S.T. Bulby (1) – FD34


Admiralty Number: 3681
Official Number: 145017
Yard Number: 361
Completed: 1918
As built: 360disp 125.6 x 23.5 x 12.8 feet
Gross Tonnage: 276
Net Tonnage: 116
Length: 125.7 ft
Breadth: 23.3 ft
Depth: 12.85 ft
Engine: 480ihp T.3-cyl by Fawcett, Preston & Co Ltd, Liverpool
Built: Bow, McLachlan & Co Ltd, Paisley


24.9.1918: Launched by Bow, McLachlan & Co Ltd, Paisley (Yd.No.361) (“Castle” class) for The Admiralty as GEORGE DARBY (Ad.No.3681).
20.10.1918: Completed (1-12pdr and W/T).
1920: Allocated to the National Fishery Scheme for the setting up of the Minesweepers’ Cooperative Trawling Society Ltd, London.
13.08.1920: Minesweepers’ Cooperative Trawling Society Ltd, London registered.
31.08.1920: Registered by The Admiralty at London (Part I & IV) O.N.145017 (LO461).
10.1920: At HM Dockyard, Pembroke fitted out for fishing under Special Survey of Lloyd’s Register and classed 100A1 Stm Trawler at Milford.
01.1922: Scheme abandoned, the necessary working capital of £100,000 having not been subscribed. Laid up.
11.1923: Sold to Sam Robford & Co Ltd, London.
5.12.1923: Registered at Aberdeen (A953) (O.N.145017).
1925: Sold to Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd, Fleetwood (Basil A. Parkes, manager).
9.1.1925: Aberdeen registry closed.
1925: Re-measured 287g 117n 120.7 x 23.3 x 13.5 feet.
19??: Converted for burning oil fuel, F.P. above 150° F.
30.1.1925: Registered at Fleetwood as BULBY (FD34).
1925: Sold to Gumersindo Roura S.L., Corunna.
7.2.1925: Fleetwood registry closed.
2.1925: Registered at Corunna as GUIMERA.
1936: Seized and armed by Spanish Nationalist Navy. Renamed VIRGEN del CARMEN (1-76mm, 1-45mm, 1-MG).
12.1936: Captured by three crewmen and sailed to Bilboa.
3.12.1937: Recommissioned in Basque Auxiliary Navy as DONOSTIA.
3.1937: Heavily damaged in action with Spanish Nationalist cruiser CANARIAS off Cape Matxitxako. Escaped and interned in La Rochelle.
1939: Returned to owner, repaired and reverted to GUIMERA.
1967: Sold for for breaking up.

(George Darby, OS (volunteer), age 23, b. Newcastle – VICTORY (SB162))

19/05/2012: Page published. 4 updates since then.
26/03/2015: Information updated.
12/10/2019: Information updated.