S.T. Foss FD243


Official Number: 139212
Yard Number: 635
Completed: 1916
Gross Tonnage: 274.76
Net Tonnage: 107.61
Length: 125.4 ft
Breadth: 23.4 ft
Depth: 12.8 ft
Built: Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough
Engine: T.3-cyl by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, Middlesbrough


19.4.1916: Launched by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough (Yd.No.635) for The “Wyre” Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Fleetwood as FOSS.
17.5.1916: Registered at Fleetwood (FD243).
5.1916: Completed. Magnus B. J. Wedum designated manager. Requisitioned from the builders for war service (Ad.No.3278). Fitted with Hotchkiss 1-12pdr, W/T (Call sign XPA) and modified mine-sweep. Fitted out as Leader.
10.1916: Allocated Unit Nos. 85, 87, 147 – Sections C, D, E, F 3rd Division based Isles of Scilly Post (Sub Lieut. F. A. Orriss RNR).
1.10.1918: At Isles of Scilly for General Patrol and Escort work (Lieut. RNR).
By 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Fleetwood.
10.1928: Fitted with W/T.
3.1.1940: Requisitioned for war service as a boom defence vessel (P.No.Z.144) (Hire rate £77.18.4d/month).
1943: Sold to Northern Trawlers Ltd, London. W. A. Bennett designated manager.
23.11.1943: Compulsorily acquired by M.O.W.T.
1944: Based at Fort William (D. MacBrayne Ltd, Glasgow, agents).
1.1947: Sold to George Murray, Aberdeen. George Murray designated managing owner.
1.1947: Fleetwood registry closed.
25.1.1947: Registered at Aberdeen (A269).
4.11.1947: Sold to Westburn (Fishing) Ltd, Aberdeen. George Murray designated manager.
11.1956: Sold To BISCO and allocated to P/ & W. MacLellan Ltd, Glasgow for breaking up at Bo’ness.
1.12.1956: Arrived Bo’ness from Aberdeen under own power.
31.1.1957: Aberdeen registry closed “ Broken up “.

Annex A

5.1916: Commissioned. Fitted with WT (Call sign XPA0 and Hotchkiss 12pdr and fitted out for minesweeping duties (Ad.No.3278). Fitted as Leader.
By 10.1916: Allocated to Unit No.85 – 3rd Division based St. Mary’s, Scilly Islands (Sub Lieut. F.A. Orriss RNR).
By 1.10.1918: At St. Mary’s (General Patrol and Escort work) (Lieut. RNR).

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S.T. Foss FD243

S.T. Foss FD243
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S.T. Foss FD243

S.T. Foss FD243
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S.T. Foss FD243

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