Stranding information courtesy of Laurence H Dettman
Official Number: 121084
Yard Number: 83
Gross Tonnage: 289
Net Tonnage: 113
Length: 133.3 ft
Breadth: 22.5 ft
Depth: 12.3 ft
Engine: 70nhp T.3-cyl by C. D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Beverley
Speed: 10.5 knots
31.8.1905: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Beverley (Yd.No.83) for Armitage’s Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull as PRINCESS LOUISE.
19.10.1905: Registered at Hull (H837).
10.1905: Completed (George T. Armitage, manager).
27.1.1909: In thick fog in the Humber estuary in collision with the steamer WHITBY ABBEY and both vessels damaged.
15.11.1913: Sailed Hull for White Sea grounds off the coast of Lapland (Sk. Hermann Dettman) (2nd hand George Henry Batty); twelve crew total.
23.12.1913: Left fishing grounds off Sem Islands for home picking up a Norway coast pilot at Honningsvåg.
25.12.1913: Called Gibostad to obtain medical assistance for the skipper suffering from an acute bowel disorder.
27.12.1913: Arrived Lødingen and dropped pilot setting course for Vest Fjord. When in vicinity of Lødingen Light shortly after 4.30am. the skipper was again indisposed and had to leave the wheelhouse telling the second hand the course to steer. On his return there was an exchange concerning the course and shortly afterwards the vessel struck heavily amidships and again aft and heeled to starboard and came fast. Endeavoured to free the vessel by working the engines but ingress of water into the stokehold was rapid; fires were drawn. Crew abandoned and vessel settled by the stern. Picked up by Norwegian coastal steamer and landed at Svolvaer. Skipper and Chief Engineer proceeded to Lødingen and took passage in the salvage steamer that was to attend the wreck which was lying in 10fms to the west of Root Var with some chance of salvage. Crew returned to Hull via Bergen.
6.3.1914: Hull registry closed “Vessel lost”. *
30.9.1914: Having been salved and returned to Hull, repaired and re-registered at Hull (H140).
3.11.1914: Returned to service and transferred to Armitage’s Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Fleetwood (George T. Armitage, Hull, manager).
2.1915: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-6pdr) (Ad.No.1176).
14.5.1915: Registered at Hull as PRINCESS LOUISE II (H140). Based Milford Haven.
By 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Hull.
1920: Sold to Thomas H. Smith, Fleetwood (managing owner).
15.1.1920: Hull registry closed.
16.1.1920: Registered at Fleetwood (FD365).
2.6.1921: Sold to James W. Armitage, Fleetwood (managing owner).
1.9.1922: Sold to The Sun Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Fleetwood (James W. Armitage, manager).
1926: Sold to Cie Belge de Pecheries Maritimes, Ostend.
1926: Re measured (Belgian Rules) 277g 100n 133.6 feet
5.8.1926: Fleetwood registry closed.
3.1926: Registered at Ostend as PASTOOR PYPE (O176).
1929: Sold to Dewsland Trawlers Ltd, Fleetwood (William A. Stonebanks, manager).
11.1929: Ostend registry closed.
1929: Re measured (BoT) 289g 115n 133.6 feet.
18.11.1929: Registered at Fleetwood (FD58).
28.11.1929: Registered at Fleetwood as DANELAND (FD58).
1935: Sold to Dinas Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Fleetwood (Joseph A. Marr, manager).
8.2.1935: Mortgaged to William Deacons Bank Ltd, London.
Pre 8.1938: Laid up at Fleetwood.
6.4.1941: Sunk by German aircraft 30 miles N by 1/2 W of Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim; twelve crew rescued.
6.6.1941: Fleetwood registry closed “Sunk by enemy aircraft 6/4/41”.
(Note* – Following BoT Inquiry at Hull the findings were published on 24.3.1914 concluding that;
“The stranding of, and serious damage to, the steam trawler Princess Louis was caused by the wrongful act and default of the skipper and of the second hand. As the skipper on the early morning in question was suffering for very severe indisposition, as he bears an exceptionally good character and as he gave his evidence with absolute straightforwardness the Court suspends his ticket (No.6483) for three months only from the date herof. The Court suspends the certificate (No.10696) of the second hand, who in his evidence displayed both ignorance and indifference and did not adequately assist the skipper, at a time when he most needed it, for a like period.”)
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12/04/2014: Picture added.
08/10/2014: Picture added.
21/09/2015: Stranding information added.
04/11/2015: Posted BOT stranding report.
19/03/2018: Removed FMHT watermarks from images.