S.T. Hayburn Wyke FD99
Admiralty Number: 3559
Official Number: 144289
Yard Number: 819
Gross Tonnage: 324
Net Tonnage: 134
Length: 138.5 ft
Breadth: 23.7 ft
Depth: 12.8 ft
Engine: T.3-cyl by Charles D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull
Built: Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby
28.8.1917: Launched by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby (Yd.No.819)(“Mersey” class) for The Admiralty as ROBERT BARTON. (Ad.No.3559).
10.11.1917: Completed as a minesweeper (1-12pdr, W/T).
1919: Registered in the Registry of British Ships at London. Official No.144289.
23.12.1920: Registered by The Admiralty at London as a fishing vessel (LO494). Laid up.
10.1922: Sold to West Dock Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Hull (E. W. Robins, manager).
5.10.1922: London registry closed.
18.10.1922: Registered at Hull as HAYBURN WYKE (H717).
1930: Sold to Dinas Steam Trawler Co Ltd, Fleetwood (Joseph A. Marr Jnr, manager).
25.4.1930: Hull registry closed.
26.4.1930: Registered at Fleetwood (FD99).
8.7.1930: Grounded on Tiger’s Tail, approach to Wyre Dock (one of 23 trawlers inbound). Refloated and proceeded into dock.
1.8.1931: Mortgaged to William Deacons Bank Ltd, London.
10.1939: Sold to Oddsson & Co Ltd, Hull.
23.5.1940: Fleetwood registry closed.
27.5.1940: Registered at Hull (H334).
28.5.1940: Requisitioned for war service as an auxiliary patrol vessel (Hire rate £94.10.0d/month).
8.1941: Fitted out as a minesweeper (P.No. FY139). Based Swansea
2.1.1945: At anchor off Ostend (Sk. Lieut Francis Wilson RNR). Torpedoed by German ‘Seehund’ midget submarine and foundered rapidly. Crew of twenty-two missing presumed killed.
23.3.1945: Hull registry closed. Wreck lies in position 51.15.27N 02.48.44E.
(Crew – Skipper Lieut Francis Wilson RNR; Ty/Skipper Edward R. Smith RNR; Harry S. Sharman, Ch Engineman; David Marriott & Andrew Reekie, enginemen; John G. Gardner, Leading seaman; Arthur Brewster, George W. Carrington, Robert A. McMillan, Thomas Murphy, Harold R. Waite, Raymond White, Ronald J. White & John Wright, seamen; Walter A. Rogers, telegraphist; James P. Howell, signalman; Jack Hooper, ordinary signalman; Benjamin P. Charlton, Daniel Ferrie & William J. Spears, stokers; Thomas Sweeney, cook; Frederick Bass, steward.
(Robert Cutts Barton, Midshipman, age 20, b. Pembroke – VICTORY (SB673))
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