S.D/T. Excel IV – LT171 (Seasonal)

Additional information courtesy of Barry Banham


Official Number: 139887
Admiralty Number: 4149
Yard Number: 500
Gross Tonnage: 96
Net Tonnage: 41
Length: 86.2 ft
Breadth: 18.5 ft
Depth: 9.3 ft
Built: John Chambers & Co Ltd, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft
Engine: 270ihp T.3-cyl by Crabtree & Co Ltd, Southtown, Gt Yarmouth
Boiler: Thomas Sudron & Co Ltd, Stockton-on-Tees


1919: Launched by John Chambers & Co Ltd, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft (Yd.No.500) (“Admiralty drifter”) for The Admiralty as DISTANCE (Ad.No.4149).
20.1.1920: Completed as a fishing vessel.
1920: Transferred to Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries, London for disposal.
8.1920: Sold to Robert Boyle, North Shields.
26.8.1920: Registered at North Shields as LEONARD BOYLE (SN45). Robert Boyle designated managing owner.
1926: Sold to James R. Duthie, Andrew Duthie, Archibald Ritchie, Rosehearty; Alex Duthie, Andrew Duthie, Glasgow; Gilbert Peterkin, Richard Irvin & Sons Ltd, Fraserburgh.
28.4.1926: North Shields registry closed.
30.4.1926: Registered at Fraserburgh as DUNDARG (FR212). James R. Duthie, Rosehearty designated managing owner.
1938: Sold to Jane A. Duthie, Rosehearty.
1938: Sold to M. C. Lough & George Lough, Eyemouth. Fraserburgh registry closed. Registered at Berwick as EXCEL IV (BK260). James Lough designated managing owner.
3.10.1939: Requisitioned for war service and employed on port duties. (Hire rate £32.0.0d/month).
6.1940: Employed on transport duties.
8.1940: Based Kirkwall. Employed on miscellaneous naval duties.
7.1942: Based Anstruther. Employed on torpedo recovery and as a boom tender.
1945: Sold to Jackora Ltd, Lowestoft.
2.1946: Berwick registry closed.
7.2.1946: Registered at Lowestoft (LT171). Arthur C. Mitchell, Milford Haven appointed manager.
1950: Seasonal white fish trawling from Fleetwood.
13.4.1950: Best landing – 83 boxes £550 gross.
1955: Sold to Belgian shipbreakers.
22.5.1955: Sailed Lowestoft for Antwerp (Sk. Gowan) towing steam drifter JACKORA (LT129) also for breaking.
28.6.1955: Lowestoft registry closed.

27/11/2015: Page Published.
10/02/2019: Minor update.
09/08/2020: Updated history.