Official No:  143886     Port and Year:  London, 1920  (LO334)                                                                    Aberdeen, 1936  (A418)

                                                                   Hull, 1938 (H526)   

Description: Castle Class steel side trawler; coal fired.  Ketch rigged.

Crew: 11 men (1920)

Built: by Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Beverley, in 1918.  (Yard no. 388)

Tonnage:   290 grt  127 net

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 125.5 / 23.5 / 12.7

Engine: T 3-Cyl; 87 rhp; by Amos & Smith Co., Hull



As LO334

19 Feb 1920: The Admiralty, London.

Manager: The Secretary of the Admiralty, Whitehall, London SW1


19 Feb 1920: Elspeth, Lady Beardmore, c/o William Beardmore & Co., Parkhead Steel Forge, Glasgow.

Managers: Brand & Curzon, Docks, Milford.

1932: Lady Invernain, c/o William Beardmore & Co.


As A418

6 Aug 1936: Mrs Annie I. Fraser, Grampian View, Balnagask Rd., Aberdeen

Manager: John McD. Fraser


22 July 1938:  Saint Andrew's Steam Fishing Co., Fleetwood

Manager: Basil A. Parkes, Cleveleys.


As H526

15 Jun 1938: Transferred to Hull.


Landed at Milford: 19 Feb 1921 - 29 May 1932



Charles Boyes, age 25, born Hambledon; A.B., HMS VICTORY, at Trafalgar.

4 Feb 1918: Launched as Admy. No. 3593; fitted with listening hydrophones; 1 x 12 pdr, 1 x 3.5" bomb thrower.

19 Feb 1920: Registered by the Admiralty as a fishing vessel at London (LO334). Sold to mercantile.

3 Jan 1934: In collision with KING EMPEROR H202, which was at anchor in Hull roads.  CHARLES BOYES returned to dock with damaged bow; KING EMPEROR remained at anchor. [The Times, Thursday 4th Jan 1934.]

20 Jul 1939: CHARLES BOYES reported trawler COURTIER sinking 10-12 miles E. by S. of the Tyne; later towed by tug HENDON to the Tyne. [The Times, Saturday 22 Jul 1939.]

1 Sep 1939: Requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted for minesweeping duties.

25 May 1940: Operating from Gt. Yarmouth. Mined in North Sea; nineteen crew lost, three saved. The Caister lifeboat CHARLES BURTON saved two.

[Information supplied by Fleetwood Maritime Heritage Trust and The Bosun's Watch.]


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