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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.
HMS Farnborough - an old merchant vessel - was one of the Q-ships used as decoys to tempt the enemy in close to be fired at.
2) Q-ships were armed naval vessels disguised as tramp steamers to lure U-boats to the surface.
Q-ships were heavily armed merchant ships, with concealed weaponry, usually carrying a cargo of balsa wood or cork to aid buoyancy if they were torpedoed.
Following the vote, Seaman William Williams and Lieut Ronald Stuart were awarded the Victoria Cross, although this was announced without fanfare or detail due to the secrecy surrounding the role of the Q-ships.
In 1917 he was aboard HMS Pargust, an ageing tramp steamer, but also a so-called Q-ship (or Mystery Ship), named after their home port of Queenstown in Ireland.
He commanded both submarines and Q-ships - the merchant ships with hidden guns which were intended to lure German U-boats to their doom.
Once the enemy vessel had revealed itself, the Q-ships had the chance to fire and sink them first.
But the British regarded it as the first success for what became known as Q-ships.
Mystery ships, or Q-ships, were Britain's response to the threat of German submarines.