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South Shields, Ethel Taylor (James Huniford, Cremlyn)

South Shields


Maritime Craft

Fishing Vessel





An armed trawler of 276 tons. Sank on 22nd November 1940 at N55 00 34 W001 22 54 (Collings). The Ethel Taylor was a steel, 276 ton British steam fishing trawler, 38.22m long, 7.11m beam, and 3.86m draught. She was built as the James Hunniford at Middlesborough by Smith’s Docks Co. Ltd in 1917 for Clifton Steam Trawlers Ltd and registered in Fleetwood as trawler FD363. Her single propeller was powered by a three-cylinder, triple expansion steam engine. She had one deck, three watertight bulkheads and a superstructure consisting of a 21.9m quarter-deck and a 6.4m forecastle. The vessel was armed with one, large, deck-mounted gun that fired 5.44kg (12lb) shells. On 15 March 1936 the Ethel Taylor was fishing off the west coast of Scotland when she was in collision with the 331-ton, Fleetwood registered steam, steel fishing trawler Winooka belonging to Boston Deep Sea Fishing Co. Ltd at Fleetwood, resulting in the sinking of the Winooka. From 1940 the Ethel Taylor was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to an armed patrol vessel. On 22 November 1940 she foundered and was lost after detonating a German-laid mine off the mouth of the Tyne. The wreck of the Ethel Taylor lies orientated in a west-north-west to east-south-east direction on a dirty, hard seabed of sand and stone in a general depth of 18.8m. She is upright and quite intact, standing some 3.5m high. The wreck is very impressive and has produced excellent underwater photographs. Ian Spokes database has the wreck as lying at a depth of 13m and the size as 38.22 x 7.11 x 3.86m. Grid reference conversion made 06.12.2010 with with Lat/Long referenced as N 55 00 35 W 01 22 59




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