S.T. E & F M252


Admiralty Number: 3537
Official Number: 143866
Yard Number: 716
Completed: 1917
As built: 360disp 125.6 x 23.5 x 12.8 feet
Gross Tonnage: 275
Net Tonnage: 107
Length: 125.5 ft
Breadth: 23.4 ft
Depth: 12.8 ft
Built: Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, Middlesbrough
Engine: 480ihp T.3-cyl by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, Middlesbrough


30.7.1917: Laid down. 3.10.1917: Launched by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, Middlesbrough (Yd.No.716) (“Castle” class) for The Admiralty as JAMES GREEN (Ad.No.3537).
4.11.1917: Completed as a minesweeper (1-12pdr and W/T).
22.11.1919: Registered by The Admiralty at London (Part I) as GEORGE CLARKE O.N.143865.
13.2.1920: Registered by The Admiralty at London (Part IV) (LO329).
7.7.1922: Sold to David Pettit, Hakin.
14.7.1922: London registry closed.
19.7.1922: Registered at Milford (M252).
27.9.1922: Sold to Henry J. Hewer, Hakin and William G. Hewer, Swansea (Henry J. Hewer, manager).
19.10.1925: Registered at Milkford as E. & F *. (M252).
10(?).5.1930: Off the Smalls, along with steam trawler ARDENT (M222) rendered assistance to a dredger belonging to James Dredging, Towage & Transport Co Ltd, on passage Southampton – Isle of Man, which had broken away from towing hopper. Connected and delivered to Milford arriving p.m.
29.6.1933: Sold to Elizabeth A. H. Owens, Hakin (David Pettit, manager).
10.9.1939: Sold to J. Marr & Son Ltd, Fleetwood for £5750. Geoffrey Edwards Marr appointed manager.
25.9.1939: Last landing at Milford.
29.5.1940: Requisitioned for war service as an anti-submarine trawler.
11.1940: Fitted out as a boom defence vessel (P.No.Z.240) (Hire rate £80.4.2d/month). Cost of conversion £11,593.
23.11.1943: Compulsorily acquired by M.O.W.T.. Renamed LAVEROCK.
18.12.1943: Milford registry closed.
1944: Based at Portsmouth (Fraser & White Ltd, Portsmouth, agents.
4.1946: Transferred to Ministry of Transport. Estimated cost of re-conditioning £8,750.
24.1.1947: Sold to Marine Metals Ltd, London for breaking up.

(James Green, Quartergunner (AB) (volunteer), age 43, b.Edinburgh – VICTORY (SB653))

*Note: E. & F. – Ethel & Fanny Hewer

19/12/2008: Page published. 4 updates since then.
06/05/2020: Information updated.