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S.T. Alcazar LT87

Technical

Official Number: 162982
Yard Number: ?
Completed: 1917
Gross Tonnage: 171
Net Tonnage: 42
Length: 109.6 ft (33.41m)
Breadth: 20.3 ft (6.19m)
Depth: 10.5 ft (3.2m)
Built: N.V. Burgerhout’s M. & S. Naamlooze Venootschap, Rotterdam
Engine: T.3-cyl by Bergerhouts Mch Fab, Rotterdam

History

1917: Completed N.V. Burgerhout’s M. & S. Naamlooze Venootschap, Rotterdam (Yd No. ) for Burgerhout & Zn, Rotterdam own account as MAASMOND.
1924: Sold to Reederij J. Frater Smid & G. Prins, IJmuiden. Registered at IJmuiden as ZWARTE ZEE (IJM27).
By 1930: Owned by N.V. Vissch Mij “Zwarte Zee”, IJmuiden (Jac. Frater Smid, Overveen, manager).
1935: Sold to Bowden Ramster (64/64), Fleetwood. IJmuiden registry closed.
26.10.1935: Registered at Lowestoft as ALCAZAR (LT87).
10.1935: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to District Bank Ltd, Liverpool (A).
12.11.1935: First landing at Fleetwood.
16.4.1936: Off Pembrokeshire coast in collision with steam drifter LANNER (LT1176).
29.7.1938: Sailed Fleetwood for St. George’s Channel grounds (Sk. Ernest W. Swan); nine crew all told and one pleasurer.
7.8.1938: Having fished between the Arklow L.V. and Kish L.V. left the grounds at abou 4.00am. for home. At about 4.30am. entered a dense fog bank with visibility reduced to 100 – 200 yds. At 5.20am. in position 53.19N 5.25W run down by LMS Railway steamer CAMBRIA (3462grt/1921)(Capt Edward Broughton Turner) Holyhead for Kingstown with passengers and mail, striking the trawler amidships on the starboard side after which she quickly filled and foundered immediately before the boat could be launched. Three survivors* including the Skipper and pleasurer picked up by the CAMBRIA.
24.10.1938: Lowestoft registry closed.
20.12.1938: At BOT Formal Investigation (No.7927) at Liverpool, the Court found that the said casualty and the subsequent loss of life were caused by the wrongful act and default of Edward Broughton Turner, the master of the s.s. “CAMBRIA”, and that the said casualty and loss of life were not caused or contributed to by any wrongful act or default of Ernest William Swan, the skipper of the s.t. “ALCAZAR” or the London, Midland and Scottish Railway Company.
(* Sk. Ernest W. Swan; George Haylock, deckhand & Gordon W. Aldred, pleasurer all of Lowestoft)

(Lost. R. C. Dowson (53), Mate, Pakefield; Edward J. Harvey (55), Ch Eng, Lowestoft; Frederick Finch (24), 2nd Eng, Lowestoft; Frank Barber, Bosun, Lowestoft; Robert J. Daines (50), deckhand, Oulton Broad; Charles Walter Barker (58), deckhand, Blundeston and Leonard H. Peek, cook, Lowestoft)

Click here to read the BOT loss inquiry

Changelog
19/05/2012: Page published. 5 updates since then.
28/09/2015: Information updated.
17/01/2017: Added BOT loss inquiry report.
15/06/2019: Minor update.

S.T. Alcmaria LT48

Technical

Official Number: 162977
Yard Number: 1031
Completed: 1917
Gross Tonnage: 143
Net Tonnage: 47
Length: 31.12m (102.1 ft)
Breadth: 6.34m (20.7 ft)
Depth: 2.90m (9.5 ft)
Built: Gebr. Boot, Leiderdorp
Engine: 250 hp T.3-cyl by Industrieele Maats. “Hera”, Ymuiden (Engine made 1917)
Pennant : FY. 1525

History

1916: Launched by Gebr. Boot, Leiderdorp (Yd No.1031 ) for Naam VennStoomviss “Zaanstroom VI” (P. J. D. & Joh. Dil & S.Yff, Zaandijk, managers) as ZAANSTROOM VI.
1917: Completed.
Pre 1920: Sold to N.V. Visscherij Maats “Maastroom II”, IJmuiden (N.V. Scheeps Exploit Maats “Maastroom”, managers). Renamed MAASSTROOM II.
19??: Sold to ?? and renamed ARIA.
Pre 1927: Sold to N.V. Zeevissch Maats “Alcmaria”, IJmuiden. Renamed ALCMARIA.
1935: Sold to Bowden Ramster, Fleetwood.
3.1935: Remeasured 148g 64n.
21.3.1935: Registered at Lowestoft (LT48).
30.11.1939: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (P.No.FY.1525) (Hire rate £41.18.8d/month) (Nore/Yarmouth).
30.5.1940: Sailed Yarmouth with twelve other drifters for Ramsgate.
26.5.1940: At 1857 ‘Operation Dynamo’ – evacuation at Dunkirk put into effect.
31.5.1940: Sailed Ramsgate for Dunkirk. Assisted in evacuation.
1.6.1940: At 0825 arrived Ramsgate with 32 troops.
4.6.1940: ‘Operation Dynamo’ terminated.
8.1940: Fitting out at Leith.
15.10.1940: Transferred to Royal Norwegian Navy (Rosyth/Port Edgar) with M/S Group 164.
28.11.1944: Returned to Royal Navy.
12.1944: At Dundee minesweeping gear removed.
2.1945: For disposal.
3.9.1945: Returned to owner.
1951: Sold to the Dalby Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood (Bowden Ramster, Cleveleys, manager).
4.2.1957: At 9.30 am. disabled with boiler trouble off Maughold Head, IoM (Sk.Leslie Hatcher) requested assistance from DEAN SWIFT (FD29) (Sk. Jack Randles), sheltering in Ramsey Bay. In heavy rain, gusting 56mph, drifted to within 11 miles NW of Morecambe Bay Lightship when DEAN SWIFT arrived on scene at 5.30 pm. At 6.00 pm. tried to connect but line parted. 8.30 pm. made SOS. 10.00 pm. Barrow lifeboat launched and RED SABRE (LO71) (Sk. Jim McKernan), outward for the fishing grounds, turned back.
5.2.1957: At 3.00 am. lifeboat stood by while RED SABRE attempted to pass a line by rocket and barrel and was eventually successful only to see line carried away and her propeller fouled. With Barrow lifeboat still in attendance and in moderating weather DEAN SWIFT connected at 5.00 am. and commenced tow to Fleetwood arriving in the afternoon. Boiler beyond economical repair.
26.2.1957: Sold to BISCO and allocated to Thos. W. Ward Ltd, Sheffield for breaking up at Barrow-in-Furness. (Also recorded as delivered Barrow 22.2.1957)

