S.T. William Bell LO201


Admiralty Number: 3590
Official Number: 143811
Yard Number: 385
Completed: 1918
As built: 360disp 125.6 x 23.5 x 12.8 feet
Gross Tonnage: 290
Net Tonnage: 119
Length: 125.5 ft
Breadth: 23.6 ft
Depth: 12.7 ft
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley
Engine: 480ihp T.3-cyl and boiler by Amos & Smith Ltd, Hull


17.1.1918: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.385) (“Castle” class) for The Admiralty as WILLIAM BELL (Ad.No.3590).
10.5.1918: Commissioned.
15.5.1918: Completed (1-12pdr, Hydrophone and W/T).
8.11.1919: Registered by The Admiralty at London (Part I) as WILLIAM BELL O.N.143811.
24.12.1919: Registered by The Admiralty at London (Part IV) (LO201).
1920: Sold to The Mills Steamship Co Ltd, London. Frederick B. O’Meara designated manager.
17.1.1920: C. Curzon, Milford Haven designated manager.
12.1930: Laid up at Milford.
1935: Insured value £5000.
25.7.1939: Insured value £5,000.
31.5.1940: At Hull last landing before requisitioning. West Coast, 14 days – 427kits £623 gross.
8.6.1940: Requisitioned for war service and employed as an auxiliary patrol vessel. from 7.6.1940: Hire rate £87.0.0d/month.
5.1941: Fitted out as a minesweeper (P. No.FY.1727).
15-25.6.1940: Operation Ariel *.
19.6.1940: Sailed Plymouth for France.
15.1.1942: Sold to J. Marr & Son Ltd, Fleetwood (Geoffrey Edwards Marr, manager) for £8,625.
23.2.1946: On return sold to BISCO and allocated to W. H. Arnott, Young & Co Ltd, Dalmuir for breaking up by West of Scotland Shipbreaking Co Ltd, Troon.
11.3.1946: Sailed Fleetwood for Troon.
15.3.1946: Delivered Troon Harbour (draughts 2’0”/14’0”).
1.4.1946: Breaking commenced.
2.12.1946: Beached (draughts 2’0”/8’6”).
3.9.1947: Breaking completed.

*Operation Ariel – withdrawal of remaining troops of the British Expeditionary Force from France.

(William Bell, OS (volunteer), age 20, b. Whitehaven, Cumberland – VICTORY (SB750))

08/01/2009: Page published. 4 updates since then.
14/08/2021: Updated history and technical details.