S.T. Norina (1) – FD150


Additional information courtesy of Erling Baldorf and Helensburg Heritage Trust

Official Number: 139599
Yard Number: 668
Completed: 1916
Gross Tonnage: 270
Net Tonnage: 113
Length: 125.2 ft
Breadth: 23.5 ft
Depth: 12.6 ft
Built: Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby
Engine: T.3-cyl and boiler by C. D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull


15.8.1916: Launched by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby (Yd.No. 668) for Neale & West Ltd, Cardiff as KUNISHI.
5.2.1917: Completed. Wilfred Neale, Morley H. Neale & Joshua S. Neale designated joint managers.
24.4.1917: Registered at Cardiff (CF46).
7.1917: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-12pdr, Hydrophone) (Ad.No.3343). Based Taranto.
By 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Cardiff.
1920: Sold to Victor Basquet, La Rochelle. Cardiff registry closed. Registered at La Rochelle as PELICAN.
1927: Sold to J. Marr & Son Ltd, Fleetwood for £5500. Joseph Arthur Marr designated manager.
15.6.1927: Registered at Fleetwood as N0RINA (FD150).
1920: Remeasured 268g 111n.
1927: Remeasured 270g 113n 12.6 ft depth of hold.
4.1927: Geoffrey Edwards Marr designated manager.
3.9.1927: Sailed Fleetwood for West of Scotland grounds.
4.9.1927: At about 4.25am in dense fog when making for Lismore Light off the south tip of Mull, stranded. Holed aft but managed to refloat at 7.30 am and proceeded to Oban for repairs.
8.9.1927: Repairs completed to satisfaction of Fleetwood Mutual Insurance Association representative. Sailed for fishing grounds.
12.9.1927: Trawl fouled propeller. Cleared and steamed for fresh grounds.
18.9.1927: Completed fishing and set course for home. In fog and drizzle stranded on the Isle of Jura, about one hours steaming from the Rubha a Mhail (Rhuvaal) light whilst making for Islay Sound.
19.9.1927: Steam trawler SARBA (FD177) intercepted a wireless message sent to steam trawler VELIA (FD49).
20.9.1927: At about 3.15am. SARBA arrived on the scene and at daybreak she was joined by VELIA. Both trawlers connected but were unsuccessful in refloating.
21.9.1927: In the morning the Glasgow tug FLYING SPRAY (217grt/1917 – 823ihp) (Mr Roger Owen) arrived, connected and after three quarters of an hour succeeded in refloating. After check for leaks sailed for Fleetwood in tow.
22.9.1927: Delivered Fleetwood on morning tide and landed 400 boxes. Slipped, repaired and returned to service.
1.4.1929: Joseph A. Marr retired to manage Dinas Steam Trawling Co Ltd.
4.1929: Geoffrey Edwards Marr designated manager.
2.1931: Stranded in Sound of Islay. Refloated, repaired and returned to service.
11.8.1933: Arrested by fishery cruiser MINNA while fishing Butt of Lewis ground.
23.11.1933: At Stornoway Sheriff Court, Sk. William Rendall Drever was charged with trawling within prohibited waters off Point Ness, Lewis; failing to exhibit regulation lights; obscuring or altering the registration numbers and failing to stop when ordered and obstructing the boarding party. He pleaded Not Guilty.
26.1.1934: Sk. William Rendall Drever was found guilty on all four counts and fined £100, £20, £15 and £50 respectively with alternative imprisonment. 1.1940: Requisitioned for war service as a boom defence vessel (P.No.Z.145) (Hire rate £78.15.0d/month). Cost of conversion £12,491. Based Loch Ewe (Glenelg).
2.10.1942: Sold to Thomas Ross Ltd, Grimsby for £9850.
23.11.1943: Compulsorily acquired by M.O.W.T. Based at Fort William (D. MacBrayne Ltd, Glasgow, agents).
6.3.1945: Operating from Fort Bannatyne. In Loch Striven laying a buoy. At approximately 11.15am. completed task and underway. At 11.20am. miniature submarine XE11 -”Lucifer” (Lieut. Aubrey “Eustace” Staples SANF); five crew all told, submerged on trials came up to 10ft and was in collision. Submarine ran along under keel until struck by propeller and pressure hull breached. Submarine sank until resting on the bottom on even keel in about 210-215 feet, First Lieutenant, Sub Lieut. Bill Morrison RNVR and Engine Room Artificer Leslie Swatton, escaped but CO and two others drowned*. Submarine subsequently raised by NORINA, bodies recovered and buried in Rothesay Cemetery.
12.1.1946: Fleetwood registry closed. Laid up. Estimated cost of re-conditioning £8,750.
5.1947: Sold to BISCO for breaking up.
1949: Still in LR. No owners listed.

XE11 crew lost – Lieutenant Aubrey “Eustace” Staples SANF, Seaman Torpedoman J. J. Carroll and Stoker E. Higgins.

Note. The escape by S/Lt Morrison and ERA Carroll from 210-215ft remains the deepest unaided ascent from a submarine and features in the Guinness Book of Records.

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S.T. Norina FD150

S.T. Norina FD150
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S.T. Norina FD150

S.T. Norina FD150
Picture courtesy of The Frank Pook Collection

01/01/2009: Page published. 3 updates since then.
12/03/2016: Picture added.
09/10/2016: Information added.
27/02/2020: Updated information.