S.T. Lune FD59

Additional material courtesy of Bill Blow and Douglas Paterson


Official Number: 162056
Yard Number: 910
Completed: 1930
Gross Tonnage: 310
Net Tonnage: 119
Length: 131 ft
Breadth: 24.5 ft
Depth: 13.4 ft
Engine: 575ihp T. 3-cyl by by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough
Boiler: Blair & Co (1926) Ltd, Stockton on Tees
Built: Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough


16.1.1930: Launched by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough (Yd.No.910) for Wyre Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Fleetwood as LUNE.
4.2.1930: Registered at Fleetwood (FD59).
2.1930: Completed (Magnus B. J. Wedum, manager).
20.1.1932: Gave bearings to VERASIS (GY483) homeward from Icelandic grounds swept by sea and lost wheelhouse and compasses.
26.9.1938: Sold to The Earl Steam Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Grimsby.
26.9.1938: Fleetwood registry closed.
27.9.1938: Registered at Grimsby (GY538).
27.9.1938: Sir Alec Black, Bart appointed manager.
2.9.1939: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (P.No.FY.588) (Hire rate £153.14.2d/month).
10.12.1940: Sold to Sir Alec Black, Bart (64/64), Grimsby.
12.12.1940: Sir Alec Black, Bart appointed manager.
15.9.1941: Sold to Malcolm Smith Ltd (64/64), Aberdeen,
20.9.1941: Malcolm Smith appointed manager.
1.1944: Fitted out as a wreck dispersal vessel (P.No.4.416) and assigned to Operation Neptune – Normandy landings.
5.1944: Held in readyness at Cardiff.
3.7.1944: Operation Neptune ended. Employed on wreck dispersal.
1945: Transferred to War Department.
7.1946: Returned to owner.
2.4.1947: Grimsby registry closed.
10.4.1947: Registered at Aberdeen (A299).
15.3.1948: Registered at Aberdeen as LOCH LOMOND (A299) (MoT Minute R.G.No.1199/1947 dated 12.3.1948).
23.10.1952: Outward for Faroe fishing grounds, with heavy seas and swell running in the channel, struck bottom and damaged rudder. Unable to manoeuvre, swept against the apron of the North Pier and came fast. Life saving teams were quickly on the scene and with difficulty all thirteen crew brought on to the pier. Declared a Total Loss and broken up in situ.
15.12.1952: Aberdeen registry closed.

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S.T. Lune FD59

S.T. Lune FD59
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HMT Lune

HMT Lune
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26/12/2008: Page published. 5 updates since then.
20/1/2017: Removed FMHT watermark from image.