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Thomas Buckley


Castle Class Trawler:

  • Built in 1917 by Cook, Welton and Gemmell, Ltd., Beverley, England for the Kingston Steam Trawling Co., Ltd., Hull, England
  • Purchased by the Admiralty prior to completion
  • Launched 7 July 1917
  • Completed 24 December 1917
  • Loaned to the U.S. Navy 28 May 1919 and commissioned UST Thomas Buckley the same day
  • Decommissioned 7 October 1919 and returned to the Admiralty the same day
  • Sold in 1922 to the Kingston Steam Trawling Co., Ltd., of Hull, England
  • Renamed Ceylonite 27 November 1922
  • Sold to the Taylor Steam Fishing Co., Ltd., of Grimsby, England
  • Sold 22 June 1939 to the Saint Andrew's Steam Fishing Co., Ltd., of Hull
  • Requesitioned by the Royal Navy 9 April 1940 and commissioned HMT Ceylonite (FY 1853)
  • Fitted out as a Minesweeper in September 1941
  • Laid up in January 1946
  • Returned to her owner 22 May 1946
  • Sold 9 October 1947 to Joseph Croan of Newhaven, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Sold for scrap 14 June 1960 to Shipbreaking Industries, Ltd. of Charlestown, Fife, Scotland
  • Delivered to Charlestown 14 June 1960
  • Broken up 12 June 1961.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 269 t.
  • Length 125' 4"
  • Beam 22' 5"
  • Draft 12' 2"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 18
  • Armament: One 12-pounder
  • Propulsion: One Amos and Smith, Ltd. boiler, one 480ihp triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Thomas Buckley 140k Photos from "Sweeping the North Sea Mine Barrage by the U.S. Navy North Sea Minesweeping Detachment" Joe Radigan
    Thomas Buckley 105k

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Henry Y. McCowan, USN - Awarded the Navy Cross (1920)28 May 1919 - 7 October 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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