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S.T. General Birdwood H121

Additional information courtesy of Andy Hall

Technical

Admiralty Number: 4250
Official Number: 144023
Yard Number: 893
Completed: 1919
Gross Tonnage: 327
Net Tonnage: 129
Length: 138.3 ft
Breadth: 23.7 ft
Depth: 12.7 ft
Built: Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby
Engine: 600ihp T.3-cyl and boiler by Charles D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull

History

1.5.1919: Launched by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby (Yd.No.893) (“Mersey” class) for The Admiralty as JAMES McLAUGHLIN McLaughlin (Ad.No.4250).
5.2.1919: Forms for tender to purchase received by the Admiralty.
1919: Sold to Hellyer Brothers Ltd, Hull for £13,875.
7.11.1919: Completed as a fishing vessel. Total cost including fit out £23,799.6.6d. Frank O. Hellyer & Owen S. Hellyer designated managers.
18.11.1919: Registered at Hull (Part I & !V) as GENERWL BIRDWOOD O.N.1440023 (H121).
11.2.1922: At Hull City Police Courts, four fishermen, John Dibb, Bosun and deckhands Michael Quilligan, Frederick Osborne and William Quilligan were charged with disobedience by failing to sail in the trawler. Order was given on 6th Feb to be onboard next morning to go to sea; they were paid from this day.
7.2.1922: The men remained near the ship until 1.50 pm and at 2.00 pm were told to go onboard as the trawler was ready for sea. Having looked around, the men left the vessel, contending that there was five tons of coal still on deck, the bunker lids were off, hatches were not battened down and she was unfit to proceed into the Humber; this was denied by the owners. There were previous convictions against each of the men except Osborne. Dibb was fined £3 12 6d, Michael Quilligan £2gns, Osborne £2gns and William Quilligan £3gns, or in default, 28 days in prison in each case.
3.6.1922: William Ainsworth (40), deckhand, lost overboard on the fishing grounds.
1.4.1926: Outwards for Iceland, called Kirkwall for boiler repairs. On completion resumed passage.
1928: Fish carrier for halibut fishery in the Davis Strait, Greenland. A joint venture between Hellyer’s and Engvold Baldesheim of Trondheim.
24.11.1933: Sold to Fred Parkes, Blackpool & Basil Arthur Parkes, Cleveleys. Basil Arthur Parkes designated managing owner.
14.3.1935: A call was received for crewman James Martin to return to Fleetwood owing to his wife’s illness. Sadly she died a short time later.
19.4.1939: On the West of Scotland grounds, started to take in water. Steamed 100 miles to Oban and on arrival beached for repair.
8.1939: After survey, sold to The Admiralty for £6,000.
27.10.1939: Hull registry closed. Fitted out for minesweeping duties (P.No.FY724). Based Freetown with M/S Group 93.
3.1944: Fitted out for smoke making (Esso) trawler and assigned to Operation Neptune – Normandy landings.
11.6.1944: Sailed Solent for Mulberry B with Group A1 as part of Convoy ETC6. Employed smoke making.
3.7.1944: Operation Neptune ended.
5.1946: Sold to Easton Trawling Co Ltd, Swansea. Registered at Swansea as WOODESSE (SA23).
31.7.1948: Company fined for breach of fish quota regulations. Stated their intention to sell the two vessels, WOODESSE and FINESSE.
6.1949: Sold to John S. Boyle Ltd, Glasgow. Richard Allan designated manager.
06.1949: Swansea registry closed.
28.06.1949: Registered at Glasgow (GW6). Fishing out of Granton.
1955: Sold to BISCO and allocated to Malcolm Brechin, Granton for breaking up.
5.1955: Delivered Granton.
5.1955: Glasgow registry closed.

