Category Archives: Steam Trawlers

S.T. Junco LO200

Technical

Official Number: 139324
Yard Number: 182
Completed: 1917
Gross Tonnage: 191
Net Tonnage: 72
Length: 110.2 ft
Breadth: 21.6 ft
Depth: 12 ft
Engine: T.3-cyl by Earle’s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull
Built: Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd, Goole

History

12.1917: Completed by Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd, Goole (Yd.No.182) for Kelsall Brothers & Beeching Ltd, Hull (George Beeching, Hull & John E. A. Kelsall, London, managers) as JUNCO.
27.12.1917: Registered at Hull (H587).
1.1918: Requisitioned for war service and fitted out for minesweeping duties (1-12pdr) (Ad.No.1657). Based Portsmouth.
By 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Hull (John Slater, London, manager).
22.10.1925: Robert Burton appointed manager.
11.12.1929: On North Sea grounds, SW gale, George Rodgers, Mate and Thomas Atkinson (22), deckhand washed overboard and drowned.
16.9.1932: Charles Hugh Emerson appointed manager.
3.1936: Combined boxing and trawling fleet of Kelsall Bros. & Beeching Ltd and the Hull Steam Fishing & Ice Co Ltd consisting of 59 vessels laid up at Hull (declining catches, coal bill and increased maintenance costs had made the venture uneconomical).
3.1936: Kelsall Brothers & Beeching Ltd in voluntary liquidation.
1936: Fleet sold en bloc to Heward Trawlers Ltd, London (R. S. Hewett & H. F. Hayward) (Robert S. Hewett, Fleetwood, manager) (About £800 for this vessel). Refurbished.
29.4.1937: Hull registry closed.
30.4.1937: Registered at London (LO200).
.12.1940: Requisitioned for war service and employed on harbour defence duties (Hire rate £55.14.2d/month).
3.1941: Fitted out for anti submarine duties (P.No.FY.1830).
1944: Employed target towing.
5.1946: Returned and fishing out of Lowestoft.
10.1957: Sold for breaking up.

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S.T. Junco LO200

S.T. Junco LO200
Picture courtesy of Robert Hewett

S.T. Junco LO200

S.T. Junco LO200
Picture courtesy of Robert Hewett

Changelog
22/01/2009: Page published. 3 updates since then.
25/11/2017: Removed FMHT watermarks from images.

S.T. Hondo H565

Technical

Official Number: 132132
Yard Number: 520
Completed: 1912
Gross Tonnage: 229
Net Tonnage: 118
Length: 119.2 ft
Breadth: 22 ft
Depth: 11.5 ft
Engine: 66HP T.3-cyl and boiler by Charles D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull
Built: Cochrane & Son Ltd, Selby

History

22.2.1912: Launched by Cochrane & Sons, Selby (Yd.No.520) for Henry L. Taylor Ltd, Grimsby (managing owner) as HONDO.
29.4.1912: Registered at Grimsby (GY701).
5.1912: Completed.
8.1914: Requisitioned for war service as an armed trawler (1-6pdr HA) (Ad.No.16).
1919: Returned.
10.1922: Sold to Diamonds Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby (H. L. Taylor) (Henry G. Hopwood, manager).
1935: New boiler fitted (made 1934).
1940: Directed to Fleetwood under wartime control (Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd, Fleetwood, managers).
9.1941: Sold to Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd, Fleetwood.
9.3.1943: Dutch motor trawler ALIDA (SCH6) sailed Fleetwood for Irish Sea grounds.
20.3.1943: Homeward in dense fog, at 1030 am. to seaward of Morecambe Bay Light Vessel, struck ALIDA on starboard side 12ft in front of winch. Despite rigging tarpaulin ingress of water too great and connected for tow to Fleetwood. At 1.30 pm. ALIDA foundered and crew taken onboard, landing at Fleetwood at 5.45 pm. Owners admitted liability for collision.
1943: Working Icelandic grounds.
11.1943: Sold to Charleson-Smith Trawlers Ltd, Hull.
9.11.1943: Grimsby registry closed.
10.11.1943: Registered at Hull (H565). To continue fishing out of Fleetwood (Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd, Fleetwood, managing agents).
16.11.1943: Sailed Fleetwood for West of Scotland grounds (Sk. John Nicholson); thirteen crew.
24.11.1943: Last contact after sighting off Barra Head.
2.12.1943: Body of Sk. Nicholson recovered and buried at Castlebay.
10.12.1943: Body of Joseph Croft recovered and buried at Fleetwood.
31.12.1943: Posted missing, believed lost by stress of weather off Barra Head; 14 crew lost*. Later body of Norman Leach, Mate recovered and buried.
1944: Hull registry closed.

