S.T. Merrydale (1) FD77


Official Number: 122942
Yard Number: 263
Completed: 1906
Gross Tonnage: 225
Net Tonnage: 72
Length: 125.2 ft
Breadth: 21.7 ft
Depth: 11.8 ft
Engine: T.3-cyl by W. V. V. Lidgerwood, Coatbridge
Built: J. Duthie, Sons & Co Ltd, Aberdeen
Boiler: A. & W. Dalglish, Pollockshaws, Glasgow


10.5.1906: Launched by J. Duthie, Sons & Co Ltd, Aberdeen (Yd.No.263) for Tettenhall Steam Fishing Co of Fleetwood Ltd, Fleetwood as MERRYDALE.
18.7.1906: Registered at Fleetwood (FD77), Louis Cohen, Norbreck designated manager.
31.7.1906: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to Williams Deacon’s Bank Ltd, London (A).
31.7.1906: Completed.
11.8.1909: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to J. Marr & Son Ltd, Fleetwood B). James H. Marr designated manager.
9.10.1913: Mortgage (A) discharged.
10.10.1913: Mortgage (B) discharged.
10.10.1913: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to J. Marr & Con Ltd, Fleetwood (C).
1914: New boiler fitted.
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 91.11net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907.
7.5.1915: Requisitioned for war service (Ad.No.1759). Commissioned at Fleetwood.
8.5.1915: Arrived Devonport. Fitted with Hotchkiss 3pdr, carrying cruiser mine and mine-sweep. i.a.w. Area XIV Patrol Orders dated 30.3.1915. Allocated to Unit No.92 – Section D based Isles of Scilly (Sk.W. Bell RNR) .
9.1.1916-15.1.1916: Refit at Falmouth Relief KING FREDERICK (Ad.No.2659.
10.1916: Allocated to Unit No.62 – Section H, 3rd Division based Falmouth (Sk. W. Bell RNR) *.
1.10.1918: 1.10.1918: At Falmouth with ‘Trawler Sweepers’.
2.11.1916: James A. Robertson designated manager.
1.10.1918: Mortgaged (C) discharged.
18.10.1918: Sold to The Lancashire Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood. James A. Robertson designated manager.
By 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Fleetwood.
18.6.1919: Sold to Victory Steam Trawling Co (Fleetwood) Ltd, Fleetwood. Walter Morley designated manager)
1928: Sold to North Star Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Aberdeen. John A. Harrow designated manager.
4.4.1928: Fleetwood registry closed.
10.4.1928: Registered at Aberdeen (A334).
1937: Sold to Metal Industries Ltd (£800) for breaking up at Rosyth, Fife (Contract No.15E).
5.1937: Delivered Rosyth from Aberdeen under own power.
2.6.1937: Breaking up commenced.
22.6.1937: Aberdeen registry closed “Broken up”.

*: Sk. William Bell RNR of Preston was awarded the DSC along with others “… in recognition of their services in minesweeping operations between the 1st April and 31st December, 1917”.

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Sk. William Bell D.S.C.

Sk. William Bell D.S.C.
Picture courtesy of The Val & Harry Silburn Collection

Letter from Admiralty

Letter from Admiralty
Picture courtesy of The Val & Harry Silburn Collection

William Bell's DSC

William Bell’s DSC
Picture courtesy of The Val & Harry Silburn Collection

27/12/2008: Page published. 5 updates since then.
14/06/2021: Updated history.