The battleships were to be aided by several cruisers and destroyers and a flotilla of mine-sweepers was also organized.
The sweepers continued their labours night after night, gradually extending the fairway up which heavy craft could safely venture.
Moreover, promising as the situation may have appeared to be from the attacking side in so far as neutralization of the Ottoman batteries was concerned, it was plain that the mine-sweepers were making disappointing progress.
The result was that the wonderful British seamen, including the mercantile marine, mine-sweepers and fishermen, did not receive adequate recognition of their services to the Allies.
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