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Blackburn Rovers GY 102

Blackburn Rovers Built 08/08/1934 by Smiths dock Co Ltd South Bank Middlesbrough for Consolidated Fisheries Ltd
11/1934 First Skipper Alfred Camburn
25/08/1939 Requisitioned and converted to an A/S Based at Dover
26/11/1939 whilst on patrol off Goodwin sands in Heavy weather a cable was washed off her Fore deck and wrapped around the screw. After dropping anchor she was dragged into a mine field. The Dover Lifeboat coming to her aid managed to take off all the crew and secret equipment in the midst of the mine field.
The coxswain was awarded the Silver medal for Gallantry. The trawler was scuttled as she was well into the mine field But it went wrong and she was found 30 miles off the Kentish Sands.
She took part to the Dunkirk evacuation with a crew of 17, during which she was either mined or torpedoed 24 miles E by S of North Foreland on the 02/06/1940 During WW2 the ARCTIC PIONEER (yet to be ARCTIC VIKING) was an asdic trawler and patrolled the waters during the Dunkirk evacuations. On June 2nd nearing the last day of the Dunkirk withdrawal Arctic Pioneer heard the distress signal from the Blackburn Rovers in thick fog but could not assist. Blackburn Rovers another asdic trawler was leading the Hull trawler Westella and the trawler Saon on patrol of the channel, Blackburn Rovers picked up a asdic sounding which it believed to be a U-boat. On going to investigate Blackburn Rovers entered a British minefield and subsequently exploded, her depth charges also exploding. The trawler Westella had also followed Blackburn Rovers into the minefield and as she was picking up the survivors from Blackburn Rovers she also hit a mine blowing off her bow. The trawler Saon picked up survivors from both the Westella and the Blackburn Rovers
Lost Crew Members Burgon, David Seaman RNR  Crockett, Benjamin, Seaman RNR  Hartley, Charles Arthur, Seaman RNR Jones, Richard, Stoker, RNPS  MacDonald, William Angus, Leading Seaman, RNR  Nicholson, James, Stoker, RNPS  Stubbs, Samuel Leslie, Engineman, RNR  Tait, Robert Dixon, Stoker 1st Class, RN 

Her Details are

  • Official Number 162890
  • Yard Number 976
  • Admiralty Number FY 116
  • Call Sign GYCL
  • GT 422 NT 161
  • Foc’sle 27
  • Dimensions 157 x 26.7 x 12.3 
  • Engines 99 HP 12 Knots

Official records state by U-boat action or mine on or about 02/06/1940

02/06/1940 Mined in the North Sea whilst in Admiralty Service