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S.T. Patrick Cullen – FD220

Additional information courtesy of David Slinger and Andy Hall


Admiralty Number: 4460
Official Number: 141949
Yard Number: 351
Completed: 1919
As built: 360disp 125.6 x 23.5 x 12.8 ft
Gross Tonnage: 276
Net Tonnage: 106
Length: 125.6 ft
Breadth: 23.5 ft
Depth: 12.8 ft
Engine: 480ihp T.3-cyl by Ailsa Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Troon
Built: Ailsa Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Ayr


31.3.1919: Launched by Ailsa Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Ayr (Yd.No.351) (“Castle” class) for The Admiralty as PATRICK CULLEN (Ad.No.4460).
1919: Sold to Henry Blackburn, Fleetwood.
21.6.1919: Registered at Fleetwood (Part I) as PATRICK CULLEN O.N.141949.
24.6.1919: Completed as a fishing vessel.
7.1919: Sold to The Brooklyn Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood.
2.8.1919: Registered at Fleetwood (Part IV)(FD220). Thomas Cardwell designated manager.
7.7.1921: Registered at Fleetwood as BRIARLYN (FD220).
9.2.1928: Sailed Fleetwood for West of Scotland and St. Kilda grounds (Sk. James Sandham); twelve crew.
15.2.1928: At night in very heavy seas, struck and grounded on one of the ledges in Soay Bay off the island of Soay and with vessel filling rapidly sent out distress call. Decided to beach the vessel in North Bay, Hirta, St. Kilda, and at about 1.00 am. took the ground, but with a full NW gale and heavy seas the position was hopeless. Distress picked up by wireless operator R. W. O. Ridley (23) of steam trawler CUIRASS (FD220) (Sk W. Brewster) which responded. All the crew succeeded in launching the dinghy and four of the crew, William Reader, William Howarth, Michael Brady and Michael Durig managed to get in but unfortunately the painter was let go and they drifted away. With the oars lost on launching they were helpless. On arrival in the Bay and with great skill and seamanship these men were picked up by CUIRASS. Eight men * remained on board and CUIRASS made two attempts to reach the wreck, manning first the dinghy and then their own boat, but the wind and sea were high and both attempts failed.
16.2.1928: CUIRASS stood by until daybreak but by then only 15ft of the mainmast and about 6ft of the mizzen mast could be seen. Search was continued for the eight men but no one was found. With wind rising to a gale, left the area for shelter. Islanders searched the cliffs and rocks in the vicinity but there was no trace of the remainder of the crew.
17.2.1928: CUIRASS returned to wreck and continued search, but without success and reluctantly left the area.
17.2.1928: Survivors arrived Fleetwood in steam trawler EDWARD CATTELLY (FD204).
1.3.1928: Fleetwood registry closed “Total loss”.

(Lost* all Fleetwood unless stated – Sk. James Sandham, Newton-le-Willows; Daniel G. Reader, Mate; A. E. Impett, Blackpool, Bosun; Henry Clarke, Ch.Eng; Bert Beavers, 2nd Eng; G. Waugh; J. Larne, Preston and George Haigh, deckhands; William Jackson, Blackpool, fireman.)

(Patrick Cullen, Landsman, age 20, b. Dublin – ROYAL SOVEREIGN (SB630))

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Capt. W. Brewster

Capt. W. Brewster
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02/02/2019: Information updated and image added.

S.T. Ashlyn FD1

Additional information courtesy of Granton Trawlers and Christine Simm

Official Number: 132420
Yard Number: 400
Completed: 1914
Gross Tonnage: 304
Net Tonnage: 112
Length: 125.8 ft
Breadth: 23.4 ft
Depth: 13.8 ft
Built: J. Duthie Torry Shipbuilding Co, Aberdeen
Engine: 530ihp T.3-cyl by J. Abernethy & Co, Aberdeen


