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S.T. Albatross LL184

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Occasional visitor


Official Number: 82958
Gross Tonnage: 123
Completed: 1882
Net Tonnage: 84
Length: 101.0 ft
Breadth: 19.0 ft
Depth: 10.3 ft
Built: W. Walker & Co, Deptford
Engine: C.2-cyl by W. J. Lockhead & Co, Glasgow


11.1882: Launched by W. Walker & Co, Deptford (Yd.No.) for Robert Middleton (64/64), Leeds, as ALBATROSS.
9.2.1883: Registered at Scarborough (SH37) (Sk.George Bowles). Robert Middleton designated managing owner.
17.2.1883: Completed.
6.11.1884: Owned by Robert Middleton & Stephen Todd Holdroyd, Leeds; Joseph Henry Holdroyd, Leeds and Thos Allen, York.
13.11.1884: Owned by Robert Middleton & Stephen Todd Holdroyd, Leeds; Joseph Henry Holdroyd, Leeds: Thos Allen, York: Wm Holdroyd, Scarborough and William Arthur Mallinson, Leeds. Robert Middleton designated managing owner.
12.11.1884: Owned by Robert Middleton & Stephen Todd Holdroyd, Leeds; Joseph Henry Holdroyd, Leeds; Thos Allen, York; Wm Holdroyd, Scarborough; William Arthur Mallinson, Leeds and William Mallinson (7/64), Huddersfield.
31.12.1884: Owned by Robert Middleton & Stephen Todd Holdroyd, Leeds; Joseph Henry Holdroyd, Leeds; Thos Allen, York; Wm Holdroyd, Scarborough; William Arthur Mallinson, Leeds; William Mallinson (7/64), Huddersfield and Henry Lambie Woodger (6/64), Scarborough.
29.4.1887: Henry L. Woodger shares (6/64) sold to William Woodger, Newcastle.
23.4.1888: At the Mercantile Marine Office, before Mr Cumberland, Collector of Customs, George Reynolds, cook, sued the skipper for wrongful dismissal. On 19th last Reynolds was discharged and the skipper refused to pay him his wages. After hearing evidence Mr Cumberland made an order of 9/4d.
28.11.1888: Ran into Fish Quay at Hartlepool doing considerable damage.
10.3.1891: Sailed Scarborough at 4.30 am. for the fishing grounds. Disabled after boiler manhole cover blew off and lost steam. Returned to Scarborough under sail.
26.4.1892: Sold to George Rookin Nicholson (64/64), Liverpool.
16.5.1892: Scarborough registry closed.
5.1892: Extensive alterations and overhaul. New steam winch by Messrs Rogers & Co, Stockton, new side rollers, dandy scores, raised forward and iron bulwarks fitted all round. New masts and sails. Total cost £800.
5.1892: Registered at Liverpool (LL184).
1892: Sold to “Albatross” Steam Ship Co Ltd (64/64), Liverpool. Henry H. Grayson, Birkenhead designated manager.
18.3.1893: Advertised for sale in the Aberdeen Journal by Frederick Aspinall, Liverpool. Vessel is fully found in every respect with new 200 fathom 3.5” steel wire warps and two full and complete sets of fishing gear. Presently fishing out of Aberdeen.
9.1893: Sold to Robert Knox (64/64), Douglas, IoM.
10.1893: Liverpool registry closed.
2.10.1893: Registered at Douglas (DO246). Robert Knox designated managing owner.
6.11.1894: Trawling off the Bahama Bank (Sk. Edward Shimmin); eight crew in total, in company with LADY LOCH (DO20) (Sk. William Shimmin) some half mile apart. In the early hours about 1.00am. with the skipper at the helm, observed the lights of a steamer bearing down on them. Sounded the steam whistle but unable to manoeuvre with the trawl down. Struck amidships and almost cut in two by the L&Y and L&NWR steamer DUKE of CLARENCE (1489grt/1892), Belfast for Fleetwood and foundered quickly. The skipper gained the forecastle of the steamer by way of the funnel stays and two men were picked up from the water, by boats from the DUKE of CLARENCE. LADY LOCH closed the scene and started to search for other survivors, joined later by steamers MANX QUEEN (989grt/1880) and DUKE of YORK (1473grt/1894). After three hours the search was abandoned; five crewmen unaccounted for, believed drowned. Survivors landed by DUKE of CLARENCE at Fleetwood.
17.11.1894: Douglas registry closed. Wreck lies 9.5 miles SE of Ramsey.
2.1895: In the Admiralty Court a claim for damages in lieu of the loss was heard. The findings were that the master of the DUKE of CLARENCE was at fault in that he failed to post adequate lookouts and disregarded the numerous fishing vessels, some thirty in number, on the fishing grounds. Damages were agreed and John Knox received an undisclosed sum. (Albatross was valued at £2,000 but insured for £12,000). The families of the lost crewmen received: Widows of William Dougherty, Henry Hudson and Richard Gregg – £300 each; the families of Hudson and Gregg received £150 each; the seven children of Dougherty received £250; the father of John Leadbetter received £250.

