S.D/T. Ocean Reward YH 730 (Seasonal)

Copyright 2010 Barry Banham for FMHT
Crew information courtesy of Sheila Bennett


Official Number: 132379
Yard Number: 481
Completed: 1912
Gross Tonnage: 95
Net Tonnage: 39
Length: 85.9 ft
Breadth: 18.6 ft
Depth: 9.3 ft
Engine: T.3-cyl by W.V.V. Lidgerwood, Coatbridge
Boiler: A. Hall & Co Ltd, Aberdeen
Built: A. Hall & Co Ltd, Aberdeen


13.7.1912: Launched by A. Hall & Co Ltd, Aberdeen (Yd.No.481) for Bloomfields Ltd, Gt Yarmouth (James Bloomfield (43/64) & Elijah Green (21/64) as OCEAN REWARD.
8.1912: Completed at a cost of £3314 (James Bloomfield, manager).
6.8.1912: Registered at Yarmouth (YH730).
9.1914: Requisitioned for war service as a patrol vessel (1-6pdr HA) (Ad.No.243) and later fitted with hydrophones. Based Humber.
By 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Gt. Yarmouth (Bloomfields Ltd, Gt. Yarmouth).
1920-1939: White fish trawling out of herring season from Fleetwood (Bloomfields Ltd, Fleetwood, managing agents) and Padstow.
2.3.1921: Elijah Green sold 21 shares to Bloomfields Ltd, Gt. Yarmouth (James Bloomfield, manager).
22.12.1922: Neil Mackay appointed manager.
12.1939: Requisitioned for war service on Examining Service (Hire rate £27.0.0d/month).
28.5.1940: At 0245 off Dover (Py/Ty/Lieut. Hugh C. Slater RNR) foundered after being in collision with steamer ISLE OF THANET (2789g/1925) returning from Dunkirk. Tug LADY BRASSEY (362g/1913) also searched for survivors. Twelve crew MPK.
7.8.1940: Yarmouth registry closed.

(MPK – Py/Ty/Lieut. Hugh C. Slater, Petty Officers James H. Christie and Norman J. Thorley, Corporal Richard Shrubsole RM, Sk. Leander George, James Richard Todd, Mate, Herbert George Dawkins (Sh. Eng, Stanley Herbert Wymer, 2nd Eng, Jack Clifford Green, Alfred Thomas Hubbard, Simon Sheales, Deckhands, Walter William Durrant, Cook)

Note: “Ocean” class design by Alex Hall & Co, of which BRIGHTON O’ THE NORTH (INS382) was the later example, was chosen as the base design for the WW1 Admiralty steel drifter.

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S.T. Ocean Reward YH730

S.T. Ocean Reward YH730
Picture courtesy of The Barry Banham Maritime Photo Collection


26/04/2010: Page published. 5 updates since then.
09/07/2010: Removed FMHT watermarks from images.