british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMT Barbara Robertson [+1939]
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nationality british
purpose transport (prev. fishing)
type trawler
subtype/class Mersey class trawler
Mersey class trawler Thomas Cornwall HMT [+1918]
propulsion steam
date built 1919
live live
weight (tons) 325  grt
dimensions 42.2 x 7.2 x 3.9 m
material steel [*]
engine 1 x 3 cyl. triple expansion engine
armament 12pdr gun
power 87  nominal horsepower  [*]
speed 11  knots
yard no. 887
IMO/Off. no. 139350
about the loss
cause lost gunfire - shelled
date lost 28/12/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.1rank: 669
about people
Cochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd., Selby
engine by
Holmes C. D. & Co. Ltd., Hull
last owner
[1]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMT Barbara Robertson [+1939]
period 1939 ~ 1939
IMO/Off. no.: 139350
prev. owners
[2]Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice - Boston Deep Sea Fisheries - Fred Parkes, Grimsby
FV Barbara Robertson (FD50)
period 1939 ~ 1939
[3]Crampin Steam Fishing Co. Ltd. - Crampin W. W., Grimsby
FV Barbara Robertson (GY44)
period 1929 ~ 1938
[4]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMT James McDonald (No.4244)
period 1919 ~ 1919
no. of crew 17
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entered 26/08/2006
last update Allen Tony
last update 06/01/2013

[*] means that the value was inherited from Thomas Cornwall HMT [+1918], the reference for Mersey class trawler.
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Allen Tony22/12/2010BARBARA ROBERTSON was a British Steam Trawler of 325 tons and she was built in 1919 and used for anti-submarine duties. When on patrol north of Hebrides, W Scotland she was sunk by gunfire from U-30 , 35 miles NW BUTT OF LEWIS.

Built as James McDonald for the Admiralty. 1919 sold as steam trawler and renamed Grand Fleet. 1929 sold to Crampin Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby, renamed Barbara Robertson and registered as GY44. 1938 sold to Denmark, but 1939 acquired by Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd, Fleetwood and registered as FD50.1939 she was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to an A/S trawler.
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About Owners
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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About Builders
 Cochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd., Selby
Cochrane and Sons was owned by Andrew Cochrane who originally founded a shipyard in 1884 at Beverley, but then moved in 1898, 50 miles away from the sea by river to Selby in Yorkshire, England. Cochrane and Sons built their reputation for building trawlers and coasters for the Hull and Grimsby fishing fleets. - - - In 1965 control of the yard passed from the Cochrane family to Ross Group Ltd who then sold on to the Drypool Group Ltd in 1969. In 1976, the Selby yard was bought up by United Towing Co. Ltd of Hull. The company’s name was changed to Cochrane Shipbuilders in 1977 and built an average of four ships per year for the next 15 years, mainly tugs, trawlers, oil rig supply vessels, ferries dry-cargo coasters and coastal tankers.

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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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