Official Number: 138286
Yard Number: 647
Gross Tonnage: 326
Net Tonnage: 134
Length: 138.7 ft
Breadth: 23.7 ft
Depth: 12.8 ft
Engine: T.3-cyl by Charles D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull
Built: Cochrane & Son Ltd, Selby
11.10.1916: Launched by Cochrane & Son Ltd, Selby (Yd.No.647) (Prototype “Mersey” class vessel) for Pickering & Haldane’s Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull as LORD MERSEY.
15.2.1916: Registered at Hull (H427).
4.1916: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-12pdr, 1-7.5” A/S Howitzer) (Ad.No.1991). Based Kirkwall.
27.11.1917: At Aberdeen fitted with hydrophones.
By 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Hull.
27.4.1928: Sold to Malcolm S. McFarlane, London & John A. Spilman, Hull.
13.7.1928: Sold to Alan Spilman Ltd, London (A. Spilman, Hull, manager).
29.8.1928: Registered at Hull as CASTLETHORPE (H427).
19.5.1933: Sold to J. Marr & Son Ltd, Fleetwood (Geoffrey E. Marr, Cleveleys, manager) for £4100.
14.6.1933: Hull registry closed.
16.6.1933: Registered at Fleetwood (FD188).
14.12.1933: Registered at Fleetwood as ARLITA (FD188) (BoT Minute M/RG.1378).
20.8.1934: Transferred to Hull, crewed and operated by The City Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Hull on the company acquisition (Geoffrey Edwards Marr, Cleveleys, manager).
11.6.1935: Transferred to Fleetwood.
9.1939: On a trip to St. Kilda grounds (Sk. Ernest Christie); twelve crew.
18. 9.1939: Trawling 22 miles WNW of St. Kilda. At 18.48 hrs stopped by U-boat (U.35) in position 58.09N 09.17W. Advised to follow the submarine in the direction of smoke from two other trawlers. Seized along with LORD MINTO (FD51) and NANCY HAGUe (FD133). As boats not considered safe for crew, transferred to NANCY HAGUE. Sunk by gunfire in position 57.51N 09.28W. Also sunk by gunfire, LORD MINTO (FD51). NANCY HAGUE (FD133) returned to Fleetwood.
19. 27.9.1939: Fleetwood registry closed.
(Crew (all Fleetwood unless stated) – Sk. Ernest Christie; James Mayson, Mate; W. Sloane, Thornton, Bosun; Peter Croft, Ch.Eng; A. Nyquist, 2nd Eng; Thomas Christy; J. Astles; H. Ramshaw, Thornton; W. Lee, deckhands; C. Bird, Hoylake, half deckhand; F. Woolfenden & H. Dearden, firemen; L. Cashmere, cook.)
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