Category Archives: Drifter/Trawler

S.D. Fume – LT524

Additional information courtesy of Christine Simm and Barry Banham


Admiralty Number: 4163
Official Number: 13999
Yard Number: 97
Gross Tonnage: 95.67g
Net Tonnage: 41 98.6
LOA: 86.2 ft
Breadth: 18.5 ft
Depth: 9.3 ft
Built: Colby Brothers Ltd, Oulton Broad
Engine: 270ihp T.3-cyl by Yeaman & Baggesen, Dundee


1918: Launched by Colby Brothers Ltd, Oulton Broad (Yd.No.97) (“Admiralty drifter”) for The Admiralty as FUME (Ad.No.4163).
4.6.1919: Completed as a fishing vessel.
1919: Sold to Victory Fishing Co Ltd, Norwich.
25.9.1919: Registered at Lowestoft (Part I & Part IV) as FUME O.N.139990 (LT524). Arthur William Harvey, Kessingland designated manager.
1.6.1921: Sold to The Vigilant Fishing Co Ltd, Norwich. George Frederick Spashett designated manager.
30.6.1927: Owner relocated Lowestoft.
14.10.1929: At Lowestoft landed 160 cran of herring.
2.1930: Seasonal white fish lining out of Fleetwood.
13.3.1930: Sold to Cdr. J. E. Capstickdale RANR representing Raphaël Fishing Co Ltd, Port Louis, Mauritius.
24.3.1930: Commenced fitting out for new fishing venture in East African/Indian Ocean waters.
29.3.1930: Lowestoft registry closed. Registered at Port Louis. Cdr. J. E. Capstickdale RANR designated manager.
18.4.1930: Completed BoT surveys.
21.4.1930: Sailed Fleetwood for machinery trial and compass adjustments.
22.4.1930: On the morning tide, sailed Fleetwood for Port Louis. Mauritius (Cdr J. E. Capstickdale RANR); ten crew all told *.
23.4.1930: Called Penzance for medical attention and took on more bunker coal. Subsequently called Las Palmas, Sierra Leone, Lobito, Cape Town, Durban.
4.7.1930: Arrived Port Louis. To fish the Soyha Da Main, Nazareth and St Brandon banks, some 300 miles north of Mauritius.
2.1931: Sk. William Ellis returned to Fleetwood.
1934: Port Louis registry closed. Registered at St. Pierre, Reunion as SAINT PIERRE.

* Crew on sailing Fleetwood: Cdr. J. E. Capstickdale RANR; Capt. W. B. Wilkinson RD RANVR, Mate; Sk. W. Ellis, Fishing Master; W. Paul, Ch.
Eng; S. Smith, 2nd Eng; R. Castel and A. Hakim, ABs; W. Hosent and S. Shrewe, Firemen/Seamen; W. Vernon, Cook.

28/02/2021: Page published.
10/03/2021: Updated history.

S.T. Erithian GY312

In Parkes (Fleetwood) ownership. Did not fish from the port.


Official Number: 145803
Completed: 1918
Gross Tonnage: 95.36
Net Tonnage: 41.56
Length: 84.4 ft
Breadth: 19.2 ft
Depth: 10.4 ft
Built: Davie Shipbuilding & Repairing Co, Levis, Quebec, Canada
Engine: 200ihp C.2-cyl by Davie Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Levis, PQ.


