S.T. Robert Hewett LO427

Technical

Official Number: 162210
Yard Number: 1098
Completed: 1930
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

History

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.
18.11.1960: Delivered.
1960: London registry closed.

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HMT Lilac

HMT Lilac

HMT Lilac

HMT Lilac

S.T. Robert Hewett LO427 as HMT Beachflower

HMT Lilac

HMT Lilac

HMT Lilac
Picture courtesy of The David Slinger Collection

S.T. Robert Hewett LO427

S.T. Robert Hewett LO427
Picture courtesy of The JJ Collection

S.T. Robert Hewett LO427

S.T. Robert Hewett LO427
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S.T. Robert Hewitt LO427

S.T. Robert Hewitt LO427
Picture courtesy of The JJ Collection

S.T. Robert Hewett LO427

S.T. Robert Hewett LO427
Picture courtesy of The David Slinger Collection

Changelog
19/01/2009: Page published. 5 updates since then.
03/06/2017: Removed disputed images and FMHT watermarks.