S.T. Northward Ho A15


Admiralty Number: 3827
Official Number: 139338
Yard Number: 163
Completed: 1919
Gross Tonnage: 203.50
Net Tonnage: 87.83
Length: 115.4 ft
Breadth: 22.2 ft
Depth: 12.1 ft
Built: Hawthorns & Co Ltd, Leith
Engine: 430ihp T.3-cyl by Hawthorns & Co Ltd, Leith


10.1918: Launched by Hawthorns & Co Ltd, Leith (Yd.No.163) (“Strath” class) for The Admiralty as JAMES HINES (Ad.No.3827).
5.2.1919: Forms for tender to purchase received by the Admiralty.
3.1919: Sold to Benjamin Knowles, Hull.
13.5.1919: Completed as a fishing vessel for The Hollinwood Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull.
22.5.1919: Registered at Hull (Part I &IV) as JAMES HINES O.N.139338 (H56).
1927: Sold to Seaward Fishing Co Ltd, Hull. Charles Hudson designated manager.
13.5.1927: Registered at Hull as NORTHWARD HO (H56).
1929: Sold to Ocean Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Hull. George Altoft designated manager.
3.1934: Sold to George Leiper, Aberdeen (managing owner).
1.3.1934: Hull registry closed.
3.3.1934: Registered at Aberdeen (A15). George Leiper designated managing owner.
16.7.1936: Landed at Fleetwood 248 boxes £418 gross (Alex Keay, agent).
1938: Sold to W. Leiper, Aberdeen. W. Leiper designated managing owner.
11.1939: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (P.No.FY.795) (Hire rate £63.15.0d/month).
19.3.1941: Sold to Walker Steam Trawl Fishing Co Ltd & Regent Fishing Co (Aberdeen) Ltd, Aberdeen. Thomas Walker designated manager.
22.2.1946: Sold to Brixham Trawlers Ltd, Fleetwood. Ralph S. Dugdall designated manager.
28.2.1946: Returned after restoration and survey at Aberdeen.
18.9.1946: Registered at Aberdeen as SMEE (A15) (MoT Minute RG No.1163/46 dated 26.8.1946).
7.1955: Sold to Jacques Bakker en Zonen, Bruges for breaking up.
28.7.1955: Delivered Bruges.
12.8.1955: Aberdeen registry closed.

(James Hines, Private, Marine, age 25, b. Wollondridge (?), Dorset – VICTORY (ML120))

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S.T. Smee A15

S.T. Smee A15
Picture courtesy of The Mark Stopper Collection

07/01/2009: Page published. Two updates since then.
02/07/2021: Updated history and technical details.