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S.D/T. Ocean Comrade LT244

Additional information courtesy of Barry Banham and Jan Harteveld

Official Number: 99575
Yard Number: 90
Completed: 1892
Gross Tonnage: 132.72
Net Tonnage: 54
Length: 95.6 ft
Breadth: 20.5 ft
Depth: 10.8 ft
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Hull
Engine: T.3-cyl and boiler by Charles D. Holmes, Hull

1892: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Hull (Yd.No.90) for Hull Steam Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Hull as MELBOURNE.
23.6.1892: Completed.
23.6.1892: Registered at Hull (H200). Henry Toozes appointed manager.
1.1913: Bloomfields Ltd, Gt. Yarmouth joined the Russian fishing syndicate, The Russian Northern Maritime Industries, the object of which was “Fishing, trading in fish and the exploitation of the riches of the sea of any kind whatever under the Russian flag’.
31.3.1912: Sold to W. A. Massey & Son Ltd, Hull, shipbrokers.
4.1913: Sold to Bloomfields Ltd, Gt Yarmouth on behalf of the syndicate for the sum of £875. Refurbished and outfitted for drift netting at a cost of £800.
2.5.1913: Hull registry closed. Registered at Archangel as PECHA (sometimes recorded as PESHA). Charles Jourieff Spahde, St. Petersburg appointed manager.
5.1913: Sailed Gt Yarmouth for Archangel (Sk.William James Empson Green); six hands all told.
5.1913: Arrived Archangel, coaled and took onboard a number of Russian fishermen.
13.6.1913: Sailed Archangel for fishing grounds. No fish found and returned to Archangel.
20.6.1913: Sailed Archangel for Barents Sea; fished but still without success.
27.6.1912: As previously agreed moved to Shetland waters and engaged with other drifters in the seasonal herring fishery.
9.1913: Arrived back in Yarmouth, Russian fishermen returned home.
10.1913: Bloomfields assumed sole ownership (64/64).
10.1913: Remeasured 126g 57n.
21.10.1913: Registered at Yarmouth as OCEAN COMRADE (YH405). James Bloomfield appointed manager. Engaged in the ‘Home Fishing’.
3.1914: Bloomfields informed the Russians that they would take sole ownership of the steam drifter (see 10.1913).
8.1914: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper but fitted out as support for A/S net drifters (Ad.No.160).
2.1.1915: Sailed Lowestoft for Dover in company with HM drifters NINE SISTERS (Ad.No.157) (LT608), SEDULOUS (Ad.No.158) (YH2) and YOUNG FISHERMAN (Ad.No.159) (LT141).
1.3.1918: Sold to William Masson (24/64), Andrew Lewis (20/64), T. Christie (20/64), all Aberdeen. Andrew Lewis designated managing owner.
3.1918: Returned to owner. Requisitioned for Fishery Reserve.
18.12.1918: William Masson shares (10/64) sold to R. Masson (10/64), Aberdeen.
1.1.1919: William Masson shares (14/64) sold to I. Masson (6/64), J.Masson (6/64), T. Masson (2/64).
1919: Released.
2.6.1928: Sold to N.V. Visscherij Maatschappij “Beka”, IJmuiden (Broertjes en Knechtjens).
3.6.1928: Yarmouth registry closed.
6.1928: Registered at IJmuiden as BEKA (IJM78).
2.7.1929: Sailed IJmuiden for fishing grounds (Sk. A. Groen).
4.6.1929: Towing at about 2 knots about 22n miles NNW of Norderney Light vessel. At 22.30 experienced a light shock and thinking trawl had come fast stopped engine; on port side was German auxiliary motor fishing vessel ELLA (HF-284) using a light to ascertain name and number of BEKA which was damaged on port bow. Hailed and Germans confirmed they were not in any danger but needed to retrieve their gear
which was entangled with that of BEKA. About half an hour later gear was cleared and winch was heard recovering lines and on completion sailed away in ESE direction, lights partly obscured by sails. BEKA resumed fishing. ELLA subsequently foundered, her skipper claiming that BEKA had switched off all her lights and disappeared in the darkness offering no assistance. This was denied by skipper and crew of
1.10.1930: Company declared bankrupt.
31.1.1931(regd): Sold to Cols Durrant (64/64), Lowestoft.
31.1.1931: Registered at Lowestoft as OCEAN COMRADE (LT244).
2.2.1931: Sold to William Barnard (64/64), Lowestoft. William Barnard designated managing owner.
1936: White fish trawling from Fleetwood (Hewett Steam Fishing Co Ltd agents).
4.1937: Sold to German principals for breaking up. Seized by German Authorities whilst fishing.
26.4.1937: Lowestoft registry closed.
30.4.1937: Certificate returned by British Consul General, Hamburg

30/04/2016: Page published.

