S.T. Duncan (2) FD92

Additional information courtesy of Christine Simm & Birgir Þórisson


Admiralty Number: 3564
Official Number: 145139
Yard Number: 824
Completed: 1917
Gross Tonnage: 324.43
Net Tonnage: 149.60
Length: 138.5 ft
Breadth: 23.7 ft
Depth: 12.8 ft
Built: Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby
Engine: 600ihp T.3-cyl and boiler by Charles D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull


18.9.1917: Launched by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby (Yd.No.824) (“Mersey” class) for The Admiralty as SAMUEL DOWDEN (Ad.No.3564).
7.12.1917: Completed as an armed trawler (1-12pdr, 1-3.5” A/S Howitzer, hydrophone and W/T).
11.2.1917: Delivered.
1920: Allocated to the National Fishery Scheme for the setting up of the Minesweepers’ Cooperative Trawling Society Ltd, London.
06.1920: At HM Dockyard, Queenstown (Cobh), Co Cork completed fitting out for fishing under Special Survey of Lloyd’s Register and classed 100A1 Stm Trawler at Queenstown. Laid up.
13.8.1920: Minesweepers’ Cooperative Trawling Society Ltd, London registered.
29.01.1921: Registered by The Admiralty at London (Part I & IV) as SAMUEL DOWDEN O.N.145139 (LO499).
1.1922: Scheme abandoned, the necessary working capital of £100,000 having not been subscribed.
9.1922: Sold to Jutland Amalgamated Trawlers Ltd, Hull.
18.9.1922: London registry closed.
26.9.1922: Registered at Hull as ROYAL REGIMENT (H683). A. Cargill designated manager.
10.10.1929: Albert Lazenby (27), deckhand, washed overboard during very heavy weather in the Icelandic seas.
18/19.10.1922: Over night ran aground near Kalmannstjörn, on the Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland. Salvage steamer proceeding. Got off with assistance of Svitzer salvage tug GEIR (319grt/1908) and delivered Reykjavik. Surveyed and found little damage.
22.10.1922: Sailed Reykjavik for Hull.
28.10.1922: Arrived Hull.
3.12.1922: Sailed Hull for Iceland.
13.1.1928: At Hull Police Court, Charles Townley, Goulston Street, Hull, 2nd Eng, was fined 10s 6d and costs and ordered to forfeit two days’ wages for disobedience to a lawful command. Gourley was engaged as 2nd Eng and ordered to be on board on Wednesday 11th but failed to turn up. He pleaded biliousness and did not want to go to sea. The trawler was delayed for some time while a replacement was sought.
5.11.1934: Sold to Hudson Brothers Trawlers Ltd, Hull.
5.1.1935: Registered at Hull as CAPE GRENVILLE (H683).
23.2.1936: Albert Soames (50), trimmer, lost overboard and drowned.
28.7.1938: Sold to Towarzystwo Dalekomorskich Polowoe “Pomorze” Sp.z.o.o., Gdynia.
21.8.1938: Hull registry closed.
1938: Registered at Gdynia as DOROTA (GDY117).
9.1939: Sold to Adam Steam Fishing Co Ltd, London.
9.1939: Gdynia registry closed.
3.11.1939: Registered at Fleetwood as DUNCAN (FD92). Basil Arthus Parkes, Cleveleys designated manager.
2.1940: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper and renamed SEA MIST (P.No.FY1640) (Hire rate £94.10.0d/month). Based Grimsby with M/S Group 21.
31.5.1943: Sold to Winzenty Bartosiak, Gdynia, Poland. (Baltycka Spolka Okretowa sp.z.o.o., Gdynia (Baltic Shipping Co Ltd). 1.6.1943: Fleetwood registry closed.
6.1943: Registered at Gdynia as POKUCIE (GDY98). T. Olszowski designated manager.
10.12.1945: Returned.
8.1946: Special survey (ss) at Ghent. Then fishing from IJmuiden with Dutch crews until end of year.
12.1946: Returned to Poland.
16.12.1949: By Order of the Ministry of Navigation the holding company and assets to be placed under control of the Polish People’s Republic. Zbigniew Kollesinskiego designated manager.
1950: Company and assets transferred to “Dalmor” Przedsiobiorstwo Polowow Dalekomorskich Sp.z.ogr.odp, Gdynia (Polish Government).
6.6.1955: Bunkering at Silesia wharf, Gdynia, at 5.56 am. sank alongside due to leaking valve. Salved but due to “the general wear and tear” declared beyond economical repair and sold for breaking up.
1956: Gdynia registry closed.

(Samuel Dowden, Sergeant, Marine, age 34, b. Co. Monaghan – VICTORY (ML3))

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19/12/2008: Page published. 4 updates since then.
19/01/2017: Information updated.
04/05/2020: Information updated.
14/01/2022: Added map and updated information.
15/01/2022: Further update.