Category Archives: Steam Trawlers

S.T. William Bell LO201


Admiralty Number: 3590
Official Number: 143811
Yard Number: 385
Completed: 1918
As built: 360disp 125.6 x 23.5 x 12.8 feet
Gross Tonnage: 290
Net Tonnage: 119
Length: 125.5 ft
Breadth: 23.6 ft
Depth: 12.7 ft
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley
Engine: 480ihp T.3-cyl and boiler by Amos & Smith Ltd, Hull


17.1.1918: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.385) (“Castle” class) for The Admiralty as WILLIAM BELL (Ad.No.3590).
10.5.1918: Commissioned.
15.5.1918: Completed (1-12pdr, Hydrophone and W/T).
8.11.1919: Registered by The Admiralty at London (Part I) as WILLIAM BELL O.N.143811.
24.12.1919: Registered by The Admiralty at London (Part IV) (LO201).
1920: Sold to The Mills Steamship Co Ltd, London. Frederick B. O’Meara designated manager.
17.1.1920: C. Curzon, Milford Haven designated manager.
12.1930: Laid up at Milford.
1935: Insured value £5000.
25.7.1939: Insured value £5,000.
31.5.1940: At Hull last landing before requisitioning. West Coast, 14 days – 427kits £623 gross.
8.6.1940: Requisitioned for war service and employed as an auxiliary patrol vessel. from 7.6.1940: Hire rate £87.0.0d/month.
5.1941: Fitted out as a minesweeper (P. No.FY.1727).
15-25.6.1940: Operation Ariel *.
19.6.1940: Sailed Plymouth for France.
15.1.1942: Sold to J. Marr & Son Ltd, Fleetwood (Geoffrey Edwards Marr, manager) for £8,625.
23.2.1946: On return sold to BISCO and allocated to W. H. Arnott, Young & Co Ltd, Dalmuir for breaking up by West of Scotland Shipbreaking Co Ltd, Troon.
11.3.1946: Sailed Fleetwood for Troon.
15.3.1946: Delivered Troon Harbour (draughts 2’0”/14’0”).
1.4.1946: Breaking commenced.
2.12.1946: Beached (draughts 2’0”/8’6”).
3.9.1947: Breaking completed.

*Operation Ariel – withdrawal of remaining troops of the British Expeditionary Force from France.

(William Bell, OS (volunteer), age 20, b. Whitehaven, Cumberland – VICTORY (SB750))

08/01/2009: Page published. 4 updates since then.
14/08/2021: Updated history and technical details.

S.T. William Beaumont GY854


Admiralty Number: 3644
Official Number: 143911
Yard Number: 634
Completed: 1918
Gross Tonnage: 203
Net Tonnage 82
Length: 115.4 ft
Breadth: 22.1 ft
Depth: 12.1 ft
Built: Hall, Russell & Co Ltd, Aberdeen
Engine: T.3-cyl by Hall, Russell & Co Ltd, Aberdeen


9.7.1918: Launched by Hall, Russell & Co Ltd, Aberdeen (Yd.No.634) (“Strath” class) for The Admiralty as WILLIAM BEAUMONT. (Ad.No.3644).
17.8.1918: Completed (1 – 12pdr HA).
1.1920: Sold at auction at Milford to Crown Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby (Sir George E. J. Moody, manager).
24.1.1920: Registered at Grimsby (GY854).
1925: Transferred to Fleetwood.
4.1928: Sold to Walker Steam Trawl Fishing Co Ltd, Aberdeen (Thomas Walker, manager).
20.4.1928: Grimsby registry closed.
29.5.1928: Registered at Aberdeen as STAR OF SCOTLAND (A347).
10.12.1939: Damaged by German air attack 10 miles SE of Fetlar, Shetland.
1946: Sold to George Robb & Sons Ltd, Aberdeen (George Robb, manager). Registered at Aberdeen as VIKING STAR (A347).
Post 1958: Sold to Bruces Stores (Aberdeen) Ltd, Aberdeen.
1960: Sold to Netherlands for breaking up.
3.1960: Arrived Rotterdam in tow of tug LOIRE.
(William Beaumont, AB (volunteer), age 22, b. Carlisle, Cumberland – VICTORY (SB419))


08/01/2009: Page published. 4 updates since then.

S.T. William Allan A165

Additional information courtesy of Christine Simm


Official Number: 144007
Yard Number: 559
Completed: 1914
Gross Tonnage: 203.36
Net Tonnage: 87.34
Length: 115.3 ft
Breadth: 22.1 ft
Depth: 11.8 ft
Built: Hall, Russell & Co Ltd, Aberdeen
Engine: T.3-cyl by Hall, Russell & Co Ltd, Aberdeen


