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S.T. Tranquil FD425


Official Number: 133406
Yard Number: 249
Completed: 1912
Gross Tonnage: 294
Net Tonnage: 131
Length: 130 ft
Breadth: 23.5 ft
Engine: 87NHP T.3-cyl by Amos & Smith Ltd, Hull
Speed: 10.5 knots
Armament: 1 x 12 pdr
Built: Cook Welton & Gemmell, Beverley


18.7.1912: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.249) for The Humber Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull as GOOD LUCK.
3.10.1912: Registered at Hull (H497).
10.1912: Completed (Richard H. Hobbs, manager).
4.1915: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-12pdr) (Ad.No.1342).
1917: Employed as an escort. Based Milford Haven.
By 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Hull.
1919: Sold to Fresh Fish Supplies Ltd, Hull (Thomas Nightingale, manager).
5.1923: Sold to George Ashton, Wigan & James Welsh Ltd, Fleetwood.
11.5.1923: Hull registry closed.
17.5.1923: Registered at Fleetwood (FD425).
8.8.1923: Sold to Ashton & Welsh Ltd, Blackpool (James Welsh, Fleetwood, manager).
1924: Registered at Fleetwood as TRANQUIL (FD425).
Pre1927: Registered office transferred to Fleetwood.
11.5.1931: Responded to rockets from DAILY MAIL (FD100) stranded on rocks off Crammag Head, The Rinns of Galloway. With Portpatrick lifeboat stood by when she came afloat but grounded again on the north side of Portencorkie Bay, took off crew.
24.4.1935: Sold to John W. Welsh. Fleetwood.
23.7.1935: Sold to Endeavour Trawlers Ltd, Fleetwood (John W. Welsh & James Welsh, managers).
25.11.1937: Sold to The Cevic Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood (Charles H. Friswell, manager).
28.4.1940: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (P.No.FY.920) (Hire rate £73.10.0d/month).
1942: Richard Neave appointed manager.
16.6.1942: Towing a barrage balloon ex Thames and involved in collision with s.s. DEAL (829grt /1928). Sank off The Downs, 5 miles SE of Goodwin Fork Buoy in position 51°13.08 N/01°27.51 E.
17.12.1945: Fleetwood registry closed.

Note: Became known as “The Balloon Wreck” because she sank with the balloon deployed and this still floated above the wreck site.

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S.T. Good Luck H497

S.T. Good Luck H497
Picture courtesy of The JJ Collection

S.T. Good Luck FD425

S.T. Tranquil FD425
Picture (as Good Luck) courtesy of Fred Baker

S.T. Tranquil FD425

S.T. Tranquil FD425
Picture courtesy of Fred Baker

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