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Thomas Graham

Strath Class Trawler:

  • Built in 1918 by Scott and Sons, Bowling, Scotland
  • Launched 6 June 1918
  • Completed in September 1918
  • Loaned to the U.S. Navy in May 1919 and commissioned UST Thomas Graham the same day
  • Decommissioned 7 August 1919 and returned to the Admiralty
  • Sold in 1921 and operated as a fishing vessel out of Grimsby, England
  • Sold in 1927 to R. W. Catcheside of North Shields, England and renamed Tynemouth Abbey
  • Sold in 1932 to Harrow-Baxter Steam Fishing Co., Ltd. of Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Requisitioned by the Royal Navy in May 1940 and commissioned HMS Sunlight (FY 763)
  • Fitted out as a Wreck Dispersal Vessel in April 1944
  • Ran aground 15 January 1953 and wrecked on the Spur of Murkle, 5 miles east of Thurso, Scotland.


  • Displacement 202 t.
  • Length 115' 6"
  • Beam 22' 2"
  • Draft 12' 2"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 15
  • Armament: One 12-pounder
  • Propulsion: One 430ihp triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Thomas Graham 35k Photo from "Sweeping the North Sea Mine Barrage by the U.S. Navy North Sea Minesweeping Detachment" Joe Radigan

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