S.T. Aby FD138

Technical

Official Number: 180326
Yard Number: 755
Completed: 1945
Gross Tonnage: 361
Net Tonnage: 139
Length: 136 ft
Breadth: 25.2 ft
Depth: 13.2 ft
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley
Engine: 600ihp T.3-cyl by Charles D Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull
Speed: 11.7 knots

History

18.5.1945: Laid down.
22.9.1945: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gems Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.755) for Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd, Fleetwood as ABY.
26.11.1945: Registered at Fleetwood (FD138). Fred Parkes, Blackpool designated manager.
27.11.1945: Completed.
12.1945: First landing at Fleetwood, 700kits from a 16 day Faroe trip (Sk. Bob Wright).
7.10.1946: Sold to Seddon Fishing Co Ltd, London & Fleetwood. Borys Kilaczycki, London designated manager.
14.2.1949: Sold to Neale & West Ltd, Cardiff.
14.2.1949: Fleetwood registry closed.
1949: Registered at Cardiff as CHAFFCOMBE (CF18).
5.1956: Neale & West Ltd closed their Cardiff base citing high coal prices, unruly crews and Spanish over-fishing; vessels for sale.
5.1956: Five vessels bought en bloc by Fred Parkes, Blackpool – AKITA (CF4), CHAFFCOMBE (CF18), OKU (CF3), SASEBO (CF27) and St. BOTOLPH (CF8).
21.5.1956: Arrived Fleetwood.
6.1956: Sold to The Don Fishing Co Ltd, Aberdeen.
6.1956: Cardiff registry closed.
20.6.1956: Registered at Fleetwood (FD30). Fred Parkes, Blackpool designated manager.
12.1956: Converted for burning oil fuel, F.P. above 150° F.
1.1957: Registered at Fleetwood as BOSTON GANNET (FD30). Basil Arthur Parkes designated manager.
By 12.1961: Laid up at Fleetwood along with SUPERNAL (H414) and St. BOTOLPH (FD31).
11.1962: Reactivated.
19.11.1962: Sailed Fleetwood for Home Water grounds (Sk. S. Roberson); fifteen crew.
6.12.1962: Experienced machinery problems and put into Oban for repairs. On berthing struck quay causing considerable damage over about 20yds and setting in bow plates.
7.12.1962: On completion of repairs, sailed Oban to resume fishing. After landing at Fleetwood returned to lay up.
20.3.1963: Removed to Glasson Dock and laid up.
10.1963: Sold to West of Scotland Shipbreaking Co Ltd, Troon for breaking up.
6.10.1963: Arrived Troon.
8.10.1963: Breaking commenced.
18.10.1963: First beaching.
31.1.1964: First rebirthing.
15.4.1964: Second rebirthing.
20.5.1964: Breaking up completed. Fleetwood registry closed.

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S.T. Aby FD138

S.T. Aby FD138
Picture courtesy of The David Slinger Collection

S.T. Aby FD138

S.T. Aby FD138
Picture courtesy of The Osta Collection

S.T. Aby FD138

S.T. Aby FD138
Picture courtesy of The Osta Collection.

Changelog
26/01/2009: Page published. 4 updates since then.
13/01/2017: Removed disputed image.
06/07/2020: Updated information.
22/07/2020: Further information update.
22/07/2020: Image added.