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S.T. Dane H227

Additional information courtesy of Bill Blow, Granton Trawlers and Hull Trawlers


Official Number: 132235
Yard Number: 211
Completed: 1911
Gross Tonnage: 346
Net Tonnage: 135
Length: 140.3 ft
Breadth: 24.1 ft
Depth: 12.5 ft
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley
Engine: 580ihp T.3-cyl and boiler by Amos & Smith Ltd, Hull
Speed: 11 knots


2.2.1911: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.211) for Imperial Steam Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Hull as Dane.
28.3.1911: Completed. Frank O. Hellyer designated manager.
7.4.1911: Registered at Hull (H227).
23.9.1912: Grossed £1,100 from a three week Icelandic trip.
3.2.1914: At the offices of the Mercantile Marine, Hull a gold watch, suitably inscribed, awarded by the Danish Legation was presented by H. Pattison, Danish Consul at Hull, to Skipper Olaf Peter Paulson (“Peter the Dane”) for gallantry at sea in rescuing three Icelanders, whose motor boat, CAPITOLA, had overturned in heavy seas, after drifting from the Westmann Islands. The Icelandic Government also sent a letter of appreciation.
8.7.1914: At Hull landed from an Icelandic trip (Sk. Peter Paulson) 2000 kits of haddock & cod for a record £1824. Last year Skipper Peter Paulson’s gross earnings ran into many thousands, establishing a record for an individual skipper.
15.4.1915: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-6pdr) (Ad. No.1370).
1.5.1915: Fitting as Sub-divisional Leader.
6.1915: Renamed Dane II.
4.12.1915: Registered at Hull as Dane II (H227) (BoT Minute 32044/15). Based Aegean Sea.
Post 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Hull and registered at Hull as Dane (H227) (BoT Minute 8883.19).
1920: Sold to Hellyer Bros. Ltd (64/64), Hull. Frank O. Hellyer & Owen S. Hellyer, designated managers.
Pre 1927: Sold to Jens C. Christensen, Hessle (c/o Hellyer Bros Ltd, managers).
6.1.1928: Sold to Christensen & Co Ltd, Hessle. Jens C. Christensen designated manager.
7.12.1929: Bosun Samuel James Alexander (48) Hull, was washed overboard and drowned in northern waters.
1931: Sold to Dane Fishing Co Ltd, Hull (William B. Willey, manager).
9.10.1934: Sailed Hull for Bear Island grounds on last trip before sale (Sk. F. Kirby).
1.11.1934: At Hull landed 961 kits £1,471 gross.
11.1934: Sold to Henry Elliott, Fleetwood (managing owner).
28.11.1934: At 6.00pm. sailed Fleetwood for Faroe grounds (Sk. William Harrison); twelve crew all told.
10.12.1934: At 1.30am. left the Faroe Bank and proceeded towards Fleetwood with about ten tons of fish onboard. No attempt was made to accurately fix the position prior to departure.
10.12.1934: There is conflict of evidence as to what, in terms of navigation, actually happened on the homeward voyage. At 3.10am. the skipper was on the bridge with the bosun on watch when a light was picked up on the starboard bow bearing SW. No attempt was made to identify this light which the skipper presumed was South Rona; it was in fact Monarch Island Light. Had this light been correctly identified steps would have been taken to avert the casualty. At 5.30am. with the bosun on watch, struck the West Dureberg Reef, off the Monarch Islands, Outer Hebrides. With the skipper in the wheelhouse, engine put astern and successfully refloated; the engine was then stopped and later worked to move to a position of safety and then laid to until daylight. During this time the vessel was sounded and ingress of water observed in the fish room and the engine room pump was used and a distress call made.
