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sv Mayflower – CT28

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Technical

Possibly Part IV registered.
Length: 56.00ft
Breadth: 17.00 ft

History

1887: Completed as MAYFLOWER. Owned by Joseph Qualtrough, Port St. Mary and others. Registered at Castletown (CT28).
1887: Sold to T. Gale, Port St. Mary and others.
18.10.1890: Isle of Man Times. FOR SALE, that well known TRAWLBOAT “MAYFLOWER,” of Port St. Mary, built 1887. Length of keel, 56 feet, Beam 17 feet, in good sea-going condition, – For particulars apply, to Mr THOMAS CARINE, Shipbuilder, Port St. Mary, Isle of Man.
21.11.1890: Reported sold to Edward Blackburn, Fleetwood and arrived at the port from Castletown, IoM.
1891: Registered at Castletown to Mary Blackburn, Fleetwood.
19.9.1892: At Kirkham Petty Sessions, John William Anderson, fisherman, was fined 10s and costs for being drunk and creating a disturbance in West Street, Fleetwood.
1893: Registered at Castletown to Edward Blackburn, Fleetwood.
21-22.12.1894: A whole fleet of trawlers and cargoes were lost during the great storm over Europe. Running for home (Sk. Robert Roskell). After a day of severe weather, in the early evening the NW wind strengthened and during the night in storm force conditions (96 mph) driven before the wind and foundered in the vicinity of Shell Wharf. Wreckage, jiggermast and spire of mainmast, found at Shell Wharf Back by smack HARRIET (FD111) one of the trawlers at sea to search for survivors. Other boats of the Fleetwood fleet lost that day. PETREL (FD59) driven ashore off Gynn, Blackpool. Skipper Richard Wright drowned. SUSPRISE (FD15) (Sk. William Baxter) foundered off Cumberland coast/in Morecambe Bay. Crew lost.
1894: Fleetwood registry closed.
28.6.1895: Body of James Ball recovered at St. Anne’s-on-the-Sea.

Lost* – Skipper Robert Roskell, Blakiston Street; John Roskell, North Church Street; George Bond, Garfield Street and James Ball, Cross Street. All were married and leave eleven orphans.
Smack at time of loss valued at about £400.

Changelog
29/11/2022: Page published.

S.T. Auckland – LT445

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Technical

Official Number: 109097
Completed: 1899
Gross Tonnage 155
Net Tonnage: 55
Length: 105.0 ft
Breadth: 20.6 ft
Depth: 11.0 ft
Engine: T.3-cyl and boiler by Amos & Smith, Hull

History

15.12.1898: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Hull for Hull Steam Fishing & Ice Co Ltd, Hull as AUCKLAND.
1.1899: Completed. Henry Toozes designated manager.
10.1.1899: Registered at Hull (H441).
11.1.1899: Registered Part I.
1914: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (Ad.No.648). Based Liverpool.
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 61.0 net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907.
By 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Hull.
28.3.1919: Sold to Arthur Gouldby, Kessingland & others.
16.5.1919: Hull registry closed.
21.5.1919: Registered at Lowestoft (LT445). Arthur Gouldby designated managing owner.
1930s: Seasonal fishing out of Fleetwood.
12.3.1930: In fine weather, sailed Fleetwood for Morecambe Bay grounds in company with steam drifter/trawler SEASONS’ GIFT (LT127). When in the vicinity of the Lune Lightship SEASONS’ GIFT experienced machinery problem. Responded to signals of distress, closed, connected and commenced tow arriving Fleetwood on the evening tide.
1937: Sold to H. B. Garood, Lowestoft.
4.1937: Sold to Holland for breaking up.
14.4.1937: Lowestoft registry closed “ Sold foreigners for demolition.”

Changelog
26/10/2022: Page published.

sv Cistus – FD214

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Technical
2nd class Part IV registered
Registered tonnage: 12.75
Length: 34.8 ft
Breadth: 11.2 ft
Depth: 5.3 ft
Fitted with iron keelson as ballast giving a max. draught of 3ft 6ins, to work the shallow runs and edge of banks.
Half-decked/Prawner
Built: William Crossfield, Arnside

History

1908: Completed by William Crossfield, Arnside for John Moss and David Moss, both of Kemp Street, Fleetwood as CISTUS.
23.5.1908: Registered at Fleetwood (FD214). (Skippers John and David Moss).
12.6.1909: At the Blackpool & Fleetwood Sailing Club regatta, in the handicap half decked race, unplaced (Sk. John Moss).
18.6.1910: At the Blackpool & Fleetwood Sailing Club regatta, in the handicap half decked race, placed sixth (Sk. David Moss).
30.6.1913: Reported that at the seventh annual Blackpool & Fleetwood Sailing Club regatta, in the handicap half decked race,
placed third (Sk. John Moss).
25.8.1916: Sold to Jeff Wright Jnr, 117 Kemp Street, Fleetwood. (Sk. Jeff Wright Jnr).
9.1921: Sold to ??. Barrow.
20.9.1921: Fleetwood registry closed. Registered at Barrow.

