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general
nationality british
purpose fishing
type trawler
propulsion steam
date built 1934
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 422  grt
dimensions 47.9 x 8.1 x 3.7 m
material steel
engine 1 x 3 Cyl. Triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
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yard no. 976
IMO/Off. no. 162890
call sign
GYCL  
GYCL
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
other reasons mine
date lost 26/06/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.1rank: 669
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builder
Smith's Dock Co. Ltd. (South Bank), Middlesbrough
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Smith's Dock Co. Ltd. (South Bank), Middlesbrough
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[1]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMT Blackburn Rovers (FY-116) [+1940]
period 1939 ~ 1940
IMO/Off. no.: 162890
call sign: 
GYCL
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[2]Consolidated Steam Fishing & Ice Co. Ltd. - J. D. Marsden, Grimsby
FV Blackburn Rovers (GY-102)
period 1934 ~ 1939
IMO/Off. no.: 162890
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about the wreck
depth (m.) 23 max. / 23.5 min. (m)
orientation 100°
protected
war grave
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entered by Lettens Jan
entered 27/08/2008
last update Allen Tony
last update 12/06/2013
 
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[1] Lettens Jan08/05/2011
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Wreck of small steel armed ship. Canon on fore part. Depth 24meter. Seabed: sand and small shells. Orientation: W-E.

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Bisschop Gert-jan21/05/2006Blackburn Rovers HMS (FY-116) was built in 1934 for Consolidated Fisheries and was commissioned in 1939. The 158 ft trawler weighted 233 bruto tons and had a 422 tons displacement. She was requisitioned by the Admiralty and used as an anti-submarine trawler. She took part to the Dunkirk evacuation witha crew of 17, during which she was either mined or torpedoed. She sunk on 2nd June 1940. One crew member died.
Allen Tony22/04/2010Blackburn Rovers HMT (FY 116) was a British Royal Navy Anti Submarine Trawler that was either mined or toepedoed when 24 miles E by S of North Foreland on the 2nd June 1940.
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Allen Tony18/01/2009Built for Consolidated Fisheries Ltd at a cost of £19,850. On Friday 25th August 1939 the trawler was requisitioned by the Admiralty where she would serve as Anti-Submarine vessel FY.116. Lost, but not known for certain how. Official records state "by U-boat action or mine, on or about Sunday 2nd June 1940." The location of her loss is recorded as being in the "North Sea".
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Racey Carl02/06/2010Arctic Pioneer was a asdic trawler and patrolled the waters during the Dunkirk evacuations in june 1940 On June 2nd nearing the last day of the Dunkirk withdrawal Arctic Pioneer heared the distress signal from the trawler Blackburn Rovers in thick fog but could not assist. Blackburn Rovers another asdic trawler was leading the Hull trawler Westella and the trawler Saon on patrol of the channel, Blackburn Rovers picked up a asdic sounding which it believed to be a U boat.

On going to investigate Blackburn Rovers entered a British minefield and subsequently exploded, her depth charges also exploding. The trawler Westella had also followed Blackburn Rovers into the minefield and as she was picking up the survivors from Blackburn Rovers she also hit a mine blowing off her bow.The trawler Saon picked up survivors from both the Westella and the Blackburn Rovers.
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British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London

In 1509 when Henry VIII was crowned he realised the growing navel power of King James IV of Scots. James had built an impressive fleet to control the Western Isles and was allied to France. Henry built up of his own fleet, the Navy Royal, as it was then known. New ships were constructed, the best known being the Mary Rose. Smaller types of warships (galleases) combining the best features of oars, sails and guns were also built. By Henry's death in 1547 his fleet had grown to 58 vessels.

In 1546 a 'Council of the Marine' was established which later became the 'Navy Board'. The Navy Board was in charge of the daily administration of the navy until 1832 when it was combined with the Board of the Admiralty.

Elizabeth I inherited a fleet of only 27 ships in 1558. Instead of building up her own fleet Elizabeth encouraged private enterprise against Spain's new empire. Men like Sir John Hawkins and Sir Francis Drake to command groups of Royal and private ships to attack the Spanish. When Spain threatened invasion with its Armada in 1588 the Navy of England both Royal and private defended the realm.

Early in the Seventeenth Century, larger galleons were built with heavier armaments. the largest English ship was Sovereign of the Seas built for prestige purposes by Charles I in 1637. The first ship with three gun decks to carry her 102 guns, she was the most powerful ship in the world for many years.

When King Charles II came to the throne in 1660 he inherited a huge fleet of 154 ships. This was a permanent professional national force and the beginning of the Royal Navy as we know it today.

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 Smith's Dock Co. Ltd. (South Bank), Middlesbrough
Smith's Dock Company who started at High Docks, South Shields, are often referred to simply as Smith's Dock, was a British shipbuilding company that became associated with South Bank in Middlesbrough on the River Tees in Northeast England, after opening an operation there in 1907.

Smiths Dock are perhaps most famous for preparing the design of the Flower class corvette, an anti-submarine convoy escort of WWII. In 1914 listed as Marine Engineers. During WWI the yard's output was 160 small ships. In the 1920's the yard began arc-welding along with riveting. Up to 1930 the yard mainly made colliers, tramps and cargo-liners.

In 1930 the yard entered the depression with a number of orders on its books. The worst year for the yard was 1932 when it was only able to launch one motor trawler. In 1931 the Stockton yard of Smiths Dock Co Ltd was purchased by National Shipbuilders Security for closure and dismantling. In 1936 the "Flower" class corvette based on the design of the whale-catcher Southern Pride, made its debut. 19 were made by the yard and 200 by other yards.

During the 1940s the yard made a number of cargo ships, tramps, colliers and the last case-oil carrier. In 1966 the yard was sold to Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson with the yard becoming part of the Swan Hunter Group later in the same year.

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