Additional material courtesy of Barry Banham
Official Number: 141957
Yard Number: 5
Gross Tonnage: 97
Net Tonnage: 39
Length: 86 ft
Breadth: 18.5 ft
Depth: 9.3 ft
Built: J. W. Brooke & Co Ltd, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft
Engine: T.3-cyl by Plenty & Sons Ltd, Newbury
1918: Launched by J. W. Brooke & Co Ltd, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft (Yd.No.5) (“Admiralty Drifter”) for The Admiralty as FORK LIGHTNING (Ad.No.4112).
22.11.1918: Completed as a minesweeper (1- 6pdr).
1920: Transferred to Board of Agriculture & Fisheries, London for disposal.
1920: Sold to Harry Dingle & Wright Bros, Fleetwood under HM Treasury mortgage agreement (Disposal of Admiralty Drifters to Ex-service Fishermen). Harry Dingle designated managing owner.
6.8.1920: Registered at Fleetwood (Part I & Part IV) O.N.141957 (FD378).
28.6.1921: Registered at Fleetwood as Ramsey Bay (FD378).
8.1923: Repossessed by Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries, London.
25.8.1923: Fleetwood registry closed “ceased fishing”.
21.12.1923: Sold to Dennis Nathaniel Randlesome (32/64), Frank Burton (16/64) & Arthur Gouldby (16/64), Lowestoft.
21.12.1923: Registered at Lowestoft (LT1290).
7.3.1928: Sold to Dennis Nathaniel Randlesome (48/64) & Arthur Gouldby (16/64), Lowestoft.
1928: Seasonal white fish trawling out of Fleetwood.
19.6.1928: Typical landing 40 boxes.
10.2.1930: Sold to Dennis Nathaniel Randlesome, Lowestoft.
1930s: Seasonal trawling from Padstow and Fleetwood (Alex Keay managing agent).
14.4.1937: Trawling in Morecambe Bay (Sk. D. N. Randlesome), Ch.Eng Sidney Howe of Lowestoft disappeared, presume fell overboard and drowned.
31.12.1938: Sold to Locarno Fishing Co Ltd, London.
Pre 1943-1944: Fishing out of Fleetwood.
24.7.1943: Typical landing. 110 kits – hake-50, cod/codling-25, whiting-15, flats-10, roker-10.
3.1955: Sold to Jacques Bakker & Zonen, Bruges for breaking up.
3.3.1955: Sailed Lowestoft for Antwerp in tow of steam drifter BYNG (LT632), also for breaking up.
9.3.1955: Delivered Bruges.
16.6.1955: Lowestoft registry closed.
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26/01/2009: Page published. 3 updates since then.
22/08/2015: Picture added.
08/07/2017: Removed FMHT watermarks from images.
21/09/2020: Updated history.