british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMT Robert Bowen (+1940)
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nationality british
purpose fishing
type trawler
subtype/class Castle class Admiralty trawler (br.)
Castle class Admiralty trawler (br.) James Seckar HMT (No.3526) (+1917)
propulsion steam
date built 1918
weight (tons) 290  grt
dimensions 38.3 x 7.2 x 3.9 m
material steel
engine 1 x 3 cyl. triple expansion engine, 1 boiler, single shaft,Ketch rigged.
power 480  i.h.p.
speed 10  knots
yard no. 390
IMO/Off. no. 143810
about the loss
cause lost air raid
date lost 09/02/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.14rank: 645
about people
Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd., Beverley (Hull)
engine by
Amos & Smith, Ltd., Hull
last owner
[1]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMT Robert Bowen (+1940)
period 1939 ~ 1940
IMO/Off. no.: 143810
prev. owners
[2]Marr J. & Son Ltd., Hull & Fleetwood
FV Robert Bowen (FV ?) )
period 1939 ~ 1939
IMO/Off. no.: 143810
[3]Milford Fisheries Ltd., Fleetwood
FV Robert Bowen (M269)
period 1938 ~ 1939
IMO/Off. no.: 143810
[4]Brand & Curzon, Milford Haven (UK)
FV Robert Bowen (LO 254)
period 1920 ~ 1938
IMO/Off. no.: 143810
[5]Brittanic Trawler Co., London
FV Robert Bowen (LO 254)
period 1919 ~ 1920
IMO/Off. no.: 143810
[6]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMT Robert Bowen (No.3535)
period 1918 ~ 1919
IMO/Off. no.: 143810
captain John Clark Rnr.
complement >26 [*]
about the wreck
depth (m.)
war grave
entered by Allen Tony
entered 19/10/2011
last update Allen Tony
last update 17/01/2012

[*] means that the value was inherited from James Seckar HMT (No.3526) (+1917), the reference for Castle class Admiralty trawler (br.).
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Black Jonathan14/09/2014H.M.T. Robert Bowen Crew List:

BATTY, Christopher (20 years of age), Assistant Cook, D/MX 58780, MPK

CHARLTON, Leslie G, Seaman, RNPS, LT/JX 170732, MPK

CLARK, John, Skipper Lieutenant, RNR, MPK

COWLING, James B, Seaman, RNR (PS), LT/X 21036 A, MPK

DIPLOCK, Hedworth L, Able Seaman, RFR, P/J 102883 B 8273, MPK

FOX, Ivor George (23 years of age), Telegraphist, RNW(W)R, P/WRX 1262, MPK

GOWEN, John T (34 years of age), Stoker, RNPS, LT/KX 99040, MPK

HOLDEN, Robert F, Ordinary Seaman, RNPS, LT/JX 170701, MPK

McKECHNIE, Thomas, Chief Engineman, RNR (PS), LT/295 EU, MPK

POPKIN, Henry A, Chief Petty Officer Stoker, C/K 21812, MPK

RICHIE, George A, Stoker, RNR (PS), LT/X 9960 S, MPK

RITCHIE, George A, Stoker, RNR (PS), LT/X 9960 S, MPK

ROBINSON, Thomas E, Seaman, RNPS, LT/JX 170505, MPK

TURRELL, Olley, 2nd Hand, RNR (PS), LT/X 156 SA, MPK

WILSON, Arthur Stanley, Ty/Lieutenant, RNVR, MPK
Allen Tony17/01/2012HMT Robert Bowen on the 9th February 1940 was sunk by two enemy Heinkel He111's aircraft when 20 miles NE of Aberdeen. Lost with all hands.

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Black Jonathan14/09/2014[EN]

John T. Gowen (Stoker) - H.M.T. Robert Bowen

Article taken from The Hull Daily Mail, Friday, 20th February 1940.

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Black Jonathan14/09/2014[EN]

Ivor George Fox (Telegraphist) - H.M.T. Robert Bowen

Article taken from Yorkshire Evening Poat, 14th February 1940.

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Black Jonathan14/09/2014[EN]

Christopher Batty (Cook) - H.M.T. Robert Bowen

Article taken from The Hull Daily Mail, Tuesday, 20th February 1940.

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Black Jonathan13/09/2014[EN]

Ivor George Fox - H.M.T. Robert Bowen

Roll of Honour - taken from The Yorkshire Post, Monday, 9th February 1940.

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Black Jonathan13/09/2014[EN]

H.M.T. Robert Bowen Casualty List

Taken from The Hull Daily Mail, Thursday, 15th February 1940.

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Lieutenant John Clark - H.M.T. Robert Bowen

Announcement taken from Birth, Marriages, Deaths section of the Aberdeen Journal, Monday, 12th February 1940.

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Black Jonathan13/09/2014[EN]

H.M. Trawler Robert Bowen

Article taken from The Press & Journal, Monday 12th February 1940.

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About Owners
British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London

In 1509 when Henry VIII was crowned he realised the growing navel power of King James IV of Scots. James had built an impressive fleet to control the Western Isles and was allied to France. Henry built up of his own fleet, the Navy Royal, as it was then known. New ships were constructed, the best known being the Mary Rose. Smaller types of warships (galleases) combining the best features of oars, sails and guns were also built. By Henry's death in 1547 his fleet had grown to 58 vessels.

In 1546 a 'Council of the Marine' was established which later became the 'Navy Board'. The Navy Board was in charge of the daily administration of the navy until 1832 when it was combined with the Board of the Admiralty.

Elizabeth I inherited a fleet of only 27 ships in 1558. Instead of building up her own fleet Elizabeth encouraged private enterprise against Spain's new empire. Men like Sir John Hawkins and Sir Francis Drake to command groups of Royal and private ships to attack the Spanish. When Spain threatened invasion with its Armada in 1588 the Navy of England both Royal and private defended the realm.

Early in the Seventeenth Century, larger galleons were built with heavier armaments. the largest English ship was Sovereign of the Seas built for prestige purposes by Charles I in 1637. The first ship with three gun decks to carry her 102 guns, she was the most powerful ship in the world for many years.

When King Charles II came to the throne in 1660 he inherited a huge fleet of 154 ships. This was a permanent professional national force and the beginning of the Royal Navy as we know it today.

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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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