S.T. Merse FD62

Additional information courtesy of Ian Wilson


Official Number: 136899
Yard Number: 408
Completed: 1914
Gross Tonnage: 296
Net Tonnage: 124
Length: 135.8 ft
Breadth: 23.1 ft
Depth: 12.3 ft
Engine: T.3-cyl by Lidgerwood Ltd, Glasgow
Built: J. Duthie Torry Shipbuilding Co, Aberdeen


1914: Launched by J. Duthie Torry Shipbuilding Co, Aberdeen (Yd.No.408) for Mersey Steam Trawlers Ltd, Fleetwood as MERSE.
17.12.1914: Registered at Fleetwood (FD62).
12.1914: Completed (Joseph A. Taylor, manager).
20.2.1915: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-12pdr) (Ad.No.980). Fitted as Leader.
22.5.1917: Sailed Clyde as escort for HMS RAMILLIES under tow for the Mersey with stern casting, rudder and shell plate damage aft sustained at launch and subsequent groundings in the Clyde. At 2.30 pm. when passing through the Cumbraes, mined off Garroch Head, Bute (Mine laid by U-boat (UC65) on 30.4.1917).
26.7.1917: Fleetwood registry closed “Lost on Admiralty service”.

(Lost – Ty/Lieut. Robert E.A. Fox RNR; Ty/Sk. Frederick R. Becket RNR; Alexander Flett, 2nd Hand; Cuthbert Price & David Ross, Enginemen; Alexander Mackay. Ldg Seaman; Edgar Dennis, AB; Edward M. Hulan, seaman (Newfoundland RNR); Thomas W. Owens, telegraphist; John C. Curl, O/telegraphist; William Corlett, John Higgins, John Jones, John Roberts, deckhands; Richard Roberts, George Stanton, trimmers; William A. Shoebottom, trimmer/cook.)

27/12/2008: Page published. 4 updates since then.