S.T. Braconburn A768


Admiralty Number: 4418
Official Number: 144676
Yard Number: 645
Completed: 1918
Gross Tonnage: 203
Net Tonnage: 78
Length: 115.4 ft
Breadth: 22.1 ft
Depth: 12.1 ft
Built: Hall, Russell & Co Ltd, Aberdeen
Engine: 430ihp T.3-cyl by Hall, Russell & Co Ltd, Aberdeen


9.10.1918: Launched by Hall, Russell & Co Ltd, Aberdeen (Yd.No.645) (“Strath” class) for The Admiralty as RICHARD BRISCOLL (Ad.No.4418).
8.11.1918: Completed as a minesweeper/training ship.
1920: Allocated to the National Fishery Scheme for the setting up of the Minesweepers’ Cooperative Trawling Society Ltd, London.
07.1920: At HM Dockyard, Sheerness fitted out for fishing under Special Survey of Lloyd’s Register and classed 100A1 Stm Trawler at London.
13.08.1920: Minesweepers’ Cooperative Trawling Society Ltd, London registered.
24.08.1920: Registered by The Admiralty at London (Part I & IV) as RICHARD BRISCOLL O.N.144676 (LO440).
9.1921: Sold to The Don Fishing Co Ltd, Aberdeen.
8.11.1921: Registered at Aberdeen (A768).
J. S. Doeg designated manager.
9.11.1921: London registry closed.
21.12.1921: Registered at Aberdeen as BRACONBURN (A768) (BoT Minute No.36609 dated 17.12.1921).
14.4.1941: Sold to Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd, Fleetwood. Basil Arthur Parkes, Cleveleys designated manager.
26.4.1943: Typical wartime landing. 383 kits – cod/codling-18, haddock-330, ling/coley-25, dogs-10. F6.
1944: Sold to The Admiralty for use as a blockship.
30.7.1944: On passage to Scapa Flow foundered after collision with American steamer Le BARON RUSSELL BRIGGS (7176grt/1944) off Bell Rock in position 56.35N 02.10W; six crew lost. 26.9.1944: Aberdeen registry closed “Vessel sank in collision in North Sea …”.

(Lost – Sk. J. A. Clixby, F. S. Barwick, A. Christy, J. W. Oldham, T. E. Taylor, J. A. Todd)

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