Category Archives: War Losses

Vessels lot due to war

S.T. Gelsina (1) GY869

Additional material courtesy of Bill Blow


Official Number: 138946
Yard Number: 327
Completed: 1916
Gross Tonnage: 226.27
Net Tonnage: 108.88
Length: 117.0 ft
Breadth: 22.0 ft
Depth: 12.7 ft
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley
Engine: 450ihp T.3-cyl and boiler by Amos & Smith Ltd, Hull


12.10.1915: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.327) for Walter Olney (64/64), Fleetwood.
7.2.1916: Registered at Grimsby (GY869).
7.2.1916: Alick Black, Grimsby designated manager.
18.2.1916: Completed.
2.1916: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-3pdr HA) (Ad.No.3258).
25.6.1917: Mined off Girdle Ness and foundered in position 57.07N 01.58W . Mine laid by U.boat (UC40). Four men lost*.
16.4.1919: Grimsby registry closed “Ship lost on Admiralty service 25.6.17”.
Lost * Peter Brown, 2nd Hand, John D. Meldrum & Henry Neslen, Deckhands, George S. Buchan & Alexander H. Clark, Trimmers all RNR

04/12/2013: Page published. 2 updates since then.
28/10/2020: Updated technical details.

S.D/T. Harvest Gleaner FR73 (Seasonal)


Official Number: 146492
Yard Number: 91
Completed: 1918
Gross Tonnage: 96
Net Tonnage: 35
Length: 86.2 ft
Breadth: 18.5 ft
Depth: 9.3 ft
Engine: T.3-cyl by North British Engine Works Ltd, Whiteinch, Glasgow
Boiler: Edwind Danks & Co (Oldbury) Ltd, Oldbury
Built: Colby Brothers Ltd, Oulton Broad


1918: Launched by Colby Brothers Ltd, Oulton Broad (Yd.No.91) (“Admiralty drifter”) for The Admiralty as BLIZZARD (Ad.No.3971).
30.7.1918: Completed with 1-6pdr) and mine-sweep.
1.10.1918: At Penzance with ‘Drifter Sweepers’.
1921: Sold to Kingston Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull (Walter Scott, manager).
11.7.1922: Registered at Hull as SATINSTONE O.N.146492 (H585).
1.1925: Sold to Alexander C. Bruce & Peter Bruce, St. Combs, W. B. Ritchie & Peter Buchan, Fraserburgh, Charles L. Minty, Fraserburgh and R. Irvin & Sons Ltd, North Shields .
29.1.1925: Hull registry closed.
30.1.1925: Registered at Fraserburgh as HARVEST GLEANER (FR73). Alexander C. Bruce designated managing owner.
1938: Seasonal fishing from Fleetwood (Alex Keay agent).
5.1938: Shares sold to Charles L. Minty, Gardenstown & others and R. Irvin & Sons Ltd, North Shields.
17.5.1938: Registered at Banff (BF484).
25.11.1939: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeping drifter (Hire rate £26.0.0d/month).
28.10.1940: Off Suffolk coast attacked by German aircraft and subsequently foundered. Four crew lost*.
20.4.1943: Banff registry closed “Lost n Naval Service”.

*Lost – Seymour Stephenson, Stoker PO; Maurice G. Langridge and Arthur Swaby, OS – killed. Charles A. L. Edwards, Stoker, died of wounds


31/12/2012: Page published. 3 updates since then.
25/12/2020: Information updated.

S.T. Cradock LT591


Admiralty Number: 4472
Official Number: 139348
Yard Number: 170
Completed: 1919
Gross Tonnage: 203
Net Tonnage: 88
Length: 115.4 ft
Breadth: 22.2 ft
Depth: 12.1 ft
Built: Hawthorns & Co Ltd, Leith
Engine: T.3-cyl and boiler by Hawthorns & Co Ltd, Leith


1.1919: Launched by Hawthorns & Co Ltd, Leith (Yd.No.170) (“Strath” class) for The Admiralty as WILLIAM CHALMERS (Ad.No.4472).
4.4.1919: Advertised for sale.
1919: Sold to Leonard C. Cockrell, Wivenhoe.
2.5.1919: Renamed CRADOCK.
30.8.1919: Completed as a fishing vessel ex fishing gear.
8.9.1919: Registered at Hull (H78).
17.9.1919: Hull registry closed.
22.9.1919: Registered at Lowestoft (LT591).
27.11.1919: Sold to Vanessa Fishing Co Ltd, Lowestoft (Leonard C. Cockrell, manager).
19.1.1921: First landing at Milford Haven.
3.12.1923: Sold to Arthur S. Bowlby, Harlow (Vanessa Fishing Co Ltd) (Edward D. W. Lawford, Milford Haven, manager).
12.12.1928: Last landing at Milford.
24.12.1928: Sold to Robert Taylor & Sons Ltd, Dundee (William N. Taylor, manager).
1932/33: Landing occasionally at Milford.
5.1933: At Fleetwood with Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd involvement.
9.12.1933: Sold to Shields Engineering & Dry Dock Co Ltd, North Shields (Thomas S. Read, manager).
23.12.1933: Lowestoft registry closed.
15.1.1934: Registered at North Shields (SN8).
24.2.1935: At about 10.30am. when outward from North Shields for fishing grounds, in collision off the Satellite buoys, with inbound Aberdeen registered steam coaster KILDRUMMY (629grt/1924) which sustained extensive damage to shell plating starboard side forward. Returned to North Shields with damage forward and stem twisted; KILDRUMMY proceeded up the Tyne.
8.11.1941: Attacked and bombed by German aircraft, 14 miles NNE of St. Abbs Head and subsequently foundered; crew of nine away in lifeboat.
19.11.1941: North Shields registry closed “Sunk by enemy action”.

