british Sleight, George F. FV Resercho (GY1103) ? [+1939]
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nationality british
purpose fishing
type trawler
propulsion steam
date built 1917
live live
weight (tons) 258  grt
dimensions 36.9 x 6.7 x 3.4 m
material steel
engine Steam triple expansion by C. D. Holmes & Co. Ltd. Hull, one single boiler, single screw
power 80  n.h.p.
speed 10.5  knots
yard no. 362
IMO/Off. no. 139961
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cause lost mine
date lost 28/12/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
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Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd., Beverley (Hull)
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Holmes C. D. & Co. Ltd., Hull
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[1]Sleight, George F., Grimsby
FV Resercho (GY1103) ? [+1939]
period 1917 ~ 1939
IMO/Off. no.: 139961
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[2]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMT Resercho (FY3081)
period 1918 ~ 1919
IMO/Off. no.: 139961
captain Albert Darwood
no. of crew 10
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Racey Carl27/12/2009Built for George Sleight, Grimsby (GY.1103); Yard No 362; Launch Date: 26/02/1917; In Jan 1918 Rqd by the Royal Navy as a minesweeper No FY 3081; In 1919 returned; In Nov 1933 sold to Sleight & Humphey, Grimsby; Vessel sank by mine 6 miles south-east by east of Flamborough Head, all ten crew rescued. Mine laid by U-15.
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Allen Tony12/10/2007Resercho FV was a British Steam Trawler built in 1917 of 250 tons. On the 28th December 1939 when on route from Grimsby for the fishing grounds she hit a mine laid by U-15, 6 miles SE by E from Flamborough Head, Yorkshire, England.
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Allen Tony28/02/2012Researcho (GY 1103) was sunk by mine 5 miles off Flamborough. Mine was laid by German submarine U-15.
Racey Carl27/12/2009Extract from Grimsby’s Fighting Fleet by H. C. Hutson:- "Late in the evening (8pm) of the 28th December 1939 Skipper A. Darwood put his vessel’s position as six miles SE x E of Flamborough Head. Unfortunately this coincided with the position of one of the mines laid by U-15 some five weeks earlier. Skipper Darwood and his nine-man crew all escaped successfully and the register for the RESERCHO was officially closed on 9th February 1940, with the formal entry ‘Vessel sunk by enemy action’."

The U-15 was already at sea when war was declared. She had sailed from Wilhelmshaven on 25th August carrying mines to be laid according to sealed orders, in the event of war. These called for the mines to be laid in the busy coastal shipping lanes off Flamborough Head and Kapitaenleutnant Heinz Buchholz carried out these orders a few days after Chamberlain’s speech. Oberleutnant Peter Frahn took over command of U-15 for her third patrol and he reinforced this minefield which had already accounted for two merchantmen.
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 Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd., Beverley (Hull)
Shipbuilders of Hull & Beverley 1883 -1963 Vessels built at Hull between 1885 - 1904 & Vessels built at Beverley between 1902 - 1963 -- The company was set up on the Humber Bank at Hull by William James Cook, Charles Keen Welton and William Gemmell, three former employees of Earle's Shipbuilding and Engineering Co who set up their own company in 1882, initially to undertake repairs and then build vessels themselves. The first ship to be made by the yard was a steam fishing smack. -

The company moved to a new yard in Grovehill, Beverley in 1901; they took over the Grovehill shipyard from Cochrane, Hamilton and Cooper which had previously been owned by Cochrane and Sons. The first production of the new yard were trawlers and whalers. They dredged the River Hull, allowing larger ships to be built. -

During WWI Tugs, minesweepers and anti-submarine patrol boats were the main ships built for the War effort. In the 1920s the yard consolidated its reputation for building high quality trawlers and continued to do this during the inter war years. During the WWII the yard's output consisted of trawlers, Admiralty corvettes, landing craft, mine-layers and anti-submarine trawlers.After the war, the yard focussed on trawlers again along with a few tugs. -

The Grovehill shipyard continued to be busy. In 1954 the comany had workforce of 650. It was reported that 15 vessels were launched in 1954, five more than in the previous year. They included three minesweepers, four trawlers, and a tug: they were typical of the orders being received by the yard at that time. At least three of the trawlers launched in 1954 and 1955 were exported to South Africa. -

For many years, the chairman of Cook, Welton and Gemmell was Harold Sheardown, a Hull businessman who was also vice-chairman of the Kingston Steam Trawler Co., which was one of the best customers of the Beverley shipyard. In 1963 the yard struggled to find orders and was closed under the Cook, Welton and Gemmell name on 31st March 1963. Soon after the yard was purchased by Charles D. Holmes and Co. The company name was changed to Beverley Shipbuilding and Engineering Co Ltd. This was in turn taken over by Whitby Shipyard Ltd on 1 July 1976

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Holmes C. D. & Co. Ltd., Hull
In 1869 Charles D. Holmes was founded in Hull as marine engineering company.

In 1959 the company was privatized.

During the 1960's the company built tugs for the Humber fleet, as well as companies from further. The company were general marine engineers, boiler makers, welders, metal sprayers, and makers of marine diesel engines with 400 employees. In 1963 purchased the yard of Cook, Welton & Gemmel.

During the 1970s the yard made more tugs for the Navy, BP and the Iranian Government. The yard was acquired by the Drypool Group in 1975 and after building one further ship, went into liquidation again.

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