S.T. Sulby FD87

Picture and documents courtesy of Bob Dawson Download witness statements in pdf format Reg King’s Statement Bernard Nolan’s Statement pt.1 Bernard Nolan’s Statement pt.2 Harold Blackburn’s Statement Newspaper Report Technical Official Number: 127573 Yard Number: 401 Completed: 1909 Gross Tonnage: 287 Net Tonnage: 111 Length: 130.3 ft Breadth: 23 ft Depth: 12.7 ft Engine: T.3-cyl by Shields Engineering Co Ltd, North Shields Built:... Read More

First Trawler Loss of WWII

Davara FD152 In August 1939 with the prospect of conflict in the offing, several trawler owners on both the East and West Coast recalled their vessels and delayed the sailing of others. Once War was declared, however, and with markets suffering from a lack of supplies, many trawlers returned to sea thinking that on the West Coast at least, the War might be slow to get under way. They were not to know that many German U-boats were already moving into... Read More

Lost Vessels

© Fleetwood Maritime Heritage Trust If there any vessels missing from this page, please contact me. Please note that when some of these vessels were lost they had been sold or moved to another port. However, all have sailed from Fleetwood at some time, or been owned by Fleetwood companies and for this reason I have decided to include them on this page. 1880 PRINCE CHARLIE: (Smack) 1800 Sank No Details 1881 OSPREY: (1) 28/04/1881 South of... Read More

S.T. William Humphries LO533

Additional information courtesy of Gary Hicks Plymouth Merchant Ships Technical Admiralty Number: 4205 Official Number: 144592 Yard Number: 447 Completed: 1918 Gross Tonnage: 276 Net Tonnage: 106 Length: 125.6 ft Breadth: 23.4 ft Depth: 12.6 ft Built: J. Duthie Torry Shipbuilding Co, Aberdeen Engine: 480ihp T.3-cyl by Bellis & Morcom Ltd, Birmingham History 10.1918: Launched by J. Duthie Torry Shipbuilding Co, Aberdeen (Yd.No.447) (“Castle”... Read More

Richard Bettess

Richard Bettess 29/1/1879 – 23/7/63 Richard (Dick) Bettess was the third child and second son of Frederick Bettess, (10/10/1846-24/10/1916), who was born in Padstow, Cornwall. Frederick was a fisherman and seaman who married Margaret Anne Bond, (1855-31/3/1919), of Fleetwood and settled there. It is probably true to say that any one in Fleetwood with the surname Bettess is a descendant of Frederick and his wife. William & John Dick went to sea... Read More