S.T. Surprise GK4

Additional information courtesy of Birgir Þórisson, Andy Hall and Mike Thompson

Technical

Official Number: 144040
Yard Number: 898
Completed: 1919
Gross Tonnage: 323 (327)
Net Tonnage: 129 (130)
Length: 138.2 ft
Breadth: 23.7 ft
Depth: 12.7 ft
Built: Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby
Engine: T.3-cyl (600ihp) and boiler by Charles D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull

History

28.6.1919: Launched by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby (Yd.No.898)(“Mersey“ class) for The Admiralty as SAMUEL MARTIN (Ad.No.4255).
1919: Sold to Hellyer Bros Ltd, Hull.
23.3.1920: Registered at Hull (Part I & IV) as FIELD MARSHAL PLUMER O.N.144040 (H174).
29.3.1919: Completed as a fishing vessel. Frank O. Hellyer & Owen S. Hellyer designated managers.
31.03.1923: Sailed Hull 5.30 a.m. for the Icelandic fishing grounds. In the river collided with the trawler LORD BIRKENHEAD (H 219) sustaining some damage.
Repair team comprising shipwright foreman William Jordan and eight men transferred to carry out the repairs. On completion about 3.00 pm, the motor boat KITTY, in the charge of Chas. Ayres, went alongside to take off the repair team. Frederick. Pullen, spare hand of the trawler, also attempted to get into the boat. Herbert Foster, boiler maker, put his hand on Pullen’s shoulder, and tried restrain him. Pullen took hold of Foster, and, unfortunately as the launch sheared off both men fell into the water. A lifebuoy was thrown, but neither man caught hold of it. The incoming tide was running strongly, Foster could not swim, and before the boat could reach him, he sank. Pullen managed to keep himself afloat, and a rope was thrown to him, and he was recovered. Pullen was taken ashore and conveyed to the Royal Infirmary. Later in the day left the Humber for the fishing grounds.
19.11.1924: Sold to Einar Þorgilsson & Co (Einar Þorgilsson, Þorgils Guðmundur Einarsson and Ólafur Tryggvi Einarsson), Hafnarfjordur, Iceland for £9,500.
22.11.1924: Hull registry closed.
11.1924: Registered at Hafnarfjordur as SURPRISE (GK4).
16.02.1931: Sailed Hull for Iceland.
18.11.1931: Sailed Blyth for Iceland.
15.02.1932: Sailed Blyth for Iceland.
15.7.1934: Einar Þorgilsson died.
11.02.1939: Arrived at Grimsby, just before midnight to a waiting ambulance. Icelandic fisherman Sigurdsson Gudmunden was rushed to the Grimsby & District Hospital suffering from severe pneumonia.
04.11.1939: Transferred to Einar Þorgilsson & Co Hf, Hafnarfjordurur.
16.10.1941: West of Iceland, guided by RAF aircraft, picked up 23 crew members, six gunners and two RAF personnel, survivors from the armed merchantman (CAM) EMPIRE WAVE (7463grt/1941) (Capt Clement P Maclay) which was on her maiden voyage and had been torpedoed and sunk by U-boat (U.562) 500 miles E of Cape Farewell on 2.10.1941. Survivors landed at Patreksfjordur, Iceland, treated for frostbite, six remained in hospital. Thirty men in the other boat missing.
26.4.1942: Attacked and bombed by German FW200 160 miles south of Vestmannaeyjar, but bombs missed target.
1943/44: Landing at Hull and Fleetwood, often own catch plus motor boats.
27.5.1943: At Fleetwood landed 2,827 kits – hake-27, cod/sprags/codling-500, ling/coley-2.300.
1944: Also landed at Fleetwood – 7.2, 5.5, 24.5.1944. No landing details.
13.6.1944: Landed at Hull – 2,900 kits.
1944: Other landings at Hull – 8.1-2,932 kits, 24.3-2864 kits, 11.10.1944-2684 kits.
17.11.1945: Sold to H/F Sæfell, Vestmannaeyjar. Hafnarfjordur registry closed. Registered at Vestmannaeyjar as HELGAFELL (VE32).
1951: Laid up.
23.6.1952: Sold to Oddur Helgason, Reykjavik.
1952: Sold to P. & W. MacLellan Ltd, Glasgow, for breaking up at Bo’ness.
2.8.1952: Sailed Reykjavik in tow of Dutch tug in tandem with JÓN STEINGRÍMSSON (RE231) also for breaking.
8.1952: Arrived Bo’ness.
8.12.1952: Breaking commenced.

