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S.T. Boston Meteor H114

Technical

Official Number: 183433
Yard Number: 731
Completed: 1949
Gross Tonnage: 386
Bet Tonnage: 136
Length: 136.7 ft
Breadth: 25.8 ft
Depth: 13.2 ft
Built: A. Hall & Co Ltd, Aberdeen
Engine: T.3-cyl by A. Hall & Co Ltd, Aberdeen (Engine No.443)
Fitted for burning oil fuel, F.P. above 150 ° F

History

1949: Launched by A. Hall & Co Ltd, Aberdeen (Yd.No.731) for Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd, Fleetwood as BOSTON METEOR.
3.1950: Completed. Registered at Hull (H114). Basil Arthur Parkes appointed manager.
2.1951: Sold to Fishery Products Ltd, St. John’s, Newfoundland. Hull registry closed. Registered at St. John’s as ZARBORA.
1969: Sold for breaking up to Canadian shipbreakers at Sydney, N.S. St. John’s registry closed.

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S.T. Boston Meteor H114

S.T. Boston Meteor H114
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Changelog
14/09/2019: Page published.

S.T. Saxmundham LT286

Technical

Official Number: 118931
Yard Number: 53
Completed: 1904
Gross Tonnage: 170
Net Tonnage: 59
Length: 105.0 ft
Breadth: 21.1 ft
Depth: 11.0 ft
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley
Engine: T.3-cyl and boiler by Charles D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull

History

29.6.1904: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.53) for George F. Sleight Ltd, Grimsby as ROTO.
8.1904: Completed.
16.8.1904: Registered at Grimsby (GY22). George F. Sleight designated managing owner.
1.1915: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-6pdr 1-7.5” A/S Howitzer) (Ad.No.947). Based Larne.
1.1.1918: George F. Sleight knighted.
By 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Grimsby.
29.6.1920: Sir George F. Sleight conferred Baronetcy of the United Kingdom.
19.3.1921: Sir George F. Sleight, Bart died. Managers became the Executors of Sir George F. Sleight Bart.
17.11.1933: Sold to George F. Sleight & Raymond L. Humphrey, Grimsby. Major Sir Ernest Sleight Bart, OBE designated managing owner.
21.11.1938: Sold to Consolidated Fisheries Ltd, Grimsby. Sir John D. Marsden, Bart designated manager.
23.11.1938: Grimsby registry closed.
26.11.1938: Registered at Lowestoft (LT286).
1.12.1939: Transferred to fish out of Lowestoft.
16.12.1938: Registered at Lowestoft as SAXMUNDHAM LT286) (BoT Minute M/RG 1575/38).
4.1940: Fishing out of Milford. H. Westenborg managing agent.
28.1.1942: Last landing at Milford.
1945: Sold to Raw Materials Supply Co Ltd, London.
1948: Fishing out of Fleetwood.
22.6.1948: Typical landing from Home Waters – 149 boxes.
1950: Sold to Cranbrook Shipping Co Ltd, London. Leonard Frederick Milton designated manager.
1952: Sold to BISCO and allocated to Clayton & Davie Ltd, Dunston.
6.1952: Arrived Tyne for Dunston for breaking up.
1952: Lowestoft registry closed.

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S.T. Roto GY22

S.T. Roto GY22
Picture courtesy of Milford Trawlers

Changelog
01/09/2019: Page published.

S.T. Baltic GY186

Technical

Official Number: 94095
Yard Number: 320
Completed: 1880
Gross Tonnage: 154
Net Tonnage: 93
Length: 100.6 ft
Breadth: 20.01 ft
Depth: 11.6 ft
Built: Earles Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull
Engine: T.3-cyl and boiler by Earles Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull

History

1888: Launched by Earles Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull (Yd.No.320) for The Grimsby Steam Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Grimsby.
11.1888: Completed as a well vessel and liner/trawler.
23.11.1888: Registered at Grimsby (GY186). Henry Kelly, Cleethorpes designated manager.
6.4.1904: Attended Aberdeen steam trawler BEN VENUE (A83) stranded on Skerry Rock, Boddam, Aberdeenshire. Trawler came afloat but foundered after crew had taken to boat. All nine crew picked up and landed at Aberdeen.
1912: George Edward James Moody, Cleethorpes designated manager. Fishing out of Fleetwood. Engaged in trawling. William Moody Kelly managing agent.
1.1915: Requisitioned for war service (1-3pdr) (Ad.No.967).
7.1915: Sold to Allen Steam Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Grimsby. William J. Allen designated manager.
6.1915: Returned to owner at Grimsby.
29.2.1916: In storm force winds and heavy seas off the North Yorkshire coast, forced ashore at Bempton. Crew taken off by lifesaving team. Vessel a total loss.
8.3.1916: Grimsby registry closed. “Wrecked”.

