S.T. Beatrice IJM118 (Wartime visitor)

Additional material courtesy of Jan Harteveld


Official Number: 114172
Yard Number: 343
Completed: 1900
Gross Tonnage: 179 (as built 185g)
Net Tonnage: 54 (as built 56n)
Length: 108.1 ft
Breadth: 21.6 ft
Depth: 11.4 ft
Built: Hall, Russell & Co Ltd, Aberdeen
Engine: T.3-cyl by Hall, Russell & Co Ltd, Aberdeen


1900: Launched by Hall, Russell & Co Ltd, Aberdeen (Yd.No.343) for The Aberdeen Steam Trawling & Fishing Co Ltd, Aberdeen as STRATHTAY.
1.1901: Completed (James Brown, manager).
25.1.1901: Registered at Aberdeen O.N.114172 (A333).
6.1912: Sold to Visscherij. Mij. “Vigor I, I en II”, Ijmuiden (W. J. Kermer, managers).
2.7.1912: Aberdeen registry closed.
7.1912: Registered at IJmuiden as BEATRICE (IJM118).
1916: Sold to Visscherij. Mij. “Oceaan”, IJmuiden (L. Allard, manager).
1932: Sold to Visscherij-onderneming De Vem, IJmuiden (J. F. Clerq, manager).
1933: F. Thiel appointed manager.
1939: Sold to N.V. Visscherij-onderneming v/h J. C. Pronk, IJmuiden (part of De Vem).
16.2.1942: Sailed IJmuiden on a North Sea trip.
18.2.1942: Three agents of the Dutch resistance, Ab Homburg, Jo Buiser and Jan de Haas, all with death penalties imposed by German authorities, revealed themselves. Armed with revolvers locked up the skipper and the Dutch guard who was armed. The skipper did not want to go to England but finally agreed.
1942-1945: Fishing from Fleetwood (Bloomfield’s Ltd, managing agents).
1950: Sold to shipbreakers and broken up. Ostend registry closed.

Note: About the 3 Dutch resistance men after escape to England.
Ab Homburg joined 322 Dutch Squadron RAF and died near Borne on 1.4.1945 when he was shot down with his Spitfire.
Jo Buiser & Jan de Haas were trained by the SOE (Special Operations Executive) as special agents.
22.6.1942 Jo Buiser was dropped by parachute near Holten ( Holland) and became a victim of the “England spiel” (Major spy disaster of WW2, when 59 SOE agents were captured – 54 eventually being killed – in German occupied occupied Holland. Between March 1942 and June 1943, German counter intelligence had control over SOE’s Dutch operations, sending messages making London believe that their agents were active. The German’s code name for the operation was “England spiel” (The English game).
18-19.4.1942 Jan de Haas was landed on the Dutch coast by a vessel and was arrested after 10 days, again a victim of the “England spiel”.

Both men were sent to Mauthausen concentration camp and there they ,together 21 other agents, were killed on 6.9.1944.


29/03/2013: Page published. 6 updates since then.
12/09/2019: Updated information.