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s.v. Unique A565

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Gross Tonnage: 17.9
Length: 46 ft
Breadth: 13.3 ft
Depth: 6.1 ft
Rig: Ketch (aux motor)


Ketch motor and sail – Nets & lines

1913: Launched by William & James Wood & Sons, Lossiemouth (Yd.No.?) for Robert Carmack, Inverness as UNIQUE.
1913: Completed and registered at Inverness (INS370).
3.11.1915: Sold to Peter Lees, Andrew Christie and John Gove, Aberdeen.
11.1915: Inverness registry closed.
23.11.1915: Registered at Aberdeen (A565).
12.12.1916: Sold to Ernest Taylor, Fleetwood.
23.3.1917: Sold to Ernest Taylor & Noah Ashworth, Fleetwood.
23.7.1917: Vessel mortgaged to London City & Midland Bank Ltd, London (A).
25.10.1917: Mortgage (A) discharged.
31.10.1917: Sold to John Robertson, Kinsale, Co Cork.
9.4.1918: Aberdeen registry closed.
1918: Registered at Cork (C132).
1937: Vessel still recorded in Olsen’s.

24/08/2014: Page published.

S.T. Violet Caie A302

Additional material courtesy of Douglas Paterson and Bill Blow


Official Number: 95807
Yard Number: 42
Completed: 1889
Gross Tonnage: 141
Net Tonnage: 68
Length: 103.7 ft
Breadth: 20.3 ft
Depth: 10.7 ft
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Hull
Engine: T.3-cyl and boiler by Charles D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull


1889: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Hull (Yd.No.42) for Robert Hellyer & James Chant, Hull as GRAPHIC.
10.10.1889: Completed. Charles Hellyer appointed manager.
10.10.1889: Registered at Hull (H78).
1890: Remeasured under Portuguese rules 45.32n.
3.1890: Sold to Parceria de Pescarais Norte, Oporto.
19.3.1890: Hull registry closed.
3.1890: Registered at Oporto as CHIRE.
11.1909: Sold to William Collie & Samuel Caie, Aberdeen.
6.12.1909: Registered at Aberdeen as VIOLET CAIE (A302).
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 52.28 net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907.
22.5.1914: Badly damaged whilst berthed at Fish Market in Aberdeen when struck by steam trawler STEWART BOYLE (GW27).
10.10.1915: Sold to Richard Gore, Tarleton, Preston, Edward Walmsley, Croston, Joseph Blackburn, Croston & Ernest Taylor, Thornton-le-Fylde. Ernest Taylor designated managing owner.
2.2.1916: Sold to The Croston Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Fleetwood. Ernest Taylor, Thornton-le-Fylde appointed manager.
5.1917: Sold to George Frederick Sleight (64/64), Grimsby.
11.5.1917: Aberdeen registry closed.
14.5.1917: George Sleight designated managing owner.
21.5.1917: Registered at Grimsby (GY1051).
29.5.1917: Requisitioned for Fishery Reserve.
1919: Released.
19.3.1921: Sir George Frederick Sleight Bart died.
8.1922: New boiler fitted
18.10.1922: Probate granted to Raymond Lawrence Humphrey, Healing as sole surviving executor.
3.12.1925: Ownership registered to Raymond Lawrence Humphrey (64/64), Healing.
3.12.1925: Raymond Lawrence Humphrey designated managing owner.
12.1925: Sold to Moreau & Cayrouse, Dieppe.
4.12.1925: Grimsby registry closed. Registered at Dieppe as JACQUELINE-LOUISE (D??).
1.1926: Remeasured under French rules 148g 41n.
1937: Sold to shipbreakers and broken up. Dieppe registry closed.




05/04/2013: Page published. 2 updates since then.
21/06/2016: Information updated.

