Where Were They?

Animate the positions of {{ shipcount }} World War 1-era Royal Navy ships over time.

The ships’ positions shown here, taken from the logs published at, can only be approximate. Generally, the positions are those given once a day at noon (though sometimes positions are not given), so there will be occasions when the ships appear to have travelled overland.

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