12.3.1914: Launched by J. Duthie Torry Shipbuilding Co, Aberdeen (Yd.No.400) for the The Brooklyn Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood as ASHLYN.
9.4.1914: Registered at Fleetwood (FD1). Richard W. Mason designated manager.
4.1914: Completed.
20.4.1914: Landed at Fleetwood from maiden trip.
29.5.1914: Landed 200 boxes.
9.6.1914: Arrived Fleetwood from fishing grounds. Following representations made by the skipper and after consulting with the Superintendent Engineer, the managing owners discharged the Ch Eng, Fry, by giving him the usual and legal discharge.
10.6.1914: Landed her catch. The Ch Eng feeling unfairly dismissed, sought the help of Mr Storey, secretary of the Fleetwood branch of the Humber Amalgamated Steam Trawlers Engineers’ and Firemen’s Union. As a result an ultimatum was given to the Fleetwood Fishing Vessel Association, of which the managing owners were members, that the Union had decided to let no union member sail in the trawler until such time as the matter was investigated. They also endeavoured to stop the ASHLYN from sailing on the midnight tide as planned. Sailed for the fishing grounds.
11.6.1914: The Union informed the Association that they were withdrawing all their men from vessels owned or managed by the Brooklyn Fishing Co.
16.6.1914: The Union further informed the Association that until the Ch Eng was re-instated and recompensed for the time he had been ashore they would not man any of the trawlers ‘held up’. The Association responded and said that they could not accept the suggestion but were quite willing to investigate the case when all vessels controlled by the managing owners and ‘held up’ by the action of the Union had gone to sea.
18.6.1914: The Union representatives met with the Association with a view to settling the dispute but owing to the attitude taken by the representatives it was later decided at a full meeting of the Association to give notice that unless trawlers ‘held up’ put to sea before midnight on the 19th, all trawlers arriving would held over until the dispute was settled.
19.6.1914: Union men rejected offer of Association to hold an inquiry with owners. Proposed a meeting with two men from owners, two from the Association, two from the Union and Mr Turner of the Board of Trade as chairman or his nominee. Trawlers, coaled, iced and provisioned and ‘held over’.
21.6.1914: A meeting of the Union was held to institute picketing but this was not accepted by all members and 30 of the 90 members signed off.
23.6.1914: Returned to Fleetwood from fishing grounds. Meeting of Union at Dock Gates. Mr Threlfall and George Yates, Fleetwood branch spoke to members. In the afternoon Fleetwood Fish Buyers Association Ltd held a meeting to discuss situation. Sub Committee formed to engage the Association offering to mediate.
24.6.1914: Shortly before noon the Union received a message from the owners stating that they would meet them. In consequence a meeting was convened at 3.00pm. The owners represented by Mr C. Hudson. President of the Association; Mr J. A. Robertson, Mr W. C. Frith, Capt Olney and Mr R. Jackson, secretary. The men were represented by Mr Joseph Rapson of the Hull executive of the Union, Mr Storey, Fleetwood branch and Messrs Rogerson, Monaghan and Cahill. Before any evidence was taken or any matter in the dispute considered the men’s leaders generously signed an agreement allowing vessels to sail at once, on the undertaking given by the Association that a full inquiry should be held immediately. At 5.00pm the meeting commenced. Revealed that the original dismissal was as a result of personal disagreement between the skipper and the Ch Eng. The outcome was to re-instate Ch Eng Fry and compensate him. Withdrawal of labour and all other actions ceased. Another matter agreed was a re-structuring of the pay scale to be introduced based on port conditions, to run for 12 months. Meeting ended at 9.00pm.
