Category Archives: Drifter/Trawler

S.T. Banks o’ Dee A345 (Occasional visitor)

Additional information courtesy of Andy Hall

Technical

Official Number: 109725
Yard Number: 624
Completed: 1900
Gross Tonnage: 133
Net Tonnage: 57
Length: 95.0 ft
Breadth: 20.7 ft
Depth: 10.8 ft
Built: Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, North Shields
Engine: T.3-cyl and boiler by North Eastern Marine Engineering Co Ltd, Sunderland

History

28.2.1900: Launched by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, North Shields (Yd.No.624) for The Moor Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hartlepool as NORTHMOOR.
4.4.1900: Registered at Hartlepool (HL59).
4.1900: Completed.
1902: Sold to W. Gartner, Hamburg.
16.8.1902: Hartlepool registry closed.
8.1902: Registered at Hamburg as St. GEORG.
30.9.1915: Captured in the North Sea by the light cruiser HMS CONQUEST of the Harwich based 5th Light Cruiser Squadron.
10.1915: Fitted out as a minesweeper (1-6pdr) and on completion renamed CHURCHSIN (Ad.No.1943).
11.5.1920: Sold to John Lewis Ltd (64/64), Aberdeen.
15.7.1920: Registered at Aberdeen as BANKS O’ DEE (A345).
15.7.1920: Andrew Lewis appointed manager.
12.10.1920: Sale to Robert Masson, Thomas Masson, William Masson, Isabelle Masson, Janet Masson, John Burns and John Lewis, Aberdeen not completed.
7.1.1921: Sold to William McPherson Snr, William McPherson Jnr, John Lewis and Elizabeth Lewis, Aberdeen (64/64 joint owners). Andrew Lewis appointed manager.
24.4.1926: Sold to James Brodie, Elizabeth Lewis and John Lewis, Aberdeen. Andrew Lewis appointed manager.
3.6.1929: Sir Andrew Lewis appointed manager.
31.7.1934: Sold to James Brodie, John Lewis, Aberdeen and Augustus William Strachan, Benstead, Surrey. Sir Andrew Lewis appointed manager.
1937: Sold to Metal Industries Ltd, Glasgow at Aberdeen (£450) for breaking up at Charlestown, Fife (Contract No.24C).
10.6.1937: Arrived Charlestown.
25.8.1937: Breaking commenced.
8.9.1937: Aberdeen registry closed “Ship broken up.”.

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S.T. Banks O' Dee A345

S.T. Banks O’ Dee A345
Bulldog (inboard) and Banks o’ Dee

Changelog

08/04/2014: Page published. 3 updates since then.
01/02/2019: Removed FMHT watermark from image.
05/08/2019: Updated information.

S.D/T. Jackora LT129 (Occasional visitor)

Additional information courtesy of Barry Banham (http://www.milfordtrawlers.org.uk/)

Technical

Official Number: 137640
Yard Number: 65
Completed: 1918
Gross Tonnage: 97
Net Tonnage: 42
Length: 85.5 ft
Breadth: 18.6 ft
Depth: 9.2 ft
Built: J. Lewis & Sons Ltd
Engine: T.3-cyl (No.136) and boiler (No.83) by J. Lewis & Sons Ltd, Aberdeen

