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S.T. Robert Murray FD90

Technical

Admiralty Number: 4256
Official Number: 144393
Yard Number: 899
Completed: 1919
Gross Tonnage: 324
Net Tonnage: 324
Length: 138.3 ft
Breadth: 23.7 ft
Depth: 148 ft
Built: Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby
Engine: 600ihp T.3-cyl and boiler by C. D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull

History

28.6.1919: Launched by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby (Yd.No.899) (“Mersey” class) for The Admiralty as ROBERT MURRAY (Ad.No.4256).
23.02.1920: Registered by The Admiralty at London (Part I & IV) as ROBERT MURRAY O.N.144393 (LO337).
26.02.1920: Completed as a fishing vessel under Special Survey of Lloyd’s Register and classed 100A1 Stm Trawler at Hull; ex fishing gear.
05.03.1920: Delivered. Laid up.
1920: Allocated to the National Fishery Scheme for the setting up of the Minesweepers’ Cooperative Trawling Society Ltd, London.
13.08.1920: Minesweepers’ Cooperative Trawling Society Ltd, London registered.
01.1921: Not to proceed to Chatham as previously ordered but to remain laid up at Hull pending further instructions.
01.1922: Scheme abandoned, the necessary working capital of £100,000 having not been subscribed.
3.1923: Sold to Irish Free State Government, Dublin.
28.3.1923: London registry closed.
3.1923: Registered at Dublin.
4.5.1923: Commissioned in the Irish Free State Coastal & Marine Service, Dublin.
31.3.1924: Decommissioned. Transferred to Commissioners of Public Works in Saorstat Eireann, Dublin (James J. Healy, manager).
1925: For sale.
26.1.1926: Sold to George L. Young & Richard M. Fleming, Culdaff, Co. Donegal.
2.1926: Sold to Cygnet Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood.
2.1926: Dublin registry closed.
11.2.1926: Registered at Fleetwood (FD90). Thomas Cardwell designated manager.
19.4.1927: Sailed Fleetwood for St. Kilda with a survey party, mails and provisions.
1929: Fleetwood top trawler (558 tons).
15.10.1934: Arrived Fleetwood and reported stood by Liverpool steamer HUBERT (3946grt/1910), Liverpool for Troon which had broken away from Glasgow tug CHIEFTAIN (196grt/1930) in Morecambe Bay in heavy seas and galeforce winds. Tug reconnected and proceeded on passage.
1935: Fleetwood top trawler (576 tons).
14.4.1938: Sold to Thomas Cardwell & Robert H. Bagshaw, Fleetwood. R. W. Mason designated manager.
26.5.1938: Registered at Fleetwood as NORTHLYN (FD90).
14.2.1939: Sailed Fleetwood for West of Scotland grounds (Sk. Harry Maulkinson); twelve crew.
16.2.1939: Put into Campbeltown with boiler trouble. Whilst alongside caught fire in forecastle, hoses rigged but too intense to extinguish and pulled away from quay and beached to prevent damage to other craft. Fire damped down, pumped clear of water, re-berthed and fire extinguished by local brigade.
17.2.1939: Arrived Fleetwood from Campbeltown under own power.
27.6.1939: Sold to Robert H. Bagshaw, Fleetwood. Robert Bagshaw designated managing owner.
7. 10.1939: Requisitioned for war service as a boom defence vessel (P.No.Z.103) (Hire rate £105.6.0d/month). Cost of conversion £15,596.
18.11.1943: Sold to The Cevic Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood (Richard Neave, manager).
7.12.1943: Compulsorily acquired by M.O.W.T.
23.5.1944: Assigned to Operation Neptune – Normandy landings.
3.7.1944: Operation Neptune ended.
1945: Based at Portsmouth/Portland (Fraser & White Ltd, Portsmouth, agents).
10.5.1945: In Weymouth Bay escorted Uboat (U249) to Portland for formal surrender. The first U-boat to surrender following cessation of hostilities. U.236 had surfaced off the Isles of Scilly on 8.5.1945 and indicated to a US Airforce Liberator based at Dunkerswell, Devon that she wished to surrender. Escorted by HMShips AMETHYST (P.No.U16) and MAGPIE (P.No.U82)_) and delivered to Weymouth Bay.
11.1945: Paid off, C&M at Rosyth.
12.1.1946: Fleetwood registry closed. Estimated cost of re-conditioning £7,500.
7.3.1947: Sold to The Cevic Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood. Re-registered at Fleetwood (FD90). Richard Neave appointed manager.
4.1.1955: Sold to Saint Andrew’s Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Hull. Basil Arthur Parkes designated manager.
4.1955: Sold to Jacques Bakker en Zonen, Bruges for breaking up.
21.4.1955: Delivered to Bruges.
4.1955: Fleetwood registry closed.

