S.T. Frobisher LO15


Official Number: 162202
Yard Number: 555
Completed: 1930
Gross Tonnage: 397
Net Tonnage: 151
Length: 142.7 ft
Breadth: 25.1 ft
Depth: 14.1 ft
Engine: 104nhp T.3-cyl and boiler by Amos & Smith Ltd. Hull
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley
Speed: 10.7 knots


Note In 1935 the Hull trawler LEONIDAS (162186) (H267) was lengthened by Smiths Dock Co. Ltd. The work involved creating an improved hull form with new bow and stern sections. The design was successful, not only providing increased fish room capacity, but also, as was expected, reducing coal consumption and giving a slightly higher free running speed. Other owners stemmed vessels at Middlesbrough for similar work to be undertaken

24.9.1930: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.555) for Oddsson & Co Ltd, Hull as K’OPANES.
22.10.1930: Registered at Hull (H502).
28.10.1930: Completed (Jon S. Oddsson, Hessle, manager).
3.10.1933: Sold to W. B. Willey & Sons Ltd, Hull (William B. Willey Jnr, manager).
23.10.1933: Renamed GRAMPIAN (H502).
6.1937: Completed lengthening by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, Middlesbrough to 158.7 feet (including fitting new bow and stern sections). Re measured 409g 164n.
18.1.1939: Sold to East Riding Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Hull (Charles Percy Hudson, manager). 25.7.1939: Insured value £18,200.
8.1939: Requisitioned for war service on examination service and as a minesweeper (1-12pdr HA) (P.No.FY.546) (Hire rate £226.12.3d/month).
1.1.1940: Sold to Hudson Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Hull (Archibald Hudson, manager).
3.1944: Employed on miscellaneous naval duties.
1944: Sold to Hudson Brothers Trawlers Ltd, Hull (Archibald Hudson, manager).
2.1946: Reclassed at Glasgow.
5.3.1946: Returned to owner. Renamed CAPE PEMBROKE (H502).
11.12.1946: Sold to The Ocean Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull (William Leslie Barkworth, manager). Renamed FROBISHER (H502).
3.12.1948: Sold to Short Blue Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood (Robert S. Hewett, manager). Hull registry closed. Registered at London (LO15).
9.12.1950: Steam trawler NORTHERN SPRAY (GY190) (Sk.Sveri Ebenezersson), in a fierce storm in Isafjördur town outer harbour, dragged anchors and grounded at 3.00pm but came afloat about 6.30 pm. only to drift ashore again off the township of Isafjördur.
10.-12.12.1948: Crew returned and attempt to refloat with the aid of trawlers DERBY COUNTY (GY514), FROBISHER (H502) and Icelandic gunboat ÆGIR (507grt/1929) unsuccessful due to falling tide (25.12.1950: Northern Spray refloated by Icelandic gunboat ÆGIR and taken to Reykjavik where survey revealed extensive bottom damage).
1957: Sold to Van Heyghen Freres S.A., Ghent for breaking up.
24.10.1957: Sailed Fleetwood for Ghent.

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S.T. Frobisher LO15

S.T. Frobisher LO15
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S.T. Frobisher LO15

S.T. Grampian H502
As an examining vessel

28/01/2009: Page published. 5 updates since then.
01/12/2016: Information updated.
26/01/2017: Removed disputed image.
28/04/2019: added image.
15/10/2020: Updated history.