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S.T. Colwyn Bay H387

In Boston (Fleetwood) ownership. Did not fish from the port.

Technical

Official Number: 181294
Yard Number: 684
Completed: 1941
Displacement: 750
Gross Tonnage: 517
Net Tonnage: 190
Length: 166.3 ft
Breadth: 28.1 ft
Depth: 14.1 ft
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley
Engine: 1050ihp T.3-cyl and boiler by C. D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull

History

18.1.1941: Ordered.
2.5.1941: Laid down.
6.9.1941: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.684) (“Hills” class ) for The Admiralty as HMS DUNCTON.
11.2.1942: Completed as a minesweeper (1-12pdr HA/LA, 4-MG, 1-20mm, DC) ) (P.No.T220).
1942: Home Fleet.
1942: To Freetown, 2nd A/S Group.
1945: Armament increased (2-20mm).
1946: Laid up at Rosyth on Disposal List (SORF, Rosyth).
10.4.1946: Sold to Marine Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Hull. Fitted out and classified as a fishing trawler.
1.1947: Registered at Hull as COLWYN BAY O.N.181294 (H387).
5.1951: Company in liquidation.
18.5.1951: Sold to Basil Arthur Parkes, North Ferriby.
5.1951: Sold to Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd, Fleetwood. (Basil Arthur Parkes, North Ferriby appointed manager. Fishing from Hull.
3.1953: Converted for burning oil fuel, F.P. above 150° F.
1953: Made one trip to Greenland fishery.
15.4.1955: Transferred to Grimsby.
1955: Company re-styled Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd, Fleetwood.
10.4.1956: Transferred to Hull crewed and operated by Saint Andrew’s Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Hull. Basil Arthur Parkes appointed manager.
11.4.1956: Sailed Hull for Iceland (Sk. A. Webster).
27.4.1956: At Hull landed 1,473 kits grossed £4,382.
25.9.1963: Sailed Hull for Iceland (Sk. E. Calvert).
16.10.1963: At Hull landed 840 kits grossed £4,237. Laid up.
1964: Sold to Arie Rijsdijk, Boss en Zonen, Hendrik Ido Ambacht for breaking up.
29.2.1964: Delivered to Hendrik Ido Ambacht.

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S.T. Colwyn Bay H387

S.T. Colwyn Bay H387
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S.T. Colwyn Bay H387

S.T. Colwyn Bay H387
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S.T. Colwyn Bay H387

S.T. Colwyn Bay H387
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S.T. Colwyn Bay H387

S.T. Colwyn Bay H387
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Changelog

19/07/2010: Page published. 5 revisions since then.
30/08/2014: Picture added.
03/09/2018: Removed FMHT watermarks from images.
27/12/2019: Information updated.

S.T. Dragoon FD60

Additional information courtesy of Bill Blow, Andy Hall, Mike Thomson and David Slinger

Technical
Official Number: 181280
Yard Number: 686
Completed: 1942
Gross Tonnage: 522.44
Net Tonnage: 196.81
Length: 167.7 ft
Breadth: 28.1 ft
Depth: 14.1 ft
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley
Engine: 970ihp T.3-cyl by Charles D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull (later up-rated to 1050ihp)
Boiler: Central Marine Engine Works, West Hartlepool
Speed: 11 knots

