William Bell

Vessel name on Arrival: William Bell

Original Builder: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Limited, Beverley

Original Yard No: 385

Official Number: 143811

Vessel Type: trawler

GRT: 290

Year Built: 1918

Arrival Date: 15/03/1946

Breakup Started: 01/04/1946

Date First Beached: 02/12/1946

Date Breakup Completed: 02/09/1947

Draught For’d: 2' 0"

Draught Aft: 14' 0"

Name Changes:

09-06-1940  :   Requisitioned by the Admiralty – now HMS William Bell  –  Pennant NO. FY.1727

Other Information:

Built in 1918 as a 'Castle' Class Admiralty Fishing Trawler and registered by the Admiralty in London – LO 201.

Propulsion by 3-cylinder triple-expansion steam engine of 480 IHP manufactured by Amos & Smith Limited of Hull.

Launched on 17th January 1918 and Completed on 15-05-1918.

Armament : 6 pounder gun

1919 :  Sold to the Mills S. S. Company of London, with Managers Brand & Curzon Limited of Milford Haven

09-06-1940  :  Requisitioned by the Admiralty for war service and employed on auxiliary patrol duties for which services the Government paid compendation at the rate of £87 per month

May 1941  :  Vessel fitted out for minesweeping duties and allocated Pennant No. FY.1727

15-01-1942  :  Sold to Messrs J. Marr & Sons of Fleetwood for £8,625

23-02-1946  :  Sold to B.I.S.C.O. and then allocated to Messrs Arnott, Young & Company, Troon, Ayrshire for breaking as detailed above.

11-03-1946  :  Sailed out of Fleetwood for her final voyage to the breakers at Troon