S.T. Rononia FD88

Additional information courtesy of Bill Blow


Official Number: 134777
Yard Number: 271
Completed: 1913
Gross Tonnage: 213.23
Net Tonnage: 88.68
Length: 117.1 ft
Breadth: 21.5 ft
Depth: 12.1 ft
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley
Engine: 430ihp T.3-cyl and boiler by C. D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull


24.4.1913: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.271) for The Pelham Steam Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Grimsby as RONONIA.
6.1913: Completed.
28.6.1913: Registered at Grimsby (GY865).
28.6.1913: Alick Black designated manager.
28.6.1913: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to The London City & Midland Bank Ltd, London (A). Fishing from Fleetwood.
8.7.1913: Arrived Grimsby for first time.
9.7.1913: Sailed on maiden trip.
25.8.1913: Mortgage (A) discharged.
30.8.1913: Sold to Walter Olney (64/64), Fleetwood.
4.9.1913: Alick Black, Grimsby designated manager.
11.9.1913: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to The London City & Midland Bank Ltd, London.
7.1.1914: In fog, stranded on Rossall Point. Refloated twenty-four hours later.
6.1915: Requisitioned for war service as an armed trawler (1-6pdr) (Ad.No.1594).
2.10.1915: Mortgage (B) discharged.
4.10.1915: Sold to The Neva Steam Trawlers Ltd (64/64), Fleetwood.
6.10.1915: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to The London City & Midland Bank Ltd, London (C).
8.10.1915: Ernest Tomlinson designated manager.
8.2.1917: Ernest Tomlinson & Joseph Allen Taylor designated managers. Based Egypt.
Post 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Fleetwood.
5.3.1919: Grimsby registry closed.
10.3.1919: Registered at Fleetwood (FD88).
11.1924: Mortgage (C) discharged.
27.11.1924: Sold to Harold Bacon (64/64), Grimsby.
29.11.1924: William Wallace Brierley, Fleetwood designated manager.
28.11.1924: Fleetwood registry closed.
29.11.1924: Registered at Grimsby (GY134).
8.12.1924: Harold Bacon designated managing owner.
31.12.1929: Harold Bacon died intestate.
5.6.1930: Letters of Administration granted to Gertrude Catherine Bacon, Edwin Bacon Snr and Charles George Mastin, all Grimsby (64/64 – joint owners).
11.9.1930: James Norman Bacon designated manager.
5.9.1930: Sold to Kottingham Trawling Co Ltd (64/64), Grimsby.
14.3.1941: Charles George Mastin designated manager.
12.2.1942: Sailed Grimsby for Iceland grounds.
6.3.1942: On Icelandic trip, at 11.06 pm torpedoed by U-boat (U.701), hit in boiler room, broke in two and foundered rapidly; all crew lost*.
13.7.1942: Grimsby registry closed “Ship missing since 5.3.1942”.

* Lost – Sk. Henry S. Ford; Albert E. Miller, 2nd Hand; Ernest R. Stevens, Ch Eng; Allan B. Marland, 2nd Eng; Arthur F. Bland, William A. Pederson, John F. Kemp, William G. Witts, Deckhands; Henry Swanson, Arthur S. Westerman, Trimmers and William G. Camber, Cook.)

04/01/2009: Page published, 4 updates since then.
21.97/2021: Updated history and technical details.