S.T. Bromelia GY113

In Parkes ownership. Did not fish from Fleetwood


Official Number: 122718
Yard Number: 358
Completed: 1905
Gross Tonnage: 242
Net Tonnage: 121
Length: 126.2 ft
Breadth: 22.0 ft
Depth: 11.4 ft
Built: Cochrane & Sons, Selby
Engine: T.3-cyl and boiler by C. D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull


14.14.1905: Launched by Cochrane & Sons, Selby (Yd.No.358) for The North Eastern Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby as BROMELIA.
13.2.1906: Registered at Grimsby (GY113).
1.1909: Converted for lining.
7.1909: Converted back for trawling.
6.1915: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-12pdr & Hydrophone) (Ad.No.3203). Northern Patrol.
11.1919: Returned to owner at Grimsby.
12.1919: Sold to Thomas W Baskcomb, Grimsby (managing owner).
22.10.1935: Fleet of Thomas W Baskcomb sold to Fred Parkes, Fleetwood.
11.1935: Sold to United Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby (William T. Moss, manager).
22.6.1942: Sailed Grimsby for Icelandic grounds in company with other trawlers (Sk. William Edward Webb): thirteen hands all told.
22.6.1942: Ceased fishing off East Coast of Iceland and set course for home; seen and spoke with other trawlers in approximate position 63.50N 14.40W.
29.6.1942: Posted missing. Possibly foundered following an explosion (mine or internal explosion?) Witnessed by German U-boat – in area U88, U173, U376 but no report of trawler sinking. All crew lost.
07.1942: The body of John Henry Nicholls was washed up at Vágur, a small town on the island of Suðuroy, Faroes. Due to lack of identification papers, the body was only identified in 2019. Resident Tina Tausen, 90, had tended the unknown grave for 78 years.
19.10.1942: Grimsby registry closed “Ship missing since 22/6/1942”.

Lost: Skipper William Edward Webb; Charles Frederick Bore, 2nd hand; John Henry Nicholls, 3rd hand; Thomas Rogers, Ch Eng; Leo Corcoran, 2nd Eng; Edward Abraham Edwards; William Ellis; William Osgothorpe; Frederick Arthur Perrin; Ralph Herbert Clark, deck hands; Rolf James & James Hitchman, trimmers; Sidney Victor Cuthbert, cook.

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S.T. Bromelia GY113

S.T. Bromelia GY113
Picture courtesy of The Steve Farrow Collection

10/06/2010: Page published. 4 updates since then.
22/06/2015: Crew list added.
11/08/2018: Removed FMHT watermark from image.
11/10/2019: Updated information.
21/05/2020: Updated information.