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S.T. Surprise GK4

S.T. Surprise GK4
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S.T.Helgafell VE32

S.T.Helgafell VE32
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S.T. Surprise GK4

S.T. Surprise GK4
Landing at FD in 1940.
Picture courtesy of The David Slinger Collection

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15/10/2019: Page published.
15/10/2019: Updated information.
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S.T. Boston Meteor H114

Technical

Official Number: 183433
Yard Number: 731
Completed: 1949
Gross Tonnage: 386
Bet Tonnage: 136
Length: 136.7 ft
Breadth: 25.8 ft
Depth: 13.2 ft
Built: A. Hall & Co Ltd, Aberdeen
Engine: T.3-cyl by A. Hall & Co Ltd, Aberdeen (Engine No.443)
Fitted for burning oil fuel, F.P. above 150 ° F

History

1949: Launched by A. Hall & Co Ltd, Aberdeen (Yd.No.731) for Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd, Fleetwood as BOSTON METEOR.
3.1950: Completed. Registered at Hull (H114). Basil Arthur Parkes appointed manager.
2.1951: Sold to Fishery Products Ltd, St. John’s, Newfoundland. Hull registry closed. Registered at St. John’s as ZARBORA.
1969: Sold for breaking up to Canadian shipbreakers at Sydney, N.S. St. John’s registry closed.

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S.T. Boston Meteor H114

S.T. Boston Meteor H114
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14/09/2019: Page published.

S.T. Saxmundham LT286

Technical

Official Number: 118931
Yard Number: 53
Completed: 1904
Gross Tonnage: 170
Net Tonnage: 59
Length: 105.0 ft
Breadth: 21.1 ft
Depth: 11.0 ft
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley
Engine: T.3-cyl and boiler by Charles D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull

History

29.6.1904: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.53) for George F. Sleight Ltd, Grimsby as ROTO.
8.1904: Completed.
16.8.1904: Registered at Grimsby (GY22). George F. Sleight designated managing owner.
1.1915: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-6pdr 1-7.5” A/S Howitzer) (Ad.No.947). Based Larne.
1.1.1918: George F. Sleight knighted.
By 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Grimsby.
29.6.1920: Sir George F. Sleight conferred Baronetcy of the United Kingdom.
19.3.1921: Sir George F. Sleight, Bart died. Managers became the Executors of Sir George F. Sleight Bart.
17.11.1933: Sold to George F. Sleight & Raymond L. Humphrey, Grimsby. Major Sir Ernest Sleight Bart, OBE designated managing owner.
21.11.1938: Sold to Consolidated Fisheries Ltd, Grimsby. Sir John D. Marsden, Bart designated manager.
23.11.1938: Grimsby registry closed.
26.11.1938: Registered at Lowestoft (LT286).
1.12.1939: Transferred to fish out of Lowestoft.
16.12.1938: Registered at Lowestoft as SAXMUNDHAM LT286) (BoT Minute M/RG 1575/38).
4.1940: Fishing out of Milford. H. Westenborg managing agent.
28.1.1942: Last landing at Milford.
1945: Sold to Raw Materials Supply Co Ltd, London.
1948: Fishing out of Fleetwood.
22.6.1948: Typical landing from Home Waters – 149 boxes.
1950: Sold to Cranbrook Shipping Co Ltd, London. Leonard Frederick Milton designated manager.
1952: Sold to BISCO and allocated to Clayton & Davie Ltd, Dunston.
6.1952: Arrived Tyne for Dunston for breaking up.
1952: Lowestoft registry closed.

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S.T. Roto GY22

S.T. Roto GY22
Picture courtesy of Milford Trawlers

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01/09/2019: Page published.

