british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMT Akranes (FY513) [+1941]
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nationality british
purpose war (prev. fishing)
type minesweeper (ex-trawler)
propulsion steam
date built 1929
live live
weight (tons) 358  grt
dimensions 42.8 x 7.6 x 4 m
material steel
engine 1 triple expansion engine, 1 single boiler, 1 screw
power 103  h.p.
yard no. 1060
IMO/Off. no. 160979
about the loss
cause lost air raid
date lost 04/07/1941  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
about people
Cochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd., Selby
engine by
Holmes C. D. & Co. Ltd., Hull
last owner
[1]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMT Akranes (FY513) [+1941]
period 1939 ~ 1941
IMO/Off. no.: 160979
prev. owners
[2]Consolidated Steam Fishing & Ice Co. Ltd. - J. D. Marsden, Grimsby
FV Akranes (GY155)
period 1929 ~ 1939
IMO/Off. no.: 160979
captain Lt. W. A. C. Harvey Rnvr
about the wreck
status well broken up
depth (m.) 11 max. / 5 min. (m)
visibility average
current normal
sea bed sand
protected no
war grave no
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[British Diver:]Well broken. Divers found an unexploded 500lb bomb inside the wreck.

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Lettens Jan06/08/2007[British Diver:] Akranes SS; 1929 Cochrane & Sons Ktd., Selby; Royal Navy ; 358 tons; 42.77 x 7.62 x 4.01 m; 3cyl. triple expansion; Deck gun; The fishing trawler Akranes, originally registered at grimsby, and owned by Consolidated Fisheries Ltd, was hired by the admiralty as a mine sweeper from August 1939, which foundered following attack by german aircraft. After being taken into Royal Navy service, she was made command vessel of a group of three mine sweeping trawlers, employed in sweeping the channel between Flamborough Head and Sheringham.

This trawler was at anchor off Danes Dyke, south of Flamborough Head at night, with the trawlers Sandringham and Almandine, following the days mine sweeping work. The Almandine was guard ship for the night, shortly after midnight a German aircraft approached very low, the gunners assumed it to be an allied plane returning from a raid, they soon discovered otherwise. The plane dropped two bombs, neither of which exploded, but cannon fire ripped through Akranes deck and caused her to sink, leaving her wheelhouse and forecastle awash. The crew escaped in their own lifeboat.
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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
 Cochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd., Selby
Cochrane and Sons was owned by Andrew Cochrane who originally founded a shipyard in 1884 at Beverley, but then moved in 1898, 50 miles away from the sea by river to Selby in Yorkshire, England. Cochrane and Sons built their reputation for building trawlers and coasters for the Hull and Grimsby fishing fleets. - - - In 1965 control of the yard passed from the Cochrane family to Ross Group Ltd who then sold on to the Drypool Group Ltd in 1969. In 1976, the Selby yard was bought up by United Towing Co. Ltd of Hull. The company’s name was changed to Cochrane Shipbuilders in 1977 and built an average of four ships per year for the next 15 years, mainly tugs, trawlers, oil rig supply vessels, ferries dry-cargo coasters and coastal tankers.

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Holmes C. D. & Co. Ltd., Hull
In 1869 Charles D. Holmes was founded in Hull as marine engineering company.

In 1959 the company was privatized.

During the 1960's the company built tugs for the Humber fleet, as well as companies from further. The company were general marine engineers, boiler makers, welders, metal sprayers, and makers of marine diesel engines with 400 employees. In 1963 purchased the yard of Cook, Welton & Gemmel.

During the 1970s the yard made more tugs for the Navy, BP and the Iranian Government. The yard was acquired by the Drypool Group in 1975 and after building one further ship, went into liquidation again.

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