History

1918: Launched by J. Lewis & Sons Ltd (Yd.No.65) (Admiralty standard drifter) for The Admiralty as MIRAGE (Ad.No.3926).
16.12.1918: Completed (1-6pdr).
31.7.1920: Transferred to The Fishery Board for Scotland, Edinburgh for disposal.
1920: Sold under HM Treasury mortgage agreement (Disposal of Admiralty Drifters to Ex-service Fishermen) to John Horne, Cockenzie (managing owner) for £6,500, reduced to £4,875; deposit paid £250.
24.7.1920: Registered at Granton as THORNTREE (GN73). Official No.137640.
20.7.1921: Fishing off Berwickshire coast (Sk. John Horne). Refused to stop when ordered by Fishery Board for Scotland vessel MAELSTROM (96grt/1919) after being observed fishing inside the legal limit off St. Abbs. Arrested after 60 mile chase and also charged with failing to display or concealing, name and port of registration. At Duns Sheriff Court fined a total of £140.
12.1924: Sold to Adam Vyse, North Shields & W. Wood, Cellardyke (John T. Graham, Anstruther, manager).
19.12.1924: Granton registry closed.
12.1924: Registered at Kirkcaldy (KY33).
1928: Sold to James Dougal, Eyemouth. Kirkcaldy registry closed. Registered at Berwick as MARY & JANE (BK271).
9.1939: Sold to Arthur C. Mitchell, Lowestoft.
20.3.1940: Registered at Lowestoft (LT129) as owned by Jackora Ltd, Lowestoft (Arthur C. Mitchell, manager).
4.4.1940: Registered at Lowestoft as JACKORA (LT129) (BoT Minute R.G.1400/1040 dated 11.3.1940).
1950s: Seasonal trawling for white fish from Milford, occasional landings at Fleetwood.
1.4.1950: Landed 111 boxes, £645 gross.
1955: Sold to Belgian shipbreakers.
22.5.1955: Sailed Lowestoft for Antwerp in tow of steam drifter EXCEL IV (LT171) (Sk. Gowan) also for breaking.
22.5.1955: Lowestoft registry closed.

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S.D/T. Jackora LT129

S.D/T. Jackora LT129
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S.D/T. Jackora LT129

S.D/T. Jackora LT129
Picture courtesy of Robert Durrant

Changelog

16/09/2013: Page published. 6 revisions since then.
29/07/2014: Picture added
21/12/2017: Removed FMHT watermark and added an image.

S.D/T. Jackeve LT116 (Seasonal)

Additional information courtesy of Barry Banham (http://www.milfordtrawlers.org.uk/) and Robert Durrant (PLRS)

Technical

Official Number: 131875
Yard Number: 859
Completed: 1920
Gross Tonnage: 96
Net Tonnage: 41
Length: 86.2 ft
Breadth: 18.5 ft
Depth: 9.3 ft
Built: Lea Shipbuilding & Repairing Co, Canning Town
Engine: 270ihp T.3-cyl by David & R. B. Scott, Tayport
Boiler: Hewitt & Kellitt Ltd, Bradford.

History

1919: Launched by Lea Shipbuilding & Repairing Co, Canning Town (Yd.No.859) (“Admiralty drifter”) for The Admiralty as WIRLBLAST.
31.7.1920: Completed as a fishing vessel.
9.12.1920: Transferred to The Fishery Board for Scotland, Edinburgh for disposal. Laid up at Dundee.
1921: Sold under HM Treasury mortgage agreement (Disposal of Admiralty Drifters to Ex-service Fishermen) to David Watson, Cellardyke (Thomas Cunningham, Anstruther, manager) for £6,400 with no deposit paid, later reduced to £4,800; less £500 for defects found.
1921: Registered at Kirkcaldy as STELLA AURORAE (KY45). Official No.131875.
22.8.1922: Outstanding payments £716.13.4d capital, £396.14.4d interest.
9.1923: Paid up.
28.1.1925: Sold to Bloomfield’s Ltd, Gt. Yarmouth & J. Watt, Fraserburgh (Neil Mackay, Caister-on-Sea, manager). Kirkcaldy registry closed. Registered at Fraserburgh (FR54).
11.1929: Sold to Henry H. Catchpole, Lowestoft (managing owner).
11.1929: Fraserburgh registry closed.
26.11.1929: Registered at Lowestoft (LT116).
9.12.1929: Registered at Lowestoft as ABIDING FRIEND (LT116) (BoT Minute M/R.G.1526/29).
7.3.1938: Sold to Arthur C. Mitchell (42/64), Milford Haven & George Mitchell (22/64), Lowestoft (Arthur C. Mitchell, manager).
19.4.1938: Registered at Lowestoft as JACKEVE (LT116) (BoT Minute M/R.G.1149/38).
23.11.1939: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeping drifter (P.No.FY958) (Hire rate £32.16.0d/month).
.1943: Employed on miscellaneous naval duties.
4.4.1944: Sold to Haven Trawlers Ltd, Milford Haven (Robert Lewis, Milford Haven, manager).
14.11.1945: Returned to owner.
7.4.1946: Sold to W. H. Kerr Ltd, Milford Haven.
17.4.1946: Sold to Hamilton Fishing Co Ltd, Milford Haven (W. H. Kerr Ltd, managers).
1950s: Seasonal white fish trawling from Fleetwood.
1951: 17 landings at Lowestoft, fished from Fleetwood between March and July.
1952: 28 landings at Lowestoft, fished from Fleetwood between June and August including 9 landings from broken trips with engine and winch problems.
1953: No landings in Lowestoft, fished from Fleetwood, Padstow and Milford.
1954: 9 landings at Lowestoft, fished for 3 months from Fleetwood, 7 landings there and 3 broken trips with engine problems.
1954: Sold to BISCO and allocated to Thos W. Ward Ltd, Sheffield for breaking up at Castle Pill, Milford Haven.
27.5.1955: Lowestoft registry closed.
1955: Vessel scrapped.

