S.T. Kelby GY205

Additional information courtesy of Bill Blow


Admiralty Number: 4215
Official Number: 144360
Yard Number: 498
Completed: 1919
As built: 360disp 125.6 x 23.5 x 12.8 feet
Gross Tonnage: 274.39
Net Tonnage: 106.35
Length: 125 ft
Breadth: 23.5 ft
Depth: 12.6 ft
Built: John Chambers Ltd, Lowestoft
Engine: 480ihp T.3-cyl by Fraser & Chalmers Ltd, Erith
Boiler: Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd, Hebburn-on-Tyne


1919: Launched by John Chambers Ltd, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft (Yd.No.498) (“Castle” class) for The Admiralty as JAMES LAVENNY (Ad.No.4215).
30.10.1918: Completed as a fishing vessel ex fishing gear. Laid up.
4.4.1919: Advertised for sale.
1919: Allocated to the National Fishery Scheme for the setting up of the Minesweepers’ Cooperative Trawling Society Ltd, London.
03.02.1920: Registered by The Admiralty at London (Part I & IV) as JAMES LAVENNY O.N.144360 (LO313).
13.08.1920: Minesweepers’ Cooperative Trawling Society Ltd, London registered.
10.1920: At HM Dockyard, Devonport fitted out for fishing under Special Survey of Lloyd’s Register and classed 100A1 Stm Trawler at Plymouth.
01.1922: Scheme abandoned, the necessary working capital of £100,000 having not been subscribed. Laid up at Plymouth.
10.1924: Slipped at Plymouth prior to sale.
12.1924: Sold to Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd (64/64), Grimsby.
9.12.1924: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to Midland Bank Ltd, London (A).
6.2.1925: London registry closed.
7.2.1925: Registered at Grimsby (GY205).
7.2.1925: Fred Parkes, Wyberton, Boston appointed manager.
24.2.1925: Registered at Grimsby as KELBY (GY205) (BoT Minute M/RG1207 dated 24.1.1925).
1926: Fishing out of Fleetwood.
1926: Fred Parkes, Blackpool appointed manager.
14.7.1926: Mortgage (A) discharged.
15.7.1926: Sold to Oscar Dahl, La Rochelle.
1926: Re-measured 297g 91n 125.3 x 23.4 x 12.9 feet.
29.7.1926: Grimsby registry closed.
7.1926: Registered at La Rochelle as LA BANCHE II.
1939: Requisitioned by Marine Francois as a minesweeper (P.No.AD186).
1944: Transferred to Free French Forces.
1946: Returned to owners.
1952: Sold for breaking up. La Rochelle registry closed.

20/02/2014: Page published. 3 updates since then.
22/09/2016: Information updated.
15/03/2021: Updated history and technical information.