No apology is needed for this story of an improvised sea force. Most of those who served in the Auxiliary Patrol were familiar only with their own particular area, and were not aware of the interrelation of strategy and operations throughout the whole sphere. I believe that the following pages may connect up and interpret much that was not appreciated at the time. It was on the lst of August, 1914, that the flotilla of mine sweeping gun boats left Dover bound up the North Sea. They consisted of old fashioned craft, which had long become obsolete, but were deemed good enough for any clearing of minefields that might be laid in the event of war, for the official attitude towards mines had yet to receive the rude shock which was presently to come.
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