S.T. Woolton GY575
Official Number: 162899
Yard Number: 986
Gross Tonnage: 427
Net Tonnage: 160
Length: 160.3 ft
Breadth: 26.7 ft
Depth: 12.5 ft
Engine: T. 3-cyl by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, Middlesbrough
Built: Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, Middlesbrough
7.3.1935: Launched by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough (Yd.No.986) for Shire Trawlers Ltd, London as WARWICKSHIRE.
3.1935: Completed for Warwickshire Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby (William. A. Bennett, manager).
28.3.1935: Registered at Grimsby (GY133).
9.1935: As a result of the Abyssinian crisis and failure of British diplomacy, the Government authorised The Admiralty to procure twenty modern trawlers for conversion to minor war vessels.
12.1935: Following successful trials sold to The Admiralty.
23.12.1935: Grimsby registry closed. Fitted out as a “Gem” class anti-submarine trawler. Renamed HMS TURQUOISE (P.No.T.45).
19.2.1942: Escorting convoy on East Coast (Lieut. C. M. Newns RNVR), drove off E-boat attack; eighteen enemy survivors picked up.
10.1946: Sold to Saint Andrew’s Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Hull. Reclassed at Fleetwood and registered at Hull as St. OSWALD (H335).
5.1948: Sold to Grimsby Merchants Amalgamated Trawling Co Ltd, Grimsby.
5.1948: Registered at Grimsby (GY575).
23.5.1948: While steaming 22miles south west of Vardö, struck a mine which caused serious bow damage and killed three crew members. Norwegian minesweeper KNM GLOMMA (P.No.M317) escorted to Vardö.
5.1950: Registered at Grimsby as WOOLTON (GY575).
7.1952: Sold to Wyre Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Fleetwood (Merchants (Fleetwood) Ltd, managers).
4.8.1952: At Fleetwood. Landed 12,000 stone of cod and haddock from an eleven day Icelandic trip; grossed £5004.
1.1954: Transferred to Wyre Trawlers Ltd (Leslie Wheildon, manager) on purchase of Merchants (Fleetwood) Ltd by Associated Fisheries Group.
8.1954: Grimsby registry closed.
8.1954: Registered at Fleetwood (FD18).
10.1954: Registered at Fleetwood as WYRE WOOLTON (FD18).
15.4.1957: Sold to BISCO and allocated to Thos. W. Ward Ltd, Sheffield for breaking up at Preston.
16.4.1957: Sailed Fleetwood for Preston.
1957: Fleetwood registry closed.
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