S.T. Malaga GY393

Additional information courtesy of Bill Blow


Official Number: 146901
Yard Number: 59
Completed: 1917
Gross Tonnage: 271
Net Tonnage: 122.76
Length: 125.7 ft
Breadth: 23.5 ft
Depth: 12.7 ft
Built: Dominion Shipbuilding Co Ltd (Thor Iron Works), Toronto
Engine: 370ihp T.3-cyl by National Shipbuilding Co, Goderich, Ontario
Boiler: John Inglis & Sons, Ontario


1.1917: Ordered by The Admiralty (paid for and built under direction of RCN) (Canadian “Castle”- “T.R.” class) from Collingwood Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Ontario (Yd.No.59) and subcontracted to Dominion Shipbuilding Co Ltd (Thor Iron Works), Toronto.
15.6.1918: Completed as TR.13 (1-12pdr).
8.1919: Paid off and laid up.
1920: Accepted offer of Rose Street Foundry & Engineering Co Ltd, Inverness (Captain Donald John Munro CMG RN as agent) to bring drifters with trawlers as escorts to UK for lay-up in Muirtown Basin, Caledonian Canal, Inverness prior to sale and possible refit for classification as steam trawlers (The Rose Street Foundry & Engineering Co Ltd letter dated 12 April 1920).
1921: Brought over at The Admiralty’s expense.
1.1926: Still laid up.
2.1926: Rejected offer for all remaining trawlers at £2,000 each (B. Allenby, Aberdeen letter dated 10 Feb 1926).
4.9.1926: Sold “as is” to Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd (64/64), Grimsby.
4.9.1926: Fred Parkes, Blackpool appointed manager.
22.9.1926: Registered at Grimsby as MALAGA (GY393); fishing out of Fleetwood.
16.10.1926: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to Midland Bank Ltd, London (A).
6.2.1928: Registered office transferred to Fleetwood.
25.4.1928: Alteration of particulars of IHP (500ihp). Certificate of Survey at Liverpool dated 18.10.1927.
24.6.1929: Mortgage (A) discharged.
14.12.1929: Sailed Fleetwood for West of Scotland/Butt of Lewis grounds.
27.12.1929: Berthed at Stornoway with forecastle and fish room flooded having struck submerged rocks off Butt of Lewis.
17.1.1933: Stood by SAN SEBASTIAN (FD126) stranded near White Beach Point, NE side of Galway Bay. Connected and at 11.3 am. refloated and towed to anchorage to await tide to Galway.
5/6/7.1933: Chartered by Italian Government to provide support for a trans Atlantic flight involving 20 to 30 aeroplanes (Sk. Geoff Barcock).
9.5.1933: Sailed Fleetwood for NW Atlantic.
19.5.1933: Arrived St. John’s, Newfoundland.
8.10.1935: Sailed Fleetwood for fishing grounds (Sk. George A. Novo DSC); twelve crew.
17.10.1935: Spoke with trawler SAN SEBASTIAN (FD126); last communication.
18.10.1935: In severe storm conditions, missing off Portrush, Co. Antrim; no survivors *.
27.10.1935: Posted missing.
20.12.1935: Grimsby registry closed “ Vessel missing since 18th October 1935 and presumed lost with all hands”.

(* Lost – Sk.George Albert Novo DSC; George Albert Novo Jnr, Mate; Richard Blundell, Bosun; Walker Jackson, Ch. Eng; Edward Gove, 2nd Eng; George Nelson, Arthur Perry, Christopher Blair, deckhands; Daniel Logue and John Burke, firemen; William Ellis, cook; James Turner, boy;)

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S.T. Malaga GY393

S.T. Malaga GY393
Picture courtesy of The Fred Baker Collection

27/04/2014: Information updated.
02/05/2014: Information updated.
08/01/2018: Removed FMHT watermark from image.
19/10/2019: Updated information.