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S.T. Wasp FD169

Additional material courtesy of Holger Munchaus Petersen

Technical

Official Number: 98707
Yard Number: 13
Completed: 1890
Gross Tonnage: 149
Net Tonnage: 49
Length: 100.5 ft
Breadth: 20.5 ft
Depth: 10.7 ft
Built: Mackie & Thomson, Govan
Engine: T.3-cyl by Muir & Houston Ltd, Glasgow

History

14.10.1890: Launched by Mackie & Thomson, Govan (Yd.No.13) for British Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull as WASP.
1890: Completed (William L. Robins, manager).
1.12.1890: Registered at Hull (H112).
1891: New boiler.
8.11.1912: Sold to James Alexander Robertson, Fleetwood (managing owner).
15.11.1912: Hull registry closed.
16.11.1912: Registered at Fleetwood (FD169).
1912: Sold to J. Marr & Son Ltd, Fleetwood (James A. Robertson, manager).
1914: Re-measured 160g.
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 55.16 net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907.
6.1914: Sold to Fiskeri-A/B Salen, Gothenburg for £1350.
28.6.1914: Fleetwood registry closed.
6.1914: Registered at Gothenburg.
1917: A. Th. Amundsen manager. Registered at Gothenburg as GUNNER.
1919: Owned by C. S. Plantén, Gothenburg.
1919: Burnt.
1920: Owned by Sven P. Larsson, Malmö. Gothenburg registry closed. Registered at Malmö.
1927: Laid up owners not recorded.
1928: Sold to Robert Schou, Frederikshavn, Denmark.
1929: Sold to Petersen & Albeck, Copenhagen probably intended for breaking up. Cut down to a lighter. Registered at Copenhagen as P.& A.4.
1930s-1941: Unrecorded sales but latterly owned by Skandinavisk Union Handelshus, Copenhagen.
12.1941: Sold to ??.
8.1943: Sold to Frederik Vilhelm Christian Hall, Charlottenlund (managing owner). Converted to a cargo motorship.
1944: Engined with a Alpha-Diesel 2 stroke 4-cyl oil engine by A/S Fredrikshavns Maskfbk, Fredrikshavn (Engine built 1943).
1943-1944: Converted to cargo.
1944: Registered at Copenhagen as TAJO.
3.1944: Returned to service.
8.1944: Sold to I/S Kähler & Braum, Køsor.
6.1946: Sold to Sandvad & Co, Copenhagen. Registered as a combined cargo/fishing vessel at Copenhagen as ABBA (K.126).
16.1.1953: Sailed Kopervik, Karmøy for Ålesund in ballast.
18.1.1953: A lifeboat marked ABBA and various pieces of wreckage found off Rugsund, Bremanger and in following days oil noted coming to surface south of Marøy, Norway. Vessel presumed foundered in heavy weather in the Frøysjøen fjord near Halenes Lighthouse. Eight crew lost.

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S.T. Wasp H112

S.T. Wasp H112
Picture courtesy of The
Jonathan Grobler Collection

Changelog
18/01/2008: Page published. 6 updates since then.
01/06/2017: Removed FMHT watermark from image.

S.T. Sir Mark Sykes FD410

Technical

Official Number: 136184
Yard Number: 585
Completed: 1914
Gross Tonnage: 306
Net Tonnage: 124
Length: 136.7 ft
Breadth: 23.2 ft
Depth: 12.3 ft
Engine: 93hp T.3-cyl and boiler by C. D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull
Built: Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby

History

29.1.1914: Launched by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby (Yd.No.585) for Pickering & Haldane’s Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull as SIR MARK SYKES.
26.3.1914: Registered at Hull (H43).
11.4.1914: Completed. John McCann & Edward Cartwright appointed managers.
5.1915: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-12pdr, 1-3.5” A/S Howitzer and Hydro) (Ad.No.1513). Southern Patrol.
By 12.3. 1919: Returned to owner at Grimsby.
16.5.1922: Sold to James Alexander Robertson, Fleetwood.
7.1922: Sold to J. Marr & Son Ltd, Fleetwood for £8500.
12.7.1922: Hull registry closed.
13.7.1922: Registered at Fleetwood (FD410). James A. Robertson appointed manager.
12.10.1924: James A. Robertson died. Alan Marr appointed manager.
23.12.1924: On West Coast of Iceland grounds, in gale conditions lost lifeboat and sustained damage to wheelhouse.
1.12.1925: Alan Marr died. Edward Towne appointed manager.
1928: Sold to Cia Argentina de Nav. Angel Gardella Ltda, Buenos Aires for £8000.
20.10.1928: Fleetwood registry closed. Renamed TITO. Registered at Buenos Aires.
1939: Sold to Soc. Pesqerias Gardella Soc. Anon., Buenos Aires (Pesgar S.A., managers).
1943: Sold to Cia. Pesquera Arauco, Talcahuano, Chile. Renamed ALBACORA. Registered at Talcahuano.
1957: Sold for breaking up.

