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ARAGONITE H79
Built
1934
Cook Welton & Gemmell
Off Number
163934
Length Ft
133.2
Tons Gross
315
Yard Number
594
Breadth Ft
24.5
Tons Net
138
Launched
27 06 1934
Draught
12.9
Hp
89 HP
Registered
26 07 1934
Engine Builder
C D Holmes
Knots
11.3K
Registered ARAGONITE H79 Owners 26 07 1934 Kingston Steam Trawling Co Ltd
  HMT ARAGONITE Owners  
    Owners  
Fate : Mined off Deal 22 Nov 1939 by magnetic mine, The Aragonite was taken in tow by two tugs which took off 17 crewmen, the tugs tried to tow the rapidly sinking vessel to land but before they could beach her she keeled over and sank, 4 Naval Ratings were seriously injured.
Admiralty Requisition
Pennant No
Role
Returned
1939
Minesweeper
Lost
 

HMT Aragonite after been mined off Deal

The Aragonite was one of the Hull fishing fleets vessels requisitioned in August 1939 and converted for minesweeping services by the Admiralty. The Aragonite was one of a number of vessels that had been earmarked for her return to Hull and the fishing fleet. A scratch crew of Hull Trawlermen had been sent down to London on Tuesday the 21st to bring the vessel back to Hull, but had to return when news of the vessels loss was known. The Aragonite was sunk by magnetic mine on the eve of her release from the admiralty and minesweeping duties.

 

Surname
Christian
Age
Vessel
Birth Pl
Occupation
Date/ Scource
Detail
PRE WAR CREWMEN
MATSON EDWARD 21 ARAGONITE H79 . Deckhand 06 Oct 1934 Lost overboard Faroe Fishing Grounds, at the time of his death his wife of 18 months was ill in hospital and on her relaease she was still too ill to be told of his death, his Father was at sea aboard the Sir John Hotham
. . . 12 Angelo Tce Eton St . . . .
SUTHERLAND JAMES . ARAGONITE H79 . Bosun Oct 1934 Hull Honour Boards
06 Oct 1934 Faroe Fishing grounds. Attempted to rescue Edward Matson who was lost overboard, While both men were stowing a buoy in the rigging an electrical buoy lamp fell and struck Matson on the head knocking him overboard. Sutherland rushed aft and jumping over the stern swam out in the icy cold seas to reach Matson, who was floating face downwards with his head under water. He grasped hold of matson who was making no movement at all, and was evidently stunned. Sutherland then managed to get Matson alongside the ship, but by this time he was so exhausted he could hold onto the man no longer. When compelled to release his grasp, Matson sank and nothing more was seen of him. Sutherland was presented a testimonial on parchment by the Royal Humane Society at the Board of|Trade offices on 24 Jan 1935,  for his plucky behaviour and bravery
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WAR SERVICE CREWMEN
BELCHER ALBERT ERNEST . HMT ARAGONITE . Engineman . DSM
FARR ALAN SAMUEL . HMT ARAGONITE . Second Hand . DSM
SHALLOW CHARLES 26 HMT ARAGONITE . Seaman . DSM - Leading Seaman Died on HMS Sphere on 13 Feb 1944, he was the son of Charles and Anne Shallow, of Hull; husband of Ethel Shallow
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Distinguished Service Medal

Engineman Albert Ernest Belcher H.M.T Aragonite

Second Hand Alan Samuel Farr H.M.T Aragonite

Seaman Charles Shallow H.M.T Aragonite