S.D. Orient II – LT859

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Additional information courtesy of BARRY BANHAM Fishing Vessel Research


Official Number: 130014
Yard Number: 167
Completed: 1911
Gross Tonnage: 92.85
Net Tonnage: 43.90
Length: 86.0 ft
Breadth: 19.3 ft
Depth: 9.6 ft
Engine: 170ihp T.3-cyl by S. Richards & Co Ltd, Lowestoft (engine no.167)
Boiler: 140psi by Riley Brothers Ltd, Stockton on Tees


22.2.1911: Launched by S. Richards & Co Ltd, Lowestoft (Yd.No.167) for Arthur Mitchell, Lowestoft as ORIENT II.
28.4.1911: Registered at Lowestoft (LT859). Arthur Mitchell designated managing owner.
29.4.1911: Completed trials.
16.11.1914: At Lowestoft landed 25 cran of fresh herring at £6/cran and 40 cran of overlays at £4 7 0d/cran. This was a record price at the time.
1915: Requisitioned for war service as an A/S Net drifter (1-57mm) (Ad.No.1894).
12.1916: The Admiralty paid the crew £11. 2. 7d to bring the vessel home from the Isle of Man.
1918: Based Devonport.
By 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Lowestoft.
1920s: Seasonal fishing out of Fleetwood.
21.8.1923: Deckhand William Pleasants pulled overboard and drowned.
28.11.1924: Disabled with broken tail shaft. Picked up by steam drifter CONIFER (LT658) and towed home.
31.5.1928: At Fleetwood typical landing 53 boxes.
13.8.1930: Arthur Mitchel died.
1.1931: Arthur Claud Mitchel, Milford Haven and Derek Victor Mitchell, Bungay, Suffolk (joint owners).
16.5.1932: Damaged stem at Milford.
1933: Sold to Harry George Everard Williams, London. Harry G. E. Williams designated managing owner. Used as a scallop dredger at Brightlingsea.
13.1.1942: Lowestoft registry closed “ Vessel unseaworthy, sold for breaking up”. Advice received from owner.
1942: Vessel hulked on Brightlingsea beach.

08/07/2021: Page published.
10/07/2021: Completed history and technical details.