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George Burton

Strath Class Trawler:

  • Built in 1917 by Hall Russell and Co., Ltd., Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Launched 8 December 1917
  • Acquired by the U.S. Navy and commissioned UST George Burton 26 May 1919 at Grimsby Naval Base, England
  • Decommissioned 5 August 1919 at Brightlingsea, England
  • Returned to the Admiralty 30 September 1919
  • Sold in 1922 to R. W. Lewis of Aberdeen and renamed Bervie Braes
  • Sold in 1923 to W. Grove of Aberdeen
  • Sold in 1939 to J. Walker of Aberdeen
  • Taken over by the Admiralty in November 1939 and commissioned HMT Bervie Braes (FY 847)
  • Returned to her owners in October 1944
  • Sold in 1958/1959 to W. J. Fishing Co., Ltd. of Aberdeen.


  • Displacement 443 t.
  • Length 127'
  • Beam 22' 5"
  • Draft 14' 3"
  • 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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    George Burton 57k 8 July 1943
    Devonport, England
    Photo from Ministry of Defence Foxhill Collection
    Joe Radigan

    Commanding Officers
    HMT Bervie Braes (FY 847)

    01Skr.Lt. Leonard Lake, RD, RNR4 July 1940 - 12 June 1941
    02T/S.Lt. David Kingsmill Gwynn, RNVR12 June 1941 - 14 August 1942
    03T/S.Lt. John Joseph Boyle, RNVR14 August 1942 - 1 October 1943
    04T/Lt. David Lynn Drummond, RNR1 October 1943 - 27 April 1944
    05T/Skr. John George Morrice Taylor, RNR27 April 1944 - October 1944
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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