S.D/T. Excel IV – LT171 (Seasonal)

Additional information courtesy of Barry Banham


Official Number: 139887
Admiralty Number: 4149
Yard Number: 500
Gross Tonnage: 96
Net Tonnage: 41
Length: 86.2 ft
Breadth: 18.5 ft
Depth: 9.3 ft
Built: John Chambers & Co Ltd, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft
Engine: 270ihp T.3-cyl by Crabtree & Co Ltd, Southtown, Gt Yarmouth
Boiler: Thomas Sudron & Co Ltd, Stockton-on-Tees


1919: Launched by John Chambers & Co Ltd, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft (Yd.No.500) (“Admiralty drifter”) for The Admiralty as DISTANCE (Ad.No.4149).
20.1.1920: Completed as a fishing vessel.
1920: Transferred to Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries, London for disposal.
8.1920: Sold to Robert Boyle, North Shields.
26.8.1920: Registered at North Shields as LEONARD BOYLE (SN45). Robert Boyle designated managing owner.
1926: Sold to James R. Duthie, Andrew Duthie, Archibald Ritchie, Rosehearty; Alex Duthie, Andrew Duthie, Glasgow; Gilbert Peterkin, Richard Irvin & Sons Ltd, Fraserburgh.
28.4.1926: North Shields registry closed.
30.4.1926: Registered at Fraserburgh as DUNDARG (FR212). James R. Duthie, Rosehearty designated managing owner.
1938: Sold to Jane A. Duthie, Rosehearty.
1938: Sold to M. C. Lough & George Lough, Eyemouth. Fraserburgh registry closed. Registered at Berwick as EXCEL IV (BK260). James Lough designated managing owner.
3.10.1939: Requisitioned for war service and employed on port duties. (Hire rate £32.0.0d/month).
6.1940: Employed on transport duties.
8.1940: Based Kirkwall. Employed on miscellaneous naval duties.
7.1942: Based Anstruther. Employed on torpedo recovery and as a boom tender.
1945: Sold to Jackora Ltd, Lowestoft.
2.1946: Berwick registry closed.
7.2.1946: Registered at Lowestoft (LT171). Arthur C. Mitchell, Milford Haven appointed manager.
1950: Seasonal white fish trawling from Fleetwood.
13.4.1950: Best landing – 83 boxes £550 gross.
1955: Sold to Belgian shipbreakers.
22.5.1955: Sailed Lowestoft for Antwerp (Sk. Gowan) towing steam drifter JACKORA (LT129) also for breaking.
28.6.1955: Lowestoft registry closed.

27/11/2015: Page Published.
10/02/2019: Minor update.
09/08/2020: Updated history.

S.D/T. Jackora LT129 (Occasional visitor)

Additional information courtesy of Barry Banham (http://www.milfordtrawlers.org.uk/)


Official Number: 137640
Yard Number: 65
Completed: 1918
Gross Tonnage: 97
Net Tonnage: 42
Length: 85.5 ft
Breadth: 18.6 ft
Depth: 9.2 ft
Built: J. Lewis & Sons Ltd
Engine: T.3-cyl (No.136) and boiler (No.83) by J. Lewis & Sons Ltd, Aberdeen