1.1917: Ordered.
1917: Launched by Davie Shipbuilding & Repairing Co, Levis, Quebec, Canada (Yd.No.) (Canadian Admiralty drifter) for The Admiralty (paid for and built under direction of RCN) as CD.32.
12.7.1918: Completed (1-6pdr) and commissioned.
12.1918: Laid up at Halifax, NS.
1920: “Cost of maintenance is high and the agents, Messrs Anderson Overseas Co, New York have failed to find any buyers”.
1920: The Treasury/Admiralty accepted offer of Rose Street Foundry & Engineering Co Ltd, Inverness (Mr S. Hunter Gordon) to bring drifters with trawlers as escorts to UK for lay-up in Muirtown Basin, Caledonian Canal, Inverness prior to sale and possible refit for classification as steam drifters (The Rose Street Foundry & Engineering Co Ltd letter dated 12 April 1920).
1921: Brought over at The Admiralty’s expense with Captain Donald John Munro CMG RN as convoy commander.
1923: Sold to Stanley Walter Watts, Dartford, Kent.
17.10.1923: Registered at Lowestoft as ERITHIAN (LT1276).
23.6.1925: Sold to Fred Parkes, Blackpool.
16.7.1925: Lowestoft registry closed.
21.7.1925: Registered at Grimsby (GY312).
8.1925: Sold to French owners.
31.8.1925: Grimsby registry closed. Registered at Dieppe as RACHEL MARIE LOUISE.

14/07/2020: Page published.

S. D. Record H777

Seasonal visitor
Additional information courtesy of Mike Thompson, Barry Banham and David Slinger


Official Number: 119360
Yard Number: ??
Completed: 1904
Gross Tonnage: 67.26
Net Tonnage: 40.57
Length: 80.0 ft
Breadth: 18.5 ft
Depth: 8.4 ft
Engine: 125ihp T.3-cyl by Crabtree & Co, Gt Yarmouth
Boiler: Riley Bros (Boilermakers) Ltd, Stockton on Tees


4.1904: Launched by Henry Reynolds, South Side Shipyard, Lowestoft for Robert Catchpole (64/64), Kessingland as RECORD.
5.1904: Completed.
25.5.1904: Registered at Lowestoft (LT360). Robert Catchpole designated managing owner.
22.12.1913: Sold to Jermyn T. Greengrass (64/64), Lowestoft. Jermyn T. Greengrass designated managing owner.
27.5.1918: Sold to John Victor Breech (64/64), Lowestoft. John Victor Breech designated managing owner.
30.12.1918: Sold to William Samuel Capps (21/63), George Gurney Hall (21/64) and John Victor Breach (22/64), Lowestoft. John Victor Breech designated managing owner.
6.4.1920: Sold to Goldthorpe, Scott & Wright Ltd, Grimsby.
26.4.1920: Lowestoft registry closed “No longer fishing”.
4.1920: Registered at Grimsby. Samuel L. Goldthorpe, New Cleethorpes designated manager. Employed running between Grimsby and Hull, parcels and general.
16.11.1922: Sold to Frederick Arthur Boards, Jesse Edwin Worth, Hull and Ernest William Little, Bridlington (64/64 joint owners). Ernest William Little, Bridlington designated managing owner. Grimsby registry closed.
16.11.1922: Registered at Hull.
4.12.1922: Sold to Record (Hull) Steam Fishing Co Ltd. Hull (64/64). Grimsby registry closed.
29.12.1922: Ernest William Little, Bridlington designated manager.
19.1.1923: Re-measured 71.18g 33.74n as per Board of Trade Survey at Hull dated 15.1.1923.
28.1.1923: Registered at Hull (H777).
15.2.1923: Re-measured 27.86n as per Board of Trade Survey at Hull dated 13.2.1923.
24.9.1924: Sold to Frank Andrew Peterson (64/64), Grimsby. 6.10.1924: Peter M. Peterson, Hessle designated manager.
12.2.1925: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to National Provincial Bank Ltd, London (A).
1928: Seasonal fishing out of Fleetwood.
25.5.1928: Typical landing 18 boxes.
6.6.1928: Typical landing 15 boxes.
20.7.1929: Mortgage (A) discharged.
20.7.1929: Sold to Basil Arthur Parkes (64/64), Blackpool.
30.7.1929: Basil Arthur Parkes designated managing owner.
10.1930: Sold to French principals.
8.10.1930: Hull registry closed “ Sold foreign – French principals ”.

