S.D/T. Byng – LT632

Technical

Official Number: 140000
Yard Number: 284
Completed: 1919
Gross Tonnage: 107
Net Tonnage: 52
Length: 92.1 ft
Breadth 19.0 ft
Depth: 9.75 ft
Built: Fellows & Co Ltd, Gt Yarmouth
Engine: 270ihp T.3-cyl by Pertwee & Black, Gorleston

History

1918: Requisitioned by The Admiralty on the stocks, no instalment monies paid.
1919: Launched by Fellows & Co Ltd, Gt Yarmouth (Yd.No.284) (non-standard “Admiralty drifter”) for The Admiralty as ELEPHANTA.
2.1920: Sold to Victory Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Norwich and completed as a fishing vessel.
10.2.1920: Registered at Lowestoft as BYNG (LT632). Arthur W. Harvey, Lowestoft appointed manager.
1.6.1921: Sold to Vigilant Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Norwich. George F. Spashett, Lowestoft appointed manager.
1928: Landing at Fleetwood.
13.6.1928: Landed 47 boxes.
20.1.1931: Sold to George William Keable (22/64), Lewis Percy Keeble (21/64) and George James Keeble (21/64) all Lowestoft. George W. Keable designated managing owner.
25.1.1935: At Douglas, IoM suffered damage.
16.10.1939: Requisitioned for war service and employed on miscellaneous naval duties, boom drifter & balloon barrage (P.No.FT.1870) (Hire rate £32.16.0d/month).
14.4.1944: Sold to Locarno Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), London. John C. Hayward, Lowestoft appointed manager.
1946: Returned to owner.
Post WW2 – 1950: Seasonal white fish trawling from Fleetwood.
3.1955: Sold to Jacques Bakker & Zonen, Bruges for breaking up.
3.3.1955: Sailed Lowestoft for Antwerp towing steam drifter RAMSEY BAY (LT1290), also for breaking up.
9.3.1955: Delivered Bruges.
16.6.1955: Lowestoft registry closed.

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S.T. W. Wetherly – A65

Additional information courtesy of Christine Simm and Birgir Þórisson

Technical

Official Number: 123353
Yard Number: 401
Completed: 1906
Gross Tonnage: 234.19
Net Tonnage: 75.43
Length: 120.1 ft
Breadth: 23.1 ft
Depth: 12.1 ft
Built: Hall, Russell & Co Ltd, Aberdeen
Engine: T.3-cyl and boiler by Hall, Russell & Co Ltd, Aberdeen