(James McLaughlin, Landsman (volunteer), age 26, b. Co. Roscommon, Ireland – VICTORY (SB157))

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S.T. General Birdwood H121

S.T. General Birdwood H121
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S.T. General Birdwood H121

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S.T. Cotswold H194

Technical

Admiralty Number: 3556
Official Number: 143839
Yard number: 816
Completed: 1917
Gross Tonnage: 312
Net Tonnage: 130
Length: 138.5 ft
Breadth: 23.7 ft
Depth: 12.8 ft
Built: Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby
Engine: 600ihp T.3-cyl by Campbell Gas Engine Co Ltd, Halifax
Armament: 1 x 12 pdr AA

History

23.7.1917: Launched by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby (Yd.No.816) (“Mersey” class) for The Admiralty as GEORGE ANDREW (Ad.No.3556).
29.10.1917: Completed as a minesweeper (1 – 12pdr HA and W/T).
18.11.1919: Registered by The Admiralty at London (Part I) as GEORGE ANDREW O.N.143839.
23.4.1920: Paid off and laid up.
1921: Sold to Pickering & Haldane’s Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull (John McCann & Edward Cartwright, managers).
19.7.1921: Registered at Hull (H194).
13.9.1921: Registered at Hull as LORD ASTOR (H194).
7.2.1929: Sold to W. B. Willey & Sons Ltd, Hull (William B Willey Junr, manager).
5.7.1929: Registered at Hull as COTSWOLD (H194).
30.4.1936: Sailed Hull for Faroes grounds on last trip before sale (Sk. J. Blackshaw).
15.5.1936: At Hull landed 391 kits grossed £510.
20.5.1936: Sold to Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd, Fleetwood (Basil A. Parkes, manager).
13.6.1936: At Fleetwood, first box of fish sold to C. F. Stonebanks for £6.15.0d.
28.8.1939: Requisitioned for war service on examination service and as a minesweeper. Renamed CRANEFLY (P.No.FY.539). (Hire rate £91.0.0d/month)
1940: Based Dundee with M/S Group 34.
4.1.1940: Escorted HM Submarine H.34 from Dundee to Rosyth.
1942: Based Grimsby with M/S Group 34.
6.1945: Sold to Grimsby Motor Trawlers Ltd, Grimsby.
30.6.1945: Hull registry closed.
7.1945: Registered at Grimsby as COTSWOLD (GY77).
1.1946: Returned to owner at Grimsby.
5.1946: Completed Special Survey at Troon.
6.6.1946: Sold to A. J. Tilbrook Ltd, Milford Haven.
10.1948: Sold to Yolland Brothers Ltd, Milford Haven (John Yolland, manager).
8.1954: Sold to B. J. Nijkerk SA, Antwerp for breaking up.
11.8.1954: Sailed Milford for Belgium.
8.1954: Grimsby registry closed.

(George Andrew, Secretary’s Clerk, age ?, b. ?? – VICTORY (SB?))

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S.T. Cotswold H194

S.T. Cotswold H194
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S.T. Loughrigg FD148

Technical

Admiralty Number: 3839
Official Number: 148228
Yard Number: 846
Completed: 1918
Gross Tonnage: 324
Net Tonnage: 3839
Length: 148 ft
Breadth: 23.7 ft
Depth: 12.8 ft
Engine: 89 hp T.3-cyl by C. D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull
Built: Cochrane & Sons, Selby

