Official Number: 120683
Yard Number: 788
Gross Tonnage: 255
Net Tonnage: 98
Length: 125.7 ft
Breadth: 22.1 ft
Depth: 12 ft
Engine: T.3-cyl by Shields Engineering Co Ltd, North Shields
Built: Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, North Shields
25.1.1906: Launched by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, North Shields (Yd.No.788) for Mrs Marion L. Ryde, Godalming as MARION.
3.1906: Completed (Crawford Heron, Swansea, manager).
3.1906: Registered at London (LO235).
30.11.1912: Sold to George H. D. Birt, Milford Haven (managing owner).
8.1914: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-3pdr) (Ad.No.20).
6.1915: At Sheerness.
14.8.1915: Sailed for Mediterranean.
30.7.1917: Sold to The Croston Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Fleetwood (Ernest Taylor, manager).
23.2.1918: Mined off Malta. ‘ During minesweeping operations struck mine about midday and sank in approximate position 35.45N 14.24E. Six lives lost.’
23.2.1918: ‘Ceased to be on Admiralty charter’.
10.3.1919: London registry closed “ Vessel lost on Admiralty Charter”. (Minefield was laid on 30/1/1918 by U.boat (UC25), beginning at 35°44.9’N, 14°24.6’E and running north with mines at 75 metre intervals. 18 mines total).
(Lost – Lieut Cdr. Joseph King; Henry Tarbitton, 2nd Hand; James Fisk & William E. Warman, deckhands; Robert Tetley, signalman; Samuel D. Tonkin, trimmer.)
27/12/2008: Page published. 5 updates since then.