Additional information courtesy of Bill Blow and Mike Thompson
Admiralty Number: T221
Official Number: 181287
Yard Number: 685
Gross Tonnage: 510
Net Tonnage: 86
Length: 166.7 ft
Breadth: 28.1 ft
Depth: 14.1 ft
Engine: 970ihp T.3-cyl and boiler by C. D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull
Built: Cook Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley
18.1.1941: Ordered. 7.5.1941: Laid down. 24.9.1941: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.685) (“Hills” class) for The Admiralty as HMS PORTSDOWN (P.No.T.221).
6.3.1942: Completed (1-12pdr, AA weapons, ASDIC, DC).
1946: Laid up at Rosyth on Disposal List (SORF, Rosyth).
10.4.1946: Sold to Hull Merchants Amalgamated Trawlers Ltd (64/64), Hull.
12.1946: Converted to a fishing vessel at Birkenhead. 524.19grt 195.00net.
24.12.1946: Registered at Hull as SOLLUM (H369) Official No.181284.
21.1.1949: Sold to Grimsby Motor Trawlers Ltd (64/64), Grimsby for the sum of £102,500. Harvey Wilfred Wilson appointed manager.
2.1949: Hull registry closed.
2.2.1949: Registered at Grimsby (GY8).
24.2.1949: Registered at Grimsby as HARGOOD (GY8) (MoT Minute R.G.No.1037/1949 dated 12.2.1919).
12.1949: Converted for burning oil fuel, F.P. above 150° F
1951: Grimsby Motor Trawlers Ltd, Grimsby in liquidation.
28.3.1951: Sold to Derwent Trawlers Ltd (64/64), Grimsby for the sum of £90,000 (T. Ross Ltd to advance £34,000; Ross Group Ltd to advance £8,000 and Bank to advance $48,000). 29.3.1951: Harvey Wilfred Wilson appointed manager.
28.3.1951: Alteration to tonnage and other particulars. Certificate of Survey at Grimsby dated 18.12.1950. 504.57grt 186.39net.
14.4.1951: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to National Provincial Bank Ltd, London (A).
29.8.1952: Mortgage (A) discharged.
9.2.1955: John Carl Ross appointed manager.
21.6.1955: Sold to Iago Steam Trawler Co Ltd, Fleetwood.
30.6.1956: (William John Meazey appointed manager.
30.6.1955: Grimsby registry closed.
6.1955: Registered at London as RED SABRE (LO71).
4.2.1957: Outward for Icelandic grounds (Sk. Tom McKernan) in very rough weather, answered distress call from ALCMARIA (LT48) disabled of Maugould Head, IoM with boiler trouble.
5.2.1957: At 3.00 am. after several attempts with rocket and barrel connected but line parted and fouled propeller. Anchored to await tug from Heysham. Steam tug FISHERSHILL (292grt/1946) connected and at 11.59 pm. delivered Fleetwood.
13.12.1959: Homeward from Icelandic grounds (Sk. Tom McKernan). Spoke to RED FALCON (LO4) (Sk.Alex Harvey), 50 miles astern, and was informed that due to adverse weather his speed was 4 to 5 knots.
14.12.1959: At 0700 called RED FALCON and gave position abeam of Rathlin Island after a very rough passage between Skerryvore and the island in WSW storm conditions gusting 90mph and very confused sea. Past the Mull of Galloway called RED FALCON several times but received no reply. (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).
7.1963: Company taken over by Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd, Fleetwood.
17.1.1964: Iago Steam Trawler Co Ltd office closed.
1964: Sold to Haulbowline Industries Ltd, Passage West, Cork for breaking up.
21.12.1964: Delivered Passage West from Fleetwood under own power.
12.1964: London registry closed.
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