Official Number: 133392
Yard Number: 149
Gross Tonnage: 192.38
Net Tonnage: 72.78
Length: 110 ft
Breadth: 21.6 ft
Depth: 12 ft
Built: Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd, Goole
Engine: 300ihp T. 3-cyl and boiler by Earle’s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull
30.5.1912: Launched by Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd, Goole (Yd.No.149) for Kelsall Brothers & Beeching Ltd (64/64), Hull as VIREO.
2.7.1912: Registered at Hull (H446). John E. A. Kelsall, London & George Beeching, Hull appointed managers.
10.1914: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-6pdr HA) (Ad.No.383). Based Granton.
1919: Returned to owner at Hull.
7.6.1919: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to The London County Westminster & Parr’s Bank Ltd, London (A). John Slater appointed manager.
6.3.1923: Mortgagee re-styled as Westminster Bank Ltd, London.
19.12.1924: Niels Hess (48), Mate, fell into sea and drowned when transferring fish to carrier.
14.10.1927: Mortgage (A) transferred to William Augustus Hayward, Eastbourne.
14.10.1927: Mortgage (A) transferred to Mercantile Marine Finance Corporation Ltd, London.
28.9.1928: Robert Burton appointed manager.
16.9.1932: Charles Hugh Emerson appointed manager.
10.1932: Mercantile Marine Finance Corporation Ltd in liquidation.
1.11.1932: Mortgage (A) transferred to Harold Frank Hayward, London; Maud Florence Katherine Rogers, Chelsea and Ernest Norton, London (Joint mortgagees).
3.1936: Combined boxing and trawling fleet of Kelsall Bros. & Beeching Ltd and the Hull Steam Fishing & Ice Co Ltd consisting of 59 vessels laid up at Hull (declining catches, coal bill and increased maintenance costs had made the venture uneconomical).
6.3.1936: At Extraordinary General Meeting at Hull, Hull Steam Fishing & Ice Co Ltd placed in Creditors’ Voluntary Winding-up (Richard Field Helm of Messrs Hodgson Harris & Co, London appointed liquidators).
26.10.1937: Sold by order of the mortgagee under mortgage (A) to Brixham Trawlers Ltd (64/64), Brixham.
27.10.1937: Vessel (64/64) mortgaged for the sum of £750 with interest at 5% to Harold Frank Hayward, London; Maud Florence Katherine Rogers, Corfe Castle and Ernest Norton, London (Joint mortgagees)(B). Ralph S. Dugdall appointed manager.
12.1937: Transferred to Fleetwood when Brixham Trawlers Ltd moved to the port.
3.12.1937: Sailed Brixham for Fleetwood in company with OWL (H801), fishing round.
13.12.1937: First landing at Fleetwood, 105 boxes grossed £94.
2.12.1938: Brixham Trawlers Ltd registered office transferred to Fleetwood. Ralph S. Dugdall appointed manager.
9.2.1939: Mortgage (B) discharged.
13.2.1939: Vessel mortgaged to Midland Bank Ltd, London (C).
2.12.1939: Requisitioned for war service and appointed for minesweeping duties, employed on auxiliary patrol (Hire rate £48.0.0d/month).
27.12.1940: Requisitioned for war service and employed on harbour defence patrol (P.No.FY.1531).
12.1941: Paid off at Fleetwood “to be released”.
27.4.1943: Typical wartime landing. 291 kits – cod/codling-60, haddock-41, whiting-15, plaice-19, flats-16, ling/coley-36, roker-73, gurnard-21, dogs-5, sole & prime-5.
20.4.1953: Mortgage (C) discharged.
26.6.1958: Gordon Cranford Dugdall appointed manager.
1.8.1959: Company taken over by Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd, Fleetwood.
8.1.1060: Sir Fred Parkes, Blackpool appointed manager (Arthur J. Lewis, commercial manager).
2.1960: Sold to Haulbowline Industries Ltd, Passage West, Cork for breaking up.
3.3.1960: Sailed Fleetwood for Cork.
5.3.1960: Arrived Passage West.
15.8.1960: Hull registry closed “Vessel broken up”.
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19/01/2009: Page published. 4 updates since then.
23/04/2017: Removed disputed image.
11/08/2021: Updated history and technical details.