History

18.1.1941: Ordered.
4.6.1941: Laid down.
21.10.1941: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.686) (“Hills” class) for The Admiralty as YES TOR (P.No.T.222).
10.4.1942: Completed (1-12pdr HA/LA, 4-MG, 1-20mm, ASDIC, DC).
1941: Home Fleet. Western Approaches based Campbeltown.
1942: To Freetown, 2nd A/S Group.
1945: Armament increased (2-20mm).
1946: Laid up at Rosyth on Disposal List (SORF, Rosyth).
10.4.1946: Sold to Hudson Brothers Trawlers Ltd (64/64), Hull for the sum of £27.500, estimated cost to convert for fishing, £32,000.
11.1946: Converted to a fishing vessel by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, North Shields.
1946: Engine re-rated 1050ihp.
12.11.1946: On completion of conversion, registered at Hull (Part I & IV) to Clyde Trawlers Ltd, Hull as CAPE CLEVELAND O.N.181280 (H355). Insured for the sum of £77,000. Gilbert Hudson designated manager.
7.12.1946: Sailed Hull for White Sea grounds (Sk. George William Thompson).
31.12.1946: At Hull landed 3,155 kits, £7,359 gross.
11.11.1947: Registered at Hull as STELLA CARINA (H355).
11.1947: Converted for burning oil fuel, F.P. above 150° F.
7.6.1949: Clyde Trawlers Ltd, Hull placed in voluntary liquidation. Reginald Philip Clarke, Grimsby appointed Liquidator.
5.9.1949: Sold by the Liquidator to Hudson Brothers Trawlers Ltd (64/64), Hull.
18.10.1949: Registered at Hull as CAPE FINISTERRE (H355).
24.1.1952: Sold to The Great Grimsby & East Coast Steam Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Grimsby. Albert Wright Butt designated manager.
28.1.1952: Hull registry closed.
29.1.1952: Registered at Grimsby (GY222).
20.2.1952: Registered at Grimsby as DRAGOON (GY222) (BoT Minute R.G.No.1025/52 dated 5.2.1952).
1953: Made one trip to Greenland fishery.
1959: Laid up at Grimsby.
27.8.1959: Being re-activated, two men overcome by fumes while inside boiler and died.
25.2.1960: Leslie Wheildon, Fleetwood designated manager.
26.2.1960: Arrived Fleetwood.
5.3.1960: Sold to Wyre Trawlers Ltd (64/64), Fleetwood.
16.3.1960: Grimsby registry closed.
16.3.1960: Registered at Fleetwood (FD60).
16.3.1960: Leslie Wheildon appointed manager.
14.10.1962: On NW coast of Iceland (Sk. Roy Belcher). Arrested for alleged illegal fishing and escorted to Isafjördhur.
16.10.1962: Court at Reykjavik fined Sk. Belcher £1,916 and confiscated nets and catch. Fine overturned by Icelandic Supreme Court.
15.9.1964: On north west Iceland grounds arrested for alleged illegal fishing. Court at Reykjavik.
12.1966: Sold to West of Scotland Shipbreaking Co Ltd, Troon for breaking up.
17.12.1966: Delivered Troon from Fleetwood under own power (draughts 7’6”/16’0”).
23.8.1968: Breaking commenced.
21.11.1968: Beached (draughts 7’0”/11’0”).
7.5.1969: Breaking completed.
29.12.1969: Fleetwood registry closed “Vessel broken up.”

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HMT Yes Tor

HMT Yes Tor
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S.T. Dragoon GY222

S.T. Dragoon GY222
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S.T. Dragoon H222

S.T. Dragoon H222
Picture courtesy of The Osta Collection

S.T. Dragoon FD60

S.T. Dragoon H222
Picture courtesy of the JJ Collection

S.T. Dragoon FD60

S.T. Dragoon FD60
Picture courtesy of The Phil Rogers Collection

S.T. Dragoon FD60

S.T. Dragoon FD60
Picture courtesy of The John Bonner Collection

S.T. Dragoon FD60

S.T. Dragoon FD60
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S.T. Dragoon FD60

S.T. Dragoon FD60
Picture courtesy of The Peter Hearn Collection

Changelog
25/01/2009: Page published. 8 updates since then.
02/05/2016: Picture added.
28/07/2018: Information updated. Removed FMHT watermarks from images.
26/03/2019: Added a picture.
01/05/2020: Updated information.
01/09/2020: Added an image.

S.T. Royal Marine FD63

Additional information courtesy of Bil Blow and David Slinger

Technical

Official Number: 181282
Yard Number: 683
Completed: July 29 1941
Gross Tonnage: 510
Net Tonnage: 160
Length: 167.7 ft
Breadth: 28.1 ft
Depth: 14.1 ft
Engine: 970ihp T.3-cyl by C. D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull
Boiler: Central Marine Engine Works, West Hartlepool
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley
Speed: 11 knots