(* Lost – Sk. John Nicholson (43); Norman Leach (39), Mate; Norman Stirzacker, Bosun; Herbert H. Scuffell, Ch.Eng; Sidney Beswick, 2nd Eng; Frederick Mearns (38): Joseph Croft (19); William Cameron; W. Harrison; S. Olsen & J. Braunberch, deckhands; Patrick Wilson (16), deckie learner; James Hill (60), fireman; Bertie Lees (43), cook.)

Her skipper was a native of Aberdeen who had sailed from Fleetwood for 22 years and it was his first trip with HONDO. He had survived Dunkirk and had previously skippered EVELYN ROSE. His body is believed to be buried on one of the Scottish islands after being washed ashore.

Joseph Croft was 19 years old and was buried at Fleetwood after his body was recovered from the Scottish coast. The mate had sailed after leaving a sick bed with a bout of flu as he hadn’t wished to let his skipper down.

Patrick Wilson, at 16 years old, was the youngest person aboard.

James Hill was a survivor of other wrecks having been sunk three times. He was the only survivor of the Fleetwood vessel OONA HALL when she was run down off the Calf of Mann by a French armed merchant cruiser.

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S.T. Hondo H565

S.T. Hondo H565

Changelog
22/01/2009: Page published. 4 updates since then.

S.T. Yarmouth FD334

Additional information courtesy of Peter Bell and Andy Hall

Technical

Official Number: 117737
Yard Number: 357
Completed: 1907
Gross Tonnage: 235
Net Tonnage: 91
Length: 120.4 ft
Breadth: 21.6 ft
Depth: 11.6 ft
Built: Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, North Shields
Engine: T.3-cyl by W. V. V. Lidgerwood, Coatbridge

History

8.8.1907: Launched by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, North Shields (Yd.No.357) for The Western Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Bristol as YARMOUTH.
9.1907: Completed.
7.9.1907: Registered at Bristol (BL9). Sydney M. Price, Milford designated manager.
27.3.1911: Returned to Milford from a trip with damaged sustained in westerly gales during the previous week (Sk. J. W. Rumbold).
1.8.1914: Requisitioned for war service (Ad.No.128).
11.8.1914: Arrived Devonport for Special Trawler Reserve; when stored to sail for Lowestoft. Ad.No. cancelled.
13.11.1914: At Lowestoft as Ad.No.281, parent ship HALCYON.
1.1915: Arrived Devonport to fit out for Mediterranean as a minesweeper((1-3pdr, 1-7.5” A/S Howitzer) (Ad.No.281).
27.1.1915: Ordered to sail from Devonport to Mediterranean.
2.1915: Renamed YARMOUTH II.
1915: Dardanelles Campaign.
20.12.1915: Dardanelles (Gallipoli) evacuation completed. Redeployed.
4.1919: Returned to owner at Milford and reverted to YARMOUTH (BL9).
7.1919: Sold to The Saxon Steam Trawlers Ltd, Fleetwood
7.1919: Bristol registry closed.
25.7.1919: Registered at Fleetwood (FD334). Joseph H. Taylor designated manager.
1924: William W. Brierley designated manager.
12.3.1929: On morning tide outward for fishing grounds ran into LILY MELLING (FD222) aground on west side of Wyre channel. Grounded on groyne, stripping propeller. Refloated evening tide with tug assistance.
24.1.1934: Arrived Oban leaking badly after striking sunken rock at about 1.30 am off Gunna Sound, Tiree Passage. Beached to check.
25.1.1934: Revealed keel badly twisted, garboard strake sprung. Temporary repair to enable single voyage to Fleetwood for permanent repair.
7.9.1938: On Co. Donegal grounds (Sk. Ronald Read) had rudder damaged in heavy seas. Hove to and in a heavy swell crew attempted to rig jury rudder from the boat but with increasing movement had to return onboard before task was completed. Skipper was lowered on a bosun’s chair to complete the work, but two sharks were observed and he was in danger of being bitten. Brought back onboard, he was re-lowered at intervals to complete the job.
7.9.1938: Arrived safely at Fleetwood.
11.2.1939: Homeward from the fishing grounds in a severe westerly gale, when off Dubh Attach Light, propeller shaft broke. Steam trawler SARBA (FD177), also homeward, responded to signal of distress and in very rough weather connected using chain cable and set course for home. On passage the chain cable parted twice, before the heavier cable from SARBA was transferred and secured.
13.2.1939: Delivered Fleetwood.
17.2.1939: Sold to The Clifton Steam Trawlers Ltd, Fleetwood.
10.1948: Sold to Chantiers & Armement Seghers, Ostend. Ostend.
29.10.1948: Fleetwood registry closed.
1949: Sold to Charles & Victor Seghers, Ostend.
1949: Rebuilt by Chantiers & Armement Seghers, Ostend. Re-engined with 450bhp 8 cyl Uniporn oil engine by Porn & Dunwoody Ltd, London.
1949: Remeasured after conversion 242grt 97n.
10.10.1949: Registered at Ostend (O336).
4.12.1950: Homeward from an Icelandic trip (Sk.Arthur Verbeist), in heavy snow showers, stranded on Scroby Sands 3 – 4 miles off Gt. Yarmouth. Attended by Gorleston lifeboat and tug Richard Lee Barber (122grt/1940).
5.12.1950: At high water 5.00 a.m. failed to refloat, crew taken off by Gorleston lifeboat. Further attempts to refloat, with tugs RICHARD LEE BARBER and GEORGE JEWSON (57grt/1908) in attendance, failed, despite having lightened her by removing the catch of 6,000st of fish, water and fuel.
1951: Attempts to refloat by the Hull tug KROOMAN (230grt/1938) also failed.
1951: Ostend registry closed.
1.1953: Engulfed by the sands in the “Great Storm”.

