Official Number: 143859
Yard Number: 108
As built: 360disp 125.6 x 23.5 x 12.8 feet
Gross Tonnage: 280
Net Tonnage: 113
Length: 125.6 ft
Breadth: 23.5 ft
Depth: 12.7 ft
Built: G. Brown & Co Ltd, Greenock
Engine: 480ihp T.3-cyl by Gauldie, Gillespie & Co, Glasgow
29.3.1918: Launched by G. Brown & Co Ltd, Greenock (Yd.No.108) (“Castle” class) for The Admiralty as JAMES CEPELL (Ad.No.3718).
8.5.1918: Completed (1-12pdr, hydrophone and W/T).
1919: Registered by The Admiralty at London (Part I) as JAMES CEPELL O.N.143859.
1920: Allocated to the National Fishery Scheme for the setting up of the Minesweepers’ Cooperative Trawling Society Ltd, London. 1920: Fitted out for fishing under Special Survey of Lloyd’s Register and classed 100 A1 Stm Trawler.
13.08.1920: Minesweepers’ Cooperative Trawling Society Ltd, London registered.
24.08.1920: Registered by The Admiralty at London (Part IV) as JAMES CEPELL (LO421).
01.1922: Scheme abandoned, the necessary working capital of £100,000 having not been subscribed. Laid up.
2.1925: Sold to Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd, Grimsby.
6.2.1925: London registry closed.
13.2.1925: Registered at Grimsby (GY180).
5.3.1925: Registered at Grimsby as CLIXBY (GY180).
Fred Parkes, Wyberton, Boston appointed manager. Fishing out of Fleetwood.
7.1926: Sold to Oscar Dahl, La Rochelle.
29.7.1926: Grimsby registry closed.
7.1926: Registered at La Rochelle as ANTIOCHE II.
1939: Requisitioned by Marine Francois as a minesweeper (P.No.AD285).
3.7.1940: Seized in Falmouth. Transferred to The Admiralty.
12.1940: Commissioned as a minesweeper (P.No.FY.1746).
1944: Transferred to Free French Forces (D42).
1946: Returned to French owners.
1952: Sold to ?? UK.
10.1952: Sold to BISCO and allocated to John Cashmore Ltd, Newport, Monmouthshire for breaking up.
6.11.1952: On delivery voyage, La Rochelle-Newport, broke away from tug and went ashore Isle D’Quessant. Broken up in situ.
(James Cepell, Armourer, age 35, b. London – VICTORY (SB867))
20/05/2012: Page published. 6 updates since then.
20/09/2016: Information updated.
28/08/2021: Updated history.