S.T. Thrush (1) H703

Additional material supplied by Mike Thompson


Official Number: 116106
Yard Number: 49
Completed: 1902
Gross Tonnage: 166.18
Net Tonnage: 43.51
Length: 110.0 ft
Breadth: 21.0 ft
Depth: 11.1 ft
Built: Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd, Goole
Engine: T.3-cyl by N.E. Marine Engineering Co Ltd, Sunderland


4.10.1902: Launched by Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd, Goole (Yd.No.49) for Kelsall Brothers & Beeching Ltd (64/64), Hull as THRUSH.
11.1902: Completed.
27.11.1902: Registered at Hull (H703). George Beeching designated manager.
28.3.1904: In North Sea, observed ADRIATIC (H448) (Sk W. Wood) laid dead in water boarding boat for cutter. At 8.50am. struck on port side by steam trawler PARRAMATTA (H448), crew took to boat, pulled over to us and picked up. At about 11.00am. ADRIATIC foundered. PARRAMATTA returned to Hull with bows stove in.
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 62.76net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907.
11.1914: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-6pdr) (Ad.No.547).
2.1915: Renamed THRUSH II. Based Cromarty.
Post 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Hull and reverted to THRUSH (H703).
7.6.1919: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to The London County Westminster & Parr’s Bank Ltd, London (A). John Slater designated manager.
6.3.1923: Mortgagee re-styled as Westminster Bank Ltd, London.
22.10.1925: Robert Burton designated manager.
14.10.1927: Mortgage (A) transferred to William Augustus Hayward, Eastbourne.
14.10.1927: Mortgage (A) transferred to Mercantile Marine Finance Corporation Ltd, London.
16.9.1932: Charles Hugh Emerson appointed manager.
10.1932: Mercantile Marine Finance Corporation Ltd in liquidation.
1.11.1932: Mortgage (A) transferred to Harold Frank Hayward, London; Maud Florence Katherine Rogers, Chelsea and Ernest Norton, London (Joint mortgagees).
23.1.1936: Mortgage (A) discharged.
11.2.1936: Sold to Brixham Trawlers Ltd (64/64), Brixham. Ralph S. Dugdall designated manager.
14.2.1936: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to Harold Frank Hayward, London; Maud Florence Katherine Rogers, Corfe Castle and Ernest Norton, London (joint mortgagees) for the sum of £750 with interest at 5%(B).
19.11.1937: At Plymouth (Sk. T. Taylor) landed a sturgeon 7ft long and weighing 66lbs caught some six miles east of the Eddystone. Accepted by the King.
12.1937: Transferred to Fleetwood when Brixham Trawlers Ltd moved to the port.
4.12.1937: Sailed Brixham for Fleetwood in company with KITE (H773), fishing round.
15.12.1937: First landing at Fleetwood, 58 boxes grossed £114.
9.2.1939: Mortgage (B) discharged.
13.2.1939: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to Midland Bank Ltd, London (C).
5.5.1943: Typical wartime landing. 169 kits – hake-52, cod/codling-24, haddock-10, whiting-29, flats-10, ling/coley-18, roker-16, gurnard-3, dogs-7.
11.4.1944: Requisitioned for war service as a smoke making (Esso) trawler. Renamed AMBITION. Assigned to Operation Neptune – Normandy landings.
11.6.1944: Sailed Thames for Mulberry A with Group A2. Employed smoke making.
3.7.1944: Operation Neptune ended.
1944: Employed on auxiliary patrol duties (P.No.4.434).
28.11.1944: Returned and reverted to THRUSH (H703).
20.4.1953: Mortgage (C) discharged.
9.1956: Sold to BISCO and allocated to Thos. W. Ward Ltd, Sheffield for breaking up at Preston.
5.9.1956: Arrived Preston from Fleetwood under own power.
23.7.1957: Hull registry closed “Ship broken up. Advice received from owners and shipbreakers.”

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S.T. Thrush H703

S.T. Thrush H703
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S.T. Thrush H703

S.T. Thrush H703
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21/12/2008: Page published. 6 revisions since then.
12/09/2014: Picture added.
25/07/2017: Updated information and removed FMHT watermark.
08/08/2021: Updated information.