S.T. Daily Herald FD101

Additional information courtesy of David Slinger and Granton Trawlers


Admiralty Number: 3745
Official Number: 143943
Yard Number: 645
Completed: 1918
Gross Tonnage: 276
Net Tonnage: 106
Length: 125.6 ft
Breadth: 23.4 ft
Depth: 12.6 ft
Engine: 480ihp T.3-cyl by Bellis & Morcom Ltd, Birmingham
Boiler: R.W. Hawthorn Leslie & Co Ltd, Newcastle
Built: Hepple & Co Ltd, South Shields


17.10.1917: Launched by Hepple & Co Ltd, South Shields (Yd.No.645) (“Castle” class) for The Admiralty as MATTHEW FLYNN (Ad.No.3745).
23.2.1918: Completed (Commissioned) (1 – 12pdr).
1919: Allocated to the National Fishery Scheme for the setting up of the Minesweepers’ Cooperative Trawling Society Ltd, London.
1919: Registered by The Admiralty at London (Part I) as MATTHEW FLYNN O.N.143943).
1919: Allocated to Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries and engaged in commercial trawling.
13.08.1920: Minesweepers’ Cooperative Trawling Society Ltd, London registered.
28.08.1920: Registered by The Admiralty at London (Part IV) (LO435).
10.1920: At HM Dockyard, Devonport completed fitting out for fishing under Special Survey of Lloyd’s Register and classed 100A1 Stm Trawler at Plymouth.
01.1922: Scheme abandoned, the necessary working capital of £100,000 having not been subscribed. Laid up.
1922: Sold M. Francois, Boulogne.
8.2.1922: London registry closed.
2.1922: Registered at Boulogne as AMIRAL MARQUER. Altazin Frères, later Victor Fourny designated manager.
4.1930: Sold to Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd, Fleetwood.
5.1930: Boulogne registry closed.
17.5.1930: Registered at Fleetwood as DAILY HERALD (FD101) (BoT Minute M/R.G.1069/1930 dated 10.2.1930). Fred Parkes, Blackpool designated manager.
30.9.1932: Homeward from fishing grounds in mountanous seas (Sk. Robert Wright. Struck the Bragar Rocks, Isle of Lewis. Slid off but carried back on the rocks and pounding coming afloat again and backed away. Boat made ready. Wireless operator made contact with steam trawler DAILY TELEGRAPH (GY367) which stood by whilst checks carried out and found to be making a little water. Proceeded in company for Fleetwood.
2.10.1932; Arrived Fleetwood.
1935: Sold to Thomas L. Devlin & Sons, Granton.
5.10.1935: Fleetwood registry closed.
10.1935: Registered at Granton as COMMILES (GN34). Thomas L. Devlin designated manager.
31.8.1939: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (P.No.FY.636) (Hire rate £82.16.0d/month).
1942: Transferred to Thomas L. Devlin & Sons Ltd, Granton. Thomas L. Devlin remained manager.
1942: Sold to Mrs Elizabeth D. Breen, Edinburgh.
10.1945: Re-classed at Fleetwood and returned to owner.
10.1945: Sold to Shire Trawlers Ltd (64/64), London. William Alfred Bennett, Sanderstead designated manager.
22.12.1945: Stranded at Dyra Fjord, Iceland. Refloated and returned to service.
11.1946: Granton registry closed.
26.11.1946: Registered at Grimsby (GY390).
16.12.1947: Sold to J. Marr & Son Ltd (64/64), Fleetwood for £12500.
23.12.1947: Geoffrey Edwards Marr, Cleveleys designated manager.
3.11.1948: Grimsby registry closed.
11.1948: Registered at Fleetwood (FD285).
12.1948: In blizzard conditions driven ashore at Kyle of Lochalsh. Two men brought ashore by breeches buoy, remaining crew taken off by launch from HMS FLAMBOROUGH HEAD.
12.1948: Refloated and returned to service.
8.6.1949: Sold to Anglo-Australian Fisheries (Pty) Ltd & Anglo-Australian Trawlers (Pty) Ltd, Perth, WA for £15000. Ian L. C. McNicol designated manager.
16.7.1949: Sailed Fleetwood for Fremantle, WA (Sk. Alfred Britton MBE(49)/Capt G. Thexton, Grasmere); fourteen crew all volunteers to settle in Australia and sailed under Western Australian Government immigration scheme; families to follow.
16.9.1949: Arrived Fremantle, WA. To fish out of Albany.
1953: Sold to Royal Australian Navy and after use as a target sunk off Rottnest Island W of Fremantle, WA as a dive site and fish haven.
(Matthew Flynn (or Flinn), Landsman (Volunteer), age 22, b. Dublin – VICTORY (SB160)

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S.T. Daily Herald FD101

S.T. Daily Herald FD101
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23/01/2009: Page published. 5 updates since then.
13/01/2017: Information updated.
15/07/2017: Removed FMHT watermark.

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