Category Archives: Drifter/Trawler

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 (Ad.No.3971).
30.7.1918: Completed with 1-6pdr) and mine-sweep.
1.10.1918: At Penzance with ‘Drifter Sweepers’.
1921: Sold to Kingston Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull (Walter Scott, manager).
11.7.1922: Registered at Hull as SATINSTONE O.N.146492 (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 .
29.1.1925: Hull registry closed.
30.1.1925: Registered at Fraserburgh as HARVEST GLEANER (FR73). Alexander C. Bruce designated managing owner.
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 n 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.
25/12/2020: Information updated.

S.D/T. Hamnavoe YH117 (Seasonal)

Technical

Official Number: 125373
Yard Number: 542
Completed: 1918
Gross Tonnage: 96
Net Tonnage: 41
Tonnage: 199dw
Length: 86.2 ft
Breadth: 18.5 ft
Depth: 9.2 ft
Built: A. Hall & Co Ltd, Aberdeen
Engine: T.3-cyl and boiler by A. Hall & Co Ltd, Aberdeen

History

1918: Launched by A. Hall & Co Ltd, Aberdeen (Yd.No.542) (“Admiralty” drifter) for The Admiralty as HORIZON (Ad.No.3905).
30.8.1918: Completed as a minesweeper (1-6pdr).
1945: Laid up.
1947: Sold to Robert W. Watt & A. Watt, Fraserburgh. Registered at Fraserburgh as HAMNAVOE (FR123)
1949: Sold to The Thule Fishing Co Ltd, Fraserburgh.
1951: Sold to Paul O. Williment, Gorleston. Fraserburgh registry closed. Registered at Yarmouth (YH117).
5/6.1952: Seasonal landing at Fleetwood.
1955: Sold to G. R. Newsom, Gt. Yarmouth & R. Hewett, Winterton. Registered at Yarmouth as AMARANTH (YH117).
1956: Sold to Jacques Bakker en Zonen, Bruges for breaking up.
6.4.1956: Delivered Bruges.

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S.D/T. Amaranth YH117

S.D/T. Amaranth YH117
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Changelog
31/12/2012: Page published. 3 updates since then.
09/07/2016: Picture added.
12/01/2019: Removed FMHT watermark.

S.D/L. Golden Sheaf BCK223

Technical

Official Number: 132178
Completed: 1916
Gross Tonnage: 95
Net Tonnage: 40
Length: 89.2 ft
Breadth: 19.2 ft
Depth: 9.1 ft
Built: G. Walker, Nairn
Engine: T.3-cyl by Rose Street Foundry & Engineering Co Ltd, Inverness
Boiler: A. & W. Dalglish, Pollockshaws, Glasgow

History

1916: Completed by G. Walker, Nairn (Yd.No.?) for R. Tindall & Sons Ltd, Fraserburgh (R. Tindall & A. M. Cowie, Buckie) as GOLDEN SHEAF.
27.11.1916: Registered at Buckie (BCK223).
8.1916: Requisitioned for war service as an A/S net drifter (1-6pdr) (Ad.No.2749). Based Falmouth.
Post 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Findochty (R. Tindall & Sons, Buckie).
1924: Buckie registry closed. Registered at Fraserburgh (FR20). Maxwell J. M. Tindall appointed manager.
1928: Owner R.Tindall & Sons Ltd, Fraserburgh (R. Tindall, Charles Summers, John Tait, Charles Summers Jnr, George Walker & James Stephen Melville). Alfred R. Tindall appointed manager.
Late 1930s: Seasonal white fish lining occasional landings at Fleetwood (Alex Keay managing agent).
1939: Sold to George Walker & Sons (Fraserburgh) Ltd, Fraserburgh & others.
9.2.1940: Requisitioned for war service employed on miscellaneous Naval duties (Hire rate £26.0.0d/month).
194?: Sold to C. Summers & Co, Fraserburgh.
31.8.1945: Returned to owner.
1949: Sold to Elizabeth Buchan, St. Combs & others.
1950: Sold for breaking up.
10.1951: Fraserburgh registry closed.

Changelog

11/12/2012: Page published. 2 updates since then.
05/12/2020: Updated history.

S.D/T Harnser LT627 (Seasonal)

Additional material courtesy of Roy Breech and Barry Banham

Technical

Official Number: 139996
Yard Number: 73
Completed: 1918
Gross Tonnage: 100
Net Tonnage: 42
Length: 89.9 ft
Breadth: 20.0 ft
Depth: 10.0
Built: Colby Brothers Ltd, Oulton Broad
Engine: 270ihp T.3-cyl by F. W. Carver & Co, Gt. Yarmouth
Boiler: Riley Bros (Boilermakers) Ltd, Stockton-on-tees

History

1918: Ordered by The Admiralty from Colby Brothers Ltd, Oulton Broad (“Admiralty drifter”) as WINDHOWL.
17.12.1918: Order cancelled.
1919: Launched (Yd.No.73) for East Anglian Red Star Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Norwich as HARNSER.
3.12.1919: Registered at Lowestoft (LT627). John Victor Breech, Lowestoft, manager.
23.12.1919: Struck Lowestoft Pier causing damage.
24.4.1926: Sold to Jack Breech Ltd (64/64), Lowestoft (John Victor Breech, manager).
26.1.1928: Anchored off Buncrana, Co. Donegal, dragged and grounded when steam drifter SHEPHERD LAD (LT7) made fast alongside.
21.1.1933: Off Milford Haven rudder damaged.
1.9.1934: Off Peel, IoM in collision and damaged stem.
6.2.1937: At Lowestoft struck Inner Pier damagine stem.
1930s: Seasonal fishing in the Irish Sea and off west coast of Ireland, occasional landings at Fleetwood taking bunkers.
24.6.1938: At Fleetwood landed 300 small boxes of herring grossed £153.
5.1939: Sold to Bröderene Anda, Stavanger (John & Trygve Anda).
24.5.1939: Sailed Lowestoft for Norway.
1.6.1939: Lowestoft registry closed “Sold to Norwegians”.
2.1940: Converted to a purse seiner and cargo vessel.
2.1940: Converted to motor and fitted with 2-cyl Wichmann oil engine (reconditioned by Haldorsen-Sonner, built 1920).
1940: Registered at Stavanger as ANKER I following conversion.
1.3.1940: Sold to Ola Olsen, Jakob & Konrad Jakobsen, Auklandshamn (Ola Olsen, manager). Registered at Haugesund. Employed as a coaster.
11.1940: Sold to Jacob Lindberg, KJØPSVIK. Registered at Bergen as KJØPSVIK. Employed seasonal fishing and as a coaster.
1964: Re-engined with 180bhp Wichmann oil engine.
1973: Sold to A/S DYRØGUTT, Gibostad. Renamed DYRØGUTT.
1973: Re-engined with 3-cyl 220bhp Brunvoll oil engine.
197?: Sold to Leif Tøllefsen, Svolvaer.
197?: Sold to Arene Larsen, Henningsvaer.
198?: Sold to Harald Nygård, Hasvik. Renamed HEIMSUND.
1985: Condemned and deleted from Norwegian register.

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S.D/T Harnser LT627

S.D/T Harnser LT627
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Changelog

07/11/2012: Page published. 5 updates since then.
12/01/2019: Removed FMHT watermark.
24/12/2020: Updated history.