australian FV Ben Dearg (+1953)
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general
nationality australian
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
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 280  grt
dimensions 38.3 x 7.2 x 3.9 m
material steel [*]
engine 1 triple expansion engine
power 86  n.h.p.
speed 10.5  knots
yard no. 420
IMO/Off. no. 144518
about the loss
cause lost used as a target
date lost 00/00/1953  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
builder
Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd., Beverley (Hull)
last owner
[1]Anglo-Australian Trawlers, Perth
FV Ben Dearg (+1953)
period 1949 ~ 1953
IMO/Off. no.: 144518
prev. owners
[2]Marr J. & Son Ltd., Hull & Fleetwood
FV Ben Dearg (FD 286)
period 1942 ~ 1949
IMO/Off. no.: 144518
[3]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMT Ben Dearg (FY 690)
period 1939 ~ 1942
IMO/Off. no.: 144518
[4]Irvin, Richard & Sons - Prince Steam Fishing Co., Ltd., North Shields
FV Ben Dearg (A 416)
period 1936 ~ 1939
IMO/Off. no.: 144518
[5]Hull Northern Fishing Co. Ltd. - Hellyer Bros Ltd. - Hellyer Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., Hull
FV Turcoman (H 523)
period 1933 ~ 1936
IMO/Off. no.: 144518
[6]Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice - Boston Deep Sea Fisheries - Fred Parkes, Grimsby
FV Daily Express (FD 68)
period 1930 ~ 1933
IMO/Off. no.: 144518
[7]Remy & Huret, Boulogne
FV Etoile Polaire II
period 1920 ~ 1930
IMO/Off. no.: 144518
[8]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMT Thomas Alexander (FY 4404)
period 1919 ~ 1920
IMO/Off. no.: 144518
captain
complement >26 [*]
about the wreck
depth (m.)
orientation
protected
war grave
updates
entered by Lettens Jan
entered 14/05/2008
last update Allen Tony
last update 21/12/2011


[*] 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 Tony21/12/2011FV Ben Dearg in 1953 was used as target vessel and sunk by the Australian Navy.
Lettens Jan14/05/2008Ben Dearg;

In the year 1950, Ben Dearg was lost off Ben Dearg Beach.
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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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