S.T. Sea Sweeper FD171


Official Number: 139276
Yard Number: 321
Completed: 1915
Gross Tonnage: 329
Net Tonnage: 138
Length: 136 ft
Breadth: 24 ft
Depth: 12.7 ft
Engine: 100nhp T.3-cyl and boiler by Amos & Smith Ltd, Hull
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley
Speed: 11 knots


31.5.1915: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.321) for Humber Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull as SEA SWEEPER.
27.11.1915: Registered at Hull (H409).
9.12.1915: Completed. Richard Henry Hobbs designated manager.
1.1916: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-12pdr, Hydrophone) (Ad.No.1979). Based Harwich.
12.4.1917: Arrived Falmouth.
17.12.1917: Sailed Falmouth for Portland.
1918: Aegean Sea.
By 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Hull.
3.11.1919: Sold to Fresh Fish Supplies Ltd, Hull. Thomas Nightingale designated manager.
8.2.1922: Sold to Thomas Hamling & Co Ltd, Hull along with SEA MONARCH (H411) for £11,500 each. Harold Hall designated manager.
6.1.1926: Thomas Boyd designated manager.
4.5.1928: Sold to Dinas Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Fleetwood along with SEA MONARCH (H411) for £7,000 each.
10.5.1928: Hull registry closed.
1.6.1928: Mortgaged to William Deacons Bank Ltd, London.
11.6.1928: Registered at Fleetwood (FD171). Joseph Arthur Marr Jnr designated manager.
18.6.1928: First landing at Fleetwood 280 boxes, mainly hake.
11.1939: On a trip to Donegal/Tory Island ground (Sk. A. Tomlinson); eleven crew all told.
20.11.1939: Trawling 25 miles NW by W of Tory Island, Co. Donegal at 5.05 pm. stopped by U-boat (U.33) crew abandoned to boat and subsequently sunk by gunfire; crew picked up by steam trawler LOIS (FD424).
28.11.1939: Fleetwood registry closed “Sunk by enemy action”.

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S.T. Sea Sweeper FD171

S.T. Sea Sweeper FD171
Picture courtesy of The John Baird Collection

26/01/2009: Page published. 4 updates since then.
01/08/2021: Updated information.