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Official Number: 110868
Yard Number: 232
Completed: 1899
Gross Tonnage: 227
Net Tonnage: 86
Length: 114.0 ft
Breadth: 21.6 ft
Depth: 12.0 ft
Built: Cochrane & Cooper Ltd, Selby
T.3-cyl and boiler by Amos & Smith Ltd, Hull


27.2.1899: Launched by Cochrane & Cooper Ltd, Selby (Y.No.232) as a liner for The Viking Steam Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Grimsby as KING HARALD.
28.4.1899: Registered at Grimsby (GY1097). John E. Rushworth appointed manager.
29.4. 1899: Completed.
9.1903: Sold to Frank Barrett (64/64), Grimsby. George William Margarson appointed manager.
1.1912: Sold to G. E. Forum, Esbjerg, Denmark.
26.1.1912: Grimsby registry closed. Registered at Esbjerg. George William Margarson appointed manager.
1914: Fishing out of Fleetwood (Sk. Hans Sorenson Hansen).
9.1.1915: Put into Killybegs, Co. Donegal but told by the authorities to leave as UK ports were closed to foreign vessels. Ordered by telegram sent by Frank Barrett to proceed to Fleetwood.
13.1.1915: On arrival at Fleetwood vessel arrested.
22.1.1915: At Grimsby Magistrates Court, Frank Barrett and George William Margarson were charged with an offence under sections 37 & 38 of the Defence of the Realm Consolidation Act, namely entering a prohibited area, Fleetwood, and aiding and abetting Hans Sorenson Hansen to commit an offence contrary to section 48 of the same Act. The Stipendiary Magistrate dismissed the case against all defendants but concluded that the authorities were, however, justified in bringing the proceedings.
4.1915: Sold to Frank Barrett (64/64), Grimsby.
4.1915: Esbjerg registry closed.
6.4.1915: Registered at Grimsby (GY479). George William Margarson appointed manager.
29.5.1917:: Requisitioned for Fishery Reserve (1-6pdr).
1919: Released.
1.1920: Sold to Direct Fish Supplies Ltd (64/64), London.
23.3.1922: Company in voluntary liquidation.
10.8.1922: Placed in compulsory liquidation.
9.1922: Sold to Thomas Baskcomb (64/64), Grimsby.
9.1935: Sold to shipbreakers.
17.9.1935: Grimsby registry closed.

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Official Number: 67134
Net Tonnage: 35
Built: Whitehaven, 1872
Rig: Smack


1872: Built Whitehaven for William Leech, Fleetwood as Emma Maria.
1872: Registered at Fleetwood (FD85).
1880/81: Sold to Joseph Bird, Fleetwood.
1982: Sold to Joseph Kitchingman, Liverpool.
By 1887: Sold to John Davies, 20 Marmion Road, Hoylake. Fleetwood registry closed. Registered at Liverpool (LL70).
23.12.1900: Reported ashore by “61 perch” Liverpool Bay. Crew safe. Total loss. 1901: Refloated, repaired and returned to service.
1908/09: Sold to Joseph R. Foulkes, Port Dinorwic & others. Joseph R. Foulkes designated managing owner.
1911: Liverpool registry closed.

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Official Number: 123368
Yard Number: 291
Completed: 1906
Gross Tonnage: 240
Net Tonnage: 62
Length: 120.6 ft
Breadth: 22.9 ft
Depth: 13.2 ft
Built: John Duthie Torry Shipbuilding Co, Aberdeen
Engine: T.3-cyl and boiler by J. Abernethy & Co, Aberdeen


23.5.1906: Launched by John Duthie Torry Shipbuilding Co, Aberdeen (Yd.No.291) for The Walker Steam Trawl Fishing Co Ltd, Aberdeen as STAR OF LIBERTY.
9.1906: Completed.
30.10.1906: Registered at Aberdeen (A88). Andrew walker appointed manager.
11.5.1908: Arrived Aberdeen from an Icelandic trip reporting boat lost when howmewards due to stress of weather.
7.5.1912: Aberdeen registry closed. To fish in South African waters.
14.10.1912: Laid up in Victoria Dock, Aberdeen and advertised for sale in ‘Aberdeen Journal’ Interest shown by the French Government and sale to French nationals confirmed.
19??: Remeasured 241g 53n.
1912: Sold to Soc. Anon. des Pêcheries de Biarritz, Biarritz. Renamed GRAZIELLA.
1915: Sold to Rene Pettit, Dieppe. Registered at Dieppe (D-1659).
By 1925: Sold to Brunet & Ledoux, Boulogne.
1927: Sold to Brunet & Co, Boulogne. Dieppe registry closed. Registered at Boulogne (B-??).
1928: Sold to Stephen Fishing Co Ltd, Aberdeen.
1928: Remeasured 227g 98n.
6.9.1928: Registered at Aberdeen (A368).
2.12.1928: Registered at Aberdeen as JANE STEPHEN (A368). Thomas Stephen appointed manager.
8.1933: Sold to William Wray, Hartlepool.
8.9.1933: Aberdeen registry closed.
9.1933: Registered at Hartlepool (HL61).
9.10.1933: Registered at Hartlepool as EILEEN WRAY (HL61). William Wray designated managing owner.
7.2.1934: Homeward from fishing grounds (Sk. Ben Trueman), when some 200 miles from Hartlepool ran into very heavy weather and NW gale; boat lost, wheelhouse window stove in and some deckpound boards washed away.
9.2.1934: Arrived Hartlepool.
14.3.1935: Landed a Royal sturgeon – 3 stone and 5ft in length.
6/7.1936: Landed at Fleetwood (The Hewett Fishing Co Ltd agents)
17.12.1939: Off Hartlepool badly damaged by German aircraft, towed into Hartlepool but later foundered; no casualties.
12.1939: Salved, repaired and returned to service.
14.11.1940: Sold to Saint Andrew’s Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Hull. Basil Arthur Parkes, Cleveleys appointed manager.
1942: Sold to Hellyer Brothers Ltd, Hull.
12.1942: Hartlepool registry closed.
18.12.1942: Registered at Hull (H8).
10.1945: Sold to Humber Trawlers Ltd, Grimsby.
10.1945: Hull registry closed.
10.1945: Registered at Grimsby (GY108). Joseph Reynolds Cobley appointed manager.
1952: Sold for breaking up.
5.1952: Grimsby registry closed.

