Newly digitised technical drawings
Our volunteers have been busy making digital copies of original general arrangement plans of vessels built by Cook, Welton & Gemmell at the Grovehill shipyard in Beverley, East Yorkshire. Here are some examples of the excellent work they’ve been doing for us here at East Riding Archives:
‘Lord Heneage’ / ‘SS Sir James Reckitt’ (1909) – steam trawlers
‘Lord Heneage’: Launched 10th March 1909
Requisitioned by Royal Navy as a minesweeper/bomb thrower in February 1915
Intercepted a large cargo of weapons being sent from Germany to the Army of the Irish Republic in April 1916.
‘SS Sir James Reckitt’:
Requisitioned by Royal Navy as a minesweeper with hydrophonic listening equipment in September 1915
‘Bardolph’ / ‘Caliban’ (1911) – steam trawlers
‘Bardolph’: Launched 29th June 1911
Captured by German U-Boat and sunk by gunfire 115 miles southwest of Sumburgh Head, Shetlands on 5th June 1915 during the First World War.
‘Caliban’: Launched 15th July 1911
Captured by German U-Boat and sunk by gunfire 45 miles northeast of Rattray Head, Scotland on 12th April 1917 during the First World War.
Both vessels were among the first trawlers to be fitted with wireless radio.
‘Varanga’ (1929) – steam trawler
‘Varanga’: Launched 14th March 1929
Requisitioned by Royal Navy as a minesweeper in August 1939 and served during the Second World War.
Re-named ‘RED CRUSADER’ in 1946.
Scrapped in 1957.
‘Kingston Cornelian’ (1934) – steam trawler
‘Kingston Cornelian’: Launched 12th June 1934
Sold to Royal Navy as an anti-submarine vessel in 1939 during the Second World War.
Sank following a collision east of Gibraltar on 5th January 1940. Her depth charges exploded as she sank, and all crew were lost.
‘Yorkshire Belle’ (1938) – passenger pleasure ship
‘Yorkshire Belle’: Launched 7th May 1938
Originally intended to serve as a pleasure cruiser at the seaside resort of Bridlington, East Yorkshire.
Requisitioned by Royal Navy for patrol duties during the Second World War and sunk by a mine near Haile Sand Fort, River Humber. All crew were killed.
A new ‘YORKSHIRE BELLE’ was built in 1947 and remains in service at Bridlington.
‘Westella’ (1959) – motor trawler
‘Westella’: Launched 18th November 1959
First trawler to be powered by Mirrlees ‘Monarch’ turbo-charged direct reversing diesel engine.
Re-named ‘SEA SHEPHERD’ in 1978 and used as a scientific vessel for the study and protection of marine creatures.
Rammed the pirate whaler ‘SIERRA’ off the Portuguese coast in an attempt to put her out of action in 1979 ( the ‘SIERRA’ had reportedly killed an estimated 25,000 whales). Due to the damage inflicted on the ‘SIERRA’ she was put into port for repairs and then sunk by saboteurs with a limpet mine.
‘Arctic Cavalier’ / ‘Arctic Corsair (1960) – motor trawlers
‘Arctic Cavalier’: Launched 18th January 1960
First Diesel-engine trawler to be built for the Boyd Line. Despite taking its name from the North Pole region, it fished in the South Pacific and Costa Rica. As of 1999 it was still in service.
‘Arctic Corsair’: Launched 12th February 1960
Severely damaged by collision with a collier vessel in 1967 off Duncansby Head, Scotland whilst homeward bound from Greenland.
Vessel sold to Hull City Council in 1993 and opened to the public as a museum on 9th May 1999. It remains a highly popular museum for maritime heritage in Hull, East Yorkshire.