S.T. Lord Middleton FD67


Official Number: 164923
Yard Number: 1155
Completed: 1936
Gross Tonnage: 464
Net Tonnage: 181
Length: 161.3 ft
Breadth: 26.6 ft
Depth: 14.1 ft
Built: Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby
Engine: T.3-cyl by Amos & Smith Ltd, Hull


24.3.1936: Launched by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby (Yd.No.1155) for Pickering & Haldane’s Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull as LORD MIDDLETON.
7.5.1936: Registered at Hull (H282).
19.5.1936: Completed at a cost of £19,805. Albert Turgoose & James Clark designated joint managers.
25.5.1936: Sailed Hull on first trip to Norway Coast (Sk. Arnasson).
15.6.1936: At Hull landed 744 kits £910 gross.
22.7.1939: Sailed Hull for Bear Island (Sk. R. Pettman).
25.7.1939: Insured value £23,200.
7.8.1939: At Hull landed 1,584 kits £1,106 gross.
1939: To requisitioning, at Hull landed from Iceland/Bear Island/Norway Coast (Sk. R. Pettman) 198 days 17,000 kits. £11,202 gross.
9.1939: Requisitioned for war service as an anti-submarine trawler (P.No. FY.219) (Hire rate £301.12.0d/month).
10.12.1939: Sk. Edgar Albert Mutten RNR appointed CO.
1.1940: Based Ardrossan with A/S Group 29.
12.1.1941: Ty/Lieut. Robert Hudson Jameson RNR appointed CO.
4.1942: Murmansk convoys PQ14 to PQ17 inclusive and return QP convoys.
8.4.1942: Sailed Oban escorting convoy PQ-14 – Oban – Murmansk.
16.4.1942: In company with NORTHERN WAVE (P.No.FY153) (Ty/Lieut. William Godfrey Pardoe-Matthews RNR) who picked up 28 survivors, picked up 9 survivors including Master (Capt. John McDonald), from MoWT steamer EMPIRE HOWARD (6985grt/1941) torpedoed by U-boat (U403) NW of North Cape (73.48 21.50E). Landed survivors at Polarnoe near Murmansk.
28.4.1942: Sailed Murmansk escorting convoy QP-11 – Murmansk – Reykjavik.
1.5.1942: 150 miles off Bear Island picked up 14 survivors of Russian steamer TSIOLKOVSKIJ (2847g/1935) torpedoed by U.boat (U589) (71.46N 34.30E) and damaged, subsequently sunk by German destroyers Z-24 and Z-25. Escorting convoy QP-14 Murmansk – Reykjavik. Took off most of crew of HMS SOMALI (G33) torpedoed amidships by U-boat ((U703) transferring them to other ships.
17.1.1943: Ty/Lieut. Trevor Davies Bennett RNR appointed CO.
15.2.1943: Escorting convoy JW-53 Liverpool – Kola Inlet. In heavy weather forward store flooded, speed reduced and fell behind. Ordered to to steam for Scapa Flow escorted by HMS DIANELLA (K07).
9.3.1943: Ty/Lieut. George O.T. D. Henderson RNVR appointed CO.
3.1944: Ty/Lieut. Leslie Alfred Berry RNVR appointed CO.
1944: Assigned to Operation Neptune – Normandy landings.
23.5.1944: Convoy escort duties in British waters and across the Channel in support of landings.
3.7.1944: Operation Neptune ended.
15.12.1944: Ty/Act/Lt Cdr. George Henry Riches RNVR appointed CO.
12.1944: Pickering & Haldane Ltd bought by J Bennett, London.
20.06.1945: Company restyled as Lord Line Ltd, Hull.
18.3.1946: Returned to owner.
12.1947: Converted for burning oil fuel F.P. above 150° F.
17.4.1950: Sold to Associated Fisheries Trawling Co Ltd, Hull for £20,500 (Lord Line in liquidation)
22.07.1953: Company restyled Lord Line Ltd, Hull.
30.7.1962: Sailed Hull for Iceland, last trip from port (Sk. J. Malon).
16.8.1961: At Hull landed 1,340kits grossed £5,777.
21.8.1962: Sold to Wyre Trawlers Ltd, Fleetwood for £28,304.
1.10.1962: Hull registry closed.
10.1962: Registered at Fleetwood (FD67). Leslie Wheildon designated manager.
14.11.1962: On Icelandic grounds arrested for alleged illegal fishing and escorted to Isafjördhur (with HMS RESSELL (P.No.F80) in company).
5.1964: Sold to Thos. W. Ward Ltd, Sheffield for breaking up.
14.5.1964: Delivered Barrow-in-Furness from Fleetwood under own power.
1964: Fleetwood registry closed.

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S.T. Lord Middleton H282

S.T. Lord Middleton H282
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S.T. Lord Middleton FD67

S.T. Lord Middleton FD67
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S.T. Lord Middleton FD67

S.T. Lord Middleton FD67
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13/01/2009: Page published. 3 revisions since then.
03/11/2014: Picture added.
21/12/2019: Updated information and added an image.