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S.T. Eileen Wray HL61

S.T. Eileen Wray HL61
Picture courtesy of Malcolm Cook (Hartlepool History)

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Additional information courtesy of Barry Banham and Jan Harteveld

Official Number: 99575
Yard Number: 90
Completed: 1892
Gross Tonnage: 132.72
Net Tonnage: 54
Length: 95.6 ft
Breadth: 20.5 ft
Depth: 10.8 ft
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Hull
Engine: T.3-cyl and boiler by Charles D. Holmes, Hull

1892: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Hull (Yd.No.90) for Hull Steam Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Hull as MELBOURNE.
23.6.1892: Completed.
23.6.1892: Registered at Hull (H200). Henry Toozes appointed manager.
1.1913: Bloomfields Ltd, Gt. Yarmouth joined the Russian fishing syndicate, The Russian Northern Maritime Industries, the object of which was “Fishing, trading in fish and the exploitation of the riches of the sea of any kind whatever under the Russian flag’.
31.3.1912: Sold to W. A. Massey & Son Ltd, Hull, shipbrokers.
4.1913: Sold to Bloomfields Ltd, Gt Yarmouth on behalf of the syndicate for the sum of £875. Refurbished and outfitted for drift netting at a cost of £800.
2.5.1913: Hull registry closed. Registered at Archangel as PECHA (sometimes recorded as PESHA). Charles Jourieff Spahde, St. Petersburg appointed manager.
5.1913: Sailed Gt Yarmouth for Archangel (Sk.William James Empson Green); six hands all told.
5.1913: Arrived Archangel, coaled and took onboard a number of Russian fishermen.
13.6.1913: Sailed Archangel for fishing grounds. No fish found and returned to Archangel.
20.6.1913: Sailed Archangel for Barents Sea; fished but still without success.
27.6.1912: As previously agreed moved to Shetland waters and engaged with other drifters in the seasonal herring fishery.
9.1913: Arrived back in Yarmouth, Russian fishermen returned home.
10.1913: Bloomfields assumed sole ownership (64/64).
10.1913: Remeasured 126g 57n.
21.10.1913: Registered at Yarmouth as OCEAN COMRADE (YH405). James Bloomfield appointed manager. Engaged in the ‘Home Fishing’.
3.1914: Bloomfields informed the Russians that they would take sole ownership of the steam drifter (see 10.1913).
8.1914: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper but fitted out as support for A/S net drifters (Ad.No.160).
2.1.1915: Sailed Lowestoft for Dover in company with HM drifters NINE SISTERS (Ad.No.157) (LT608), SEDULOUS (Ad.No.158) (YH2) and YOUNG FISHERMAN (Ad.No.159) (LT141).
1.3.1918: Sold to William Masson (24/64), Andrew Lewis (20/64), T. Christie (20/64), all Aberdeen. Andrew Lewis designated managing owner.
3.1918: Returned to owner. Requisitioned for Fishery Reserve.
18.12.1918: William Masson shares (10/64) sold to R. Masson (10/64), Aberdeen.
1.1.1919: William Masson shares (14/64) sold to I. Masson (6/64), J.Masson (6/64), T. Masson (2/64).
1919: Released.
2.6.1928: Sold to N.V. Visscherij Maatschappij “Beka”, IJmuiden (Broertjes en Knechtjens).
3.6.1928: Yarmouth registry closed.
6.1928: Registered at IJmuiden as BEKA (IJM78).
2.7.1929: Sailed IJmuiden for fishing grounds (Sk. A. Groen).
4.6.1929: Towing at about 2 knots about 22n miles NNW of Norderney Light vessel. At 22.30 experienced a light shock and thinking trawl had come fast stopped engine; on port side was German auxiliary motor fishing vessel ELLA (HF-284) using a light to ascertain name and number of BEKA which was damaged on port bow. Hailed and Germans confirmed they were not in any danger but needed to retrieve their gear
which was entangled with that of BEKA. About half an hour later gear was cleared and winch was heard recovering lines and on completion sailed away in ESE direction, lights partly obscured by sails. BEKA resumed fishing. ELLA subsequently foundered, her skipper claiming that BEKA had switched off all her lights and disappeared in the darkness offering no assistance. This was denied by skipper and crew of
1.10.1930: Company declared bankrupt.
31.1.1931(regd): Sold to Cols Durrant (64/64), Lowestoft.
31.1.1931: Registered at Lowestoft as OCEAN COMRADE (LT244).
2.2.1931: Sold to William Barnard (64/64), Lowestoft. William Barnard designated managing owner.
1936: White fish trawling from Fleetwood (Hewett Steam Fishing Co Ltd agents).
4.1937: Sold to German principals for breaking up. Seized by German Authorities whilst fishing.
26.4.1937: Lowestoft registry closed.
30.4.1937: Certificate returned by British Consul General, Hamburg

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