S.T. Somersby (1) GY208

Additional information courtesy of Bill Blow


Admiralty Number: 4214
Official Number: 144363
Yard Number: 437
Completed: 1919
As built: 360disp 125.6 x 23.5 x 12.8 feet
Gross Tonnage: 274.39
Net Tonnage: 108.61
Length: 125.0 ft
Breadth: 23.5 ft
Depth: 12.6 ft
Built: John Chambers Ltd, Oulton Broad, 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.437) (“Castle” class) for The Admiralty as THOMAS LAWRIE (Ad.No.4214).
04.04.1919: Advertised for sale.
10.4.1919: Tenders to be received by 12 o’clock noon.
01.10.1919: Completed as a fishing vessel ex fishing gear.
1920: Allocated to the National Fishery Scheme for the setting up of the Minesweepers’ Cooperative Trawling Society Ltd, London.
3.2.1920: Registered by The Admiralty at London (Part I & IV) as THOMAS LAWRIE O.N.144363 (LO318).
13.8.1920: Minesweepers’ Cooperative Trawling Society Ltd, London registered.
3.1921: At HM Dockyard, Devonport completed fitting out for fishing under Special Survey of Lloyd’s Register and classed 100A1 Stm Trawler at Plymouth.
1.1922: Scheme abandoned, the necessary working capital of £100,000 having not been subscribed. Laid up.
17.10.1922: Advertised for sale.
12.1924: Sold to Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd (64/64), Grimsby. Fred Parkes, Wyberton, Boston designated manager.
9.12.1924: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to Midland Bank Ltd, London (A).
6.2.1925: London registry closed.
13.2.1925: Registered at Grimsby (GY208).
5.3.1925: Registered at Grimsby as SOMERSBY (GY208) (BoT Minute No.1008 dated 24.1.1925).
1926: Fred Parkes, Blackpool designated manager.
14.7.1926: Mortgage (A) discharged.
15.7.1926: Sold to Oscar Dahl, La Rochelle.
3.8.1926: Grimsby registry closed.
8.1926: Remeasured 296g. 90n.
8.1926: Registered at La Rochelle as LES BARGES II.
21.11.1939: At 12.50 pm in Bay of Biscay in company with several Spanish fishing vessels, stopped by U-boat (U41), fifteen crew abandoned in boat before vessel was sunk by gunfire in position 45.35N 3.22W. Survivors picked up by Spanish fishing vessel PAZ y TRABAJO and landed at Pasaia (Pasajes). A further seventeen trawlers were stopped that day, but all being neutral Spanish, they were not detained.
12.1939: La Rochelle registry closed.

03/05/2014: Information updated.
26/01/2017: Information updated.
20/07/2020: Updated information.