S.T. Tarantula FD170


Official Number: 99542
Yard Number: 41
Completed: 1891
Gross Tonnage: 155
Net Tonnage: 57
Length: 100.5 ft
Breadth: 20.5 ft
Depth: 10.7 ft
Built: Mackie & Thomson, Glasgow
Engine: C.2-cyl by Muir & Houston, Glasgow
Built: Mackie & Thomson, Glasgow


9.10.1891: Launched by Mackie & Thomson, Glasgow (Yd.No.41) for The British Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull as TARANTULA.
3.12.1891: Registered at Hull (H175).
12.1891: Completed (William L. Robins, manager).
4.1.1901: In Humber estuary in calm conditions in collision with steam trawler MADRAS (H134) which also collided with steam trawler MOLOPO (H484); MADRAS subsequently foundered without loss of life.
15.11.1912: Sold to James Alexander Robertson, Fleetwood.
18.11.1912: Hull registry closed.
19.11.1912: Registered at Fleetwood (FD170).
7.12.1912: Sold to J. Marr & Son Ltd, Fleetwood (James A. Robertson, manager).
2.1913: Sold to Charles James Smith, Scarborough.
26.2.1913: Fleetwood registry closed.
2.1913: Registered at Scarborough (SH184).
1913: Sold to The Dogger Bank Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Scarborough (Richard W. Crawford, manager).
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 64 net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907.
1915: Sold to Scarborough Fishing Co, Scarborough.
9.1916: On North Sea grounds (Sk. J. Heritage).
24.9.1916: At 8.30 pm. U-boat (U.57) captured FISHER PRINCE (SH207) 20 miles NE of Scarborough. Put one Lieutenant and eight German crew onboard and cruised in company with U.57. At 10.00 pm. captured OTTER (SH70) and HARRIER (SH36). At 10.15 pm. captured and crew took to boat. At 11.25 pm. captured MARGUERITE (SH214). At 11.55 pm. captured SUNSHINE (SH241).
25.9.1916: At 0.55 am. captured GAMECOCK (SH191). At 1.00 am. captured LOCH NESS (HL71). At 4.00 am. disabled engines of FISHER PRINCE and all German crew left. At 4.30 am. 20 miles NE of Scarborough sank NIL DESPERANDUM (SH186) with bombs. Submarine continued to tow the boats until 5.15 am. when crew were put aboard FISHER PRINCE. At 6.00 am. in position 20 miles NE of Scarborough proceeded to sink all trawlers that had been captured during the night. At about 7.00 am. 20 miles NE of Scarborough captured St. HILDA (HL??), 26 miles E by N of Whitby captured QUEBEC (SH208) and 23 miles NE of Whitby captured TRINIDAD (H336); sank all with gunfire after crews took to boats. At 9.50 am. captured Norwegian steamer TROMP and sent all crews aboard her from FISHER PRINCE. Sank FISHER PRINCE with gunfire.
1916: Scarborough registry closed.

Click to enlarge image

S.T. Tarantula H175

S.T. Tarantula H175
Picture from the Internet

08/01/2009: Page published. 5 updates since then.
22/04/2018: Removed FMHT watermark from image.