S.T. Seville FD135

Technical

Official Number: 148224
Yard Number: ??
Completed: 1918
Gross Tonnage: 271
Net Tonnage: 122
Length: 125.7 ft
Breadth: 23.5 ft
Depth: 12.7 ft
Built: Kingston Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Kingston, Ontario
Engine: 480ihp T.3-cyl by National Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Goderich, Ontario.

History

1.1917: Ordered.
1918: Launched by Kingston Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Kingston, Ontario (Yd.No. – ) (Canadian “Castle” – T.R.” class) for The Admiralty (paid for and built under direction of RCN) as TR.20.
31.8.1918: Completed by Collingwood Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Collingwood, Ontario (Yd. No.-) and commissioned in the Royal Canadian Navy (1-12pdr).
14.1.1919: Paid off and laid up.
1920: Accepted offer of Rose Street Foundry & Engineering Co Ltd, Inverness (Captain D. J. Munro as agent) to bring drifters with trawlers as escorts to UK for lay-up in Muirtown Basin, Caledonian Canal, Inverness prior to sale and possible refit for classification as steam trawlers (The Rose Street Foundry & Engineering Co Ltd letter dated 12 April 1920).
1921: Brought over at The Admiralty’s expense.
1.1926: Still laid up.
2.1926: Rejected offer for all remaining trawlers at £2,000 each (B. Allenby, Aberdeen letter dated 10 Feb 1926).
8.1926: Sold “as is” to Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd, Grimsby (Fred Parkes, Blackpool, manager).
22.9.1926: Registered at Fleetwood as SEVILLE (FD135).
1928: Sold to Red Funnel Fisheries Ltd, Sydney, NSW.
3.9.1928: Registered at Fleetwood as DURRAWEEN (FD135).
15.9.1928: Sailed Fleetwood for Sydney in company with GOOLGWAI (FD117).
12.1928: Arrived Sydney, NSW after 92 day passage, which included stranding when calling at the Cocos Islands, Indian Ocean.
29.12.1928: Fleetwood registry closed.
1930: Registered at Sydney, NSW.
1933: Owners re-styled Red Funnel Trawlers Ltd, Sydney, NSW.
28.12.1937: In collision with steamer WANGANELLA (9576grt/1932) near Montague Island, NSW. Sustained damage to bows, but with WANGANELLA, damaged amidships, proceeded to Sydney; no casualties.
29.7.1940: Requisitioned for war service by Royal Australian Navy and fitted out at Williamstown as a minesweeper (1-12pdr, 1-20mm Oerlikon, 1-0.303 Vickers MG) (P.No.FY.93).
1940: Based Port Melbourne, Vic with M/S Group 54.
11.1940: Sweeping in Bass Strait with others swept 43 mines mines off Wilson’s Promontary (laid by German auxiliary cruiser PENGUIN and auxiliary minelayer PASSAT).
8.1944: Joined TU 70.5.2 surveying Torres Strait.
1.11.1945: Paid off and laid up.
10.1946: Returned after survey and restoration at Sydney.
1952: Sold for breaking up at Blackwattle Bay, Sydney, NSW.

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S.T. Seville FD135

S.T. Seville FD135
Picture (as TR20) courtesy of Ronnie Bell

S.T. Seville FD135

S.T. Seville FD135
Picture (as TR20) courtesy of Ronnie Bell

S.T. Durraween

S.T. Durraween

Changelog
04/01/2009: Page published. 3 updates since then.
27/04/2014: Updated information.
28/05/2018: Removed FMHT watermarks from images.

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