S.T. Brabant FD239

Additional information courtesy of Bill Blow


Admiralty Number: 3717
Official Number: 144640
Yard Number: 333
Completed: 1918
As built: 360disp 125.6 x 23.5 x 12.8 feet
Gross Tonnage: 279
Net Tonnage: 106n
Length: 125.6 ft
Breadth: 23.5 ft
Depth: 12.8 ft
Built: Ailsa Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Ayr
Engine: 480ihp T.3-cyl by Ailsa Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Troon
Boiler: James Nielson & Son Ltd, Glasgow


25.4.1918: Launched by Ailsa Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Ayr (Yd.No.333) (“Castle” class) for The Admiralty as EMMANUEL CAMELAIRE (Ad.No.3717).
25.5.1918: Completed as a minesweeper (1-12pdr and W/T).
1.10.1918: At Penzance F.C.T. Escort (Lieut. RNR).
24.1.1921: Registered by The Admiralty as a fishing vessel at London (LO497). Official No.144640.
1922: Sold to Cie Belge Maritime du Congo, Antwerp and used as a tug. Registered at Antwerp as PRESIDENT FRANCQUI.
4.10.1923: London fishing registry closed.
1923: Registered at Matadi, Belgian Congo.
1936: Sold to Soc. Anon Pêcheries du Nord, Fécamp. Re-classed as a trawler. Registered at Fécamp.
11.1938: Sold to Rhondda Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Grimsby (Consolidated Fisheries Ltd).
10.11.1938: Registered at Grimsby as BRABANT (GY544).
10.11.1938: Sir John Denton Marsden, Bart appointed manager.
31.8.1939: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (P.No.FY.586) (Hire rate £84.0.0d/month).
10.2.1940: Steam trawler THERESA BOYLE (GN4) (Sk. Oliver Bell) damaged by German air attack when fishing 115 miles ExN of Aberdeen. Took to boat and vessel foundered.
12.2.1940: At 4.30 p.m. RAF aircraft overflew boat, rocket fired. Aircraft communicated with HMTrawlers BRABANT and ALMANDINE (H415) (P.No.FY.645), ‘sweeping 10 miles away. After 50 hours in open boat survivors picked up by ALMANDINE and landed at ?? at 6.00 p.m. all crew suffering from exposure.
24.8.1941: Shot down a twin engined German bomber (Lieut. J. H. A. Winfield RNR).
15.1.1944: Sold to The Clifton Steam Trawlers Ltd (64/64), Fleetwood.
20.1.1944: Hulbert Murray Bird appointed manager.
12.1945: Returned to owner.
26.9.1946: Grimsby registry closed.
9.1946: Registered at Fleetwood (FD239).
6.1956: Company taken over by Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd, Fleetwood. (Fred Parkes, Blackpool, manager).
4.3.1957: Sold to BISCO and allocated to Thos. W. Ward Ltd, Sheffield for breaking up at Milford Haven.
29.4.1957: Arrived Milford Haven.

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HMT Emmanuel Camelaire

HMT Emmanuel Camelaire
Picture courtesy of The Imperial War Museum

S.T. Brabant FD239

S.T. Brabant FD239
Picture courtesy of The John Stevenson Collection

16/01/2009: Page published. 6 updates since then.
24/04/2017: Removed FMHT watermark and disputed image.
20/09/2019: Updated information.