History

20.11.1940: Ordered.
1.4.1941: Laid down.
29.7.1941: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.683) (“Hill” class) for The Admiralty as HMS BUTSER (P.No.T219)
16.1.1942: Completed (1-12pdr HA, 4-MG, 1-20mm, DC).
1941: Home Fleet.
1942: To Freetown, 2nd A/S Group.
1945: Armament increased (2-20mm).
1946: Laid up at Rosyth on Disposal List (SORF, Rosyth).
10.4.1946: Sold to Devon Fishing Co Ltd, Hull for the sum of £27,750 with estimated cost of conversion at £30,000.
11.1946: Converted to a fishing vessel by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, North Shields. Remeasured 538.20g 210.40n.
11.1946: Converted for burning oil fuel, F.P. above 150° F.
1946: Engine re-rated 1050ihp.
25.11.1946: Registered at Hull (Part I & IV) as BALTHAZAR O.N.181282 (H359). Mark Hellyer & Graham Hellyer designated managers.
11.1.1952: Sold to The Loyal Steam Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Grimsby. Albert Wright Butt designated manager.
1.1952: Hull registry closed.
21.1.1952: Registered at Grimsby (GY213).
7.2.1952: Registered at Grimsby as ROYAL MARINE (GY213) (MoT Minute R.G.No.1016/52 dated 28.1.1952).
7.5.1952: Arrived Harstad, northern Norway having been arrested for alleged fishing inside territorial waters (Sk. Charles Major).
14.5.1952: At court in Harstad, fined £8175, which included confiscation of catch, gear, ship value and legal costs, for allegedly fishing in Norwegian waters.
10.2.1954: At appeal disagreement between judge and jury.
7.4.1960: Sold to Wyre Trawlers Ltd (64/64), Fleetwood (Associated Fisheries Group).
9.4.1960: Grimsby registry closed.
9.4.1960: On passage Grimsby – Fleetwood, developed engine trouble off West Coast of Scotland. Distress answered by steam trawler WYRE MARINER (FD34) (Sk Percy Bedford) outwards for Bear Island grounds. Closed, connected and commenced tow for Fleetwood.
11.4.1960: Delivered Fleetwood after 250 mile tow, transferred to tugs BISPHAM (21grt/1938) and LANDY II (66grt/1949) and brought into dock.
4.1960: Registered at Fleetwood (FD63).
21.4.1960: Leslie Wheildon designated manager.
17.8.1960: First landing at Fleetwood, Iceland 21 days, 910 kits, £5.500 gross.
25.7.1963: Abandoned by crew south of Mull of Galloway after fire broke out in boiler room. Taken in tow by WYRE CONQUEROR (FD187) and returned to Fleetwood but damaged beyond economical repair. Laid up.
9.1963: Sold to West of Scotland Shipbreaking Co Ltd, Troon for breaking up.
22.10.1963: Left Fleetwood for Troon under tow.
24.10.1963: Delivered Troon Harbour (draughts 8’3”/16’9”).
11.6.1964: Breaking commenced.
8.9.1964: Re-berthed.
2.10.1964: Beached (draughts 7’0”/10’0”).
27.10.1964: Re-beached.
17.11.1964: Re-beached.
15.12.1964: Breaking completed.
21.4.1965: Fleetwood registry closed “Vessel broken up”.

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HMT Butser

HMT Butser
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HMS Butser T219

HMS Butser T219
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S.T. Royal Marine FD63 as HMT Butser

HMT Butser
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S.T. Balthazar H359

S.T. Balthazar H359
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S.T. Royal Marine FD63

S.T. Royal Marine GY213
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S.T. Royal Marine FD63

S.T. Royal Marine GY213
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S.T. Royal Marine GY213

S.T. Royal Marine GY213
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S.T. Royal Marine FD63

S.T. Royal Marine FD63
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S.T. Royal Marine FD63

S.T. Royal Marine FD63 on fire
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S.T. Royal Marine FD63

S.T. Royal Marine FD63
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Changelog
24/01/2009; Page published. 8 updates since then.
11/03/2017: Removed disputed image.
20/02/2018: Added an image.
03/08/2018: Removed FMHT watermark and updated information.
21/04/2019: Added an image.
26/09/2019: Updated information and added an image.

S.T. Red Sabre LO71

Additional information courtesy of Bill Blow and Mike Thompson

Technical

Official Number: 181287
Yard Number: 685
Completed: 1942
Gross Tonnage: 504.57
Net Tonnage: 186.39
Length: 167.7 ft
Breadth: 28.1 ft
Depth: 14.1 ft
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley
Engine: 970ihp T.3-cyl and boiler by C. D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull

