Additional information courtesy of David Slinger and Andy Hall
Admiralty Number: 4483
Official Number: 136085
Yard Number: 313
As built: 360disp 125.6 x 23.5 x 12.8 feet
Gross Tonnage: 275.56
Net Tonnage: 115
Length: 125.4 ft
Breadth: 23.4 ft
Depth: 12.6 ft
Engine: 480ihp T.3-cyl by J. P. Rennoldson & Sons Ltd, South Shields
1919: Launched by J. P. Rennoldson & Sons Ltd, South Shields (Yd.No.313)(“Castle” class) for The Admiralty as WILLIAM DRAKE (Ad.No.4483).
4.4.1919: Advertised for sale by tender.
10.4.1919: Tenders closed. Sold to Charles W. Robinson, Middlesbrough.
19.5.1919: Completed as a fishing vessel.
13.6.1919: Registered at Middlesbrough (Part I & IV) as EBOR COURT O.N.136085 (MH40). Charles W. Robinson designated managing owner. 1920: Sold to Harley & Miller Ltd, Liverpool. Alfred J. Harley, Meols designated manager.
1923: Charles C. Miller designated manager.
1926: Middlesbrough registry closed.
3.8.1926: Registered at Liverpool (LL56).
1928: Fishing out of Fleetwood.
6.6.1928: Landed 150 boxes.
10.10.1928: Landed 94 boxes.
12.1928: Sold to Consolidated Fisheries Ltd, Grimsby.
17.12.1928: Liverpool registry closed.
12.1928: Registered at Swansea as CAREW CASTLE (SA91). Sir John D. Marsden, Bart, Grimsby designated manager. Fishing out of Swansea.
31.10.1929: Homeward from the fishing grounds (Sk. Boyce); eleven crew, in company with RADNOR CASTLE (SA56). Entering a fog bank in the Bristol Channel, stranded on rocks near Culver Hole west of Port Eynon Point, Gower Peninsula, approx 18 miles west of Swansea. Badly holed and engine room flooded, RADNOR CASTLE stood by and on the falling tide crew able to walk ashore.
1.11.1929: Tug in attendance, if weather holds expected to be salved. Crew picked up by tug and landed at Swansea.
02.11.1929: Efforts to refloat unsuccessful.
15.11.1929: In rough weather washed further onto rocks and efforts to salve abandoned. Swansea registry closed.
(William Drake (29), Landsman (volunteer), age 29, b.Isle of Wight – ROYAL SOVEREIGN (SB50))
04/03/2019: Page published.