Admiralty Number: 3523
Official Number: 143863
Yard Number: 702
Gross Tonnage: 275
Net Tonnage: 107
Length: 125.5 ft
Breadth: 23.4 ft
Depth: 12.8 ft
Engine: 480ihp T.3-cyl by Hawthorn, Leslie & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Built: Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough
19.3.1917: Laid down by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank, Middlesbrough (Yd.No.702) (“Castle” class) for The Admiralty.
5.7.1917: Launched as ANDREW SACK (Ad.No.3523).
3.8.1917: Completed as a minesweeper (1-12pdr and W/T).
28.01.1920: Registered by The Admiralty at London (Part I & IV) as ANDREW SACK O.N.143863 (LO257).
By 18.06.1920: Allocated to Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries, London and engaged in commercial trawling.
1920: Allocated to the National Fishery Scheme for the setting up of the Minesweepers’ Cooperative Trawling Society Ltd, London.
3.08.1920: Minesweepers’ Cooperative Trawling Society Ltd, London registered.
11.1920: At HM Dockyard, Chatham fitted out for fishing under Special Survey of Lloyd’s Register and classed 100A1 Stm Trawler at London.
04.1921: Paid off at The Nore. Laid up at Brightlingsea.
01.1922: Scheme abandoned, the necessary working capital of £100,000 having not been subscribed.
1924: Sold to Kingston Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull (Walter Scott, manager) after inspection at Brightlingsea by Capt. William John Lown & Lawrence Spring (directors). Purchased at asking price £5500 (Others inspected and purchased at £5500 each – ARTHUR LESSIMORE, JAMES PEAKE, JOHN DORMUND & SAMUEL DRAKE).
9.2.1924: London registry closed.
12.2.1924: Registered at Hull (H11).
13.2.1924: Arrived Hull from Brightlingsea.
6.3.1924: Registered at Hull as ALEXANDRITE (H11). Estimated total cost including fit out and classification £8900.
8.3.1924: Sailed on first trip.
24.3.1924: Landed (no details).
24.3.1925: William John Lown appointed manager.
26.11.1932: At anchor off Victoria Dock, Hull. Propeller fouled by anchor chain from LADY BERYL (H283), both drifted and grounded on hulkings. Refloated next tide, slipped, repaired and returned to service.
22.7.1933: Sold to Trident Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Hull (George Arthur Ledger, manager).
4.9.1933: Registered at Hull as NORTH NESS (H11).
25.7.1939: Insured value £5,300.
Pre 4.1940: Employed on Fishery Protection (Nore/Humber/Hull) (1-12pdr).
11.6.1940: Requisitioned for war service as an auxiliary patrol vessel (P.No.4.100).
12.6.1940: Hire rate £80.4.2d/month.
1.1942: At Hartlepool in C&M pending reallocation.
25.10.1944: Sold to J. Marr & Son Ltd, Fleetwood (Geoffrey Edwards Marr, manager) for £10550.
8.1945: Paid off.
7.1946: Returned after survey and restoration at Londonderry.
22.6.1949: Sold to Harold Barber Ingram, Fleetwood for £13000.
1955: Sold for breaking up.
21.5.1955: Hull registry closed “Vessel broken up”.
(Andrew Sack, Yeoman of the Sheets (Midshipman), age 35, b. Geneva, Switzerland – VICTORY
(SB651) killed in action 21 Oct 1805 at Trafalgar)
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03/03/2009: Page published. 4 updates since then.
13/09/2016: Information updated.