Additional information courtesy of Christine Simm, and Gary Hicks Plymouth Merchant Ships
Official Number: 108561
Yard Number: 597
Gross Tonnage: 171.35
Net Tonnage: 66.08
Length: 110.0 ft
Breadth: 21.0 ft
Depth: 11.2 ft
Built: Edwards Bros, North Shields
Engine: 350ihp T.3-cyl and boiler by MacColl & Pollock Ltd, Sunderland
27.9.1898: Launched by Edwards Bros, North Shields (Yd.No.597) for Wilfred Jackson (64/64), Plymouth as FLUCIE FLOSS.
5.12.1898: Registered at Plymouth (PH404). 5.12.1898: Wilfred Jackson c/o J. K. Mackrill & Sons, Grimsby designated managing owner.
12.1898: Completed with electric light and special arrangements in the cabin accommodation for conversion to a yacht.
29.12.1898: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to James Harry Edwards & George Straker Falck Edwards, North Shields (joint mortgagees) (A).
5.5.1899: Mortgage (A) transferred to Arthur Leslie Melville & Eustace Abel Smith, Lincoln (joint mortgagees).
9.9.1899: As a yacht, arrived Boulogne-sur-Mer from Brighton.
15.9.1899: Sailed Boulogne-sur-Mer for Dieppe.
28.3.1900: Sold to Smiths Dock Co Ltd, North Shields. Refurbished as a trawler.
28.3.1900: Sold to The Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd (64/64), Boston.
31.3.1900: Eustace Smith, Grimsby designated manager.
4.4.1900: Mortgage (A) discharged.
9.4.1900: James Bloomfield designated manager.
27.6.1900: Registered at Plymouth as SKIRBECK (PH404) (BoT Minute M10492 dated 25.6.1900).
27.6.1900: Plymouth registry closed.
27.6.1900: Registered at Boston (BN81).
28.6.1900: Sailed Boston (Capt A. Cutting) with invited guests for BDSF&I Co Ltd annual trip to sea. Landing at Cromer and returning to Boston.
29.6.1900: Sailed Boston (Capt A. Cutting) with invited fish merchants. Beyond the Inner Dowsing the trawl was got down and a fine bag of fish taken.
By 1906: Fred Dennison designated manager.
By 1909: Thomas D. Donaldson designated manager. Fishing out of Fleetwood (Fred Dennison, Fleetwood managing agent).
8.8.1910: Observed fishing and hauling inside the limits in Cardigan Bay.
12.8.1910: Landed at Fleetwood (Sk. William Powley), 80 boxes plus 4 boxes of soles.
23.9.1910: At Aberaeron Magistrates Court, Sk. William Powley was charged with fishing inside the limits off Llandow, Cardigan Bay. Pleaded guilty and fined £15 and 3gns advocate’s fee.
1913: Daniel Walker designated manager.
22.8.1914: On a North Sea trip 120 miles from Heligoland (Sk. J. Baker), stopped by German minelaying cruiser SMS ALBATROSS, crew taken prisoner and trawler sunk by gunfire. Crew interned in Germany.
09.1914: Boston registry closed.
7.1915: Sk. Baker died in hospital due in no small part to the conditions in which he was detained at Sennelager. Another member of the crew Henry Marsden (52) had died at Sennelager on 7th June from bronchial pneumonia and pleurisy.
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03/01/2014: Page published. 11 revisions since then.
30/11/2014: Information updated.
30/01/2019: Removed FMHT watermarks from images.
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30/05/2021: Updated information.