S.T. Oceanic FD187

Additional information courtesy of Bill Blow


Official Number: 105543
Yard Number: 26
Completed: 1896
Gross Tonnage: 167.75
Net Tonnage: 67.51
Length: 102.0 ft
Breadth: 21.0 ft
Depth: 11.0 ft
Built: Thomas Charlton, Grimsby
Engine: 320ihp T.3-cyl and boiler by Thomas Charlton, Grimsby


3.1896: Completed by Thomas Charlton, Grimsby (Yd.No.26) for Richard Kelsall (64/64), Liverpool as OCEANIC.
18.3.1896: Registered at Grimsby (GY22). Richard Kelsall designated manager.
1896: Sk. John Reader convicted on charges of fishing in the Minches with beam trawl and name and number hidden.
12.12.1896: Kelsall Brothers & Beeching Ltd formed.
23.1.1897: Sold to Kelsall Brothers & Beeching Ltd (64/64), Manchester.
2.2.1897: John E. A. Kelsall & George Beeching, Fleetwood appointed managers.
25.8.1897: Grimsby registry closed.
4.9.1897: Registered at Fleetwood (FD187).
24.3.1899: Fleetwood registry closed. Transferred to fish out of Hull.
13.4.1899: Registered at Hull (H449).
25.8.1911: At Hull Police Court five crew members were charged with combining to disobey the lawful command of the skipper, Edward Gayfer. The trawler had arrived in the Humber from a North Seas trip but could not enter St. Andrew’s Dock due to a strike and anchored off. Despite being told not to touch the boat the defendents turned it out and proceeded ashore. The Magistrate fined Lawrence £4, Cosney £1, Cooper 30s, Storr 15s and Fox £1.
8.9.1911: Registered office transferred to Hull. George Beeching, Hull & John E. A. Kelsall, London, designated managers.
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 69.45net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907.
11.1914: Requisitioned for war service as a “Q” ship (1-12pdr) (Ad.No.391).
2.1915: Renamed OCEANIC II.
1915: Based Peterhead with Unit 41.
5.6.1915: Engaged and disabled a U-boat (U.14) by gunfire off Peterhead, which subsequently sank; one dead, twenty-seven survivors taken prisoner.
1.11.1915: Based Longhope with Unit 41.
9.1.1916: Based Malta with Unit 41. Based Aegean Sea.
By 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Hull. Reverted to OCEANIC (H449).
7.6.1919: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to London County Westminster & Parr’s Bank Ltd, London (A).
7.6.1919: John Slater, London designated manager.
6.3.1923: Mortgagee re-styled as Westminster Bank Ltd, London.
28.4.1924: Mortgage (A) discharged.
5.1924: Sold for breaking up.
6.5.1924: Hull registry closed “Sold to Shipbreaker”.

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S.T. Oceanic FD187

S.T. Oceanic H449 Picture from the Internet

S.T. Oceanic H449

S.T. Oceanic H449
Picture courtesy of The James Cullen Collection

18/01/2009: Page published. 6 updates since then.
17/09/2017: Removed FMHT watermarks from images.
06/07/2021: Updated history and technical details.