S.T. Cobbers FD3


Admiralty Number: 4208
Official Number: 137614
Yard Number: 450
Completed: 1919
As built: 360disp 125.6 x 23.5 x 12.8 feet
Gross Tonnage: 275
Net Tonnage: 107
Length: 125.4 ft
Breadth : 23.4 ft
Depth : 12.6 ft
Built: J Duthie Torrey Shipbuilding Co, Aberdeen
Engine: 480ihp T.3-cyl by Fawcett, Preston & Co, Liverpool
Armament : 1 x 12 pdr


4.1919: Launched by J. Duthie Torry Shipbuilding Co, Aberdeen (Yd.No.450) (“Castle” class) for The Admiralty as WILLIAM KNIGHT (Ad.No.4208).
5.2.1919: Forms for tender to purchase received by the Admiralty.
3.1919: Sold to East Hull Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Hull.
19.6.1919: Completed as a fishing vessel.
1919: Sold to Henry Sutton, Great Yarmouth (Benjamin Knowles, Hull, manager).
30.6.1919: Registered at Yarmouth as HENRICUS (YH104).
29.8.1921: Sold to Pêcheries de Havre, Le Havre.
1.9.1921: Yarmouth registry closed.
9.1921: Registered at Le Havre as LE PERREY.
8.1923: Sold to Soc. Anon “Armement Ostendais”, Ostend. Le Havre registry closed. Registered at Ostend as ALFRED DEFUISSEAUX (O146).
1.1939: Sold to Saint Andrew’s Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Hull (Basil A. Parkes, Cleveleys, manager).
1.1939: Ostend registry closed.
30.3.1939: Registered at Fleetwood as COBBERS (FD3).
Pre 4.1940: Employed on Fishery Protection (WA/Fort William/Fleetwood).
30.5.1940: Requisitioned for war service as an auxiliary patrol vessel (Hire rate £86.5.0d/month).
3.3.1941: Sunk by German aircraft in the North Sea (Ty. Sk. Lawrence Turner RNR). Eleven lost including Skipper *.

Lost* – Ty. Sk. Lawrence Turner RNR; Leonard H. Bean, 2nd Hand; Joseph W. Whitehead, Engineman; John E. Comer, John S. B. Shears, Albert Stranex, Seamen; John Cammish, Robert H. Cowe, Albert E. Lorne, O/S; Herbert J. L. Carter & George Crawford, Stokers 1/c.

(William Knight, Private, Marine, age 26, b. Whitchurch, Hampshire – VICTORY (ML116))

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S.T. Alfred Defuisseaux O145

S.T. Alfred Defuisseaux O145
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Sk.Turner. Clipping courtesy of The Phil Rogers Collection

14/05/2012: Page published. 7 updates since then.
02/02/2021: Added clipping.
29/08/2021: Updated history and technical details.
17/05/2022: Added an image.