Fleetwood Motor Trawlers
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All information and pictures on this site © Fleetwood Maritime Heritage Trust except where stated differently. In these cases the copyright is vested in the named person / persons.

Additional information courtesy of Andy Hall

Technical

Official Number: 137154
Yard Number: 405
Completed: 1914
Gross Tonnage: 215.74
Net Tonnage: 83.07
Length: 115.0 ft
Breadth: 22.6 ft
Depth: 12.3 ft
Built: The John Duthie Torry Shipbuilding Co, Aberdeen
Engine: T.3-cyl by W. V. V. Lidgerwood Ltd, Coatbridge, Glasgow

History

1914: Launched by The John Duthie Torry Shipbuilding Co, Aberdeen (Yd.No.405) for The National Steam Fishing Co (Aberdeen) Ltd, Aberdeen as LEUKOS.
8.1914: Completed.
27.8.1914: Registered at Aberdeen (A102). James Scott Jnr appointed manager.
12.12.1914: Arrived Aberdeen (Sk. George Robertson) with body of a naval officer picked up at sea to the NE of Aberdeen. Body believed to be an officer belonging to HMS HAWKE (Capt. Hugh P. E. T. Williams RN) torpedoed off Peterhead by U-boat (U.9) on
15 10.1914.
6.1915: Requisitioned for war service as a boom defence trawler (Ad.No.N.I.). Based Scapa, Orkney.
Post 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Aberdeen.
27.1.1920: Sold to Arthur Reginald Tucker & James Cornelius Tippet, Cardiff. James Cornelius Tippet appointed manager.
2.4.1920: Sold to Tucker, Tippet & Co Ltd, Cardiff. James Cornelius Tippet appointed manager.
1922: Fishing from Milford. Harry E. East managing agent.
27.2.1927: Sailed Milford for the fishing grounds (Sk. Edward Major). Owing to weather outside came to anchor off Popton Point.
28.2.1927: At about 10.00am. observed trawler THOMAS BARTLETT (LO373) coming in from sea and anchored close by, the wind was south west to west blowing a strong gale. The bosun, Charles Richard Johnson was on anchor watch, and reported to the skipper that the THOMAS BARTLETT was dragging and when some 20 to 30 yards away it appeared she would drive across the bows. The whistle was sounded and the THOMAS BARTLETT eased her cable and started to come astern but did not clear, hitting the stem with the port side, the head coming round to starboard and the THOMAS BARTLETT dropped down along side on the starboard side. No damage to the stem was apparent.
28.2.1927: Sailed for the fishing grounds but found water ingress in way of the stem, temporary repair carried out by Ch Eng. and continued on voyage.
1.6.1927: Last landing at Milford.
18.6.1927: Sold to Dublin Trawling, Ice and Cold Storage Co Ltd, Dublin.
24.6.1927: Aberdeen registry closed.
6.1927: Registered at Dublin (D86). Patrick Fannon appointed manager. Occasional landings at Fleetwood.
Mid 2.1940: Last landing at Fleetwood.
29.2.1940: Sailed Dublin for the fishing grounds via Troon to coal (Sk. James Potter Thomasson); eleven hands all told. The ship had the Irish tricolour painted on her hull clearly indicating a vessel from a neutral country; fitted with wireless.
1.3.1940: Sailed Troon for the ‘the bank’ off Tory Island.
9.3.1940: In forenoon spoke to two other trawlers of the same company in Donegal Bay, confirmed a good catch and ETA Dublin 12.3.1940.
9.3.1940: A group of Fleetwood trawlers fishing 12 miles NW of Tory Island, Co. Donegal, ALVIS (H52); FLYING ADMIRAL (H66); JOHN MORRICE (A786); PELAGOS (GN55) and SEDOCK (GY123) and reported with the Irish trawler LEUKOS (D86) also in the vicinity. At 2003 (Wilhelshaven time) a U-boat (U.38) surfaced having observed through periscope and listening device the group of trawlers. On the surface noticed that all had their lights on and were apparently forming a guarding line on a N-S course. In his log the CO. Kptlt. Heinrich Liebe wrote “I decided to administer a warning to one of them with the gun.” At 2113, and within about 200 metres of the target, fired a single round at a ship, hitting her in the engine room; the U-boat withdrew staying on the surface about one hour until ship foundered. No attempt was made by the U-boat to identify the vessel or search for survivors. None of the five trawlers in the vicinity closed to investigate, if in fact they were aware of the incident. Although no conclusive evidence confirms, the ship probably was the LEUKOS; all eleven crew lost*.
16.3.1940: Owners expressed fears for the safety of the vessel.
21.3.1940: Lifeboat containing a lifebuoy bearing the name ‘S.T. LEUKOS’ washed up at Scarinish, Tiree, Inner Hebrides.
26.3.1940: Posted missing.
1940: Dublin registry closed.

