As River Learney A.564

Reproduced with acknowledgement to Mark Stopper


Rosebery GN 104

Built 1918   Rennie Forrest Shipbuilding Co Ltd  Wivenhoe  Essex as "George Ireland" (Steel)
Yard No 1313
Owner at New Admiralty   (Ad.No.3846)
ID no 147959
Launch Date 11.1918
Completed 25.10.1919
Gross Tons 206
Nett Tons 79
Engine C.4-cyl 11 & 22 - 10 steam engine driving experimental water jet propulsion
Length 115.4ft
Breadth 22.1ft


Depth 12.1ft
1919 New boiler fitted
1920 Renamed "TEVIOT"
1923 Sold to the Mercantile
1923 Owned by Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd,  Boston Lincs (Fred Parkes manager) 
1923 Renamed "FIRSBY"
1923 Registered at Boston BN 205
1923 Owned by General Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Granton Edinburgh     (Adam E. Noble manager)
1923 Re-engined with a 61 hp  T.3-cyl W. Beardmore & Co Ltd  Glasgow (Engine built 1921).
01.1926 Towed German trawler "Senator Heidmann" from Pentland Firth to Aberdeen. The task of towing this vessel was made more difficult by the heavy seas and the tow rope snapping three times.
25.03.1928 Ran aground at the mouth of the river Ugie 1 mile north of Peterhead., refloated with help from Leith tug "Earl of Powis"
1929 Boston registry closed.
1929 Renamed "ROSEBERY". 
1929 Registered at Granton GN 104
07.05.1930 General Steam Fishing Co Ltd placed into voluntary liquidation.
04.06.1930 Advertised by the liquidator for sale in the Scotsman newspaper along with "Buccleugh", "Moray" and "Lothian".
07.1930 Owned by Archibald Glen Brown, Granton  Edinburgh (owner/manager) (After the purchase of the General Steam Fishing Co Ltd).
19.01.1934 Ran ashore on the top of the spring tide near Crail, Fife, Leith Salvage & Towage Co Ltd made an unsuccessful attempt to refloat her using the steam tug "Bullger"
16.03.1934 Refloated on the spring tide (31.5 ft at Leith) with the aid of the Leith Salvage & Towage Co Ltd's steam tug "Oxcar" and taken to Leith for repair.
1935 Owned by Walker Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Aberdeen (Thomas Walker manager).
1935 Granton registry closed.
07.12.1935 Registered at Aberdeen A.387.
01.02.1936 Renamed "STAR OF LEARNEY"
25.12.1942 Stranded at Kirkwall Orkney, later refloated.
14.04.1943 Declared a Total Constructive Loss by Insurers.
1943 Salved and returned to service
1943 Owned by J. N. Stephen,  Aberdeen.
20.10.1943 Registered at Aberdeen A.564
20.10.1943 Owned by W. Wood, Aberdeen
13.05.1944 Owned by John William Johnstone Ltd, Aberdeen 
13.12.1947 Renamed "RIVER LEARNEY".
31.12.1958 Owned by Peter & J. Johnstone Ltd, Aberdeen.
1960 Sold as scrap to BISCO (British Iron & Steel Co).
09.01.1960 Scrapped by James A. White at St David's on Forth.
01.04.1960 Aberdeen registry closed.