Lost: William Dougherty, Mate; Henry Hudson, Ch Eng; John Leadbetter and Richard Gregg, Deckhands and Charles Shimmin, nephew of the skipper, son of skipper of Lady Loch, Fireman.
Survivors: Sk. E. Shimmin, R. Kelly, 2nd Eng and Thomas Lawrence.
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S.T. Albatross SH37

S.T. Albatross SH37
Picture from The George Scales Collection courtesy of George Westwood


24/11/2018: Page published.
27/11/2018: Image added. Information updated.

S.D/T. Paramount R193

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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


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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.

S.T. Pauline TO??

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Additional information courtesy of Jan Harteveld


Official Number: 118938
Yard Number: 61
Completed: 1904
Gross Tonnage: 211
Net Tonnage: 76
Length: 115.4 ft
Breadth: 21.6 ft
Depth: 11.5 ft
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley
Engine: T.3-cyl and boiler by Amos & Smith Ltd, Hull


13.10.1904: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.61) for Alick L. Black, Grimsby as COURTLAND.
2.12.1904: Registered at Grimsby (Part I & IV) O.N.118938 (GY35).
12.1904: Completed. Alick Black designated managing owner.
6.1908: Sold to Stoomvisscherij Mij Grotius, IJmuiden (A. G. Meeuwenoord Jnr, Velsen/IJmuiden & Alick L. Black) through Maatschappij tot Beheer van Steamtrawlers en Andere Vaartuigen.
23.6.1908: Registered at IJmuiden as GROTIUS (IJM14). A. G. Meeuwenoord Jnr & A. de Vries designated managers.
29.6.1908: Grimsby registry closed.
9.2.1909: IJmuiden registration withdrawn by Lord Mayor of Velsen on legal grounds; owners informed but did not agree.
10.1909: Sold to Christian M. Evensen, Hull. At Fleetwood completed Special survey and registered at Thorshavn, Faroe Islands as PAULINE (TO??). J. P. Evensen, Thorshavn designated manager. Fishing out of Fleetwood.
3.1915: Sold to Earl Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby.
12.3.1915: Registered at Grimsby as EARL GRANARD (GY449).
4.1915: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-6pdr HA) (Ad.No.2653).
24.9.1915: Sold to Rushworth Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby.
1918: Based Cherbourg.
16.3.1918: Sold to Isaac Bunch, Grimsby.
By 12.3.1919: Returned to owner.
22.12.1923: Sold to The Great Central Co-Operative Engineering & Ship Repairing Co Ltd, Grimsby.
15.6.1928: Sold to Harold Bacon, Grimsby.
26.9.1930: Sold to T. C. & F. Moss Ltd, Grimsby.
1.4.1931: Registered at Grimsby as CASTLETON (GY449).
30.11.1939: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper but employed on auxiliary patrol (Hire rate £52.15.0d/month).
6.2.1940: Returned to owner.
6.1940: On a trip (Sk. Walter Sibley); ten crew all told.
26.6.1940: At 9.30am. when east of Orkney, attacked by German Do17Z aircraft, bombed, badly damaged and foundered. All ten crewmen lost.
22.10.1940: Grimsby registry closed ‘Vessel missing since 28/6/40’.

Lost – Sk. Walter Sibley (43); John Allen Webb (45), Mate; Thomas George Hubbard (50), Third Hand; William Stewart (53), Ch Eng; George Henry Cook (56), 2nd Eng: Charles James Dillon (45), John Dennis Ryan (40), John Thomas Squire (37), Deckhands; Leslie Albert Osborne (19), Trimmer; Alexander Campbell McLintock White (64) Cook.

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S.T. Castleton GY449

S.T. Castleton GY449
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05/03/2018: Page published.
12/03/2018: Information updated.