25.6.1914: Thirty-four trawlers sailed on morning tide.
6.11.1914: Landed 230 boxes.
11.1914: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-6pdr) (Ad.No.191).
1917: Thomas Cardwell designated manager. Based Clyde.
Post 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Fleetwood.
29.1.1920: Landed 156 boxes.
28.7.1920: Landed 300 boxes.
30.11.1920: Landed 250 boxes.
3.1.1921: Landed 545 boxes.
25.7.1921: Landed 390 boxes.
19.12.1921: Landed 120 boxes.
22.01.1922: Delivered Killybegs, Co Donegal by steam trawler AUREA (FD300) having been picked up disabled whilst fishing the Donegal Bay grounds.
23.1.1922: Arrived Londonderry in tow of AUREA for repairs.
26.1.1922: Both trawlers sailed Londonderry for fishing grounds.
7.2.1922: Landed 80 boxes.
9.5.1922: At Fleetwood Magistrates Court, William Roberts of Douglas, IoM deckhand, was charged with failing to join the ship having “had a drop to drink”. The trawler was delayed for one hour and proceeded to sea short handed. Roberts had taken his 5s advance and spent it on drink, The Chairman said the advance was like putting orange peel and banana skins in the way of the men causing them to trip up. It was money advanced to them for their own good not for mischief. Roberts, with four previous convictions, was remitted to prison for 28 days hard labour.
19.6.1922: Landed 200 boxes.
21.12.1922: Landed 290 boxes.
13.2.1923: Landed 160 boxes.
13.8.1923: Landed 350 boxes.
30.11.1923: Landed 243 boxes.
4.2.1924: Landed 220 boxes.
27.10.1924: Landed 217 boxes.
1.1.1924: Landed 50 boxes.
11.9.1925: Landed 170 boxes.
12.9.1925: At Fleetwood Police Court, Joseph Harrison, was fined 20s for failing to join the trawler. When contacted by the ship’s husband, Gilbert Wright he said that he was not going to sea as another crew man told him he had been sacked by the mate. Harrison went to see the mate who denied having made the statement. When he offered to go to sea he was not allowed to do so.
24.9.1925: Landed 270 boxes.
22.1.1926: Landed 280 boxes.
16.7.1926: Landed 240 boxes.
15.11.1926: Landed 220 boxes.
15.8.1927: Landed 380 boxes.
27.12.1927: Landed 500 boxes.
11.4.1928: Landed 118 boxes.
18.9.1928: Landed 575 boxes of herring.
21.1.1929: Landed 250 boxes.
12.8.1929: Landed 195 boxes.
5.4.1930: On arrival at Fleetwood from the Rockall grounds, the skipper reported the loss on Friday afternoon off the Mull of Galloway of a deckhand, Sidney Smith (28) of 143 Poulton Road who was hauled overboard by the net and drowned. His body was not recovered. Landed 280 boxes.
9.12.1930: Landed 183 boxes including two sturgeon, one of 7ft 4in at 7st the other at 3st. Both were purchased by Mr J. D. Clarke for the continental market.
16.3.1931: Last landing at Fleetwood, 153 boxes.
3.1931: Sold to A. A. Gueulle-Bourgain, Boulogne-sur-Mer (Albert Arthur Gueulle-Bourgain).
1931: Re-measured 38.22 (125.4) x 6.89 (22.6) x 4.21 (13.8) metres (feet) 302g.
20.3.1931: Sailed Fleetwood for Boulogne-sur-Mer (Sk. Dan Haig): Fleetwood crew.
21.3.1931: Delivered and crew returned to Fleetwood by steamer and rail.
22.3.1931: When the the Euston-Liverpool train was near Atherstone, Warwickshire, Harry Bentley (41) 63 Belmont Road, 2nd Eng, somehow fell out of the train receiving fatal injuries from a passing train. At the subsequent Coroner’s Court at Tamworth a verdict of Accidental Death was recorded.
23.3.1931: Fleetwood registry closed.
3.1931: Registered at Boulogne as BERNADETTE (B1488).
1933: Company restyled Veuve Gueulle-Bourgain & Fils, Boulogne-sur-Mer.
1937: Sold to Gueulle-Germe et Gueulle-Wattez (Pierre Gueulle-Germe and Alfred Gueulle-Wattez).
3.7.1940: Seized at Dover. Transferred to The Admiralty.
11.1940: Fitted out for boom defence duties (P.No. Z.175).
12.1945: Returned to owner.
1951: Sold to Gueulle-Frères, Boulogne-sur-Mer.
1953: Removed from registry.
1955: Broken up.

