S.T. Rudyard Kipling FD33


Official Number: 144068
Yard Number: 686
Completed: 1921
Gross Tonnage: 333
Net Tonnage: 140
Length: 138.8 ft
Breadth: 23.7 ft
Depth: 12.9 ft
Engine: T.3-cyl by C. D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull
Built: Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby


11.11.1920: Launched by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby (Yd.No.686) for Newington Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull as RUDYARD KIPLING.
21.1.1921: Completed (John Work, manager).
4.2.1921: Registered at Hull. (H247).
03.12.1921: Francis Schofield (29) died as a result of Accident aboard – Interned Iceland.
12.4.1934: Sailed Hull for Iceland last trip before sale (Sk. A. Smith).
1.5.1934: At Hull landed 1,722 kits grossed £719.
5.1934: Sold to The Sun Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Fleetwood (Michael A. Munby, manager).
5.10.1936: Hull registry closed.
16.10.1936: Registered at Fleetwood (FD33).
16.9.1939: Stopped by U-boat (U.27) about 100 miles off Co. Donegal coast. Sunk by explosive charges at 15.53 in position 53°50N/11°10W after crew (Sk. Charles Robinson and twelve crew) ordered onto submarine; towed boat towards Irish coast.
17.9.1939: Crew set adrift in early hours, 5 miles off Donegal coast and landed in Killybegs. Search carried out by destroyers from Scapa Flow based 6th Destroyer Flotilla, H M Ships MATEBELE (P.No.F26) (Cdr G K Whitmy Smith RN) and SOMALI (P.No.F33) (Lt Cdr Nicholson RN) with aircraft.
29.9.1939: Fleetwood registry closed.

(Crew (all Fleetwood unless stated) – Sk. Charles Robinson; John Smith, Mate; H. Spencer, Bosun; C. H. Ashworth, Ch Eng; R. Clark, 2nd Eng; C. Shorrock, Blackpool, H. Ellerby, H. Mayer & G. Harrison, deckhands; L. A. Taylor & A. J. Willoughby, firemen; F. A. Irvine, Carleton, cook).

(Note – On 20.9.1939 U.27 was found by destroyers from Scapa Flow based 8th Destroyer Flotilla, H M Ships FORTUNE (P.No.H70) (Cdr E. A. Gibbs RN) and FORESTER (P.No.H74) (Lt Cdr E. B. Tancock RN), attacked with depth charges and sunk in position 58 35N 09 02W. All thirty-eight crew taken prisoner.)

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S.T. Rudyard Kipling H247

S.T. Rudyard Kipling H247

S.T. Rudyard Kipling FD33

S.T. Rudyard Kipling FD33
Picture courtesy of The Fred Baker Collection

24/01/2209: Page published. 7 revisions since then.
24/09/2014: Second picture added.
11/11/2017: Removed FMHT watermarks from images.

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