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S.T. Sulby FD87

Picture and documents courtesy of Bob Dawson

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Reg King’s Statement
Bernard Nolan’s Statement pt.1
Bernard Nolan’s Statement pt.2
Harold Blackburn’s Statement
Newspaper Report

Technical

Official Number: 127573
Yard Number: 401
Completed: 1909
Gross Tonnage: 287
Net Tonnage: 111
Length: 130.3 ft
Breadth: 23 ft
Depth: 12.7 ft
Engine: T.3-cyl by Shields Engineering Co Ltd, North Shields
Built: Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, North Shields, 1909

History

3.2.1909: Launched by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, North Shields (Yd.No.401) for The “Wyre” Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Fleetwood as SULBY.
9.3.1909: Registered at Fleetwood (FD87).
3.1909: Completed (Richard C. Ward & John N. Ward, joint managers).
1910: John N. Ward appointed manager.
10.2.1912: Stranded 3 miles N of Ramsey (Sk. Fairclough); ten crew. Refloated and returned to service.
1912: Magnus B. J. Wedum appointed manager.
8.1914: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-6pdr) (Ad.No.131).
1919: Returned to owner.
13.3.1926: Sold to George Hindle, Wilpshire, Lancs (Joseph A. Taylor, Albert V. Thompson & Harold Taylor joint managers).
16.2.1931: Sold to Islay Trawlers Ltd, Fleetwood (Henry Melling, manager).
10.3.1931: Sold to Cape Fisheries Ltd, London (Albert V. Thompson, Fleetwood, manager).
5.7.1932: Sold to Alexander Keay, Fleetwood & Andrew Wilson, Buckie (Alexander Keay managing owner).
18.3.1933: Sold to Alexander Keay, Fleetwood (managing owner).
25.4.1933: Homeward from West of Scotland grounds, stranded at Strongarve, 4 miles N of Mull of Kintyre. Glasgow steamer LOCHIEL (318g/1906) and Southend lifeboat standing by. At 3.00 pm. refloated and after checks, proceeded to Fleetwood.
21.11.1939: On fishing grounds 35 miles NW of Rathlin Island (Sk. Clarence H. Hudson), eleven crew (in company with CUIRASS (GY436) and William HUMPHRIES (LO533)). At 8.00 a.m. stopped by by U-boat (U.33) with warning shot, crew abandoned in two boats, but shelled while lowering port boat. Sunk by gunfire, five rounds from deck gun, in approx position 55.27N – 08.01W. In gale force winds, boat with Skipper and four crew never seen again.
23.11.1939: After 381/2 hours in open boat (H. Blackburn, bosun) made a landfall at Tobermory and picked up by Tobermory lifeboat.
28.11.1939: Fleetwood registry closed “Sunk by German Submarine”.

(Survivors – H. Blackburn, Bosun; J. Geddes; H.G. Hay; A. Lewis; J. Threlfall, S. Melhuish and F. Brunt.

Lost presumed drowned – Sk.Clarence H. Hudson; J. Dawson, Mate; James Wood; R. A. Fisher and R. J. Randles)

S.T. Sulby FD87

S.T. Sulby FD87

S.T. Sulby FD85

S.T. Sulby FD85

Changelog
14/01/2009: Page published. 4 updates since then.

S.T. Nunthorpe Hall FD78

Technical

Official Number: 127102
Yard Number: 388
Completed: 1909
Gross Tonnage: 248
Net Tonnage: 96
Length: 125.5 ft
Breadth: 22.1 ft
Draught: 12.8 ft
Engine: T.3-cyl Shields Engineering & Dry Dock Co Ltd, North Shields
Built: Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, North Shields

