S.T. Bempton LO192


Official Number: 136174
Yard Number: 285
Completed: 1914
Gross Tonnage: 226
Net Tonnage: 87
Length: 115.5 ft
Breadth: 22.5 ft
Depth: 12.3 ft
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley
Engine: 94nhp T.3-cyl and boiler by Amos & Smith Ltd, Hull
Speed: 11 Knots


29.11.1913: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.285) for Hull Steam Fishing & Ice Co Ltd, Hull as BEMPTON.
19.1.1914: Registered at Hull (H19). Joseph Vivian designated manager.
2.1914: Completed. Fitted with WT. A mark ship directing trawlers joining the boxing fleet.
15.4.1915: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-12pdr) (Ad.No.1369).
1917: At Berehaven, Co. Cork as an armed trawler.
15.4.1917: At noon sailed from Berehaven in company with HM Trawler DRAKE II (Ad.No.817) (GY1163) to assist HMS LAVENDER (P.No.T23) towing damaged Norwegian steamer HUNDVAAGO (1901grt/1915) (HUNDVAAGO had been torpedoed at 11.00 pm on 4.4.1917 off SW Ireland, no Uboat claimed responsibility).
16.4.1917: Arrived Berehaven, Co. Cork at 6.00 am and HUNDVAAGO beached at Berehaven.
By 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Hull.
24.4.1920: At Hull landed crew of steam trawler RIBBLE (H255) which had been mined
29.3.1920 12 miles E by N of North Dogger Bank Light.
13.5.1920: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to The London County Westminster & Parr’s Bank Ltd, London (A).
6.3.1923: Mortgagee re-styled as Westminster Bank Ltd, London.
22.10.1925: Robert Burton designated manager.
14.10.1927: Mortgage (A) transferred to William Augustus Hayward, Eastbourne.
14.10.1927: Mortgage (A) transferred to Mercantile Marine Finance Corporation Ltd, London.
16.9.1932: Charles Hugh Emerson designated manager.
10.1932: Mercantile Marine Finance Corporation Ltd in liquidation.
1.11.1932: Mortgage (A) transferred to Harold Frank Hayward, London; Maud Florence Katherine Rogers, Chelsea and Ernest Norton, London (Joint mortgagees).
1935: Insured value £2,900.
3.1936: Combined boxing and trawling fleet of Kelsall Bros. & Beeching Ltd and the Hull Steam Fishing & Ice Co Ltd consisting of 59 vessels laid up at Hull (declining catches, coal bill and increased maintenance costs had made the venture uneconomical).
6.3.1936: At Extraordinary General Meeting at Hull, Kelsall Brothers & Beeching Ltd placed in Creditors’ Voluntary Winding-up (Richard Field Helm of Messrs Hodgson Harris & Co, London appointed liquidators).
12.1936: Sold by order of the mortgagees under mortgage (A) to Heward Trawlers Ltd, London (Robert Scott Hewett & Harold Frank Hayward). Robert Scott Hewett designated manager.
29.12.1936: Hull registry closed.
1.1.1937: Registered at London (LO192).
17.2.1943: Sailed Fleetwood in company with FILEY (LO189) for Hull via Liverpool for DG wiping. PM arrived Liverpool.
18.2.1943: Sold to Kingston Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull for £11,500.
19.2.1943: Sailed Liverpool in company for Hull.
22.2.1943: London registry closed.
24.2.1943: Arrived Hull in company.
24.2.1943: Registered at Hull (H546). John William Lown, designated manager.
6.3.1943: Slipped at Hull for propeller change.
11.3.1943: Sea trial and DG wiped on completion.
13.3.1943: Sailed Hull for Iceland. Based at Hull sailing in armed convoys to and from fishing grounds. From Iceland/Faroe – 10 trips, 10,161 kits.
10.2.1944: William George O’Dell designated manager.
7.3.1945: Sold to Loyal Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby for £12,000 less £700 for repairs.
12.3.1945: Hull registry closed.
3.1945: Registered at Grimsby (GY29). Albert Wright Butt designated manager.
2.1951: Sold to Alexander Hay, Aberdeen.
2.1951: Grimsby registry closed.
1.3.1951: Registered at Aberdeen (A673).
16.3.1951: Sold to Alexander Hay & John Mair, Aberdeen. Alexander Hay managing owner.
1958: Sold to F. & W. Joch, Hamburg for breaking up.
7.5.1958: Delivered Hamburg from Aberdeen under own power.
12.5.1958: Aberdeen registry closed “… on sale of vessel to foreigners (German subjects).”

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S.T. Bempton H19

S.T. Bempton H19
Picture courtesy of The John Stevenson Collection

S.T. Bempton A673

S.T. Bempton A673
Picture courtesy of The Robert Durrant Collection

S.T. Bempton A673

S.T. Bempton A673
Picture courtesy of Grimsby Reference Library

15/05/2012: Page published. 5 updates since then.
19/08/2019: Updated information.
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