S.T. Star of Freedom FD200

Technical

Official Number: 129356.
Yard Number: 487
Completed: 1911
Gross Tonnage: 258
Net Tonnage: 97
Length: 125.4 ft
Breadth: 23.1 ft
Depth: 12.9 ft
Engine: T.3-cyl by Hall, Russell & Co Ltd, Aberdeen
Built: Hall, Russell & Co Ltd, Aberdeen

History

18.2.1911: Launched by Hall, Russell & Co Ltd, Aberdeen (Yd.No.487) for The Walker Steam Trawl Fishing Co Ltd, Aberdeen as STAR OF FREEDOM.
2.1911: Completed (Thomas Walker, manager).
1.3.1911: Registered at Aberdeen (A361).
Pre 1913: Andrew Walker, manager.
1913: Sold to The Rossall Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood (John D. Gibson, manager).
11.8.1913: Aberdeen registry closed.
12.8.1913: Registered at Fleetwood (FD200).
12.1914: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-12pdr & W/T) (Ad.No.955). Fitted as Leader.
30.3.1915: Allocated Unit No.61 – No.3 Patrol based Penzance (Sub Lieut. C. Walter).
4.1915: Re-appointed Unit No.61 – Section A based Penzance (Lieut. J.J. Gillespie RNR).
24.7.1915: Refit at Penzance completed, fitted with ‘silent chamber’.
10.1916: Unit No.61 – Section A 1st Division based Penzance (Lieut. T. Kippins RNR).
19.4.1917: Mined off Trevose Head, Cornwall, while ‘sweeping (Lieut. T. Kippins RNR). Foundered with loss of ten of her crew.
19.5.1917: Fleetwood registry closed “Lost on Admiralty service”.

(Lost – Ty/Warrant Telegraphist Jack Wade; Joseph Dykins & Reginald N. James, Enginemen; George Lace, Ldg Seaman; Frederick Dutton, George Edwards, John Ivey & Edward Jewell, deckhands; Joseph Mills & Joseph C. Remphrey, trimmers.)

Annex A
26.12.1914: Commissioned.
1.1.1915: Arrived Devonport. Fitted with Hotchkiss 12pdr and WT (Call sign YFP) and fitted out for minesweeping duties (Ad.No.955). Fitted as Leader.
30.3.1915: Allocated Unit No.61 – No.3 Patrol based Penzance (Sub Lieut. C. Walter).
4.1915: Re-appointed Unit No.61 – Section A based Penzance (Lieut. J.J. Gillespie RNR).
24.7.1915: Refit at Penzance completed, fitted with ‘silent chamber’.
10.1916: Unit No.61 – Section A 1st Division based Penzance (Lieut. T. Kippins RNR).
19.4.1917: Mined off Trevose Head, Cornwall.

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S.T. Star of Freedom FD200

S.T. Star of Freedom FD200
Picture courtesy of The David Slinger Collection

S.T. Star of Freedom A361

S.T. Star of Freedom A361
Picture courtesy of The James Cullen Collection

Changelog
14/05/2009: Page published. 4 revisions since then.
27/10/2014: Picture added.
12/09/2017: Removed FMHT watermark from image.

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