S.T. Ruff H34


Official Number: 118802
Yard Number: 62
Completed: 1904
Gross Tonnage: 169
Net Tonnage: 50
Length: 110.3 ft
Breadth: 21.1 ft
Depth: 11.2 ft
Engine: T.3-cyl and boiler by C. D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull
Built: Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd, Goole


2.2.1904: Launched by Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd, Goole (Yd.No.62) for Kelsall Brothers & Beeching Ltd, Hull (George Beeching, Hull & John E. A. Kelsall, London, managers) as RUFF.
2.1904: Completed.
23.2.1904: Registered at Hull (H34).
22.10.1904: The Dogger Bank Incident. Flying the flag of Vice Admiral of the Gamecock fleet. Russians on passage to the Pacific in the darkness opened fire on the trawlers (approx 45 vessels) under the impression that they were about to be attacked.
2.1.1911: On North sea grounds with gale force winds and heavy seas running. Shortly before dawn saw signals of distress from a vessel some distance away. Closed and found Norwegian barque BAMSE (957grt/??) being smashed about and helpless with steam trawler SNIPE (H133) close at hand. Launched boat, manned and prepared to pull over to casualty when a heavy sea struck the barque and she capsized and foundered; none of her crew seen and presumed all lost.
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 63.89 net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907
11.1914: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-6pdr) (Ad.No.676). Based Granton.
1918: Based Swansea.
By 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Hull.
7.6.1919: Vessel mortgaged (64.64) to The London County Westminster & Parr’s Bank Ltd, London (A). John Slater appointed manager.
6.3.1923: Mortgagee re-styled as Westminster Bank Ltd, London.
14.10.1927: Mortgage (A) transferred to William Augustus Hayward, Eastbourne.
14.10.1927: Mortgage (A) transferred to Mercantile Marine Finance Corporation Ltd, London.
28.9.1928: Robert Burton appointed manager.
12.2.1929: Arrived Hull from North Sea grounds encrusted with ice; fishing abandoned.
16.9.1932: Charles Hugh Emerson appointed manager.
10.1932: Mercantile Marine Finance Corporation Ltd in liquidation.
1.11.1932: Mortgage (A) transferred to Harold Frank Hayward, London; Maud Florence Katherine Rogers, Chelsea and Ernest Norton, London (Joint mortgagees).
23.1.1936: Mortgage (A) discharged.
11.2.1936: Sold to Brixham Trawlers Ltd, Brixham.
14.2.1936: Vessel (64/64) mortgaged for £750 with interest at 5% with Harold Frank Hayward, London; Maud Florence Katherine Rogers, Corfe Castle and Ernest Norton, London (Joint mortgagees)(B). Ralph S. Dugdale appointed manager.
16.9.1932: Charles Hugh Emerson appointed manager.
12.1937: Transferred to Fleetwood when Brixham Trawlers Ltd moved to the port.
2.12.1937: Sailed Brixham for Fleetwood, fishing round.
13.12.1937: First landing at Fleetwood, 104 boxes grossed £220.
9.2.1939: Mortgage (B) discharged.
13.2.1939: Vessel mortgaged to Midland Bank Ltd, London (C).
5.5.1943: Typical wartime landing.
172 kits – hake-70, cod/codling-21, haddock-6, whiting-24, flats-10, ling/coley-25, roker-7, gurnard-3, dogs-6.
20.4.1953: Mortgage (C) discharged.
28.7.1955: Sold to BISCO and allocated to Thos. W. Ward Ltd, Sheffield for breaking up at Fleetwood. 1955: Hull registry closed.

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S.T. Ruff H34

S.T. Ruff H34
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04/01/2009: Page published.
16/06/16: Information updated.
27/09/2020: Image added.