As GY1322

Thanks to Jeffrey Pullen and the Bosun's Watch website.

Official No:  144310   Port and Year: London, 1919 (LO344)

Description: Strath Class steel side trawler; single screw, coal burning. Ketch rigged.

Crew: 9 men (1921); 11 men (1942). 

Built: 1918,  Hawthorns & Co. Ltd., Leith (Yard no. 160)

Tonnage: 205 grt. 88 net.  (16 Apr 1920: 204 grt. 82 net.)

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 115.4 / 22.2 / 12.1

Engine: T 3-Cyl. 57 rhp; by Hawthorns & Co. Ltd., Leith.




27 Mar 1919: The Admiralty, London.

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


2 Nov 1921: Taylor Steam Fishing Co., Ltd., Fish Docks, Grimsby.

Manager: Henry L. Taylor. (Same address.)

7 Dec 1921: As GY1322.


13 Feb 1940: Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co. Ltd., Fleetwood

Manager: Basil A. Parkes, Thornton-le-Fylde.


Landed at Milford: 9 Jul 1919 laid up by Admiralty.

3 Jan 1920 - 28 Feb 1921. (5 occasional landings from Feb - Sep 1922).



William Hanbury, age 26, born Ilchester; Pte. RM, aboard HMS VICTORY at Trafalgar.

30 Oct 1918: Launched for the Admiralty (no.3824) as WILLIAM HANBURY. 1x12pdr. 

25 Nov1939: Paid off in Grimsby from her last trip.
26 Nov 1939: Requisitioned for war service and employed on auxiliary patrol duties. Nore / Sheerness.

16 Feb 1940: Sailed Grimsby for fishing grounds and Fleetwood.
4 Mar 1940: Landed Fleetwood. Grimsby crew paid off.
7 Mar 1940: First trip from Fleetwood.
20 Jan 1942: In a SW gale at approx 9.45 p.m. stranded on St. Anne’s Head, Isle of Man (Sk. Thomas J. Wade). Attended by Port St. Mary lifeboat SIR HEATH HARRISON. Total Loss.
21 Jan 1942: At 3.00 a.m. Sk. Wade died of heart attack at Castletown.
15 May 1942: Grimsby registry closed.

[ Thanks to Gil Mayes and the Fleetwood Maritime Heritage Trust. ]

Accidents and Incidents

From The Times, Monday, Sep 16, 1920:


Milford, Sep. 15.— Ketch MARIDIAN, of Bridgewater, for Runcorn, china clay, struck rocks nears Smalls Lt. House at 9 p.m., on September 12th, during calm but thick weather. The crew took to the boat and stood round for 17 hours, but no more seen of the vessel.  The crew were picked up yesterday afternoon by the steam trawler William Hanbury and landed at Milford Haven.



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