S.T. St. Jean B3036

Additional information courtesy of Birgir Þórisson


Official Number: Unknown
Yard Number: 34
Gross Tonnage: 286.73
Net Tonnage: 101
Length: 42.00 m (137.8 ft)
Breadth: 6.98 m (22.9 ft)
Depth: 3.60 m (11.8 ft )
Built: Société des Ateliers et Chantiers de France, Dunkirk
Engine: 480ihp T.3-cyl and boiler by Société des Ateliers et Chantiers de France, Dunkirk


1906: Completed by Société des Ateliers et Chantiers de France, Dunkirk (Yd.No34) for Armand Coppin et Cie, Boulogne as St. Jaean at a cost of 180,000 francs (£7,140)
1906: Registered at Boulogne (B3036). Armand Coppin designated manager.
17.5.1907: Reported that whilst on the Iceland grounds vessel had been ashore and was towed to Reykjavik by the French steam trawler LIBERTÉ.
1914: Requisitioned at Boulogne for war service by Marine Francais as an auxiliary patrol trawler/escort. Attached to 3rd Patrol Squadron Western Mediterranean (Sk. Jean-Marie Grall).
27.4.1918: Following attack on tanker ROMANY (3983grt/1902) by U-boat (UB48 – Wolfgang Steinbauer) some 50 miles SW by W3/4W of Cape Spartivento, Sardinia, shelled and damage by U-boat; three crew including skipper, Jean-Marie Grall, killed.
1919: Returned to owner.
21.2.1923: Put into Penzance to take bunker coal.
1927: New boiler fitted.
2.10.1936: In the evening off Rye Bay (Sk. Victor Lepreto) stopped by sloop HMS Lupin (Cdr H. A. Rowley RN) on Fishery Patrol duties, after initially refusing to stop, making off and shots were fired. Sk. Lepreto was arrested for entering British exclusive fishery limits for a purpose not recognised by international law and fishing within the three mile limit. Brought into Dover.
3.10.1936: At Dover Magistrates Court, Sk. Lepreto told the bench that he was seeking shelter. The weather being fine this was not accepted and he was fined £10 for entering British exclusive fishery limits; the charge of fishing off Rye Bay inside the three mile limit was not proceeded with.
1939: Sold to Pêcheries de la Morinie, Boulogne. Paul Ficheux designated manager.
8.1939: In Fleetwood for repair. At outbreak of war not required by Free French Naval Force (FNFL) or The Admiralty.
1940: Fishing Iceland grounds out of Fleetwood. Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd, managing agents.
1.1941: Sk. André Lecoeur ex JOSEPH DUHAMEL became fishing master.
1.5.1943: Typical landing. 1100 kits – cod-650, haddock-300, flats-20, ling & coley-130.
1945: Returned to France.
1946: Sold to Société Dunkerquoise de Remorquage et de Sauvetage, Dunkirk.
1948: Broken up. 1949: Boulogne registry closed.
31.7.1957: An appeal was heard in the Chancery Division of The High Court on behalf of Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd against assessments to income tax for 1940-41 and 1944-45 on profits made from operating the St. JEAN out of Fleetwood. The BDSF&I Co Ltd owned 49% of the shares in the trawler owners, Pêcheries de la Morinie, Boulogne-sur-Mer and the profits were paid over to the French company after the war. For the Crown it was argued that the profits were taxable as those of a foreign company carrying on business in the UK through an agent. Mr. Justice Harman held that agency could not exist while France was in enemy occupation. He allowed the appeal with costs against the Crown.

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S.T. St-Jean B3036

S.T. St-Jean B3036
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17/02/2018: Page published.
18/02/2018: PLN added.
19/02/2018: Updated details.
23/02/2018: Picture added.

S.T. Kestrel GY831

Additional information courtesy of Bill Blow

Official Number: 109817
Yard Number: 216
Completed: 1898
Gross Tonnage: 181
Net Tonnage: 65
Length: 109.1
Breadth: 21.0
Depth: 11.3 ft
Built: Cochrane & Cooper Ltd, Beverley
Engine: T.3-cyl by Charles D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull


21.7.1898: Launched by Cochrane & Cooper Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.216) for Thomas Baskcomb, Grimsby as KESTREL.
12.9.1898: Completed.
13.9.1898: Registered at Grimsby (GY831). Thomas Baskcomb designated managing owner. Later fishing out of Fleetwood.
1.1911: Sold to Alick Black, Grimsby. Alick Black designated managing owner.
3.12.1912: Sold to Alfred Bannister, Grimsby. Alfred Bannister designated managing owner.
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 74 net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907.
17.3.1917: When some 20 miles E by S of Longstone Light, stopped by U-boat (UC50). Crew abandoned in boat and vessel sunk by gunfire. All crew saved.
22.3.1917: Grimsby registry closed “Sunk by enemy submarine”.

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S.T. Kestrel GY831

S.T. Kestrel GY831
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10/04/2017: Page published.