11.12.1934: Steam trawler HARRY HAWKE (FD) (Sk. George Birch) responded to distress call and accompanied on passage to Leverbugh, Isle of Harris; berthed at pier to await steam trawler SPRINGWELL (FD297) despatched with salvage equipment.
13.11.1934: SPRINGWELL berthed alongside and transferred gear and labour. Took onboard catch and sailed for Fleetwood.
17.12.1934: Arrived Fleetwood for permanent repair; estimated cost £1.300. Repaired and returned to service.
1935: Sold to H. Elliott & Sons Trawlers Ltd (64/64), Fleetwood. Henry Elliott designated manager.
26.2.1935: At the formal BOT Inquiry at Liverpool (No.S.374) into the stranding, the Court found Sk. Harrison in default and suspended his ticket for nine months.
28.11.1935: Whilst fishing the Rockall grounds (Sk. William Brewster), electrical wiring in the wheelhouse fused setting alight the woodwork. Fanned by the breeze the flames quickly enveloped a portion of the structure and within a few minutes the blaze lit up the entire vessel. Skipper and deckhand James Conley rushed to the wheelhouse and attempted to put out the flames but the fire had secured such a hold that their efforts had little affect and the two men had to leave. Conley had to smash one of the wheelhouse doors and the skipper scrambled to safety through one of the windows. So intense was the heat that eight of the windows in the structure were broken. Eventually a hose pipe was connected to the donkey engine and the blaze was brought under control, but not before considerable damage had been done. One of the warps was cut to provide more working space, and it unfortunately became entangled in the propeller taking some time to free. Temporary lights were rigged for the remainder of the trip.
1939: Sold to Prince Fishing Co Ltd, Hull (Hellyer Bros Ltd, managers).
1.10.1939: Sailed Hull for Faroe and West of Scotland grounds first trip for new owners (Sk. J. Hardcastle).
18.10.1939: At Hull landed 504 kits grossed £900.
1.1.1940: Sailed Hull for Iceland (Sk. J. Hardcastle). Ordered to return from sea for requisitioning.
4/5.1.1940: At Hull landed 261 kits grossed £592.
10.1.1940: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (P.No. FY.554) (Hire rate £86.10.0d/month).
1943: Sold to H. Markham Cook Ltd (64/64), Grimsby.
1.1946: Returned to owner.
10.9.1946: Laid up in Alexandra Dock, Grimsby.
11.1946: Hull registry closed.
29.11.1946: Registered at Grimsby (GY417).
29.11.1946: Harry Markham Cook appointed manager.
28.5.1947: Sold to Drum Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Edinburgh.
12.6.1947: Grimsby registry closed.
6.1947: Registered at Granton as DRUMSHEUGH (GN37).
12.6.1947: Edwin James Walker appointed manager.
26.4.1949: Homeward from Icelandic grounds (Sk. Fred Hill); sixteen crew all told. Arrived Wick, after steaming for three days through severe weather with no drinking water and short of bunkers with only two tons remaining. The crew had to melt down the remainder of the ice to use as drinking water. Skipper Hill reported that they were lucky that they had the wind with them, otherwise we were bound to have run out of coal and been left at the mercy of the wind and seas. The Atlantic gale was so fierce and cold that ice formed on the deck, wheelhouse and winch.
2.1954: Sold to BISCO and allocated to Malcolm Brechin, Granton for breaking up.
1954: Granton registry closed.

