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ST Lord Gainford FD74

Technical

Admiralty Number: 3563
Official Number: 146537
Yard Number: 823
Completed: 1917
Gross Tonnage: 324
Net Tonnage: 131
Length: 138.5 ft
Breadth: 23.7 ft
Depth: 12.8 ft
Built: Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby
Engine: 600ihp T.3-cyl by Crossley Bros. Ltd, Manchester

History

4.9.1917: Launched by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby (Yd.No.823) (“Mersey” class) for The Admiralty as CHRISTOPHER DIXON (Ad.No.3563).
4.1.1918: Completed as an armed trawler(1-12pdr and W/T).
1920: Fishery Protection trawler (Snr Mate Griffith T Cadwallader RNR) tender to HMS HAREBELL.
21.05.1920: Paid off at Brightlingsea Naval Base and laid up.
1920: Allocated to the National Fishery Scheme for the setting up of the Minesweepers’ Cooperative Trawling Society Ltd, London.
1920: Fitted out for fishing under Special Survey of Lloyd’s Register and classed 100 A1 Stm Trawler.
13.08.1920: Minesweepers’ Cooperative Trawling Society Ltd, London registered.
01.1922: Scheme abandoned, the necessary working capital of £100,000 having not been subscribed.
07.03.1922: Registered by The Admiralty at London (Part I & IV) as CHRISTOPHER DIXON O.N.146537 (LO544).
2.1923: Transferred to Irish Free State Government, Dublin.
28.2.1923: London registry closed.
2.1923: Registered at Dublin.
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, manager). For sale.
1924: Sold to Pickering & Haldane’s Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull.
10.1924: Dublin registry closed.
10.1924: Converted to a fishing vessel by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby (Yd.No.941).
15.10.1924: Registered at Hull as LORD GAINFORD (H73). John McCann & Edward Cartwright appointed joint managers.
24.3.1930: Sold to Robson Trawlers Ltd, Fleetwood.
24.3.1930: Hull registry closed.
26.3.1930: Registered at Fleetwood (FD74). Robson Preston appointed manager.
1.3.1934: Sold to J. Marr & Son Ltd, Fleetwood (Geoffrey Edwards Marr, Cleveleys, manager) for £3900.
9.12.1939: Requisitioned for war service as a boom defence vessel (P.No. Z.111) (Hire rate £97.4.0d/month). Cost of conversion £17,749. South Atlantic Command.
28.7.1942: On loan to Free French Forces.
23.11.1943: Compulsorily acquired by M.O.W.T. Remained on loan to Free French Forces.
1946: Estimated cost of re-conditioning £8,750.
8.8.1946: Sold to J. P. Holmen, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
1955: Sold for breaking up.

(Christopher Dixon, Quartermaster (prest), age 29, b. South Shields, Co. Durham – VICTORY (SB398))

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S.T. Lord Gainford FD74

S.T. Lord Gainford FD74
Picture courtesy of Mark Stopper

ST Lord Gainford FD74

ST Lord Gainford FD74

Changelog
18/01/2009: Page published. 4 updates since then.
11/04/2014: Picture added.
16/09/2016: Information updated.

S.T. Chieftain FD30

Additional information courtesy of George Westwood

Technical

Official Number: 121095
Yard Number: 86
Completed: 1905
Gross Tonnage: 278
Net Tonnage: 105
Length: 133.4 ft
Breadth: 22.3 ft
Depth: 12.3 ft
Engine: 70NHP T.3-cyl and boiler by Charles D. Holmes & Co, Hull
Speed 10.5 knots

History

28.9.1905: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Beverley (Yd.No.86) for The Marine Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Hull (George Walton, manager) as CHIEFTAIN.
2.12.1905: Completed.
11.12.1905: Registered at Hull (H847).
1.1915: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-12pdr, 1-7.5” A/S Howitzer) (Ad.No.945).
30.10.1918: Sold to Thomas Round, Roker, Sunderland (Thomas Whitehead, Scarborough, manager).
1919: Returned to owner.
7.2.1919: Hull registry closed.
10.2.1919: Registered at Scarborough (SH21).
14.2.1919: Sold to Thomas Round, Roker (48/64), Thomas Whitehead, Scarborough (16/64) (Thomas Whitehead, Scarborough, manager).
17.2.1919: Sold to Thomas Round, Roker (32/64), Thomas Whitehead, Scarborough (16/64) and Charles William Dorkin, Sunderland (16/64) (Thomas Whitehead, Scarborough, manager).
21.2.1919: Sold to Thomas Round, Roker (16/64), Thomas Whitehead, Scarborough (16/64), Charles William Dorkin, Sunderland (16/64) and George William Tindall, Scarborough (32/64) (Thomas Whitehead, Scarborough, manager).
10.1919: Sold to The East Riding Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Hull (Charles Hudson, Hessle, manager).
17.10.1919: Scarborough registry closed.
18.10.1919: Registered at Hull (H93).
1.924: Sold to Hudson Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Hull (Thomas Hudson, managers).
5.1926: Sold to Robson Trawlers Ltd, Fleetwood (Robson Preston, Poulton-le-Fylde, manager).
27.5.1929: Hull registry closed.
28.5.1929: Registered at Fleetwood (FD30).
15.12.1932: Sold to Transvaal Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Fleetwood (Magnus B. J. Wedum, manager).
1936: Sold for breaking up.
26.6.1936: Fleetwood registry closed, breaking up completed.

