As GIRDLENESS A17
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Official No: 143889 Port Number and Year: 658th in London, 1920 (LO446)
- in Grimsby, 1922 (GY1325)
- in Granton, 1928 GN80
- in North Shields, 1933 (SN157)
- in Aberdeen, 1938 (A465)
5th in Milford, 1942 (M183)
- in Aberdeen, 1945 (A599)
- in Fleetwood, 1949 (FD25)
- in Aberdeen, 1955 (A17)
Description: Strath Class steel side trawler; steam screw, coal burning. Ketch rigged: foresail and mizzen
Crew: 10 men (1921)
Registered at Milford: 12 Oct 1942
Built: 1918, by Hall, Russell & Co., Aberdeen. (Yard no. 642)
Tonnage: 202.53 grt 87.1 net.
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 115.4 / 22.1 / 12.1
Engine: T 3-Cyl. 57 hp. 10 kts. Engine: 1917, by James Abernethy, Aberdeen. Boiler by builders
As THOMAS BURNHAM LO446
24 Aug 1920: The Secretary of the Admiralty, Whitehall, London SW1.
17 Dec 1921: Consolidated Steam Fishing & Ice Co. Ltd., (Grimsby), Fish Docks, Grimsby.
Manager: John Denton Marsden.
13 Feb 1922: As FLORIBELLE.
29 Jun 1927: Consolidated Fisheries Ltd., Fish Docks, Grimsby.
Manager: Sir John Denton Marsden. (4 Mar 1924: Knighted.)
As FLORIBELLE GN80
26 Jul 1928: Archibald Glen Brown, Granton Harbour, Edinburgh.
1932: Alexander W. Gardner, 17 Blanchland Tce., North Shields.
21 Apr 1933: As COPIEUX SN157.
As COPIEUX A465
28 Feb 1938: George Cormack, 143 Duthie Tce., Aberdeen.
1941: Peter & J. Johnstone, Aberdeen.
As COPIEUX M183
12 Oct 1942: Milford Steam Trawling Co. Ltd., Docks, Milford. (64/64)
Manager: James Carpenter Ward, 'Glenowen', Neyland.
Jun 1945: The River Ness Fishing Co. Ltd., Crown St., Aberdeen.
Manager: George Craig, 43 Anderson Drive, Aberdeen.
4 Oct 1945: As A599.
18 May 1949: Mellings Ltd., 7 Fish Trade Buildings, Fleetwood.
Manager: W. Melling.
Jul 1949: As NELLIE MELLING FD25.
Mar 1955: Alexander Hay & John Main, Aberdeen.
Managing owner: Alexander Hay.
5 Jul 1955: As GIRDLENESS A17.
Landed at Milford: 25 Oct 1942 - 12 Aug 1945.
Thomas Burnham, age 30, born Fareham; A.B., HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN, at Trafalgar.
Copieux is the French word for Generous.
Girdle Ness is the headland that guards the southern side of Aberdeen harbour.
28 Nov 1921: London registry closed.
26 Jul 1928: Grimsby registry closed.
14 May 1935: Towed LOLIST LT427 into North Shields, after she was damaged by a heavy sea. [The Times, 16th May 1935.]
25 Feb 1938: North Shields registry closed.
27 Nov 1939: Requisitioned for war service designated as a minesweeper.
3 Feb 1940: Returned to owner.
5 Oct 1942: Aberdeen registry closed.
17 May 1949: Aberdeen registry closed.
11 Feb 1954: Crew of NELLIE MELLING complained that Skipper H. Buckley had ordered the crew to throw overboard the body of an RAF airman, which had been picked up in the trawl net. [ The Times, Friday, 12th Feb 1954. ]
25 Mar 1955: Fleetwood registry closed.
4 Jun 1957: Stranded near Cantick Head; Longhope lifeboat stood by. Refloated after jettisoning most of her bunkers. Returned to Aberdeen but declared a constructive total loss.
Aug 1957: Sold and allocated to G. & W. Brunton, Grangemouth for breaking up.
[Information kindly from Fleetwood Maritime Heritage Trust and The Bosun's Watch.]
Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 2 Sep 1945. Transferred to the port of Aberdeen.
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