S.T. General Gordon H844 (Occasional Visitor)

Additional information courtesy of Andy Hall


Official Number: 121092
Yard Number: 417
Completed: 1905
Gross Tonnage: 267
Net Tonnage: 98
Length: 130.6 ft
Breadth: 22.1 ft
Depth: 12.0 ft
Built: A, Hall & Co Ltd, Aberdeen
Engine: 450ihp T.3-cyl and boiler by A. Hall & Co Ltd, Aberdeen


26.10.1905: Launched by A. Hall & Co Ltd, Aberdeen (Yd.No.417) for Pickering & Haldane’s Steam Trawling Co Ltd (64/64), Hull as GENERAL GORDON.
24.11.1905: Registered at Hull (H844).
24.11.1905: Christopher Pickering designated manager.
11.1905: Completed.
28.2.1913: Sold to Frank Buckworth (64/64), Cork, Co. Cork.
12.11.1906: On passage to the Icelandic grounds, called Aberdeen to land Gunaor Abrahamson, a native of Hull, who suffered severe internal injuries after falling over a deck fitting. Examined by Dr. Philip and removed to the Royal Infirmary.
15.11.1910: At Hull Police Court, Sk. John Dahlgreen was fined £4 including costs for contravening the Humber Conservancy Board rules on 14 September by wilfully failing to navigate his vessel with special care and caution, and to ease the engines when approaching and passing vessels employed in removing the sunken dredger HARBINGER opposite the new Joint Dock.
15.4.1913: Sold to Buckworth & Mumby Ltd (64/64), Cork, Co. Cork.
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 105.66net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907.
15.4.1913: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to Metropolitan Bank (of England & Wales) Ltd, London (A).
4.1913: Arrived at Videy, Iceland for six months, salting. Erlendur Hjartarson fishing master.
11.7.1913: John Mumby, Milford Haven designated manager.
9.1914: Vigfús Jósefsson became fishing master.
until 1915: Remained fishing from Iceland with mostly Icelandic crew.
20.2.1915: Sailed Reykjavík for Canada with a mostly Icelandic crew in order to fish from there, because British trawlers with foreign crew members were banned from entering British ports.
5.3.1915: A few miles off St.Pierre, trapped in ice with coal and provisions running out.
7.3.1915: Managed to free the ship and proceeded burning wood.
10.03.1915: Arrived Halifax, NS.
14.5.1915: Company re-styled to Frank Buckworth & Co Ltd, Cork, Co. Cork.
1.1916: Returned to Fleetwood, landed catch from Gulf of St. Lawrence. Crew paid off.
4.3.1916: Mortgage (A) discharged.
4.3.1916: Sold to John Stewart Boyle (64/64), Glasgow.
8.3.1916: John Stewart Boyle designated managing owner.
24.08.1916: At Aberdeen, from an 18 day Icelandic trip, landed 63 tons, including 730 boxes and 200 score of fish, about £2,000 gross.
3.1917: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-6pdr) (Ad.No.3331). Based Kirkwall.
Post 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Aberdeen.
28.9.1920: Sold to Alexander Leitch (64/64), Chanak, Dardanelles, Turkey (Consent of Shipping Controller S3/21710/1 dated 20 Sept 1920).
29.9.1920: Alexander Leitch designated managing owner.
28.9.1920: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to Vincent Grech, London (B).
8.5.1922: Hull registry closed “… (except as relates to mortgage (B))”. Registered at Piraeus.
By 1927: Alexander Leitch registered office transferred to Athens.
1929: Sold to E. Ioannides & Alexander Leitch, Athens.
1929: Converted to dry cargo “For services in the Dardanelles”. 260grt 160net.
1929: Registered at Piraeus as STRATIGOS GORDON.
1931: Sold to Cie Egyptionne de Nav. Le Dedecanese, Alexandria.
1931: Reverted to fishing. Re-measured to 265grt 106net.
1931: Piraeus registry closed. Registered at Alexandria as ELLEROS.
24.7.1933: Returning to Alexandria, started to take in water, abandoned by crew and foundered some 40 n miles from the port. All crew picked up.

07/03/2014: Page published. 6 updates since then.
24/12/2017: Significant information update.
31/10/2020: Updated history.