05/03/2019: Page published.
08/03/2019: Updated information.

S.D/T. Girls Friend LT171

Additional information courtesy of David Slinger


Admiralty Number: 3925
Official Number: 137721
Yard Number: 64
Completed: 1918
Gross Tonnage: 96.71
Net Tonnage: 38
Length: 85.8 ft
Breadth: 18.6 ft
Depth: 9.2 ft
Engine: 270ihp T.3-cyl by J. Lewis & Sons Ltd, Aberdeen (Eng.No.134)
Boiler: Ross & Duncan, Govan


10.1918: Launched by John Lewis & Sons Ltd, Torry, Aberdeen (Yd.No.64) (“Admiralty drifter”) for The Admiralty as MURK.
9.11.1918: Ran trials.
11.11.1918; Completed as a minesweeper (Ad.No.3925).
13.11.1918: Delivered.
10.1920: Transferred to Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries, London.
1921: Sold to A. G. Roe, Ramsgate. Fitted for trawling.
25.11.1921: Registered at Ramsgate (Part I & IV) as MURK O.N.137721 (R345).
1922: Sold to Colis Durrant, Lowestoft.
12.7.1922: Registered at Lowestoft (LT171). Colis Durrant designated managing owner.
2.8.1922: Registered at Lowestoft as GIRLS FRIEND (LT171) (RGS M 25244).
c3.1928: Seasonal white fish trawling out of Fleetwood.
31.5.1928: Typical landing 30 boxes.
22.6.1928: Returned to Fleetwood to to pick up new fishing gear having come fast when fishing off the Kish Bank, Co. Dublin coast.
Efforts to free the trawl failed when the trawl warps parted and the gear valued at about £80 was lost.
1930s: Seasonal white fish trawling out of Padstow & Fleetwood.
1937: Sold to A. Duthie, Peterhead.
7.4.1937: Lowestoft registry closed.
21.4.1937: Registered at Peterhead (PD243).
9.6.1937: Registered at Peterhead as TRUST (PD243). John Duthie Jnr designated managing owner.
1939: Ownership transferred to Representatives of John Duthie Jnr, Peterhead.
9.11.1939: Requisitioned for war service on transport duties (Hire rate £32.0.0d/month).
11.1940: Employed as an A/S drifter.
1941: Sold to Alexander Hay & others, Aberdeen.
16.12.1945: Returned to owners.
1954: Sold to William Strachan, Peterhead.
4.1954: Broken up. Peterhead registry closed.

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S.D/T. Girls Friend LT171

S.D/T. Girls Friend LT171
Picture courtesy of The Robert Durrant Collection


08/02/2019: Page published.
21/03/2019: Information updated.
22/03/2019: Added an image.

S.D/T. Paramount R193

Seasonal visitor
Additional material courtesy of Andy Hall, Barry Banham and Peter Bell


Official Number: 130026
Yard Number: 494
Completed: 1911
Gross Tonnage: 95
Net Tonnage: 43
Length: 87.0 ft
Breadth: 18.6 ft
Depth: 9.6 ft
Built: Cochrane Shipbuilders Ltd, Selby
Engine: T.3-cyl by Crabtree & Co Ltd, Gt. Yarmouth