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S.T. Yarmouth FD334

S.T. Yarmouth FD334
Picture courtesy of the Barry Banham Photo Collection

S.T. Yarmouth FD334 in wartime

S.T. Yarmouth FD334 in wartime
Picture courtesy of the Barry Banham Photo Collection

S.T. Yarmouth FD334 stranded on Scroby Sands

M.T. Yarmouth O336. Picture courtesy of the Barry Banham Photo Collection.

Changelog
21/01/2009: Page published. 4 updates since then.
14/09/2105: Information updated.
23/11/2017: Information updated and removed FMHT watermarks from images.

S.T. Normanby FD31

Additional information courtesy of Andy Hall

Technical

Admiralty Number: 3521
Official Number: 143903
Yard Number: 700
Completed: 1917
Gross Tonnage: 275
Net Tonnage: 112
Length: 125.5 ft
Breadth: 23.4 ft
Depth: 12.8 ft
Engine: 480ihp T.3-cyl and boiler by Hawthorn, Leslie & Co Ltd, Newcastle
Built: Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, Middlesbrough

History

5.3.1917: Laid down.
19.6.1917: Launched by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough (Yd.No.700) (“Castle” class) for The Admiralty as WILLIAM SPENCER (Ad.No.3521).
25.7.1917: Completed (1 – 12pdr and W/T).
1919: Registered by The Admiralty at London (Part I) O.N.143903.
1919: Allocated to Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries and engaged in commercial trawling.
1920: Allocated to the National Fishery Scheme for the setting up of the Minesweepers’ Cooperative Trawling Society Ltd, London.
1.1921: At Brightlingsea fitted out for fishing under Special Survey of Lloyd’s Register and classed 100A1 Stm Trawler at Brightlingsea.
1.1922. Scheme abandoned, the necessary working capital of £100,000 having not been subscribed. Laid up at Brightlingsea. Advertised for sale several times.
11.1924: Sold to Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd, Boston (Fred Parkes, Wyberton, Boston, manager).
14.11.1924: London registry closed.
21.11.1924: Registered at Fleetwood as NORMANBY (FD31).
1926: Company registered office transferred to Fleetwood (Fred Parkes, Blackpool, manager).
19.9.1935: Completed some structural alterations to enable better look-out and sailed Fleetwood for Azores chartered by relatives to try and locate auxiliary yacht ALTAIR,(14grt/1909) (Lieutenant Colonel Noel Meredith Vibart DSO), four crew all told*, which had left Flores Island, Azores for Plymouth on 1 August and overdue. Apart from a message given by a Portuguese vessel that a craft which may have been the ALTAIR had been sighted south-east off the Azores on 29 August, there has been no further information concerning the yacht. Search was unsuccessful.
1.1936: Sold to Liston Carnie, William Carnie Jnr & Thomas Young Carnie, Glasgow. (William Carnie Jnr, Glasgow managing owner).
31.1.1936: Fleetwood registry closed.
2.1936: Registered at Granton as ASTROS (GN48).
18.12.1939: Attacked by German aircraft 115 miles E by N of May Island; superficial damage.
28.12.1939: Requisitioned for war service as a boom defence vessel (P.No.Z.130) (Hire rate £80.4.2d/month).
3.12.1943: Compulsorily acquired by M.O.W.T. Granton registry closed.
7.1945: Based at Portsmouth (Fraser & White Ltd, Portsmouth, agents).
11.1945: For disposal.
3.1946: Sold to Joseph Croan, Newhaven, Edinburgh.
1.1947: Registered at Granton (GN31).
11.9.1948: Sailed Granton for Faroe fishing grounds (Sk. Carnie Seaton).
21.9.1948: Arrived Aberdeen with storm damage sustained off the Faroes; funnel damaged, bent over and fractured. In gale, wind entering the damaged funnel had fanned the fires in the boiler room, and at one stage there was a danger of a flash back igniting the bunker coal. The skipper, foreseeing the danger, had turned the ship’s head into the wind until a tarpaulin could be thrown around the funnel. Finding it difficult to raise steam, the skipper radioed for the steam trawlers THOMAS L. DEVLIN (GN58) and META PATON (GW14) to standby. With difficulty the fireman managed to maintain enough steam to proceed at slow speed to Aberdeen, escorted by the META PATON. Met by the owner, Joe Croan, and arrangements made to send her catch of 450 boxes to Newhaven by road.
1960: Sold to BISCO (£2800) and allocated to Shipbreaking Industries Ltd, Charlestown, Fife for breaking up (Contract No.62E).
15.3.1960: Delivered Charlestown from Granton under own power.
26.5.1960: Breaking up commenced.

