british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMT Stella Dorado [+1940]
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nationality british
purpose fishing
type trawler
propulsion steam
date built 1935
dead (not found) dead (not found)
weight (tons) 550  grt
dimensions 46.6 x 7.8 x -- m
engine 1 triple expansion engine, 1 triple expansion engine
armament armed trawler
yard no. 1134
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 01/06/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
Cochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd., Selby
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[1]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMT Stella Dorado [+1940]
period 1939 ~ 1940
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[2]Charleson Fishing Co. Ltd., Hull
FV Cape Teriberski
period 1935 ~ 1939
captain Walter Harcourt Burgess Rnr
about the wreck
depth (m.) 35 max. / -- min. (m)
war grave
entered by Kleijn Aad
entered 23/03/2005
last update Allen Tony
last update 15/12/2011
[1] Lettens Jan25/03/2009
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Collard Arnaud04/12/2004

l'epave est intact ,elle est couché a plat sur le fond à 35 m de profondeur maximum. le pont inférieur est complet tandis que le pont supérieur est plus abimé. sur le pont supérieur des objets tel que un telegraphe , un téléphone de pont ,un gouvernail ...... ont été trouvé . Des munitions et des chargeurs de mitailleuses lewis se tronvent toujours dans l'epave a la proue un canon est en place avec beaucoup d'obus. la mention ''gunplatform'' est toujours visible. l'impact de la torpille est visible près de l'ancienne cale a poisson.

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Allen Tony01/06/2008Stella Dorado HMT was a Royal Navy ASW Trawler built in 1934 by Cochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) as a Registered Fishing Vessel FY131. She was completed in 1935 and requesioned by the THE ADMIRALTY in 1939. HMT Stella Dorado (Skipper Walter Harcourt Burgess) was sunk by the German motor torpedo boat S-34 off Dunkirk, France on 1 June 1940.
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Divedoc02/03/2007This wreck, previously named visbak has been identified by her bell as the HMS Stella Dorado. She was sunk beginning of June 1940. All hands were lost.
Kleijn Aad23/03/2005Naast de Argyllshire, werd dezelfde dag ook de Engelse ASW trawler Stella dorado door een torpedo getroffen. Deze torpedo was afkomstig van de german MTB S-34. De Stella Dorado was gebouwd voor de visserij in 1935 en was 416 Brt. In 1939 werd zij in dienst gesteld van de British Admiralty
Collard Arnaud04/12/2004Construit en 1936 il coula en meme temps et au meme endroit que l´argyllshire. ils avaient un tonnage quasi identique leur forme etaient tres semblables et ils ont été coulé de la meme maniere. ont ne sait pas si cette épave est le STELLA DORADO ou l´ARGYLLSHIRE.
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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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