Additional information courtesy of Tony Rodaway
Official Number: 148227
Yard Number: ??
Gross Tonnage: 271
Net Tonnage: 124
Length: 125.7 ft
Built: Canadian Vickers Ltd, Montreal, Canada
Engine: 480ihp T.3-cyl by Canadian Vickers Ltd, Montreal, Canada
1918: Launched by Canadian Vickers Ltd, Montreal, Canada (Yd.No.) (Canadian “Castle” – “T.R.” class) for The Admiralty (paid for and built under direction of RCN) as TR.28.
30.5.1918: Completed (1-12pdr) and commissioned in Royal Canadian Navy.
31.1.1919: 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 for lay-up.
1.1926: Still laid up.
2.1926: Rejected offer for all remaining trawlers of £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 WELLVALE (FD140).
20.5.1927: Sold to Arthur S. Bowlby, Harlow (Edward D. W. Lawford c/o Iago Steam Trawlers Ltd, Milford Haven, manager). Continued to fish from Fleetwood.
1932: Laid up at Fleetwood.
8.11.1932: Sold to Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd, Fleetwood (Basil A. Parkes, Cleveleys, manager).
5/6/7.1933: Chartered for by Italian Government to provide support for a trans Atlantic flight involving 20 to 30 aeroplanes.
6.4.1935: Arrived Fleetwood on evening tide in tow of AUTHORPE (FD91) having sustained crank shaft damage on the fishing grounds.
12.9.1939: Missing since this date. “Presumed sunk by enemy action”.
16.9.1939: Believed lost off the Hebrides by U-boat action, but not recorded (U.35 was in the area); Sk. F. W. Slapp and twelve crew lost.
17.1.1940: Fleetwood registry closed “Missing since 12/9/1939. Sunk by enemy action”.
(Lost – Sk. F. W. Slapp, R. Barcock, J. W. Eastham, M. J. Gordon, T. W. Grayson, George Grimley (31), 2nd Eng. b. Co.Armagh, R. R. Gunn, H. Parker, P. Speariett, G. R. Townsend, I. P. Turner, W. Wright)
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26/01/2009: Page published.
27/04/14: Information updated.
29/03/2019: Information updated.