ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
BEN GULVAIN
Type
STEAM TRAWLER
Date
1914
Official Number
137158
Description
Yard Number: 557
Fishing number A118

Requisitioned in March 1915 and converted to minesweeper.
Returned to owners, 1919.
Requisitioned in August 1939 and converted to minesweeper.
Reported as hit a mine 27th December 1940.
Returned to owners, August 1946.
Broken up 1961.

The crew of the BEN GULVAIN saved 4 members of the crew of FRASER when it struck a mine off Boulogne, June 17th 1917. McLeod was the skipper during this time, and awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. The 4 rescued crewmen were handed over to French vessel MARGUARETE for immediate landing. James Weedon, engineman on the FRASER and killed in the explosion was the eldest child of a tailor who had a small, bespoke gentlemen's outfitters in Aberdeen.

(Source: Shipping Today and Yesterday; Scottish Trawlermen at war...The Loss of HMT 'Fraser')
Shipbuilder
Hall, Russell & Company, Limited
Shipbuilder
Richard Irvin And Sons Limited
Dimensions
length 115 3/12' x breadth 22 1/12' x depth 12 9/12'
Gross Tonnage: 197 ton

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