british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMT Lord Selborne (FY2964) [+1941]
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nationality british
purpose war (prev. fishing)
type patrol boat (ex-trawler)
propulsion steam
date built 1917
live live
weight (tons) 247  grt
dimensions 35.7 x 6.7 x -- m
material steel
engine 1 triple expansion engine, 1 single boiler, 1 screw
armament 1 x 6 pounder deck gun.
power 76  n.h.p.
speed 10  knots
yard no. 340
IMO/Off. no. 139949
about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 31/03/1941  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd., Beverley (Hull)
engine by
Great Central Co-Operative Engineering & Ship Repairing Co., Ltd., Grimsby
last owner
[1]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMT Lord Selborne (FY2964) [+1941]
period 1940 ~ 1941
IMO/Off. no.: 139949
prev. owners
[2]Earl Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., Grimsby
FV Lord Selborne (GY509)
period 1928 ~ 1940
IMO/Off. no.: 139949
[3]Pelham Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., Grimsby
FV Lord Selborne (GY509)
period 1926 ~ 1928
IMO/Off. no.: 139949
[4]North Western Steam Fishing Co., Grimsby
FV Lord Selborne (GY509)
period 1923 ~ 1926
IMO/Off. no.: 139949
[5]St Vincent Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., Grimsby
FV Lord Selborne (GY509)
period 1919 ~ 1923
IMO/Off. no.: 139949
[6]Abraham I., Grimsby
FV Lord Selborne (GY509)
period 1919 ~ 1919
IMO/Off. no.: 139949
[7]Beacon Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., Grimsby
FV Lord Selborne (GY105)
period 1918 ~ 1919
IMO/Off. no.: 139949
[8]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
FV Lord Selborne (FY1652)
period 1917 ~ 1918
IMO/Off. no.: 139949
[9]Pelham Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., Grimsby
FV Lord Selborne (GY1058)
period 1917 ~ 1917
IMO/Off. no.: 139949
about the wreck
depth (m.) 10 max. / -- min. (m)
war grave
 Racey Carl, A Century of Steamship Losses
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entered 27/08/2008
last update Racey Carl
last update 13/01/2012
Jan Lettens01/10/2009
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Built in Hull for the Pelham Steam Fishing Co., Grimsby; In September of 1917 vessel left Hull in tow to Grimsby for machinery to be fitted. On 22/08/1917 sold to Beacon Steam Fishing Co., Grimsby; Hired by the Admiralty between 1917-18 as a mine-sweeper and escort vessel FY1652 and returned to her owners. Hired again for use as an armed auxiliary patrol vessel (FY2964) from June 1940, based at Grimsby.

Vessel foundered and lost after detonating a German laid mine in the River Humber, 3 miles, 102 degrees of Spurn Head, Port War Signal Station.
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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
 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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