S.T. Kastoria GY1017

Additional information courtesy of Birgir Þórisson


Official Number: 139930
Yard Number: 349
Completed: 1917
Gross Tonnage: 307
Net Tonnage: 121
Length: 130.2 ft
Breadth: 23.0 ft
Depth: 12.2 ft
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley
Engine: T.3-cyl by Amos & Smith Ltd, Hull


28.10.1916: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.349) for The Great Grimsby & East Coast Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby as KASTORIA.
11.1.1917: Registered at Grimsby (GY1017). Walter W. Butt designated manager.
15.1.1917: Completed. Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-12pdr) (Ad.No.3324). Later employed on escort duties. Based Devonport.
By 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Grimsby (Walter W. Butt, manager).
21.03.1921. At Reykjavik, along with steam trawlers CARABINEER II (GY1048), SARGON (GY858) and SERIEMA (GY504) fined 10,000 krónur (£400) for illegal fishing with gear and catch confiscated. PAVLOVA (GY716) was fined 11,500 krónur because of the skipper’s long criminal record.
21.1.1931: Charged with illegal stowing of fishing gear along with eight Hull and Grimsby trawlers sheltering in Dýrafjörður. Five skippers received a warning and three received a small fine of 500-800 krónur. but Sk. Harold Leo of KASTORIA was fined 1.200 krónur for illegal stowing of the gear and obstruction of the police. (The skipper´s third offence.). It was initially believed that KASTORIA had made off with two guards from the coastguard ship ÆGIR (507grt/1929) onboard, and the Icelandic authorities had notified Danish and English authorities.
24.1.1931: Entered Patreksfjörður were the other trawlers had gone for sentencing. Sk. Harold Leo was fined 1,200 krónur for illegal stowing of the gear and obstruction of the police. (The skipper´s third offence.).
1.4.1930: Owners fined 15,000 krónur (£680) for illegal fishing in Icelandic waters. Gear and catch confiscated.
15.12.1930: Stranded Spurn Point when outward for the fishing grounds. Came off and proceeded seawards.
28.5.1940: Requisitioned for war service as an anti submarine trawler (P.No.4.148) (Hire rate £86.19.6d/month).
2.1941: Converted for minesweeping.
1.1942: Sold to Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd, Fleetwood Basil Arthur Parkes, Cleveleys designated manager.
2.1946: Returned to owner.
4.1947: Sold to Government of Poland, Warsaw (Ministry of Industry & Commerce) (“Dalmor” Przedsiobiorstwo Polowow Dalekomorskich, Gdynia, managers) under the UNRRA scheme.
4.1947: Grimsby registry closed.
1948: Registered at Gdynia as KASTORIA (GDY123).
1959: Sold to Polish shipbreakers for breaking up.

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S.T. Kastoria GY1017

S.T. Kastoria GY1017
Picture courtesy of The Birgir Þórisson Collection

25/03/2010: Page published. 2 updates since then.
09/03/2021: Updated history.
09/03/2021: Added an image.
11/03/2021: Updated history.