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The SS Athelstan


This photograph shows the Scale Model ½” – 1’ of SS “Athelstan”

that I constructed between 1993 – 1996


The SS Athelstan

The SS ”ATHELSTAN” by Henry Hartley


The ss "Athelston" was a Bridge Aftside Fishing Trawler built by Cook, Welton & Gammell, Shipbuilders, Beverley


Official No 132114 – Port Letters / Numbers GY648, Yard No 222, Launched 15/8/1911, Registered 4/10/1911


She was 115.33 feet long and 21.5 feet wide


The engine and auxiliaries were built by C.D. Holmes & Co Ltd Hull


Horse power 67 NHP and her speed was 10 knots


She was owner built for Outward Steam Fishing Co Ltd in Grimsby


In August 1914 was required by The Royal Navy as a Minesweeper No FY343


In 1919 she returned to fishing


On 17th September 1927 she was sold to Sir Thomas Robinson & Sons, Grimsby and the Skipper was my father Alfred Hartley (SNOWY)


29th November 1939 was required by The Royal Navy as an Auxiliary Pilot Vessel and in 1940 returned to fishing


On the 26th April 1940 departed from Grimsby for the fishing grounds 50-60 miles east of Whitby and was last seen in position Lat 54 degrees 00’ N – Long 001 degrees 55’ E by the trawler “CLARE” GY 318 on 27th April 1940.


April 1940 vessel was posted missing – lost with all nine crew.


Henry Hartley.