History

1918: Launched by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby (Yd.No.846) (“Mersey” class) for The Admiralty as SAMUEL JAMESON (Ad.No.3839).
20.9.1918: Completed (1 – 12pdr and W/T).
10.10.1918: Accepted.
9.1920: Renamed ETTRICK.
1926: Sold to Sam Robford & Co Ltd, London.
12.3.1927: Registered at Fleetwood as LOUGHRIGG. (FD148) (Keith R. Hoare, London, manager).
27.2.1928: Sailed Fleetwood for St. Kilda with mails (11 bags). Could not locate island due to dense fog, eventually anchored in Village Bay and islanders came out. Very short of flour and other provisions.
8.3.1928: Returned Fleetwood, coaled and took on provisions.
9.3.1928: Sailed Fleetwood for St. Kilda.
1929: Sold to The Clifton Steam Trawlers Ltd, Fleetwood (William W. Brierley, manager), managers).
21.8.1929: Registered at Fleetwood as PHYLLISIA (FD148).
27.3.1930: Sold to New Docks Steam Trawling Co (Fleetwood) Ltd, Fleetwood (William W. Brierley, manager).
17.7.1939: Sold to The Clifton Steam Trawlers Ltd, Fleetwood.
12.11.1939: When homeward off St Kilda, closed by U-boat (U.41) which had onboard survivors from steam trawler CRESSWELL (M129) which she had shelled and sunk two days previously 18 miles NW by N of the Islands. Took onboard survivors, seven in number.
14.11.1939: Landed at Fleetwood.
4.12.1939: Requisitioned for war service as a boom defence vessel (P.No. Z.144) (Hire rate £97.4.0d/month). South Atlantic Command.
16.11.1942: Transferred to West Africa Command. Based at Freetown, Sierra Leone.
8.10.1943: On loan to Portuguese Government (P.No.B1).
23.11.1943: Compulsorily acquired by M.O.W.T. Remaining on loan to Portuguese Government.
17.1.1944: Fleetwood registry closed.
19.8.1945: Returned to M.O.W.T. Based at Plymouth (W. Tamlyn Ltd, Plymouth, agents).
6.1946: Surveyed and restored at Plymouth.
7.1946: Sold to East Fisheries Ltd, Cape Town. Registered at Cape Town (CTA121).
7.9.1952: Sold to South African Navy. Stripped of all useable parts and non-ferrous metals and used as a target. Subsequently scuttled off Robben Island.

(Samuel Jameson, OS (prest), age 21, b. King’s Lynn, Norfolk – VICTORY (SB439)

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S.T. Loughrigg FD148

S.T. Loughrigg FD148
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S.T. Phyllisia FD148

S.T. Phyllisia FD148
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S.T. Phyllisia CTA121

S.T. Phyllisia CTA121
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S.T. Lois (2) FD424

Technical

Official Number: 143469
Yard Number: 357
Completed: 1917
Gross Tonnage: 286
Net Tonnage: 112
Length: 130 ft
Breadth: 23 ft
Depth: 12.2 ft
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley
Engine: 600ihp T.3-cyl and boiler by Amos & Smith, Hull

History

Ordered by Great Grimsby & East Coast Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby as the CORINTHIA purchased by The Admiralty on the stocks.
30.1.1917: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.357) (non standard “Mersey” class) for The Admiralty as JOHN APPLEBY (Ad.No.3612).
25.5.1917: Completed as an A/S trawler (1-12pdr, Hydrophone and W/T).
1919: Registered by The Admiralty at London (Part I) as JOHN APPLEBY O.N.143469.
03.02.1920: Registered at London (Part IV) (LO286).
13. 08.1920: Minesweepers’ Cooperative Trawling Society Ltd, London registered.
By 18.09.1920: Allocated to Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries, London and engaged in commercial trawling.
1920: Allocated to the Minesweepers’ Cooperative Trawling Society Ltd, London.
11.1920: At John I. Thornycroft & Co Ltd, Woolston completed fitting out for fishing under Special Survey of Lloyd’s Register and classed 100 A1 Stm Trawler at Southampton.
01.1922: Scheme abandoned, the necessary working capital of £100,000 having not been subscribed. Laid up.
01.1923: Sold to Fleetwood Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood.
18.01.1923: London registry closed.
19.01.1923: Registered at Fleetwood (FD424). George E. J. Moody, Grimsby designated manager).
22.02.1923: Registered at Fleetwood as LOIS (FD424).
12.12.1923: Responded to distress from steam trawler PETER KILLEN (FD406) stranded on small island off Isle of Lismore, Loch Linnhe.
13.12.1923: With steam trawler IDA ADAMS (FD327), connected and successfully refloated. After carrying out checks, PETER KILLEN proceeded to Fleetwood.
1926: Sir George E. J. Moody, Grimsby designated manager.
1938: Will B. Moody, Grimsby designated manager. William Moody Kelly, Fleetwood managing agent.
20.11.1939: Off Tory Island, Co. Donegal picked up crew of SEA SWEEPER (FD171) stopped by U-boat (U.33) and sunk by gunfire.
27.2.1940: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (P.No. FY.781) (Hire rate £83.8.4d/month).
31.11.1944: Returned to owner.
30.12.1946: Sailed Fleetwood for Icelandic grounds (Sk. George Smith); sixteen crew all told.
5.1.1947: Arriving at Iceland at night in a heavy blizzard and mountainous seas, stranded at Grindavik, south west coast of Iceland. Within minutes of firing the distress rockets the Lifesaving team arrived and the first line shot straddled across the deck. Breeches buoy rigged and fifteen crew taken off*. The skipper was last man to leave, but holding on to rigging before getting into buoy, a huge wave hit him and he disappeared.
12.1.1947: Flight from Iceland delayed by bad weather. Survivors boarded plane for Prestwick.
13.1.1947: Survivors arrived in Fleetwood. Later body of Sk. George Smith (42) was recovered and brought back to Fleetwood in an Icelandic cargo vessel. Six of his crew acted as pall bearers at his funeral. Persistent gales and high seas completely destroyed the trawler.
21.1.1947: Fleetwood registry closed “Total Loss”.

