S.D/T. Genius FR299


Admiralty Number: 4191
Official Number: 132190
Yard Number: 278
Completed: 1919
Gross Tonnage: 96
Net Tonnage: 42
Length: 86.2 ft
Breadth: 18.6 ft
Depth: 9.3 ft
Engine: T.3-cyl by W. Beardmore & Co Ltd, Coatbridge
Built: Scott & Sons Ltd, Bowling
Boiler: Lobnitz & Co Ltd, Renfrew


1919: Launched by Scott & Sons Ltd, Bowling (Yd.No.278) (“Admiralty drifter”) for The Admiralty as WAFT (Ad.No.4191).
11.9.1919: Completed as a fishing vessel.
9.1.1920: Transferred to The Fishery Board for Scotland, Edinburgh for disposal.
1921: Sold to John Murray, Portessie & others (John Murray, managing owner) under HM Treasury mortgage agreement (Disposal of Admiralty Drifters to Ex-service Fishermen).
12.4.1921: Registered at Buckie as GENIUS O.N.132190 (BCK358).
1924: Sold to George Farquhar, Buckie & others (George Farquhar, managing owner).
1928: Sold to John Buchan, St. Combs & others (John Buchan, managing owner).
1.1928: Buckie registry closed.
14.1.1928: Registered at Fraserburgh (FR299).
2.10.1939: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeping drifter (P.No.FY.748) (Hire rate £32.0.0d/month).
1.1942: At Yarmouth ‘LL’ drifter.
11.1943: Employed on miscellaneous Naval duties.
4.1944: Re deployed on miscellaneous Naval duties.
1945: Sold to Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd, Fleetwood (B. A. Parkes, manager).
12.11.1945: Returned to owner (David F. Cartwright MBE MC, Gorleston, manager).
1946: Sold to Adam Steam Fishing Co Ltd, London (David F. Cartwright MBE MC, Gorleston, manager).
15.3.1948 – 30.6.1948: Seasonal white fish trawling from Milford Haven ((Arthur C. Mitchell, managing agent).
3.1949: Sold to Merchants (Milford Haven) Ltd, Milford Haven (Frederick Walter Goffin, Hakin, manager).
19.2.1949 – 9.5.1955: Seasonal white fish trawling from Milford Haven.
5.1956: Fraserburgh registry closed.
1955: Laid up at Milford.
2.5.1956: After refurbishment, registered at Milford as MERCHANT VANGUARD (M46).
6.1956: On a trip to the Irish grounds (Sk. Charles Wilson); nine crew.
15.6.1956: Off the Co. Waterford coast, caught by a sudden gale and with a heavy sea running sought shelter at the back of The Hook, opposite Dunmore East. In late evening, in heavy rain and nil visibility, stranded on the Hook Peninsula, Co. Waterford. With vessel listing to port and well over, Sk. Wilson ordered the boat to be swung out and all crew* abandoned.
16.6.1956: After two and a half hours with boat almost swamped sighted by Dunmore East lifeboat, picked up and landed at Dunmore East.
16.6.1956: Attempts by MERCHANT VENTURER (M49)(Sk. Ernie Smith), HOSANNA (LT167 ((Sk. A. Wiseman) and DEELUX (YH84)(Sk.Hubert Griffiths), to refloat the vessel failed.
24.6.1956: Attempt to refloat failed.
2.8.1956: Lightening, with removal of coal, stores, nets etc had succeeded in bringing the vessel upright, survey showed little damage.
8.1956: Further attempts to refloat on favourable tides failed. Subsequently declared a Total Constructive Loss and abandoned to Underwriters.
2.1.1957: Milford registry closed.

Crew* saved – All Milford unless noted. Sk. Charles A. Wilson; Leonard S. Gale, Mate; F. Osbourne, Bosun; T. Jones, Ch. Eng; W.Kelly, 2nd Eng, Pill; L. Curtis and G. Setterfield, Deckhands; T. Walsh, Deckhand/trimmer; G. A. Taylor, Cook.

(Seasonal at Milford as Genius – 15 Mar – 30 Jun 1948; 19 Feb – 25 Sep 1949; 11 Mar – 3 Sep 1950; 2 Mar – 2 Aug 1951; 18 Mar – 22 Jun 1952; 1 Mar – 19 Oct 1953; 7 Mar – 1 Dec 1954; 4 Mar – 9 May 1955; 17 Apr 1956).

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S.D/T. Genius FR299

S.D/T. Genius FR299
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19/06/2011: Page published. 7 updates since then.
01/11/2020: Updated history.