S.T. Josephine I FD226

Sold during build, never fished from Fleetwood.


Official Number: 127570
Yard Number: 127
Completed: 1909
Gross Tonnage: 266
Net Tonnage: 103
Length: 130.1 ft
Breadth: 23.1 ft
Depth: 12.02 ft
Engine: 300ihp T.3-cyl and boiler by Earle’s Co Ltd, Hull


22.10.1908: Launched by Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd, Goole (Yd.No.127) for J. Marr & Son Ltd, Fleetwood as JOSEPHINE I.
3.12.1908: Registered at Fleetwood (FD226).
12.1908: Sold to The Admiralty.
7.4.1909: Arrived Sheerness to be taken in hand for conversion to a minesweeper.
4.1909: Commissioned as HMS SPARROW (1-12pdr) (Ad.No.58).
15.4.1909: Fleetwood registry closed “ceased fishing”.
5.1909: Based Sheerness as tender to the Torpedo School.
26.9.1909: Arrived Devonport for conversion to a mine surveyor.
1909: Based at Portland for minesweeping trials.
1914: Based at Portsmouth training fishery reserve crews.
1.1920: Renamed JOSEPHINE I.
4.5.1920: Sold by auction at Milford to Colin L. Mason, Cardiff (managing owner) for £5000.
31.7.1920: Registered at London (LO390).
19.12.1923: At Milford Haven Sessions, Sk.Archie Blockwell was fined £15 for gross negligence in towing across the drift nets of the French drifter, GAULOS, fishing off the Isles of Scilly. The owners were ordered to pay £250 damages for loss of nets.
3.1924: Sold to “Nordstern” Hochseefischerei Aktien Gesellschaft, Wesermünde-G.
7.4.1924: London registry closed.
1924: Re-measured 128.5 x 23.2 x 12.0 feet 278g 108n.
4.1924: Registered at Wesermünde-G as ORION.
1939: Sold for breaking up.

06/04/2009: Page published. 2 updates since then.
06/03/2021: Updated history and technical details.