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Official Number: 161629
Yard Number: 616
Pennant Number: FY.1504
Gross Tonnage: 131
Net Tonnage: 56
Length: 94.3 ft
Breadth: 20.1 ft
Depth: 9.7 ft
Engine: A. Hall & Co Ltd, Aberdeen.
Built: A. Hall & Co Ltd, Aberdeen
9.5.1929: Launched by A. Hall & Co Ltd, Aberdeen (Yd.No.616) for Bloomfield’s Ltd, Gt Yarmouth as OCEAN LIFEBUOY.
6.1929: Completed (Neil Mackay, manager).
6.6.1929: Registered at Yarmouth (YH29).
1930s: Seasonal trawling from Padstow and Fleetwood (Lowestoft Fish Selling Co Ltd, Lowestoft, managing agent).
7.9.1939: Requisitioned for war service and employed on port duties (Hire rate £70.4.11d/month).
29.11.1939: Converted for minesweeping (P.No.FY.1504).
1942: Transferred to Bloomfield’s Ltd, Fleetwood management.
26.1.1946: Returned. Transferred to Bloomfield’s Ltd, Gt Yarmouth.
1950s: Seasonal white fish trawling from Fleetwood.
21.10.1953: Landed 301.25 crans of herring at Yarmouth after transferring 16 nets to UTOPIA (BF531) which contained 62 crans.
1953: Runner up in Prunier Trophy. (Throughout her career one of Yarmouth’s most successful herring catchers).
31.12.1954: Sold to W. H. Kerr (Ship Chandlers) Ltd, Milford Haven (William H. Kerr, manager).
8.3.1956: Registered at Yarmouth as DEELITE (YH29).
1958: Re-engined with 2 stroke 5-cyl 360bhp oil engine by Crossley Bros Ltd, Manchester.
10.1971: Fishing off Irish Coast (Sk. Bill Phillips) suffered main engine failure. CONSTANT STAR (M133) fouled her propeller in attempting to connect. Subsequently towed to Milford by PICTON SEA LION (M22).
7.1973: Sold to Thos. W. Ward Ltd, Sheffield for breaking up.
23.7.1973: Sailed Milford for Briton Ferry in tow of WILLING BOYS (LT737).
10.9.1973: Breaking up completed. Yarmouth registry closed.
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26/01/2009: Page published. 4 updates since then.
10/03/2015: Picture added.
23/02/2018: Removed FMHT watermark from images.