HMS Man o' War : Grimsby Trawler

16th November 2005, 20:24
Does anyone know the wereabouts of a ship I served in during the second war called HMS Man o' war? A former Grimsby finshing trawler.

17th November 2005, 00:32
"Man o' War" turns out to be a Hull trawler, owned by Hellyers, port reg. H181, built (probably) Smith's Dock, Middlesbrough in 1937. Scrapped in 1963. Above obtained from "Arctic Corsair" website - probably more info available on request.

For war service of ship see also Royal Navy Patrol Service or Harry Tate's Navy websites (Google).

Good luck. John T.

17th November 2005, 11:42
Welcome to the site Robert, as you can see, all questions are answered here

18th October 2006, 23:31
Hi Robert, just stumbled on your thread.

To add to John's post. Prior to fishing out of Hull she was built for Earl Steam Fishing Co. Ltd. as GY396 Man o War. One of Black's white elephant fleet.

Official Number: 164423
Port of Registry: Grimsby
Number: GY396
Name: Man O War
Callsign: GZQR
Type: Steam Trawler (Coal Burner)
Built: 04/37
By: Cochrane & Sons Ltd. Selby
Gross Tonnage: 516
Net Tonnage: 285
Length: 173.2 ft.
Beam: 28.6 ft.
Draught: 14.7 ft.
(Note: Measurements are in Feet and Tenths of Feet)
Engines: T 3cy.
By: Amos & Smith Ltd. Hull
Owner: Earl Steam Fishing Co. Ltd.
Manager: Sir Alec Black; Bart
Comments: Admiralty Service FY104; Hired as A/P trawler 09/39-02/07/45; Armament 1-4in; to Hull as H181 for Hellyer Bros. Converted to oil burning 07/53
Fate: Scrapped 1963

Note: Steve Farrow has posted a picture of her in the fishing vessels gallery.

Best regards


Carol Green
18th May 2014, 17:01
Hi, I'm researching the trawler Man o' war as she was paid for by the residents of Rishton . I'm the secretary for Rishton Royal British Legion and It would be great to see the photo of her but i'm struggling with technology to be able to locate it .
I'm aware of this information _Noteable events involving Man o' War include:

14 Aug 1940
The British merchant Betty was torpedoed and sunk 35 miles 260 from Tory Island in position 5552'N, 0814'W by the Germans submarine U-59. HMS Man o War (Lt. A.D. White, RNR) later picks up 4 survivors.
26 Mar 1943
The British merchant City of Perth was torpedoed and damaged northwest of Oran, Algeria in position 3550'N, 0141'W by the Germans submarine U-431. HMS Man o?War (Lt. G.L. Coles, RNR) took the ship in tow and it was beached south of Cape Figalo, Algeria. HMS Man o'War also picks up 90 survivors.