british FV Sea Sweeper [+1939]
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general
nationality british
purpose fishing
type trawler
propulsion steam
date built 1915
status
live live
details
weight (tons) 329  grt
dimensions 41.5 x 7.3 x -- m
material steel
engine 1 triple expansion engine, single shaft
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speed  
yard no. 321
about the loss
cause lost gunfire - shelled
date lost 20/11/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
builder
Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd., Beverley (Hull)
last owner
[1]Dinas Steam Trawling Co. Ltd., Fleetwood
FV Sea Sweeper [+1939]
period 1929 ~ 1939
prev. owners
[2]Thomas Hamling & Co. Ltd., Beverley (Hull)
FV Sea Sweeper
period 1921 ~ 1929
[3]Fresh Fish Supplies Ltd., Hull
FV Sea Sweeper
period 1920 ~ 1921
[4]Humber Steam Trawling Co. Ltd., Hull
FV Sea Sweeper
period 1915 ~ 1920
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about the wreck
depth (m.) 102 max. / -- min. (m)
orientation
protected
war grave
updates
entered by Allen Tony
entered 27/08/2006
last update Allen Tony
last update 20/11/2011
 
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Sea Sweeper was a British steam trawler of 329 tons built in 1915. On the 20th November when on route from FLEETWOOD for FISHING GROUNDS she was attacked by gunfire from U-33 and sunk 25 miles N by W from TORY ISLAND, NW Ireland.
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About Builders
 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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