(William Spencer, Yeoman of the Powder Room (prest), age 28, b. Newcastle – VICTORY (SB392))

* Crew of yacht (cutter) ALTAIR – Lieutenant Colonel Noel Meredith Vibart DSO, London, owner; Ian Macdonald, Glasgow, Cambridge university undergraduate; Patrick Richardson, Long Ashton, Bristol, Oxford university undergraduate and Basil Jefferies (18), Talywain, Monmouthshire, ships boy.

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S.T. Normanby FD31

S.T. Normanby FD31
Picture courtesy of Fred Baker

Changelog
21/01/2009: Page published. 5 updates since then.
26/02/2016: Information updated

S.T. Wyre (2) FD132

Additional information courtesy of David Slinger

Technical

Official Number: 132402
Yard Number: 463
Completed: 1911
Gross Tonnage: 295
Net Tonnage: 115
Length: 130 ft
Breadth: 23 ft
Depth: 13.2 ft
Built: Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough
Engine: T.3-cyl by Shields Engineering Co Ltd, North Shields

History

14.2.1911: Launched by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough (Yd.No.463) for The “Wyre” Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Fleetwood as WYRE.
20.3.1911: Registered at Fleetwood (FD132). Richard C. Ward & John N. Ward & Son, Fleetwood appointed managers.
3.1911: Completed.
4.4.1911: At Fleetwood landed from first trip. 1912: John N. Ward appointed manager.
1912: Magnus B. J. Wedum appointed manager.
9.1.1915: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-3pdr, Hydrophone) (Ad.No.962). Fitted as Sub-divisional leader.
15.4.1917: Employed on Southern Patrol.
1919: Returned to owner at Fleetwood.
13.6.1940: Requisitioned for war service as a boom defence vessel (P.No. Z.198)(Hire rate £73.15.0d/month). Cost of conversion £14,099.
16.7.1943: Sold to Northern Trawlers Ltd, London (William A. Bennett, manager).
23.11.1943: Compulsorily acquired by M.O.W.T.
10.1.1944: Fleetwood registry closed.
1944: Based at Fort William (D. MacBrayne Ltd, Glasgow, agents).
1947: Estimated cost of re-conditioning £7,500.
5.1947: Sold to George Murray, Aberdeen.
19.5.1947: Registered at Aberdeen as Eastburn (A351).
4.11.1947: Sold to Eastburn (Fishing) Ltd, Aberdeen (George Murray, manager).
5.11.1949: Fishing on Icelandic grounds in very heavy weather, Skipper and three crew members washed overboard.
1953: Sold for breaking up.
13.4.1953: Aberdeen registry closed “Vessel broken up”.

Annex A

9.1.1915: Commissioned at Fleetwood.
14.1.1915: Arrived Devonport. Fitted with Hotchkiss 3pdr gun (No.252) and fitted out for minesweeping duties and with hydrophone (Ad.No.962). Fitted out as Sub-divisional Leader.
30.3.1915: Allocated Unit 63 – No.1 Patrol (Sub Lieut J. H. Bartlett RNR) based Dartmouth.
4.1915: Re-appointed Unit 63 – Division C based Plymouth (Sub Lieut J. H. Bartlett RNR).
By 10.1916: Based Devonport (Lieut. H. Scott RNR).
15.4.1917: Southern Patrol Temporary Div.II.
1919: Port for landing Stores, Armament and Moveable Fittings – Portland. Port for Demobilising Personnel – Fleetwood.
1919: Returned to owners at Fleetwood.

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S.T. Wyre FD132

S.T. Wyre FD132
Picture courtesy of The John Clarkson Collection

Changelog
21/01/2009: Page published. 5 updates since then.
04/02/2016: Minor information update.
06/10/2017: Removed FMHT watermark from image.