british Saint Andrews Steam Fishing Co. FV Caldew (FD347) [+1939]
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nationality british
purpose fishing
type trawler
propulsion steam
date built 1914
live live
weight (tons) 287  grt
dimensions 39.5 x 7.2 x 4.4 m
material steel
engine 1 x 3 cyl. triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
speed 10.5  knots
yard no. 580
IMO/Off. no. 128769
about the loss
cause lost gunfire - shelled
date lost 24/09/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Smith's Dock Co. Ltd. (South Bank), Middlesbrough
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Smith's Dock Co. Ltd. (South Bank), Middlesbrough
last owner
[1]Saint Andrews Steam Fishing Co., Hull
FV Caldew (FD347) [+1939]
period 1938 ~ 1939
IMO/Off. no.: 128769
prev. owners
[2]Wyre Steam Trawling Co. Ltd. - Ward John N. & Son - Wyre Trawlers, Fleetwood
FV Caldew (FD347)
period 1919 ~ 1938
IMO/Off. no.: 128769
[3]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMT Maristo
period 1915 ~ 1919
IMO/Off. no.: 128769
[4]Thomas James, Milford Haven (UK)
FV Maristo (M-14)
period 1914 ~ 1915
IMO/Off. no.: 128769
captain Thomas Kane
about the wreck
depth (m.) 143 max. / -- min. (m)
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entered 27/08/2006
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last update 05/06/2013
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Allen Tony10/02/2011Notes: Dec 1914: Requisitioned for war service and converted to an armed trawler (Admy.No.1978).1917: Based at Portland. In company with CALIPH she claimed an unconfirmed kill when they attacked a U-boat.1919: Returned to owners.24 Sep 1939: Stopped by German submarine U-33 off the Faroe Islands, sunk by gunfire after crew ordered into boat. Crew picked up by KRONPRINSESSAN MARGARETA (3765grt/1914).

Crew subsequently removed by German destroyer and interned in Germany.
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Allen Tony24/09/2009Caldew was a British steam trawler built in 1914. On the 24th September when on route from FLEETWOOD for FISHING GROUNDS she was captured by U-33 and sunk by gunfire. 2 crew were captured and interned in Stalag XB.
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About Builders
 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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