(Robert Murray. OS (volunteer), age 24, b. London – VICTORY (SB288))

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S.T. Northlyn FD90

S.T. Northlyn FD90
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S.T. Northlyn FD90

S.T. Northlyn FD90

HMT Northlyn

HMT Northlyn
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S.T. Northlyn FD90

S.T. Northlyn FD90

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28/01/2009: Page published. 5 revisions since then.
17/12/2014: Information updated.
02/03/2015: Picture added.
09/06/2016: Information updated.
16/01/2017: Information updated.

S.T. Whooper FD15

Technical

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

History

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.)

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

S.T. Swan FD116

Technical

Official Number: 124688
Yard Number: 96
Completed: 1907
Gross Tonnage: 270
Net Tonnage: 95
Length: 130 ft
Breadth: 23.1 ft
Depth: 12 ft
Engine: T.3-cyl by Shields Engineering Co Ltd, North Shields
Built: Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd, Goole
Boiler: R. Stephenson & Co Ltd, Hebburn-on-Tyne

History

20.2.1907: Launched by Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd, Goole (Yd.No.96) for The Cygnet Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood as SWAN.
5.1907: Mortgaged to London City & Midland Bank Ltd, London (A).
10.5.1907: Registered at Fleetwood (FD116). Richard W. Mason appointed manager.
5.1907: Completed.
1.11.1911: Thomas Cardwell appointed manager.
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 103.72 net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907.
8.1914: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-6pdr) (Ad.No.136).
12.1915: Renamed SWAN III.
1919: Returned to owner and reverted to SWAN (FD116).
1.11.1919: Mortgage (A). Mortgagee changed name to London Joint City & Midland Bank Ltd, London.
3.1921: Sailed Fleetwood for South West Irish grounds (Sk. H. Martin); eleven crew.
7.3.1921: In thick fog in the Western Approaches, approx 80 miles off Lands End, run down by Seattle registered steamer EDGEMONT (6865grt/1919), Baltimore for Antwerp, struck amidships and foundered in approx position 49°26N/11°14W. Six men lost and five put onboard the ARLEY (FD44) and returned to Fleetwood.
18.3.1921: Fleetwood registry closed.

(Lost. Sk. B(H) Martin; A. Wignall, Bosun; G. Bond, 2nd engineer; Wairing, fireman, McFallon, deckhand and T. Allen, cook.

Survivors. T. Welch, mate; R. Wilson, Chief engineer; Charles Thomas, deckhand; A. Cooley, deckhand and J. Morris, fireman.)

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S.T. Swan FD116

S.T. Swan FD116

S.T. Swan FD116

S.T. Swan FD116
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7/01/2009: Page published. 7 updates since then.
16/10/2017: Removed FMHT watermark from image.

S.T. Ospray II (1) FD219

Technical

Official Number: 127565
Yard Number: 123
Completed: 1908
Gross Tonnage: 275
Net Tonnage: 106
Length: 130.1 ft
Breadth: 23.1 ft
Depth: 12.2 ft
Engine: T.3-cyl and boiler by Earle’s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull
Built: Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd, Goole

History

7.1908: Launched by Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd, Goole (Yd.No.123) for The Cygnet Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Fleetwood as OSPRAY II.
8.1908: Completed.
2.9.1908: Registered at Fleetwood (FD219). Richard Watson Mason appointed manager.
2.9.1908: Mortgaged to London City & Midland Bank Ltd, London (A).
5.3.1909: Mortgaged (A) discharged.
11.3.1909: Sold to John George Hammond (64/64), London.
8.4.1909: John George Hammond appointed manager
4.1909: Sold to The Admiralty.
15.4.1909: Fleetwood registry closed. Fitted out as a minesweeper for training fishery reserve crews. Renamed HMS SEAFLOWER (Ad.No.1) and based Chatham/Sheerness.
1.1920: Renamed SEA ROVER .
4.5.1920: Withdrawn from auction at Milford.
5.1920: Sold to Edward D. W. Lawford, Milford Haven.
12. 8.1920: Sold to Colin I. Mason, Cardiff (managing owner).
13. 21.8.1920: Registered at London(LO395).
14. 24.10.1922: Picked up crew of NILE (M186) which had foundered some 10 miles off Crookhaven, Co. Cork.
15. 25.10.1922: Landed survivors at Milford.
16. 3.1924: Sold to Schultz & Merz, Wesermünde.
17. 1.4.1924: London registry closed.
18. 4.1924: Registered at Wesermünde-G as HEINRICH BEERMANN.
19. 18.11.1932: Stranded at Mortingebazen, Nr Floroe, Norway.
20. 20.11.1932: Refloated by salvage steamers TRAUST (222grt/1921) and ACHILLES (217grt/1893); slight damage.
21. 1935: Sold to Allerich Luerssen, Bremerhaven.
22. 1936: Sold to Hanseatische Hochseefischerei A.G., Bremerhaven. Registered at Bremerhaven as SCHÜTTING.
23. 1937: Sold for breaking up.

