Vessel name on Arrival: Royal Marine
Original Builder: Cook, Welton & Gemmell of Beverley, Hull
Original Yard No: 683
Official Number: 181282
Vessel Type: trawler
Year Built: 1940
Arrival Date: 23/10/1963
Breakup Started: 10/06/1964
Date First Beached: 01/10/1964
Date Breakup Completed: 15/12/1964
Draught For’d: 8' 3"
Draught Aft: 16' 9"
July 1941 : HMS Butser (T-219) for The Admiralty
April 1946 : Sold to Devon Fishing Company Limited of Hull. (Managers Mark & Graham Hellyer)
Nov 1946 : Converted at North Shields for fishing and for fuel oil buring.
Nov 1946 : Re-named S.T. Balthazar and re-registered out of Hull (H-359)
Jan 1952 : Sold to Loyal Steam Fishing Company Limited of Grimsby. (Manager – Albert W. Butt)
Jan 1952 : Hull resgistration closed and vessel re-registered out of Grimsby as GY-213
Feb 1952 : Vessel renamed S.T. Royal Marine (GY-213) out of Grimsby
Apr 1960 : Vessel transferred within the Associated Fisheries Group to Wyre Trawlers Limited.
(Manager Leslie Wheildon)
Grimsby registration closed and vessel re-registered out of Fleetwood (FD-63)
Jul 1963 : On 25th of July, vessel abandoned when fire broke out in the Boiler Room.
This incident took place South of the Mull of Galloway. The vessel was taken under two by fleet partner S.T. Wyre Conqueror and returned to Fleetwood. Following investigation, it was determined that the vessel was beyond economical repair, therefore laid up pending disposal.
Sept 1963 : Vessel sold for breaking up to the West of Scotalnd Shipbreaking Company Limited of Troon
22-10-1963 : Vessel left Fleetwood under tow for delivery to Troon
24-10-1963 : Vessel arrived at Troon Outer Harbour for B/U by WSSCL
20-11-1940 : Vessel Ordered as Admiralty 'Hill'-Class steam trawler
01-04-1941 : Laid Down
29-07-1941 : Launched as HMS Butser – Pennant No. T-219
16-01-1942 : Completed and fitted out with 1 x 12-pounder + 3 x 20mm Guns
Tonnages : 160 NRT / 510 GRT
Dimensions : 167.7 feet x 28.1 feet x 14.1 feet
Propulsion : 3-Cylinder Triple Expansion Steam Reciprocating Engine developing 970 NHP / 11 knots
Eng Manf : C. D. Holmes & Company of Hull, Yorkshire
In May 1952, the vessel was arrested in Norway for fishing illegally inside territorial waters. The usual severe coniscations of gear and catch along with punitive fines were applied. As subsequent appeal failed when the Judge and the Jury failed to reach agreement.