Official Number 139300
Yard Number 660
Gross Tonnage 251
Net Tonnage 98
Length 121.7 ft
Breadth 22.6 ft
Draught 12.2 ft
Engine by T.3-cyl and boiler by Charles D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull
Built by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby
Class of four vessels, Yard No.s 659-662, built to amended design of ONYX (Yd.No.581). Contracts were signed with Cochrane to build the vessel for £4,525 each and with Charles D. Holmes & Co Ltd to make the engine and boiler for £3,025 each. Total cost £7,550 each. The names chosen were RUBY, GARNET, TOPAZ and CHRYSOLITE. Total cost with amendments £7,833 – hull – £4603, engine, boiler,etc – £3230. New price agreed in 1919, including fishing gear – £8,490. (The ledger says that because of the problems and delays the builders had lost money on the contract and had written requesting an extra payment. In fairness, and as goodwill gesture, the board decided to give an extra payment.)
22.1.1916: Launched by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby (Yd.No.660) for The Kingston Steam Trawler Co Ltd, Hull as GARNET.
18.5.1916: Arrived St. Andrew’s dock, Hull.
1.6.1916: Slipped for bottom painting (one day). Laid up awaiting machinery due to shortage of components.
5.10.1916: Registered at Hull (H495).
19.10.1916: Completed trials and accepted.
23.10.1916: Sailed for Icelandic grounds.
1.11.1916: Arrived Stornoway and reported having been chased by U.boat off Portland, Iceland. Given permission to fish West of Scotland grounds.
16.11.1916: Arrived Hull.
2.1917: Landed and requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-6pdr HA) (Ad.No.3001).
10.10.1917: Arthur Taylor appointed manager.
25.3.1919: Company advised that refit and refurbishment was taking place at Lowestoft (took 25 days).
6.4.1919: Arrived Hull. Taken off hire and returned to owner. Work began on fitting out for return to fishing.
10.5.1919: Work completed (included – fishroom fitted with new boards, all running gear overhauled and new blocks and wires). All work at Admiralty expense.
4.7.1919: Deposit paid by Lawrence Golding Fenner, Twickenham to W. A. Massey & Sons Ltd, Hull shipbrokers (£2,250).
11.7.1919: Sold to Lawrence Golding Fenner, Twickenham (Joseph A. Taylor, Fleetwood, manager) en bloc with sister ship SAPPHIRE (H580).
28.7.1919: Balance paid £20,250 giving total for pair £45,000 gross £44,700 net (£150 to shipbroker).
31.7.1919: Sailed Hull for Icelandic grounds under new owners.
28.11.1919: Hull registry closed.
29.11.1919: Registered at Fleetwood (FD359).
20.4.1920: Sold to Garnet Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Fleetwood (Joseph A. Taylor manager).
1922: J. Nierinck appointed manager.
28.1.1925: Sold to New Docks Steam Trawling Co (Fleetwood) Ltd, Fleetwood.
2.1926: Sold to Perihelion Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby (H. G. Crampin, manager).
3.2.1926: Fleetwood registry closed.
4.2.1926: Registered at Grimsby (GY379).
7.1929: Sold to Mrs. A. F. Melville, Aberdeen (Harry A. Skoyles, Auchenblae, manager).
17.7.1929: Grimsby registry closed.
18.7.1929: Registered at Aberdeen (A41).
12.1929: Sold to Fourny-Truquet & Fils, Boulogne-sur-Mer.
24.12.1929: Aberdeen registry closed.
1.1930: Registered at Boulogne as LOUISE et MARIE (B-1465).
6.1940: Escaped from France.
7.1940: Hired by The Admiralty as a minesweeper (P.No.FY.1917). Based Granton with M/S Group 153.
4.1944: Attached to Free French Force.
9.7.1944: Released by The Admiralty.
1.1946: Returned to owner.
1954: Sold for breaking up.
(Note. Building installment costings:
19.10.1915: Frames up – £1125
14.12.1915: Plating completed – £1125
25.1.1916: Launch – £1125
23.10.1916 : Final – £1228 Total – £4603
Engine and boiler maker
24.10.1916: Final – £807.10s Total – £3230
21/12/2008: Page published. 2 updates since then.