Additional information courtesy of David Slinger
Official Number: 162198
Yard Number: 549
Gross Tonnage: 369
Net Tonnage: 149
Length: 143.6 ft
Breadth: 24.5 ft
Depth: 13.2 ft
Engine: 96nhp T.3-cyl and boiler by C. D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley
30.7.1930: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.549) for F. & T. Ross Ltd, Hull as ARKWRIGHT.
3.9.1930: Registered at Hull (H314).
10.9.1930: Completed. Percy Ross designated manager.
25.7.1939: Insured value £14,500.
24.8.1939: Sailed Hull for Bear Island (Sk. A. Wilson). Ordered to return from sea for requisitioning.
30.8.1939: Arrived Hull, 6 days steaming, no catch.
1939: To requisitioning, at Hull landed from Iceland/Bear Island (Sks. W. Isaacs, J. Wilson) 220 days 14,654 kits £11,063 gross.
31.8.1939: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (P.No.FY.653)(Hire rate £182.19.3d/month).
28.10.1939: Py/Ty/Lieut Hugh C. Slater RNR appointed CO.
1.4.1940: Relieved and appointed HM Drifter OCEAN REWARD as CO.
12.1945: Returned to owner.
3.1946: Sold to Iago Steam Trawler Co Ltd, Fleetwood (Cdr. E. D. W. Lawford DSO, manager).
3.1946: Hull registry closed.
1.4.1946: Registered at London as RED CHARGER (LO460).
17.12.1952: Sheltering in Stornoway, hurricane force winds and heavy seas, called by RED CHARGER (LO460)(Sk. John Tomlinson) to come out to assist in connecting to the company steam trawler WILLIAM CALE (LO46) disabled and adrift some seven miles off Rubn’ Re Light, Wester Ross, with wire bridle fouling propeller. In the event services not required.
28.3.1955: Sold to J. Marr & Son Ltd, Hull (Geoffrey Edwards Marr, manager).
4.1955: Sold to BISCO and allocated to West of Scotland Shipbreaking Co Ltd, Troon.
3.6.1955: Delivered Troon Harbour (draughts 5’6”/15’6”).
2.7.1955: Beached (draughts 7’3”/8’2”).
26.11.1955: Breaking completed.
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04/01/2009: Page published. 4 updates since then.
13/07/2015: Picture added.
08/01/2016: Image added.
07/12/2017: Removed FMHT watermarks and disputed image.
05/06/2021: Updated information.