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S.T. Ethel Crawford FD404

Additional information courtesy of Douglas Paterson and Andy Hall


Admiralty Number: 4229
Official Number: 143257
Yard Number: 275
Completed: 1919
Gross Tonnage: 200
Net Tonnage: 97
Length: 115.8 ft
Breadth: 22.2 ft
Depth: 12.2 ft
Engine: 430ihp T.3-cyl by W. H. Allen, Son & Co Ltd, Bedford
Built: Scott & Sons Ltd, Bowling

20.3.1919: Launched by Scott & Sons Ltd, Bowling (Yd.No.275) (“Strath” class) for The Admiralty as JOHN LANGSHAW (Ad.No.4229).
25.4.1919: Completed as a fishing vessel.
5.1919: Sold to Richard Wardell Crawford, Scarborough.
13.5.1919: Registered at Scarborough Part I & IV as ETHEL CRAWFORD. Official No.143257 (SH75). Richard Wardell Crawford designated managing owner.
21.11.1919: Sold to The Robin Hood Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Scarborough. Richard W. Crawford designated manager.
22.7.1920: Sold to Herbert Ford, Birmingham. Arthur G. Stietes, Liverpool designated manager.
22.12.1921: Sold to The Ethel Crawford Steam Fishing Co Ltd (Louis Cohen), Fleetwood
1.3.1922: Scarborough registry closed.
4.3.1922: Registered at Fleetwood (FD404). Jules H. Nierinck, Blackpool designated manager.
1924: Sold to Richard Watson Lewis, Pitfodels, Aberdeen.
18.9.1924: Fleetwood registry closed.
24.9.1924: Registered at Aberdeen (A36). Richard Watson Lewis designated managing owner.
24.6.1926: At Aberdeen Sheriff Court, James G. Bruce, fireman was charged with willfully disobeying the lawful command of the skipper to join the vessel. The accused’s wife appeared and tendered a plea of guilty on his behalf. Fined two days wages (19s) with £1.8.4d expenses. John Mair, deckhand pleaded guilty to a similar offence. Plea of guilty tendered by his mother and a similar penalty imposed.
22.3.1930: Outward for Shetland fishing grounds having coaled at a Forth port, stranded on rocks off May Island; bottom damage and crew taken off by m.f.v. WINEWAY (KY279).
26.3.1930: Refloated with Leith tug EARL OF POWIS (116grt/1882) connected and delivered Anstruther.
15.12.1932: Sold to North Eastern Fisheries Ltd, Aberdeen. Sir Andrew Lewis designated manager.
31.10.1937: When lying alongside at Point Law, Aberdeen, a watchman saw flames coming from her port side. Fire brigade attended and found the outbreak had occurred in the coal bunkers. After two and a half hours fire extinguished and pumping began of the 4ft of water in the engineroom. The fire master and his deputy were down below when there was a sudden blue flash and a loud explosion, the two men feeling the blast. The wheelhouse door was blown to pieces and it was believed that the explosion was a result of gas accumulation under the deck. The damage repair amounted to £200.
9.2.1940: Sold to George Gallie Paton, Glasgow. George G. Paton designated managing owner.
23.4.1942: George Gallie Paton died.
22.7.1942: Ownership passed to Margaret Munro Crawford or Paton, John Grant, Glasgow and John Munro Crawford, Giffnock. Walter K. Paton Ltd, Glasgow, designated managers.
17.9.1942: Sold to Ardrossan Trawling Co Ltd, Ardrossan. Walter K. Paton Ltd, Glasgow designated managers.
20.4.1945: Foundered in Firth of Clyde off Ailsa Craig at about 9.00pm in position 55.13N 05.14W, after encountering a magnetic mine laid by U-Boat (probably U.218 laid on 18.4.1945); all ten crew MPK*.
30.4.1945: Aberdeen registry closed “Vessel blew up while fishing …”.

(John Langshaw (aka Langshawe), OS, age 21, b. Liverpool – VICTORY (SB892))

(MPK* Skipper Arthur M. Scales (53), Edinburgh; William Bowman (56), Edinburgh, Mate; Roy H. C. Wright (27), Newhaven, 2nd fisherman; James W. Geddes (46), Chief Eng, Edinburgh; Thomas Drysdale (57), 2nd Eng.; Thomas T. Ritchie (53), Leith, deckhand; Thomas Shanley (44), Edinburgh, deckhand; Robert Ewing (52), Ayr, cook; Alexander S. Shields (38), Newhaven, fireman and John J. Henry (27), Leith, trimmer.)

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Ethel Crawford Memorial

Ethel Crawford Memorial
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8/12/2008: Page published. 4 updates since then.
21/07/2017: Information updated.
22/07/2020: Updated information and added an image.