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Name: RORQUAL
Type: Trawler
Launched: 12/10/1908
Completed: 12/1908
Builder: JT Eltringham & Co
Yard: South Shields
Yard Number: 268
Dimensions: 468grt, 148nrt, 156.0 x 27.1 x 14.3ft; (1924: 529grt, 159nrt, 167.6ft)
Engines: T3cyl (15, 24 & 39 x 27ins), 118nhp
Engines by: GT Grey, South Shields
Propulsion: 1 x Screw
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: n/a
History:
12/1908 Soc des Pecheries du Golfe de Gascogne (J Duvergier, manager), Arcachon, France
1911 Poret Lobez, Boulogne
1924 Societe “La Peche au Banc”, St Malo
11/1930 Mrs Delpierre, Boulogne; renamed VIERGE de BOULOGNE
12/02/1940 Wrecked
Comments: The largest trawler in the world when built
12/1908: Registered at Arcachon as ARC355
11/12/1914: Requisitioned by the Marine National & converted to an Armed Patrol Vessel patrolling the Channel ports
07/1916: Based in the Mediterranean & patrolling the Greek coast
02/04/1919: Returned to Owners
1924: Lengthened by Baheux, Boulogne
1924: Registered at St Malo and fishing from Fecamp
1929: Fishing at Newfoundland, Iceland & Spitzbergen
11/1930: Registered at Boulogne as B195
12/02/1940: Ran aground on rocks near Cherbourg
All crew rescued by the Omonville lifeboat