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William Darnold

Castle Class Trawler:

  • Built in 1918 by Cook, Welton, and Gemmell, Ltd., Beverley, England
  • Launched 11 July 1918
  • Acquired by the U.S. Navy and commissioned UST William Darnold 30 May 1919 at Grimsby Naval Base, England
  • Decommissioned 11 August 1919 and returned to the Admiralty at Brightlingsea, England
  • Sold 11 May 1920 to Goole and West Riding Steam Shipping Co., Ltd., Goole, England and renamed Cape Hatteras
  • Sold in 1923 to Kingston Steam Trawling Co., Ltd., of Hull, England renamed Hessonite
  • Ran aground 4 October 1924 at Birsay, Orkney Islands, Scotland and wrecked.


  • Displacement 290 t.
  • Length 125' 5"
  • Beam 23' 5"
  • Draft 12' 7"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 16
  • Armament: Small arms
  • Propulsion: One boiler, one 480ihp Amos and Smith triple-expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Commanding Officers
    01LT Edmund Delavy, USN - Awarded the Navy Cross (1920)30 May 1919 - 11 August 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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