Additional information courtesy of Mike Thompson
Official Number: 168578
Yard Number: 1265
As built: 670tons disp. 146.0 x 25.25 x 13.2 feet
Gross Tonnage: 380
Net Tonnage: 142
Length: 147.8 ft
Breadth: 25.1 ft
Depth: 13.2 ft
Engine: 700ihp T.3-cyl and boiler by Amos & Smith Ltd, Hull
Built: Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby
24.12.1942: Keel laid.
6.4.1943: Launched by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby (Yd.No.1265 ) (“Fish” class) for The Admiralty as HMS GRILSE (P.No.T.368).
5.7.1943: Completed as an A/S trawler (1-12pdr HA/LA, 3-20mm, ASDIC, DC). Based Mediterranean (Act Sk. Lieut. George Main RNR).
28.11.1944: Ty Act. Sk. Lieut. Harold Chandler RNR appointed CO.
1946: Laid up at Rosyth on Disposal List (SORF, Rosyth).
20.5.1946: Sold to Consolidated Fisheries Ltd, Grimsby for the sum of £18,858. Converted to steam trawler at a cost of £26,239. (Total £45,096).
2.1947: Registered at Swansea (Part I & Part IV) as CARDIFF CASTLE O.N.168578 (SA66). 380g 142n. Sir John D. Marsden, Bart, Lincoln designated manager. Insured for £75,680.
24.6.1947: First trip.
1952: Sold to The Clifton Steam Trawlers Ltd, Fleetwood.
6.1947: Converted for burning oil fuel, F.P. above 150° F.
5.1952: Swansea registry closed.
08.5.1952: Registered at Fleetwood (FD103).
13.07.1952: Registered at Fleetwood as JULIA BRIERLEY (FD103). John Channock, Cleveleys designated manager.
6.7.1956: Company taken over and vessel transferred to Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd, Fleetwood. Fred Parkes, Blackpool designated manager.
4.4.1957: Sold to Carry On Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood. Fred Parkes, Blackpool designated manager.
11.1957: On the St. Kilda grounds (Sk. Jim Port). Bosun, Michael Quinn (28) taken seriously ill with a suspected perforated appendix. Sk. Port radioed the missile tracking station on the island of Hirta and the RAF doctor advised that the Bosun should be landed there for attention. During the night a severe gale blew up and they had to dodge for two days until the weather abated. The sick man’s condition deteriorated and he was in need of immediate medical aid. Coming into Parson’s Bay, Hirta, the boat was launched and under the mate, Bill Cossey and six crew they landed on the beach and the sick man was transferred to the hutments. The skipper was advised that the Bosun should be kept on the island and that they were best to continue fishing and pick the man up on the way home. After twelve days they returned and picked up the Bosun who had been under observation and kept comfortable with injections and also took onboard mail from the twenty-eight servicemen stationed on the island. On return to Fleetwood Mr Quinn visited the hospital for a further check up and to see if an operation was necessary.
20.8.1958: Sold to Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd, Fleetwood, Sir Fred Parkes, Blackpool, designated manager.
By 6.1961: Laid up at Grimsby.
10.1961: Sold to Ets van Heygen Frères SA, Brugge, Belgium for breaking up.
10.10.1961: Fleetwood registry closed.
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14/01/2009: Page published. 5 updates since then.
12/06/2016: Picture added.
01/04/2017: Added images and removed FMHT watermark.
07/03/2021: Updated history and technical details.