SEA ROVER LO395
AS OSPREY II FD12
Thanks to Fred Baker and the Fleetwood Maritime Heritage Trust
Official No: 127565 Port and Year: Fleetwood, 1908 (FD219)
London, 1920 (LO395)
Wesermünde, 1924 (PG.351) [† See note below.]
Bremerhaven, 1936 (BX.253)
Description: Steel side / beam trawler; coal fired. Ketch rigged.
Built: by Goole Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Goole; in 1908. (Yard no. 123)
Tonnage: 275 grt 106 net
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 130.1 / 23.1 / 12.2
Engine: T.3-Cyl; 62 rhp; and boiler; by Earles Co., Hull.
As OSPRAY II FD219
2 Sep 1908: The Cygnet Steam Trawling Co. Ltd., Fleetwood.
Manager: Richard Watson Mason.
11 Mar 1909: John George Hammond, London.
15 Apr 1909: Fleetwood registry closed. (To Admiralty. See below.)
As SEA ROVER
May 1920: Edward D. W. Lawford, Milford.
12 Aug 1920: Colin M. Mason, Atlantic Building, Mountstuart Sq., Cardiff.
21 Aug 1920: As LO395.
16 Mar 1924: Schultz & Merz, Wesermünde, Germany.
18 Apr 1924: As HEINRICH BEERMAN PG.351 [† See note below.]
1935: Allerich Luerssen, Bremerhaven.
As SCHÜTTING BX.253
1936: Hanseatische Hochseefischerei A.G., Bremerhaven.
Landed at Milford: 17 Sep 1920 - 28 Dec 1922
15 Apr 1909: Fitted out as a minesweeper for training fishery reserve crews. Renamed HMS SEAFLOWER (Ad.No.1) and based Chatham/Sheerness.
Jan 1920: As SEA ROVER .
Apr 1909: Purchased into the RN as SEAFLOWER, and converted to a trials minesweeper. 1x12pdr. AA
1914: With SEAMEW, based at Chatham as minesweeping training ship for trawler reserve crews.
18 Nov 1932: Stranded at Mortingebazen, Nr. Floroe, Norway.
20 Nov 1932: Refloated by salvage steamers TRAUST (222grt/1921) and ACHILLES (217grt/1893); slight damage.
1937: Broken up.
† The union of Lehe and Geestemünde in 1924 formed the town of Wesermünde, then in 1939 Bremerhaven was removed from the jurisdiction of Bremen and made a part of Wesermünde. In 1947 it was renamed from Wesermünde to Bremerhaven. [Wikipedia]
[Information supplied by the Fleetwood Maritime Heritage Trust and the Bosun's Watch website.
Also information kindly supplied by Petra Schütz, Bibliothekarische Leitung, Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum, Bremerhaven.]
Accidents and Incidents:
From the Times of Thursday 26th October 1922:
MILFORD HAVEN. Oct. 25.― Steam trawler NILE, of Milford Haven, foundered at noon yesterday, when fishing about 10 miles off Muirhead (Ireland). Crew landed here by steam trawler Sea Rover.
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