History

18.1.1941: Ordered.
7.5.1941: Laid down.
24.9.1941: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.685) (“Hills” class) for The Admiralty as PORTSDOWN (P.No.T.221).
6.3.1942: Completed (1- HA/LA, 4-MG, 1-20mm, ASDIC, DC).
1942: Home Fleet.
1942: To Freetown, 2nd A/S Group.
1945: Armament increased (2-20mm).
1946: Laid up at Rosyth on Disposal List (SORF, Rosyth).
10.4.1946: Sold to Hull Merchants Amalgamated Trawlers Ltd (64/64), Hull for the sum of £27.500, estimated cost to convert for fishing, £32,000.
12.1946: Converted to a fishing vessel at Birkenhead. 524.19grt 195.00net.
12.1946: Engine re-rated 1050ihp
24.12.1946: Registered at Hull as SOLLUM O.N.181284 (H369).
21.1.1949: Sold to Grimsby Motor Trawlers Ltd (64/64), Grimsby for the sum of £102,500. Harvey Wilfred Wilson designated manager.
2.1949: Hull registry closed.
2.2.1949: Registered at Grimsby (GY8).
24.2.1949: Registered at Grimsby as HARGOOD (GY8) (MoT Minute R.G.No.1037/1949 dated 12.2.1919).
12.1949: Converted for burning oil fuel, F.P. above 150° F.
1951: Grimsby Motor Trawlers Ltd, Grimsby in liquidation.
28.3.1951: Sold to Derwent Trawlers Ltd (64/64), Grimsby for the sum of £90,000 (T. Ross Ltd to advance £34,000; Ross Group Ltd to advance £8,000 and Bank to advance £48,000).
28.3.1951: Alteration to tonnage and other particulars. Certificate of Survey at Grimsby dated 18.12.1950. 504.57grt 186.39net.
29.3.1951: Harvey Wilfred Wilson designated manager.
14.4.1951: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to National Provincial Bank Ltd, London (A).
29.8.1952: Mortgage (A) discharged.
9.2.1955: John Carl Ross designated manager.
21.6.1955: Sold to Iago Steam Trawler Co Ltd, Fleetwood.
30.6.1955: William John Meazey designated manager.
30.6.1955: Grimsby registry closed.
6.1955: Registered at London as RED SABRE (LO71).
2.1956: Made record trip to Icelandic grounds. 7 days 15 hrs (Sk. Jim McKernan). At Fleetwood landed 700 kits, £4,800 gross.
4.2.1957: Outward for Icelandic grounds (Sk. Tom McKernan) in very rough weather, answered distress call from steam trawler ALCMARIA (LT48) disabled of Maugould Head, IoM with boiler trouble.
5.2.1957: At 3.00 am. after several attempts with rocket and barrel connected but line parted and fouled propeller. Anchored to await tug from Heysham. Steam tug FISHERHILL (292grt/1946) connected and at 11.59 pm. delivered Fleetwood.
13.12.1959: Homeward from Icelandic grounds (Sk. Tom McKernan). Spoke to RED FALCON (LO4) (Sk.Alex Harvey), 50 miles astern, and was informed that due to adverse weather his speed was 4 to 5 knots.
14.12.1959: At 0700 called RED FALCON and gave position abeam of Rathlin Island after a very rough passage between Skerryvore and the island in WSW storm conditions gusting 90mph and very confused sea. Past the Mull of Galloway called RED FALCON several times but received no reply. (RED FALCON presumed foundered, between Stanton Bank and Skerryvore and probably to the SW of Skerryvore Light, Inner Hebrides, overwhelmed due to stress of weather; all nineteen crew lost).
7.1963: Company taken over by Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd, Fleetwood.
17.1.1964: Iago Steam Trawler Co Ltd office closed.
1964: Sold to Haulbowline Industries Ltd, Passage West, Cork for breaking up.
21.12.1964: Delivered Passage West from Fleetwood under own power.
12.1964: London registry closed.

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HMT Portsdown

HMT Portsdown
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S.T. Hargood GY8

S.T. Hargood GY8
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S.T. Hargood GY8

S.T. Hargood GY8
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S.T. Red Sabre LO71

S.T. Red Sabre LO71
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S.T. Red Sabre LO71

S.T. Red Sabre LO71
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S.T. Red Sabre LO71

S.T. Red Sabre LO71
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S.T. Red Sabre LO71

S.T. Red Sabre LO71
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S.T. Red Sabre LO71

S.T. Red Sabre LO71
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S.T. Red Sabre LO71

S.T. Red Sabre LO71
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S.T. Red Sabre LO71

S.T. Red Sabre LO71
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Changelog
20/01/2009: Page published. 6 updates since then.
25/03/2015: Picture added.
13/03/2017: Images added.
07/10/2020: Image added and updated history.