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S.T. Sir Mark Sykes FD410

S.T. Sir Mark Sykes FD410
Picture courtesy of The Alan Hirst Collection

Changelog
18/01/2009: Page published. 4 updates since then.
04/06/2017: Removed FMHT watermark from image.

S.T. Scorpion FD165

Additional information courtesy of Geoff Davidson

Technical

Official Number: 98764
Yard Number: 37
Completed: 1891
Gross Tonnage: 154.94
Net Tonnage: 56.57
Length: 100.5 ft
Breadth: 20.5 ft
Depth: 10.7 ft
Built: Mackie & Thomson, Glasgow
Engine: C.2-cyl by Muir & Houston, Glasgow

History

17.9.1891: Launched by Mackie & Thomson, Glasgow (Yd.No.37) for The British Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull as SCORPION.
6.10.1891: Registered at Hull (H166).
10.1891: Completed (William L. Robins, manager).
7.2.1893: On the North Sea fishing grounds, towing the starboard gear on a heading SbyW. Mate, Rowlands, in charge of watch with James Mathews, deckhand, as lookout; mate was asleep. Look out observed the Hull smack GARNETT BROTHERS (H1390) with gear down towing in a Northerly direction, he saw the smack’s light fall but did either alter course or rouse the mate. When a collision was inevitable Mathews woke the mate by shouting “Man overboard”. The mate ran to the wheel, but too late to alter course and rang the telegraph for full speed astern, but before stern way was on her she struck the smack. Severely damaged the GARNETT BROTHERS started to settle and crew was taken onboard before the smack foundered.
3.3.1893: At BOT formal inquiry held at Hull, the Court found that the collision was due to the SCORPION having failed to comply with article 17 of the Regulations for Preventing Collision at Sea and adjudged that the certificate of the mate, Rowlands, be suspended for twelve months and that of the deckhand, Mathews, be cancelled and to pay £10 towards the cost of the inquiry.
14.2.1899: Arrived Hull following severe storm and landed boatswain with leg broken.
4.7.1899: In the salvage action between the SCORPION and the Danish steamer N. G. PETERSON (1282grt/??) in which the trawler had offered towage services, which were afterwards declined. The master of the steamer had originally intended to employ the SCORPION to tow him to Sunderland, but another vessel took him in tow. The Judge, Mr Justice Bucknill gave judgement in favour of the SCORPION and awarded £150 and costs.
7.1.1905: Outward from Hull for Dogger Bank grounds; nine hands all told. At about 4.30pm. when some 90 miles ENE of Spurn Point, saw a steamer on the port bow. The weather was stormy and a heavy sea was running. At about 5.00pm. distress rockets were seen and the trawler closed the steamer which proved to be the London registered ANNANDALE (1526grt/1878). In response to a hail, the master replied that his rudder was broken and “ could you manage to steer me in”. The skipper of the SCORPION answered “yes” and was told to come in and make fast. After many attempts a line was secured. During the night the wind increased to a heavy gale.
8.1.1905: At 7.30am. Flamborough Head was sighted and they continued on their way with the Hull tug ORION (83grt/1900) assisting. At 9.00pm. the ANNANDALE was delivered to safe anchorage in the Humber.
22.3.1905: In the Admiralty Division of the High Court, London owners of the SCORPION sought salvage money for the incident. In giving judgement, Mr Justice Deane remarked that the ship was able to use her own engine and only required the trawler to steer her and thought the proper reward was £400 for salvage service, £75 for repairs and loss of fishing, making £475 in total.
4.11.1912: Sold to James Alexander Robertson, Fleetwood.
15.11.1912: Hull registry closed.
16.11.1912: Registered at Fleetwood (FD165).
7.12.1912: Sold to The Lancashire Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood (James A. Robertson, manager).
2.1913: Sold to Charles James Smith, Scarborough.
25.2.1913: Fleetwood registry closed.
26.2.1913: Registered at Scarborough (SH182). James Johnson appointed manager.
9.5.1913: Sold to Dogger Bank Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Scarborough. Richard W. Crawford appointed manager.
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 63.71 net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907.
4.6.1917: Sold to Dixon Chew, Scarborough (trading as Scorpion Steam Trawling Co). Dixon Chew designated managing owner.
29.5.1917: Requisitioned for Fishery Reserve.
22.3.1918: Dyke Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Scarborough registered as a private company with a capital of £9,000 in £1 shares to take over the business of “Scorpion Steam Trawling Co” including the steam trawler SCORPION. Directors are H. Crowther, R. W. Crawford, J. Johnson and J. Scatchard, all Scarborough.
25.11.1918: Sold to George Henry Cambridge, Filey James Johnson, Scarborough appointed manager.
1919: Released.
1919: Fishing out of Lowestoft.
1921: Returned to Scarborough.
1927: Sold for breaking up.
1927: Scarborough registry closed.

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S.T. Scorpion FD165

S.T. Scorpion FD165
Picture © John Clarkson

Changelog
16/01/2009: Page published. 4 updates since then.
20/01/2016: Information updated.
30/01/2016: Significant information update.
13/04/2018: Removed FMHT watermark from image.