Changelog
04/08/2019: Page published.

S.T. Helgi Magri EA290

Information courtesy of Birgir Þórisson

Technical

Official Number: Unknown
Yard Number: 109
Completed: 1891
Gross Tonnage: 137
Net Tonnage: 27.7
Length: 32.15 m
Breadth: 6.34
Depth: 3.11 m
Built: J. C. Tecklenborg, Geestmünde, Germany
Engine: 260ihp C.2-cyl by J. C. Tecklenborg, Geestmünde

History

1891: Completed by J. C. Tecklenborg, Geestmünde, Germany (Yd.No.109) for Gebruder Thomae, Boizenburg, Elbe, Germany as LILLY. Registered at Hamburg (HH5). F. W. E. Thomae designated manager.
2.1913: Sold to Ásgeir Pétursson (5/6) and Sk. Stefán Jónasson (1/6), Akureyri, Iceland. Hamburg registry closed.
27.2.1913: Registered at Akureyri as HELGI MAGRI (EA290).
1916: Stefán Jónasson share (1/6) sold to Ásgeir Pétursson. Mostly employed in the Icelandic summer herring fishery, also trawling and transport as well as experimenting with other activities.
1913-1918: Fished for herring in the winter off Norway and Sweden.
26.10.1918: Reported arrived Fleetwood along with the ex whaler VARANGAR (RE 181) (g/1881) and the Elías Stefánsson trawler ÍSLENDINGUR (RE 120) (143g/1893), to fish out of the port over the winter. J. Marr & Son Ltd, managing agents. During their stay some crew members fell ill with influenza and one crew member died along with one from ÍSLENDINGUR. The crews were so well nursed in a Seamens’ Home that the skippers invited the nurses to Iceland in the summer of 1919 on a holiday tour. (Jan 1918-Dec 1920 H1N1 Influenza Pandemic, the so called “Spanish Flu” – about 50 million dead worldwide.)
4.6.1919: Arrived Reykjavik from Fleetwood, overhaul before heading North for the summer herring fishery. Reported that catches had been good.
1921: Icelandic ship register – 103,3 (31,39)x 20,4 x 9,4 Danish feet (metres)
(From Lloyd’s Register 1925) 136g 51n 103.3 x 20.4 x 9.4 feet (Danish feet mistaken for imperial)
1925: Iceland ship register – 136g 51n 32,43 x 6,40 x 2,95 metres (Danish feet converted to metric)
Early 1928: Properties auctioned off.
21.4.1928: Ownership re-styled h/f Ásgeir Pétursson & Co. Operated in the name of Sigurður Bjarnason, skipper/shipowner, Akureyri.
1929: Iceland ship register – 32,78 x 6,03 x 3,27 metres
19.6.1929: Registered at Akureya as NONNI (EA 290). Classified as a longliner.
12.1929: Sold to h/f Barðinn, Þingeyri, Iceland.
1931 Operated by a fishermens’ cooperative at Þingeyri.
1931-33: Official register of ships recorded as owned by h/f Barðinn.
1933-34: Longlining from Reykjavik (but only recorded in 1933, then operated by Sk. Þórarinn Dúason).
By 1934: Register of ships records owner as Ásgeir Pétursson, Akureyri.
10.1.1935: Sank in Reykjavik harbour in fierce storm. Refloated, slipped but condemned and broken up.

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S.T. Helgi Magri EA290
Picture courtesy of The Birgir Þórisson Collection

Changelog
06/06/2019: Page published.