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S.T. Chieftan FD30

S.T. Chieftain H847
Picture courtesy of Alan Hirst

S.T. Chieftan FD30

S.T. Chieftain FD30
Picture from the Osta Collection

S.T. Chieftain FD30

S.T. Chieftain FD30
Picture courtesy of The George Westwood Collection

Changelog
18/01/2009: Page published. 3 updates since then.

S.T. City of York FD16

Technical

Official Number: 114306
Yard Number: 71
Completed: 1904
Gross Tonnage: 202
Net Tonnage: 64
Length: 116.8 ft
Breadth: 21.1 ft
Depth: 11.4 ft
Engine: 52HP T.3-cyl and boiler by Earle’s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull
Built: Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd

History

25.10.1904: Launched by Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd, Goole (Yd.No.71) for Horace Bourne, Adlington, Chorley (26/64); Thomas F. Kelsall, Fleetwood (16/64); William Johnson, Manchester (8/64); John Johnson Jnr, Manchester (8/64); Gertrude Marion Barton, Prestwich Park (4/64) and Louise Barton, Prestwich Park (2/64), as CITY OF YORK.
11.1904: Completed.
22.11.1904: Registered at Fleetwood (FD16), Thomas F. Kelsall appointed manager.
20.2.1906: Four shares (G. M. Barton) mortgaged to Alfred Ernest Woodhouse, Manchester for £130 @71/2% interest (A).
24.2.1906: Two shares (L. Barton) mortgaged to Alfred Ernest Woodhouse, Manchester for £70 @ 71/2% interest (B).
13.3.1906: Mortgages (A) & (B) discharged.
19.3.1906: Four shares (G. M. Barton) and two shares (L. Barton) mortgaged to Alfred Henry Hirst, Golcar for £229 and £114 resp. @71/2% interest.
11.11.1906: Horace Bourne now residing Poulton-le-Fylde.
4.6.1907: Four shares (G. M. Barton) and two shares (L. Barton) mortgaged to Alfred Henry Hirst, Golcar for £220 and £50 resp. @ 8% interest.
22.12.1910: Change of Fleetwood address for Thomas F. Kelsall.
Pre 1912: Sold to Fred Kelsall & Co Ltd, Fleetwood (Thomas F. Kelsall, manager).
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 78.64net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907.
6.1915: Requisitioned for war service as a boom defence trawler (1-12pdr) (Ad.No.NI). Based Scapa.
5.1918: New boiler fitted.
By 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Fleetwood.
1922: Sold to Robson Trawlers Ltd, Fleetwood (Robson Preston, manager).
31.1.1928: Sk. R. H. Pook was fined £20 at Bangor for trawling within the three mile limit off the Welsh coast and failing to display the fishing signal.
1928: Sold to Mason Trawlers Ltd, Fleetwood (Thomas Cardwell, manager).
20.10.1928: In heavy seas and darkness, rescued nine crew members of steamer SAINT BRANDAN (386grt/1924), stranded on Cairns of Coll while on loaded passage Scarbost, Skye to Glasgow. Landed survivors at Tobermory.
5.1935: Sold to J. V. Hepburn, Aberdeen.
15.5.1935: Fleetwood registry closed.
13.6.1935: Registered at Aberdeen (A324).
15 10.1939: Returning to Stornoway to land (Sk. George Marsh) ran on rocks off Tolsta Head, Isle of Lewis in position 58°12N/06°10W; crew got away in punt and in morning landed near village of Tolsta.
10.4.1940: Aberdeen registry closed.

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S.T. City of York FD16

S.T. City of York FD16
Picture courtesy of The John Stevenson Collection

Changelog
15/01/2009: Page published. 3 updates since then.
20/05/2017: Removed FMHT watermark from image.

S.T. Peter Lovett FD398


Additional information courtesy of David Scrivener, Mike Thompson & Barry Johnson Milford Trawlers

Technical

Admiralty Number: 3509
Official Number: 143965
Yard Number: 670
Completed: 1917
Gross Tonnage: 276
Net Tonnage: 107
Length: 125.5 ft
Breadth: 23.4 ft
Depth: 12.8 ft
Built: Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough
Engine: 480ihp T.3-cyl by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough
Boiler: Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd, Jarrow

