Official Number: 123276
Yard Number: 88
Gross Tonnage: 171.9
Net Tonnage: 51.70
Length: 110.2 ft
Breadth: 21.1 ft
Depth: 11.2 ft
Engine: 60HP T.3-cyl by Earle’s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull
8.1906: Launched by Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd, Goole (Yd.No.88) for Kelsall Brothers & Beeching Ltd, Hull (John E. A. Kelsall, London & George Beeching, Hull, managers) as COOT.
4.9.1906: Registered at Hull (H897).
11.1914: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (2-12pdrs, 1-7.7” A/S Howitzer) (Ad. No.420).
3.1917: Fitted out to “Q” ship under names BURMAH, DORA, KIA ORA and LORNE (1-12pdr, 1-6pdr). Based Granton.
11.1918: Reverted to minesweeping role as COOT.
Post 12.3.1919 (1920): Returned to owner at Hull (John Slater, London, manager).
1924: Transferred to Fleetwood (John Slater, London, manager).
1930: Delete manager.
6.3.1936: Kelsall Brothers & Beeching Ltd in voluntary liquidation.
1936: Fleet sold en bloc to Heward Trawlers Ltd, London (R. S. Hewett & H. F. Hayward) (Robert S. Hewett, Fleetwood, manager).
1937: Laid up in Fleetwood.
18.10.1937: Hull registry closed “Ceased fishing”.
5.1938: Sold to J. & E. Lumb, ?? for conversion to a private vessel. Renamed DORADE II.
1938: Fitted out as a private vessel by Nicholsons, Glasson Dock – 211g.
1938: Re-engined with twin diesel units 4 stroke 6-cyl 220bhp by National Gas & Oil Engines Ltd, Ashton-under-Lyne.
1.9.1939: Requisitioned for war service on examination service (P.No.4.340) (Hire rate £206.10.0d/month). Based Reykjavik, Iceland (Ty/Sk. J. F. Nuttall RNR).
2.10.1941: Compulsorily acquired by M.O.W.T.
27.9.1945: Sold to Major H. W. Hall.
1945: Fitted out as a research and survey vessel – 208g 113n.
1946: Fitted out as a research and survey vessel. Renamed MANIHINE.
1955: Sold to Government of the Colony of Singapore, Singapore.
1961: Sold to East African Marine Fisheries Organisation, Zanzibar.
1964: Sold to East African Common Services Organisation, Mombasa .
1965: Managers became Southern Line Ltd, Mombasa.
1976: Sold to Institute of Marine Sciences, Zanzibar.
1978: Laid up in Zanzibar with no maintenance.
15.6.1979: Sold to ??,?? and used as a coaster on the East African coast.
198?: Laid up and abandoned at Dar es Salaam.
1992: Stripping commenced.
1997: Breaking up complete.
The ship changed hands for One Pound in 1961 and sailed for East Africa to join the East African Marine Fisheries Organisation based in Zanzibar. Three years later ownership was transferred to the East African Common Services Organisation based in Kenya. In 1965, management and maintenance were undertaken by Southern Line and Southern Engineering at Mombasa until 1976 when the vessel was sold to the Institute of Marine Sciences and based in Zanzibar. During the course of its research program the ship ranged far and wide across the Indian Ocean, and at one time went in search of the fabled Coelacanth. Laid up in Zanzibar, the vessel became derelict and eventually grounded. In May 1979, the ship was put up for sale by tender the bids closing on 15 June. After an overhaul the ship returned to service as a coastal trader before being beached in Dar es Salaam. In 1992 the ship was deleted from Lloyds Register and demolition began soon after. The remains finally disappeared in 1997.
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21/01/2009: Page published. 3 revisions since then.
02/11/2014: Picture added.
17/01/2017: Removed FMHT watermarks.