S.T. Crater FD330

Additional information courtesy of Bill Blow & Andy Hall


Official Number: 106669
Yard Number: 117
Completed: 1896
Gross Tonnage: 132.23
Net Tonnage: 44.70 (54.19)
Length: 99.2 ft
Breadth: 20.0 ft
Depth: 10.3 ft
Engine: 250ihp T.3-cyl and boiler by Muir & Houston Ltd, Glasgow
Built: Mackie & Thomson, Govan


19.9.1896: Launched by Mackie & Thomson, Govan (Yd. No.117) for The Grimsby & North Sea Steam Trawling Co Ltd (64/64), Grimsby as CRATER.
10.1896: Completed.
27.10.1896: Registered at Grimsby (GY111).
27.10.1896: John Richardson Mackrill designated manager.
6.10.1897: Arrived Grimsby in tow of steam trawler ARIZONA (GY580), picked up in North Sea some 80 miles off Spurn, disabled by engine failure. 22.10.1909: At Grimsby, trimmer Fred Barker while carrying a 1cwt drum of carbide, fell on deck and drum landed on his hand, severing one finger and crushing two others.
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 54.19 net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907.
14.11.1916: Sold to Ernest Taylor (64/64), Thornton.
14.11.1916: Ernest Taylor, Thornton designated manager.
28.11.1916: Sold to Noah Ashworth, Fleetwood & Ernest Taylor, Thornton (64/64) joint owners).
30.12.1916: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to London City & Midland Bank Ltd, London (A).
29.5.1917: Requisitioned for Fishery Reserve.
23.1.1917: At Bangor Magistrates Court, Sk. Edward Sylvester was charged with trawling within the three mile limit on 29th December 1916 off Red Wharf Bay, Anglesey. In his absence, Sylvester was fined £20 with costs, plus advocates fee and witness costs amounting to £22.3.10d.
29.5.1917: Requisitioned for Fishery Reserve.
18.10.1918: At Fleetwood Magistrates Court, William Marland, third hand pleaded guilty to disobeying lawful commands. Defendant had signed articles on 17th September last. The vessel was due to sail on 17th October at 12.30 pm. but owing to the weather the sailing was put back to the next tide. Defendant who had been onboard at 10.45 that forenoon was informed of altered time of sailing but at 11.00 pm with all the crew onboard with the exception of the defendant, the entire convoy was held up until a substitute was found. The defendant was found at home and he stated that when they came in from sea he refused to sail again until a proper deckhand and spare hand were shipped, as he had to do the work of others that trip. He had given the company plenty of time to get another third hand shipped in his place. Marland had a clean record and the company was prepared to take him back if the Magistrates considered a fine was appropriate; fined 40s and advocates fee.
30.1.1919: At Fleetwood Magistrates Court, William Cloney was charged with disobeying a lawful command whist engaged to serve as cook. The ship was due to sail at 8.30 am. on 29th January and the defendant failed to join resulting in a delay until the next tide. Defendant pleaded not guilty saying he had missed his train at Preston, however he had several convictions for similar offences and had been fined by the court in December last; the fine had not been paid and the firm would have nothing more to do with him; sent to prison for 14 days with hard labour.
1919: Released.
18.7.1919: Grimsby registry closed.
20.7.1919: Registered at Fleetwood (FD330).
1923: Sold to Joseph Dixon Irvin, Thomas Thorburn Irvine and Sk. James Wood Anderson, North Shields. Joseph Dixon Irvin designated manager.
28.11.1923: Fleetwood registry closed.
29.11.1923: Registered at North Shields (SN135).
2.2.1926: Whilst fishing, some 6.5 miles east of Souter Lighthouse, struck a submerged object and making water. Pumps unable to cope with ingress of water, crew of nine including skipper Albert Annon, abandoned in boat and trawler foundered as they pulled clear. Boat picked up by steam drifter SETON CASTLE (GN65) (Sk. Andrew Hughes) and towed into North Shields.
15.6.1926: North Shields registry closed “ Total Loss”.

NOTE : she was returning to Tyneside after a fishing trip when she struck an unidentified submerged object, believed to be wreckage, and sank some 6.5 miles to the east of Souter lighthouse.
The wreck, which has yet to be positively identified, lies on hard sand and shale in a spoil ground area at a depth of 54m, the lowest astronomical depth. The wreck is intact except for damage to the quarter deck and forecastle structures which have collapsed.

