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COMMANDER BOYLE H353
Built
1915
Cook Welton & Gemmell
Off Number
139261
Length Ft
115.3
Tons Gross
243
Yard Number
316 - 1
Breadth Ft
22.5
Tons Net
96
Launched
17 02 1915
Draught
12.8
Hp
80 HP
Registered
13 07 1915
Engine Builder
AMOS & SMITH
Knots
10.5K
Registered COMMANDER BOYLE H353 Owners 1915 Hellyer Steam Fishing Co Ltd Hull
    Owners  
Fate : 23 Aug 1915 Vessel sunk by mine 40 miles N by W from Rattray Head. while fishing out of fleetwood 3 crewmen were killed and there were 9 survivors.
 

 

Fact File

From the onsett of the Great War and also during the Second World War, due to restrictions, in vessel movements and fishing in the North Sea from the Eastern Ports such as Hull, Grimsby , and Aberdeen. Vessels that had not been requisitioned for naval service that continued fishing, were transfered to the west country ports such as Milford Haven and Fleetwood.  This was firstly a measure to keep them out of the admiralty shipping lanes and areas, and secondly it was deemed safer. The Commander Boyle barely a month in service and on her second only fishing trip was one such vessel that moved to Fleetwood from Hull. Such was the demand for fish to feed the nation, the trawlers that remained fishing and those of the fishery reserve from 1915 onwards, ventured out into very dangerous waters. Many of the fishing trawlers although unarmed, and having no escort were easy prey, and were attacked and sunk by enemy vessels. Minefields that were not layed or known about on a vessels departure, could be layed within a few hours by submarine or surface craft. Like the Commander Boyle many vessels from all ports became victims off the many mines that were layed.

 

Surname
Christian
Age
Vessel
Birth Pl
Occupation
Date/ Scource
Detail
CREWMEN
BRATTON WILLIAM 31 COMMANDER BOYLE H353 . Third Hand 23 Aug 1915 Vessel Mined
. . . 12 Richmond Tce Harrow St Hull . . . .
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HOLDER WALTER 31 COMMANDER BOYLE H353 . Sparehand 23 Aug 1915 Vessel Mined
. . . 70 Manchester St Hull . . . .
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SMITH FREDERICK ROBERT 30 COMMANDER BOYLE H353 . Sparehand 23 Aug 1915 Vessel Mined
. . . 24 Liverpool St Hull . . . .
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FOX ROBERT WILLIAM . COMMANDER BOYLE H353 . Skipper Aug 1915 Skipper when vessel mined. Making his first voyage on this vessel
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