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S.T. Ospray II FD219

S.T. Ospray II FD219
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HMS seaflower

HMS Seaflower

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03/01/2009: Page published. 6 updates since then.
21/05/2016: Information updated.

S.T. Ospray II (2) FD129

Additional information courtesy of Chris Petherbridge Hull Trawler Website

Technical

Official Number: 132404
Yard Number: 464
Completed: 1911
Gross Tonnage: 285
Net Tonnage: 114
Length: 130 ft
Breadth: 23 ft
Depth: 13.2 ft
Engine: 85hp T.3-cyl by Shields Engineering & Dry Dock Co Ltd, North Shields
Boiler: Richardsons, Westgarth & Co Ltd, Middlesbrough
Built: Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough

History

14.2.1911: Launched by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough (Yd.No.464) for The Cygnet Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood (Richard W. Mason, manager) as OSPRAY II.
3.1911: Completed.
30.3.1911: Registered at Fleetwood (FD129). Richard Watson Mason appointed manager).
3.3.1915: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-12pdr) (Ad.No.1354). Fitted as Sub-divisional Leader. Based Milford.
By 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Fleetwood (Thomas Cardwell, manager).
15.4.1933: Fishing in 230 fathoms NW of Tory Island, Co. Donegal, hauled a mine causing damage to nets and gear.
17.4.1933: Landed mine at Fleetwood.
2.11.1933: Arrived Fleetwood from fishing grounds with stern post fractured and bent and rudder bent, reported having drifted whilst at anchor in Vatersay Bay and struck rocks.
5.4.1935: Sailed Fleetwood for West of Scotland grounds (Sk. Robert Kelly); eleven crew.
6.4.1935: About to shoot on grounds south of Gigha, at about 7.55am in collision with steam trawler CALDEW (FD347)(Sk.Edward Harris) suffering damage aft of wheelhouse on starboard side and shell plating holed in way of bunker. Attempted to make for shore to beach but ingress of water in stoke hold and engine room too great and pumps could not cope. Abandoned in lifeboat and lay to until vessel sank at about 8.35am Picked up by CALDEW and returned to Fleetwood. Vessel sank in approx position 55.33N 05.52W, 2 miles off Bellochantuy Bay, Kintyre.
17.4.1935: Fleetwood registry closed “Total loss 4.35. Sunk in collision”.
7.12.1935: BOT Formal Investigation (S.375) found Sk. Robert Kelly and Sk. Edward Harris both in default and suspended their tickets for twelve months.

Note:OSPRAY II carried a crew of ten and was heading for the fishing grounds off the west coast of Scotland, by way of the Sound of Jura on the 6th of April 1935. A second vessel, CALDEW, was fishing off the west coast of Kintyre when an unexplained collision occurred. CALDEW hit OSPRAY II amidships and tore a massive hole in her side.
The damage was so great that coal from her bunkers poured out into the sea.

CALDEW took the damaged vessel in tow in an attempt to beach her at the nearest point but that was ten miles away. OSPRAY’s skipper lowered his boat as a precaution and this was just as well because, as the tow got under way, it was clear that the vessel was settling deeper in the water all the time. The crew manned the pumps until they were waist deep in water but their efforts were in vain. With the fires out and the ship sinking under their feet they were forced to scramble into the lifeboat and abandon their vessel.
Less than an hour after the collision OSPRAY II slipped under in 20 fathoms of water approximately 2 miles off the Bellochantuy shore.

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S.T. Ospray  II  FD219

S.T. Ospray II FD219
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S.T. Ospray  II  FD219

S.T. Ospray II FD219
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Changelog
03/01/2009: Page published. 6 updates since then.
12/11/2015: Information updated.
20/08/2017: Removed FMHT watermark and added an image.