S.T. Fyldea FD72

Additional information courtesy of David Parkinson


Official Number: 162058
Yard Number: 1072
Completed: 1930
Gross Tonnage: 355
Net Tonnage: 141
Length: 140.4 ft
Breadth: 25 ft
Depth: 13.4 ft
Engine T.3-cyl and boiler by Amos & Smith Ltd, Hull
Built: Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby


(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)

15.2.1930: Launched by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby (Yd.No.1072) for J. Marr & Son Ltd, Fleetwood as FYLDEA.
24.3.1930: Registered at Fleetwood (FD72).
29.3.1930: Completed (Geoffrey Edwards Marr, manager).
1934: Crewed and operated by The City Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Hull. Fishing from Hull.
21.7.1936: Completed lengthening by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, Middlesbrough to 151.5 feet (including fitting new bow and stern sections). Re measured 377g 149n.
3.8.1939: Sailed Hull for Bear Island (Sk. H. French).
21.8.1939: At Hull landed 1,547 kits grossed £1,666.
2.9.1939: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (magnetic) (P.No.FY.666) (Hire rate £202.12.11d/month).
20-26.5.1940: Evacuation from Boulogne, Calais & Dunkirk.
25.5.1940: Sailed Dover for Calais in company with the trawlers ARLEY (P.No.FY.620) (FD44), BOTANIC (P.No.FY.707) (FD47), BROCK (P.No.FY.621) (FD47), CALVI (GY269), MARETTA (P.No.FY.665) (FD45), POLLY JOHNSON (H322) and drifters PLAYMATES (P.No.FY.738) (YH141) and WILLING BOYS (P.No.FY.947) (LT737) with several river launches in tow.
26.5.1940: At 1.40am. arrived off the French coast. No evacuation order given. Returned to Dover.
26.5.1940: At 6.57pm. ‘Operation Dynamo’ (Dunkirk evacuation) put into effect.
6.1940: At Dunkirk evacuation (Operation Dynamo)(Sk. G. Whamond) transported 180 troops.
30.1.1942: Based Lowestoft. Shot down German aircraft (JU88) near 54G buoy off Norfolk coast; one body recovered.
11.1945: Reclassed at Glasgow.
12.1945: Returned to owner.
1945: Fleetwood registry closed.
8.12.1945: Registered at Hull (H160).
26.9.1946: Sold to The Ocean Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull (William Leslie Barkworth, manager).
3.7.1947: Renamed HOWARD (H160).
11.1947: Sold to Iago Steam Trawler Co Ltd, Fleetwood (Cdr. E. D. W. Lawford DSO, manager).
12.11.1947: Hull registry closed.
1.1948: Renamed RED DRAGON (LO381).
5.2.1958: Sold to BISCO and allocated to Sold to Thos. W. Ward Ltd, Sheffield for breaking up.
18.2.1958: Arrived Barrow from Fleetwood. London registry closed.

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S.T. Fyldea FD72

S.T. Fyldea FD72
Picture courtesy of David Parkinson

S.T. Fyldea FD72 as a minesweeper

S.T. Fyldea FD72 as a minesweeper
Picture courtesy of The David Parkinson Collection

S.T. Fyldea FD72

S.T. Fyldea FD72
Picture courtesy of The David Slinger Collection

HMT Fyldea

HMT Fyldea
Picture courtesy of The Imperial War Museum

S.T. Fyldea FD72

S.T. Fyldea FD72
The David Parkinson Collection

28/01/2009: Page published. 3 updates since then.
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