Vessel name on Arrival: Flanders
Original Builder: Cook, Welton & Gemmell of Beverley, Hull
Original Yard No: 417
Official Number: 144391
Vessel Type: trawler
Year Built: 1919
Arrival Date: 17/11/1959
Breakup Started: 11/01/1960
Date First Beached: 19/02/1960
Date Breakup Completed: 18/05/1960
Draught For’d: 6' 3"
Draught Aft: 14' 6"
18-06-1919 : Launched as Castle- class trawler CHARLES ANTRAM for The Admiralty (Ad.No.4401)
13-02-1920 : Completed as a fishing vessel.
25-02-1920 : Registered by The Admiralty as a fishing vessel at London (LO335).
Sept 1921 : Sold to Société Anonyme Armement Ostendais, Ostend for £7000.
06-09-1921 : London registry closed.
25-09-1921 : Registered at Ostend as EDMOND van BEVERON (O147).
1930s: Landing occasionally at Fleetwood.
Jan'y 1939 : Sold to Rhondda Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby (Consolidated Fisheries Ltd).
Jan'y 1939 : Ostend registry closed.
12-01-1939 : Registered at Grimsby as FLANDERS (GY10).
30-08-1939 : Requisitioned for war service – examination service and minesweeper – outfitiing on Tyne
Jan'y 1941 : Based Granton with M/S Group 33.
05-04-1942 : Based Dundee with M/S Group 32.
Novbr 1942 : Sold to Mason Trawlers Ltd, Fleetwood (Robert H. Bagshaw, manager).
1944 : Based at Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides
21-11-1944: Off Tiree, picked up eight crew members of RAF Halifax – LL510 of 518 Squadron on Met duty from Tiree which ditched after engine problems on take off. Landed survivors at Tiree.
Novb 1945 : Paid off.
11.12.1945 : Returned to owner.
April 1946 : Grimsby registry closed.
23-04-1946 : Registered at Fleetwood (FD165)
Responded to wireless call from steam trawler THOMAS ALTOFT (H132) stranded on rocks off Eilean Glas, Isle of Harris. With great seamanship, Sk. Kirby took his vessel between the rocks five times and, by 03.00 hours, all fifteen crew taken off.
Fishing about 15 miles SW of Barra, at about 1330 hours, observed RAF Halifax – ST798 of 202 Squadron, Aldergrove (Sqd Ldr. Terence R. Cox) crash in sea. Hauled and steamed to area, some wreckage found but no survivors.
Body of Sqd Ldr. Cox, and aircraft wreckage, recovered by Milford motor trawler MILFORD COUNTESS (M128) (Sk. J. R. Clark) whilst fishing 20 miles W of Castlebay, Barra. Landed body and wreckage at Tobermory, Isle of Mull
02-03-1957 : Attempted to refloat SETHON (FD166) stranded on Black Rock, Sound of Islay. First attempt tow parted and subsequent attempt aborted when tide failed to make as predicted.
07-11-1959 : Sold to BISCO and allocated to West of Scotland Shipbreaking Co Ltd, Troon for breaking up.
16-11-1959 : Sailed from Fleetwood for Troon.
17.11.1959: Delivered at Troon Harbour (draughts 6’3”/14’6”).
18-06-1919 : Launched
13-02-1920 : Completed
Tonnages : 113 tons (net) x 289 tons (gross)
Dimensions : 124.5 feet x 23.5 feet x 12.7 feet
Propulsion : 3-Cylinder triple expansion steam reciprocating engine developing 8 NHP
Vessel Speed : 8.5 knots