As Sarba FD 177

Reproduced with acknowledgement to David Slinger

Heather Island GN 61

Built 1913     John Duthie Torry Shipbuilding Co Ltd,   Aberdeen  as "Sarba"   (Steel)
Yard No 387
Owner at New Clifton Steam Trawlers Ltd, Fleetwood (Joseph A. Taylor & Ernest Tomlinson, managers)
ID no 132417
Launch Date 08.05.1913
Completed 06.1913
Gross Tons 315
Nett Tons 122
Engine 69 hp   T.3-cyl by J. Abernethy & Co Ltd, Aberdeen
Length 130ft
Breadth 23.6ft
Depth 13.4ft


16.06.1913 Registered at Fleetwood FD 177
11.1914 Requisitioned and converted to minesweeper (Ad.No.928) based at Queenstown Co Cork Ireland.
04.01.1918 At 8.40 am. off Daunt Light Vessel observed U-boat periscope. Attacked and dropped two depth charges, later a demolition charge dropped on position, with resultant oil and debris release. Kill claimed in position 7.5 miles south  from Daunt Light Vessel in position 51.35N 8.12W. The Admiralty subsequently concurred and a bounty of 500 was paid to crew. *
1919 Returned to Owners.
1924 William W. Brierley, appointed manager.
11.1939 Requisitioned and converted to Boom Defence Vessel (P.No.Z.139) (Hire rate 81.7.6d/month).
23.11.1943 Compulsorily purchased by the Ministry of War Transport.
17.01.1944 Fleetwood registry closed.
1944 Based on Thames, Townsend Bros Ltd, London agents.
27.10.1946 Sold to Mercantile.
27.10.1946 Owned by John  Horne, Port Seton, East Lothian.  
01.1947 Renamed  "FORTH VIEW".
01.1947 Registered at Leith LH 227.
1952 Owned by Heather Fishing Co Ltd, Newhaven Edinburgh. 
1952 Leith registry closed.
1952 Renamed "HEATHER ISLAND".
1952 Registered at Granton GN 61.
1953 Owned by Alexander Hay, Aberdeen.
1953 Granton registry closed.
1953 Renamed  "DREADNOUGHT".
1953 Registered at Aberdeen A.144.
08.1956 Sold as scrap to BISCO (British Iron & Steel Co) for 4900.
08.08.1956 Arrived at Charlestown, Fife.
08.1956 Scrapped by Metal Industries (Salvage) Ltd at Charlestown, Fife. 
02.2010* Research by Peter Bell and Michael Lowery has confirmed that U-boat was (U110) but escaped with no damage reported. Oil and material at given position must have been from a previous wreck)