1918: Launched by J. Lewis & Sons Ltd (Yd.No.65) (Admiralty standard drifter) for The Admiralty as MIRAGE (Ad.No.3926).
16.12.1918: Completed (1-6pdr).
31.7.1920: Transferred to The Fishery Board for Scotland, Edinburgh for disposal.
1920: Sold under HM Treasury mortgage agreement (Disposal of Admiralty Drifters to Ex-service Fishermen) to John Horne, Cockenzie (managing owner) for £6,500, reduced to £4,875; deposit paid £250.
24.7.1920: Registered at Granton as THORNTREE O.N.137640 (GN73).
20.7.1921: Fishing off Berwickshire coast (Sk. John Horne). Refused to stop when ordered by Fishery Board for Scotland vessel MAELSTROM (96grt/1919) after being observed fishing inside the legal limit off St. Abbs. Arrested after 60 mile chase and also charged with failing to display or concealing, name and port of registration. At Duns Sheriff Court fined a total of £140.
12.1924: Sold to Adam Vyse, North Shields & W. Wood, Cellardyke.
19.12.1924: Granton registry closed.
12.1924: Registered at Kirkcaldy (KY33). John T. Graham, Anstruther appointed manager.
1928: Kirkcaldy registry closed “Sold foreign”. Renamed REHOBOTH.
1928: Sold to James Dougal, Eyemouth. Registered at Berwick (BK271).
1928: Registered at Berwick as MARY and (&) JANE (BK271).
9.1939: Sold to Arthur C. Mitchell, Lowestoft.
20.3.1940: Registered at Lowestoft (LT129) as owned by Jackora Ltd, Lowestoft (Arthur C. Mitchell, manager).
4.4.1940: Registered at Lowestoft as JACKORA (LT129) (BoT Minute R.G.1400/1040 dated 11.3.1940).
1950s: Seasonal trawling for white fish from Milford, occasional landings at Fleetwood.
1.4.1950: Landed 111 boxes, £645 gross.
1955: Sold to Belgian shipbreakers.
22.5.1955: Sailed Lowestoft for Antwerp in tow of steam drifter EXCEL IV (LT171) (Sk. Gowan) also for breaking.
22.5.1955: Lowestoft registry closed.

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S.D/T. Jackora LT129

S.D/T. Jackora LT129
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S.D/T. Jackora LT129

S.D/T. Jackora LT129
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16/09/2013: Page published. 6 revisions since then.
29/07/2014: Picture added
21/12/2017: Removed FMHT watermark and added an image.
11/02/2021: Updated history.

S.D/T. Oceanbreeze LT343 (Seasonal)

Additional information courtesy of Milford Trawlers


Official Number: 149200
Yard Number: 563
Completed: 1927
Gross Tonnage: 112
Net Tonnage: 48
Length: 90.6 ft
Breadth: 20.1 ft
Depth: 9.6 ft
Built: John Chambers Ltd, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft
Engine: T.3-cyl by Crabtree & Co Ltd, Gt. Yarmouth


16.7.1927: Launched by John Chambers Ltd, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft (Yd.No.563) for Allan Haward Watson, Lowestoft as OCEANBREEZE. Towed to Gt. Yarmouth to have machinery installed.
20.9.1927: Ran trials.
21.9.1927: Registered at Lowestoft (LT343). Allan Haward Watson designated managing owner.
9.1927: Completed and valued at £4.500. 1928/1930s: Seasonal fishing from Fleetwood. John Victor Breach, Lowestoft, managing agent.
5.7.1928: At Fleetwood landed 40 boxes.
5.5.1932: Sold to P. W. Watson & Sons Ltd, Lowestoft. Alan H. Watson designated manager.
4.9.1939: Requisitioned for war service on contraband control (Hire rate £49.0.0d/month).
26.5.1940: ‘Operation Dynamo’ – the evacuation of Dunkirk put into effect.
31.5.1940: At 0440 arrived Ramsgate with 109 troops ex Dunkirk.
1.6.1940: At 0545 arrived Ramsgate with 35 troops ferried by Thames launch LANSDOWNE at St Malo. Other troops taken to Dutch coaster ATLANTIC (221grt/1930)(RN manned).
4.6.1940: ‘Operation Dynamo’ terminated.
9.1940: Employed as a boom drifter.
1.1942: At Lowestoft as LL sweep drifter.
11.6.1943: Compulsorily acquired by M.O.W.T. Fitted out as a minesweeping drifter (P.No.FY810).
8.1943: Transferred to War Department.
6.8.1943: Lowestoft registry closed “Registry no longer required”.
20.9.1947: Sold to Arthur Claude Mitchell, Milford Haven.
1947: Registered at Lowestoft (LT341). Arthur Claude Mitchell designated managing owner.
15.11.1948: At Lowestoft landed 256 crans of herring.
12.1.1952: At Milford landed 176 crans of herring (400 kits) grossed £1,735.
20.10.1952: At Lowestoft landed 120 crans of herring.
6.1.1958: Converted to motor by Richards Ironworks Ltd, Lowestoft, fitted with 330bhp 4 stroke 6VEBM oil engine by Ruston & Hornsby Ltd, Lincoln.
1958: Re measured 118g 49n.
6.1958: Sold to Jack Arthur Mitchell (32/64) & Sk. Charles Noel Bray (32/64), Milford Haven. Jack Arthur Mitchell designated managing owner.
28.5.1958: Returned to Milford from conversion to diesel and fished her way back, catch grossed £511.
20.12.1961: Sold to Jackora Ltd (64/64), Milford Haven. H. C. Mills designated manager.
20.8.1968: Motor trawler LORD KEITH (LT181) developed engine trouble while fishing E of Blackwater Light Vessel, Co. Wexford but managed to reach Rosslare Bay. Connected and commenced tow to Milford.
23.5.1970: Registered office transferred to Lowestoft. Vessel on offshore platform standby and safety duty.
1974: Sold to Greek owners.
14.1.1975: Lowestoft registry closed.
9.3.1975: Sailed Lowestoft in company with motor drifter trawlers WILSON LINE (YH105) and LORD KEITH (LT181) for Mediterranean with stated intention of converting them to refrigerated stern trawlers.
27.2.1978: Owner stated as Theolus Iosifides, Halkis, Greece.
1988: Deleted from registers continued existence in doubt.

