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SWANELLA H42
Built
1948
Cook Welton & Gemmell
Off Number
183391
Length Ft
181.7
Tons Gross
684
Yard Number
83
Breadth Ft
30.8
Tons Net
246
Launched
18 Dec 1948
Draught
15.1
Hp
1075 HP
Registered
25 Mar 1949
Engine Builder
CD Holmes
Knots
13.4 K
Registered SWANELLA H42 Owners 1948 J Marr & Sons Ltd Fleetwood ( Cost £102,794 ) Geoffrey Edwards Marr Hull, manager
Renamed St AMANT H42 Owners 04 Mar 1952 Firth Steam Fishing Co Ltd Hull - T. Hamling & Co Ltd, managers ( Sold for 145.000)
    Owners 1973 After been laid up with many Hull vessels - Sold for scrapping -  Humber Metal Exports Ltd, Albert Draper Hull
    . Nov 1973 Hull register closed
Fate : Scrapped Sept 1973
 

swanella h42

Swanella H42 Arrested 26 September 1950 for fishing in Russian Naval Exercise Area Kildin Islands, 3 ½ miles from shore: 69°29’M 24°

41/1511: Detained 5 days released 02 October 1950 . Inquiry held on board – aquitted. (Fishing within territorial waters charge dropped and ignorance of exercise area accepted).

209/1482: Russian radar plotted vessel as 2½m off shore. Swanella’s evidence upheld at inquiry. Russians said vessel was in prohibited zone. Considerable air and naval activity in area at the time; it was presumed this rather than erroneous radar fix was main reason for arrest.

 

On Dec 09th 1951 the Dutch Coaster Westkust on passage to Hamburg in a severe gale sent out a maday after her coal shifted and the vessel took on a 35 degree list. The Scarborough lifeboat went to her assistance and removed the 10 man crew, later on her way home from the fishing grounds the Swanella came across the abandoned vessel off flamborough and after placing four volunteer crew aboard, George Pearson ( mate ), Deckhands, John Hargreaves, Charles Johansson and Robert Warren, a tow was made and the vessel brought into Hull by the Swanella, a year later a salvage reward of £17.000 was made one third to the crew of the Swanella and the rest to the owners J Marr & Sons.

To read a full account by Skipper Leo Romyn DSC - Bar click here.


Surname
Christian
Age
Vessel
Birth Pl
Occupation
Date/ Scource
Detail
CREWMEN
ROMYN LEO . SWANELLA H42 . Skipper 24 03 1949 .
FAWCETT ERNEST . SWANELLA H42 . Skipper 12 01 1950 .
ROMYN LEO . SWANELLA H42 . Skipper 09 02 1950 .
HARDY ALEXANDER M . SWANELLA H42 . Skipper 10 08 1951 .
ROMYN LEOPALD DICKSON . SWANELLA H42 . Skipper 26 Sept 1951 Arrested by Russians Held in Murmansk for 5 days
DOBSON JOHN EDWARD . SWANELLA H42 . Skipper 06 03 1952 .
ROMYN LEO . SWANELLA H42 . Skipper 09 12 1951 Salvage of Westkust
MUNZER ARTHUR EDWARD . SWANELLA H42 . Skipper 17 12 1952 .
WEBSTER LAWRENCE . SWANELLA H42 . Skipper 18 12 1952 .
DOBSON JOHN EDWARD . SWANELLA H42 . Skipper 14 01 1953 .
MUNZER ARTHUR EDWARD . SWANELLA H42 . Skipper 08 09 1953 .
FURNESS GEORGE HENRY . SWANELLA H42 . Skipper 22 02 1954 .
HARGREAVES JOHN ( Jack ) . SWANELLA H42 . Sparehand 29 09 51-  16 11 51 .
HARGREAVES JOHN ( Jack ) . SWANELLA H42 . Sparehand 17 11 51 - 11 12 51 Salvage of Westkust
PEARSON GEORGE . SWANELLA H42 . Mate Dec 1951 Salvage of Westkust
WARREN ROBERT . SWANELLA H42 . DECKHAND Dec 1951 Salvage of Westkust
JOHANSSON CHARLES . SWANELLA H42 . DECKHAND Dec 1951 Salvage of Westkust
POOL . . SWANELLA H42 . W/T Operator Dec 1951 Salvage of Westkust
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SWANELLA CREW

Salvage of the Westkust (Dutch Coaster) Dec 10/51 by crew of the Swanella H42 -

Courtesy of Brian Hargreaves - Jack Hargreaves

From L-R (I think) Charles Johansson, Bob Warren, George Pearson and my Father John (Jack) Hargreaves. The Canary was the earliest form of gas detectors before the Davy Lamp and as you know the Westkust was carrying coal. (Look at their hands)!!!! My father was 24 when this happened.