S.T. Connie FD194

Additional information courtesy of Bill Blow and Andy Hall


Official Number: 109671
Yard Number: 468
Completed: 1900
Gross Tonnage: 197.73
Net Tonnage: 71
Length: 110.4 ft
Breadth: 21.1 ft
Depth: 11.25 ft
Built: Earle’s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull
Engine: 400ihp T.3-cyl and boiler by Earle’s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull


22.1.1900: Launched by Miss G. Moody at Earle’s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull (Yd.No.468) for The Fleetwood Steam Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Fleetwood (Shareholders: J. Heap, Blackpool; H. Heap, Blackpool; H. Kelly, Grimsby; G. E. J. Moody, Grimsby; G. Selijoth, Fleetwood, W. C. Frith, Fleetwood
and T. Lockwood, Poulton-le-Fylde) as CONNIE.
24.2.1900: Registered at Fleetwood (FD194).
2.1900: Completed.
6.3.1900: George Edward James Moody, Grimsby designated manager.
27.5.1900: Put into Belfast with leaky boiler.
10.1900: Fishing in the Minch off Bayble, An Rubhain (Sk Robert Wright), arrested by Scottish Fishery Board’s cruiser VIGILANT, for alleged illegal trawling.
5.10.1900: At Stonoway Sheriff Court, Sk. Wright pleaded guilty and fined £100 or 60 days imprisonment, with confiscation of the net.
2.9.1908: At Killala Petty Sessions, Co. Mayo, skipper convicted of illegal fishing off the coast of Co. Mayo and fined £50.
26.1903: Arrived Fleetwood under tow after supposedly damaged her stern post on sunken rocks off Tiree, Inner Hebrides.
2.12.1907: Stranded on Tory Island setting up stem by 18”.
28.10.1908: At Fleetwood Magistrates Court, Percy Lloyd was charged with stealing a gold albert, value £7 10s. Sk.Herbert Nightingale said prisoner was discharged from the trawler on Monday and was paid up, including “liver” money. On Tuesday witness and prisoner met and there was some dispute about payment. They went to Mr. Frith, manager for Messrs. Moody’s and Kelly, and he after hearing both sides, it was decided that 2s 11d. was due to Lloyd. The skipper declined to pay and Lloyd shouted, “I will have my whack,’’ and snatched the skipper’s watch chain and ran off. Later in the day Lloyd was arrested and claimed that he had thrown the chain down a drain grating in Lower Dock Street; the grating was removed as well others, but no trace of the chain could be found. The magistrates, expressing disbelief in his statement, sentenced Lloyd to a months hard labour.
7.1911: Fishing in Firth of Clyde (Sk. Charles Hickford) in company with steam trawler CORONET (GY) (Sk. Richard Wright). Arrested by Scottish Fishery Board’s cruiser VIGILANT, for alleged illegal trawling.
22.7.1911: At Campbeltown Sheriff Court, both skippers fined £50 and nets confiscated. Both men had pleaded that in fog they had mistaken their position but commander of VIGILANT stated that there was no fog at the time of the incident.
14.02.1912: At Malin Petty Sessions Court, Co. Donegal, Sk. Charles Hickford, was prosecuted by the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction for Ireland for illegal fishing off the coast of County Donegal. The magistrates imposed a fine of £50, with £6. 6s. costs.
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 77.93 net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907.
6.1915: Requisitioned for war service as a boom defence trawler (Ad.No.NI). Based Cromarty.
Post 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Fleetwood.
5.4.1915: At Fleetwood Magistrates Court, James Neil, Belfast was charged with stealing ship’s stores valued at 35s, the property of Messrs. Moody’s and Kelly. Police Superintendent Thompson said that Neil was employed as cook and on returning to Belfast on Friday 1st the groceries were discovered in his bag. The accused pleaded guilty and after hearing evidence from PCs Butcher and Ashcroft and in view of his good record supported by ship’s husband John Darnell, he was fined £5.
12.1915: New boiler fitted.
26.7.1927: At Bangor Magistrates Court, Carnarvonshire, Sk. George Hunt fined £20 plus costs for trawling within the three mile limit and retaining immature fish.
24.12.1927: Sold to The Filey United Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Scarborough. Richard Ferguson Scotter, Filey designated manager.
2.1.1928: Fleetwood registry closed.
1.1928: Registered at Scarborough (SH107). 1929: Sold to Connie Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Filey. Richard Cammish, Filey, designated manager)
1942: Sold to Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd (64/64), Fleetwood. Basil Arthur Parkes, Cleveleys designated manager. Landing at Fleetwood from Home
and Faroe grounds.
24.5.1943: Typical landing. Faroes – 230 kits, cod/codling-131, haddock-29, whiting-14, plaice-5, ling/coley-51.
1945: Sold to Humber Trawlers Ltd (64/64), Grimsby.
1945: Scarborough registry closed.
23.3.1945: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to National Provincial Bank Ltd, London (A).
28.3.1945: Registered at Grimsby (GY31).
28.3.1945: Joseph Reynolds Cobley designated manager.
13.7.1951: Mortgage (A) discharged.
1951: Sold for breaking up.
20.5.1952: Grimsby registry closed “Ship broken up. Advice received from beneficial owners.”

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S.T. Connie SH107

S.T. Connie SH107
Picture courtesy of The Fred Baker Collection

S.T. Connie SH107

S.T. Connie SH107
Picture courtesy of The George Scales Collection

S.T. Connie FD194

S.T. Connie FD194
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16/12/2012: Page published. 6 updates since then.
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05/05/2017: Removed FMHT watermark and added an image.
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15/09/2018: Updated history details.
30/12/2019: Updated history details.