Official Number: 162895
Yard Number: 980
Gross Tonnage: 422
Net Tonnage: 160
Length: 157.0 ft
Breadth: 26.7 ft
Depth: 12.3 feet
Built: Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough
Engine: T.3-cyl by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, Middlesbrough
Boiler: Richardsons, Westgarth & Co Ltd, Hartlepool
20.12.1934: Launched by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough (Yd.No.980) for H. Croft Baker & Sons Ltd, Grimsby as MILDENHALL.
21.1.1935: Registered at Grimsby (GY124).
21.1.1935: Sydney Croft Baker designated manager.
25.1.1935: Mortgaged to Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, North Shields (A).
9.1935: As a result of the Abyssinian crisis and failure of British diplomacy, the Government authorised The Admiralty to procure twenty modern trawlers for conversion to minor war vessels.
4.12.1935: Mortgage (A) discharged.
12.1935: Following successful trials sold to The Admiralty (£27,231).
28.12.1935: Grimsby registry closed “On advice from Manager and from the Lords Commissioners of The Admiralty”. Fitted out as a “Gem” class anti-submarine trawler (1-12pdr, ASDIC, DC). Renamed HM Trawler SAPPHIRE (P.No.T.27).
1943: At Harwich. East Coast convoy escort.
1946: Laid up at Rosyth on Disposal List (SORF, Rosyth).
1946: Sold to Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd, Fleetwood. Basil Arthur Parkes designated manager.
9.1946: Restored and re-classed at Liverpool. Registered at Hull as DUNSBY (H306).
1948: Sold to Seddon Fishing Co Ltd, London & Fleetwood. B. Kilaczycki, London designated manager.
1951: Sold to Saint Andrew’s Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Hull. Basil Arthur Parkes, North Ferriby designated manager.
23.1.1953: At Hull landed from White Sea (Sk.H. Parker) 1,044 kits grossed £3,003. Transferred to Grimsby.
1953: Sold to Findus Hammerfest, Hammerfest (Hammerfest Havfiske A/L, managers). Registered at Hammerfest as FINDUS 1 (F2M)
2.1954: Sold to Hammerfest Havfiske A/L, Hammerfest (Lorentz A. Roksvaag, manager). Renamed SKAIDI (F2M).
2.1954: Converted for burning oil fuel, F.P. above 150° F.
6.1970: Sold for breaking up at Stavanger.
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14/01/2009: Page published. 5 updates since then.
28/05/2018: Removed FMHT watermarks from images.
10/02/2020: Updated information.