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S.T. Princess Louise FD365

Stranding information courtesy of Laurence H Dettman


Official Number: 121084
Yard Number: 83
Completed: 1905
Gross Tonnage: 289.30
Net Tonnage: 113
Length: 133.3 ft
Breadth: 22.5 ft
Depth: 12.3 ft
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Beverley
Engine: 70nhp T.3-cyl by C. D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull
Speed: 10.5 knots


31.8.1905: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Beverley (Yd.No.83) for Armitage’s Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull as PRINCESS LOUISE.
19.10.1905: Registered at Hull (H837). George Thomas Armitage designated manager.
10.1905: Completed.
27.1.1909: In thick fog in the Humber estuary in collision with Hull steamer WHITNY ABBEY (1183grt/1908) and both vessels damaged.
15.11.1913: Sailed Hull for White Sea grounds off the coast of Lapland (Sk. Hermann Dettman) (2nd hand George Henry Batty); twelve crew total.
23.12.1913: Left fishing grounds off Sem Islands for home picking up a Norway coast pilot at Honningsvåg.
25.12.1913: Called Gibostad to obtain medical assistance for the skipper suffering from an acute bowel disorder.
27.12.1913: Arrived Lødingen and dropped pilot setting course for Vest Fjord. When in vicinity of Lødingen Light shortly after 4.30am. the skipper was again indisposed and had to leave the wheelhouse telling the second hand the course to steer. On his return there was an exchange concerning the course and shortly afterwards the vessel struck heavily amidships and again aft and heeled to starboard and came fast. Endeavoured to free the vessel by working the engine but ingress of water into the stokehold was rapid; fires were drawn. Crew abandoned and vessel settled by the stern. Picked up by Norwegian coastal steamer and landed at Svolvaer. Skipper and Chief Engineer proceeded to Lødingen and took passage in the salvage steamer that was to attend the wreck. which was lying in 10fms to the west of Root Var with some chance of salvage. Crew returned to Hull via Bergen.
6.3.1914: Hull registry closed “Vessel lost”. *
30.9.1914: Having been salved and returned to Hull, repaired and re-registered at Hull (H140).
3.11.1914: Returned to service and transferred to fish out of Fleetwood. George T. Armitage, Hull designated manager.
2.1915: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-6pdr) (Ad.No.1176). 14.5.1915: Registered at Hull as Princess Louis II (H140). Based Milford Haven.
By 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Hull.
1.1920: Sold to Thomas Herbert Smith, Fleetwood. Thomas Herbert Smith designated managing owner.
15.1.1920: Hull registry closed.
16.1.1920: Registered at Fleetwood (FD365).
11.2.1920: Sale to John Gallen, Donegal, Co, Donegal not concluded.
2.6.1921: Sold to James William Armitage, Fleetwood. James William Armitage designated managing owner.
1.4.1922: Sold to The Sun Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Fleetwood James W. Armitage designated manager.
1926: Sold to Cie Belge de Pecheries Maritimes, Ostend.
5.8.1926: Fleetwood registry closed.
1926: Re measured (Belgian Rules) 277g 100n 133.6 feet.
3.1926: Registered at Ostend as PASTOOR PYPE (O176).
1929: Sold to Dewsland Trawlers Ltd, Fleetwood.
11.1929: Ostend registry closed.
1929: Re measured (BoT) 289.30g 115.15n 133.6 feet.
18.11.1929: Registered at Fleetwood (FD58). William A. Stonebanks designated manager.
28.11.1929: Registered at Fleetwood as DANELAND (FD58).
1935: Sold to Dinas Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Fleetwood. Joseph A. Marr designated manager.
8.2.1935: Mortgaged to William Deacons Bank Ltd, London.
5.1.1937: Arrived Fleetwood under own power having been ashore at Tobermory for a fortnight.
Pre 8.1938: Laid up at Fleetwood.
6.4.1941: Sunk by German aircraft 30 miles N by 1/2 W of Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim; twelve crew rescued.
6.6.1941: Fleetwood registry closed “Sunk by enemy aircraft 6/4/41”.

Note* – Following BoT Inquiry at Hull the findings were published on 24.3.1914 concluding that;
“The stranding of, and serious damage to, the steam trawler PRINCESS LOUISE was caused by the wrongful act and default of the skipper and of the second hand. As the skipper on the early morning in question was suffering from very severe indisposition, as he bears an exceptionally good character and as he gave his evidence with absolute straightforwardness the Court suspends his ticket (No.6483) for three months only from the date hereof. The Court suspends the certificate (No.10696) of the second hand, who in his evidence displayed both ignorance and indifference and did not adequately assist the skipper, at a time when he most needed it, for a like period.”
BOT Stranding Report

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S.T. Daneland FD58

S.T. Daneland FD58
Picture courtesy of The Mark Stopper Collection

S.T. Princess Louise H837

S.T. Princess Louise H837
Picture courtesy of the James Cullen Collection

12/04/2014: Picture added.
08/10/2014: Picture added.
21/09/2015: Stranding information added.
04/11/2015: Posted BOT stranding report.
19/03/2018: Removed FMHT watermarks from images.
15/07/2021: Updated history and technical details.