S.T. Fotherby FD262

Additional information courtesy of Barry Banham, David Slinger and Phil Rogers

Technical

Official Number: 162872
Yard Number: 953
Completed: 1933
Gross Tonnage: 397.84
Net Tonnage: 150.50
Length: 155.0 ft
Breadth: 26.4 ft
Depth: 12.2 ft
Built: Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough
Engine: 700ihp T.3-cyl by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough.
Boiler: Richardson Westgarth & Co Ltd, Hartlepool

History

6.7.1933: Launched by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough (Yd.No.953) for Consolidated Fisheries Ltd (64/64), Grimsby as ASTON VILLA.
2.8.1933: Registered at Grimsby (GY508).
2.8.1933: Sir John D. Marsden, Bart designated manager.
8.8.1933: Vessel mortgaged(64/64) to Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, North Shields (A).
8.1933: Completed at a cost of £19736.
30.4.1936: Mortgage (A) discharged.
2.5.1936: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to Midland Bank Ltd, London (B).
21.7.1936: Mortgage (B) discharged.
8.1936: Sold to The Admiralty.
14.8.1936: Grimsby registry closed (Advice received from the Manager and from the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty). Fitted out as depot ship for Coastal Forces (cost £31,696, estimate £27,000 – stored torpedoes and depth charges). Renamed HMS MASCOT and later HMS VULCAN, tender to the 1st MTB Flotilla.
1939: Served in Mediterranean.
1940: In Home Fleet.
1941: In Mediterranean Fleet.
1944: Armed (1-20mm).
5.2.1947: Sold to Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd (64/64), Fleetwood. Basil Arthur Parkes designated manager.
11.1947: Reclassed at Fleetwood and registered at Fleetwood as FOTHERBY (FD262).
1948: Transferred to fish out of Gt. Yarmouth.
From 10.1950: Landings transferred to Israeli refrigerated steamer D’VORA (506grt/1943) ex ‘Isles’ class trawler KITTERN (P.No.T382) for shipment to Haifa, Israel.
2.1951: Chartered by Ezra Deep Sea Fishing Co Ltd (Ezra Danin & others),Tel-Aviv, Israel for six months with option to purchase.
8.2.1951: Sailed Fleetwood for Grimsby (Sk. Arthur J. Lewis). Seven Israeli deckhands/firemen arrived Grimsby to join.
31.3.1951*: Sailed Grimsby at 1400 for Las Palmas (Capt T. S. Hodgkinson); nineteen crew all told. To initially fish the Canary-Saharan bank under an agreement for Israel to pay £60/ton for all fish landed at Haifa. To then train Israeli fishermen.
8.4.1951: Arrived Las Palmas at 1615, berthed 1715. Total time – 8 days 2hrs 15 mins. Distance run 1,807 miles. Average speed 9.90knots.
10.4.1951: Sailed Las Palmas at 1805 for fishing grounds.
11.4.1951: Fishing in position 26N 14W.
21.4.1951: Fishing 13m ExS of Cape Juby, Morocco. Hauled and stowed gear. 1200 left fishing grounds for Haifa, Israel.
3.5.1951: At 0300 arrived off Haifa Harbour. Total time 11 days 7hrs. Distance run 2,817 miles. Average speed 10.40 knots.
1951: Fishing off the coasts of Morocco and Greece mainly for bream.
1951: Fleetwood registry closed.
1951: Registered at Tel-Aviv as MIRIAM (TA122).
1951: Returned to UK.
12.1951-1.1952: Completed Special Survey at Grimsby. Continued to land at ?? and some part landings transhipped to Israel along with those of company steam trawlers SHULAMITH (585g/20) and ZIPORAH (580grt/1921).
1952: Ezra Deep Sea Fishing Co Ltd in liquidation.
1953: Sold to Government of Poland, Warsaw (Ministry of Industry & Commerce)(P. P. D. “Dalmor”, managers).
3.1953: Tel Aviv registry closed. Registered at Gdynia as POLLUX (GDY187).
1965: Laid up.
1969: Sold for breaking up.

*Crew on sailing 31.3.1951: Capt T. S. Hodgkinson, J. Dewhurst, B. Harivess, F. Nicholson, M. Smith, W. Newman, J. Smith, G. Whittle, J. A. Woods, P. Walton, W. P. Jones – all British; M. Shadmi, A. Goldman, Z. Klein, I. Ziser, J. Rabach, A. Gevandter, R. Vaadi – all Israeli; J. Gorecki – Polish.

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HMS Mascot

HMS Mascot
Picture from the Internet

HMS Mascot

HMS Mascot
Picture © Wright & Logan

S.T. Fotherby FD262

S.T. Fotherby FD262
Picture courtesy of The Fred Baker Collection

S.T. Fotherby FD262

Fotherby landing at Great Yarmouth courtesy of The Barry Banham Collection

S.T. Fotherby FD262

S.T. Fotherby FD262
Picture courtesy of The David Slinger Collection

S.T. Miriam TA122

S.T. Miriam TA122
Picture courtesy of The David Slinger Collection

S.T. MIRIAM TA22

S.T. MIRIAM TA22
Crew list courtesy of The Phil Rogers Collection

S.T. Mirian TA122

S.T. Mirian TA122
Picture courtesy of The Phil Rogers Collection

S.T. MIRIAM TA22

S.T. MIRIAM TA22
Picture courtesy of The Phil Rogers Collection

S.T. Mirian TA122

S.T. Mirian TA122
Picture courtesy of The Phil Rogers Collection

S.T. Mirian TA122

S.T. Mirian TA122
Picture courtesy of The Phil Rogers Collection

Changelog
03/05/14: Page updated.
25/01/2017: Removed disputed image.
19/02/2018: Added an image.
12/10/2020: Updated information.
22/10/2020: Updated history and added images.
29/10/2020: Further update.