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S.T. Ashlyn FD1 in dock

14/01/2009: Page published. 3 updates since then.
05/03/2017: Information updated.
19/07/2019: Information updated.
07/11/2021: Major information update.

S.T. Kitty FD191

Additional information courtesy of Christine Simm


Official Number: 109662
Yard Number: 430
Completed: 1898
Gross Tonnage: 181.11
Net Tonnage: 47.48
Length: 105.0 ft
Breadth: 21.0 ft
Depth: 11.2 ft
Built: Earle’s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull
Engine: 400ihp T.3-cyl and boiler by Earle’s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull


10.1.1898: Launched by Miss Alice Bryant, daughter of Capt Bryant representing Messrs Moody’s & Kelly at Earle’s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull (Yd.No.430) for Fleetwood Steam Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Fleetwood (Shareholders: J. Heap, Blackpool; H. Heap, Blackpool; H. Kelly, Grimsby; George Edward James Moody, Grimsby; G. Selijoth, Fleetwood, W. C. Frith, Fleetwood and T. Lockwood, Poulton-le-Fylde) as KITTY.
29.7.1898: Registered at Fleetwood (FD191). George E. J. Moody, Grimsby designated manager.
7.1898: Completed.
20.1.1900: In the early evening arrived Ramsey, IoM with Glasgow steamer RYDAL WATER (1897grt/1884) in tow, picked short of bunker coal while on passage Troon for Liverpool, light.
10.6.1900: At Fleetwood landed an 8ft shark caught on SW of Ireland grounds. The shark was later taken to Blackpool for exhibition.
14.10.1901: Arrived Fleetwood in tow of steam trawler STARLING (GY768) of the same owners, despatched to bring her home. Trawler had stranded on rocks in Castle Bay, Barra and in coming afloat the propeller was stripped and unable to proceed.
27.8.1903: On evening tide, arrived Fleetwood with jigger smack JOHN & ELIZABETH (22regd tons/1849) of Carnarvon, picked up off Nelson Buoy, Ribble estuary, abandoned with damage to sails and topsides. The smack had been seen in distress in the Mersey and crew taken off by the pilot boat.
12.11.1903: Towed into Ferrol, north west Spain, by another British trawler, having been disabled with nets fouling her propeller. The skippers will lodge a protest on account of an attack by 25 Spanish vessels, made upon the KITTY while fishing, the crews of which threw stones and also fired weapons. On attempting to escape her propeller became entangled in some fishing gear. When the second British trawler arrived on the scene the assailants steamed away.
14.10.1904: Arrived Fleetwood in late afternoon with steam trawler CITY OF LIVERPOOL (FD197) in tow, picked up off Bahama Bank Lightship disabled.
22.11.1905: While stormbound in Tobermory during a strong SW gale, at about 6.00pm two crew members, William Robertson (23) , Ratcliffe Road and John P. Shuttleworth (20), Blakiston Street took boat away to visit CITY OF BRISTOL (FD207) anchored near by. By midnight they had not returned and the whistle was blown repeatedly; there was no response.
23.11.1905: In the morning the CITY OF BRISTOL was hailed and it was discovered that nothing had been seen of the boat or the two men It was assumed that the boat had become unmanageable and driven by the gale had drifted seawards. Search parties were organised and scoured the shore of the island of Calvey and in the vicinity of Rhubha nan Gall lighthouse. With Customs Officers and police onboard, weighed and proceeded to search entrance to Loch Sunart, where two oars and a sou’wester were recovered. Assumed that both men had perished, aborted trip and set course for Fleetwood.
24.11.1905: At about 8.30pm entered Wyre Dock.
29.12.1905: Reported that body of John Shuttleworth had been recovered.
21.12.1907: At Fleetwood Magistrates Court, Richard Johnson was charged with failing to proceed to sea. He was onboard but when the trawler was outside the lock gates he went ashore and refused to return. As a result another man had to be found and the vessel was delayed for three hours and nearly lost the tide. James Wood, Ship’s husband gave him a good reference and the Bench was disposed to deal leniently on this account and fined him 40s with costs.
30.4.1908: Sold to Joseph Johnston & Sons Ltd (64/64), Montrose. William Douglas Johnston, Junr, designated manager.
5.5.1908: Arrived Montrose from Fleetwood. 9.5.1908: Fleetwood registry closed.
11.5.1908: Registered at Montrose (ME226).
22.5.1908: During the week landed two shots of herring at Montrose. Herring selling at 12s per cran.
16.10.1911: On a North Sea trip, when some 24 miles off Aberdeen, responded to distress signals from the recently completed Gamrie (Gardenstown) steam drifter CORONARIA (BF397) disabled with machinery problems while on passage to the Home Fishing in East Anglia. Closed, connected and delivered safely to Aberdeen.
