sv Susannah – GY37

Additional information courtesy of Christine Simm


Official Number: 50315
Completed: 1865
Net Tonnage: 26.74nrt
Length: 54.5
Breadth: 14.4
Depth: 7.1 feet
Rig: Smack


1865: Completed at Newhaven for W. R. Bennett, Newhaven as SUSANNAH.
8.1.1866: Registered at Newhaven.
1867: Sold to John R. Mackrill & Moses Wooley, Cleethorpes. Newhaven registry closed. Registered at Grimsby (GY242).
12.1868: Sold to T. Bailey, Grimsby.
12.1868: Sold to Moses Wooley, Cleethorpes.
3.1869: Reregistered at Grimsby (GY37).
4.1870: Sold to Jabez Wooley, Leeds.
18.7.1870: At Grimsby Yacht and Smack Regatta, took part in the race for Class 2 smacks, (Jabez Wooley, skipper). The first prize was a purse of £10, the second, £5. In the lead at the Newsand buoy but failed to complete the course.
9.1876: Sold to Benjamin Holt, Villa House, London Street, Fleetwood.
2.11.1877: By Mr. R. WESTBY. Ship Shares on Sale. Mr. R. WESTBY has received instructions to SELL BY AUCTION at his Sale Room, East Street, Fleetwood, on MONDAY November 5, 1877, the following VESSELS and SHARES belonging to the port of Fleetwood. : – 8/64 in the fishing smack “GEORGE and LIZZIE,” 8/64 in the fishing smack “SCOTIAN,” 8/64 in the fishing smack, “MARGARET,” …. the whole of the fishing smack “EMBLEM,” and the whole of the fishing smack “SUSANNAH.” The whole of the above vessels are in first-class condition, and in thorough working order. Sale to commence at Two o’clock in the afternoon.
9.11.1877: Reported that there was a very good attendance at the auction but no real bona fide sales were effected. The whole of the smack was put up for sale, but no reasonable offer was forthcoming.
14.12.1877: A sale by auction, of interest to fish dealers and others took place in the Sale Rooms, East Street, Fleetwood, Mr R. Westby was the auctioneer. … The fishing smack “SUSANNAH,” of Grimsby was next put up for competition, but failed to bring any reasonable offer. The reserve for this second smack was £150. This sale was by order of the mortgagee.
2.1878: Sold to George F. Nicholson, 38 James Street, Whitehaven. Grimsby registry closed. Registered at Whitehaven (WN??).
25.9.1883: Sailed Whitehaven for the fishing grounds (crew Thomas M’Lean, William Brasted, Thomas Crewdson and George Weaver) in company with the Whitehaven smack VIVID. Believed to have foundered along with the VIVID, in the gale and heavy weather which sprung up later that day. Over a period, deck planking and other parts of the smack washed up at Flimby, south of Maryport.
17.10.1883: Body, believed to be that of Thomas Crewdson washed up at Maryport. Two other bodies washed up near Flimby, one half a mile west of St. Helen’s, Flimby and the other near Flimby railway station.
18.10.1883: Another body found at Maryport possibly that of Reuben (sic) Ball (Stephen Ball) of the Fleetwood smack EMBLEM (FD146) washed overboard in the same gale on 26.9.1883.
18.10.1883: An inquest was held at the Ship Inn, Seaton touching the deaths of four men, supposed to have been drowned during the gale which occurred on 25th of September. The jury returned a verdict to the effect that the first three men found had been accidentally drowned, but there was no evidence whether the body of the third man was that of M’Lean or Moore (cook in the smack VIVID). With regard to the fourth man, an open verdict was returned.
10.1883: Whitehaven registry closed.

08/11/2023: Page published.