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S.D/T. Jackeve LT116

S.D/T. Jackeve LT116
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Changelog

15/10/2013: Page published. 5 updates since then.
20/07/2018: Image added.

S.D/T. Oceanbreeze LT343 (Seasonal)

Additional information courtesy of Milford Trawlers

Technical

Official Number: 149200
Yard Number: 563
Completed: 1927
Gross Tonnage: 112
Net Tonnage: 48
Length: 90.6 ft
Breadth: 20.1 ft
Depth: 9.6 ft
Built: John Chambers Ltd, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft
Engine: T.3-cyl by Crabtree & Co Ltd, Gt. Yarmouth

History

16.7.1927: Launched by John Chambers Ltd, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft (Yd.No.563) for Allan Haward Watson, Lowestoft as OCEANBREEZE. Towed to Gt. Yarmouth to have machinery installed.
20.9.1927: Ran trials.
21.9.1927: Registered at Lowestoft (LT343). Allan Haward Watson designated managing owner.
9.1927: Completed and valued at £4.500. 1928/1930s: Seasonal fishing from Fleetwood. John Victor Breach, Lowestoft, managing agent.
5.7.1928: At Fleetwood landed 40 boxes.
5.5.1932: Sold to P. W. Watson & Sons Ltd, Lowestoft. Alan H. Watson designated manager.
4.9.1939: Requisitioned for war service on contraband control (Hire rate £49.0.0d/month).
26.5.1940: ‘Operation Dynamo’ – the evacuation of Dunkirk put into effect.
31.5.1940: At 0440 arrived Ramsgate with 109 troops ex Dunkirk.
1.6.1940: At 0545 arrived Ramsgate with 35 troops ferried by Thames launch LANSDOWNE at St Malo. Other troops taken to Dutch coaster ATLANTIC (221grt/1930)(RN manned).
4.6.1940: ‘Operation Dynamo’ terminated.
9.1940: Employed as a boom drifter.
1.1942: At Lowestoft as LL sweep drifter.
11.6.1943: Compulsorily acquired by M.O.W.T. Fitted out as a minesweeping drifter (P.No.FY810).
8.1943: Transferred to War Department.
6.8.1943: Lowestoft registry closed “Registry no longer required”.
20.9.1947: Sold to Arthur Claude Mitchell, Milford Haven.
1947: Registered at Lowestoft (LT341). Arthur Claude Mitchell designated managing owner.
15.11.1948: At Lowestoft landed 256 crans of herring.
12.1.1952: At Milford landed 176 crans of herring (400 kits) grossed £1,735.
20.10.1952: At Lowestoft landed 120 crans of herring.
6.1.1958: Converted to motor by Richards Ironworks Ltd, Lowestoft, fitted with 330bhp 4 stroke 6VEBM oil engine by Ruston & Hornsby Ltd, Lincoln.
1958: Re measured 118g 49n.
6.1958: Sold to Jack Arthur Mitchell (32/64) & Sk. Charles Noel Bray (32/64), Milford Haven. Jack Arthur Mitchell designated managing owner.
28.5.1958: Returned to Milford from conversion to diesel and fished her way back, catch grossed £511.
20.12.1961: Sold to Jackora Ltd (64/64), Milford Haven. H. C. Mills designated manager.
20.8.1968: Motor trawler LORD KEITH (LT181) developed engine trouble while fishing E of Blackwater Light Vessel, Co. Wexford but managed to reach Rosslare Bay. Connected and commenced tow to Milford.
23.5.1970: Registered office transferred to Lowestoft. Vessel on offshore platform standby and safety duty.
1974: Sold to Greek owners.
14.1.1975: Lowestoft registry closed.
9.3.1975: Sailed Lowestoft in company with motor drifter trawlers WILSON LINE (YH105) and LORD KEITH (LT181) for Mediterranean with stated intention of converting them to refrigerated stern trawlers.
27.2.1978: Owner stated as Theolus Iosifides, Halkis, Greece.
1988: Deleted from registers continued existence in doubt.

