Official Number: 162210
Yard Number: 1098
Gross Tonnage: 379
Net Tonnage: 140
Length: 150.5 ft
Breadth: 25.5 ft
Depth: 13.1 ft
Engine: 96 hp T.3-cyl by Amos & Smith Ltd, Hull
Built: Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby
8.11.1930: Launched by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby (Yd.No.1098) for Yorkshire Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Hull as BEACHFLOWER.
12.12.1930: Registered at Hull (H349).
15.12.1930: Completed (Albert Turgoose & James Clark, managers).
17.4.1934: Arrested for alleged unlawful fishery inside Norwegian territorial waters (Sk. Norton).
6.7.1934: In court at Vardoe, Norway, Sk. Norton was found “Guilty” and fined 5,000 kroner.
9.1935: As a result of the Abyssinian crisis and failure of British diplomacy, the Government authorised The Admiralty to procure twenty modern trawlers for conversion to minor war vessels.
11.1935: Following successful trials sold to The Admiralty.
8.11.1935: Hull registry closed. Fitted out as a “Berberis” class minesweeper. Renamed HMS LILAC (P.No. T.26).
23.5.1944: Assigned to Operation Neptune – Normandy landings. Assigned PLUTO (Pipe Line Under The Sea) project.
3.7.1944: Operation Neptune ended.
1946: Sold to Great Northern Fishing Co Ltd, London & Fleetwood (Robert S. Hewett, manager).
11.1946: Restored and reclassed at Fleetwood after return. Registered at London as ROBERT HEWETT (LO427).
1948: On Icelandic grounds. Connected to motor trawler ALLAN WATER (H420) disabled with engine problems. Repairs subsequently effected and tow slipped.
1955: Sold to Heward Trawlers Ltd, London & Fleetwood (R. S. Hewett & H. F. Hayward) (Robert S. Hewett, manager).
11.1960: Sold to BISCO and allocated to Thos. W. Ward Ltd, Sheffield for breaking up at Preston.
18.11.1960: Sailed Fleetwood for Preston.
1960: London registry closed.
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