british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMT Westella (FY116) ? [+1940]
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nationality british
purpose war (prev. fishing)
type patrol boat (ex-trawler)
propulsion steam
date built 1934
weight (tons) 413  grt
dimensions 36.6 x 7.8 x 4.1 m
material steel
engine 1 x 3 cyl.triple expansion by Amos Smith of Hull, single boiler, single screw
armament armed trawler
power 106  h.p.
yard no. 1129
IMO/Off. no. 163956
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about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 02/06/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.1rank: 670
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Cochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd., Selby
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Amos & Smith, Ltd., Hull
last owner
[1]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMT Westella (FY116) ? [+1940]
period 1939 ~ 1940
IMO/Off. no.: 163956
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[2]Marr J. & Son Ltd., Hull & Fleetwood
FV Westella (H124)
period 1934 ~ 1939
captain Gove A. Rnr
about the wreck
depth (m.) 24 max. / 26 min. (m)
orientation 34°
war grave
[2] Miramar Ship Index
entered by Bisschop Gert-jan
entered 21/05/2006
last update Allen Tony
last update 02/06/2012
[1] Lettens Jan25/02/2014
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Lettens Jan02/06/2010Westella HMT (FY-161) was built in 1934 and requisitioned by the Admiralty in September 1939. Displacement of 413 tons. Westella was mined off Dunkirk, France on June 2nd, 1940.
Bisschop Gert-jan21/05/2006Westella HMS (FY-161) Mis en service en 1934, déplacement 550 tjb, torpillé par S-Boot ou coulé par mine au large de Dunkerque, le 2 juin 1940. Chief Skipper A. Grove (R.N.R.).
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Racey Carl02/06/2010Arctic Pioneer was a asdic trawler and patrolled the waters during the Dunkirk evacuations in june 1940 On June 2nd nearing the last day of the Dunkirk withdrawal Arctic Pioneer heared the distress signal from the trawler Blackburn Rovers in thick fog but could not assist. Blackburn Rovers another asdic trawler was leading the Hull trawler Westella and the trawler Saon on patrol of the channel, Blackburn Rovers picked up a asdic sounding which it believed to be a U boat.

On going to investigate Blackburn Rovers entered a British minefield and subsequently exploded, her depth charges also exploding. The trawler Westella had also followed Blackburn Rovers into the minefield and as she was picking up the survivors from Blackburn Rovers she also hit a mine blowing off her bow.The trawler Saon picked up survivors from both the Westella and the Blackburn Rovers.
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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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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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9290 Berlare
Tel: +32 (0)9 367 01 20
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