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S.D/T. Oceanbreeze LT341

S.D/T. Oceanbreeze LT341
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S.D/T. Ocean Breeze LT343

S.D/T. Ocean Breeze LT343
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S.D/T. Ocean Breeze LT341

S.D/T. Ocean Breeze LT341
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S.D/T. Oceanbreeze LT341

S.D/T. Oceanbreeze LT341
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M.D/T. Ocean Breeze LT341

M.D/T. Ocean Breeze LT341
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Changelog
16/07/2013: Page published. 9 changes since then.
19/07/2016: Image added.
13/02/2017: Image added.
26/02/2017: Image added.
24/01/2019: Removed FMHT watermarks from images.
11/05/2019: Added information.

S.D/T. Harvest Gleaner FR73 (Seasonal)

Technical

Official Number: 146492
Yard Number: 91
Completed: 1918
Gross Tonnage: 96
Net Tonnage: 35
Length: 86.2 ft
Breadth: 18.5 ft
Depth: 9.3 ft
Engine: T.3-cyl by North British Engine Works Ltd, Whiteinch, Glasgow
Boiler: Edwind Danks & Co (Oldbury) Ltd, Oldbury
Built: Colby Brothers Ltd, Oulton Broad

History

1918: Launched by Colby Brothers Ltd, Oulton Broad (Yd.No.91) (“Admiralty drifter”) for The Admiralty as BLIZZARD.
30.7.1918: Completed (1-6pdr) (Ad.No.3971).
1921: Sold to Kingston Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull (Walter Scott, manager).
11.7.1922: Registered at Hull as SATINSTONE (H585).
1.1925: Sold to Alexander C. Bruce & Peter Bruce, St. Combs, W. B. Ritchie & Peter Buchan, Fraserburgh, Charles L. Minty, Fraserburgh and R. Irvin & Sons Ltd, North Shields (Alexander C. Bruce managing owner).
29.1.1925: Hull registry closed.
30.1.1925: Registered at Fraserburgh as HARVEST GLEANER (FR73).
1938: Seasonal fishing from Fleetwood (Alex Keay agent).
5.1938: Shares sold to Charles L. Minty, Gardenstown & others and R. Irvin & Sons Ltd, North Shields.
17.5.1938: Registered at Banff (BF484).
25.11.1939: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeping drifter (Hire rate £26.0.0d/month).
28.10.1940: Off Suffolk coast attacked by German aircraft and subsequently foundered. Four crew lost*.
20.4.1943: Banff registry closed “Lost on Naval Service”.

(*Lost – Seymour Stephenson, Stoker PO; Maurice G. Langridge and Arthur Swaby, OS – killed. Charles A. L. Edwards, Stoker, died of wounds)

Changelog

31/12/2012: Page published. 3 updates since then.