S.D/T. Ocean Pioneer YH189 (Seasonal)

Wooden Drifter/Trawler
Copyright 2010 Barry Banham for FMHT.


Official Number: 137575
Yard Number: 266
Completed: 1915
Gross Tonnage: 90
Net Tonnage: 41
Length: 87.5 ft
Breadth: 19.3 ft
Depth: 9.1 ft
Built: Fellows & Co Ltd, Gt. Yarmouth
Engine: C.2-cyl by F.W. Carver & Co Ltd, Gt. Yarmouth
Boiler: Riley Brothers (Boilermakers) Ltd, Stockton on Tees


1915: Launched by Fellows & Co Ltd, Gt. Yarmouth (Yd.No.266) for Bloomfields Ltd, Gt. Yarmouth as OCEAN PIONEER.
5.1915: Completed (James Bloomfield, manager).
6.5.1915: Registered at Gt. Yarmouth (YH189).
9.1917: Requisitioned for war service (1-6pdr) (Ad.No.1334).
1919: Returned to owner.
1920-1939: Seine net fishing in North Sea out of herring season and undertook trials with Spanish pareja trawl with OCEAN TOILER (YH312) at Fleetwood (Bloomfields Ltd, Fleetwood, managing agents).
22.12.1922: Neil Mackay appointed manager.
26.10.1925: At Gt. Yarmouth landed 225 crans of herring.
27.11.1934: In thick fog, 18 miles off Yarmouth in collision with GENEROUS (LT1148) which subsequently foundered. Crew picked up.
15.7.1935: With Sk. Roper George in command and accompanied by D’ARCY COOPER (YH370) (Sk. Richard Brown) represented Great Yarmouth at the King George V Silver Jubilee Review at Spithead.
16.5.1940: Requisitioned for war service on Degaussing Service(P.No.FY.1694) (Hire rate £23.0.0d/month).
1946: Returned to owner.
21.8.1946: Sold to Frederick Donald Haylett, Caister on Sea.
20.9.1946: Sold to Don Drifters Ltd, Gt. Yarmouth (Frederick D. Haylett, manager).
15.10.1947: At Gt. Yarmouth landed 180 crans her last big shot of herring.
1954: Sold for breaking up.
17.11.1954: Yarmouth registry closed.

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S.T. Ocean Pioneer YH189

S.T. Ocean Pioneer YH189
Picture courtesy of The Barry Banham Maritime Photo Collection

S.D/T. Ocean Pioneer YH189

S.D/T. Ocean Pioneer YH189
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S.D/T. Ocean Pioneer YH189

S.D/T. Ocean Pioneer YH189
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28/04/2010: Page published. 4 updates since then.
09/07/2018: Removed FMHT watermarks from images.