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William Ashton

Strath Class Trawler:

  • Built in 1917 by Torry Shipbuilding Co., Aberdeen, Scotland, by J. Duthie
  • Launched 1 November 1917
  • Acquired by the U.S. Navy and commissioned UST William Ashton 26 May 1919 at Grimsby Naval Base, England
  • Decommissioned 5 August 1919 and returned to the Admiralty
  • Renamed City of Perth in September 1919
  • Sold in 1922 to the Crampin Steam Fishing Co. and renamed William Ashton
  • Sold in 1929 to the Walker Steam Trawl Fishing Co., Ltd. of Aberdeen, Scotland and renamed Star of Victory
  • Wrecked in Sinclairs Bay, near Keiss, Scotland on 24 October 1939.


  • Displacement 443 t.
  • Length 127'
  • Beam 22' 6"
  • Draft 14' 4"
  • Speed 9.5 kts.
  • Complement 18
  • Armament: Small arms
  • Propulsion: One boiler, one 430ihp Amos and Smith triple-expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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