ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
RICHARD BENNETT
Type
STEAM TRAWLER
Date
1917
Description
Yard Number: 609

Later owned by Ivey Fishing Co. Ltd, London.
Owned in 1926 by Irvin & Johnson, Cape Town CT741.

Prior to 1940, was requisitioned into the South Africa Defence Force as HMSAS Richard Bennett (T.15). After 1940 was returned to owners for use as a trawler.

The following extracts from the Memorable Order of Tin Hats newsletter [http://www.moth.org.za/images/BullsheetFebruary2011.pdf]

The Richard Bennett, the oldest trawler to be requisitioned for naval service had also served as a naval vessel in World War One, the only one in the SDF to have done so, apart from the Stork – an examination vessel that served at East London and later Durban.

26th October 1954 Sunk as a target.
'...as part of the general disposal of old vessels she was taken out of service in 1954 and on 26 October was towed out to sea to serve as a target for the three 9.2-inch guns of the De Waal Battery (previously Robben Island Battery). She seemed somehow forlorn as the tug GS Stephens, “…left her wallowing in the strong south-west swell.” She finally went to the bottom after 23 rounds had been fired at her.'
Owner
Admiralty
Shipbuilder
Hall, Russell & Company, Limited
Dimensions
length 122 1/3' x breadth 22 1/12' x depth 13 3/12'
Gross Tonnage: 237 ton

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