S.T. Daily Mirror FD71


Admiralty Number: 4294
Official Number: 143471
Yard Number: 410
As built: 360disp 125.6 x 23.5 x 12.8 feet
Completed: 1919
Gross Tonnage: 286
Net Tonnage: 109
Length: 125.5 ft
Breadth: 23.5 ft
Depth: 12.7 ft
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley
Engine: 480ihp T.3-cyl and boiler by Amos & Smith
Speed: 10.5 knots


18.3.1919: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.410) (“Castle” class) for The Admiralty as Egilias Akerman (Ad.No.4294).
13.11.1919: Completed as a fishing vessel.
1.1920: Sold to Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd, Boston. Renamed KESTEVEN (BN146). Fred Parkes designated manager.
1923: Sold to Victor Fourney, Boulogne.
1923: Boston registry closed.
1923: Registered at Boulogne as IMPRÉVU (B789).
10.06.1925: Towed into Plymouth by the French steam trawler PROFESSEUR BERGONIÉ after damaging her propeller on a sunken wreck.
1930: Sold to Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd, Fleetwood.
3.1930: Boulogne registry closed.
17.3.1930: Registered at Fleetwood as DAILY MIRROR (FD71). Fred Parkes, Blackpool designated manager.
21.11.1932: Landed at Fleetwood, 600 boxes of herring for only 15 hrs fishing.
5/6/7.1933: Chartered by Italian Government to provide support for a trans Atlantic flight involving 20 to 30 aeroplanes (Gen. Italo Balbo).
1934: Sold to Thomas L. Devlin & Sons, Granton (Thomas L. Devlin, manager).
26.5.1934: Fleetwood registry closed.
5.1934: Registered at Granton as COMPUTATOR (GN42).
22.11.1936: Ran ashore at the back of the west pier Granton while returning from the fishing grounds in dense fog. Refloated without assistance and undamaged but will by dry-docked in Leith as a precaution.
27.3.1937: Stowing gear for trip home in heavy weather 100 miles ENE of Buchan Ness (Sk. David R. Liston), three crew washed overboard and drowned*.
03.05.1937: Homeward from the fishing grounds in dense fog, stranded four miles north of Buchan Ness, refloated on next tide. Later dry-docked at Leith for examination.
06.10.1937: Landed 660 eight stone boxes of iced trawled herrings at North Shields which made 6s down to 4s per box.
30.8.1939: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (P.No.FY.635) (Hire rate £89.7.6d/month).
6.1941: Based Portland with M/S Group 49 (Ch Sk. C. W. H. Shearing RNR). 1942: Transferred to Thomas L. Devlin & Sons Ltd, Granton (T. L. Devlin, manager).
21.1.1945: Foundered after collision with HMS VANOC (P.No.H33) in Seine Bay, Normandy.

(Egilias Akerman, AB, age 26, b. Brussels, Belgium – ROYAL SOVEREIGN (SB163))

(* Thomas Wood (40), 2nd Fisherman; James Rennie (22), deckhand, Newhaven and E. I. Peebles (21), trimmer, Leith)

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S.T. Daily Mirror FD71

S.T. Daily Mirror FD71
Picture courtesy of The Emiel Rycx Collection

14/05/2012: Page published. 7 Updates since then.
05/10/2015: Picture added.
24/12/2017: Removed FMHT watermark from image.
04/03/2020: Information updated.