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LADY PHILOMENA H230
Built
1936
Cook Welton & Gemmell
Off Number
164018
Length Ft
155.7
Tons Gross
417
Yard Number
606
Breadth Ft
26.6
Tons Net
157
Launched
09 01 1936
Depth
14.1
Hp
117 HP
Registered
06 02 1936
Engine Builder
C D Holmes
Knots
12.4 K
Registered LADY PHILOMENA H230 Owners 06 02 1936 - Jutland Amalgamated Trawlers Ltd Hull - Edward Cargill manager
  H.M.T LADY PHILOMENA Owners Aug 1939 Admiralty Requisitioned
  H.M.T LADY PHILOMENA Owners 09 10 1939 Admiralty Purchase - Ministry of War Transport £24,346
    Owners 12 12 1939 Hull register closed
    Owners Oct 1945 - Hull Ice Co Ltd
  LADY PHILOMENA H167 Owners 11 01 1946 Registered Hull
    Owners 18 Jan 1946 - Thomas Hamling & Co Ltd Hull £22,407.13.6d.
  St ATTALUS H167 Renamed 21 Jan 1947 - Renamed - Thomas Hamling & Co Ltd Hull
    Owners 13 Jan 1948 - Ocean Steam Trawling Co Ltd Hull - William Leslie Barkworth, manager - Sale price £65,000.
  ONSLOW H167 Renamed 02 Feb 1948 - Renamed - Ocean Steam Trawling Co Ltd Hull
    . 17 04 1952 Kenneth Pocklington, Kirkella manager
    Owners 09 06 1954 Hessle Fishing Co Ltd - Kenneth Pocklington, Kirkella manager
    Owners 31 Oct 1956 Mason Trawlers Ltd Fleetwood
  ONSLOW FD 50 Register Nov 1956 Registered Fleetwood
    Sold for scrapping 1960 Thomas W Ward Sheffield
    Register 07 11 1956 Hull Register closed
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Fate : 11 05 1960 Scrapped at Preston
Admiralty Purchased
Pennant No
Role
Sold
Aug 1939 - Requisitioned
FY 148
Anti Submarine
Oct 1939 - Purchased
FY 148
Anti Submarine
1945
1939 Harwich 11th AS/GP
05 06 1940 Operation Dynamo - Dunkirk evacuation - Skpr J Hodson RNR
05 02 1941 Shot down German Dive bomber off East Coast - Skipper A Robinson
21 06 1941 Convoy Escort - Convoy E.C.36 from Nore Command to May Island (Slow) consisting of 44 ships under the escort of H.M.S. Leeds, Valorous and Holderness, left the Nore Lt at 0630/21. in company with HMT TANGO AND HMT PETER HENDRICKS
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HMT LADY PHILOMENA COURTESY M LEWIS

 

LADY PHILOMENA H230 LAUNCHED : Christening Ceremony performed by Lady Mayoress of Hull Mrs Frederick Till.

HMT LADY PHILOMENA

19 MAR 1940:   The trawler LOWDOCK SN14 fishing from Fleetwood and on its way back to Fleetwood from Hull, whilst off the east coast of Scotland 5 miles east of Todhead, Stonehaven was in collision with and sunk by the trawler HMT LADY PHILOMENA who ran up the stern of the Lowdock, resulting in the loss of 11 Fleetwood men with only one survivor, the Mate Mr Thurston Atkinson  33, of Elm Street Fleetwood a Fleetwood skipper sailing as mate at the time. Since the begining of the war this is the fifteenth Fleetwood trawler to be lost with a total loss of life of sixty eight men. Mr Thurston Atkinson said he ran on deck of the trawler to see the ship sinking very fast. There was no time to launch the small boat, so I climbed onto the engine room casing to slash away our raft. Two deckhands Harrison and Paton, were also getting the raft away. I told them to grab hold of it and I dashed forward and pulled out a loose deck board. "While I was holding the board the ship sank. I was sucked under, still clinging to the board and the next thing I remember was comming to the surface in boiling water. I saw our ship`s raft floating towards me, but Harrison and Patton had disappeared. I let go my board and grabbed the raft. I was shouting for help all the time and was drifting about until the ship that had collided with us brought it`s search lights in to play and found me. Within a few minutes I saw a float coming towards me manned by two sailors and I was then rescued. I was going numb and could not have lasted many more minutes. "Our trawler sank within two minutes and my eleven shipmates must have been sucked down with her."