S.T. Baltic GY186

Technical

Official Number: 94095
Yard Number: 320
Completed: 1880
Gross Tonnage: 154
Net Tonnage: 93
Length: 100.6 ft
Breadth: 20.01 ft
Depth: 11.6 ft
Built: Earles Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull
Engine: T.3-cyl and boiler by Earles Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull

History

1888: Launched by Earles Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull (Yd.No.320) for The Grimsby Steam Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Grimsby.
11.1888: Completed as a well vessel and liner/trawler.
23.11.1888: Registered at Grimsby (GY186). Henry Kelly, Cleethorpes designated manager.
6.4.1904: Attended Aberdeen steam trawler BEN VENUE (A83) stranded on Skerry Rock, Boddam, Aberdeenshire. Trawler came afloat but foundered after crew had taken to boat. All nine crew picked up and landed at Aberdeen.
1912: George Edward James Moody, Cleethorpes designated manager. Fishing out of Fleetwood. Engaged in trawling. William Moody Kelly managing agent.
1.1915: Requisitioned for war service (1-3pdr) (Ad.No.967).
7.1915: Sold to Allen Steam Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Grimsby. William J. Allen designated manager.
6.1915: Returned to owner at Grimsby.
29.2.1916: In storm force winds and heavy seas off the North Yorkshire coast, forced ashore at Bempton. Crew taken off by lifesaving team. Vessel a total loss.
8.3.1916: Grimsby registry closed. “Wrecked”.

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04/08/2019: Page published.

S.T. Helgi Magri EA290

Information courtesy of Birgir Þórisson

Technical

Official Number: Unknown
Yard Number: 109
Completed: 1891
Gross Tonnage: 137
Net Tonnage: 27.7
Length: 32.15 m
Breadth: 6.34
Depth: 3.11 m
Built: J. C. Tecklenborg, Geestmünde, Germany
Engine: 260ihp C.2-cyl by J. C. Tecklenborg, Geestmünde

History

1891: Completed by J. C. Tecklenborg, Geestmünde, Germany (Yd.No.109) for Gebruder Thomae, Boizenburg, Elbe, Germany as LILLY. Registered at Hamburg (HH5). F. W. E. Thomae designated manager.
2.1913: Sold to Ásgeir Pétursson (5/6) and Sk. Stefán Jónasson (1/6), Akureyri, Iceland. Hamburg registry closed.
27.2.1913: Registered at Akureyri as HELGI MAGRI (EA290).
1916: Stefán Jónasson share (1/6) sold to Ásgeir Pétursson. Mostly employed in the Icelandic summer herring fishery, also trawling and transport as well as experimenting with other activities.
1913-1918: Fished for herring in the winter off Norway and Sweden.
26.10.1918: Reported arrived Fleetwood along with the ex whaler VARANGAR (RE 181) (g/1881) and the Elías Stefánsson trawler ÍSLENDINGUR (RE 120) (143g/1893), to fish out of the port over the winter. J. Marr & Son Ltd, managing agents. During their stay some crew members fell ill with influenza and one crew member died along with one from ÍSLENDINGUR. The crews were so well nursed in a Seamens’ Home that the skippers invited the nurses to Iceland in the summer of 1919 on a holiday tour. (Jan 1918-Dec 1920 H1N1 Influenza Pandemic, the so called “Spanish Flu” – about 50 million dead worldwide.)
4.6.1919: Arrived Reykjavik from Fleetwood, overhaul before heading North for the summer herring fishery. Reported that catches had been good.
1921: Icelandic ship register – 103,3 (31,39)x 20,4 x 9,4 Danish feet (metres)
(From Lloyd’s Register 1925) 136g 51n 103.3 x 20.4 x 9.4 feet (Danish feet mistaken for imperial)
1925: Iceland ship register – 136g 51n 32,43 x 6,40 x 2,95 metres (Danish feet converted to metric)
Early 1928: Properties auctioned off.
21.4.1928: Ownership re-styled h/f Ásgeir Pétursson & Co. Operated in the name of Sigurður Bjarnason, skipper/shipowner, Akureyri.
1929: Iceland ship register – 32,78 x 6,03 x 3,27 metres
19.6.1929: Registered at Akureya as NONNI (EA 290). Classified as a longliner.
12.1929: Sold to h/f Barðinn, Þingeyri, Iceland.
1931 Operated by a fishermens’ cooperative at Þingeyri.
1931-33: Official register of ships recorded as owned by h/f Barðinn.
1933-34: Longlining from Reykjavik (but only recorded in 1933, then operated by Sk. Þórarinn Dúason).
By 1934: Register of ships records owner as Ásgeir Pétursson, Akureyri.
10.1.1935: Sank in Reykjavik harbour in fierce storm. Refloated, slipped but condemned and broken up.

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S.T. Helgi Magri EA290
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