S.T. Hercules FD172


Official Number: 118780
Yard Number: 35
Completed: 1903
Gross Tonnage: 261
Net Tonnage: 95
Length: 128.3 ft
Breadth: 22.0 ft
Depth: 12.0 ft
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Beverley
Engine: 70nhp T.3-cyl by Charles D. Holmes & Co, Hull
Speed : 10.5 knots


26.8.1903: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Beverley (Yd.No.35) for The Anglo-Norwegian Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Hull as HERCULES.
9.10.1903: Completed (William R. Leyman, manager).
10.10.1903: Registered at Hull (H771).
21.10.1912: Sold to The Lancashire Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood (James A. Robertson, manager).
11.1914: New boiler fitted.
25.11.1912: Hull registry closed.
26.11.1912: Registered at Fleetwood (FD172).
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 103.35 net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907.
20.3.1915: Requisitioned for war service (Ad.No.1361). Commissioned at Fleetwood.
22.3.1915: Arrived Devonport. Fitted out for auxiliary patrol duties.
26.3.1915: Mounting fitted, gun not available. Fitted with mine-sweep.
30.3.1915: Allocated Unit 85 – Division D based at St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly (Sk. George Birch RNR).
19.4.1915: Registered at Fleetwood as HERCULES IV (FD172).
9.1.1916-15.1.1916: Refit at Penzance. Relief SLEBECH (Ad.No. 1758).
10.1916: Allocated Unit Nos. 85, 87, 147 – Sections C, D, E, F 1st Division based Isles of Scilly (Sk. G. Birch RNR). Fitted 3pdr.
By 1.10.1918: At Isles of Scilly for General Patrol and Escort work.
By 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Fleetwood.
12.10.1924: Edward Towne designated manager.
21.6.1930: Sold to J. Marr & Son Ltd, Fleetwood. Geoffry Edwards Marr designated manager.
12.4.1933: In collision with AMALIA (LT241) which sustained damage.
1937: Sold to Thos. W. Ward Ltd, Sheffield (£900) for breaking up at Preston.
13.12.1937: Fleetwood registry closed “Ship broken up”.

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S.T. Hercules FD172

S.T. Hercules FD172
Picture courtesy of The David Slinger Collection

S.T. Hercules H771

S.T. Hercules H771
Picture courtesy The David Slinger Collection

S.T. Hercules FD172

S.T. Hercules FD172
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S.T. Dania FD22

Rachael (background) Redwing (foreground)
Hercules (alongside)
Dania (outboard)
Picture courtesy of The Bill Blow Collection

28/01/2009: Page published. 3 updates since then.
29/01/2016: Picture added.
25/12/2017: Removed FMHT watermark from image.
10/10/2020: Added an image and updated history.