S. T. Brock FD47

Technical

Official Number: 136893
Yard Number: 583
Completed: 1914
Gross Tonnage: 304
Net Tonnage: 122
Length: 130.4 ft
Breadth: 24 ft
Depth: 13.4 ft
Engine: T.3-cyl by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, Middlesbrough
Built: Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough

History

10.6.1914: Launched by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough (Yd.No.583) for The “Wyre” Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Fleetwood as BROCK.
1.8.1914: Registered at Fleetwood (FD47).
8.1914: Completed (Magnus B. J. Wedum, manager).
11.1914: Requisitioned for war service as an armed trawler (1-6pdr) (Ad.No.927). Fitting out at Devonport.
2.12.1914: Sailed for Queenstown, Co. Cork (Ch Sk. John Sandham RNR). Fitted out as an A/S trawler.
18.2.1915: Fitted with 1-12pdr.
18.4.1915: Fitted with Hydrophones.
7.5.1915: Passenger liner LUSITANIA (30,396grt/1907) on passage New York – Liverpool with 1,959 passengers. At about 2.00 pm. when about 15 miles S of Old Head of Kinsale torpedoed by U.boat (U20); sank in 18 minutes in position 51.24N 08.31W. Left Queenstown and arrived on scene just after 3.00 pm. picked up 65 survivors and assisted others in boats. Landed survivors at Queenstown. Total loss of life 1198 persons.
16.5.1916: Off Co. Cork with HMS LAVENDER (P.No.T23); HM Paddle Tug HELLESPONT (P.No.W86); HM Trawlers BLUEBELL II (Ad.No.479) (GW5) and MOROCOCALA (Ad.No.2656) (A238) assisted in salvage of Glasgow steamer KELVINBRAE. (4068grt/1907).
2.1917: Sk. J. W. Tilney RNR appointed (Ch Sk. John Sandham to HM Trawler RISTANGO (Ad.No.819) (GY946)).
5.1918: Sailed for Weymouth to join Southern Patrol (Sk. George M. May RNR).
By 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Fleetwood.
31.8.1939: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-6pdr, 2-20mm) (P.No.FY.621) (Hire rate £81.1.4d/month).
20-26.5.1940: Evacuation from Boulogne, Calais & Dunkirk.
25.5.1940: Sailed Dover for Calais in company with the trawlers ARLEY (P.No.FY.620) (FD44), BOTANIC (P.No.FY.707) (FD47), CALVI (GY269), FYLDEA (P.No.666) (FD72), MARETTA (P.No.FY.665) (FD45), POLLY JOHNSON (H322) and drifters PLAYMATES (P.No.FY.738) (YH141) and WILLING BOYS (P.No.FY.947) (LT737) with several river launches in tow.
26.5.1940: At 1.40am. arrived off the French coast. No evacuation order given. Returned to Dover.
26.5.1940: At 6.57pm. ‘Operation Dynamo’ (Dunkirk evacuation) put into effect.(Lt. Henry P. Granlund, awarded DSC for good service in HM Minesweeping Trawlers and Drifters).
30.5.1940: At 8.30am. arrived Dover with 6 troops.
1945: Returned to owner.
1945: Sold to Shire Trawlers Ltd, London (William A. Bennett, manager).
1949: Sold for breaking up. Fleetwood registry closed.

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S. T. Brock FD47

S. T. Brock FD47
Picture courtesy of John Stevenson

HMT Brock

HMT Brock

The Sandhams

Skipper John Sandham (2nd left)
Picture courtesy of Gareth Walsh

Changelog
15/01/2009: Page published.
22/06/2014: Picture 2 added.
26/05/2017: Removed FMHT watermarks from images.