Official Number: 116137
Yard Number: 341
Gross Tonnage: 230
Net Tonnage: 84
Length: 125 ft
Breadth: 21.7 ft
Depth: 12 ft
Engine: 70nhp T.3-cyl and boiler by Amos & Smith Ltd, Hull
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Hull
14.2.1902: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Hull (Yd.No.341) for Pickering & Haldane’s Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull as OPHIR.
21.3.1903: Registered at Hull (H725).
6.4.1903: Completed (H. A. L. Russell, manager).
1.1915: Requisitioned for war service as an armed trawler (1-12pdr, 1-6pdr HA & 1-7.5” A/S Howitzer) (Ad.No.1204).
2.1915: Renamed OPHIR III.
17.4.1915: Registered at Hull as OPHIR III (H725).
4.10.1918: Sold to Weston W. Crampin, Grimsby (managing owner).
21.10.1918: Hull registry closed.
24.10.1918: Registered at Grimsby (GY1220). Based Harwich.
By 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Grimsby.
2.1919: Sold to The Crampin Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby (Herbert G. Crampin, manager).
2.1933: Sold to Walker Steam Trawl Fishing Co Ltd, Aberdeen (Thomas Walker, manager).
1.2.1933: Grimsby registry closed.
9.2.1933: Registered at Aberdeen as STAR OF MORAY (A232).
1934: Sold to The Hewett Fishing Co Ltd, London & Fleetwood.
4.8.1934: Aberdeen registry closed.
9.8.1934: Registered at London (LO167).
29.9.1934: Registered at London as LADYLOVE (LO167).
7.1940: Requisitioned for war service and designated for minesweeping duties (P.No.FY.335).
10.1940: Returned to owner (Not recorded in Admiralty Folio MT65-467 A-L).
2.8.1941: Sailed Fleetwood for Icelandic grounds (Sk. Alfred C. Fletcher); thirteen crew.
24.8.1941: In evening after being involved in search, directed by aircraft, picked up three men in boat from Norwegian steamer INGER (1418grt/1930) (torpedoed at 2347 on 23.8.1941 by U-boat (U143) 30 miles from Butt of Lewis). Landed survivors at Stornoway.
25.8.1941: Sailed Stornoway.
27.8.1941: At 1435 U-boat (U.202) hit a trawler with a torpedo the vessel foundered in 15 seconds. Although no vessel identified, this must have been the LADYLOVE; crew of fourteen lost*.
30.8.1941: Posted missing (Official date of death of crew members – 7.9.1941).
23.3.1942: London registry closed.
1.1915: Fitted with WT and Hotchkiss 12pdr, 6pdr HA and Bomb Thrower as an armed trawler (Ad.No.1204).
17.4.1915: Renamed Ophir III.(Ad.No.1204) and re-registered at Hull (H725).
By 1.10.1918: At Penzance (General Patrol and Escort work) (Lieut. RNR).
(Lost* – All Fleetwood unless stated. Sk. Alfred Crozier Fletcher (60), Analby; Thomas Brunt (44), Mate; John Dawson (44), Ch Eng; Walter Birkett (45), 2nd Eng; William Sharples (37), Bosun; Albert Chance (38), Hessle, John Thomas Mooney (33), Hull, Wilfred Thomas Liles (43), John Thomas Rossall (32), Blackpool, Thomas James Temple (38), Lowestoft & J. Millner (?), Deckhands; Stanley Smith (19) & Frederick Moss (42), Firemen; Norman Platt (45), Cook)
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