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British Royal Navy General Mess Bowl of early 20th Century used by the Enlisted Ratings Produced by Aynsley China Co ca 1907-1916 with a Simple Fouled Anchor Insignia Topmark. Washed Ashore in the 1960s possibly from the WWI 1916 Wreckage and Sinking of the HMS Arethusa. This simple fouled anchor insiginia was inaugurated on/about 1905 and discontinued and stopped being issued by the Royal Navy in 1926


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A post-1907 British Navy Mess Bowl produced by Aynsley China Co and used in the General or Centralized Mess aboard ship (post "berthing" mess period) for British sailors or ratings as it only has the British Royal Navy's Fouled Anchor as an insignia vs. a designated Mess No. This simple fouled anchor insiginia was discontinued by the Royal Navy in 1926.

Additionally, the story of this Mess Bowl is that it was found washed up on a beach from the wreck of the HMS Arethusa. During the beginning days of WWI the HMS Arethusa, which fought in many sea battles with the German Navy, in February 1916 hit a mine just off Felixstowe, England and she ran aground on Cutler Shoal where she was abandoned and allowed to break up.

Apparently in the late 1960s after a large storm this bowl was found washed up on the beach from where the Arethusa had sunk and broken up 50 years previous. The Mess Bowl certainly has salt water, mud, and marine staining consistent with long-term submersion in the sea to at least substantiate part of the claim.

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1905-1916 British Royal Navy Mess Bowl
A Mess Bowl produced by Aynsley China Co and used in the General or Centralized Mess aboard ship (post "berthing" mess period) for British sailors or ratings ca 1907 as it only has the British Royal Navy's Fouled Anchor as an insignia vs. a designated Mess No. This simple fouled anchor insiginia was inaugurated on/about 1905 and discontinued and stopped being issued by the Royal Navy in 1926
Additionally, the story is that this Mess Bowl came from Royal Naval ship HMS Arethusa which fought in the Jutland War, pre-cursor to WWI. February 1916 she hit a mine just off Felixstowe and she ran aground on Cutler Shoal where she was abandoned and allowed to break up. Apparently after a large storm this bowl was washed up on the beach from where the Arethusa had sunk. The Mess Bowl certainly has salt water and marine staining to at least substantiate that it was submerged for a lengthy time in the past.
 
1907-1916 British Royal Navy General Mess Bowl
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