HMT Eunice and Nellie, Armed Mine Sweeper.
OFFICER ON THE NAVY LIST.
June 1940, Skipper, R.N.R., J. D. Hastie, 26 Feb 40
June 1941, Skipper, R.N.R., J. D. Hastie, 26 Feb 40
June 1942, Temp. Skipper, R.N.R., W. Tipple, 25 Aug 41.
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EUNICE AND NELLIE.
Armed Mine Sweeper.
Wildfire III, Queenborough.
Eunice and Nellie was a “Jill of all trades” during her time in WW2, being recorded as a Minesweeper and a Torpedo Recovery vessel. Pennant: FY1543
Year Constructed: 1918
Built by: A Hall and Co. Ltd., Aberdeen.
Engine: T.3-cyl and boiler by A. Hall & Co Ltd, Aberdeen.
Fishing Number: BCK118 also PD309
Previous Names: Florence Pritchard, Froth and Manx Princess.
Gross Tons: 96 tons.
Length: 86 feet.
Beam: 18.6 feet.
Depth: 9.25 feet.
1918, Launched at Aberdeen as an Admiralty drifter named Froth.
25 Oct 1918. Completed conversion to a minesweeper. World War One was to come to an end a few weeks later on the 11 November 1918. However there still would have been many thousands of mines to clear.
1921, Sold to Herbert Pritchard, Liverpool and renamed Florence Pritchard (LL120).
1923, She was again sold and her name changed to Manx Princess (DO91 registered at Douglas Isle of Man.)
1920 and 1930. Sold on several more times and in 1933 her name was changed to Eunice and Nellie (BCK118).
1935 to 1939 the Eunice and Nellie was fishing out of Fleetwood.
5 December 1939 the Eunice and Nellie was requisitioned by the Admirility Penent number FY1543 at a hire rate £32.16.0 per month.
Dec 39, Eunice and Nellie is a torpedo recovery vessel.
January 1942, ROYAL NAVY SHIPS, NORE COMMAND, Minesweeping Depot Ship - ST TUDNO at Queenborough Pier, Isle of Sheppey.
LL Drifters - BOY PHILLIP, EGERIA, EUNICE & NELLIE, FORERUNNER under repair, INTERNOS, JACK EVE, SOLSTICE, TILLY DUFF, VERNAL, WELCOME HOME, all at Sheerness.
November 1944. Before the end of WW2, with new purpose built minesweeper were being completed in British and American ship yards the Eunice and Nellie was returned to her owner.
1954, Eunice and Nellie was sold for breaking up.
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