S.T. Mary Wetherly GN3


Official Number: 123388
Yard Number: 434
Completed: 1907
Gross Tonnage: 221
Net Tonnage: 83
Length: 110 ft
Breadth: 21 ft
Depth: 11.2 ft
Engine: T.3.cyl by Hall, Russell & Co Ltd, Aberdeen
Built: Hall, Russell & Co Ltd, Aberdeen


13.8.1907: Launched by Hall, Russell & Co Ltd, Aberdeen (Yd.No.434) for Wetherly’s Steam Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Aberdeen as MARY WETHERLY.
9.1907: Completed.
6.9.1907: Registered at Aberdeen (A159). William R. Wetherly designated manager.
12.9.1910: Landed at Fleetwood realising £256.
13.10.1912: At Fleetwood, fire broke out in cabin but only minor damage.
5.11.1913: Homeward to Aberdeen from a nine day trip, in thick haze and a flat calm sea, went ashore at the Downies, near Portlethen, Kincardineshire. Sounds of her fog horn alerted villagers, with no danger to the crew who wished to remain onboard, apart from two who were taken off by Muchalls Life-Saving Brigade. Only superficially damaged, later salved and proceeded to Aberdeen.
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 80.74 net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907.
4.1915: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-6pdr) (Ad.No.1345).
1916: Based Malta with Unit 96 – patrol & escort duties.
16.7.1916: With DRYPOOL (Ad.No.1753)(H375) escorting British steamer KHEPHREN (2774grt/1905), Liverpool for Alexandria which was torpedoed by U-boat (U32) when some 178 miles E of Malta in position 36.08N 17.16E. All survivors picked by the two trawlers.
1919: Returned to owner.
25.1.1919: Sold to James Alexander McGlashan, Granton. James Alexander McGlashan managing owner.
6.2.1919: Sold to James Johnston, Newhaven, Edinburgh.
6.2.1919: Aberdeen registry closed.
14.2.1919: Registered at Granton (GN3). James Johnston designated managing owner.
26.1.1920: Sold to Maurice Wilkins & George Moreland, Manchester. Joseph A. Taylor, Fleetwood designated manager.
1.1921: Transferred to Aberdeen. Sam Isaacs (Aberdeen) Ltd designated managers. On charter to Bookless Brothers, Aberdeen/Sheffield to operate from Hafnarfjordur, Iceland, ‘salting’.
6.1921: Returned.
12.1921: Sold to Andrew Lewis, Aberdeen.
20.12.1921: Granton registry closed.
22.12.1921: Registered at Aberdeen (A818). Andrew Lewis designated managing owner.
1922: Sold to Andrew Lewis & J. Brodie, Aberdeen. Andrew Lewis designated manager.
12.8.1922: Registered at Aberdeen as FORT JAMES (A818) (BoT Minute No. M/RG1342/1922 dated 7.8.1922).
26.2.1930: Reported that a company had been formed in London (William Arthur Bennett, chairman, Thomas Thorburn Irvin, managing director) to exploit the fishing opportunities in the Davies Strait, Greenland, particularly halibut. The company was to use motor dories and steam liners to catch the fish and a refrigerated parent ship to freeze the catches. On return to UK, after four to five months, the fish would be defrosted as required to meet market demand. 9.4.1930: Attended the mail steamer St. SUNNIVA (864grt/1887), stranded in dense fog on the island of Mousa, 11 miles from Lerwick.
5.1930: At North Shields, with steam trawlers, ETHEL IRVING (A355), ELSWICK (A97), FORT WILLIAM (GY712), FLORENCE DOMBEY (A264), JENNY IRVIN (SN21), FLORA TAYLOR (PD444), Saxon (SN22), AUDREY (SN38), NELLIE WILSON (SN108) and drifter CONSOLATION (BK5), converted for lining and other modifications in preparation for a halibut line fishing expedition in Greenland waters. With ETHEL IRVIN to be manned by Aberdeen crews, the remainder by Norwegians with Tyneside engineers. The refrigerated steamer NORTHLAND, 5155grt/1903 (LO29) (Capt.Williams) will act as parent ship for the fleet and the catches will be transferred to her for preparation and refrigeration. NORTHLAND will also fish for cod, the livers to be processed and the fish filleted and salted, waste fish trimmings to be reduced to fish meal. Captain Thorsen of Brevik, Norway will act as leader of the expedition and direct the whole of the fishing operations. 17.5.1930: Sailed North Shields in company with eight other trawlers for Greenland fishing grounds; crew twelve men all told.
9.7.1930: Sold to Crater Steam Fishing Co Ltd, North Shields. Joseph D. Irvin, Monkseaton designated manager.
10.1930: Returned to Aberdeen.
6.5.1935: Sailed North Shields for the fishing grounds. While passing St. Mary’s Island, deckhand George Cole (19) was seen floundering in the water. Bert Jarman who was on watch in the wheelhouse at once altered course, threw a lifebelt towards Cole before jumping into the sea to help him. Another crewman lowered himself over the side and helped bring Cole back onboard. Returned to North Shields, Jarman and Cole taken to Tynemouth Infirmary suffering from shock.
16.2.1936: Grounded in thick fog on the Black Middens rocks in the Tyne estuary. Later refloated and returned to service.
1937: Sold for breaking up.
7.5.1937: Aberdeen registry closed “Vessel broken up”.

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S.T. Mary Wetherly

S.T. Mary Wetherly A159
Picture courtesy of The David Slinger Collection

27/12/2008: Page published. 3 revisions since then.
29/10/2014: Picture added.
06/04/2018: Removed FMHT watermark from image.
25/06/2020: Information updated.