James Fennel

james fennel

Depth 17m

Steam Trawler built 1918 by Fullerton & Co, Paisley. Built as Strath class auxilliary patrol vessel. 215 tons, 123x22ft. Armed. Triple-expansion engine. Armed with a 12 pounder gun. During thick fog on the 16th January 1920, she drove straight onto the rocks, north of Blacknor Point, Portland. All crew were rescued by means of a long rope strung from the stem of the ship to a large rock by local fishermen.

A few days later, an attempt was made to tow her off the rocks but she sank immediately.