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S.T. Alcmaria LT48

S.T. Alcmaria LT48
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Changelog
18/01/2009: Page published. 3 updates since then.
06/12/2017: Removed FMHT watermark from image.
16/06/2019: Updated information.

S.T. Princess Melton FD326

Additional information courtesy of Birgir Þórisson

Technical

Official Number: 114192
Yard Number: 226
Completed: 1901
Gross Tonnage: 224.30
Net Tonnage: 88.83
Length: 120.3 ft
Breadth: 22 ft
Depth: 11.8 ft
Built: J. Duthie, Sons & Co, Aberdeen
Engine: 3-cyl by J. S. Vaux & Co Ltd, Sunderland

History

15.6.1901: Launched by J. Duthie, Sons & Co, Aberdeen (Yd.No.226) for Aberdeen Icelandic Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Aberdeen as PRINCESS MELTON.
9.9.1901: Registered at Aberdeen (A440).
9.1901: Completed (John A. Gordon, manager).
1902: New boiler fitted.
2.1902: On an Iceland trip (Sk. Harry Ellis), fishing along with about fourteen trawlers off Grindavik. The Danish coastguard ship BESKYTTEREN (300disp/1900) normally patrolling the Faroe Islands coast had moved over to Iceland and came upon the trawlers which were fishing inside the limits. She was only able to arrest three, PRINCESS MELTON, POINTER (H500) (Sk. K. Kr. Poulsen) and OLIVER CROMWELL ((H490) (Sk. Thyge Andersen Enevoldsen). The arrested trawlers were brought to anchor in Reykjavík harbour, where they were caught in a violent storm on the night of February 5/6th. The harbour was then an open roadstead and two parted their cables. PRINCESS MELTON was driven ashore along with another steamer and a coaling hulk. OLIVER CROMWELL raised steam and dropping the guard along with a note saying Sk. Enevoldsen would return to face charges, made their escape. Each trawlers was fined £56 and catch and gear confiscated. To everybody´s surprise, Enevoldsen returned later to face his charges in court. But as it was believed that the ship had been full of prime fish, he probably did not lose financially by escaping.
4.1902: Refloated by Danish salvage ship FREDERIKSHAVN (214grt/1875), temporary repairs undertaken to allow a single voyage to Hull for permanent repairs.
Late 5. 1902: Sailed Reykjavik for Hull.
12.1907: Fishing Westerly grounds (Sk. Craig).
11.1.1907: Called St. Kilda with letter bag.
9.1.1912: Sold to Thomas Lauder & James McLean (joint owners), Aberdeen (Thomas Lauder managing owner).
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 90.70 net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907.
8.1914: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-6pdr HA) (Ad.No.322).
13.11.1914: At Lowestoft, parent ship HALCYON.
5.11.1918: Sold to Ernest Taylor, Noah Ashworth & Rowland Morris, Fleetwood (Joseph A. Taylor, manager). Based Tyne.
By 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Fleetwood.
16.7.1919: Aberdeen registry closed.
20.7.1919: Registered at Fleetwood (FD326).
1921: Sold to Ernest Taylor, Thornton (Joseph A. Taylor, manager).
26.2.1925: Sold to Alexander Jack, Glasgow.
26.2.1925: Sold to Bowden Ramster, Fleetwood (Alexander Keay, manager).
23.12.1925: Sold to Dalby Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood (Bowden Ramster, manager).
1932: Sold to Thos. W. Ward Ltd, Sheffield for breaking up at Preston.
12.10.1932: Fleetwood registry closed, advise received from owners “Ship broken up”.

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S.T. Princess Melton FD326

S.T. Princess Melton FD326
Picture courtesy of The Fred Baker Collection

S.S. Beskytteren

S.S. Beskytteren
Picture courtesy of Birgir Þórisson

S.S. Beskytteren

S.S. Beskytteren
Picture courtesy of The Danish Maritime Museum

S.S. Beskytteren

S.S. Beskytteren
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Princess Melton Stranding Location

Princess Melton Stranding Location
Picture courtesy of The Danish Maritime Museum

Changelog
17/01/2009: Page published. 4 updates since then.
18/06/2017: Removed FMHT watermarks from image.
16/07/2021: Updated history and technical details.
17/07/2021: Updated history and added images.