Skipper Frank H Brunton 32,  Bosun H D Waring, 42,   Chief Engineer William Baker 55,  Second Engineer H C Benson 53, Fireman J Bell 59, Fireman D Scannell 42, Deckhands W Harrison 21, A Paton 50, W Cartmell 42, J H Scott 48, and A Whitehead 52.

12 Feb 1940  LOWDOCK SN14 : While under the command of the Hull Skipper John Moore the trawler LOWDOCK off the east coast near Scarborough took pot shots at a Heinkel bomber with a rifle to such effect that the Nazi pilot turned away and disappeared. Skipper Moore said when attacked by the bomber he used a rifle against it to such effect that the plkane made off, leaving another Heinkel bomber to do the bombing work alone on the trawler. "The bombs fell all around us" he said, "but never on the ship, though one was only about four yards away. " What seemed to be a torpedo was finally fired and our vessel was struck a glancing blow. We were lifted almost out of the water by the impact and the men below ere badly knocked about."

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05 Feb 1941: HMT Lady Philomena under skipper A Robinson shot down  an enemy dive bomber which attacked a convoy off the south east coast, no ships in the convoy was lost or damaged but HMT Tourmaline Lieutenant H P Carse RNVR one of the escort trawlers was sunk. Awarded the DSC For courage and skill in bringing down an enemy aircraft

AUG 1943:  THE LADY PHILOMENA under the command of First Lieutenant Harry Duncan of Aberdeen, has done many varied jobs, from fighting U Boats to towing bombed shipping and has earned the title of " Utility Ship". Her depth charges have beaten off a submarine attack in the Atlantic, Under skipper Albert Robinson she has brought down a German bomber, and helped to give safe escort to thousands of tons of shipping in the English Channel and North Sea, surving the perils of " E boat alley" as a patrol ship. And her finest performaces of all is the safe towing of thousands of tons of bombed shipping back to port such as the recent events when she came to the rescue of the destroyer H.M.S Wolfhound, who had been left with her bows completely severed and in a helpless condition after a heavy bombing attack. With superb seamanship the Lady Philomena took off every one of the Wolfounds, crew including several injured men. The Lady Philomena discovering that the Wolfounds water tight doors were holding set about saving the vessel and sent a volunteer crew aboard to make her fast with a towing hawser, but due to thick fog and not been able to see the Wolfound the Lady Philomena had to wait till dawn before starting the long tedious voyage back to port, towing the destroyer stern first for several hours untill the arrival of tugs that took over the task.

 

26 JUNE 1939 - MAN LOST OVERBOARD : The Lady Philomena was on her way home from the fishing grounds and four miles north east of Scarborough as the crew were on deck stowing the gear, they were stowing the port derrick when the vessel rolled to port, causing the boom to swing outward. Cyril Leach, bosun was knocked overboard. He managed to keep hold of the gear and the skipper J M Mecklenburgh rushed across and managed to grab him by the hand. Adeckhand named Thames also grasped part of the bosun`s clothing, with the ship rolling heavily in the large swells that Cyril Leach was torn out of their hands. Ernest Netherton immediately dashed to the rail and dived overboard, still dressed in his heavy sea clothing, he managed to get hold of the drowning man but, after been dragged under twice he was forced to let go. Skipper Mecklenburgh had by this time stopped the vessel and life-saving gear was thrown overboard. With some difficulty the third hand Netherton was brought back aboard. After searching the area for over three quarters of an hour there was no trace of Leach. The Lady Philomena sent out a wireless message via cullercoates statio nto all shipping "Lost Man overboard four miles north-east of Scarborough Please keep lookout." Cyril Leach was married with four children, a six year old son, three year old twins and a three month old baby. His widow thanked the Skipper and crew for their heroic efforts to save her husband.

