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sv Greenport – ?? ??

Additional information courtesy of Christine Simm

Technical

Official Number: 17223.
24 regd tons
Remeasured 20 tons.

History

1845: Completed by Richard Ashburner, Greenodd, Lancashire for Alfred Fell, Ulverston as GREENPORT.
24.2.1949: Registered at Liverpool O.N.17223.
9.5.1851: Landing at Fleetwood.
7.7.1856: Sailed on the morning tide for the fishing grounds. The wind was variable changing direction and freshening throughout the day. At about 11.30pm it started to blow from the north.
8.7.1856: At 12.30am a furious gale suddenly blew up and the Fleetwood fleet, 12 in number, which were lying off Black Combe, north of Duddon Estuary, received considerable damage. Mainsail split. The smacks then laid their vessels under snug canvas and the wind later being favourable for them to reach Fleetwood, left the area. Sailed with jib run up the mainmast.
10.7.1856: Arrived Fleetwood at noon. Most of the fleet had arrived home about 6.00 am without further damage.
26.7.1861: TO BE SOLD BY PRIVATE TREATY, ONE-HALF of the FISHING SMACK “GREENPORT”; she is carvel built, copper fastened, well forwarding Sail and Fishing Tackle, and now Fishing. The above will be sold a bargain. – Application to be made to Mr.Edmund Porter, Ship Broker, &c, Fleetwood.
By 1865: Sold to John Williams, Port Madoc. Liverpool registry closed. Registered at Caernarvon.
1867: Sold to Hugh Hughes, Porthdinllaen, Caernarvonshire.
5.4.1871: Sailed Porthdinllaen for Caernarvon (Hugh Hughes, master). Arrived Caernarvon same day.
1873: Sold to Hugh Jones, Sand Street, Pwllheli.
1883: Not in MNL under this name. FATE?

Changelog
28/01/2023: Page published

sv Countess WN115

Additional information courtesy of Christine Simm

Technical
Official Number: Part IV registered
Owner: R. Leech & Co, Whitehaven Rig: Smack, trawling.

History

1887: Owned by R. Leech & Co, Whitehaven. Registered at Whitehaven (WN115).
10.2.1888: Reported sold to Robert Westby, Fleetwood.
By 6.1888: Sold to Mr. Cookson, Manchester. Fishing out of Fleetwood . George Fog skipper. 11.7.1888: In the morning trawling on the grounds near Morecambe Bay Lightship (Sk G. Fogg); five crew all told. One man and a boy on deck the rest below. At about 5.45am, the boy on deck observed smoke coming from the hold and raised the alarm. Attempts were at once made to enter the hold but owing to the volume of smoke which rushed through the hatch boards as the covers were removed, it was not possible. Efforts were made in the cabin to extinguish the fire but in less than ten minutes from the discovery of the fire it became obvious that the crew could do little more and the skipper ordered the punt to be put in the water. Despite the heavy sea running, the crew abandoned the smack. Standing off they could see that the smack was well ablaze and at about 7.30am. the mainmast fell overboard. The smack MARY ASHCROFT (FD24) (Sk. Mills) was in the vicinity and picked up the crew, taking the punt and the mainmast in tow they set a course for Fleetwood, arriving on the evening tide. The COUNTESS, completely burnt out sank in the late forenoon. The origin of the fire was not known, but it was supposed that the fire could have started because the bogey stove in the cabin was too close to the bulkhead. Position of wreck – Morecambe Bay Lightship, six miles NNW; Walney Light, 12 miles WNW; Foot of Wyre Lighthouse, 20 miles NW; 151/2 fathoms of water, soft bottom. Whitehaven registry closed.

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26/01/2023: Page published.

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.

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29/11/2022: 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 Sparkler – ??

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Technical
Registered Tonnage: 17
Rig: Smack – trawling

History
4.9.1855: Advertised. For Sale by Private Treaty, THREE FISHING SMACKS, namely the JANE, Fifteen Tons Register; the MARGERY, Twenty-one Tons: the SPARKLER, Seventeen Tons. They are each in good Working Order, have Nets and Trawl Gear, complete and are at present fishing out of Fleetwood. Applications to be made to John Jackson, 1 West Street, Whitehaven; or to Ebenezer Cox, Fleetwood. August 15th, 1855.

7.7.1856: Sailed on the morning tide for the fishing grounds. The wind was variable changing direction and freshening throughout the day. At about 11.30pm it started to blow from the north.
8.7.1856: At 12.30am a furious gale suddenly blew up and the Fleetwood fleet 12 in number, which were lying off Black Combe, north of Duddon Estuary, received considerable damage. Lost the foresail. The smacks then laid their vessels under snug canvas and the wind later being favourable for them to reach Fleetwood; left the area.
10.7.1856: Most of the fleet arrived home about 6.00am without further damage.
17.7.1862: Report by John Studholm, master.
10.7.1862: Fishing out of Whitehaven. In a strong NNW wind, when some two miles wide of Douglas Head at about 8.00pm picked up a gig with five hands onboard which was in a sinking state. The crew of the gig were bailing with their shoes and it was their cries that first attracted Capt. Studholm’s attention. The trawler was put about, the crew brought onboard and with the gig in tow brought them into Douglas. For this service the owner of the boat, Mr Nicholson, a painter, of Douglas, presented Capt Studholm with 5s for saving the boat. FATE.

Changelog
19/06/2022: Page published.