Additional information courtesy of David Slinger
Official Number: 148311
Yard Number: 882
Gross Tonnage: 303
Net Tonnage: 113
Length: 131 ft
Breadth: 24 ft
Depth: 13.2 ft
Engine: T.3-cyl by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough
Built: Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough
3.10.1929: Launched by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough (Yd.No. 882) for Neale & West Ltd, Cardiff as OKU.
10.1929: Completed. Joshua S. Neale & Morley H. Neale designated managers. Registered at Cardiff (CF3).
31.8.1939: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (Ad.No. (P.No.FY.660) (Hire rate £142.13.3d/month).
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).
5.1956: Sold to Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd, Fleetwood. Fred Parkes, Blackpool designated manager.
9.6.1956: Arrived Fleetwood.
10.2.1957: Sold to BISCO and allocated to Thos. W. Ward Ltd, Sheffield for breaking up.
19.2.1957: Sailed Fleetwood for Barrow.
20.2.1957: Delivered Barrow.
1957: Cardiff registry closed.
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02/01/2009: Page published. 3 updates since then.
20/12/2015: Pictures added.
08/04/2018: Removed FMHT watermark from images.
05/07/2020: Updated information.