S.T. Othello FD389

In Fleetwood (Wyre Trawlers Ltd) ownership. Did not fish from the port.
Additional information courtesy of Mike Thompson and Bill Blow

Technical

Official Number: 164424
Yard Number: 1180
Completed: 1937
Gross Tonnage: 516.38
Net Tonnage: 284.80
Length: 173.2 ft
Breadth: 28.6 ft
Depth: 14.7 ft
Built: Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby
Engine: 1050ihp T.3-cyl and boiler by Amos & Smith Ltd, Hull

History

Last coal fired trawler to operate out of Hull

27.2.1937: Launched by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby (Yd.No.1180) for Earl Steam Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Grimsby as Le TIGER.
30.4.1937: Registered at Grimsby (GY398).
30.4.1937: Sir Alec Black, Bart appointed manager.
4.5.1937: Completed.
6.5.1937: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to National Provincial Bank Ltd, London (A).
13.8.1938: Mortgage (A) discharged.
16.8.1938: Sold to Hellyer’s Fishing Co (Grimsby) Ltd (64/64), Grimsby for £100. (but in Hellyer’s Ledger purchase for £28,500).
16.8.1938: Owen Stooks Hellyer appointed manager.
7.12.1938: Sold to Earl Steam Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Grimsby for £28,500.
9.12.1939: Sir Alec Black, Bart appointed manager.
15.12.1939: Sold to The Admiralty for £30,231.
5.1.1940: Grimsby registry closed. Fitted out as an anti-submarine trawler (1-4”, AA weapons, ASDIC, DC)(P.No.FY.243).
24.11.1940: Rescued crew of HMS AMETHYST (P.No.T.12) (433grt/1934) mined (acoustic) in Thames estuary.
3.1942: Transferred on loan to US Navy.
3.7.1942: Off US Eastern seaboard (Ty/Lt C A Hoodless RNR). Escorting convoy BX-27, rescued 31 survivors from the American Liberty steamer ALEXANDER MACOMB (7191grt/1942) which had been torpedoed and sunk by U-boat (U.215). Later that day approx. 300 miles east of Boston and 125 miles south of Nova Scotia carried out depth charge attack on U-boat (U.215) sinking her in position 41.48N 66.38; no survivors.
10.1942: Returned to Royal Navy.
2.1943: Based South Africa on escort duties.
1945: The Admiralty set up a scheme to enable companies to buy back vessels purchased. Due to Earl Steam Fishing Co Ltd being in voluntary liquidation allocated to Loyal Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby.
20.10.1945: A Control Committee was formed to manage Hull and Grimsby trawlers which were being offered by the Admiralty for sale back to their original owners. The owners who were allocated 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.
10.1945: Sold to Hull Ice Co Ltd, Hull.
31.7.1946: Re-classed. Registered at Grimsby (GY312) to the Hull Ice Co Ltd (64/64), Hull. Albert Wright Butt, Grimsby appointed manager.
16.11.1946: Sold to The Loyal Steam Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Grimsby.
18.11.1946: Albert Wright Butt, Grimsby appointed manager.
8.7.1947: Registered at Grimsby as REGAL (GY312) (MoT Minute RG.No.1260/1947 dated 1.7.1947).
9.9.1948: Sold to Devon Fishing Co Ltd, Hull.
14.9.1948: Grimsby registry closed.
14.9.1948: Mark Hellyer & Graham Hellyer appointed managers.
4.10.1948: Registered at Hull as OTHELLO (H581).
7.11.1952: Sold to Hellyer Bros. Ltd, Hull. Mark Hellyer & Graham Hellyer appointed managers.
25.6.1953: Off the Norway coast (Sk. Norman Longthorp). At 4.30am. stranded on rocks in position 68.50N 15.00E. Worked engine and came afloat at 7.00am. and proceeded Harstad for inspection. At Harstad put in Kaarby’s Shipyard drydock. Lower part of stem and keel broken and beat in from 9ft draught mark to frame No.15. No.1 plate on both sides in ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘D’ strakes broken and bent in forepart – forepeak full of water, but both bulkheads tight. No other damage to shell plating, rudder or propeller.
28.01.1953: Surveyed by Lloyd’s agent appointed surveyor. Temporary repairs effected by taking away all damaged parts of stem, keel and plates. New 1/4” plates bent and adjusted over surface of damage and welded to shell plates both sides. Forepeak filled with concrete up to 2ft above the fracture. Vessel refloated and proved tight and pumps working satisfactorily. “Vessel is considered to be in good seaworthy condition and trim to proceed to England with her cargo of fish.” At noon sailed for Hull.
28.6.1962: Sailed Hull for Iceland (Sk. A. Clarkson).
17.6.1962: At Hull, last landing 1,559 kits grossed £5,035. Laid up.
1963: To be sold to Wyre Trawlers Ltd, Fleetwood.
1963: Allocated Fleetwood PLN (FD389).
1963: As a result of defects found on survey at Hull, considered uneconomical to rectify (never moved to Fleetwood).
4.1963: Sold to Van Heighten Freres S.A., Ghent for £3,043.
9.4.1963: Delivered Ghent for breaking up.
19.4.1963: Hull Registry closed.

Click to enlarge images

S.T. Othello FD389

S.T. Le Tiger GY398
Picture courtesy of the JJ collection

S.T. Othello FD389

S.T. Othello H581
Picture courtesy of the JJ collection

S.T. Othello H581

S.T. Othello H581
Picture courtesy of The JJ Collection

S.T. Othello H581

S.T. Othello H581
Picture courtesy of The JJ Collection

Changelog
15/01/2009: Page published. 7 updates since then.
28/02/2016: Information added.
10/07/2017: Removed FMHT watermarks from images.