S.T. Aracari FD218

Additional information courtesy of Bill Blow


Official Number: 127824
Yard Number: 159
Completed: 1908
Gross Tonnage:245
Net Tonnage: 113
Length: 120.5 ft
Breadth: 22 ft
Depth: 11.5 feet
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley
Engine: 450ihp T.3-cyl and boiler by Amos & Smith Ltd, Hull
Speed 10.5 knots


7.11.1907: Launched (having been laid down as SEAGULL) by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.159) for Cleethorpes Steam Trawling Co Ltd (64/64), Grimsby as ARACARI.
31.1.1908: Registered at Grimsby (GY355).
6.2.1908: Completed.
6.2.1908: Richard Shute appointed manager.
25.2.1908: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to The York City & County Banking Co Ltd, York (A).
9.1914: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-12pdr, 1-6pdr HA) (Ad.No.514).
9.2.1915: Mortgage (A) transferred to The London Joint Stock Bank Ltd, London.
27.4.1915: William Hill appointed manager.
23.11.1915: Mortgage (A) discharged. Based at Granton.
28.6.1916: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to London Joint Stock Bank Ltd, London (B)
2.4.1917: LORD SCARBOROUGH (GY393) sunk by submarine 130 miles E of May Island.
4.4.1917: Picked up crew and landed at Granton.
20.4.1917: Steamer BALLOCHBUIE (921grt/05) on passage Aberdeen-Sunderland, light, torpedoed by submarine (UC41) 7 miles E of May Island; three crew lost.
22.4.1917: Picked up BALLOCHBUIE lifeboat 20 miles SE of May Island.
1917: William Hill appointed manager.
13.4.1918: Mortgage (B) discharged.
16.4.1918: Sold to Walter Harold Beeley (64/64), Grimsby. Walter Harold Beeley designated managing owner.
18.4.1918: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to National Provincial & Union Bank of England Ltd, London (C).
4.5.1918: Mortgage (C) discharged.
14.5.1918: Sold to Ernest Taylor & Noah Ashworth, Fleetwood (64/64 joint owners).
16.5.1918: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to London City & Midland Bank Ltd, London (D).
21.5.1918: Joseph Allen Taylor appointed manager.
1919: Returned to owner at Fleetwood.
18.6.1919: Mortgage (D) discharged.
20.6.1919: Sold to The Talbot Steam Trawling Co Ltd (64/64), Fleetwood.
7.7.1919: Joseph Allen Taylor appointed manager.
7.7.1919: Grimsby registry closed.
10.7.1919: Registered at Fleetwood (FD218).
1924: William W. Brierley appointed manager.
10.1925: Sold to Richard Watson Lewis (64/64), Aberdeen. Richard Watson Lewis designated managing owner.
19.10.1925: Fleetwood registry closed.
10.11.1925: Registered at Aberdeen (A155).
3.11.1930: Sold to Stanley A. Laycock, Hakin (David Pettit, manager).
3.11.1930: Aberdeen registry closed.
10.11.1930: Registered at Milford (M101).
8.6.1931: Sold to Mrs Margaret Laycock, Hakin & Hugh S. K. Wilson, Milford Haven (Pettit & Youds Ltd, manager).
27.7.1934: Sold to Mrs Margaret Laycock, Hakin (Pettit & Youds Ltd, manager).
5.10.1937: Sold to Pettit & Youds, Milford Haven (Joseph S. Pettit & Frank L. Youds) (Frank L. Youds, manager).
7.4.1938: Broke down on the Western grounds (Sk. W. Parry), towed back to Milford by CALDY (M198) (Sk. J. Binham).
26.11.1939: Requisitioned for war service appointed for minesweeping duties.
1940: Returned.
16.3.1943: Requisitioned for war service and fitted out as a water boat (P.No.Y7.2) (Hire rate £61.5.0d/month). Employed on miscellaneous Naval duties.
13.10.1943: Grounded on Filicudi Island, north of Sicily; declared a total loss.
9.9.1944: Milford registry closed.

15/05/2012: Page published. 7 updates since then.
06/07/2019: Information updated.