S.T. Tarantula FD170

Technical

Official Number: 99542
Yard Number: 41
Completed: 1891
Gross Tonnage: 155
Net Tonnage: 57
Length: 100.5 ft
Breadth: 20.5 ft
Depth: 10.7 ft
Built: Mackie & Thomson, Glasgow
Engine: C.2-cyl by Muir & Houston, Glasgow
Built: Mackie & Thomson, Glasgow

History

9.10.1891: Launched by Mackie & Thomson, Glasgow (Yd.No.41) for The British Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull as TARANTULA.
3.12.1891: Registered at Hull (H175).
12.1891: Completed (William L. Robins, manager).
4.1.1901: In Humber estuary in calm conditions in collision with steam trawler MADRAS (H134) which also collided with steam trawler MOLOPO (H484); MADRAS subsequently foundered without loss of life.
15.11.1912: Sold to James Alexander Robertson, Fleetwood.
18.11.1912: Hull registry closed.
19.11.1912: Registered at Fleetwood (FD170).
7.12.1912: Sold to J. Marr & Son Ltd, Fleetwood (James A. Robertson, manager).
2.1913: Sold to Charles James Smith, Scarborough.
26.2.1913: Fleetwood registry closed.
2.1913: Registered at Scarborough (SH184).
1913: Sold to The Dogger Bank Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Scarborough (Richard W. Crawford, manager).
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 64 net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907.
1915: Sold to Scarborough Fishing Co, Scarborough.
9.1916: On North Sea grounds (Sk. J. Heritage).
24.9.1916: At 8.30 pm. U-boat (U.57) captured FISHER PRINCE (SH207) 20 miles NE of Scarborough. Put one Lieutenant and eight German crew onboard and cruised in company with U.57. At 10.00 pm. captured OTTER (SH70) and HARRIER (SH36). At 10.15 pm. captured and crew took to boat. At 11.25 pm. captured MARGUERITE (SH214). At 11.55 pm. captured SUNSHINE (SH241).
25.9.1916: At 0.55 am. captured GAMECOCK (SH191). At 1.00 am. captured LOCH NESS (HL71). At 4.00 am. disabled engines of FISHER PRINCE and all German crew left. At 4.30 am. 20 miles NE of Scarborough sank NIL DESPERANDUM (SH186) with bombs. Submarine continued to tow the boats until 5.15 am. when crew were put aboard FISHER PRINCE. At 6.00 am. in position 20 miles NE of Scarborough proceeded to sink all trawlers that had been captured during the night. At about 7.00 am. 20 miles NE of Scarborough captured St. HILDA (HL??), 26 miles E by N of Whitby captured QUEBEC (SH208) and 23 miles NE of Whitby captured TRINIDAD (H336); sank all with gunfire after crews took to boats. At 9.50 am. captured Norwegian steamer TROMP and sent all crews aboard her from FISHER PRINCE. Sank FISHER PRINCE with gunfire.
1916: Scarborough registry closed.

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S.T. Tarantula H175

S.T. Tarantula H175
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Changelog
08/01/2009: Page published. 5 updates since then.
22/04/2018: Removed FMHT watermark from image.

S.T. Hornet FD168

Additional information courtesy of Göran Olsson

Technical

Official Number: 98708
Yard Number: 14
Completed: 1890
Gross Tonnage: 149
Net Tonnage: 56
Length: 100.5 ft
Breadth: 20.5 ft
Depth: 10.7 ft
Engine: T.3-cyl by Muir & Houston, Glasgow
Built: Mackie & Thomson, Govan, Glasgow

History

14.10.1890: Launched by Mackie & Thomson, Govan, Glasgow (Yd.No.14) for British Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull as HORNET.
1890: Completed (William L. Robins, manager).
1.12.1890: Registered at Hull (H113).
6.11.1912: Sold to James Alexander Robertson, Fleetwood.
15.11.1912: Hull registry closed.
16.11.1912: Registered at Fleetwood (FD168).
7.12.1912: Sold to The Active Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood (James A. Robertson, manager).
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 55.16 net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907.
1914: Re-measured 155g.
26.1.1914: Sold to Fiskeri A.B. Sälen, Gothenburg (A. Th. Assmundsson, manager) for £1350.
26.6.1914: Fleetwood registry closed.
6.1914: Registered at Gothenburg as EVALD (GG588).
30.9.1920: Sold to Rederi A.B. Karin, Gothenburg (A. Th. Assmundsson, manager).
1925: Sold to A.B. Mercari, Gothenburg (A. Th. Assmundsson, manager).
21.10.1925: Trawling westward off the Danish coast between the Skaw and Hirtshals, making three knots. At 5.17am in collision head on with the Finnish Mariehamn registered barque PLUS (1256grt/1885) sustaining severe damage to shell plating port side forward, started to take in water and when engine room flooded started to settle. Crew of ten abandoned in ship’s boat and ship foundered; picked up by PLUS.
27.10.1925: Survivors landed at Helsingør, Denmark. Gothenburg registry closed.

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S.T. Hornet H113

S.T. Hornet H113
Picture courtesy of The Billy Worrall Collection

Changelog
22/13/2008: Page published. 6 updates since then.
19/02/2018: Added an image.