S.T. Duchesse de Brabant O80

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Official Number: 148383
Yard Number: 935
Completed: 1924
Gross Tonnage: 338
Net Tonnage: 137
Length: 138.8 ft
Breadth: 23.8 ft
Depth: 13.3 ft
Engine: T.3-cyl and boiler by C. D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull
Built: Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby


20.5.1924: Launched by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby (Yd.No.935) for Pickering & Haldane’s Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull as LORD BALFOUR of BURLEIGH.
31.7.1924: Registered at Hull (H36) (O.N.148383).
8.1924: Completed (John McCann & Edward Cartwright, managers).
1928: Albert Turgoose & James Clark appointed managers7.
1937: Sold to Pêcheries à Vapeur S.A., Ostend (John Bauwens, manager).
9.7.1937: Hull registry closed.
9.7.1937: Registered at Ostend as DUCHESSE DE BRABANT (O80).
1939: Landing at Fleetwood.
1940: Transferred to Belgian Economic Mission, London.
7.7.1940: Requisitioned for war service on miscellaneous Naval duties (P.No.FY.341).
1.1941: Based Tobermory (Sk. C. R. Radford RNR) as Local defence trawler.
7.1941: Based Reykjavik as Local defence trawler.
1.1942: Remains at Reykjavik (Sk. B. Truefitt RNR).
24.11.1945: Returned to owner.
1946: Lengthened by 2,70 metres to 45,00 metres with bow and stern rebuilt – 324,40Brt 112,64n.
4.1946: Completed Special Survey at Antwerp. Re classed as a Steam Trawler.
1947: New engine fitted – 480hp.
27.10.1952: Ostend registry closed.
29.12.1952: Sold to Soc. Générale Hellénique de Pêch, S.A., Athens (c/o John Livanos & Sons Ltd, London).
12.1952: Registered at Piraeus as ARGONAFTIS.
1955: Laid up at Piraeus. Surveys overdue.
1956: Sold to N. Lampiris, Piraeus. Registered as as a cargo vessel at Piraeus as GEORGIS L.
9.5.1956: Sailed Suda Bay, Crete for Venice, Italy. Missing presumed foundered. Piraeus registry closed.

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S.T. Duchess de Brabant O80

S.T. Duchess de Brabant O80
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S.T. Duchess de Brabant O80

S.T. Duchess de Brabant O80
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11/08/2010: Page published. 4 updates since then.
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