S.D/T. Pilot Star KY84


Admiralty Number: 4150
Official Number: 145554
Yard Number: 501
Completed: 1919
Gross Tonnage: 96
Net Tonnage: 41
Length: 86.2 ft
Breadth: 18.5 ft
Depth: 9.3 ft
Engine: T-3-cyl by Crabtree & Co Ltd, Gt Yarmouth
Built: John Chambers Ltd, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft


1919: Launched by John Chambers Ltd, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft (Yd.No.501) (“Admiralty drifter”) for The Admiralty as DRIZZLE (Ad.No.4150).
10.2.1920: Completed as a fishing vessel.
8.5.1920: Transferred to The Fishery Board for Scotland, Edinburgh for disposal.
1920: Sold to John Hackland, Newhaven, Edinburgh (Arthur A. W. Smith, Leith, manager).
1921: Registered at Leith (LH290).
4.1923: Sold to Star Drift Fishing Co Ltd, Lowestoft (George Catchpole, manager).
4.1923: Leith registry closed.
11.4.1923: Registered at Lowestoft (LT1060).
25.4.1923: Registered at Lowestoft as PILOT STAR (LT1060).
1.1925: Sold to D. Smith, Willam W. Carstairs, Cellardyke, John T. Graham, Anstruther & W. C. Wilson, North Shields (John T. Graham, manager).
10.1.1925: Lowestoft registry closed.
1.1925: Registered at Kirkcaldy (KY48).
6.6.1934: Arrived Lerwick with ten survivors of the Granton steam trawler JAMES EVANS (GN29) which had started to take in water some 105 miles SEbyS of Bard Head, Shetland on 4.6.1934. Vessel foundered on the morning of 5.6. 1934 and men spent eight hours in boat before being picked up at 5.00am.
1939: Sold to Mrs Margaret C. Smith, Cellardyke.
23.11.1939: Requisitioned for war service and employed on miscellaneous Naval duties (Hire rate £32.0.0d/month).
1945: Sold to Wellvale Trawlers Ltd, Fleetwood (Basil A. Parkes, Cleveleys, manager).
1946: Returned to owner. Laid up.
1948: Sold to Drifters (Peterhead) Ltd, Peterhead (Caledonian Fishselling Co Ltd & Others) (R. Foreman, manager).
1948: Kirkcaldy registry closed.
1948: Registered at Fraserburgh (FR106).
1951: Sold to John A. Buchan & William Buchan, Peterhead.
1951: Fraserburgh registry closed.
1951: Registered at Peterhead (PD200).
Late 1953: Sold for breaking up. Peterhead registry closed.

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S.D/T. Pilot Star PD200

S.D/T. Pilot Star PD200
Picture courtesy of The Ally Collection

S.D. Pilot Star FR106

S.D. Pilot Star FR106
Picture courtesy of The Scratcher Collection


27/03/2010: Page published. 3 updates since then.
04/07/2018: Removed FMHT watermarks from images.
14/07/2021: Updated history.