S.T. Charles Doran FD275

Additional information courtesy of Mike Thompson


Admiralty Number: 3610
Official Number: 145074
Yard number: 375
Completed: 1917
Gross Tonnage: 273.05
Net Tonnage: 111.94
Length: 125.4 ft
Breadth: 22.7 ft
Depth: 12.2 ft
Built: Cooke, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley
Engine: 480ihp T.3-cyl (in Hull register 500ihp) and boiler by Amos & Smith Ltd, Hull
Speed: 10.5 knots


1917: Requisitioned by The Admiralty on the stocks, no instalment monies paid.
20.9.1917: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.375) (non-standard “Castle” class) for The Admiralty as JOHN ANDERSON (Ad.No.3610).
19.12.1917: Completed. Fitted with 1-12pdr and hydrophone.
12.1919: Renamed CHARLES DORAN.
27.10.1920: Registered by The Admiralty London (Part I & IV) O.N.145074 (LO480).
27.12.1922: Sold to Saint Andrew’s Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Hull.
24.11.1922: London registry closed.
27.11.1922: Registered at Hull (H760). Charles Frederick Foster designated manager on transfer of registry.
8.5.1931: Stranded Spurn Head.
9.5.1931: Failed to refloat, tug IRISHMAN (222grt/1929) in attendance.
12.5.1931: Refloated and proceeded to Hull under own power.
19.10.1931: William Henry Patterson designated manager.
5.8.1932: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to National Provincial Bank Ltd, London (A).
22.2.1937: George Sims Clark designated manager.
29.7.1937: Last landing at Hull (Sk. Harry Howard), fifteen days Faroe grounds 332 kits £293 gross. Transferred to fish out of Fleetwood.
30.8.1937: Basil Arthur Parkes, Thornton-le-Fylde designated manager.
31.8.1937: Mortgage (A) discharged.
7.9.1937: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to Midland Bank Ltd, London (B).
18.11.1937: Mortgage (B) discharged.
29.11.1937: Sold to Alexander Malcolm Morrice, Aberdeen.
11.12.1937: Hull registry closed.
14.12.1937: Registered at Aberdeen (A460).
29.12.1937: Alexander Malcolm Morrice designated managing owner.
19.9.1939 (sale registered): Sold to Saint Andrew’s Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Hull. Basil Arthur Parkes, Thornton-le-Fylde designated manager.
5.2.1940: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (P.No. FY597) (Hire rate £79.12.6d/month).
19.8.1941: Sweeping with other trawlers (Sk. R. R. Snape RNR), engaged and shot down a Junkers 88.
16.11.1945: Returned.
19.11.1945 (sale registered): Sold to A. J. Tilbrook Ltd, Milford Haven.
21.6.1948 (sale registered): Sold to Sydney Bennett, Fleetwood.
21.6.1948: Aberdeen registry closed.
6.1948: Registered at Fleetwood (FD275).
1949: Sold to Medway Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood (Merchants (Fleetwood) Ltd, managers).
23.10.1952: Sheltering in Broad Bay, Isle of Lewis (Sk. Charlie Robinson). At 3.00 am in total darkness, steam trawler WYRE LAW (FD48) (Sk. George Wood) stranded in the bay and immediately started to flood in the stokehold. Boat launched and siren sounded. Hearing the distress siren, weighed anchor and moved in close to enable survivors to be taken onboard from the boat. Crew landed at Stornoway.
1954: On sale of Merchants (Fleetwood) Ltd, to Associated Fisheries Group, Sydney Bennett, Fleetwood designated manager.
1957: Sold to BISCO and allocated to Thos. W. Ward Ltd, Sheffield for breaking up.
25.3.1957: Delivered Barrow-in-Furness.
3.1957: Fleetwood registry closed.

(John Anderson, AB (prest), age 27, b. Exeter, Devon – VICTORY (SB375))
(Charles Doran, Landsman (prest), age 35, b. Wicklow, Co.Wicklow – ROYAL SOVEREIGN (SB631))

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S.T. Charles Doran FD275

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17/01/2009: Page published. 6 updates since then.
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