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HM Trawler ROYALO
HM Trawler ROYALO
ON 138977;† Grimsby Port Registration GY941
Steel; ketch rig
Built by Cook Welton & Gemmell, Beverley; Yard Nr 334
For Sleight, Grimsby
Launched 6 December 1915, Completed August 1916
248 grt; 108 nrt; 80hp Engines
120.5 ft x 22ft x 12.2 ft
1916 August Requisitioned and converted to Minesweeper
1919 Returned to Owners.
1933 Passed to Sleight & Humphrey, Grimsby
1939 November Requisitioned and converted to an APV
1940 Converted to a Minesweeper
Armament 1 x 6pdr AA
Admiralty Nr 2955
WWII Pennant : FY825
1st September 1940
The ROYALO, under Commanding Officer, Skipper William Durrant Warford RNR,
was sweeping Mountís Bay of mines, laid before by a German aircraft. Around midday, came the sound of the explosion. My brother-in-law remembers, as a child, hearing the sound of a loud explosion, he ran out of the house, and down the road, to see nothing but a pall of smoke; no sight of a vessel. She had been blown up by a magnetic mine, a column of water lifted her out of the water. And she was gone.
The lifeboat was launched, and small boats came to the rescue of the survivors.
She had sunk in position 50.06N : 05.30W, about 1 mile off Penzance.
The 6 Crew who were lost.
DUKES, HENRY THOMAS - Age: 45
Engineman ; LT/KX 102476 : Royal Naval Patrol Service
Husband of Ellaline Isabell Dukes, of Grimsby, Lincolnshire.
GREENFIELD, WILLIAM HENRY
Stoker; LT/KX 107503 : Royal Naval Patrol Service
Raymond ORMEROD - Age: 20
Telegraphist ; C/WRX 974 : Royal Naval Volunteer (Wireless) Reserve
Son of Reginald and Octavia Ormerod, of Wroxham, Norfolk.
Robert John TILLEY - Age: 27
Seaman ; LT/JX 179855 : Royal Naval Patrol Service
Son of Mary Ann Lawrence Tilley. of Whitstable, Kent.
Thomas Gardner TAYLOR† D S M - Age: 21
Ordinary Signalman; C/JX 176015 : Royal Navy
Son of Thomas Gardner Taylor and Hannah Ann Taylor,
High Heaton, Newcastle-on-Tyne.
Irvine Willox† WATT - Age: 33
Lieutenant : Royal Naval Reserve
Son of G. Fieldes Watt and Jean Fieldes Watt, of Kensington, London.