ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
STRATHELLA
Type
STEAM TRAWLER
Date
1913
Official Number
133633
Description
Yard Number: 533
Fishing number: A586

Construction: Riveted
Engine: T3 cy 12" 20 & 34" x 23 Hall Russell's

August 1914: Requisitioned and converted to minesweeper.
1919: Returned to owners,
July 1940: Requisitioned and converted to armed patrol vessel. Based at Akureyn, Iceland for harbour defence.
1943: TIH at the end of the year at North Shields for refitting. Completed refitting, 1944. On the way back to Iceland, vessel was detailed as part of escort for Convoy UR.105 from Loch Ewe to Iceland, sailing on 11 January. Enroute the convoy encountered very severe weather and was obliged to heave to and in doing so STRATHELLA lost contact with convoy. Shortly afterwards, vessel suffered an engine breakdown and when this was finally rectified, ran out of fuel. Adrift and with wireless destroyed by severe weather the Admiralty posted the vessel missing and relatives of the company were informed accordingly. Vessel was finally rescued off Greenland on 13 February, over a month after sailing from Loch Ewe.
Vessel foundered off Iceland on 1 July 1944.
Wreck raised in August 1946 and returned to owners Clove Fishing Co (Manager D. M. Wood, Aberdeen) until 1959 when she was sold to the John Lewis Fishing Co. No trace of ship after 1961.
Shipbuilder
Hall Russell
Shipowner
Aberdeen Steam Trawling and Fishing Company
Dimensions
length 115 3/12' x breadth 22 1/12' x depth 13'
Gross Tonnage: 210 ton
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