LEACH CYRIL
NETHERTON E
CYRIL (Tom) LEACH
ERNEST NETHERTON

 

 

 

Surname
Christian
Age
Vessel
Birth Pl
Occupation
Date/ Scource
Detail
CREWMEN
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LEACH CYRIL ( Tom) 35 LADY PHILOMENA . Bosun 26 June 1939 Lost overboard
. . . 9 Conway St, Hull . . . .
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LEWIS WALTER . LADY PHILOMENA H167 . Skipper 08 02 1936 Maiden Voyage Norwegian coast
MIMMS WALT . LADY PHILOMENA H230 . Fireman ? H220 or H167
NETHERTON ERNEST . LADY PHILOMENA H230 . Sparehand 26 June 1939 attempted to save cyril leach who was lost overboard. RHS Award on vellum
. . . 18 Lime Tree Ave Hessle . . . .
PLATTEN STANLEY . LADY PHILOMENA H230 . Deckhand . .
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Surname
Christian
Age
Vessel
Birth Pl
Occupation
Date/ Scource
Detail
WAR SERVICE CREWMEN
HILL T G . HMT LADY PHILOMENA Lt Commander RNR 1939 Harwich AS/GP
BARAGWANATH JOHN ALBERT . HMT LADY PHILOMENA . Lt Commander RNR Oct 1939 Harwich AS/GP
HODSON JOSEPH . HMT LADY PHILOMENA . Skipper RNR 1940 .
ROBINSON ALBERT - DSC . HMT LADY PHILOMENA . Act Skipper Lieutenant RNR 23 July 1940 / 13 02 1943 Distinguished Service Cross whilst commanding HMT Lady Philomena. For courage and skill in bringing down an
enemy aircraft- Mentioned In Dispatches while commanding H.M.T Stoke City
ROBINSON ALBERT - DSC . HMT LADY PHILOMENA . Act Skipper Lieutenant RNR 05 Feb 1941 The Lady Philomena under skipper A Robinson shot down  an enemy dive bomber which attacked a convoy off the south east coast, no ships in the convoy was lost or damaged but HMT Tourmaline Lieutenant H P Carse RNVR one of the escort trawlers was sunk.
WINDRAM JOHN . HMT LADY PHILOMENA . Act Skipper Lieutenant RNR Feb 1943 - Aug 1943 .
SILOM CASE JAMES ALBERT . HMT LADY PHILOMENA . Act/Skpr Lieutenant RNR Aug 1943 .
DUNCAN HARRY . HMT LADY PHILOMENA . 1st Lieutenant Aug 1943 Aberdeen Man
NICOLINI VINCENT - MBE . HMT LADY PHILOMENA Temp Acting Skipper RNR . Mention In Despatches / Dec 1942 Awarded the MBE for saving life at sea when in a small boat saved 15 merchant seamen
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BENSON CYRIL - BEM . HMT LADY PHILOMENA . Stoker RNSR . British Empire Medal
DODD ALEC WILLIAM - DSM . HMT LADY PHILOMENA . Leading Seaman 05 Feb 1941 DSM For courage and skill in bringing down an
enemy aircraft
HUGHES WILLIAM GRIFFITH . HMT LADY PHILOMENA . Seaman . Mention In Despatches
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The Distinguished Service Cross

Skipper Albert Robinson, R.N.R., 2927W.S., H.M.T. Lady Philomena.- For courage and skill in bringing down an
enemy aircraft

The Distinguished Service Cross

Leading Seaman Alec William Dodd, R.N.R., 69ioC., H.M.T. Lady Philomena

Mention In Despatches

Temporary Acting Skipper Vincent Nicolini, R.N.R., TS.628, H.M.T. Lady Philomena.

Seaman William Griffith Hughes, R.N.P.S., LT/JX.206538, H.M.T. Lady Philomena.