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S.T. Sureaxe M35

Information courtesy of Andy Hall with additional information courtesy of Christine Simm


Official Number144595
Yard Number: 425
Completed: 1907
Gross Tonnage: 185.11
Net Tonnage: 84.64
Length: 112.4 ft
Breadth: 21.5 ft
Depth: 11.7 ft
Built: Hall, Russell & Co Ltd, Aberdeen
Engine: 400ihp T.3-cyl and boiler by Hall, Russel & Co Ltd, Aberdeen


3.4.1907: Launched by Hall, Russell & Co Ltd, Aberdeen (Yd.No.425) for Sociedad Pescadora Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentine as UNO. Registered at Buenos Aires as UNO. F. Dumas designated manager.
Late 4.1907 sailed for Argentine. Fishing in Argentinian waters.
12.1908: New boiler fitted.
Late 3.1916: Sold in an en bloc deal (11 ships), through Hans Smith, ship brokers, Kronshtadt to the Russian Maritime Department to form part of the Arctic Ocean Flotilla; total cost 2.56m roubles. Sailed for Bristol via New York for docking and inspection.
4.1916: Arrived Bristol. Buenos Aires registry closed. At Bristol, under the direction of Mardew, Carney & Co Ltd, commenced conversion to a ‘sweeper trawler (I-75mm).
29.10.1916: Listed by Sea Department order No.209 in the Division of the Minesweeping Flotilla of the Arctic Ocean.
31.10.1916: Renamed T.31 (FSLO * Order No.465).
11.1916: Conversion completed.
Late 12.1916: Sailed Bristol for Alexandrovsk, Murmansk, Russia.
20.01.1917: Arrived Kola Bay, Murmansk. Minor repairs carried out.
2.1917: Imperial Russian Navy dissolved.
8.3.1917: Monarchy abolished.
9.3.1917: By order No.225 included in 4th Group of the Minesweeping Division.
20.9.1917: Handed over to the Division of Trawlers of FSLO Integrated Unit.
26.10.1917: Came over to the Soviets.
1918: Federated Socialist Republic formed.
27.3.1918: By order No.292, removed from the FSLO for demobilisation.
13.5.1918: Handed over to the Northern Cooperative of Military Seafarers and Employees of the Maritime Department as a trawler.
Since 7.1918: Under control of English interventionists at Murmansk.
30.7.1918: Sailed with the British Squadron for Arkhangelsk with British crew under the white ensign as SUREAXE (Ad.No.4344).
2.8.1918: Arrived Arkhangelsk.
9.1918: Returned with British Squadron to Murmansk.
11.11.1918: Armistice signed. Added to the Royal Navy list. Sailed for UK. Disarmed.
8.1919: At Newport, Mons completed fitting out for fishing under Survey of Lloyd’s Register and classed as a Stm Trawler at Newport. Laid up at Brightlingsea.
11.5.1920: By order of The Admiralty, sold at auction in the Baltic Exchange, London by Messrs C. W. Kellock & Co Ltd, ship brokers, to unidentified owners.
11.5.1920: Sold to James Mearns Davidson, Aberdeen.
9.6.1920: Registered at London (Part I) as SUREAXE O.N.144595.
1920: London registry closed. Registered at Glasgow (Part IV) (GW24). James Mearns Davidson designated managing owner.
1.1926: Sold to William Baxter, Aberdeen.
1.1926: Glasgow registry closed.
8.1.1926: Registered at Aberdeen (A161). William Baxter designated managing owner.
18.2.1926: Sold to Harrow-Baxter Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Aberdeen. William Baxter designated manager.
13.10.1927: Arrived Aberdeen with the steam trawler BEN LUI (A.185) in tow, picked up about 100 miles off Aberdeen disabled with broken tail shaft.
7.12.1939: Sold to John Charles Llewellyn & Joseph Leslie Yolland, Milford Haven; John Yolland Jnr, Fleetwood & Thomas Stewart Yolland, Swansea.
7.12.1939: Aberdeen registry closed.
11.12.1939: Registered at Milford (M35). John Charles Llewellyn designated manager.
1941: Sold to Mrs Ellen Mary Marsh Cubbin, Douglas, IoM.
5.5.1941: Milford registry closed.
5.1941: Registered at Douglas (DO37). Robert Alan Colby Cubbin designated manager.
17.8.1942: Requisitioned for war service and employed on miscellaneous naval duties (P.No.FY1834)(Hire rate £46.5.0d/month).
9.1942: Employed on target towing duties.
11.1945: Returned to owner at Douglas, IoM.
11.1946: Laid up at Douglas.
20.11.1946: Advertised for sale by Thomas McLaren & Co, Glasgow, ship brokers, on behalf of the owner; open for inspection at Douglas Harbour, IoM. Not sold.
1951: Sold to BISCO and allocated to West of Scotland Shipbreaking Co Ltd, Troon.
20.8.1951: Arrived Troon.
31.8.1951: Breaking commenced.
1.10.1951: Beached.
22.11.1951: Breaking completed. Douglas registry closed.