(John Appleby, OS (volunteer), age 24, b. Yorkshire – VICTORY (SB426))

* Rescued (all Fleetwood unless stated) – Harold Christian Kaiser, Blackpool, Mate; Mark Trott, Bosun; Michael J.Hearty, Ch. Eng; Christopher E. Bond, 2nd Eng; Colin s. Hunter; John Barratt; Arthur Street; George Harrison; R. G. Reeve; Joseph Brunt; Phillip T. Wuhr; William C. Greaves, Preesall & Max I. Wilson, Blackpool, deckhands; James O’Dea, Blackpool & J. Connolly, firemen; H. C. Scott, cook.)

** Lost George Smith, Skipper.

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S.T. Lois FD424

S.T. Lois FD424
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01/09/2020: Updated history and added an image.
16/11/2020: Updated information.
23/11/2020: Updated history.

S.T. Florence Brierley FD105

Technical

Admiralty Number: 3741
Official Number: 143937
Yard Number: 231
Completed: 1918
Gross Tonnage: 343
Net Tonnage: 159
Length: 138.9 ft
Breadth: 23.7 ft
Depth: 12.8 ft
Engine: T.3-cyl by Ferguson Bros (Port Glasgow) Ltd, Port Glasgow
Built: Ferguson Bros (Port Glasgow) Ltd, Port Glasgow

