british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMT Cape Spartel ? [+1942]
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nationality british
purpose war (prev. fishing)
type minesweeper (ex-trawler)
propulsion steam
date built 1929
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weight (tons) 346  grt
dimensions 42.8 x 7.3 x -- m
material steel
engine triple expansion by C. D. Holmes & Co. Ltd, Hull, one single boiler, single screw
armament 1 x 12 pounder deck gun
power 96  n.h.p.
speed 11  knots
yard no. 1037
about the loss
cause lost air raid
date lost 02/02/1942  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Cochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd., Selby
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Holmes C. D. & Co. Ltd., Hull
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[1]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMT Cape Spartel ? [+1942]
period 1939 ~ 1942
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[2]Hudson Steam Fishing Co., Ltd., Hull
FV Cape Spartel (H79)
period 1929 ~ 1939
about the wreck
depth (m.) 18 max. / 14.1 min. (m)
orientation 160°
protected no
war grave no
entered by Lettens Jan
entered 01/07/2002
last update Racey Carl
last update 13/01/2012
[1] Lettens Jan01/10/2009
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Racey Carl14/02/2011The CLOUGHTON WYKE was sunk by being bombed by German aircraft in the Humber estuary. The following quote indicates the severity of the attacks at that time:

“That February was indeed the Luftwaffe’s swansong over the shipping routes, for it carried out more attacks in Nore Command waters that month (fifty) than since the previous May. All but one were in the Humber and Yarmouth Sub-Commands. The 2nd and the 5th were the worst days. On the former the Grimsby and Yarmouth M/S and patrol trawlers were attacked on station by at least twenty planes, and Grimsby’s CAPE SPARTEL and Yarmouth’s CLOUGHTON WYKE were sunk. On the latter a convoy as well as scattered warships were targets. The Harwich A/S trawler KINGSTON OLIVINE was strafed near 54G Buoy, without damage or casualties”

Quote from Battle of the East Coast by J P Foynes.
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Racey Carl02/02/2010Main owners Hudson Brothers of Hull; Yard No 1037; Launch Date: 28/11/1928; Lloyd´s Register 1941-42 No 5907; Hull register No H79; Requisitioned by the Royal Navy during August of 1939 and converted into a mine-sweeper; 1 x 12 pounder deck gun.

On the 02/02/1942 the CAPE SPARTEL was sunk by being bombed by German aircraft.

Reported positions of loss: 53-28-42N 00-49-12E Humber Area; 7.5 miles S W of N Outer Dowsing L/b, Outer Dowsing Shoul.
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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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