S.D/T. Girls Friend LT171

Additional information courtesy of David Slinger


Admiralty Number: 3925
Official Number: 137721
Yard Number: 64
Completed: 1918
Gross Tonnage: 96.71
Net Tonnage: 38
Length: 85.8 ft
Breadth: 18.6 ft
Depth: 9.2 ft
Engine: 270ihp T.3-cyl by J. Lewis & Sons Ltd, Aberdeen (Eng.No.134)
Boiler: Ross & Duncan, Govan


10.1918: Launched by John Lewis & Sons Ltd, Torry, Aberdeen (Yd.No.64) (“Admiralty drifter”) for The Admiralty as MURK.
9.11.1918: Ran trials.
11.11.1918; Completed as a minesweeper (Ad.No.3925).
13.11.1918: Delivered.
10.1920: Transferred to Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries, London.
1921: Sold to A. G. Roe, Ramsgate. Fitted for trawling.
25.11.1921: Registered at Ramsgate (Part I & IV) as MURK O.N.137721 (R345).
1922: Sold to Colis Durrant, Lowestoft.
12.7.1922: Registered at Lowestoft (LT171). Colis Durrant designated managing owner.
2.8.1922: Registered at Lowestoft as GIRLS FRIEND (LT171) (RGS M 25244).
c3.1928: Seasonal white fish trawling out of Fleetwood.
31.5.1928: Typical landing 30 boxes.
22.6.1928: Returned to Fleetwood to to pick up new fishing gear having come fast when fishing off the Kish Bank, Co. Dublin coast.
Efforts to free the trawl failed when the trawl warps parted and the gear valued at about £80 was lost.
1930s: Seasonal white fish trawling out of Padstow & Fleetwood.
1937: Sold to A. Duthie, Peterhead.
7.4.1937: Lowestoft registry closed.
21.4.1937: Registered at Peterhead (PD243).
9.6.1937: Registered at Peterhead as TRUST (PD243). John Duthie Jnr designated managing owner.
1939: Ownership transferred to Representatives of John Duthie Jnr, Peterhead.
9.11.1939: Requisitioned for war service on transport duties (Hire rate £32.0.0d/month).
11.1940: Employed as an A/S drifter.
1941: Sold to Alexander Hay & others, Aberdeen.
16.12.1945: Returned to owners.
1954: Sold to William Strachan, Peterhead.
4.1954: Broken up. Peterhead registry closed.

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S.D/T. Girls Friend LT171

S.D/T. Girls Friend LT171
Picture courtesy of The Robert Durrant Collection


08/02/2019: Page published.
21/03/2019: Information updated.
22/03/2019: Added an image.