Additional information courtesy of David Slinger
Official Number: 163173
Yard Number: 586
Gross Tonnage: 394
Net Tonnage: 152
Length: 151.9 ft
Breadth: 25.6 ft
Depth: 13.6 ft
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley
Engine: 102nhp T.3-cyl and boiler by C. D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull
4.12.1933: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.586) for Jutland Amalgamated Trawlers Ltd, Hull as LADY ADELAIDE.
3.1.1934: Registered at Hull (H4).
10.1.1934: Completed (Edward Cargill, manager).
15.1.1934: Sailed Hull on first trip to White Sea grounds (Sk.W. Lewis).
12.2.1934: At Hull landed 499 kits grossed £935.
2.1939: Sold to The Admiralty (£18,333). 27.2.1939: Hull registry closed. Fitted out as a “Gem” class anti-submarine trawler. Renamed HMS BERYL (1-4”,
AA weapons, DC) (P.No.T.34). To Malta in Reserve Fleet.
28.11.1939: Commissioned. Mid. Harold W. du Boisson RNR appointed CO. To Alexandria with A/S Group 4.
4.1940: A/Comm Bosun Henry E. Sellwood RN appointed CO.
6.5.1940: Arrived Malta with A/S Group 4.
6.1940: Mid. Harold W. du Boisson RNR appointed CO.
7.10.1940: Act Cdr James Collis Bird DSC RN (rtd) appointed CO.
7.1941: Mid. Harold W. du Boisson RNR appointed CO.
11.11.1941: Snr Comm Bosun Victor P. Rhind RN appointed CO.
17.12.1941: A/Sub Lieut. Harold W. Boisson RNR appointed CO. To Port Said with A/S Group 4.
12.1942: Ty/Sub Lieut. Harold Olsberg RNR appointed CO.
10.7.1943 – 3.9.1943: At Sicily landings.
9.1944: Ty/Sk. Joseph William Richmond RNR appointed CO.
1946: Laid up at Milford Haven on Disposal List (SORF, Pembroke Dock).
4.1946: Sold to Iago Steam Trawler Co Ltd, Fleetwood (Capt. E. D. W. Lawford DSO, manager).
1946-47: Restored at Barrow.
2.1947: Converted at Barrow-in-Furness for burning oil fuel, F.P. above 150° F.
2.1947: Registered at London as RED KNIGHT (LO445).
26.4.1954: At Reykjavik Sk. Nicholas Wright was fined £1700 with catch and gear confiscated on a charge of fishing inside Icelandic territorial waters.
14.12.1959: Homeward from Icelandic grounds (Sk. John Mecklenburgh) in very heavy weather off Western Isles. Between 0710 and 0715 spoke to RED FALCON
(LO4) (Sk. Alex Harvey) about 150 miles ahead and agreed to make for lee of Irish coast. Presumed Sk. Harvey later set course for Inishtrahull. At 1830, Sk. Mecklenburgh called RED FALCON on the radiotelephone but received no reply.
15.12.1959: On arrival at Fleetwood on midday tide Sk. Mecklenburgh expressed concern for the RED FALCON.
16.12.1959: At 1220 Formby Coastguard informed Northern Rescue Co-ordination Centre, Pitreavie that vessel was 24 hrs overdue. Search by Shackleton aircraft over area.
18.12.1959: Search called off. RED FALCON presumed foundered, between Stanton Bank and Skerryvore and probably to the SW of Skerryvore Light, Inner Hebrides, overwhelmed due to stress of weather; all nineteen crew lost.
1.1961: Dodging in heavy seas and gale force wind off Iceland assisted trawler LORD MONTGOMERY (FD130) who had lost the mate, Ralph Connelly, presumed washed overboard, to search the area. The mate was not found.
1962: Sold to to Thos. W. Ward Ltd, Sheffield for breaking up.
27.11.1962: Delivered Barrow-in-Furness from Fleetwood under own power.
12.1962: London registry closed.
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18/01/2009: Page published. 5 updates since then.
03/02/2016: Information updated.
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11/06/2019: Information updated.