16.11.1908: Landed a moderate supply of fish at Montrose during the week.
25.3.1912: At Montrose landed a large anchor about eight feet in length, presumably from a warship. The anchor had been found about 10 miles off May Island, Firth of Forth.
2.1913: Sold to John Wright & Richard W. Mason, Fleetwood.
1913: Sold to The Brooklyn Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood. Richard W. Mason designated manager.
26.2.1913: Montrose registry closed.
3.3.1913: Registered at Fleetwood (FD179).
14.3.1913: At Fleetwood landed 70 boxes.
14.4.1913: Landed 45 boxes (9 boxes soles).
7.6.1913: At Carnarvon Magistrates Court, Sk. H. Foot was fined £10 and costs for fishing inside the three mile limit in Carnarvon Bay. The charge of using a net with too small mesh, was dismissed.
17.6.1913: Landed 200 boxes.
2.9.1913: Off Point of Ayre, IoM, at about 8.00pm in collision with steam trawler NEW CROWN (GY369), struck a glancing blow, slightly twisting stem and dinging shell plating; making water.
3.9.1913: Put into Campbeltown. Stem cemented.
4.9.1913: Sailed Campbeltown for Fleetwood to effect permanent repairs.
29.12.1913: Landed 80 boxes.
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 73 net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907.
9.3.1914: Landed 140 boxes.
22.6.1914: As a result of the dispute existing between the Fleetwood Fishing Vessel Owners’ Association Ltd and the Humber Amalgamated Steam Trawlers Engineers’ and Firemen’s Union (Fleetwood Branch) concerning the dismissal of the ASHLYN Ch.Eg, one of 53 trawlers ‘held up’ at the port.
24.6.1914: Following a meeting between Association and Union representatives, Ch Eng re-instated, all action withdrawn.
11.8.1914: Land 42 boxes (2 boxes soles).
25.1.1914: Landed 50 boxes, 3 boxes soles.
15.6.1915: At Fleetwood Police Court, E. Greenwood of 1 Back Kent Street Court, mate brought a wage claim for £30 against the owners, the Brooklyn Steam Fishing Co Ltd. Greenwood stated that shortly after midnight on the 1st June he came in with the trawler and landed the catch and then went home. He did not go to the office or see Mr Mason the manager; there was no obligation to go to the office or see Mr Mason. The following day he met Capt Martin on the Customs house stage and was informed that he was taking the ship as skipper and that the former skipper, Sandham, was sailing as mate. Greenwood went to the office and Mr Mason confirmed what he had heard and had he called at the office he would have been told all about it. Greenwood had effectively been dismissed without the customary 12 hours notice.
22.6.1915: At the next session of the Fleetwood Police Court, the Clerk, after further investigation, told the court that the case was outside their jurisdiction. The Chairman said that as long as they had no jurisdiction in that case they had no power to grant costs. It seemed to him a comedy of errors and a grave waste of time of the Court.
30.8.1915: Landed 250 boxes of herring.
31.8.1915: Landed 320 boxes of herring.
23.12.1915: At Fleetwood Magistrates Court, John Franks, deckhand, was charged with failing to join the ship, causing the vessel to be locked out. This was his second offence of a similar nature that month and as Wilson appeared not to care about a fine he was sent to prison for 14 days.
3.1.1916: Landed 140 boxes.
3.7.1916: Landed 180 boxes.
18.11.1916: The funeral took place at Fleetwood Parish church of Mr Richard W. Mason part owner of the trawler. Amongst the many mourners was Sk. George Kay, Mate C. Harrison and apprentice T Leadbetter of the KITTY, and members of the crews of other steam trawlers.
12.1916: Sold to George Frederick Sleight, Grimsby.
14.12.1916: Fleetwood registry closed.
18.12.1916: Registered at Grimsby (GY1005). George Frederick Sleight designated managing owner.
3.1.1917: At about midnight in Grimsby, James Wallis, St. James Street, Hessle Road, Hull, third hand was joining the trawler berthed outside the trawler RESOLUTE (GY382). A splash was heard and Wallis was seen struggling in the water. Prompt assistance was rendered by a naval man and others and Wallis was hauled onboard the RESOLUTE. Artificial respiration was applied for some time but life was extinct.
4.1.1917: At the inquest a verdict of Accidental Death was recorded.
9.5.1917: On a North Sea trip. Stopped by U-boat (UC42) 25 miles ENE of St. Abb’s Head, Skipper and Chief Engineer made prisoner. Sunk by explosive charge in position 56.11.39N 01.45.00W.
11.6.1917: Grimsby registry closed.

