british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMT Washington ? [+1939]
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general
nationality british
purpose war (prev. fishing)
type minesweeper (ex-trawler)
propulsion steam
date built 1909
status
live live
details
weight (tons) 209  grt
dimensions 35.7 x 6.6 x 3.5 m
material steel
engine triple expansion engine, 1 boiler, 1 screw
armament 1 x 6 pounder gun
power 65  n.h.p.
speed 10.5  knots
yard no. 454
IMO/Off. no. 127842
about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 06/12/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
builder
Cochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd., Selby
engine by
Holmes C. D. & Co. Ltd., Hull
last owner
[1]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMT Washington ? [+1939]
period 1939 ~ 1939
IMO/Off. no.: 127842
prev. owners
[2]Earl Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., Grimsby
FV Washington (GY468)
period 1938 ~ 1939
IMO/Off. no.: 127842
[3]Overseas Steam Fishing Co., Ltd., Grimsby
FV Washington (GY468)
period 1919 ~ 1938
IMO/Off. no.: 127842
[4]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMT Washington (FY833)
period 1914 ~ 1919
IMO/Off. no.: 127842
[5]Harley & Miller Ltd., Liverpool
FV Washington
period 1914 ~ 1914
IMO/Off. no.: 127842
[6]Premier Steam Fishing Co., Grimsby
FV Washington (GY468)
period 1909 ~ 1914
IMO/Off. no.: 127842
captain
no. of crew 8
about the wreck
depth (m.) 8 max. / -- min. (m)
orientation 170°
protected
war grave
references
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 Tony Lofthouse, Gilbert Mayes, David Newton, Michael Thompson, Cochrane Shipbuilders Vol I : 1884 - 1914
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entered 27/08/2008
last update Racey Carl
last update 10/01/2013
 
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Racey Carl10/01/2013On 27/11/1939 the Grimsby steam trawler WASHINGTON (GY468) was requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper; hire rate £52.5.0d per month.
On 06/12/1939 the HMT WASHINGTON was mined off the Outer Dowsing Light while on passage from Grimsby to Great Yarmouth for fitting out. Skipper Joseph A. Jennison, RNR, and seven crew lost, one survivor picked up; mines laid by U-59 the previous night.
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Washington HMT was a mine-sweeper trawler on 209 tons and built in 1919. She hit a mine laid by U-59 and sank of Great Yarmouth.

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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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