S.T. Northcoates H329


Admiralty Number: 3697
Official Number: 144573
Yard Number: 164
Completed: 1919
Gross Tonnage: 277
Net Tonnage: 107
Length: 125.4 ft
Breadth: 23.5 ft
Depth: 12.6 ft
Engine: 87HP T.3-cyl by Cox & Co (Engineers) Ltd, Falmouth
Built: Cox & Co (Engineers) Ltd, Falmouth


1918: Launched by Cox & Co (Engineers) Ltd, Falmouth (Yd.No.164) (“Castle” class) for The Admiralty as GEORGE CORTEN (Ad.No.3697).
6.2.1919: Completed.
1919: Registered by The Admiralty at London (Part I) O.N.144573. Engaged in commercial trawling.
13.08.1920: Minesweepers’ Cooperative Trawling Society Ltd, London registered.
09.1920: Allocated to the Minesweepers’ Cooperative Trawling Society Ltd, London.
25.09.1920: Registered at London (Part IV) as GEORGE CORTEN (LO467).
12.1920: At Wivenhoe fitted out for fishing under Special Survey of Lloyd’s Register and classed 100A1 Stm Trawler at Wivenhoe.
1921: Laid up at Brightlingsea.
28.12.1921: Sold to Kingston Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull after inspection at Brightlingsea by Capt. William John Lown & Lawrence Spring (directors). Purchased at asking price £7250 (Others inspected and purchased were DANIEL DICK, THOMAS BOUDIGE, ISAAC ARTHAN, JOHN BROOKER & JOHN GRAHAM).
21.12.1921: Registered at Hull (H329). Walter Scott appointed manager.
30.1.1922: Registered at Hull as ZENCON (H329).
13.11.1922: Registered at Hull as ZIRCON (H329).
27.5.1935: Sold to J. Marr & Son Ltd, Fleetwood for £3,800. Crewed and operated from Hull by The City Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Hull. Geoffrey Edwards Marr, Cleveleys appointed manager.
12.11.1935: Registered at Hull as NORTHCOATES (H329).
1936: Transferred to Fleetwood.
28.8.1939: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (magnetic) (P.No.FY.548) (Hire rate £83.2.0d/month).
9.1939: Fitting out at Sheerness.
23.5.1944: Assigned as magnetic minesweeper to Operation Neptune – Normandy landings.
29.5.1944: Ordered to Plymouth.
5.6.1944: Sailed Plymouth for beachhead approaches with minesweeping flotillas.
3.7.1944: Operation Neptune ended.
2.12.1944: Foundered in the English Channel off Littlehampton in heavy weather while under tow after machinery failure. Wreck lies in position 50.39.68N 0.35.32W in 26 m.

(George Corton (aka Corten, Carten), Landsman (volunteer), age 32, b. Oxford, Oxfordshire – VICTORY (SB112))

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HMT Northcoates

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01/01/2009: Page published. 5 updates since then.
03/11/2016: Information updated.