(William Chalmers, Master, age 35, b. Lerwick – HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN)

20/05/2012: Page published. 10 updates since then.
03/08/2015: Information updated.
08/01/2020: Information updated.

S.T. Barnsley GY125


Official Number: 106673
Yard Number: 532
Completed: 1896
Gross Tonnage: 144
Net Tonnage: 46
Length: 104.0 ft
Breadth: 20.7 ft
Depth: 10.5 ft
Engine: T.3-cyl by N. E. Marine Engineering Co Ltd, Sunderland
Built: Edwards Bros Ltd, North Shields


24.9.1896: Launched by Edwards Bros Ltd, North Shields (Yd.No.532) for Hagerup, Doughty & Co Ltd, Grimsby as BARNSLEY.
10.1896: Completed.
27.10.1896: Registered at Grimsby (GY125).
4.1906: Transferred to The Consolidated Steam Fishing & Ice Co (Grimsby) Ltd, Grimsby. John D. Marsden designated manager on the formation of the company.
28.11.1908: Arrived Grimsby in tow of steam trawler TITAN (GY1259) disabled with broken tailshaft.
10.1914: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (Ad.No.717).
5.1915: Returned to owner.
12.1916: Sold to The Mersey Steam Trawlers Ltd, Fleetwood. Ernest Taylor designated manager.
13.2.1917: Fishing 13 miles N of Inishtrahull. Stopped by U-boat (U78), Skipper and Chief Engineer taken prisoner. Sunk by explosive charges.
17.2.1917: Survivors returned to Fleetwood.
9.3.1917: Grimsby registry closed.

20/05/2012: Page published. 5 updates since then.
10/08/2019: Information updated.

S.T. Albatross (1) GY279

Additional information courtesy of Bill Blow


Official Number: 108460
Yard Number: 177
Completed: 1897
Gross Tonnage: 158
Net Tonnage: 66
Length: 100.0 ft
Breadth: 20.5 ft
Depth: 11.2 ft
Engine: 280ihp T.3-cyl and boiler by C. D. Holmes & Co, Hull
Built: Cochrane & Cooper, Beverley


6.3.1897: Launched by Cochrane & Cooper, Beverley (Yd.No.177) for Thomas Baskcomb (22/64), Henry Lewis Taylor (21/64) & Thomas William Baskcomb (21/64), Grimsby as ALBATROSS.
4.1897: Completed.
6.4.1897: Registered at Grimsby (GY279).
6.4.1897: Thomas Baskcomb designated managing owner.
6.4.1897: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to George Jeffs, Grimsby for the sum of £2500 with interest at 51/2% (A).
6.4.1897: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to The York City & County Banking Co Ltd, York (B).
8.4.1898: Mortgage (B) discharged.
5.2.1899: While sheltering in Fuzleford Harbour, Faroe Islands, arrested by Danish gunboat for being in harbour with trawls not stowed. Fined £10. On leaving harbour had machinery defect and returned to harbour. Fined a further £34 with nets and gear confiscated.
3.4.1907; Mortgage (A) transferred to Thomas Baskcomb (64/64), Grimsby.
24.2.1908: Mortgage (A) discharged.
24.4.1908: Thomas Baskcomb shares (22/64) and Henry Lewis Taylor shares (21/64) sold to Thomas William Baskcomb (64/64), Grimsby.
25.2.1908: Thomas William Baskcomb designated managing owner.
17.3.1908: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to The York City & County Banking Co Ltd, York (C).
14.9.1910: Sold to Alick Black (60/64) and Rowland Hill (4/64), Grimsby.
15.9.1910: Alick Black designated managing owner.
15.9.1910: Mortgage (C) discharged.
5.11.1910: Rowland Hill shares (4/64) sold to Alick Black (64/64), Grimsby.
25.1.1911: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to London City & Midland Bank Ltd, London (D).
Pre 1913: Fishing from Fleetwood.
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 66.76 net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907.
5.6.1914: Henry Croft Baker appointed manager.
27.5.1914: Mortgage (D) discharged.
28.5.1914: Sold to The Savoy Steam Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Grimsby.
30.6.1914: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to London City & Midland Bank Ltd, London (E).
8.11.1915: Mortgage (E) discharged.
9.11.1915: Sold to John Lawrence Green (64/64), Grimsby.
10.11.1915: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to National Provincial Bank of England Ltd, London (F).
11.11.1915: John Lawrence Green designated managing owner.
24.9.1916: Stopped by U-boat (U57) approx 20 miles E of Flamborough Head and sunk by gunfire.
20.10.1916: Grimsby registry closed “ Vessel sunk in North Sea by German submarine on the 24.9.1916”.

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S.T. Albatross GY229

S.T. Albatross GY279
Picture courtesy of The James Cullen Collection

20/05/2012: Page published. 7 updates since then.
01/02/2015: Picture added.
30/06/2017: Removed FMHT watermarks from image.
14/06/2019: Minor update.