S.T. Lois (2) FD424


Official Number: 143469
Yard Number: 357
Completed: 1917
Gross Tonnage: 286
Net Tonnage: 112
Length: 130 ft
Breadth: 23 ft
Depth: 12.2 ft
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley
Engine: 600ihp T.3-cyl and boiler by Amos & Smith, Hull


Ordered by Great Grimsby & East Coast Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby as the CORINTHIA purchased by The Admiralty on the stocks.
30.1.1917: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.357) (non standard “Mersey” class) for The Admiralty as JOHN APPLEBY (Ad.No.3612).
25.5.1917: Completed as an A/S trawler (1-12pdr, Hydrophone and W/T).
1919: Registered by The Admiralty at London (Part I) as JOHN APPLEBY O.N.143469.
03.02.1920: Registered at London (Part IV) (LO286).
13. 08.1920: Minesweepers’ Cooperative Trawling Society Ltd, London registered.
By 18.09.1920: Allocated to Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries, London and engaged in commercial trawling.
1920: Allocated to the Minesweepers’ Cooperative Trawling Society Ltd, London.
11.1920: At John I. Thornycroft & Co Ltd, Woolston completed fitting out for fishing under Special Survey of Lloyd’s Register and classed 100 A1 Stm Trawler at Southampton.
01.1922: Scheme abandoned, the necessary working capital of £100,000 having not been subscribed. Laid up.
01.1923: Sold to Fleetwood Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood.
18.01.1923: London registry closed.
19.01.1923: Registered at Fleetwood (FD424). George E. J. Moody, Grimsby designated manager).
22.02.1923: Registered at Fleetwood as LOIS (FD424).
12.12.1923: Responded to distress from steam trawler PETER KILLEN (FD406) stranded on small island off Isle of Lismore, Loch Linnhe.
13.12.1923: With steam trawler IDA ADAMS (FD327), connected and successfully refloated. After carrying out checks, PETER KILLEN proceeded to Fleetwood.
1926: Sir George E. J. Moody, Grimsby designated manager.
1938: Will B. Moody, Grimsby designated manager. William Moody Kelly, Fleetwood managing agent.
20.11.1939: Off Tory Island, Co. Donegal picked up crew of SEA SWEEPER (FD171) stopped by U-boat (U.33) and sunk by gunfire.
27.2.1940: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (P.No. FY.781) (Hire rate £83.8.4d/month).
31.11.1944: Returned to owner.
30.12.1946: Sailed Fleetwood for Icelandic grounds (Sk. George Smith); fifteen crew.
5.1.1947: Sranded at Grindavik, south west coast of Iceland in severe weather. Crew* rescued by breeches buoy but skipper** lost.
21.1.1947: Fleetwood registry closed “Total Loss”.

* Rescued (all Fleetwood unless stated) – Harold Kaiser, Blackpool, Mate; Mark Trott, Bosun; Michael Hearty, Ch. Eng; Christopher Bond, 2nd Eng; Colin Hunter; John Barratt; Arthur Street; George Harrison; R. Reeve; Joseph Brunt; Phillip Wuhr; William Greaves, Preesall & Max Wilson, Blackpool, deckhands; James O’Dea, Blackpool & J. Connolly, firemen; H. Scott, cook.
**George Smith, Skipper.

(John Appleby, OS (volunteer), age 24, b. Yorkshire – VICTORY (SB426))

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S.T. Lois FD424

S.T. Lois FD424
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22/01/2009: Page published. 3 updates since then.
03/02/2017: Removed disputed image.
01/09/2020: Updated history and added an image.