as HMT "Laurel"

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Strathyre  GN 46


Built 1930   Cook Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley as  "Kingston Cyanite "  (Steel)  
Yard No 541  
Owner at New Kingston Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull (John William Lown manager)  (Build price (£15050).  
ID no 162175  
Launch Date 15.05.1930  
Completed 12.06.1930  
Gross Tons 365  
Nett Tons 149  
Engine 96 hp    T.3-cyl by Charles D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull.  
Length 140.3ft  
Breadth 24.6ft  
Depth 13.3ft  


10.06.1930 Registered at Hull H 237.  
12.06.1930 Completed sea trials.  
14.06.1930 Skipper J. Flint, sailed Hull for Icelandic fishing grounds  
03.07.1930 Returned and landed 836 kits for £575 in a depressed market.  
09.1935 As a result of the Abyssinian crisis and failure of British diplomacy, the Government
authorised The Admiralty to procure twenty modern trawlers for conversion to minor war vessels.
04.10.1935: Sailed Hull for Icelandic grounds.  
16.10.1935 The Admiralty requested a list of vessels in Kingston’s fleet including cost and earnings and from this list "Kingston Coral" and "Kingston Cyanite" were chosen; an offer of £11,000 per vessel was accepted.  
28.10.1935 Landed at Hull 687 kits for £586.  
01.11.1935 In conducting Admiralty trials some faults were discovered.  
13.11.1935 Admiralty trials completed and vessel accepted.  
25.11.1935 Sold to the Admiralty at revised price of £10,900.  
29.11.1935 Hull registry closed.  
11.1935 Converted to minesweeper renamed "LAUREL" (P.No.T.29).  
01.1940 Based at Grimsby M/S Group 92 (Skipper F. G. Blockwell RNR).  
01.1942 Based at Gibraltar M/S Group 92 (Temporary Skipper. T. W. Morgan RNR).  
03.1944 Converted to Wreck Dispersal Vessel and assigned to Operation Neptune – Normandy landings, based at Port Talbot (P.No.FY.4.417).  
22.06.1944 Sailed Thames for Solent.  
03.07.1944 Operation Neptune ended deployed on wreck dispersal and recovery.  
1947 Sold to Mercantile.  
1947 Owned by Granton Trawlers Co Ltd, Granton Edinburgh (William Carnie Jnr manager)  (Skipper John Wilson).  
1947 Renamed "STRATHYRE".  
1947 Registered at Granton GN 46.  
1951 Owned by Clifton Steam Trawling Co Ltd,  Fleetwood.   
1951 Granton registry closed.  
1951 Renamed "PATRICIA HAGUE".  
1951 Registered at Fleetwood FD 58.  
21.05.1955 Sold as scrap to BISCO (British Iron & Steel Co).  
23.05.1955 Arrived at Troon Ayrshire.
26.05.1955 Scrapped by The West Coast of Scotland Ship Breaking Co Ltd at Troon  
01.1956 Fleetwood registry closed.  


  as HMT "Laurel"  
  ©  Reproduced under IWM Non-Commercial Licence  


27.09.1929: The board of Kingston Steam Trawling Co Ltd decided to build two distant water trawlers to a design submitted by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd.
18.12.1929: Contracts signed with the shipyard to build the ships at a cost of £14,975 each, this included C. D. Holmes & Co Ltd price to make the engine and boiler. (C. D. Holmes had become major shareholders in Cook, Welton & Gemmell so separate contracts involving the two companies were discontinued).
The names chosen were KINGSTON OLIVINE and KINGSTON CORAL. In the tender the shipyard included the option to build additional vessels to this design at the same price. This option was exercised and an additional vessel was ordered but due to amendments, a price of £15,050 was agreed. The name chosen was KINGSTON CYANITE.
Total cost with amendments, fishing gear and other equipment £16,970.12s 6d