Official Number: 118795
Yard Number: 60
Gross Tonnage: 169
Net Tonnage: 54
Length: 110.3 ft
Breadth: 21.2 ft
Depth: 11.2 ft
Engine: 45hp T.3-cyl and boiler by C. D. Holmes & Co, Hull
Built: Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd, Goole
23.11.1903: Launched by Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd, Goole (Yd.No.60) for Kelsall Brothers & Beeching Ltd, Hull (George Beeching, Hull & John E. A. Kelsall, London, managers) as OWL .
22.12.1903: Registered at Hull (H801).
10.1914: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-6pdr HA) (Ad.No.373). Based Stornoway Command.
5.2.1915: At about 4.00 pm. in high seas and SW gale, patrol vessels ran for shelter in Broad Bay. At about 7.25 pm. dragged anchor and stranded on rocks.
6.2.1915: Weather eased and at 1.00 am. crew launched boat and reached shore. Surveyed, 5ft clear of surface water at LWS with 35° list to starboard, bilge keel gone and considerable damage to shell plating in vicinity, port side undamaged but water in bunkers and fishroom.
20.2.1915: Preparing launchways to refloat. Between 8.00 and 8.30 pm. with FLYING BUZZARD (200grt/1912) and drifter connected failed to move; tide did not make as predicted.
21.2.1915: Further attempt at 8.15 am. but tug hawser parted. 8.15 – 8.40 pm. again unsuccessful.
22.2.1915: Tide failed to make.
2.1915: Renamed OWL II.
21.3.1915: Refloated and beached at Stornoway. Subsequently towed to Belfast for repair and return to service. Based Humber.
By 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Hull (John Slater, London, manager). Reverted to OWL (H801).
Pre 1930: Delete manager.
2.1936: Sold to Brixham Trawlers Ltd, Brixham (Ralph S. Dugdall, manager).
12.1937: Transferred to Fleetwood when Brixham Trawlers Ltd moved to the port.
3.12.1937: Sailed Brixham for Fleetwood in company with VIREO (H446), fishing round.
16.12.1937: First landing at Fleetwood 78 boxes, grossed £140.
20.5.1953: Last landing at Fleetwood.
6.1953: Sold to William MacKenzie & Sons Ltd, Aberdeen (William MacKenzie, manager).
1954: Sold for breaking up. (Belgium?)
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27/01/2009: Page published. 2 updates since then.
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