Victoria (40p value) included a spell as a First World War decoy 'Q-ship' in her service, while the Attala (45p) was originally built in America as a navy escort vessel and later converted for passengers which it carried from 1920 until 1925.
The VC was awarded to Vice Admiral Gordon Campbell, who, as captain of the Q-Ship Farnborough, destroyed German sub U83 in February 1917.