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MACBETH H113
Built
1938
Smiths Dock Middlesborough
Off Number
164438
Length Ft
175.8
Tons Gross
575
Yard Number
1034
Breadth Ft
28.6
Tons Net
215
Launched
17 Jan 1938
Draught
15.0
Hp
99HP
Registered
Feb 1938
Engine Builder
Smiths Dock Co Ltd
Knots
K
Registered AYRSHIRE GY 520 Owners 1938 Ayrshire Fishing Co Ltd Grimsby ( Markham Cook Manager )
Renamed AYRSHIRE H113 Owners 10 08 1939 Hellyer Brothers Ltd Hull
  H.M.T AYRSHIRE   1939 - 1945 Admiralty
  AYRSHIRE H113 Owners 1945 Devon Fishing Co Ltd ( Mark & Graham Hellyer Managers ) Hull
Renamed MACBETH H113 Owners 1946 - 1964 Hellyer Bros Ltd Hull
    Owners 1963 Wyre Trawlers Fleetwood
  MACBETH FD74 Owners 1964 Wyre Trawlers Fleetwood
    Owners  
Fate : Scrapped 1966
Admiralty Requisition
Pennant No
Role
Returned
1939
FY 225
Anti-Submarine
Convoy Escort - UR 6 - 07 Jan 1942 left for Iceland in company with Lady Madeline and Norwich City escorting 5 merchant vessels
Feb 1942 refitted at Androssan
11th A/S Strike Force Rosyth

Convoy PQ 17 - On 27 June 1942 the merchant ships and escorts left Hvalfjord Iceland, On the evening of the 4th July the convoy received the following signal.

Immediate: owing to threat from surface ships, convoy is to disperse and proceed to Russian ports. a second signal was then received closely after:

Most Immediate: My 2123/4. Convoy is to scatter.

The Convoy broke up each vessel heading to Russian ports. On the 6th July the Trawlers, St Austin, Lord Middleton, and Northern Gem arrived at the haven of Matochkin Strait.

When the order to scatter was given the trawler Ayrshire headed north towards the icepack under the command of Lt J.A Gradwell RNVR In company with the Ayrshire where the freighters, Troubador. Ironclad, and Silver Sword. By using the Troubador as an icebreaker they entered 20 miles into the icepack, then cammouflaged the south facing sides of the ships with white paint. Eventually they broke out and headed for Novaya Zemlya of which they reached on the 10th july. They continued the following day to Matochkin Strait. there they met another 3 ships and met up with a escort and on 24th July the Convoy reached Archangel. The command shown by Lt Gradwell no doubt saved the 3 freighters and his own commad from certain doom he was awarded the DSO for his actions.

 

Surname
Christian
Age
Vessel
Birth Pl
Occupation
Date/ Scource
Detail
CREWMEN
HENRY BEN . MACBETH H113 . Skipper 1948 .
WILSON H . MACBETH H113 . Skipper 1950 .
MOON W . MACBETH H113 . Skipper Dec 1955 .
CRIMLIS JOHN . MACBETH H113 . Deckhand 1948 .
BEECH GARRY PAUL . MACBETH H113 . Sparehand . .
SHEADER W . MACBETH H113 . Spare Hand Dec 1955 .
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