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S.D/T. Oceanbreeze LT341

S.D/T. Oceanbreeze LT341
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S.D/T. Ocean Breeze LT343

S.D/T. Ocean Breeze LT343
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S.D/T. Ocean Breeze LT341

S.D/T. Ocean Breeze LT341
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S.D/T. Oceanbreeze LT341

S.D/T. Oceanbreeze LT341
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M.D/T. Ocean Breeze LT341

M.D/T. Ocean Breeze LT341
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16/07/2013: Page published. 9 changes since then.
19/07/2016: Image added.
13/02/2017: Image added.
26/02/2017: Image added.
24/01/2019: Removed FMHT watermarks from images.
11/05/2019: Added information.

S.D/T. Harvest Gleaner FR73 (Seasonal)


Official Number: 146492
Yard Number: 91
Completed: 1918
Gross Tonnage: 96
Net Tonnage: 35
Length: 86.2 ft
Breadth: 18.5 ft
Depth: 9.3 ft
Engine: T.3-cyl by North British Engine Works Ltd, Whiteinch, Glasgow
Boiler: Edwind Danks & Co (Oldbury) Ltd, Oldbury
Built: Colby Brothers Ltd, Oulton Broad


1918: Launched by Colby Brothers Ltd, Oulton Broad (Yd.No.91) (“Admiralty drifter”) for The Admiralty as BLIZZARD (Ad.No.3971).
30.7.1918: Completed with 1-6pdr) and mine-sweep.
1.10.1918: At Penzance with ‘Drifter Sweepers’.
1921: Sold to Kingston Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull (Walter Scott, manager).
11.7.1922: Registered at Hull as SATINSTONE O.N.146492 (H585).
1.1925: Sold to Alexander C. Bruce & Peter Bruce, St. Combs, W. B. Ritchie & Peter Buchan, Fraserburgh, Charles L. Minty, Fraserburgh and R. Irvin & Sons Ltd, North Shields .
29.1.1925: Hull registry closed.
30.1.1925: Registered at Fraserburgh as HARVEST GLEANER (FR73). Alexander C. Bruce designated managing owner.
1938: Seasonal fishing from Fleetwood (Alex Keay agent).
5.1938: Shares sold to Charles L. Minty, Gardenstown & others and R. Irvin & Sons Ltd, North Shields.
17.5.1938: Registered at Banff (BF484).
25.11.1939: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeping drifter (Hire rate £26.0.0d/month).
28.10.1940: Off Suffolk coast attacked by German aircraft and subsequently foundered. Four crew lost*.
20.4.1943: Banff registry closed “Lost n Naval Service”.

*Lost – Seymour Stephenson, Stoker PO; Maurice G. Langridge and Arthur Swaby, OS – killed. Charles A. L. Edwards, Stoker, died of wounds


31/12/2012: Page published. 3 updates since then.
25/12/2020: Information updated.