british Moss, Thomas C. & F. (& Others) FV Castleton (GY449) (+1940)
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nationality british
purpose fishing
type trawler
propulsion steam
date built 1904
dead (not found) dead (not found)
weight (tons) 211  grt
dimensions 35.2 x 6.6 x 3.5 m
material steel
engine 1 triple expansion engine, 1 boiler, 1 screw
power 65  n.h.p.
speed 10  knots
yard no. 61
IMO/Off. no. 118938
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 26/06/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.10rank: 653
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Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd., Beverley (Hull)
engine by
Amos & Smith, Ltd., Hull
last owner
[1]Moss, Thomas C. & F. (& Others), Grimsby
FV Castleton (GY449) (+1940)
period 1940 ~ 1940
IMO/Off. no.: 118938
prev. owners
[2]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMT Castleton
period 1939 ~ 1940
IMO/Off. no.: 118938
[3]Moss, Thomas C. & F. (& Others), Grimsby
FV Castleyton (GY449)
period 1930 ~ 1939
IMO/Off. no.: 118938
[4]Bacon, Harold, Grimsby
FV Earl Granard (GY449)
period 1928 ~ 1930
IMO/Off. no.: 118938
[5]Great Central Co-Operative Engineering & Ship Repairing Co., Ltd., Grimsby
FV Earl Granard (GY449)
period 1923 ~ 1928
IMO/Off. no.: 118938
[6]Bunch Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., Grimsby
FV Earl Granard (GY449) )
period 1918 ~ 1923
IMO/Off. no.: 118938
[7]Rushworth John E. - Rushworth Steam Fishing Co., Grimsby
FV Earl Granard (GY449)
period 1917 ~ 1918
IMO/Off. no.: 118938
[8]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMT Earl Granard (FY2653)
period 1915 ~ 1917
IMO/Off. no.: 118938
[9]Earl Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., Grimsby
FV Earl Granard (GY449)
period 1915 ~ 1915
IMO/Off. no.: 118938
[10]Evensen E., Stavanger
FV Pauline
period 1910 ~ 1915
IMO/Off. no.: 118938
[11]Black, Alec, Grimsby
FV Courtland (GY35)
period 1904 ~ 1910
IMO/Off. no.: 118938
no. of crew 10
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 Michael Thompson, Cook, Welton & Gemmell - Shipbuilders Of Hull & Beverley
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entered 01/09/2006
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last update 20/03/2012
Allen Tony26/06/2007
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Castleton was a British steam trawler of 211 tons and built in 1904. On the 26th June 1940 when on route from GRIMSBY 26th June 1940 for FISHING GROUNDS OFF FOULS ORKNEY ISLANDS she was torpedoed by U-102 and sunk. 10 crew were lost.

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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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Amos & Smith, Ltd., Hull
Amos & Smith of Neptune Street Hull was established in 1874. In 1888 showed vertical and horizontal steam steering gear at the Glasgow exhibition. They became a private company in 1909.

In 1914:- Marine and General Engineering, Boilermaking, Iron and Brass Founding, Ship Repairing. Employees 700 to 1000.

In 1961:-Marine, general and electrical engineers, boilermakers, iron and brassfounders, ship repairers and dry-dock owners. 450 employees.

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