John Graham

Vessel name on Arrival: Eastcoates

Original Builder: Cook, Welton & Gemmell of Beverley, Hull

Original Yard No: 399

Official Number: 143925

Vessel Type: trawler

GRT: 277

Year Built: 1918

Arrival Date: 22/07/1955

Breakup Started: 01/08/1955

Date First Beached: 01/11/1955

Date Breakup Completed: 04/01/1956

Draught For’d: 4' 6"

Draught Aft: 15' 6"

Name Changes:

 

27-07-1918  :  Launched as S.S. JOHN GRAHAM for The Admiralty

20-01-1919  :  Completed as Minesweeper and fitted out with 1  x  12-pounder gun

30-05-1919  :  On loan to the USN for clearing the North Sea Mine Barrage

12-08-1919  :  Returned to The Admiralty

28-01-1920  :  Registered as a Fishing Vessel by The Admiralty – LO 268 – laid up at Brightlingsea

31-10-1921  :  Renamed S.S. Ruby for Kingston Steam Trawling Coy. Ltd.    (Manager – Walter Scott)

14-12-1921  :  London Registry closed

31-12-1921  :  Registered at Hull – H 393

18-02-1935  :  Sold to J. Marr & Son Limted, Fleetwood.   (Manager Geoffrey .E. Marr)

24-10-1935  :  Registered at Hull as S.S. Eastcoates – H 393

07-02-1937 :   Transferred to Fleetwood

28-08-1939  :  Requisitioned for war service as a Minesweeper

Sept.  1939  :  Fitting out at Dover

26-10-1939  :  Returned to Owner

14-11-1939  :  Sold to The City Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Hull.   (Leslie James Marr, Manager)

25-08-1940  :  Requisitioned for war service – Minesweeper (FY.1771) Based Belfast with M/S Group 140.

27-04-1945  :  Returned to owner

01-07-1945  :  Reclassed at Hull. Transferred to Fleetwood.

28-04-1947 :  Sold to Odafoam Ltd, Liverpool (William Stevenson, St. Anne’s-on-the-Sea, Manager)


03-08-1950  :  Sold to J. Marr & Son Ltd, Fleetwood (Geoffrey Edwards Marr, Manager)


31-01-1953 :  Sheltering off Black Head, Belfast Lough (Sk. David Brewster), responded to distress call from Stranraer-Belfast ferry, PRINCESS VICTORIA (2694g/1947), flooded, listing and subsequently foundering. With other vessels, closed on scene of casualty about 1500hrs and picked up seven personnel, only one alive (Sk. Brewster awarded MBE for his actions).

 

1955          :   Sold to BISCO and allocated to West of Scotland Shipbreaking Co Ltd, Troon for breaking up.


23-7-1955 :  Delivered Troon Harbour under own power from Fleetwood.
 

 

Other Information:

 

Castle-Class steam trawler built to Admiralty standards                Admiralty No. FY 3778

 

Tonnages  :   Net = 108 tons          Gross = 290 tons

 

Dimensions  :     Length = 125.5 feet   x   Breadth = 23.5 feet   x   Depth = 12.7 feet

 

Propulsion  :    480 IHP Triple-Expansion 3-cylinder steam reciprocating engine and boiler

 

Machinery Manufacturer  :  Amos & Smith Limited of Hull.
 

Vessel Speed : 10.5 knots