Official Number: 162067
Yard Number: 963
Gross Tonnage: 433
Net Tonnage: 162
Length: 157.3 ft
Engine: 137ihp T.3-cyl by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough
Built: Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough
18.12.1933: Launched by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough (Yd.No.963) for Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd, Fleetwood as MAVIS ROSE.
15.1.1934: Registered at Fleetwood (FD14).
1.1934: Completed (Basil A. Parkes, Cleveleys, manager).
9.1935: As a result of the Abyssinian crisis and failure of British diplomacy, the Government authorised The Admiralty to procure twenty modern trawlers for conversion to minor war vessels.
11.1935: Following successful trials sold to The Admiralty. Fitted out as a “Gem” class anti-submarine trawler.
21.11.1935: Fleetwood registry closed. Renamed HMTrawler AGATE (P.No.T.87).
6.8.1941: In command of Py/Ty/Lieut. Leonard H. Cline RNR, part of east coast convoy FS 59 – Methil, Tyne & Sunderland for Thames. In poor visibility and NNW to NW gale, lost after running on Haisborough Sands off Cromer in position 52°54.30N/01°43.50E, along with eight cargo vessels* that followed the Commodore (Lt Cdr R J Stephens RNR -KENTAR) on an incorrect course and were not informed to alter course. AGATE Captain attempted to warn others but went aground at 3.59am; 18 crew including Captain lost and 8 saved.
* OXSHOTT, GALLOIS, DEERWOOD, ABERHILL, AFON TOWY, BETTY HINDLEY and TAARA.
(MPK – Py/Ty/Lieut. Leonard H. Cline PNR; Ty/Sub Lieut. Peter G. Beard RNR; Ty/Sub Lieut. Arthur G. Tree RNVR; Alfred H. Lewis, Engineman; Peter Robertson, AB; Sidney Burrett, James Cargill. Sidney Hood (killed), Charles Scraton, Richard Stephens, Seamen; James Donelly, Norman MacBeath, O/S; Michael Joyce, O/S Cook; Reginald N. McBurney, O/S Steward; Timothy C. Shields Ldg Stoker; Victor W. Pascoe, James W. Wilson, Stokers; Frederick C. Brill, Stoker 2nd class)
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