S.T. William Carberry FD401

Additional information courtesy of Gary Hicks Plymouth Merchant Ships and Andy Hall


Admiralty Number: 4479
Official Number: 132762
Yard Number: 651
Completed: 1919
Gross Tonnage: 275.63
Net Tonnage: 119.85
Length: 125.6 ft
Breadth: 23.4 ft
Depth: 12.6 ft
Built: Hepple & Co Ltd, South Shields
Engine: 480ihp T.3-cyl by Shields Engineering Co, North Shields. (standard ‘Castle’ triple but shown in Plymouth Registration folio 1/1920 as 500ihp)
Boiler: Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd, Hebburn-on-Tyne


28.6.1919: Launched by Hepple & Co Ltd, South Shields (Yd.No.651) (“Castle” class) for The Admiralty as WILLIAM CARBERRY (Ad.No.4479).
5.2.1919: Forms for tender to purchase received by the Admiralty.
12.1919: Sold to Herbert Ford (64/64), Birmingham.
13.12.1919: Completed by Hepples (1919) Ltd, South Shields as a fishing vessel.
5.1.1920: Registered at Plymouth (PH69) (O.N.132762).
5.1.1920: John Maxwell Jones, Plymouth appointed manager.
3.2.1920: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to Barclays Bank Ltd, London (A).
16.10.1921: Mortgage (A) discharged.
24.10.1921: Sold to The Carberry Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood.
16.12.1921: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to Barclays Bank Ltd, London (B).
17.12.1921: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to Herbert Ford, Birmingham for the sum of £5,000 with interest at 6% (C).
17.12.1921: Mortgage (C) transferred to Barclays Bank Ltd, London.
20.12.1921: Jules Henri Nierinck, Blackpool appointed manager.
20.2.1922: Plymouth registry closed.
24.2.1922: Registered at Fleetwood (FD401).
13.7.1923: Trawling off the Kintyre coast (Sk. Thomas Clarkson) with name and PLN obscured, approached by Scottish Fishery Board’s cruiser VIGILANT but ignored the cruiser’s signals to heave to and a chase of over one hour ensued in which blank shots were fired, the trawler only stopping when the threat of live rounds was issued.
14.7.1923: At Campbeltown Sheriff Court, Sk. Clarkson admitted three charges brought against him in connection with the incident and was fined: – £100 for illegal trawling within prescribed limits; £15 for hiding the name and PLN of the vessel; and £10 for ignoring the cruiser’s signal to heave to.
1924: Sold to Ramon de Carranza, Cadiz.
1924: Remeasured 285g 160n 39.99 (131.2) x 7.04 (23.1) x 5.87 (12.7) metres (feet) in Portugal.
20.10.1924: Fleetwood registry closed.
10.1924: Registered at Seville as Micaela de C.
1933: Registered at Seville as Orfeo.
2.1935: Wrecked.
(William Carberry, Landsman, age 22, b. Bandon, Co. Cork – ROYAL SOVEREIGN (SB910))

08/01/2009: Page published. 5 updates since then.
11/01/2014: Updated information.
07/07/2016: Added information.