History

3.2.1909: Launched by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, North Shields (Yd.No.388) for their own account – Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South (sic) Shields as NUNTHORPE HALL.
2.4.1909: Registered at North Shields (SN90).
4.1909: Completed. Sold to The Admiralty.
26.4.1909: North Shields registry closed “Ceased fishing”. Fitted out as a minesweeper and renamed HMS SEAMEW (Ad.No.2). Based at Portland for minesweeping trials.
1914: Based at Chatham/Sheerness training fishery reserve crews (RNR(T) section personnel).
1.1920: Renamed NUNTHORPE HALL.
4.5.1920: Sold by auction at Milford to Edward D. W. Lawford, Milford Haven for £5000.
8.1920: Sold to Colin M. Mason, Cardiff (Atlantic Trawlers Ltd).
13.8.1920: Registered at London (LO393).
25.10.1925: George Hindle, Wilpshire, Lancs (Joseph A. Taylor, Harold Taylor & Albert V. Thompson, managers).
8.12.1925: London registry closed.
9.12.1925: Registered at Fleetwood (FD78).
1930: Sold to Ephraim H. Hindle, Wilpshire, Lancs.
16.2.1931: Sold to Islay Trawlers Ltd, Fleetwood (Henry Melling, manager).
7.3.1931: Sold to Cape Fisheries Ltd, London (Arthur V. Thompson, Fleetwood, manager).
1934: Sold to Norwegian owners for conversion to dry cargo.
1934: fitted out to dry cargo.
19??: fitted out for trawling.
8.8.1934: Fleetwood registry closed.
1935: No owner recorded.
1945: Sold to Eduardo Coll Diaz, Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Renamed GINES CERDÁ
1945: Lengthened to 40,79m (133.8 ft) 230g 105n.
19??: Re-engined with 600bhp 8-cyl oil engine by La Maquinista Terrestre y Mar (MTM), Barcelona.
Post 1982: Disposal unknown.

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HMT Seamew

HMT Seamew
Picture courtesy of Mark Stopper

Changelog
01/01/2009: page published. 4 updates since then.
30/10/2017: Removed FMHT watermark from image.

S.T. Edmund Burke FD156

Technical

Official Number: 113242
Yard Number: 9
Completed: 1903
Gross Tonnage: 213
Net Tonnage: 84
Length: 118.2 ft
Breadth: 21.5 ft
Depth: 11.2 ft
Engine: T.3-cyl and boiler by Charles D. Holmes & Co, Hull
Built: G. Cooper, Hull

History

1903: Launched by G. Cooper, Hull (Yd.No.9) for Crown Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby as SCEPTRE.
27.2.1903: Registered at Grimsby (GY1262).
3.1903: Completed (George E. J. Moody, managers)
1907: Fishing from Fleetwood.
1908: Sold to Dublin Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Dublin (Arthur Richardson, manager).
13.8.1910: Grimsby registry closed.
8.1910: Registered at Dublin as EDMUND BURKE (D82).
1913: Fishing from Fleetwood.
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 84net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907.
1922: Company restructured as Dublin Trawling, Ice & Cold Storage Co Ltd, Dublin (Arthur Richardson, manager).
1927: Sold to Mrs J. M. F. A. Nierinck, Blackpool.
8.1927: Sold to Islay Trawlers Ltd, Fleetwood (Joseph A. Taylor & Albert V. Thompson, joint managers).
8.1927: Dublin registry closed.
12.8.1927: Registered at Fleetwood (FD156).
10.3.1931: Sold to Cape Fisheries Ltd, London (Albert V. Thompson, Fleetwood, manager).
19.9.1931: Sold to Alexander Pirie Snr, Alexander Pirie Jnr, Gary Pirie & James Pirie, Aberdeen (Albert V. Thompson, Fleetwood, manager).
17.9.1932: Fleetwood registry closed.
21.9.1932: Registered at Aberdeen (A213),
26.5.1934: Registered at Aberdeen as GRATEFUL (A213).
1940: Sold to Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd, Fleetwood (Basil A. Parkes, manager).
1942: Sold to Milford Fisheries Ltd, Milford Haven (Owen W. Limbrick, manager).
1945: Sold to James Mowatt, Aberdeen (managing owner).
1946: Sold to Grateful Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Aberdeen (James Mowatt, manager).
1952: Sold to BISCO and allocated to Malcolm Brechin, Granton for breaking up.
14.11.1952: Arrived Granton from Aberdeen under own power.
1952: Aberdeen registry closed.

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S.T. Sceptre GY1262

S.T. Sceptre GY1262
Picture courtesy of Alan Hirst

Changelog
19/12/2008: Page published. 5 updates since then.
25/06/2015: Picture added.
19/03/2018: Removed FMHT watermark from image.