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King Stephen GY 1174

King Stephen 1900 built Schofield Hagerup & Doughty of Grimsby for Monarch Steam Fishing Company
04/1906 To Consol Steam Fishing & Ice Company
02/1916 Hired by the Admiralty as a Decoy Ship 
She was renamed Ledger – Number 778 Q ship 
One Strange incident during the First World War on 31/01/1916 Zeppelin L19 had been attacking the East Coast and had come down during the evening. The trawler found it floating along with its crew of 22 They begged the Trawler to take them off and save them But the skipper and crew of 9 had no weapons and so declined the offer and sailed on, he did inform the Navy but by the time they were on the scene the Airship had sunk with all 22 Crew.
The German High Command had them branded War Criminals
25/04/1916 Sunk by a German Destroyer G 41 with all of the crew being taken prisoner even though it was a different crew on board they were still interrogated about the incident with L19
Dittmar & Colledge have it being sunk by a Submarine


Her Details are

  • Official Number 113180
  • Yard Number 9
  • Armament 1 x 6 pdr QF Hotchkiss
  • 162 GT 75 NT
  • Dimensions 105.5′ x 21.1′ x 10.7′
  • Quarter Deck 18′ Foc’sle 21′
  • Engines Triple expansion with cylinders 11, 17, 28 x 20 in 40rhp by Muir & Houston Ltd Glasgow

28/10/1916 Sunk in North Sea whist in Admiralty Service (Q Ship)