british HMT Spider (FY54) [+1914]
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nationality british
purpose war (prev. fishing)
type minesweeper (ex-trawler)
propulsion steam
date built 1908
live live
weight (tons) 271  grt
dimensions 40.1 x 6.7 x 3.6 m
material steel
engine Triple expansion, one boiler, single screw.
armament 1 x 6 pounder
power 80  n.h.p.
speed 10.75  knots
yard no. 426
IMO/Off. no. 127837
about the loss
cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
other reasons abandoned
date lost 21/11/1914  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
about people
Cochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd., Selby
engine by
Great Central Co-Operative Engineering & Ship Repairing Co., Ltd., Grimsby
last owner
[1]Arthur Gouldby, Lowestoft
HMT Spider (FY54) [+1914]
period 1915 ~ 1915
IMO/Off. no.: 127837
prev. owners
[2]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMT Spider (FY54)
period 1909 ~ 1914
IMO/Off. no.: 127837
[3]Great Central Co-Operative Engineering & Ship Repairing Co., Ltd., Grimsby
FV Assyrian (GY401)
period 1908 ~ 1909
IMO/Off. no.: 127837
captain Chief Gunner Albert Frankland
no. of crew 13
about the wreck
depth (m.) 3 max. / 2.2 min. (m)
orientation 115°
war grave
 Tony Lofthouse, Gilbert Mayes, David Newton, Michael Thompson, Cochrane Shipbuilders Vol I : 1884 - 1914
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Racey Carl13/01/2013In April 1909 the Grimsby trawler ASSYRIAN (GY401) was sold to the Admiralty and fitted our as a minesweeper and re-named SPIDER and put on trials at Portland.
In 1914 SPIDER was based at Portsmouth for training Fishery Reserve crews. In August 1914 she was employed as a minesweeper (Ad.No.54).
On 21/11/1914 when seeking a better anchorage off Lowestoft, in a strong NE wind, the SPIDER (FY54) stranded on the North Beach. The crew of thirteen were rescued by the Lowestoft lifeboat KENTWELL (Cox John Swan).
On 31/03/1915 the wreck was sold to Mr. A. Gouldby, Lowestoft, for £70. It was partially stripped and abandoned.
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 Tony Lofthouse, Gilbert Mayes, David Newton, Michael Thompson, Cochrane Shipbuilders Vol I : 1884 - 1914
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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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