Note: * – FSLO – (ФСЛО) Флотилия Северного Ледовитого Океана – North Ice Ocean Fleet (Arctic Ocean)

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S.T. Sureaxe DO37

S.T. Sureaxe DO37
Picture courtesy of The Andy Hall Collection

14/03/2020: New page published.
14/03/2020: Added an image.

sv Alice FD??

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Information courtesy of Gordon Wilson


Official Number: 17225
Net Tonnage: 23
Built: 1829
Rig: Smack


1829: Completed at Burscough Bridge, Lancashire as Alice.
16.12.1851: Appropriated.
16.04.1855: Registered at Fleetwood. Owned by John Calder (Sk. Sam Colley) About 1869: Fishing the Calf grounds, SW of Calf of Man (Sk. Sam Colley) along with six or seven other boats and landing into Holyhead. Reputed to be the first skipper to place hake on the Manchester Wholesale Fish Market through agent Theophilus Handley.
By1870: Fleetwood registry closed. Owned by Robert Jones, 7 Eastgate Street, Carnarvon. Registered at Carnarvon.
1890: Not recorded in MNL under this name.

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sv Lownds FD??

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Official Number: 18202
Net Tonnage: 31

1854: Completed at Liverpool.
30.11.1854: Registered at Chester.
20.04.1855: Appropriated.
By 1860 : Owned by John Calder, Fleetwood.
1877: Fleetwood registry closed. Registered at Ramsey (3 of 77).
1877: Ramsey registry closed. Owned by Richard McClean, Dingle, Co. Kerry. Registered at Tralee.
By 1890: Owned by Thomas McClean, Dingle, Co. Kerry.
1894: Tralee registry closed.

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S.T. Celtic FD322

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Part IV registered
Gross Tonnage: 17.35


11.11.1918: Registered at Fleetwood (FD322).
8.4.1919: Sold to Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners, Whitehaven.
28.12.1925: Sold. Fleetwood registry closed.

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S.T. Surprise GK4

Additional information courtesy of Birgir Þórisson, Andy Hall and Mike Thompson


Official Number: 144040
Yard Number: 898
Completed: 1919
Gross Tonnage: 323 (327)
Net Tonnage: 129 (130)
Length: 138.2 ft
Breadth: 23.7 ft
Depth: 12.7 ft
Built: Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby
Engine: T.3-cyl (600ihp) and boiler by Charles D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull


28.6.1919: Launched by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby (Yd.No.898)(“Mersey“ class) for The Admiralty as SAMUEL MARTIN (Ad.No.4255).
1919: Sold to Hellyer Bros Ltd, Hull.
23.3.1920: Registered at Hull (Part I & IV) as FIELD MARSHAL PLUMER O.N.144040 (H174).
29.3.1919: Completed as a fishing vessel. Frank O. Hellyer & Owen S. Hellyer designated managers.
31.03.1923: Sailed Hull 5.30 a.m. for the Icelandic fishing grounds. In the river collided with the trawler LORD BIRKENHEAD (H 219) sustaining some damage.
Repair team comprising shipwright foreman William Jordan and eight men transferred to carry out the repairs. On completion about 3.00 pm, the motor boat KITTY, in the charge of Chas. Ayres, went alongside to take off the repair team. Frederick. Pullen, spare hand of the trawler, also attempted to get into the boat. Herbert Foster, boiler maker, put his hand on Pullen’s shoulder, and tried restrain him. Pullen took hold of Foster, and, unfortunately as the launch sheared off both men fell into the water. A lifebuoy was thrown, but neither man caught hold of it. The incoming tide was running strongly, Foster could not swim, and before the boat could reach him, he sank. Pullen managed to keep himself afloat, and a rope was thrown to him, and he was recovered. Pullen was taken ashore and conveyed to the Royal Infirmary. Later in the day left the Humber for the fishing grounds.
19.11.1924: Sold to Einar Þorgilsson & Co (Einar Þorgilsson, Þorgils Guðmundur Einarsson and Ólafur Tryggvi Einarsson), Hafnarfjordur, Iceland for £9,500.
22.11.1924: Hull registry closed.
11.1924: Registered at Hafnarfjordur as SURPRISE (GK4).
16.02.1931: Sailed Hull for Iceland.
18.11.1931: Sailed Blyth for Iceland.
15.02.1932: Sailed Blyth for Iceland.
15.7.1934: Einar Þorgilsson died.
11.02.1939: Arrived at Grimsby, just before midnight to a waiting ambulance. Icelandic fisherman Sigurdsson Gudmunden was rushed to the Grimsby & District Hospital suffering from severe pneumonia.
04.11.1939: Transferred to Einar Þorgilsson & Co Hf, Hafnarfjordurur.
16.10.1941: West of Iceland, guided by RAF aircraft, picked up 23 crew members, six gunners and two RAF personnel, survivors from the armed merchantman (CAM) EMPIRE WAVE (7463grt/1941) (Capt Clement P Maclay) which was on her maiden voyage and had been torpedoed and sunk by U-boat (U.562) 500 miles E of Cape Farewell on 2.10.1941. Survivors landed at Patreksfjordur, Iceland, treated for frostbite, six remained in hospital. Thirty men in the other boat missing.
26.4.1942: Attacked and bombed by German FW200 160 miles south of Vestmannaeyjar, but bombs missed target.
1943/44: Landing at Hull and Fleetwood, often own catch plus motor boats.
27.5.1943: At Fleetwood landed 2,827 kits – hake-27, cod/sprags/codling-500, ling/coley-2.300.
1944: Also landed at Fleetwood – 7.2, 5.5, 24.5.1944. No landing details.
13.6.1944: Landed at Hull – 2,900 kits.
1944: Other landings at Hull – 8.1-2,932 kits, 24.3-2864 kits, 11.10.1944-2684 kits.
17.11.1945: Sold to H/F Sæfell, Vestmannaeyjar. Hafnarfjordur registry closed. Registered at Vestmannaeyjar as HELGAFELL (VE32).
1951: Laid up.
23.6.1952: Sold to Oddur Helgason, Reykjavik.
1952: Sold to P. & W. MacLellan Ltd, Glasgow, for breaking up at Bo’ness.
2.8.1952: Sailed Reykjavik in tow of Dutch tug in tandem with JÓN STEINGRÍMSSON (RE231) also for breaking.
8.1952: Arrived Bo’ness.
8.12.1952: Breaking commenced.

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S.T. Surprise GK4

S.T. Surprise GK4
Picture courtesy of The Birgir Þórisson Collection

S.T.Helgafell VE32

S.T.Helgafell VE32
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S.T. Surprise GK4

S.T. Surprise GK4
Landing at FD in 1940.
Picture courtesy of The David Slinger Collection

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15/10/2019: Updated information.
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