1914: Launched by Hall, Russell & Co Ltd, Aberdeen (Yd.No.559) for The Silver City Steam Trawling Co Ltd (64/64), Aberdeen as WILLIAM ALLAN.
11.1914: Completed.
11.11.1914: Registered at Aberdeen (A165). John W. Allan designated manager.
1.1915: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-12pdr, 1-7.5” A/S Howitzer) (Ad. No.719).
1915: John W. Johnstone designated manager. Based Aegean Sea.
1919: Returned to owner at Aberdeen.
1922: Horace H. Girdlestone designated manager.
1925: Robert Sutherland designated manager.
1928: Sold to Sarah Mutch Johnstone, Peter Alexander Johnstone and John William Johnstone (64/64 joint owners), Aberdeen. John William Johnstone managing owner.
2.12.1930: Sold to Peter & J. Johnstone Ltd (64/64), Aberdeen. Peter A. Johnstone designated manager.
1932: John W. Johnstone appointed manager.
13.10.1942: Sold to Wellvale Trawlers Ltd (64/64), Fleetwood. Basil Arthur Parkes designated manager.
20.5.1943: Typical wartime landing, Home Waters. 409 kits – hake-15, cod/codling-360, whiting-9, ling/coley-9, roker-15. dogs-1.
17.8.1944: Sold to Transvaal Steam Trawling Co Ltd (64/64), Fleetwood. J. N. Ward & Son Ltd managers.
20.9.1954: Sold to Iver Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Aberdeen. John Walker designated manager.
9.11.1954: Registered at Aberdeen as SYLVERDYKE (A165) (MoT & CA minute RSS 8/1/0281 dated 28.10.1954.
1956: Sold to BISCO and allocated to G. & W. Brunton, Grangemouth for breaking up.
6.9.1956: Arrived Grangemouth from Aberdeen under own power.
17.12.1955: Aberdeen registry closed “Vessel broken up. Advice received from Owner and Shipbreaker. “

08/01/2009: Page published. 4 updates since then.
06/01/2017: Information updated.
12/03/2020: Information updated.

S.T. Wigmore GY469


Official Number: 146910
Yard Number: 498
Completed: 1928
Gross Tonnage: 345
Net Tonnage: 149
Length: 140.4 ft
Breadth: 24 ft
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Beverley
Engine: T.3-cyl by C. D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull


5.7.1928: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Y.No.498) for Letten Bros Ltd, Grimsby as EMBASSY.
21.9.1928: Registered at Grimsby (GY469).
26.9.1928: Completed.
26.12.1929: Picked up crew of Norwegian motor vessel JUNIOR which had foundered in the North Sea 40 miles off Rattray Head (24.12.1929).
27.12.1929: Landed survivors at Peterhead.
1932: Sold to E. Cyril Grant, Grimsby.
8.1933: Registered at Grimsby as WIGMORE (GY469).
10.1935: Sold to The Clan Steam Fishing Co (Grimsby) Ltd, Grimsby (E. Cyril Grant, manager).
10.11.1939: Assisted LADY STANLEY (FD125) ashore at Swilke Point, Stroma. After refloating took in tow and after checks proceeded in company for Grimsby.
18.11.1939: In convoy for the Icelandic grounds (Sk Walter Bore) in company with SARPEDON (GY984) Convoy Officer, Lieut Reginald H. W. Jackson RNVR, ANDANES (GY923), SARONTA (GY1082), CONISBORO (GY244) and MURMANSK (GY26). 25 miles N by W of Rattray Head in approximate position 58°01.2N/01°57.5W attacked by U-boat (U.22) and sunk by torpedo; all sixteen crew lost*.
6.3.1940: Grimsby registry closed.
(* Lost: Sk. W. Bore, Grimsby; W.H. Lodge, Mate Cleethorpes; J. Foley, Third Hand, Cleethorpes; F. Moore, Ch Eng, Grimsby; A. Harwood, 2nd Eng, Grimsby; C.V.H. Bromfield, H. Clayton, H. Dumbleton, J. Fisher, W. Goodwin, J. Ottley, Deckhands, all Grimsby; G. Germaney and E.H. Newson, Trimmers, both Grimsby; R.W. Jackson, Wireless Operator, Grimsby; E.D. Winn, Cook, Grimsby).

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S.T. Wigmore GY469

S.T. Wigmore GY469
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Wigmore GY469

Wigmore GY469
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08/01/2009: Page published. 6 updates since then.
28/04/2014: Information updated.
19/10/2018: Added an image and removed FMHT watermark.

S.T. Whooper FD15


Official Number: 136891
Yard Number: 402
Completed: 1914
Gross Tonnage: 302
Length: 126.2 ft
Breadth: 23.3 ft
Depth: 13.2 ft
Built: J. Duthie Torry Shipbuilding Co, Aberdeen
Engine: 61nhp T.3-cyl by J. Abernethy & Co, Aberdeen


23.5.1914: Launched by J. Duthie Torry Shipbuilding Co, Aberdeen , Aberdeen (Yd.No.402) for Cygnet Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood as WHOOPER.
18.7.1914: Registered at Fleetwood (FD15).
7.1914: Completed (R. W. Mason, manager).
12.1914: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (Ad.No.668).
30.6.1916: Lost off Lowestoft by mine explosion; one officer and eight ratings lost *.
17.11.1916: Fleetwood registry closed “Lost on Admiralty service”.

(*Lost: Ty Skipper Thomas G. Phipps RNR; John W. Spooner, 2nd Hand; Harry E. Adams, Engineman; David S. Bird, POTel; Ernest Harrison & Richard E Stroud, Deckhands: Ernest Johnson & Joseph Nolloth, Trimmers; Aubrey Hinchliffe, Ord Tel.)

08/01/2009: Page published. 4 updates since then.