british Bedfordshire FV (1935~1939) Bedfordshire HMT (FY141) (+1942)
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general
nationality british
purpose fishing
type trawler
propulsion steam
date built 1935
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 443  grt
dimensions 49.4 x 8.1 x -- m
material steel
engine 3 Cyl. Triple expansion engine by Smith Dock Co. Ltd., England. Single screw.
armament 1 x 4" gun
power  
speed  
yard no. 988
IMO/Off. no. 164392
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 11/05/1942  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.35rank: 612
about people
builder
Smith's Dock Co. Ltd. (South Bank), Middlesbrough
engine by
Smith's Dock Co. Ltd. (South Bank), Middlesbrough
next owners
[1]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMT Bedfordshire (FY141) (+1942)
period 1939 ~ 1942
IMO/Off. no.: 164392
[2]Us Navy - United States Navy
HMT Bedfordshire (FY141)
period 1942 ~ 1942
last owner
[3]Warwickshire Fishing Co. (Markham Cook. H), Grimsby
FV Bedfordshire
period 1935 ~ 1939
IMO/Off. no.: 164392
captain Lt. R.B. Davis, Rnr
no. of crew 37
about the wreck
status broken in several pieces
depth (m.) 30.5 max. / -- min. (m)
orientation
protected
war grave yes
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entered by Allen Tony
entered 26/10/2007
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last update 12/06/2013
 
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[1] Lettens Jan16/12/2012
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Allen Tony26/10/2007

Position is LORAN 27048.6, 39562.1
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Clark Nick06/03/2010Casualty List, HMT Bedfordshire. Published in June 1942.

Lt. R.B. Davis, RNR (In Command).
Temp. Sub. Lt. H. Clutterbuck, RNVR.
Temp. Sub. Lt. B. Hall, RNVR.
Temp. Sub. Lt. T. Cunningham, RNVR.
F.W. Barnes, Engineman.
S. Bennett, Ordinary Seaman.
L.P. Bickford, Seaman.
E.S. Carruthers, Ordinary Seaman.
G.W. Cerrino, Leading Seaman, RNR.
W.F. Clemence, Ordinary Seaman.
F. Cragg, Ordinary Seaman.
S .R. Craig, Ordinary Telegraphist.
J.R. Dick, Seaman.
T.M. Dicks, Ordinary Seaman.
A. Dryden, Seaman.
A.W. Duncan, Chief Engineman, RNR.
G. Featherstone, Ordinary Telegraphist.
G.H. Fisher, Stoker 2nd. Class.
H. Ford, Seaman.
J. Kelly, Seaman.
W. Lee, Leading Seaman, RNR.
E.W. Lukins, Act. Stoker Petty Officer (Ty).
A.A. McCrindle, Seaman.
A. McKenzie, Stoker.
F.F. Maltby, Leading Seaman, RNR.
E.N. Morton, Ordinary Seaman.
W.J. Myers, Stoker.
S.W. Smitten, Ordinary Seaman.
P.E. Stone, Seaman.
C.T. Travell, Ordinary Signalman.
C.W. White, Ordinary Telegraphist.
L.J. Williams, Stoker, 2nd. Class.
R. Davis, Ordinary Seaman, RCN.
J.L. McCauley, Ordinary Seaman RCN.
T. A. Watson, Ordinary Seaman
Allen Tony26/10/2007HMT Bedfordshire was built in 1935. She was a 443 ton trawler taken over by the Admiralty in 1939 and fitted with a four inch gun.

On the 11th May 1942, HMT Bedfordshire and HMT St. Loman were sent out from their base at Morehead City in North Carolina to look for a German U-boat that was suspected to be operating near Ocracoke Island.

Unfortunately for the Bedfordshire, the two ships had already been spotted by the U-558, commanded by twenty-seven year old Gunther Krech. That evening, Krech though they´d been detected by one of the trawlers and launched an attack on the St. Loman, but it´s torpedoes were spotted and the St. Loman managed to avoid them.

At 0540 on the 12th of May, the U-558 fired on the HMT Bedfordshire. A direct hit sent it to the bottom, with the loss of everyone on board.

A broken and scattered wreck, she lies in 100´ of water with many parts buried under the sand.
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 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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