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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.