Additional information courtesy of Andy Hall
Admiralty Number: 3789
Official Number: 141901
Yard Number: 114
Gross Tonnage: 280.25
Net Tonnage: 113.22
Length: 125.6 ft
Breadth: 23.5 ft
Depth: 12.7 ft
Built: George Brown & Co, Greenock
Engine: 480ihp T.3-cyl by McKie & Baxter, Govan
14.2.1919: Launched by George Brown & Co, Greenock (Yd.No.114) (“Castle” class) for The Admiralty as JOHN GREGORY (Ad.No.3789).
5.2.1919: Forms for tender to purchase received by the Admiralty.
3.1919: Sold to John Stewart Boyle, Glasgow.
2.5.1919: Completed as a fishing vessel.
10.5.1919: Registered at Glasgow (Part I & IV) as INVERDEE (GW27). John Stewart Boyle designated managing owner.
By 30.6.1919: Sold to Lieutenant Andrew Hardie RNR, Cults, Aberdeen.
6.1919: Glasgow registry closed.
30.6.1919: Registered at Aberdeen (A176). Andrew Hardie designated managing owner.
15.12.1919: Sold to Onward Steam Trawlers (Fleetwood) Ltd, Fleetwood. Walter Morley designated manager.
12.1927: Sold to Société Anonyme des Pécheries du Nord, Ostend.
1927: Remeasured 274g 86n.
17.12.1927: Aberdeen registry closed.
1.1928: Registered at Ostend as NADINE (O151).
18.9.1930: Whilst alongside in Wyre Dock, Fleetwood, crew working on deck observed smoke coming from the after cabin doorway. The smoke was too dense to enter and the Dock Fire Brigade were summoned. The Brigade quickly arrived under the supervision of Superintendent Davies, smoke helmets were required to enable the firemen to go below to discover the seat of the fire which had spread from the stove. Decision was taken to flood the after cabin to extinguish the blaze. Extensive damage was sustained in the cabin, the ship’s stores and to crew belongings.
1931: Sold to The Marquis de Bourdeilles, Dieppe. Charpin del Pierre designated manager.
1931: Ostend registry closed. Registered Dieppe.
1933: Soc. Anon, d’Armement Mallet designated managers.
1939: Requisitioned in French Navy (P.No.AD57).
3.7.1940: Seized in Falmouth (Operation Grab). Transferred to The Admiralty.
12.1940: Commissioned as a minesweeper (1-12pdr, AA weapons) (P.No.FY.1882).
8.4.1941: Based Gt. Yarmouth with M/S Group 115 (T/Lieut. John William George Price RNR). In poor visibility engaged an attacking Heinkel 111 aircraft which was hit and seen on fire and diving out of control towards the sea, but no wreckage found.
10.4.1941: The Admiralty announced that the aircraft had been hotly engaged and almost certainly destroyed. There were no casualties and no damage to the ship.
4.1945: Returned to French owners.
1954: Laid up survey overdue – class suspended. FATE.
(John Gregory, Private, Marine, age 25, b. Potters Bar, Middlesex – VICTORY (ML50))
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24/12/2008: Page published. 3 updates since then.
22/04/2018: Removed FMHT watermark from image. Information updated.