S.T. Somersby (2) GY390


Official Number: 146900
Yard Number: 55 or 58
Completed: 1918
Gross Tonnage: 271
Net Tonnage: 124
Length: 125.7 ft
Breadth: 23.5 ft
Depth: 12.7 ft
Built: Collingwood Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Collingwood, Ontario
Engine: 480ihp T.3-cyl by Collingwood Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Collingwood, Ontario


1.1917: Ordered.
1918: Completed by Collingwood Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Collingwood, Ontario (Yd.No. 58 or 55) (Canadian “Castle” – T.R.” class) for The Admiralty (paid for and built under direction of RCN) as TR.12 or TR.9?.
25.8.1918 or 16.5.1918: Completed and commissioned in the Royal Canadian Navy (1-12pdr).
2.1919: 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).
9.1926: Sold “as is” to Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd, Grimsby (Fred Parkes, Blackpool, manager).
22.9.1926: Registered at Grimsby as SOMERSBY (GY390); fishing out of Fleetwood.
10.9.1930: Inbound in the Wyre Channel took the ground, heeling over and did not refloat until the following tide.
5/6/7.1933: Chartered for by Italian Government to provide support for a trans Atlantic flight involving 20 to 30 aeroplanes.
5.1937: Sold to F. G. P. Maritime Enterprises Ltd, London (Philip S. Bayley (Culliford & Clark Ltd), manager).
9.1938: Hired to Spanish Government, Madrid for use as a supply ship in the Spanish Civil War.
10.9.1938: Grimsby Part IV fishing registry closed.
8.12.1938: Arrived Marseilles with damaged cargo vessel (ex trawler) MARGARET ROSE (348grt/1912) in tow for repair to damage sustained in air raid at Almeria.
2.1940: Requisitioned for war service and employed on port duties. Mediterranian Command.
4.1940: Reclassed as a steam trawler.
6.1940: Returned to owner.
28.5.1942: Compulsorily acquired by M.O.W.T. Employed on port duties. Mediterranian Command.
1944: Sold to Hijos de J. Barreras S. A., Vigo. Registered at Vigo as Herbar.
1950: Sold to Industrial Maritima S.L., Ceuta.
Post 1960 Pre 1963: FATE??

07/01/2009: Page published. 5 updates since then.
27/04/2014: Information updated.
09/06/2016: Information updated.