Additional material courtesy of Andy Hall, Barry Banham and Peter Bell

26.8.1911: Launched by Cochrane Shipbuilders Ltd, Selby (Yd.No.494) for John Mitchell, Kessingland and R. Sillett, Lowestoft as PARAMOUNT.
24.5.1911: Registered at Lowestoft (LT1116).
25.5.1911: Completed. John Mitchell c/o Mitchell Bros, Lowestoft designated managing owner.
12.1914: Requisitioned for war service as a patrol boat and later minesweeper (1-6pdr HA) (Ad.No.1295). Based Ramsgate (Sk. Herbert W. McNeil RNR).
11.1916: With drifter PRESENT HELP (Ad.No.0 (LT1120) took into Ramsgate for examination a schooner which was proceeding up channel to the east of the Goodwins, onboard thirteen German Army officers and non-commissioned officers who had been fighting in the Camaroons.
C1916: Sk. E. Hemp RNR appointed CO.
18.3.1917: Four German destroyers shelled Margate, torpedoed and sank the Hull registered steamer GREYPOINT (894grt/1889) at anchor off Broadstairs, shelled Ramsgate and drifters, hitting PARAMOUNT in several places and severely injuring the skipper and two hands.
10.1917 – 3.1919: Employed as a minesweeper with ASM137.
24.11.1917: In the English Channel off Ramsgate, U.boat (U48) (Kapitanleutnant Karl Edeling) fouled the A/S nets laid to the north of the Goodwins and at about 3.00am. drifted onto the bank. The U.boat was lightened in anticipation of refloating. At daybreak leaving Ramsgate in company with the drifters MAJESTY (Ad.No.1292) (LT66) and PRESENT HELP, proceeding north sighted the stationary U-boat. Closing, they opened fire with their 6pdrs and the fire was returned by the U48 with her superior weaponry, inflicting some damage to PRESENT HELP. They were joined by drifters ACCEPTABLE (Ad.No.1290) (LT1291) FEASIBLE (Ad.No.221) (LT1191) and LORD CLAUD HAMILTON (Ad.No.) (LT1047 ) and the destroyer HMS GYPSY (‘C’ class) which engaged the U48 with her 12pdr scoring thirteen hits. The encounter was brief and escape impossible, Kapitanleutnant Edeling ordered timed scuttling charges to be placed fore and aft and surrendered. The U-boat blew up and with 19 dead including the CO, the 17 survivors were landed at Ramsgate.
Post 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Lowestoft.
21.2.1920: Sold to Ramsgate Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Ramsgate.
12.3.1920: Lowestoft registry closed.
3.1920: Registered at Ramsgate (R193). Thomas W. Chapman designated manager.
15.4.1921: Entered Ramsgate with a live mine onboard, picked up in the trawl. Not allowed to proceed “through the bridge”, mine removed by coastguard and naval party and rendered safe.
1922 – 1928: Seasonal white fish trawling out of Milford and Fleetwood.
24.11.1924: Fishing off the French coast in the neighbourhood of Sangatte (Sk. Fred Setterfield); at Ramsgate landed 30 trunks of turbot valued at £750. Such a catch had never before been recorded at the port.
21.12.1925: Returned to Ramsgate at 2.00pm to land the cook, Robert Pedder who had been struck by the trawl warp when fishing the Sandette bank grounds. When the vessel was turning, Pedder was struck in the face inflicting a severe scalp wound. Charles Setterfield, son of the skipper, who holds a first aid certificate, was able to treat the injury and make him comfortable. At hospital the wound was stitched and Mr Pedder taken home.
26.10.1926: After fishing “The Falls” returned to Ramsgate with a good shot of herring and thirty sharks, caught in the nets when chasing the herring.
6.11.1926: Reported that Louis Martin, night watchman, saved the life of skipper Fred Setterfield when he fell into deep water in Ramsgate Harbour, holding him up until help arrived.
31.3.1927: At Fleetwood, loading a drum of carbide into the generator in the engine room, overflowed and fell into a pool of water on the plates. A large volume of gas was emitted and ignited by the stove and on reaching the drum, exploded. William Stone, deckhand who was cleaning the cabin was thrown violently against the side and was cut about the head. The deck of the cabin was torn up and dense smoke enveloped the ship. The alarm was raised and the fire was quickly extinguished by the Dock Fire Brigade.
