After conversion to diesel.
Thanks to Jim Porter and the Fleetwood Maritime Heritage Trust.
Official No: 137617 Port Number and Year: Yarmouth, 1920 (YH214)
Boulogne, 1922 (B.?)
San Sebastian, 1922.
Lowestoft, 1930 (LT112)
Description: Admiralty Steel Drifter , steam screw, coal burning. Ketch rigged.
Crew: 9 men (1930).
Built: 1919, by Alexander Hall & Co., Aberdeen. (Yard no. 573)
Tonnage: 95 grt 41 net (1922: 107 grt., 1930: 98 grt.)
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 86.2 (93.25 oa) / 18.5 / 9.25
Engine: TE 270 ihp = 9 kts.
1953: At L.B.S. Engineering Co Ltd, Lowestoft, fitted with 300bhp 4 stroke 3-cyl diesel by W. H. Podd Ltd, Lowestoft.
1919: Sold by the Admiralty as WATERFALL.
As HOMOCEA YH214
10 Nov 1919: Edward A. Baker, 'Shadingfield Lodge', Marine Parade South, Great Yarmouth.
As NI TU B.?
3 Jan 1922: E. A. Maxteo, Boulogne sur Mer.
As NI TU
3 Jan 1922: A. Alvargonzales, Gijon. (Pareja trawling; registered at San Sebastian.)
Dec 1929: Fred Parkes, Blackpool.
Jan 1930: William Barnard, 196 Denmark Rd., Lowestoft.
11 Jan 1930: As HOMOCEA LT112
22 Jun 1944: Mrs. E. A. Barnard, Lowestoft
Manager: Stephen Smith.
16 Jul 1952: Putford Enterprises, Paignton.
Manager: John R. Hashim, Walberswick.
17 Mar 1953: As STRENUOUS LT112
7 Jul 1961: W.H. Kerr, Chandlers, Milford.
[Information kindly supplied by the Fleetwood Maritime Heritage Trust.]
Landed at Milford: 7 Jul 1961 - 23 Jan 1962; 23 Jul 1963.
Skippers: Steve Pembroke.
Homocea was a quack remedy for piles, cuts and bruises; as a soap, "very soothing and softening". ["The Quack Doctor" website. ]
16 Sep 1919: Delivered to the Admiralty as WATERFALL (Admy.no.4132), and sold to mercantile.
1940-45: Requisitioned by the Admiralty as a minesweeper; later for harbour service. (P.No. FY.1782)
5 Aug 1957: Crew of 4 aboard the sinking Belgian trawler MARCEL jumped aboard the STRENUOUS, 25 miles N.E. by E. of Smith's Knoll Light Vessel. They were later transferred to the Belgium trawler PATRIE (sic - see below). [The Times, Wednesday 7th August 1957.]
(Additional information from Maurice Voss via Gil Mayes:
MARCEL Z 330; wooden vessel owned by M. Calus and R. Blommaert, from Heist, skipper A. Ackaert;
PATRICK Z 149; owner L. Depaepe, from Heist. Arrived Zeebruge in the evening of 6th August.)
1963: Broken up by Thos. W. Ward, Castle Pill, Milford.
Accidents and Incidents
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 30th June 1961:
The diesel drifter trawler Strenuous has joined Messrs. Kerr's fleet from Lowestoft, and sailed on Tuesday in charge of Skipper Steve Pembroke, with Mr. J. F. Finn as his mate.
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