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IMPERIALIST H 2
Built
1939
Smiths Dock Middlesborough
Off Number
167050
Length Ft
175.9
Tons Gross
526
Yard Number
1058
Breadth Ft
28.7
Tons Net
193
Launched
23 Dec 1938
Draught
15.0
Hp
169 NHP
Registered
28 01 1939
Engine Builder
Smiths Dock
Knots
K
Registered IMPERIALIST H 2 Owners 1939 Hellyer Bros Ltd Hull
    Owners 1939 Northern Fishing Co Ltd Hull ( Hellyer Bros Ltd Hull managers )
    Owners 1940 Hellyer Bros Ltd Hull
    Owners 1945 Hull Fishing Co Ltd ( Hellyer Bros Ltd Hull managers )
  HMT IMPERIALIST Owners 1939 Admiralty
  IMPERIALIST FD 83 Owners 1965 Wyre Trawlers Fleetwood
    Owners  
Fate : 1966 Scrapped
Admiralty Requisition
Pennant No
Role
Returned
1939
FY126
Anti-Submarine
1945
31st Oct 1943 - The Imperialist while escorting a convoy in the straits of Gibralter in company with Loch Oskaig, Imperialist picked up a Asdic sounding, within four minutes the first depth charges left their throwers, not long after the slender shape of the submarine U732 broke the surface showing signs that the depth charges had hit their mark. None of the submarine crew appeared and she stood silent in the water the Imperialist continued to fire her Bofors gun and twin point fives.after a onslaught of fire power the submarine was seen to be sinking and as she slipped beneath the surface another pattern of depth charges followed her, Loch Oskaig remaind over the area monitoring and looking for any sign that the submarine had been destroyed. The submarine was badly damaged but had made it to the sea bed were she stayed untill the air ran out unbeknown the current had carried the submarine 6 miles from the spot of her sinking, U732 with no other option but to surface for air headed towards the surface. After surfacing the submarine headed for the Atlantic but was spotted by the British destroyer Douglas who when receiving no reply to hi challenge for identification opened fire, the men in the tower of the submarine waved their arms in a gesture of surrender, but as they refused to stop the douglass continued to fire and manouvered to ram the submarine. A pattern of depth charges set for shallow were dropped and sent the submarine to the bottom, twenty two survivors were picked up including the Captain Klaus Peter Carlsen.
 



Imperialist seen after she moved to Fleetwood

HMT IMPERIALIST

HMT IMPERIALIST

Fact File

Vessel had the name by crewmen of the Plank because she was so wet in the focs`le many crewmen refused to sail on her

 

Surname
Christian
Age
Vessel
Birth Pl
Occupation
Date/ Scource
Detail
PRE WAR CREWMEN
DUFFIN HARRY . IMPERIALIST H2 . Skipper 1939 1939 Harrys daughter christened the vessel and Harry was the first skipper doing 2 trips in Jan and Feb before she was requisistioned by Admiralty
DUKES J . IMPERIALIST H2 . Mate Jan - Feb 1939 .
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Surname
Christian
Age
Vessel
Birth Pl
Occupation
Date/ Scource
Detail
WAR SERVICE CREWMEN
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BAKER JOHN KENNETH . HMT IMPERIALIST . Seaman 27 Jan 1940 .
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RODGERS BRYAN H . HMT IMPERIALIST . Lieutenant Commander Nov 1943 .
AGNEW ? . HMT IMPERIALIST . Lieutenant RCNVR Nov 1943 .
KITO PHILIP EDWARD . HMT IMPERIALIST . Temp Lieutenant 1943 .
JEFFREY WILLIAM . HMT IMPERIALIST . Seaman Nov 1943 .
COFFEY JOSEPH . HMT IMPERIALIST . Seaman 1943 .
FLETT JOHN . HMT IMPERIALIST . Leading Seaman 1943 .
COOK FRED . HMT IMPERIALIST . Seaman 1943 .
COULMAN HERBERT . HMT IMPERIALIST . ? 1943 Hull
DOWDING HENRY JOHN . . HMT IMPERIALIST . Temp Sub Lieutenant 1943 .
ELTON LAWRENCE . HMT IMPERIALIST . Chief Engineer 1940 .
BASS SAMUEL . HMT IMPERIALIST . Skipper 1940 .
EDWARDS ROBERT G . HMT IMPERIALIST . W/T Operator 1940 .
RILEY ? . HMT IMPERIALIST . Chief Engineer . .
EVANS ? . HMT IMPERIALIST . Leading Seaman . .
MARC ? . HMT IMPERIALIST . Sub Lieutenant . .
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Courtesy and © Tom Pike

 

Mentioned In Despatches

Chief Skipper Samuel Bass, H.M. Trawler Imperialist.

Chief Engineman Laurence Elton, KX. 98260, H.M. Trawler Imperialist.

Wireless Telegraphist Robert G. Edwards, WRX.86g, H.M. Trawler Imperialist.

Temporary Lieutenant Philip Edward -Kitto, R.N.R

Temporary Sub-Lieutenant Henry John Dowding, R.N.V.R

Leading Seaman John Flett, X.2I357A, R.N.R

Seaman Fred Cook, LT/JX.268628

Seaman Joseph Coffey, LT/JX.211550

 

Surname
Christian
Age
Vessel
Birth Pl
Occupation
Date/ Scource
Detail
POST WAR CREWMEN
WILSON H . IMPERIALIST H2 . Skipper 1950 26/10/1950 sailed to Bear Island returned 14/11/50 catch 2.411 Kits
WORTHINGTON S . IMPERIALIST H2 . Skipper circa 1950 .
DREWERY FRANK W . IMPERIALIST H2 . Skipper 1959 skipper of the Imperialist in Jan 1959 and also on 08 Oct 1959 when she was in a collision with the Turkish Steamer Yelkenci, Skipper Drewery ran the trawler at full speed for Scarborough beach, and saved the vessel from sinking
CALVERT BRIAN . IMPERIALIST H2 . Deckie learner Oct 1953 Oct 1953 - Feb 1954 Five trips - Iceland, White Sea and North Coast / Jan 1959 1 trip
HALDENBY JOSEPH . IMPERIALIST H2 . Skipper . Later went Bosun on Cape Pallister and was lost 1959
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