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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
during World War I (1914–18), a merchant ship especially equipped to combat submarines. Q-boats were outfitted with artillery or torpedoes concealed behind removable panels or otherwise ingeniously camouflaged. On occasion, Q-boats were used to tow special mines. The boat’s camouflage lured enemy submarines into close range, at which time the Q-boat would suddenly open fire.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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It could have asked whether or not the Lusitania had been retrofitted with artillery at Queenstown, making it a Q-boat.
One problem with the British Q-boats was that their very existence was a violation of one of the rules of war, the Cruiser Rules, because it blurred the distinction between a warship and a noncombatant merchant vessel.