Admiralty Number: 3792
Official Number: 143807
Yard Number: 341
As built: 360disp 125.6 x 23.5 x 12.8 feet
Gross Tonnage: 277
Net Tonnage: 109
Length: 125.5 ft
Breadth: 23.5 ft
Depth: 12.8 ft
Built: Ailsa Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Ayr
Engine: T.3-cyl by Fawcett Preston & Co Ltd, Liverpool
31.5.1918: Launched by Ailsa Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Ayr (Yd.No.341) (“Castle” class) for The Admiralty as GIOVANNI GUINTI (Ad.No.3792).
11.7.1918: Completed as an escort (1-4” and W/T).
1.1919: Renamed IDAHO.
4.1919: Carried out 4” mounted gun trials.
1919: Reverted to GIOVANNI GUINTI.
8.11.1919: Registered by The Admiralty at London (Part I) as GIOVANNI GUINTI O.N.143807.
1.1920: Sold to The Cygnet Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood (Thomas Cardwell, manager).
24.1.1920: Registered at Fleetwood (FD367).
11.6.1921: Name change approved.
24.6.1921: Registered at Fleetwood as CYMREA (FD367).
1932: Sold to W. C. Farrow, Hull.
1932: Sold to Hudson Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Hull (Archibald Hudson, Hessle, manager).
19.7.1932: Fleetwood registry closed.
26.7.1932: Registered at Hull (H438).
3.8.1932: Registered at Hull as SIR MARK SYKES (H438).
1935: Sold to White Star Steam Fishing Co of Aberdeen Ltd, Aberdeen (Harry A. Holmes, manager).
15.10.1935: Hull registry closed.
16.10.1935: Registered at Aberdeen (A361).
21.11.1935: Registered at Aberdeen as LOCH MORAR (A361).
1936: Malcolm Smith appointed manager.
22.3.1937: Sailed Aberdeen on an Icelandic trip (Sk. Walter Edward Barber).
31.3.1937: In heavy weather, drove onto reef 1500yds offshore at Eyrarbakki, south west coast of Iceland; with heavy surf breaking over the vessel, a motor boat approached to within 500 yards but no sign of life; all twelve crew lost*. HMS FOYLE on FPS tasked to sail from Reykjavik to site; did not sail due to weather conditions and report from Eyrarbakki.
11.5.1937: Aberdeen registry closed. Only six bodies discovered and buried in Iceland.
1998: British Fisheries Minister, Eric Morley, unveiled a memorial at Patreksfjordur to all British fishermen who lost their lives on Iceland’s NW coast.
Lost* – Sk. Walter Edward Barber (42); George Hay Duthie (38), Mate; Thomas Phillip McKay(29), Second Fisherman; Alexander Stevenson, Ch Eng; John Connell, 2nd Eng; John Mitchell (28), John Barrett (52), William J. Brady, John Scott, deckhands; Charles Milne & F. Jackman, firemen; Duncan Lownie, cook
(Giovanni (Gioanni) Guinti, Private, Marine, age ?, b. Messina, Sicily – VICTORY (ML170))
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Note: Excerpt from “The True Price Of Fish” by George Ritchie
21/12/2008: Page published. 8 updates since then.
04/03/2018: Removed FMHT watermarks from images.
10/11/2020: Updated history.