Copyright 2010 Barry Banham
Official Number: 149192
Yard Number: 307
Yard Number: 307
Gross Tonnage: 100
Net Tonnage: 43
Length: 85.7 ft
Breadth: 19.7 ft
Depth: 10.2 ft
Engine: T.3-cyl (Fellows Admiralty type) and boiler by Elliot & Garrood Ltd, Beccles
Built: Fellows & Co Ltd, Gt. Yarmouth
15.2.1926: Launched by Fellows & Co Ltd, Gt. Yarmouth (Yd.No.307) for Stephen Granville Beamish, Lowestoft (managing owner) as RENASCENT.
26.5.1926: Ran trials.
2.6.1926: Registered at Lowestoft (LT288).
1930s: Seasonal fishing from Fleetwood & Padstow.
23.9.1932: Sold to Frederick William Moxey, Lowestoft.
10.12.1929: Connected to smack LESLIE (122769) (LT??) disabled with gaff and boom carried away in gale and delivered Lowestoft.
11.9.1936: Attended steam drifter FORETHOUGHT (LT763) stranded at Scarborough, refloated and delivered Scarborough.
3.11.1936: At Yarmouth landed 190 crans of herring.
8.10.1937: In Yarmouth harbour in collision with steam drifter TWINKLING STAR (KY347) and sustained damage.
26.11.1939: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (P.No.FY.1520) (Hire rate £37.10.0d/month).
10.1944: Employed on miscellaneous Naval duties.
25.1.1946: Returned to owner.
1946: Sold to Norwegian owners.
16.9.1946: Lowestoft registry closed.
18.10.1946: Sailed Lowestoft for Norway but put back.
27.10.1946: Sailed Lowestoft for Norway.
28.10.1946: Foundered 70-90 miles from Lowestoft. Four Norwegian crew picked up by steam trawler GRACKLE (H224) (Sk. Charlie Mewse). The Shipwrecked Mariners Society awarded Skipper Charles Mewse and Second Hand George Cooper the Emile Robin award for the British Master and Chief Officer who incurred the greatest peril in rescuing survivors at sea.
Skipper Charles Mewse and Second Hand George Cooper of the British trawler GRACKLE awarded the Emile Robin award for their services in connection with the rescue of the crew of the Norwegian drifter RENASCENT. On 28 October, the RENASCENT, when about 90 miles east north-east from Lowestoft, in a rough sea, sprang a leak; the water was kept under control for several hours until the pumps became choked with coal dust and ashes. Some ten hours later the position became precarious and the GRACKLE, in answer to distress signals, arrived in the vicinity at 11.30 am. Skipper Mewse handled the GRACKLE with great ability, and a high degree of courage. He brought the GRACKLE right alongside the RENASCENT and took off the crew in a very rough sea, with a wind at or approaching gale force. The RENASCENT was rolling heavily and the GRACKLE bumped her head doing some damage to the upper works of the RENASCENT. There was considerable risk to the GRACKLE. The Norwegian drifter was left in a rapidly sinking condition and her crew were landed at Lowestoft.
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17/05/2010: Page published. 5 updates since then.
29/01/2015: Emile Robin award added.
22/07/2018: Removed FMHT watermark from image.