S.T. William Hannam A54


Admiralty Number: 4206
Official Number: 143940
Yard Number: 448
Completed: 1919
Gross Tonnage: 276
Net Tonnage: 119
Length: 125.6 ft
Breadth: 23.6 ft
Depth: 12.7 ft
Built: J. Duthie Torry Shipbuilding Co, Aberdeen
Engine: T.3-cyl by Fawcett, Preston & Co Ltd, Liverpool.


11.1918: Launched by J. Duthie Torry Shipbuilding Co, Aberdeen (Yd.No.448) (“Castle” class) for The Admiralty as WILLIAM HANNAM (Ad.No.4206).
20.2.1919: Completed.
1919: Registered by The Admiralty in the Registry of British Ships at London.
4.5.1920: Withdrawn from auction at Milford.
6.1920: Sold to ??, ??.
6.7.1920: Registered at London (LO383).
10.9.1920: Sold to Pater Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Pembroke (David G. Jones, Milford, manager).
1939: Sold to Thomas Jenkerson, Milford Haven.
26.7.1939: Sold to Joseph Craig & Others, Aberdeen.
2.10.1939: London registry closed.
4.10.1939: Registered at Aberdeen (A54). Employed on “Coaling runs”.
3.10.1939: Requisitioned for war service and fitted out for boom defence duties (1-12pdr) (P.No. Z.129) (Hire rate £86.5.0d/month).
1942: Sold to James Craig, Aberdeen.
1942: Sold to Dinas Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Fleetwood (David Marr, manager).
23.11.1943: Compulsorily acquired by M.O.W.T.
27.11.1943: Aberdeen registry closed.
1944: Based Portsmouth (Fraser & White Ltd, Portsmouth, agents).
3.1947: Sold to David Marr, Fleetwood.
1947: Sold to Dinas Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Fleetwood (David Marr, manager).
1950: Sold to Sigv. Risanger, Haugesund, Norway. Renamed FIRMAN.
1952: Re-engined with a 4 stroke 6-cyl MAN oil engine by Maschinenfbrk. Augsburg-Nürnberg AG, Augsburg. (engine built 1938).
9.4.1957: Foundered off Kiberg.

(William Hannam (aka Hanham), OS (volunteer), age 21, b. Calne, Wiltshire – VICTORY (SB808))

Note The log books of the WILLIAM HANNAM have been checked in TNA. The most interesting bit being that for two months prior to requisitioning, she was employed as a collier bringing bunker coal from the Forth ports to Aberdeen. After WW2 David Marr bought her and she arrived in Fleetwood from Portsmouth on March 31 1947 with Sk. W. McCaplin (20565) in command. We can find no trace of her landing at Fleetwood in the landing lists. She does not appear in the list of trawlers owned by Dinas. We are not sure that the retention of her Aberdeen registry (A54) is correct either, although she is recorded as Aberdeen registered in LR, not necessarily with a PRN.

08/01/2009: Page published. 4 updates since then.