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s.v. Irish Lily FD50

Additional information courtesy of Christine Simm


Official Number: 89009
Completed: 1887
Net Tonnage: 49.87
Gross Tonnage: 49.87
Length: 65.6 ft
Breadth: 18.2 ft
Depth: 9.25 ft
Built: Galmpton
Rig: Dandy – trawling


Additional information courtesy of Christine Simm

1887: Completed by Matthews, Galmpton for Wm. Memery, 7 Thorncastle Street, Ringsend, Dublin as IRISH LILY.
5.7.1887: Registered at Dublin (D14).
21.11.1892: In dense fog in the River Liffey. The L&NW Railway steamer VIOLET (1035grt/1880) having left the North Wall for Holyhead, collided with the smack breaking her bowsprit. In going astern VIOLET grounded on the North Bank and remained fast until a kedge was laid and she pulled off; proceeded on passage. No injuries.
5.1901: Sold to James Wright, Fleetwood & others.
5.1901: Dublin registry closed.
6.5.1901: Registered at Fleetwood (FD50).
24.7.1901: While fishing in Morecambe Bay (Sk. W. Fairclough), found a schooner’s mast afloat and sticking up above 3ft, attached to something below. Cut off about 30 foot and as far as could be ascertained the remainder sank about 16 miles SWbyS of Morecambe Bay Lightship, 18 miles from shore.
20.10.1902: Picked up the smack COMET (FD160), disabled having lost her rudder and delivered safely to Fleetwood.
6.8.1904: The annual regatta promoted by the Fleetwood Sailing Club in rain and strong winds. Entries for the open race for deep sea fishing smacks, comprised ADA (FD) (Sk. R. Blundell), HARRIETT (FD101) (Sk. H. Leadbetter), IRISH LILY (Sk. Wm. Fairclough), LIVONIA (FD65) (Sk. Wm. Bird), MARGARET (FD208) (Sk J. W. Colley), ONWARD (FD17) (Sk. J. Meadows) and RELIANCE (FD210) (Sk. Rd. Wright). The course was from the Fairway Buoy to Shell Wharf, thence to Barrow Bell Buoy, back to Shell Wharf and North-west Buoy – twice round – finishing at the flag ship opposite the ferry, a distance of 15 miles. Prize money was £15, £12, and £8. The ADA, HARRIETT and ONWARD retired from the race shortly after the start, their skippers deeming the weather too serious for the safety of their craft. RELIANCE gradually overhauled and passed the other competitors and asserted her superiority to the finish. The weather was indeed too boisterous, the smacks creaking and groaning as the force of the weather filled their sails. In these conditions, LIVONIA and IRISH LILY were forced to abandon the race, the former having lost her topmast and IRISH LILY her mainsail. Sk. Richard Wright ran the RELIANCE home to take the honours, with MARGARET some way astern to secure the second prize.
21.12.1905: Sold to John Randles, 37 Ferndale Rd, Hoylake.
2.10.1906: Arrived Holyhead Old Dock from Red Wharf (Sk. John Randles).
2.11.1906: Arrived Glasson Dock from Fleetwood (Sk. Wilson) for attention by Nicholson & Son.
31.12.1907: Tonnage altered to 24.67net. BoT Certificate of Survey dated Barrow in Furness 16.12.1907.
17.12.1909: Arrived Holyhead Old Dock from Carnarvon Bay (Sk. Bird).
3.8.1910: Sold to John Henry Collins, 39 Derwent Rd, Stretford, Nr Manchester. John H. Collins managing owner. Fishing out of Fleetwood.
2.11.1911: Arrived Glasson Dock from Fleetwood (Sk. Wilson) for docking and surveys.
8.9.1914: In Glasson Dock (Sk. Leadbetter) for attention by Nicholson & Son.
1915: Change of address. John H. Collins, 42 Park Road, Stratford, Manchester.
1918: Change of address. John H Collins “Yvoemar” Abercrombie Road, Fleetwood.
12.3.1918: Sailed Fleetwood for the fishing grounds (Sk. Walter Scott, 7 Chaucer Road, Fleetwood), two fishermen John Rimmer and John Cogdon; three crew all told.
16.3.1918: At about 9.00pm, in a very dark night, when some 30 miles off the Lune Buoy, they were about to shoot their net when the skipper heard someone shout “Hold on Jim” (meaning Rimmer). At the time the skipper was aft watching the gear and when he heard the cry he turned round and immediately heard a splash in the water on the port side. He then found that John Cogdon the other fisherman was not onboard. Way was taken off the vessel immediately and a diligent search of the area was made for three-quarters of an hour but there was no sign of Cogden. The net was hauled in but no body was seen in it. In turning in the net it fouled but it was not fouled to the skipper’s knowledge before Cogden went overboard. It would appear that the bridles took Cogdon overboard.
27.3.1918: At the inquest held at Fleetwood into the death of John Cogdon (56), 65 Milton Street, Fleetwood, Ernest Armitage of Hoylake, skipper of the Liverpool fishing smack VIGILANT (LL306), said that about 11.00am on March 17 his boat was fishing off the Lune Buoy. When they drew in the net they found in it the body of the deceased. They proceeded to Fleetwood with the body and gave information to the police. Gogden’s father-in-law, George Henry Brown, a fitter, 64 Walmsley Street, Fleetwood identified the body and stated that he was a teetotaller, in good health and had been in the smack about six or seven weeks. A verdict of “Accidentally drowned” was passed.
6.1920: Sold to Belgium.
2.7.1920: BoT approval of sale (M12867).
3.7.1920: Fleetwood registry closed “ On sale of vessel to foreigners (Belgian subjects). Advice received from owner.”

30/01/2009: Page published.
22/11/2014: Information updated.
07/10/2022: Updated information.
06/10/2023: Information updated.