Admiralty Number: 3563
Official Number: 146537
Yard Number: 823
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
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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18/01/2009: Page published. 4 updates since then.
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16/09/2016: Information updated.