History

21.4.1906: Launched by Mrs W. R. Wetherly, wife of the owner at Hall, Russell & Co Ltd, Aberdeen (Yd.No.401) for William Richard Wetherly, Aberdeen as W. WETHERLY.
12.5.1906: Registered at Aberdeen (A65). William R. Wetherly designated manager.
26.6.1906: Maiden landing 150 ton of salt fish from Iceland (Sk. Robert Erskine Wetherly)
(J. Brown, agent).
6.8.1906: Landed a fairly good shot from Iceland.
9.8.1906: Sailed Aberdeen afternoon tide for Portugal.
14.8.1906: Arrived Ferrol.
15.8.1906: Sailed Ferrol.
8.1906: Fishing out of Lisbon (Sk. Robert E. Wetherly).
7.1907: Arrived Aberdeen from Portugal.
22.7.1907: At the Justice of Peace Court, Aberdeen Sk. Robert Erskine Wetherly was charged with on 17th July having onboard, knowingly, harboured, kept, or concealed 20lbs of tea. He was also charged with having offered, on the same date, a bribe, recompense, or reward to the two customs officers. The accused stated that the tea had been bought in Lisbon for the use of the crew while fishing out of that port. Having heard all the evidence the Justices found the first charge proven and imposed a fine of £3 with £1 expenses. The second charge was found not proven.
1907: Fishing out of Aberdeen (Messrs Smith, Jameson & Holmes, agents).
13.4.1907: Landed 81/2 tons (310 boxes/21/2 tons side fish).
24.8.1907: Landed 80 boxes/20 score.
4.11.1907: Landed 250 boxes/2 ton side fish.
27.12.1907: Landed 150 boxes/10 score.
1907: Fishing out of Aberdeen (Messrs Smith, Jameson & Holmes, agents).
6.1.1908: Landed 270 boxes/10 score.
21.4.1908: Landed 270 boxes/25 score.
20.5.1908: Landed 190 boxes/51/2 tons side fish.
7.10.1908: Landed from a West coast trip over 260 boxes (including 200 boxes of herring/ 2 tons side fish.
12.1908: Bought by Wetherly’s Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Aberdeen for the sum of £6,037 5s 9d including outfit; ownership not transferred.
1909: Fishing out of Fleetwood (Messrs Smith, Jameson & Holmes, agents).
4.1.1909: Landed 60 boxes.
15.1.1909: Landed 70 boxes.
27.1.1909: Landed 200 boxes.
4.6.1909: Landed 245 boxes.
24.8.1909: Landed 260 boxes.
9.9.1909: Landed 350 boxes.
6.10.1909: Landed 350 boxes.
4.1.1910: Landed 140 boxes.
1.1910: Fishing out of Aberdeen.
9.2.1910: Landed 80 boxes/50 score.
23.2.1910: At Fleetwood landed 90 boxes.
28.4.1910: Landed 120 boxes/370 score.
23.7.1910: Landed 80 boxes/5 score.
21.10.1910: Landed 100 boxes/40 score.
1. 1911: Fishing out of Aberdeen.
26.1.1911: Landed 140 boxes/5 tons.
2.-5.1911: Along with VALEof LENNOX (A256) chartered by Trawlfjelagið bræðurnir Thorsteinsson, Reykjavik (The Thorsteinsson-brothers Trawling company – Th Thorsteinsson and P.J. Thorsteinsson) for the salting season *.
2.1911: The pair sailed Aberdeen for Iceland with mainly Icelandic crews and fishing masters.
5.1911: Returned to Aberdeen. The ‘season’s’ catch had been 380 tons, the second most successful ship.
2.6.1911: Again fishing out of Fleetwood (Smith, Jameson & Holmes, managing agents.)
24.6.1911: Landed 150 boxes.
3.8.1911: Landed at Aberdeen.
12.9.1911: Landed 330 boxes.
22.12.1911: Landed at Aberdeen.
15.1.1912: At Aberdeen landed 155 boxes/30 score.
2-5.1912: Chartered by H/F Óðinn, Reykjavik (Elías Stefánsson) for the salting season.
6.8.1012: At Aberdeen landed 120 boxes/41/2 tons.
16.9.1912: At Fleetwood land 175 boxes.
1913: Fishing out of Aberdeen (Messrs Smith, Jameson & Holmes, agents).
3.1.1913: Landed 200 boxes/3 score.
6.1.1913: Arrived Aberdeen with the Avoch owned, Inverness registered ketch SWIN (58n/1883), Aberdeen for Methil, cargo sleepers, picked up off Tod Head Light, abandoned. Caught in a heavy gale on 30th December about 50 miles off Tod Head Light, the ketch became unmanageable. In response to her signals of distress Hull trawler MERCURY (H518) responded, closed, connected and commenced tow to Aberdeen. After some time the wires parted and the crew were taken off leaving the ketch abandoned. Crew landed at Aberdeen 1st January.
29.6.1913: At Fleetwood landed 150 boxes.
12.8.1913: At Fleetwood landed 130 boxes.
27.9.1913: Landed 250 boxes/24 score.
8.10.1913: Sold to Oceaan Visscherij Maatschappij ‘Oceaan IV’, IJmuiden.
15.10.1913: Aberdeen Part IV registry closed.
15.10.1913: Sailed Aberdeen in the evening for IJmuiden with same crew.
10.1913: Registered at IJmuiden as OCEAAN IV (IJM202). L. Alland designated manager.
2.12.1916: Reported captured by Germans and taken in to Cuxhaven.
28.5.1920: Sailed IJmuiden for fishing grounds.
30.5.1920: Seen on fishing grounds. Missing since this date.

* The venture was very successful and in May 1911, P.J. Thorsteinsson signed contracts for two trawlers from Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby; Yd Nos. 515 BALDUR (RE146) and 516 BRAGI (RE147), which entered service in the 1912 ‘season’ with the same crews.

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S.D. Welcome Home – LT256

Seasonal visitor

Technical

Official Number: 145830
Yard Number 559
Completed: 1925
Gross Tonnage: 104
Net Tonnage: 44
Length: 88.0 ft
Breadth: 20.5 ft
Depth: 10.5 ft
Built: John Chambers Ltd, Lowestoft
Engine: T.3-cyl by Crabtree & Co Ltd, Gt. Yarmouth
Wooden built

History

1925: Completed by John Chambers Ltd, Lowestoft (Yd No.559) for Albert E. Beamish, Lowestoft as WELCOME HOME.
13.8.1925: Registered at Lowestoft (LT256). Albert E. Beamish designated managing owner.
1928: Seasonal white fish trawling out of Fleetwood.
20.6.1928: Typical landing 15 boxes.
25.11.1939: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeping drifter (Hire rate £37.14.0d/month).
4.1943: Employed on miscellaneous naval duties.
1945: Returned to owner.
1947: Sold to Victor J. Thompson, Gt. Yarmouth & Norman A. W. Beamish, Beccles.
1957: Sold for breaking up. Lowestoft registry closed.

