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Royal Naval Patrol Service - A Wardroom Table Lighter, 1943
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Royal Naval Patrol Service - A Wardroom Table Lighter, 1943

Measurements: Height: 15cm (6in)

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Silver plate. In the form of an early contact mine, with removable cover bearing the Mine Sweeping and Anti-Submarine badge of the R.N.P.S., with detachable lighter made from 1942 20mm cartridge case.
 
The Royal Naval Patrol Service (R.N.P.S.) operated auxiliary vessels on anti-submarine and minesweeping operations to protect Britain’s coasts and convoys. At the height of its Second World War it consisted of more than 70,000 men manning trawlers, whalers, drifters, Motor Fishing Vessels, Motor Launches, and later Motor Minesweepers aka ‘Mickey Mouses’. The fishing port of Grimsby with its extensive facilities became the largest minesweeper base in Britain, making possible the clearance of 34,858 mines from vital sea lanes. Some 15,000-mean of the Service were lost of whom 2385 have no known grave.
 
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