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FLEMING H3
Built
1929
Cook Welton & Gemmell
Off Number
160820
Length Ft
140.2
Tons Gross
357
Yard Number
512
Breadth Ft
24.6
Tons Net
145
Launched
29 Dec 1928
Engine Builder
C D Holmes
Hp
96 HP
Registered
26 Jan 1929
Knots
10.9 K
Registered FLEMING H3 Owners 1928 F & T Ross Ltd Hull
  H.M.T FLEMING Owners 1939 Admiralty
    Owners  
24 07 1940 H.M.T FLEMING - R.N.P.S Was Sunk by aircraft in the Thames Estuary On 24th July 1940 While in company with H.M.T Berberis four German aircraft appeared from the clouds 2 attacking each vessel, The Flemming received a direct hit amidship and sank rapidly, The Berberis continued with fire and saw one aircraft explode and another hit, the trawler H.M.T Corena ( Temp Sk. A. E. Fisher RNR) picked up the survivors of H.M T Flemming.
Admiralty Requisition
Pennant No
Role
Returned
1939
Minesweeper
LOST
 

 

Board of Trade Inquiry 6th 7th and 8th Nov 1934

The Inquiry was investigating a collision between the Trawler Fleming of Hull and the Motor Vessel Boys Own of Hull which were in collision off Flamborough head on 15 Aug 1934, the Boys Own becomming a total loss.

On the 15 Aug 1934 the Boys Own left Bridlington with a crew of 6 to carry out long line fishing at 12.30pm she was 3 to 4 miles S by E of Flamborough Head.The Boys Own remaind in or around this position bringing in her fishing lines untill the collision ocurred, she was been kept at the position by keeping her head to the South and working her engines at such a speed as to just stem the 2 knot ebb tide, Skipper Leonard Shaw was at the tiller and controlling the engines. It was a fine day with visibility about 6 miles it was approximately 1pm when the skipper of the Boys Own noticed a steam trawler which was in fact the Fleming comming up about 3 miles astern of him. No particular notice was taken of the Fleming untill the crew of the Boys Own expressed their concerns that she had not altered course, Skipper Shaw on looking round found the Fleming comming at full speed stem on and so close that a collision was imminent. The crew of the Boys Own shouted loudly to attract the attention of the trawler, skipper Shaw ordered the fishing lines to be cut and the fog horn to be sounded, the skipper opened out his engines and put his tiller over to bring the vessel to the port side of the Fleming. Almost simultaneously as this action the Fleming`s stem struck the Boys Own .at the stern driving her rudder into the engineroom which filled with water immediately. Some of the crew of the Boys Own grabbed anything that would float and went into the water 2 men staying aboard the vessel, the men in the water were picked up by the Fleming, the 2 men on the Boys Own were picked up by the M V Victory of Bridlington which took all 6 crewmen to that port.

The Fleming returning to Hull from the Icelandic fishing grounds when at about 12.50pm she was abeam to Flamborough Head the Skipper Sydney John Smith set her course S three quarters E then went below to the aft cabin for dinner, leaving the second hand John William Wilson in charge and spare hand Richard Smith at the wheel. Before going below Skipper Smith had ordered the second hand to keep a very good lookout as there were several motor fishing vessels and trawlers in sight and to let the skipper know if he wanted anything. The Fleming continued on her course at full speed and approximately 1.15pm ran down the Boys Own which had not been observed by the second hand or any other member of the crew, their first indication of the presence of the Boys Own was the shouting heared from her crew. Skipper Smith of the Fleming feeling the impact immediately ran onto the deck and headed for the wheelhouse, taking control of the Fleming skipper Smith manouvered the vessel and picked up the 4 men in the water within 6 minutes.

The Court found that the sinking of the motor vessel Boys Own was caused by default of John William Wilson second hand of the steam trawler Fleming in not keeping a good and proper lookout. The court finds him in default and suspends his certificate of competency as skipper for 6 months from this date.

 

Surname
Christian
Age
Vessel
Birth Pl
Occupation
Date/ Scource
Detail
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SMITH SYDNEY JOHN . FLEMMING H3 . Skipper Aug 1934 .
WILSON JOHN WILLIAM . FLEMMING H3 . Second Hand Aug 1934 .
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WOOLDRIDGE CLEMENT . FLEMMING H3 . Sparehand Oct 1930 - Dec 1930 .
SMITH RICHARD . FLEMMING H3 . Sparehand Aug 1934 .
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Surname
Christian
Age
Vessel
Birth Pl
Occupation
Date/ Scource
Detail
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DUNNE RICHARD 26 FLEMMING H3 . Trimmer 16 May 1929 .
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DRAYTON WILIAM FREDERICK AUGUSTUS 19 HMT FLEMING . Stoker 24 July 1940 .
FORDEN RICHARD 31 HMT FLEMING . Seaman 24 July 1940 .
GURNEY GEORGE ERNEST - DSC . HMT FLEMING . Skipper 24 July 1940 .
HILLS HERBERT ERNEST 19 HMT FLEMING . Telegraphist 24 July 1940 .
JONES HUGH VICTOR REUBEN 43 HMT FLEMING . Chief Engineer 24 July 1940 .
MAC ANGUS ALEXANDER 20 HMT FLEMING . Seaman 24 July 1940 .
MALTBY MONTAGUE MARSHALL . HMT FLEMING . Seaman 24 July 1940 .
MARSHALL HORACE 22 HMT FLEMING . Seaman 24 July 1940 .
MILNER EDWARD - DSM . HMT FLEMING . Seaman 24 July 1940 .
NEWTON JOHN 20 HMT FLEMING . Stoker 24 July 1940 .
NOBLE THOMAS RYDER SHERA . HMT FLEMING . Seaman 24 July 1940 .
PORTER JAMES GIBSON . HMT FLEMING . Seaman 24 July 1940 .
POUND PHILLIP JOHN 24 HMT FLEMING . Seaman 24 July 1940 .
SMITH CHARLIE 52 HMT FLEMING . Seaman 24 July 1940 .
SMITH GEORGE 35 HMT FLEMING . Second Hand 24 July 1940 .
SMITH JOSEPH . HMT FLEMING . Stoker 2nd Class 24 July 1940 .
SWANN THOMAS ALFRED 60 HMT FLEMING . Cook 24 July 1940 .
TOWERS WILLIAM 47 HMT FLEMING . Seaman 24 July 1940 .
UNDERWOOD ERNEST CHARLES . HMT FLEMING . Engineman 24 July 1940 .
WALKER ANDREW 25 HMT FLEMING . Stoker 24 July 1940 .
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Surname
Christian
Age
Vessel
Birth Pl
Occupation
Date/ Scource
Detail
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THORNLEY HARRY - DSM . HMT FLEMMING . Seaman . .
HALES C . HMT FLEMMING . . 1940 Wounded but survived when vessel sunk
HUBBARD L R . HMT FLEMMING . Ord Signalman 1940 Wounded but survived when vessel sunk
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The Distinguished Service Cross.

Skipper Ernest George Gurney, R.N.R.,H.M.T. Fleming.

The Distinguished Service Medal.

Seaman Edward Milner, X.igggoA., H.M.T.Fleming.

Seaman Harry Thornley, R.N.R., X.I9595A.,