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sv Cistus FD214

sv Cistus FD214
Picture from The Sankey Collection

Changelog
05/10/2022: Page published.
16/10/2022: Updated history.

sv Hannah FD225

Additional information courtesy of Christine Simm

Technical
Registered Tonnage: 10.70
Length: 32.7 ft
Breadth: 10.5 ftp
Depth: 4.3 ft
Rig: Cutter

History
1908: Completed by William Crossfield, Arnside for Richard Wright, 15 Kemp Street, Fleetwood as HANNAH.
15.10.1908: Registered at Fleetwood (FD225). (Sk. Richard Wright).
12.6.1909: At the Blackpool & Fleetwood Sailing Club regatta, in the handicap half-decked race finished second (Sk. Richard Wright).
1909: Morecambe regatta, in the handicap half-decked race finished second (Sk. Richard Wright).
18.6.1910: At the Blackpool & Fleetwood Sailing Club regatta, in the handicap half-decked race finished first (Sk. Richard Wright).
21.6.1911: At the Coronation Regatta promoted by the Blackpool & Fleetwood Sailing Club race for half-decked Registered Fishing Boats not exceeding 40ft, finished second (Sk. Richard Wright- £5 in cash).
26.2.1918: Sold to Thomas Warren Trevor, The Grey House, Glyngarth, Anglesey. (Sk. Thomas W. Trevor).
24.2.1923: Fleetwood registry closed “No longer fishing”.

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sv Hannah FD225

sv Hannah FD225

Changelog
12/09/2022: Page published.
26/09/2022: Updated history.

sv Harriet – CK59

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Technical

Official Number: 53487
Registered Tonnage: 25
Completed: 1865
Rig: Cutter/Jigger Smack

History

1865: Completed at Jersey possibly by Charles W Aubin, Gorey, as Harriet possibly an oyster smack.
11.10.1865: Registered at Jersey.
11.10.1865: Appropriated.
By 1870: Owned by Charles Auger, Burnham, Essex. Registered at Colchester (CK59).
1872: Sold to George Maskell, Brightlingsea.
1879: Sold to Robert A. Dawson, 20 East Beach, Lytham and George Maskell, 25 London Street, Fleetwood.
24.9.1881: Took part in the Fleetwood Regatta, Trawl Boat Race, (Sk. George Maskell) in wet and hazy weather. OYSTER GIRL (FD115) (Sk. William Coulborn) was favourite, leading at first but soon overtaken by GRATITUDE (FD156) (Sk.Richard Johnson). Finished third (£3).
25.9.1883: Sailed Fleetwood for the fishing grounds (Sk. David Herbert, crew, T. Lennox, J. Smith and Sam Colley.
26.8.1883: Running for home In gale force winds, squally rain and heavy seas. About noon came off the wind and while the crew were engaged in taking a third reef in the mainsail, the forestay broke allowing the mast to break and fall over the stern. Smith who was reefing the sail had a narrow escape for had the mast not partially fallen, giving warning, he would either have been killed or knocked overboard. The crew cut away the rigging, allowing the mast to go clear and then put a spar to the stump and hoisted signals of distress. The OYSTER GIRL (FD115) passed within 200 yards, but probably owing to the weather could not risk stopping. The skipper let go the anchor and assessed the damage. About an hour later the mainmast and rigging floated close past the smack. This caused some anxiety, as it was generally supposed that the smack MARY ELLEN (FD21) first lost her mast and was afterwards sunk owing to it coming in contact with the boat. At about 11.00pm, the smack was spoken by the smack BADGER (FD55) who stayed with them overnight, their positions being marked by torch lights.
27.9.1883: At 6.00am weighed anchor and an hour later, the BADGER having closed and connected, the tow was underway. Several of the smacks that had returned yesterday reported that the HARRIET was seen with decks swept and masts gone. At about 10.00am the smacks WONDER (FD68) and BEAVER (FD55) sailed with volunteer crews of eight to ten men each to search for the HARRIET. They had not got far, however, before they met the disabled smack in tow of the BADGER. Arrived of Steep Brest about 1.00pm and met by steam tug WARDLEYS (122grt.1882), the service of which, however, was refused. Numerous spectators greeted them on arrival.
5.10.1883: Reported that mast and gear except standing rigging belonging to the smack has been picked up north of Ravenglass. Mr Maskell, the owner, has been to claim it, and it will be forwarded to Fleetwood by rail.
From at least 1886: Engaged in the coasting trade (Taylor, master) mainly out of Whitehaven but also Workington and Maryport. Ports visited, principally Garlieston, but also Wigtown, Creetown, Kirkcudbright, Dalbeatie, Port William, Ramsey and Larne, most likely with coals, returning either light or with grain, potatoes, etc.
1887: Sold to George Maskell, 25 London Street, Fleetwood.
18.1.1889: Arrived Whitehaven from Garlieston.
12.9.1893: Arrived Fleetwood.(Taylor, master).
24.10.1893: Sailed Fleetwood (Taylor, master) for Port Erin, IoM.
1.1894: Sold to Hamilton Dixon, Whitehaven & others. Hamilton Dixon managing owner.
1895: Remeasured 14n.
1894: Colchester registry closed. Registered at Whitehaven (WA56).(2/1894).
13/14.2.1895: A severe snow storm accompanied by a perfect gale of wind hit the Cumberland coast and the Solway Firth. In the area was the HARRIET and for 25 hours she encountered the worst of the weather.
14.2.1895: Arrived Garlieston., Wigtownshire, her appearance, covered with ice and snow, was that of a ghost ship. One of the crew had frost bite and all had traces of exposure.
17.2.1895: Arrived Whitehaven from Garlieston.
29.12.1915: Whitehaven registry closed. Broken up.

Changelog
19/08/2022: Page published.