S.T. Flanders FD165
Additional material courtesy of Bill Blow and Brian Booth
Official Number: 144391
Yard number: 417
Gross Tonnage: 289
Net Tonnage: 113
Length: 125.5 ft
Breadth: 23.5 ft
Depth: 12.7 ft
Engine: 500ihp T.3-cyl by Amos & Smith Ltd, Hull
Boiler: Earle’s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull
Built: Cook Welton & Gemmell, Beverley
Speed: 10.5 knots
18.6.1919: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.417)(“Castle” class) for The Admiralty as the CHARLES ANTRAM (Ad.No.4401).
13.2.1920: Completed as a fishing vessel.
25.2.1920: Registered by The Admiralty as a fishing vessel at London (LO335). Official No.144391.
29.8.1921: Sold to Société Anonyme Armement Ostendais, Ostend for £7000.
6.9.1921: London registry closed.
25.9.1921: Registered at Ostend as EDMOND VAN BEVEREN (O147).
27.9.1921: Arrived Ostend.
1930s: Landing occasionally at Fleetwood.
1.1939: Sold to Rhondda Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Grimsby.
1.1939: Ostend registry closed.
12.1.1939: Registered at Grimsby as FLANDERS (GY10).
12.1.1939: Sir John Denton Marsden, Bart appointed manager.
30.8.1939: Requisitioned for war service on examination service and as a minesweeper (P.No.FY.600) (Hire rate £90.7.0d/month). Outfitting on Tyne.
27.1.1940: Ty/Sk. C. Evans RNR appointed CO. Based Tyne with M/S Group 54.
1.1941: Based Granton with M/S Group 33.
18.1.1941: Ty/Sk. Alex Watson DSC RNR appointed CO.
5.4.1942: Lieut. J. Mathew Clark-Campbell RN appointed CO. Based Dundee with M/S Group 32.
20.10.1942: Ty/Lieut. P. S. Stevenson RNVR appointed CO.
9.11.1942: Sold to Mason Trawlers Ltd (64/64), Fleetwood.
12.11.1942: Robert Houseman Bagshaw appointed manager.
1944: Based Stornoway.
21.11.1944: Off Tiree, picked up eight crew members of RAF Halifax – LL510 of 518 Squadron on Met duty from Tiree which ditched after engine problems on take off. Landed survivors at Tiree.
11.1945: Paid off.
11.12.1945: Returned to owner.
18.1.1946: Grimsby registry closed.
23.4.1946: Registered at Fleetwood (FD165).
9.11.1947: Responded to wireless call from steam trawler THOMAS ALTOFT (H132) stranded on rocks off Eilean Glas, Harris. With great seamanship, Sk. Kirby took his vessel between the rocks five times and by 3.00am. all fifteen crew taken off.
29.12.1950: Fishing about 15 miles SW of Barra, at about 1330 observed RAF Halifax – ST798 of 202 Squadron, Aldergrove (Sqd Ldr. Terence R. Cox) crash in sea. Hauled and steamed to area, some wreckage found but no survivors.
15.1.1951: Body of Sqd Ldr. Cox, and aircraft wreckage, recovered by Milford motor trawler MILFORD COUNTESS (M128) (Sk. J. R. Clark) whilst fishing 20 miles W of Castlebay, Barra. Landed body and wreckage at Tobermoray, Mull.
2/3.3.1957: Attempted to refloat SETHON (FD166) (Sk. J.E. Mitchinson) stranded on Black Rock, Sound of Islay. First attempt tow parted and subsequent attempt aborted when tide failed to make as predicted.
7.11.1959: Sold to BISCO and allocated to West of Scotland Shipbreaking Co Ltd, Troon for breaking up.
16.11.1959: Sailed Fleetwood for Troon.
17.11.1959: Delivered Troon Harbour (draughts 6’3”/14’6”).
11.1.1960: Breaking commenced.
19.2.1960: Beached (draughts 6’8”/10’6”).
19.5.1960: Breaking completed.
1960: Fleetwood registry closed.
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