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S.T. Jessie Wetherly – A228

Additional information courtesy of Christine Simm

Technical

Official Number: 127154
Yard Number: 452
Completed: 1908
Gross Tonnage: 214.81
Net Tonnage: 78.56
Length: 116.1 ft
Breadth: 22.6 ft
Depth: 12.2 ft
Built: Hall, Russell & Co Ltd, Aberdeen
Engine: T.3-cyl by Hall, Russell & Co Ltd, Aberdeen

History

6.5.1908: Launched by Mrs Wetherly, wife of Sk. Robert Wetherley Jnr. at Hall, Russell & Co Ltd, Aberdeen (Yd.No.452) for Wetherley’s Steam Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Aberdeen as JESSIE WETHERLY.
11.6.1908: Registered at Aberdeen (A228).
5.1908: Completed. William R. Wetherly designated manager.
10.6.1908: In fine weather sailed Aberdeen at about 11.00 am on a trial trip with a large number of invited guests (Sk. Robert Wetherly). After steaming in a NE direction for about a couple of hours the trawl was shot. On hauling, the catch was distributed among the guests. In late afternoon returned to Aberdeen.
1909: Fishing out of Fleetwood.
15.1.1909: With rough weather on the fishing grounds, landed 70 boxes.
27.3.1909: Landed 250 boxes.
14.4.1909: Landed 140 boxes.
11.5.1909: Landed 200 boxes.
8.10.1909: Possibly last landing at Fleetwood, 255 boxes.
11.1909: At Aberdeen (Messrs Smith, Jameson & Holmes, agents).
26.11.1909: Landed 16 tons including 300 boxes and 1 ton side fish.
7.12.1909: Landed 230 boxes and 31/2 tons side fish.
11.1.1910: Landed 180 boxes and 8 score.
30.3.1910: Landed 220 boxes and 51/2 tons.
1.4.1910: Sailed Aberdeen for Iceland grounds (Sk. Robert Erskine Wetherly); twelve hands all told.
5.4.1910: In clear visibility, fair breeze with a full moon shining, but a heavy sea running, fishing some 20 – 30 miles from Vestmannaeyjar in the company of other trawlers. At about 1.30 am. the skipper shouted to those on deck “ Look out there “. Immediately afterwords the Arcachon steam trawler NORDCAPER (ARC51), with lights burning, crashed into the side abreast the engine room. The French trawler rebounded with force of impact but with steam not having been shut off, went ahead crashing into the side again doing considerable damage. Following the collision all hands were on deck, some only partially clothed, but prepared to abandon, it being seen that the chance of remaining onboard was hopeless as she was starting to settle. All crew* taken onboard the NORDCAPER and shortly after trawler foundered. Landed at Reykjavik.
19.4.1910: Survivors sailed Reykjavik for Leith in Danish mail steamer CERES (1166grt/1882).
22.4.1910: Survivors arrived Leith.
23.4.1910: Survivors arrived Aberdeen.
28.4.1910: Aberdeen registry closed “Vessel sunk after collision off Iceland 5th April 1910”. Vessel was fully insured.

Crew* saved: Sk. R. E. Wetherly; John Gallagher, mate; D. M’Hattie, A. Mitchell and W. Goldsmith, engineers; James Boyle, John Buchan, James Tocher and W. Thomson, fishermen; D. Allen and J. Hedcocks, deckhands; Joseph Murray, cook.

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S.D/T. Thistle -YH829

Seasonal visitor

Technical

Official Number: 117557
Yard Number: 744
Completed: 1904
Gross Tonnage: 79.34
Net Tonnage: 17.32
Length: 80.0 ft
Breadth: 18.1 ft
Depth: 8.5 ft
Built: Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, North Shields
Engine: C.2-cyl by MacColl & Pollock Ltd, Sunderland

History

2.2.1904: Launched by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, North Shields (Yd.No.744) for Westmacott Ltd, Gt Yarmouth as THISTLE.
2.1904: Completed.
5.3.1904: Registered at Yarmouth (YH829). R. G. Westmacott appointed manager.
24.11.1904: In Yarmouth Roads in collision with steam drifter SUNFLOWER (YH567) which subsequently foundered; all hands picked up.
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 27.80net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907.
5.1915: Requisitioned for war service as an A/S net drifter (1-6pdr) (Ad.No.1433). Renamed THISTLE III. Based Dover.
Post 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Yarmouth. Reverted to THISTLE (YH829).
1932: Westmacott Ltd in voluntary liquidation; fleet for sale.
1932: Sold by the Liquidator to P. W. Watson & Sons Ltd, Lowestoft for the sum of £675. Allan H. Watson appointed manager.
1930s: Seasonal white fish trawling from Padstow, Milford and Fleetwood (Alex Keay managing agent at Fleetwood).
4.1940: Requisitioned for war service and employed on Examination service (Hire rate £22.0.0d/ month). Renamed THISTLE V.
8.5.1941: Mined off Lowestoft in position 52.28N 01.47E. Pby/Ty/Sk. C. Sanson RNR, Ty/Sub Lieut. T. S. Wedderburn-Ogilvy RNVR and eight crew lost; one survivor.
17.1.1942: Yarmouth registry closed “Vessel totally lost on 8th May 1941 on NS.”

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