S.T. Kite H773

Additional information courtesy of Lynne Elvin and Hull Trawlers


Official Number: 118781
Yard Number: 59
Completed: 1903
Gross Tonnage: 167.71
Net Tonnage: 48.71
Length: 110.3 ft
Breadth: 20.9 ft
Depth: 11.1 ft
Built: Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd
Engine: 285ihp T.3-cyl and boiler by Charles D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull


26.8.1903: Launched by Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd (Yd.No.59) for Kelsall Brothers & Beeching Ltd (64/64), Hull as KITE.
15.10.1903: Registered at Hull (H773).
15.10.1903: George Beeching, Hull & John Edmund Ambrose Kelsall, London appointed managers.
10.1903: Completed
29.12.1912: In the North Sea off the Dogger Bank with the boxing fleet. With other trawlers responded following the foundering of steam trawler BRITANNIC (H447) after being run into amidships by steam trawler BUZZARD (H971). Picked up two survivors and transferred them to BUZZARD which suffered only minor damage to her fore end.
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 63.43 net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907.
11.1914: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-6pdr HA) (Ad.No.415).
2.1915: Renamed KITE II.
12.1918: Returned and reverted to KITE (H773).
7.6.1919: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to The London County Westminster & Parr’s Bank Ltd, London (A).
7.6.1919: John Slater designated manager.
6.3.1923: Mortgagee re-styled as Westminster Bank Ltd, London.
14.10.1927: Mortgage (A) transferred to William Augustus Hayward, Eastbourne.
14.10.1927: Mortgage (A) transferred to Mercantile Marine Finance Corporation Ltd, London.
28.9.1928: Robert Burton designated manager.
16.9.1932: Charles Hugh Emerson designated manager.
10.1932: Mercantile Marine Finance Corporation Ltd in liquidation.
1.11.1932: Mortgage (A) transferred to Harold Frank Hayward, London; Maud Florence Katherine Rogers, Chelsea and Ernest Norton, London (Joint mortgagees).
23.1.1936: Mortgage (A) discharged.
11.2.1936: Sold to Brixham Trawlers Ltd, Brixham.
14.2.1936: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to Harold Frank Hayward, London; Maud Florence Katherine Rogers, Corfe Castle and Ernest Norton, London for £750 with interest at 5% with (joint mortgagees)(B).
1.2.1936: Ralph Stockman Dugdale designated manager.
11.2.1936: Sold to Brixham Trawlers Ltd (64/64), Brixham.
14.2.1936: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) for £750 with interest at 5% to Harold Frank Hayward, London; Maud Florence Katherine Rogers, Corfe Castle and Ernest Norton, London (Joint mortgagees)(B).
12.1937: Transferred to Fleetwood when Brixham Trawlers Ltd moved to the port.
4.12.1937: Sailed Brixham for Fleetwood in company with THRUSH (H703), fishing round.
14.12.1937: First landing at Fleetwood 56 boxes, grossed £147.
26.11.1938: Brixham Trawlers Ltd registered office transferred to Fleetwood.
2.12.1938: Ralph S. Dugdall designated manager.
9.2.1939: Mortgage (B) discharged.
13.2.1939: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to Midland Bank Ltd, London (C).
20.4.1953: Mortgage (C) discharged.
26.7.1955: Sold to Belgian shipbreakers for breaking up.
4.8.1955: Hull registry closed “… on sale of the ship to foreigners (Belgian subjects)”.
31.7.1956: Arrived Boom from Fleetwood under own power.

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S.T. Kite H733

S.T. Kite H733
Picture courtesy of Fred Baker

S.T. Kite H773

S.T. Kite H773
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17/01/2009: Page published. 4 updates since then.
28/01/2017: Removed disputed image.
16/07/2017: Updated information.
23/03/2018: Added an image.