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S.T. Kitty FD191

S.T. Kitty FD191
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24/12/2008: Page published. 2 updates since then.
22/08/2017: Added an image.
07/10/2017: Updated information.
12/11/2021: Major update to history and technical details.

S.T. Cremlyn FD363


Admiralty Number: 3504
Official Number: 143786
Yard Number: 665
Completed: 1917
Gross Tonnage: 276
Net Tonnage: 107
Length: 125.0 ft
Breadth: 23.4 ft
Depth: 12.8 ft
Built: Smiths Dock Co, Southbank on Tees
Engine: 480ihp T.3-cyl by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough


12.1916: Requisitioned by The Admiralty on the stocks, no instalment monies paid.
24.1.1917: Launched by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough (Yd.No.665) (non-standard “Castle” class) for The Admiralty as JAMES HUNNIFORD (Ad.No.3504).
1917: Completed (1-12pdr and W/T).
28.10.1919: Registered by The Admiralty at London (Part I) as JAMES HUNNIFORD O.N.143786.
1920: Sold to Cygnet Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood (Robert W. Mason, manager).
16.1.1920: Registered at Fleetwood (FD363).
1920: Sold to The Brooklyn Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood (Thomas Cardwell, manager).
6.7.1921: Registered at Fleetwood as CREMLYN (FD363).
1934: Sold to New Docks Steam Trawling Co (Fleetwood) Ltd, Fleetwood. Hulbert M. Bird designated manager.
19.4.1934: Registered at Fleetwood as ETHEL TAYLOR (FD363).
8.3.1936: Sailed Fleetwood for West of Scotland grounds.
14.3.1936: Sank the WINOOKA (GY465) in collision off St. Kilda; three of her crew lost, remainder picked up. Badly damaged but pumps coping.
15.3.1936: Arrived Tobermory with damage mainly above the waterline on starboard bow, her stem and forefoot badly twisted.
16.1.1936: Temporary repairs effected and sailed 3.15 am for Fleetwood.
17.1.1936: Arrived Fleetwood on morning tide.
7.11.1936: In the High Court of Justice – Admiralty Division, ETHEL TAYLOR adjudged answerable for damages not exceeding £3,582.6.1d in respect of her collision with WINOOKA.
Pre 4.1940: Employed on Fishery Protection (WA/Fort William/Fleetwood).
1.6.1940: Requisitioned for war service and employed on auxiliary patrol duties (Hire rate £78.4.0d/month). Based North Shields (Ty/Sk. W. E. Lane RNR).
22.11.1940: Mined off Tyne; crew rescued by Cullercoats lifeboat, Westmorland. (Ty/Sk. R. Cowling RNVR).

(John (aka James) Hunniford, Bosun’s Mate, age 28, b. Dartmouth, South Devon – VICTORY (SB751))

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S.T. Ethel Taylor FD363 as Cremlyn

S.T. Cremlyn FD363
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19/12/2008: Page published. 3 updates since then.
03/03/2018: Removed FMHT watermark from image.
14/02/2021: Updated history and technical details.