Official Number: 139793
Yard Number: 528
Gross Tonnage: 225.74
Net Tonnage: 86.51
Length: 121.0 ft
Breadth: 22.2 ft
Depth: 12.1 ft
Built: A. Hall & Co Ltd, Aberdeen
Engine: T.3-cyl and boiler by A. Hall & Co Ltd, Aberdeen
2.1917: Launched by A. Hall & Co Ltd, Aberdeen (Yd.No.528) for Richard Watson Lewis (64/64), Aberdeen as INCHGARTH.
29.3.1917: Registered at Aberdeen (A755). Requisitioned from the builders and fitted out as minesweeper (1-6pdr HA) (Ad.No.3338). Richard Watson Lewis designated managing owner. Based Newhaven, Sussex.
15.3.1918: Sold to The Garth Steam Trawling Co Ltd (64/64), Fleetwood. Joseph A. Taylor designated manager.
By 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Fleetwood.
15.7.1919: Aberdeen registry closed.
16.7.1919: Registered at Fleetwood (FD223).
4.1925: Sold to Ann Gordon Lewis & Hannah Watson Lewis, Pitfodell, Aberdeenshire. Hannah W. Lewis designated managing owner.
18.4.1925: Fleetwood registry closed.
20.4.1925: Registered at Aberdeen (A110).
19.11.1925: Certificate of marriage, now Ann Gordon Lewis or Smart, Aberdeen.
2.4.1928: Certificate of marriage, now Hannah Watson Lewis or ?, Edinburgh.
17.10.1932: Sold to William Alexander Leith, Aberdeen. William Alexander Leith designated managing owner.
1.3.1938: Sold to The Walker Steam Trawl Fishing Co Ltd, Aberdeen. Thomas Walker designated manager.
8.9.1938: Registered at Aberdeen as STAR OF FREEDOM (A110) (Ref.RGS Minute dated 15.8.1938).
6.12.1939: Requisitioned for war service on examination service (P.No.T.42) (Hire rate £65.18.4d/month).
12.1939: converted to store carrier. Subsequently purchased into the Royal Navy. Based at Longhope, Orkney.
7.1941: Based Stornoway as tender to Fleet Minesweepers.
1.1942: Based Scapa Flow but at Faroes as tender with Fleet Minesweepers.
1943: Employed running small mines to Lerwick for use by the Norwegian resistance.
10.5.1943: Sold to River Ness Fishing Co Ltd & Alexander Smith, Aberdeen. George Craig designated manager.
8.6.1944: Sold to River Ness Fishing Co Ltd, Aberdeen. George Craig, designated manager.
6.1944: Assigned to Operation Neptune – Normandy landings held in readyness as HM Trawler Depot Ship.
24.6.1944: With convoy ECB17W left Solent and arrived Utah.
3.7.1944: Operation Neptune ended.
11.1944: Employed on miscellaneous Naval duties.
7.1946: Returned to owner at Aberdeen.
July 1946: River Ness Fishing Co. Ltd, Aberdeen (A110).
26.9.1946: Registered at Aberdeen as RIVER NESS (A110) (Ref. MoT Memo No.1363/1946 dated 2.9.1946).
7.9.1955: Owners re-styled River Ness Fishing Co (1955) Ltd, Aberdeen. George Craig designated manager.
1961: Sold to BISCO and allocated to Malcolm Brechin, Granton for breaking up.
11.10.1961: Arrived Granton from Aberdeen under own power.
20.10.1961: Delivered. Aberdeen registry closed.
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23/12/2008: Page published. 2 updates since then.
28/10/2018: Added a picture.
30/10/2018: Updated information.
21/01/2021: Updated history.