S.T. Olivine FD351


Official Number: 121097
Yard Number: 326
Completed: 1905
Gross Tonnage: 289
Net Tonnage: 106
Length: 135.8 ft
Breadth: 22.5 ft
Depth: 13.1 ft
Engine: T.3-cyl and boiler by W. V. V. Lidgerwood, Coatbridge
Built: Mackie & Thomson, Govan


In 1905 the Kingston board requested Mackie & Thomson, Govan, to design a class of distant water trawler suitable for fishing at Iceland all year round. The design was to incorporate a “whale back” forecastle and verandah bridge which had been introduced by other shipyards in 1902 and was proving to be a success. The submitted design was approved and two vessels ordered. Contracts were signed with the shipyard to build the vessels with engines and boilers for £6,950 each. Names chosen were OLIVINE and TOURMALINE.
Total cost for OLIVINE with amendments, certification, fees, fishing gear, stores and coal £7,801.3s4d. (Ships Papers 1s.1d.)

28.9.1905: Launched by Mackie & Thomson, Govan (Yd.No.326) for The Kingston Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull as OLIVINE.
11.1905: Completed trials and accepted (Lawrence Spring, manager)
7.12.1905: Registered at Hull (H849). First Trip, Sk. George Remington – twelve crew.
1.1915: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-12pdr HA) (Ad.No.1211).
10.10.1917: Arthur Taylor appointed Kingston manager.
23.4.1919: Sale agreed with Charles William Pickering, Liverpool with benefit of Admiralty hire and restoration.
5.1919: Returned after survey and restoration at Wivenhoe.
5.5.1919: Sold to Charles William Pickering, Seaforth, Liverpool for £15,000 (through W. A. Massey & Sons Ltd, Hull, shipbrokers commission £150).
12.5.1919: Sold to The British Trawling Co Ltd, Bootle (Charles William Pickering, Seaforth, manager).
13.10.1919: Hull registry closed.
15.10.1919: Registered at Fleetwood (FD351).
1921: Registered office transferred to Fleetwood.
1922: Sold to Sociedade de Pesca a Vapor Espardarte Lda, Lisbon.
15.8.1922: Fleetwood registry closed.
8.1922: Registered at Lisbon as ESPADARTE I.
1933: Sold to Alberto Graca, Lisbon. Registered at Lisbon as INVENCIVEL TERCEIRO.
1955: Sold for breaking up.

(Coal Capacity – Main Bunker 124 tons Fish Room 60 tons Total 184 tons)

(Note. Building installment costings:
28.6.1905: 1st – £500
11.7.1905: 3nd – £1,287.10.3d
19.8.1905: 3rd – £1,787.10.4d
2.11.1905: Balance – £750
17.11.1905 : Final – £1,037.10.0d Total – £5,362.10.7d
Engine and boiler maker
Estimated cost – £1,600)

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S.T. Olivine H849

S.T. Olivine H849
Picture courtesy of James Cullen

03/01/2009: Page published. 2 revisions since then.
12/10/2014: Picture added.
30/06/2017: Removed FMHT watermark from image.