british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMT Ocean Sunlight [+1940]
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general
nationality british
purpose war (prev. fishing)
type minesweeper (ex-drifter)
propulsion steam
date built 1929
status
dead (not found) dead (not found)
details
weight (tons) 131  grt
dimensions 28.7 x 6.1 x 3 m
material steel
engine 1 x 3 cyl. triple expansion engine, 1 boiler, 1 screw
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yard no. 627
IMO/Off. no. 161628
about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 13/06/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.10rank: 651
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builder
Hall A. & Sons Ltd. - Alexander Hall, Aberdeen
engine by
Hall A. & Sons Ltd. - Alexander Hall, Aberdeen
last owner
[1]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
HMT Ocean Sunlight [+1940]
period 1939 ~ 1940
IMO/Off. no.: 161628
prev. owners
[2]Bloomfields Ltd., Great Yarmouth
FV Ocean Sunlight (YH28)
period 1929 ~ 1939
IMO/Off. no.: 161628
captain Crane R. J. Rnr
about the wreck
status dispersed
depth (m.) 10 max. / 6.7 min. (m)
orientation
protected no
war grave yes
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entered by Lettens Jan
entered 27/08/2008
last update Racey Carl
last update 05/07/2012
 
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[1] Lettens Jan01/10/2009
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Lettens Jan06/08/2007

Dispersed with explosives an so badly broken up now in three bits within 120yrds stand about 2m.

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Racey Carl10/07/2012Yarmouth Mercury 22/06/1940:- SAW HUSBAND'S BOAT BLOWN UP. - Yarmouth Woman's Ordeal. - A Yarmouth woman described to the Mercury this week how she saw the mine-sweeper on which her husband was serving blown up by a mine as it was nearing port.

She is Mrs. Albert Victor Roberts, of 16 Row, 11 North Quay. Her husband, who was 30, before the war was a metal dealer with Mr. William Gunn, of Fullers Hill. When war came, Mr. Roberts, who during his career had been a fisherman, joined the mine-sweeping fleet as a seaman cook.

Mrs. Roberts went to the port from which her husband's vessel, the OCEAN SUNLIGHT, was operating eight weeks ago, and took her children with her. "I usually went down to the harbour to meet him when his boat was due in." Mrs. Roberts told a reporter. "On Thursday I went down to the harbour at quarter to eight in the evening and saw his boat approaching. I started to wave and then I saw his boat blown up. It was terrible! My husband was one of the eight men killed. There were five saved.

"Mrs. Roberts said her husband took part in the Dunkirk evacuations and was subjected to bombing and machine gun attacks, but came through unscathed. Mrs. Roberts has three sons and two daughters, all under eight years of age. The OCEAN SUNLIGHT was was a Yarmouth owned boat.

GORLESTON PETTY OFFICER LOST - Petty Officer Charles McCondach, of the OCEAN SUNLIGHT, who was among those lost, was the third son of Mrs. McCondach, of 39 Stadbroke Road, Gorleston. He was 33, and though for the last few years had made his home in Fleetwood, were he worked on trawlers, he was well known in Gorleston for 20 years and used to go to Church Road School.

Most of his working life was spent at sea and at the outbreak of war joined the Royal Naval Reserve. He served in other boats, and, by coincidence, was transferred to a Yarmouth boat, the OCEAN SUNLIGHT, early in the year, shortly after he had been home on leave. His last leave a few weeks ago was spent in with his sister at Tonbridge, Kent. He was unmarried....

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Racey Carl05/07/2012Launched by A. Hall & Co Ltd, Aberdeen in 1929 for Bloomfields Ltd, Great Yarmouth (Neil Mackay, manager) as the steam drifter OCEAN SUNLIGHT. On 06/06/1929 vessel registered at Yarmouth (YH28)

The OCEAN SUNLIGHT (YH28) fished from Padstow and Fleetwood (Bloomfields Ltd, Fleetwood, managing agents) throughout the 1930's
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On 15/11/1939 vessel requisitioned for war service, (Hire rate £77.4.11d/month) and converted for minesweeping.

On 29/12/1941 the Yarmouth registry was closed “ Ship lost on Admiralty Service”.

(*Killed – Cyril Ballister, 2nd Hand; John Cowie, Peter Dickson, Charles J. McCondach, Enginemen; Leonard A. Scarlett, Ldg Signalman; Albert E. Latham, AB; Thomas C. W. Belcher, Harry Croston, William E. Kinley, Seamen; Albert V. Roberts Seaman Cook.)
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Lettens Jan06/08/2007131 ton Drifter. Sunk: 13th June 1940 800yds out from Newhaven harbour.

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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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Racey Carl10/07/2012Yarmouth Mercury 22/06/1940:- SAW HUSBAND'S BOAT BLOWN UP. - Yarmouth Woman's Ordeal. - A Yarmouth woman described to the Mercury this week how she saw the mine-sweeper on which her husband was serving blown up by a mine as it was nearing port.

She is Mrs. Albert Victor Roberts, of 16 Row, 11 North Quay. Her husband, who was 30, before the war was a metal dealer with Mr. William Gunn, of Fullers Hill. When war came, Mr. Roberts, who during his career had been a fisherman, joined the mine-sweeping fleet as a seaman cook.

Mrs. Roberts went to the port from which her husband's vessel, the OCEAN SUNLIGHT, was operating eight weeks ago, and took her children with her. "I usually went down to the harbour to meet him when his boat was due in." Mrs. Roberts told a reporter. "On Thursday I went down to the harbour at quarter to eight in the evening and saw his boat approaching. I started to wave and then I saw his boat blown up. It was terrible! My husband was one of the eight men killed. There were five saved.

"Mrs. Roberts said her husband took part in the Dunkirk evacuations and was subjected to bombing and machine gun attacks, but came through unscathed. Mrs. Roberts has three sons and two daughters, all under eight years of age. The OCEAN SUNLIGHT was was a Yarmouth owned boat.

GORLESTON PETTY OFFICER LOST - Petty Officer Charles McCondach, of the OCEAN SUNLIGHT, who was among those lost, was the third son of Mrs. McCondach, of 39 Stadbroke Road, Gorleston. He was 33, and though for the last few years had made his home in Fleetwood, were he worked on trawlers, he was well known in Gorleston for 20 years and used to go to Church Road School.

Most of his working life was spent at sea and at the outbreak of war joined the Royal Naval Reserve. He served in other boats, and, by coincidence, was transferred to a Yarmouth boat, the OCEAN SUNLIGHT, early in the year, shortly after he had been home on leave. His last leave a few weeks ago was spent in with his sister at Tonbridge, Kent. He was unmarried.

WINTERTON SKIPPER. - Skipper Reginald J. Crane, of the OCEAN SUNLIGHT, is in hospital suffering from leg injuries and shock. Skipper Crane is 42 years old and a Winterton man.
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