The Banyers GY 128

The Banyers built 1914 Cook Welton & Gemmell for South Western Fishing Company Grimsby
08/1914 Requisitioned as a minesweeper
Renamed Banyers
06/01/1915 North Sea.  Lt Hubert Boothby RNR,Whilst sweeping was Mined in Scarborough field laid by German cruiser Kolberg between Filey and Scarborough
She sank “very quickly” off Cayton Bay South of Scarborough 54.15.07N 00.15.24W
2 ratings lost
Skipper escaped through wheel-house window
11 survivors rescued by other ships, Lt Boothby lost HMS Orianda less than a month before was awarded the DSC and later wrote about his experiences in “Spunyarn” published 1935 

Her Details are

  • Official Number 136009
  • Yard Number 296
  • Admiralty Number FY 450
  • GT 448 NT 281
  • Dimensions 160.2 x 26.1 x 12.1
  • Quarter Deck 90 Foc’sle 23
  • Engines 89 NHP 11 Knots by C D Holmes

06/01/1915 Lost while sweeping in Clayton Bay Near Scarborough