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LOUIS BOTHA H300
Built
1916
Cook Welton & Gemmell
Off Number
138961
Length Ft
117.0
Tons Gross
226
Yard Number
338
Breadth Ft
22.0
Tons Net
109
Launched
05 Feb 1916
   
Hp
74 HP
Registered
24 June 1916
Engine Builder
Amos & Smith
Knots
9.5 K
Registered LOUIS BOTHA GY896 Owners 1916 Pelham S F Co Grimsby
  HMT LOUIS BOTHA Owners 1916 - 1919 Admiralty
    Owners 08 Jan 1917 Aldersyde S F Co Grimsby
  LOUIS BOTHA H601 Owners 19 Feb 1918 Great Northern Steam Ship Fishing Co Ltd Hull
  LOUIS BOTHA GY305 Owners 1919 G W Smethurst Grimsby
    Owners 1924 Pelham S F Co Grimsby - Sir Alec Black manager
    Owners 1928 Earl S F Co Grimsby
    Owners 1940 Sir Alec Black Grimsby
  HMT LOUIS BOTHA Owners 1940 - 1941 Admiralty
    Owners 16 09 1942 Hudson Brothers Trawlers Ltd Hull
  LOUIS BOTHA H300 Owners 09 Feb 1943 Registered Hull - Hudson Brothers Trawlers Ltd Hull
    Owners  
Fate : 07 Mar 1944 Vessel wrecked of coast of Iceland in fog while in the company of the Hull trawlers Limeslade and War Grey 4 crewmen were lost and 11 rescued from the Louis Botha which was fishing .
Admiralty Requisition
Pennant No
Role
Returned
1916
3289
Minesweeper
1919
1940
FY 4.207
Auxiliary Patrol
1941
 

 

 

09 Aug 1930 The Grimsby Trawler Louis Botha GY305 Skpr Storey, went ashore on the Pentland Skerries but was later refloated on the rising tide, owing to damage she was taken by the Longhope Lifeboat to Longhope Bay. Another trawler stood by

25 Feb 1936 : The Grimsby Trawler Louis Botha GY305 was towed into Aberdeen disabled by her sister ship Flandre GY598 , having lost her propellor she grounded on the island of Trondra, she managed to get off and the Flandre towed the Louis Botha to Aberdeen from Scalloway

In the matter of a Formal Investigation held at The Guildhall, Hull on the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th days of August, 1944 before R.F. Hayward, Esq., K.C., assisted by Captain Piers de Legh, Captain J.W. Grimston, R.D., R.N.R., (Retd.) and G. Robb, Esq., into the circumstances attending the stranding of the steam trawler "LOUIS BOTHA" at Veidios in Medalland Bugt, Iceland on the 7th March, 1944.

The Court having carefully inquired into the circumstances attending the above-mentioned shipping casualty, finds that the stranding was caused by the faulty navigation of the trawler "WAR GREY", the appointed leader of the section and the failure of the skipper of the "LOUIS BOTHA", Thomas William Ellis (a) to take soundings (b) his echometer being out of action, failing to communicate that fact to his leader and ascertain whether the "WAR GREY" had verified or was verifying her position.

The Court suspends the certificate of competency as skipper of Thomas William Ellis for six calender months from this date.

 

Surname
Christian
Age
Address / Vessel
Birth Pl
Occupation / Relationship
Date/ Scource
Detail
ADAMS WILLIAM . LOUIS BOTHA H300 . Bosun 07 Mar 1944 Lost when vessel stranded
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DONOVAN PATRICK 54 LOUIS BOTHA H300 . Deckhand 07 Mar 1944 Lost when vessel stranded
. . . 3 Primitive Ter, Walcott St,Hull. . . . .
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GAZE HERBERT . LOUIS BOTHA H300 . Cook 07 Mar 1944 Lost when vessel stranded
. . . 214 Goddard Ave, Hull . . . .
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MELBOURNE HAROLD . LOUIS BOTHA H300 . Deckhand 07 Mar 1944 Lost when vessel stranded
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ELLIS THOMAS WILLIAM . LOUIS BOTHA H300 . Skipper 07 Mar 1944 Skipper when vessel lost certificate suspended 6 months
NIELSEN KENNETH . LOUIS BOTHA H300 . Deckhand 07 Mar 1944 Survivor of grounding swam ashore with a rope - Gave evidence at Enquiry - presented inscribed silver cigarette case
. . . Little Weighton . . . .
BULLOUGH J W . LOUIS BOTHA H300 . Deckhand 07 Mar 1944 Survivor of grounding - Gave evidence at Enquiry
. . . Bean Street Hull . . . .
WOODHOUSE JOHN ROBERT . LOUIS BOTHA H300 . Chief Engineer . Survivor of grounding Gave evidence at Enquiry
. . . Hessle . . . .
WATERS J ALEXANDER . LOUIS BOTHA H300 . Mate 07 Mar 1944 Survivor of grounding - Gave evidence at Enquiry - presented inscribed silver cigarette case
. . . 25 Luton Rd Hull . . . .
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