History

27.3.1918: Launched by Ferguson Bros (Port Glasgow) Ltd, Port Glasgow (Yd.No.231) (“Mersey” class) for The Admiralty as JOHN DUNN (Ad.No.3741).
25.5.1918: Completed (1-12pdr, Hydrophone and W/T).
9.12.1919: Registered by The Admiralty at London (Part I) as JOHN DUNN O.N.143937.
3.2.1920: Registered by The Admiralty at London (Part IV) (LO298). Laid up.
1.1923: Transferred to Irish Free State Government, Dublin.
18.1.1923: London registry closed.
1.1923: Registered at Dublin (D12).
4.5.1923: Commissioned in the Irish Free State Coastal & Marine Service, Dublin.
31.3.1924: Decommissioned. Transferred to Commissioners of Public Works in the Saorstat Eireann, Dublin. James J. Heely designated manager.
1926: For sale.
1926: Sold to New Docks Steam Trawling Co (Fleetwood) Ltd, Fleetwood.
8.1926: Dublin registry closed.
31.8.1926: Registered at Fleetwood (FD105). William W. Brieley designated manager.
30.9.1926: Renamed FLORENCE BRIERLEY (FD105).
2.4.1928: Reported in Hansard. In 1927, undertook an exploratory trip in the region of the 100 fm line from north west of Scotland towards the Norwegian coast, principally in search of hake. Trip sponsored by the Government Development Commission and Fleetwood Fishing Vessel Owners’ Association at a cost of £1,500. Voyage provided valuable information both positive and negative and in addition some valuable scientific data was obtained and a number of new soundings for the Admiralty. Landed £1,200 worth of fish.
21.12.1928: In the River Wyre, in thick fog, returning from Islay Sound with the catch, 2,000 stone of fish, ex steam trawler BUSH (FD60), stranded on rocks off Mull of Cantire, collided head-on with bucket dredger FLEETWOOD (479grt/1906) and later ran aground. The impact caused considerable damage to both vessels and extensive repairs required.
20.3.1929: Ramsey lifeboat, MATTHEW SIMPSON launched to standby but not required.
25.4.1932: Arrived Fleetwood from St Kilda ground with disabled steam trawler GLADYS (FD423) in tow having damaged propeller.
17.7.1938: Sold to The Clifton Steam Trawlers Ltd, Fleetwood. Hulbert M.Bird designated manager.
1.1940: Requisitioned for war service as a boom defence vessel (P.No.Z.117) (Hire rate £99.0.0d/month).
23.11.1943: Compulsorily acquired by M.O.W.T.
17.1.1944: Fleetwood registry closed.
1944: Based at Fort William (D. MacBrayne Ltd, Glasgow, agents).
8.1946: Laid up pending sale.
1946: Sold to A.S.A. East, Glasgow.
9.1947: Re-built at Plymouth by Fox & Haggart Ltd, Sutton Harbour, Plymouth, and re-classed as a steam trawler. Registered at Glasgow (Part I).
9.1947: Sold to East Fisheries Ltd, Cape Town.
11.1947: Arrived Cape Town after a passage of 47 days crewed by 15 male immigrants to take up a variety of occupations in the Union. Glasgow registry closed. Registered at Cape Town.
20.1.1958: Having been stripped of all usable materials, used as a target and sunk by SAN off Robben Island. Cape Town registry closed.

(John Dunn, Private, Marine, age 35, b. Calder, Lanarkshire – VICTORY (ML94))

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S.T. Florence Brierley FD105

S.T. Florence Brierley FD105
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S.T. Florence Brierley FD105 off Cape Town

S.T. Florence Brierley FD105 off Cape Town
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S.T. Florence Brierley FD105

S.T. Florence Brierley FD105
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S.T. Florence Brierley FD105

S.T. Florence Brierley FD105
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S.T. Florence Brierley FD105

S.T. Florence Brierley FD105
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S.T. Florence Brierley FD105

S.T. Florence Brierley FD105
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FLORENCE BRIERLEY refitting Post WWII at Sutton Harbour, Plymouth.

S.T. Florence Brierley FD105

S.T. Florence Brierley FD105
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S.T. Florence Brierley FD105

S.T. Florence Brierley FD105
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Excerpt from Hansard 02 April 1928

An exploratory vessel was sent out from the port of Fleetwood to explore certain parts of the ocean, and at the time that vessel made the voyages I took particular notice of what happened, and the report which was issued dealing with it. I will give a few details in support of my argument that it would be a very good thing if the Government would carry this exploration work further.

The vessel was called the “FLORENCE BRIERLEY,” and the voyage was financed jointly by the Development Commission and the Fleetwood Fishing Vessel Owners’ Association.

The total cost of the voyage was £l,500, and the object of the voyage was to explore the regions in the neighbourhood of the hundred-fathom line from the North-West of Scotland towards the Coast of Norway, where it was believed that hake could be found, although no commercial fishing had actually taken place in that particular part of the ocean.

As a result of the voyages, valuable information, both positive and negative, was gained. New grounds were discovered where hake was found, while examination of other grounds showed that it was no use going there for hake because, owing to natural conditions, it was unlikely that fish of that kind would ever be found there.

In addition, valuable scientific data were obtained and a number of new soundings were furnished to the Admiralty. Although the “FLORENCE BRIERLEY” had not the catching of fish commercially as part of her object, she brought in £l,200 worth of fish.

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22/01/2009: Page published. 5 updates since then.
24/09/2017: Removed FMHT watermarks from images.
02/07/2020: Updated information.