S.T. Castor GY963
Official Number: 138983
Yard Number: 670
Gross Tonnage: 209
Net Tonnage: 91
Length: 115.8 ft
Breadth: 21.5 ft
Depth: 11.6 ft
Engine: T.3-cyl by Crabtree & Co Ltd, Great Yarmouth
Built: Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby
22.1.1916: Launched by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby (Yd.No.670) for John D. Marsden, Grimsby as CASTOR.
8.1916: Sold to The Grimsby & North Sea Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Grimsby (Alfred Bannister, manager).
18.8.1916: Registered at Grimsby (GY963).
9.1916: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-12pdr) (Ad.No.2960). Fitted as Half Leader. Based Devonport (Lieut. W. Leitch RNR).
3.1917: Renamed CASTOR II. Based Falmouth.
7.10.1918: At 2245 in collision and sank HM Drifter OCEAN FOAM (Ad.No.1954) (YH970) in Penzance Bay. All crew saved.
By 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Grimsby and reverted to CASTOR (GY963).
8.1921: Sold to Lindsey Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby (Edwin Bacon, manager).
29.11.1939: Requisitioned for war service designated for minesweeping conversion.
2.12.1939: Returned to owner.
10.1943: Sold to Bay Fisheries Ltd, Fleetwood (Basil A. Parkes, Cleveleys, manager).
04.05.1946: Transferred to to Government of Poland, Warsaw under the UNRRA scheme; operated by Przedsiebiorstwo Polowow Dalekomorskich i Uslug Rybackich “Dalmor”, Gdynia.
05.1946: Grimsby registry closed. Registered at Gdynia as KASTOR (GDY100).
18.05.1946: Arrived at Gdynia and employed in the Baltic Sea training fishermen.
27.07.1949: Taken out of service and temporarily used to supply steam to the training hulk BENIOWSKI (1912grt/1905). Later broken up and Gdynia registry closed.
9.1916: Fitted with WT and Hotchkiss 12pdr gun and fitted out for minesweeping duties (Ad.No.2960). Allocated to Unit 150 “Trawler Sweepers” based Devonport (Lieut. W. Leitch RNR).
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