S.T. Princess Marie-José FD12


Official Number: 136234
Yard Number: 314
Completed: 1915
Gross Tonnage: 274
Net Tonnage: 109
Length: 125.4 ft
Breadth: 22.7 ft
Depth: 12.2 ft
Engine: 80nhp T.3-cyl by C. D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley


17.12.1914: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.314) for Armitage’s Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull as PRINCESS MARIE-JOSÉ.
12.2.1915: Completed (George T. Armitage, manager).
22.2.1915: Registered at Hull (H242). Transferred to Armitage’s Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Fleetwood (George T. Armitage, Hull, manager).
22.5.1915: Requisitioned for war service.
24.5.1915: Arrived Falmouth. Fitted out as a minesweeper (1-12pdr, 1-7.5” A/S Howitzer) (Ad.No.1770). Fitted as Leader.
20.7.1915: Operating between Orkney and Shetland as a decoy trawler (Lt Cantlie RN) towing/and in company with HM S/M C.27 (Lt Cdr Dobson).
To the east of Fair Isle, shelled by U-boat (U.23) which C-27 stalked and subsequently sank in position 58°55N/00°14W; twenty four dead, ten survivors.
23.11.1917: At Aberdeen fitted with hydrophones.
Post 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Hull.
2.1920: Sold to The Sun Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull (James W. Armitage, Fleetwood, manager).
19.2.1924: Hull registry closed.
19.2.1924: Registered at Fleetwood (FD12) (James W. Armitage, Scarborough, manager).
27.10.1920: President of the Prize Court awarded £170 to officers and men to share with HM S/M C.27 in respect of action in sinking U-boat (U.23).
7.1934: Sold to John C. Robertson (44/64) & David Wood (20/64), Aberdeen (John C. Robertson managing owner.
28.7.1934: Fleetwood registry closed.
30.7.1934: Registered at Aberdeen (A114).
27.8.1934: Registered at Aberdeen as FEUGHSIDE (A114).
6.10.1939: Sold to Loch Fishing Co of Hull Ltd, Hull.
7.10.1939: Sailed Hull for Faroe first trip for new owner (Sk. T. Mason).
24.10.1939: At Hull landed 307 kits grossed £453.
2.11.1939: Aberdeen registry closed.
6.11.1939: Registered at Hull (H220).
29.11.1939: Registered at Hull as LOCH HOPE (H220).
6.1940: Requisitioned for war service as an auxiliary patrol vessel (P.No.4.97) (Hire rate £85.10.0d/month).
10.8.1945: Sold to A. & M. Smith, Hull.
12.1945: Returned to owner.
11.6.1947: Foundered off east coast of Iceland when a mine caught in the trawl exploded. One man died and seventeen survivors (including eight injured) picked up by URKA (FD289) and landed at Seydisfjord. Three injured too poorly to be moved, remaining five flown to hospital in Reykjavik. Hull registry closed.

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S.T. Princess Marie-Jose FD12

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