History

9.3.1917: Launched by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough (Yd.No.670) (“Castle” class) for The Admiralty as PETER LOVITT (Ad.No.3509).
19.5.1917: Completed (1-12pdr and W/T).
1919: Registered by The Admiralty at London (Part I) as PETER LOVETT O.N.143965. Engaged in commercial trawling.
12.1.1919 – 22 .07.1919: Landing at Milford.
2.1920: At HM Dockyard, Pembroke fitted out for fishing under Special Survey of Lloyd’s Register and classed 100 A1 Stm Trawler at Milford.
3.2.1920: Registered by The Admiralty at London (Part IV) (LO300).
5.3.1920: First landing at Milford. At a date between 18.5.1920 – 18.6.1920: Allocated to Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries, London.
13.8.1920: Minesweepers’ Cooperative Trawling Society Ltd, London registered.
1920: Allocated to the Minesweepers’ Cooperative Trawling Society Ltd, London.
08.03.1921: Last landing at Milford (Last of 32 landings at the port). Possibly laid up.
01.1922: Scheme abandoned, the necessary working capital of £100,000 having not been subscribed.
23.1.1922: Sold to William Preston, Fleetwood.
28.1.1922: London registry closed.
31.1.1922: Registered at Fleetwood (FD398).
22.2.1922: Sold to Robson Trawlers Ltd, Fleetwood (Robson Preston, manager).
12.10.1932: Homeward in heavy weather seven miles SE of Maughold Head, Isle of Man, sighted wooden steam “coaster” GIRL MAY (81grt/1907) (ex steam drifter (FR473/GK89)) on passage Ayr – Salcombe with coal, in distress with engine room flooded. In darkness, Sk. Fred Chard launched the boat and with a volunteer crew succeeded in rescuing the seven crew members * before the vessel foundered.
13.10.1932: Survivors landed at Fleetwood.
1934: Sold to Shields Engineering & Dry Dock Co Ltd, North Shields (Thomas S. Read, manager).
21.2.1934: Fleetwood registry closed.
22.2.1934: Registered at North Shields (SN14).
24.7.1935: Registered at North Shields as LOWDOCK (SN14).
10.1939: Kingston Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull appointed managers.
16.10.1939: Kingston sent crew to North Shields to bring trawler to Hull.
17.10.1939: Sailed North Shields for Hull, fishing on the way.
3.11.1939: Arrived off Immingham short of bunker coal, towed to Hull. Landed 287kits, £865 gross.
1.12.1939: Sailed Hull for Aberdeen in convoy then fishing grounds.
16.12.1939: At Hull landed 300kits, £954 gross – 15 days.
3.1.1940: At Hull landed 251kits, £679 gross – 16 days.
26.1.1940: Sailed Hull in convoy for northern grounds.
8.2.1940: Return convoy sailed Methil for Hull (Sk. J. W. Moore).
At 11.15 a.m. 21/2 miles E of Scarborough attacked by German aircraft with machine guns and bombs. One aircraft hit with Ross rifle and retired, other (Dornier 17E) dropped over twenty bombs, the final one lifting the stern out of the water and damaging telegraphs, steering gear, wireless and DF; no casualties.
10.2.1940: At Hull landed 304kits, £688 gross – 17 days.
12.2.1940: Requisitioned for war service. Slipped at Hull for survey but rejected. On unslipping water ingress observed in stokehold. Slipped again and rivets caulked.
15.2.1940: Owners requested information regarding vessel and advised a profit of £550. Convoy system restrictive, decided to move vessel to Fleetwood.
16.2.1940: Sk. F. Brunton, Fleetwood appointed. Repaired and returned to service.
16.3.1940: Sailed Hull on passage to Fleetwood (Sk. F. Brunton).
19.3.1940: When 5 miles E of Tod Head, in collision with HMTrawler LADY PHILOMENA (H230/P.No.FY.148) which struck her port side aft in way of the gallows; vessel foundered and eleven crew lost(ø), mate (on watch) Thurston Atkinson survived. Certificate of registry lost with vessel.
28.3.1940: Owners informed BoT of her loss.
30.3.1940: Shields registry closed.
2006: The position of the wreck is 56°47N. 002°10W sitting in about 60m on an even keel. Bow faces in towards the shore and port side faces towards Montrose estuary, in consequence her port side has built up to approx 8 ft from gunwale, starboard side clean.

(Peter Lovitt (aka Lovett), Quartermaster, age 42, b. Aldeborough, Suffolk – VICTORY (SB532))

(* Crew of Girl May – Capt. A. T. F. Morgan; A. Vallely, Mate; A. Caracan, 2nd mate; W. Hagan, Chief engineer; W. Burns, 2nd engineer; J. Vallely and J. Reid, deckhands, all crew from Glasgow or Clydebank.

(ø) Lost crew of Lowdock – Skipper Frank H Brunton (32), Bosun H D Waring (42), Ch Eng. William Baker (55), 2nd Eng. H C Benson (53), J Bell (59) and D Scannell (42), Firemen, W Harrison (21), A Paton (50), W Cartmell (42), J H Scott (48), and A Whitehead (52), Deckhands, all from Fleetwood).

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S.T. Peter Lovett FD388

S.T. Peter Lovett FD388
Picture courtesy of The Fred Baker Collection

Changelog
28/04/14: Updated information.
02/07/2015: Updated information.
14/07/2017: Removed FMHT watermark from image.
14/10/2019: Updated wreck position.