Admiralty Number: 3556
Official Number: 143839
Yard number: 816
Gross Tonnage: 312
Net Tonnage: 130
Length: 138.5 ft
Breadth: 23.7 ft
Depth: 12.8 ft
Built: Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby
Engine: 600ihp T.3-cyl by Campbell Gas Engine Co Ltd, Halifax
Armament: 1 x 12 pdr AA
23.7.1917: Launched by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby (Yd.No.816) (“Mersey” class) for The Admiralty as GEORGE ANDREW (Ad.No.3556).
29.10.1917: Completed as a minesweeper (1 – 12pdr HA and W/T).
18.11.1919: Registered by The Admiralty at London (Part I) as GEORGE ANDREW O.N.143839.
23.4.1920: Paid off and laid up.
1921: Sold to Pickering & Haldane’s Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull (John McCann & Edward Cartwright, managers).
19.7.1921: Registered at Hull (H194).
13.9.1921: Registered at Hull as LORD ASTOR (H194).
7.2.1929: Sold to W. B. Willey & Sons Ltd, Hull (William B Willey Junr, manager).
5.7.1929: Registered at Hull as COTSWOLD (H194).
30.4.1936: Sailed Hull for Faroes grounds on last trip before sale (Sk. J. Blackshaw).
15.5.1936: At Hull landed 391 kits grossed £510.
20.5.1936: Sold to Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd, Fleetwood (Basil A. Parkes, manager).
13.6.1936: At Fleetwood, first box of fish sold to C. F. Stonebanks for £6.15.0d.
28.8.1939: Requisitioned for war service on examination service and as a minesweeper. Renamed CRANEFLY (P.No.FY.539). (Hire rate £91.0.0d/month)
1940: Based Dundee with M/S Group 34.
4.1.1940: Escorted HM Submarine H.34 from Dundee to Rosyth.
1942: Based Grimsby with M/S Group 34.
6.1945: Sold to Grimsby Motor Trawlers Ltd, Grimsby.
30.6.1945: Hull registry closed.
7.1945: Registered at Grimsby as COTSWOLD (GY77).
1.1946: Returned to owner at Grimsby.
5.1946: Completed Special Survey at Troon.
6.6.1946: Sold to A. J. Tilbrook Ltd, Milford Haven.
10.1948: Sold to Yolland Brothers Ltd, Milford Haven (John Yolland, manager).
8.1954: Sold to B. J. Nijkerk SA, Antwerp for breaking up.
11.8.1954: Sailed Milford for Belgium.
8.1954: Grimsby registry closed.
(George Andrew, Secretary’s Clerk, age ?, b. ?? – VICTORY (SB?))
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23/01/2009: Page published. 3 updates since then.
16/02/2018: Removed FMHT watermark from image.
07/01/2020: Updated information.