british HMT Rinovia (+1940)
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nationality british
purpose war
type minesweeper
propulsion steam
date built 1937
weight (tons) 403  grt
dimensions 47.9 x 7.7 x 4.3 m
material steel
engine Triple expansion by Amos Smith, Hull, one single boiler, single screw
power 99  n.h.p.
speed 11  knots
yard no. 566
IMO/Off. no. 162861
about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 02/11/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd., Beverley (Hull)
last owner
[1]Rinovia Steam Fishing Co,, Grimsby
HMT Rinovia (+1940)
period 1931 ~ 1938
IMO/Off. no.: 162861
prev. owners
[2]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMT Rinovia
period 1938 ~ 1940
IMO/Off. no.: 162861
about the wreck
depth (m.) 58 max. / -- min. (m)
position on seabed upright
war grave no
[1] Charles B. Cox, The Steam Trawlers & Liners Of Grimsby
[2] Royal Navy Trawlers, Part Two, G. Toghill
entered by Chipchase Nick
entered 15/01/2010
last update Racey Carl
last update 12/10/2013
[1] Jan Lettens01/10/2009
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Atlantic Scuba20/12/2007

Lies fairly intact and upright, there is a coverage of nets in front of the bridge. The bridge roof has now collapsed.

Jan Lettens01/10/2009

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Chipchase Nick15/01/2010

Said to be intact with the bow damaged in 55m of water.
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Racey Carl15/01/2010Built as the BLAKKUR (GY378) for Rinovia Steam Fishing, Grimsby, by Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Beverley; Yard No 566; Launched 27/08/1937; In 1938 vessel remaned RINOVIA;

On 10th December 1938 the trawler ran aground in the Orkneys, becoming stranded on the island of Ruskholm in the Westray Firth. All the crew were rescued;

On 31/08/1939 the vessel was requisitioned by the Royal navy as a mine-sweeper;

In September 1940 vessel grounded ar Dartmouth and re-floated;

On 02/11/1940 the H.M.T. RINOVIA sunk by mine off Falmouth Bay, 2.9 miles off Anthony Light.
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 Michael Thompson, Cook, Welton & Gemmell - Shipbuilders Of Hull & Beverley
Chipchase Nick15/01/2010Built at Beverley by CWG. Owned by Rinovia SFC of Grimsby. Launched 1931 as Blakkur renamed Rinovia 1938. Requisitioned August 1939 and converted to minesweeper. Grounded at Datrmouth Sept. 1940 and refloated. Mined 2nd Nov 1940 approx 2 miles off St. Anthony Light, Falmouth.
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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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