S.T. Íslendingur RE120

Information courtesy of Birgir Þórisson

Technical
Official Number: 102924
Yard Number: 112
Completed: 1893
Gross Tonnage: 151
Net Tonnage 64
Length: 101.5 ft
Breadth 21.6 ft
Depth: 11.0 ft
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Hull
Engine: T.3-cyl and boiler by Charles D. Holmes & Co, Hull

History

14.9.1893: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Hull (Yd.No.112) for Pickering & Haldane’s Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull as OSPREY.
10.1893: Completed.
5.10.1893: Registered at Hull (Part I & IV) O.N.102924 (H225). Henry A. L. Rees designated manager.
8.1906: New boiler fitted.
23.10. 1908: Sold to Elías Stefánsson, Reykjavik on behalf of Hf. FRAM, Reykjavik for a reported 60-70 thousand krónur (£3,350-£3,385),
1-2.3.1908: Arrived Reykjavik.
11-14.3.1908: Renamed ÍSLENDINGUR. Elías Stefánsson designated manager.
21.5.1908: Registered at Reykjavik (RE 120).
1908: Remeasured (Iceland registry) 142.62g 65n.
23.10.1908: Hull registry closed.
1916: Company dissolved, ownership transferred to Elías Stefánsson, Reykjavik (sometimes ownership shown as Hf. Eggert Ólafsson a limited company in which
Elías Stefánsson was the majority shareholder).
26.10.1918: Reported arrived Fleetwood along with the ex whaler VARANGER (RE 181) (g/1881) and the Ásgeir Pétursson – Elías Stefánsson trawler HELGI MAGRI (EA 290) (136g/1891), to fish out of the port over the winter. J. Marr & Son Ltd, managing agents. During their stay some crew members fell ill with influenza and one crew member died along with one from HELGI MAGRI. The crews were so well nursed in a Seamens’ Home that the skippers invited the nurses to Iceland in the summer of 1919 on a holiday tour. (Jan 1918-Dec 1920 H1N1 Influenza Pandemic, the so called “Spanish Flu” – about 50 million dead worldwide.)
9.4.1919: Sailed Fleetwood and returned to Iceland. Reported that catches had been good. Experimented with Danish Seine.
By Autumn 1920: Elías Stefánsson and companies in financial difficulties.
17.12.1920: Already an ill man, Elías Stefánsson (41) died of stomach cancer. Estate put into liquidation by creditors. Attempts to sell the ÍSLENDINGUR were unsuccessful. Ship leased to various parties mainly during summer herring season and laid up over winter.
9.12.1926: Sank at winter moorings at Eiðisvík, Reykjavík.
1942: After salvage, refitted and converted to motor. Fitted with 500hp Fairbanks-Morse oil engine by Fairbanks-Morse & Co, Beloit, WI. 77hp Greyhound
trawl winch engine and 20hp Lister generator.
1942: Remeasured 146.11grt 66.20n 31,09 (102.0) x 6,25 (20.5)x 2,92 (9.6) metres (feet)
4.11.1942: On completion registered by Sveinbjörn Einarsson, Ágúst Ingvarsson and Stephan Stephensen, Reykjavík at Reykjavik (RE 73). Operated by Díseltogorar hf, Reykjavik.
18.5.1949: Sold to Bjarni Sigurðsson, Kristján Guðlaugsson, both Reykjavík, Ingibjörg Pétursdóttir, Reykjum Mosfellssveit, (all Iceland) and Þorvaldur Stephensen, Sörvaag, Faroe Islands.
19.06.1951: Ingibjörg Pétursdóttir shares sold to Kristján Guðlaugsson.
1954: Last reported fishing with cod nets.
By 1956: Had been laid up in Reykjavik and sank at the berth. Refloated and sold by auction for breaking up.
15.10.1957: Removed from Icelandic registry.
2.2.1961: Final deletion from Icelandic registry.
Early 1970s: Remains only finally removed from beach at Reykjavik.

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S.T. Íslendingur RE120

S.T. Íslendingur RE120
Picture courtesy of The Birgir Þórisson Collection

S.T. Íslendingur RE120

S.T. Íslendingur RE120
Picture courtesy of The Birgir Þórisson Collection

S.T. Íslendingur RE120

S.T. Íslendingur RE120
Picture courtesy of The Birgir Þórisson Collection

Changelog
06/06/2019: Page published.
15/06/2019: Added images.