S.T. Northern Gem LO109


Official Number: 164666
Yard Number: 546
Completed: July 1936
Gross Tonnage: 655
Net Tonnage: 254
Length 188.1: ft
Breadth 28.1: ft
Depth 15.5: ft
Engine: T.3-cyl & LP turbine with DR gearing & hydraulic coupling by Deutsche Schiffs und Maschinenbau AG Seebeck, Wesermünde.
Built: Deutsche Schiffs und Maschinenbau AG Seebeck, Wesermünde,


1936: Ordered by Leverhulme Ltd, London to absorb frozen credits in Germany.
6.1936: Completed by Deutsche Schiff und Maschinenbau AG Seebeck, Wesermünde (Yd.No.546) for MacLine Ltd, London (Leverhulme Ltd) as NORTHERN GEM.
22.6.1936: Registered at London (LO109). Operating out of Fleetwood (Edward D. W. Lawford, manager).
6.8.1936: First landing at Fleetwood, 836 boxes grossed £610.
29.9.1937: Last landing at Fleetwood, 990 boxes grossed £689.
9.10.1937: Sold to Northern Trawlers Ltd, London (William A. Bennett, manager).
8.1939: Sold to The Admiralty (£32,963) and fitted out as an anti-submarine trawler (P.No.FY.194).
11.3.1940: London registry closed.
1940: Northern patrol based at Kirkwall. 4/5.1940: Norwegian Campaign. The last ship out of Narvik.
1941: Transferred to Iceland Command. Escort to convoy PQ17.
12.1941: Murmansk Convoy JW51B. Rescued 80 survivors from HMS ACHATES (P.No.)
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.
20.10.1945: A Control Committee was formed to manage Hull and Grimsby trawlers which had been bought by the Admiralty pre war and were being offered for sale back to their original owners. The owners who bought back these vessels and wanted to take part in the scheme agreed to register the trawlers under the Hull Ice Co. Ltd and profits were shared. Management of the trawlers was given to the companies which had bought them.
30.11.1945: Returned.
2.1946: Refurbished and surveyed at Liverpool.
2.1946: Sold to Hull Ice Co Ltd, Hull (Northern Trawlers Ltd, London, managers).
2.1946: Registered at Grimsby (GY204).
1.11.1946: Sold to Northern Trawlers Ltd, London (H. Markham Cook, Grimsby, manager).
3.1948: Converted for burning oil fuel, F.P. above 150° F.
Pre1959: John Bennett appointed manager.
Pre1963: John A. Butt appointed manager.
1966: Sold to Scrappingco S.r.l, Antwerp for breaking up.
15.6.1966: Delivered Antwerp.
6.1966: Grimsby registry closed.

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S.T. Northern Gem LO109

S.T. Northern Gem LO109

S.T. Northern Gem LO109

S.T. Northern Gem LO109
Picture from The Osta Collection

HMT Northern Gem

HMT Northern Gem leaving harbour at Hvalfjord, Iceland
Picture reproduced under IWM Non-Commercial Licence

Northern Gem GY204

Northern Gem GY204
Picture courtesy of Mark Stopper

S.T. Northern Gem LO109

S.T. Northern Gem GY204

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