british FV John Baptish (M275) (+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 1919
weight (tons) 290.16  grt
dimensions 38.3 x 7.2 x 3.9 m
material steel
engine 1 x 3 cyl. triple expansion engine
power 550  indicated horsepower  [*]
speed 10  knots
yard no. 391
IMO/Off. no. 143835
about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 09/09/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.13rank: 648
about people
Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd., Beverley (Hull)
last owner
[1]Milford Fisheries Ltd., Fleetwood
FV John Baptish (M275) (+1940)
period 1938 ~ 1940
IMO/Off. no.: 143835
prev. owners
[2]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMT John Baptish
period 1939 ~ 1939
IMO/Off. no.: 143835
[3]Brand & Curzon, Milford Haven (UK)
FV John Baptish (LO234)
period 1923 ~ 1938
IMO/Off. no.: 143835
[4]Skomer Steam Ship Co., Cardiff
FV John Baptish (LO234)
period 1920 ~ 1923
IMO/Off. no.: 143835
[5]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMT John Baptish (No.3596)
period 1918 ~ 1920
IMO/Off. no.: 143835
captain Mcclean W. J.
complement >26 [*]
no. of crew 13
about the wreck
depth (m.)
war grave
entered by Allen Tony
entered 19/01/2012
last update Allen Tony
last update 19/01/2012

[*] 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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Allen Tony19/01/2012FV John Baptish (M275) was a British registered fishing vessel that was lost on or around the 9th September 1940 with all hands. It is presumed that she was mined S of the Coningbeg Light Vessel.

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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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