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St AMANDUS H247
Built
1934
Smiths Dock Middlesborough
Off Number
163954
Length Ft
162.1
Tons Gross
443
Yard Number
975
Breadth Ft
26.7
Tons Net
164
Launched
Draught
Hp
HP
Registered
14 Nov 1934
Engine Builder
Smiths Dock
Knots
K
Registered LOCH MELFORT H111 Owners 1934 - 1945 Loch Steam Fishing Co Ltd
    Owners 15 Nov 1939 Sold to Admiralty
  H.M.T LOCH MELFORT Owners 1939 - 1946 Admiralty
Renamed St AMANDUS H247 Owners 1945 Firth Steam Trawling Co Ltd - Renamed St Amandus
    Owners  
Fate : Wrecked Norway at Skraaven, West Fjord, on the 25th December 1947
Admiralty Requisition
Pennant No
Role
Returned
Aug 1939
FY 151
Anti-submarine
1946
 

 

Fact File

24 02 1934 3.40 am Hafnarberg, 5 miles S of Stafnes, Iceland, Responded to distress rockets from the grounded Hull Trawler Kingston Peridot

"St. Amandus" came to assist the kingston Peridot but it being dangerous to attempt to help from seaward, she informed the shore. Assistance came from Reykjavik and the crew were landed by rocket apparatus, but the vessel being in no danger, they returned. Coal was jettisoned to put the vessel on a starboard list and she was got off on the 27th February, and, after temporary repairs at Reykjavik, was able to make Hull under her own steam on the 3rd March.

 

In the matter of a Formal Investigation held into the circumstances attending the stranding and loss of the steam trawler "St. Amandus" at Skraaven, West Fjord, Norway, on the 25th December, 1947. The Court, having carefully inquired into the circumstances attending the above-mentioned casualty, finds, for the reasons stated that the loss of the "St. Amandus" was caused by the fault or default of the skipper, Robert Keith Weightman, and the Court suspends his certificate for twelve months from the 25th of December, 1947.

On the 19th December, 1947, the "St. Amandus" left Hull on a fishing voyage to the White Sea fishing ground, manned by a crew of 24 hands all told, and in the charge of skipper R. K. Weightman. The evidence of those on board the "St. Amandus" was that the vessel proceeded up the Fjord to the northward and eastward until about 10.30 p.m., on the 24th December, 1947, when because of reduced visibility owing to snow showers, she came to anchor to the northward and westward of Flatoy. The skipper stated in evidence that he had seen and identified Tennholmen Light, Maloy Skarholmen, and Flatoy Lights, and at the time he estimated his position of anchorage as being some six or seven miles from Flatoy Light, and the evidence from the trawler was that she anchored with about 240 fathoms of warp and cable in about 200 fathoms of water. Whilst the vessel was at anchor the weather cleared and a light giving two flashes was observed bearing east by north half north. This light was taken to be Tranoy Light, and according to the evidence from the trawler a course of east north east magnetic was set and shortly afterwards course was altered a quarter of a point to starboard to pass close to what was thought to be Tranoy Light. According to the evidence it was about 11.15 p.m. or 11.30 p.m. when the vessel got under weigh from her anchorage, and about an hour after-wards she grounded on the rocks about a mile west by north or west a half north of Skraaven Light.

In fairness to the skipper, it should be stated that he had been more or less on the bridge for over thirty hours, and that, however misguided his actions may have been, the loss of the vessel was not due to any deliberate fault on his part, nor was it due to any failure to realise his responsibilities, but to a failure to appreciate the information which was staring him in the face. This failure, however, on the part of one in charge of a valuable property, with a number of lives on board, is clearly a serious one, and it is indeed lucky that the whole of the crew of the "St. Amandus" escaped without loss of life or injury, and the most lenient treatment that the Court feels that it is possible to accord to skipper Weightman is to suspend his certificate for twelve months from the date of the loss.

 

Surname
Christian
Age
Vessel
Birth Pl
Occupation
Date/ Scource
Detail
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WEIGHTMAN ROBERT KEITH . ST AMANDUS H247 . SKIPPER 1948 .
WILLIAMS HUGH . ST AMANDUS H247 . Engineer . Survivor of the Grounding, hugh was to go through the same events 18 years later aboard the St Finbarr.
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