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Merchant cruisers

From The Great War 1914-1918

Merchant cruisers: A commercial vessel, usually an Atlantic "liner" which, in return for a subsidy granted to the owner for carrying the British mails, is held at the disposition of the Admiralty for hire or purchase in time of war. When taken over by Government they are converted into "armed cruisers" and mainly used as transports for troops.[1]

References / notes

  1. Various contributors (1914). The War Book-of-Facts. 2nd Edition. A.W. Shaw Company, London p.143.

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