17/05/2012: Page published. 7 updates since then.
02/02/2020: Updated information.
03/01/2020: Updated history.

S.T. Princess Melton FD326


Official Number: 114192
Yard Number: 226
Completed: 1901
Gross Tonnage: 224
Net Tonnage: 89
Length: 120.3 ft
Breadth: 22 ft
Depth: 11.8 ft
Engine: 3-cyl by J. S. Vaux & Co Ltd, Sunderland
Built: J. Duthie, Sons & Co, Aberdeen


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 (J. A. Gordon, manager).
1902: New boiler fitted.
9.1.1912: Sold to Thomas Lauder, Aberdeen (managing owner).
8.1914: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-6pdr HA) (Ad.No.322).
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

17/01/2009: Page published. 4 updates since then.
18/06/2017: Removed FMHT watermarks from image.

S.T. Sarrail FD373

Additional information courtesy of Bill Blow


Official Number: 139954
Yard Number: 531
Completed: 1917
Gross Tonnage: 255
Net Tonnage: 95
Length: 120.2 ft
Breadth: 22.5 ft
Depth: 12.1 ft
Engine: 500ihp T.3-cyl and boiler by A. Hall & Co Ltd, Aberdeen
Built: A. Hall & Co Ltd, Aberdeen


2.1917: Launched by A. Hall & Co Ltd, Aberdeen (Yd.No.531) for John Edward Rushworth, William Henry Bellamy, Joseph Davison, William Upham Carlile Westaby, all of Grimsby (64/64 joint owners) as SARRAIL.
12.7.1917: Registered at Grimsby (GY1071).
12.7.1917: John Edward Rushworth designated managing owner.
13.7.1917: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to Barclays Bank Ltd, London (A). Requisitioned from the builders and fitted out as a minesweeper (1-12pdr) (Ad.No.3050).
6.11.1917: Mortgage (A) discharged.
6.11.1917: Sold to The Yarborough Steam Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Grimsby.
8.11.1917: John Edward Rushworth appointed manager.
8.11.1917: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to Barclays Bank Ltd, London (B).
5.3.1918: Mortgage (B) discharged.
8.3.1918: Sold to The Great Northern Steamship Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Hull.
11.3.1918: William Richard Nowell appointed manager.
1.7.1918: Sailed Devonport for Falmouth.
6.7.1918: Sailed Falmouth escorting Convoy O.F.42 to Mediterranean.
21.8.1918: Grimsby registry closed.
22.8.1918: Registered at Hull (H730).
3.12.1818: Sold to Ernest Taylor, Fleetwood (Joseph A. Taylor, manager). Based Malta.
Post 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Grimsby.
4.1920: Sold to Arthur Jonckheere, Fleetwood (Joseph A. Taylor, manager).
3.5.1920: Hull registry closed.
7.5.1920: Registered at Fleetwood (FD373).
1925: Sold to Mrs Isabella Grant Skoyles, Pitfodell, Aberdeenshire (Harry A. Skoyles, manager).
23.1.1925: Fleetwood registry closed.
27.1.1925: Registered at Aberdeen (A77).
1926: Re-measured 242g 95n.
1926: Sold to Pesquera Vasco Gallega Soc. Ltda, Cadiz.
16.4.1926: Aberdeen registry closed.
1926: Registered at Vigo as AROSA.
1929: Sold to Archibald G. Brown, Granton (managing owner).
1930: Reverted to 254.87g 100.92n.
1930: Vigo registry closed. Registered at Granton as BILSDEAN (GN15).
28.2.1940: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (P.No.FY.503) (Hire rate £70.11.8d/month).
1944: Sold to Miss Jemima Porter, Aberdeen (James Porter, manager).
1.11.1945: Returned to owner.
1.11.1945: Granton registry closed.
1.11.1945: Registered at Aberdeen (A605).
1960: Sold to J. Cameron, Peterhead (not in Register).
17.10.1960: Resold to Jacques Bakker & Zonen, Bruges for breaking up.
27.10.1960: Delivered Bruges.
3.11.1960: Aberdeen registry closed.

04/01/2009: Page published. 3 updates since then.