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S.T. Dane H227

S.T. Dane H227
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S.T. Dane H227

S.T. Drumsheugh GN37
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S.T. Drumsheugh GN37

S.T. Drumsheugh GN37
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30/04/2017: Updated information and removed FMHT watermarks.
01/05/2017: Further information update.
24/03/2020: Information updated.

S.T. Sea Ranger FD426


Official Number: 136214
Yard Number: 609
Completed: 1914
Gross Tonnage: 263
Net Tonnage: 103
Length: 125.2 ft
Breadth: 22.5 ft
Depth: 12.2 ft
Engine: T.3-cyl and boiler by Amos & Smith Ltd, Hull
Built: Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby


25.7.1914: Launched by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby (Yd.No.609) for Humber Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull as SEA RANGER.
6.11.1914: Registered at Hull (H188).
11.11.1914: Completed (Richard H. Hobbs, manager).
2.1915: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-12pdr, 1-6pdr HA) (Ad.No.1219). Fitted as Leader. Based Peterhead. Leader Unit 42.
16.7.1915: Unit 42, at 0830 am. in position 57.20N 0.40E patrolling in a rough line to the NW in the following order SEA RANGER) (Lieut. H. J. Bray RNR), EASTWARD HO (Ad.No.1217)(H415) and CAMEO (Ad.No,1216) (H394) (Sk. Albert Sayer RNR) approximately 2 miles apart. Observed a steamer steering erratically and detached to close her to investigate. Found Norwegian steamer VAAGEN picking up lumber lost from her deck cargo. At the same time CAMEO turned southwards to examine a boat that had passed and sighted a surfaced submarine to the SW steaming towards him, turned towards submarine which fired a shot at him falling short followed by at least four other shots that also fell short. At 2000yds submarine opened fire with two guns, returned fire but hit three times in fore part of wheelhouse, smashing wheel and wounding Sk. Sayer on right side and eye by splinters. Second shot hit starboard quarter while the third shot exploded in the galley. Believed that submarine was hit two or three times at the fore end, in all 11 rounds fired by CAMEO. EASTWARD HO becoming aware of the action steered towards them and submarine ceased firing and headed away to the westward on the surface. Sighted the submarine 4 to 5 miles to the southwestwards and gave chase trying to cut her off with EASTWARD HO also in pursuit but due to superior speed the submarine escaped (See Note 1).
1916: Based Peterhead.
27.5.1916: With HMTrawlers OKU (Ad.No.1355)(CF25), RODINO (Ad.No.1230)(GY836) and KIMBERLEY (Ad.No.11)(GY167) patrolling Area B between Lat 57.10 and 57.39. At 12.30 pm. GMT observed a sail and smoke to the Northward steering Eastward; proceeded to investigate. Identified as a submarine, as per orders Unit proceeded to encircle submarine. At 12.45 pm. in position 57.10N 1.20E with OKU and RODINO , opened fire at 4000 yds, range found and one shot observed to strike submarine aft; fire returned directing shots at each trawler alternatively. Submarine after gun ceased firing engaged by forward gun but shots failing short, with periscope and part conning tower shot away and listing to port, appeared to be attempting to submerge. With OKU intended to ram but submarine headed for KIMBERLEY which made ramming impossible as submarine was was approaching within 8 ft of KIMBERLEY, broadside on with very little way on. As KIMBERLEY passed she fired three shots into the submarine at point blank range, submarine at the time being heeled over heavily to port sinking stern first. Submarine sank at once after last shot fired with a large quantity of oil on the surface. Time 1.30 pm. Unit fired 58 shots in all and submarine about 20. (See Note 2). Northern Patrol.
Post 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Hull.
4.12.1919: Sold to Fresh Fish Supplies Ltd, Hull (Thomas Nightingale, manager).
4.1923: Sold to Henry Elliott, Fleetwood (managing owner).
13.4.1923: Hull registry closed.
18.4.1923: Registered at Fleetwood (FD426).
08.07.1923: Sold to The Sun Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Fleetwood (James W. Armitage, manager).
4.1928: Sold to The Trident Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Hull (G. A. Ledger, manager).
18.4.1928: Fleetwood registry closed.
20.4.1928: Registered at Hull as DUNGENESS (H418).
5.1940: Requisitioned for war service as an anti-submarine trawler (P.No.NI) (Hire rate £70.2.8d/month).
15.11.1940: Damaged by German air attack off Hammonds Knoll, stayed afloat and beached on Haisborough Sands, Norfolk; Ty/Prob Skipper C. W. Needham RNR and crew saved. Subsequently declared a total loss.
16.1.1947: Hull registry closed.

(Note 1: Research by Peter Bell and Michael Lowery has identified the submarine as U19. In her KTB she claimed two hits on CAMEO and accurate firing from CAMEO’s 3-pdr. Sk. Sayer was awarded DSC and gunner the DSM.)

(Note 2: Despite this encounter being well recorded in the Patrol Reports, and the description of the submarine fitting a U-series torpedo attack boat, we have failed to identify the submarine. Michael Lowery has investigated with the following comment. “May 27 incident involving SEA RANGER, OKU, RODINO, and KIMBERLEY: checked the KTBs of U 24, U 32, U 43, U 44, U 46, U 47, U 51, U 52, U 63, U 66, U 67, U 70 — no luck. These are, I think, all the U-series torpedo attack boats that were at sea at that time.” Subsequently in U66 KTB is a report of intercepting a British radio message “… proceeding to fifty seven twenty seven — to assist SEA RANGER engaging submarine.”

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S.T. Dungeness H418

S.T. Dungeness H418
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16/09/2015: Picture added.
30/07/2017: Removed FMHT watermark.