19.7.1927: At Ramsgate landed a 144lb sturgeon. Auctioned on the market it made £3.14s and was displayed before being sent to London.
30.12.1927: Sailed Ramsgate for a trip at the back of the Goodwins (Sk. Fred Setterfield).
2.1.1928: Returning to Ramsgate in the early hours around high water, in a strong SSW wind and heavy sea, stranded on sandbank alongside East Pier, Ramsgate when there was a problem in the engineroom. Five members of the crew including the skipper were taken off by the Ramsgate lifeboat Prudential (Cox. T. Read) while three other crewmen climbed the mainmast and were pulled to safety on the pier. Ch Eng. William Surman (38) who was badly scalded by an explosion in the engine room was taken to hospital and detained. Later the body of Harry Often (26), 2nd Eng. was washed ashore on Ramsgate sands. At low water, Ramsgate Fire Brigade de-watered the ship and 200 boxes of fish were recovered. Subsequently refloated and taken in to the harbour for survey and repair.
12.3.1928: On the afternoon tide, sailed for “the West’ard” (Padstow, Milford and Fleetwood) (Sk. Fred Setterfield) after repair and refurbishment following the January incident.
1928-1939: Seasonal white fish trawling out of Padstow, Milford and Fleetwood. Harry Eastoe Rees, Milford managing agent.
31.11.1928: Off Ramsgate, Arthur Medhurst (26), Third hand, fell overboard and drowned.
1932: Alfred H. Lanfear Jnr designated manager.
16. 2.1935: Arrived Milford with drifter/trawler MILL o’ BUCKIE (R129) in tow. MILL o’ BUCKIE had been driven ashore in a strong gale in late January on the west side of Rosslare Harbour, Co Waterford, resting on hard ground with two blades of propeller partially broken and leaking in the stokehold. After salvage, hired to tow her back to Milford for temporary repairs prior to returning to Ramsgate.
24.11.1938: Put into Dover with a leaking boiler tube.
15.11.1939: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeping drifter (P.No.FY954) (Hire rate £25.10.0d/month).
12.1939 – 2.1940: Fitting out as a minesweeper, Swansea Command (Sk. E.C.E. Blowers RNR).
21.1.1940: Took off crew, sixty in number – twenty injured, of Liverpool registered steamer PROTESILAUS (9577grt/1910) (Alfred Henry Dennistoun Shand, Master), Liverpool for Barry in ballast, which had been mined at 9.36am about six miles WSW of Mumbles Head, Bristol Channel (mines laid off Rotherslade 5.12.1939 by U.boat (U28)). Survivors landed at Swansea and vessel towed into Swansea Bay and beached off Mumbles Light House. Later broke in two.
10.1941 – 3.1942: Refitting at Gloucester.
From 2.1942: Sk. C. E. Blowers RNR, CO.
16.12.1943: Sk. Frederick William White RNR, CO.
2.1944 – 3.1944: Listed as Special Service Vessel, Milford Command (but still at Swansea).
4.1944 – 3.1945: Plymouth Command.
4. – 8.1944: Listed at Milford.
9.1944 – 2.1945: Listed at Portsmouth.
4.1945 – 9.1945: Portsmouth Command.
1945: Sold to Harry Eastoe Rees, Milford Haven.
1945: Sold to Drifter Trawlers Ltd, Milford Haven. Harry Eastoe Rees designated manager.
19.1.1946: Returned to owners at Milford Haven.
2.1946 – 5.1949: Fishing out of Ramsgate.
12.1946: Entered Ramsgate with a live mine onboard, picked up in the trawl.
07.1950: Laid up at Milford Haven.
12.8.1950: Returned to service.
1955: Sold to Rees Shipbreaking Co Ltd, Llanelli for breaking up.
3.8.1955: Sailed Milford for Llanelli under own power.
8.1955: Ramsgate registry closed. Last Ramsgate registered steam trawler.

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S.D/T. Paramount R193

S.D/T. Paramount R193
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S.D/T. Mill o' Buckie R129

S.D/T. Mill o’ Buckie R129
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02/07/2018: Page published.
12/07/2018: Updated information.
18/07/2018: Added image.