(Lost* – Sk. James P. Thomasson (29) married, Milton Street, Fleetwood & 63 Lower Mount Street, Dublin; James Donnelly (42) married, North Albert Street, Fleetwood, Mate; P. J. O’Scanlon, 5 Douglas Road, Cleethorpes, Bosun; Alec McLeod (50) single, Wyre Street, Fleetwood and 53 Kenneth Street, Stornoway, Ch Eng; Bernard Smith (23), 10 Boyne Street, Dublin, 2nd Eng; Thomas Mulligan single, The Mission, Fleetwood & Catholic Seamens Institute, Dublin & Anthony Pill (18) single, The Mission, Fleetwood & Catholic Seamens Institute, Dublin, deckhands; Michael Cullen (17) single, 29 Boyne Street, Dublin, fireman; Patricio McCarthy (42) single, 40 Carlton Street, Marino, Dublin, cook; James Hawkins (17) single, 69 Park Road, Ringsend, Dublin & Fleetwood and Robert Sumler (16) single, 63 Lower Mount Street, Dublin & Milton Street, Fleetwood (brother-in-law of the skipper), apprentices )

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S.T. Leukos D85

S.T. Leukos D85
Picture courtesy of David Slinger

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Technical

Official Number: 105031
Yard Number: 139
Completed: 1895
Gross Tonnage: 137
Net Tonnage: 56
Length: 95.2 ft
Breadth: 20.3 ft
Depth: 11.0 ft
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Hull
Engine: T.3-cyl by Charles D Holmes & Co, Hull

History

16.3.1895: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Hull (Yd.No.139) for Pickering & Haldane’s Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull as CURLEW.
5.4.1895: Registered at Hull (H274).
4.1895: Completed. Henry A. L. Russell appointed manager.
27.9.1898: Sold to Thomas Hanlan, Dublin & others. Thomas Hanlan designated managing owner. ‘ crew mostly composed of Fleetwood men ’.
5.1.1899: Fishing 25 miles NE of Rockabill Lighthouse, Co. Dublin (Sk. James Neave, Fleetwood). Trawl came fast, chain stopper put on warp but parted and hawser caught the bosun, Thomas Smith and crushed him against the winch. The mate, Richard Wright at once put on the winch brake but Smith’s thighs were crushed and broken. Trawl cut away and abandoned and made for Dublin at best speed. On arrival Smith and deckhand W. Eaves also injured, were conveyed to Sir Patrick Dun’s Hospital.
9.1.1899: Thomas Smith (38), Fleetwood died of gangrene and shock.
29.5.1899: Reported fire in forecastle caused by spark from lamp; cook slightly hurt.
14.12.1899: Reported stranded on rocks off St. John’s Point, Co. Down. Coastguards attended, vessel is holed and propeller lost. Successfully refloated, repaired and returned to service.
3.1.1900: Sold to Dublin Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Dublin. Arthur Richardson appointed manager.
18.8.1902: Hull registry closed.
8.1902: Registered at Dublin (D210).
1905: Sold to James Hall, Sunderland.
1905: Dublin registry closed. Registered at Sunderland (SD78). James Hall designated managing owner.
5.6.1915: Stopped by U-boat (U.14) 50 miles EbyN from Aberdeen. Crew abandoned and sunk by gunfire. Sunderland registry closed.

Note.
* – 1899 crew. Skipper James Neave/ Frederick Chard, 2nd hand, Samuel Turner, Boatswain, Thomas Smith/W.Blewett, 3rd hand P. Morgensen, 4th hand, W. H. Brunton.

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Technical

Official Number: 96221
Yard Number: 338
Completed: 1890
Gross Tonnage: 159
Net Tonnage: 64
length: 100.9 ft
Breadth: 20.5 ft
Depth: 10.7 ft
Built: Earle’s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull
C.2-cyl and boiler by Earle’s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull

History

1890: Launched by Earle’s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull (Yd.No.338) for The Grimsby Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby as HELLENIC.
6.1890: Completed.
10.6.1890: Registered at Grimsby (GY252). Henry Kelly, Cleethorpes appointed manager. Fishing from Fleetwood.
16.10.1903: Richard “Dick” Bettess appointed skipper.
1912: George Edward James Moody, Cleethorpes appointed manager.
8.5.1915: Hauled mine in trawl which exploded, foundered 98 miles EbyS of Spurn Point in position 53.38N 03.01E. Swarte Bank minefield laid by German light cruisers of II Scouting Group, STRALSUND and STRASSBURG on 17.4.1915. Three lives lost.
17.5.1915: Grimsby registry closed. “ Sunk by a mine “.

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Technical

Official Number: 68618
Yard Number: 20
Completed: 1873
Gross Tonnage: 58
Net Tonnage: 24
Built: John Gibson, Fleetwood
Rig: Ketch

History

18.4.1873: Completed by John Gibson, Fleetwood (Yd.No.20) for Richard Leadbetter & others, Fleetwood as Onward.
1873: Registered at Fleetwood (FD99).
1.1.1875: Owned by Richard Johnson, Fleetwood.
1891: Owned by Walter D. Cowman, 15 King St, Whitehaven. Registered Whitehaven.
1910: Owned by Richard Leadbetter, Fleetwood. Registered at Fleetwood (FD10).
1912: Walter D. Cowman, managing owner.
Pre 1919: Sold to Edward S. Kirkham, Fleetwood.
1920: Whitehaven registry closed.

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s.v. Onward FD99

s.v. Onward FD99

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26/03/2011: Page published.
05/01/2015: Information updated.
27/01/2016: Page transferred from MH site and picture added.

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