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s.v. Elizabeth and Emma FD6

Additional information courtesy of Christine Simm and Gary Hicks Plymouth Merchant Ships

Technical

Official Number: 17227
Net Tonnage: 33n (35 tons burthen)
Length: 42’
Breadth: 14’ 91/2”
Depth: 7’
Rig: Smack (sloop rigged)

History

8.4.1830: Launched at Plymouth, builder not recorded, for John Gambell Jnr (64/64), Plymouth as ELIZABETH & EMMA.
24.4.1830: Registered at Plymouth. Trading coastwise.
26.9.1834: Sailed Plymouth for Roscoff (Macey, master).
12.6.1835: Sailed Plymouth for Roscoff (Macey, master).
23.6.1835: Arrived Plymouth from Roscoff (Macey, master).
13.5.1840: Re-measured 41.7 x 12.7 x 6.85 feet 26 tons burthen.
13.5.1840: Register closed and re-registered following re-measurement.
13.8.1844: Strong SW breeze, heavy rain, put in to Plymouth on passage Roscoff for Looe (Macey, master).
29.1.1850: Sold to George Hall (64/64), Manchester (Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Co Ltd, Manchester). Capt Rode, manager. Transferred to Fleetwood.
8.5.1850: Landed at Fleetwood, sailed same day for fishing grounds.
23.7.1850: Plymouth registry closed.
23.7.1850: Registered at Fleetwood.
12.5.1851: Sailed Fleetwood for fishing grounds.
13.6.1852: Landed at Fleetwood.
20.11.1854: Reregistered at Fleetwood O.N.17227.
7.2.1860: In a very congested port of Fleetwood. At about 10.00pm, nearly two hours before high water and a very high spring tide flowing, the wind had increased to gale force. During a heavy squall, the Liverpool registered ship REFUGE (803tons/1851), from New Orleans cotton laden and moored to the quay with strong lines, parted her stern ropes and swung round starting a series of mishaps which saw many vessels adrift and damaged. The fishing boats faired very badly, rails, topmasts, waists, spars and other fittings being broken and carried away. Bulwarks damaged and stanchions carried away. Estimated damage to ships in the harbour between £2,000 and £3,000.
17.5.1864: Re-measured 33.65 tons.
17.5.1864: Re-registered at Fleetwood following re-measurement.
24.5.1865: When some ten miles from Fleetwood at about 12.30pm, James Wilson the skipper sighted a body floating in the water. The body was that of a man and was taken onboard, brought into Fleetwood and taken to the Steamer Hotel. The body had been in the water four or five months and there was speculation that it was a body from the Confederate States paddle warship LELIE (1864) which had foundered some 10 miles off Hilbre Point, Wirral on 14 January, Liverpool for Bermuda, with great loss of life. It was also surmised that the man might be Mr. Thomas Miller whose family had offered a reward for recovery of the body. However, from the description and from the number on his Lever Hunting Watch it was presumed to be that of Captain Sinclair of the Confederate States Army.
2.6.1865: At the inquest the body was formally identified as that of Captain Sinclair.
1867: Registered at Fleetwood (FD6).
By 1865: Owned by F. W. Rigby, Preston.
9.3.1871: The tide was very high at Fleetwood and the strong SW wind caused the current in the river after high water to be very rapid and rough. The punt, with a man in it, broke away from the smack, and was carried out of the harbour at a good rate watched by many spectators. Fortunately the paddle tug WYRE (165grt/1862) had attended pontoons that had also broken away and was able to follow the punt out into the bay and succeeded in picking up the man, though the task was difficult on account of the rough sea. The punt was left adrift.
1874: Sold to William Wignall, Fleetwood.
31.3.1876; Reported that at Fleetwood Magistrates Court, Matthew Sumner, an old fisherman, brought an action to recover the sum of £2 16 9d from defendant John Wignall instead of William Wignall. William Wignall who was in court came forward and consented to the case proceeding without his being summoned. The plaintiff said that he was engaged as captain of the smack by the defendant at 4s per week as wages for the fourteen weeks from 25 September to 31 December. When he went to the smack she was unseaworthy and power was given to him to put things right. Accordingly he obtained tackle from Mr Cox but nothing that was not necessary. The defendant said that no agreement was made and he objected to pay the wages as he got the boat in debt and left with only five minutes warning. William Ashcroft said that Sumner was previously in one of his smacks and received £10 8s /year in addition to his share. William Hudson said the plaintiff was allowed to go to the smack on condition that he was paid what he was worth, however, he got the smack £15 in debt. The usual pay was 2s per week. The court adjudged that they could not admit that because the plaintiff had got the boat in debt he should not be paid his wages and
accordingly they would allow 2s per week – Verdict for the plaintiff for £1 8s.
27.2.1881: At Fleetwood laid alongside the schooner EMILY WARBRICK (167grt/1872) (W. Bond, master). Both vessels had cabin broken into and clothing and other goods stolen. Skipper William Wignall had two coats taken. Thieves not apprehended.
28.11.1884: THE FISHING SMACK, “ELIZABETH AND EMMA” of and at Fleetwood, with all gear. Must be sold. No reserve – Apply to AMER and Co, Accountants, Fleetwood.
16.1.1885: Sold to Mr William Hudson for the sum of £11.
16.6.1886: Fleetwood registry closed “Condemned at Fleetwood”.

Changelog
14/01/2014: Page added.
11/11/2014: Information updated.
23/03/2015: Added information.
26/01/2023: Updated history.

s.v. Spray FD147

Additional information courtesy of Christine Simm

Technical

Official Number: 56959
Completed: 1873
Net Tonnage: 26
Rig: Sloop – Trawling
Built: ??, St. Ives

History

1873: Completed by ??, St. Ives as SPRAY.
1874: Owned by Isaac M. Sibbald, Morecambe.
18.5.1874: Registered at Lancaster.
18.5.1874: Appropriated.
4.11.1875: At Whitehaven in company with AMETHYST (FD107), CONFIDENCE (FD121) and PETREL (FD59). Attempted to leave harbour. Informed by Mr Dawson, collector of dues, that they could not leave until harbour dues paid. As they refused to pay, the harbour tug was moored across the entrance to prevent them leaving. CONFIDENCE and PETREL skippers decided to pay, but AMETHYST and SPRAY continued their attempt to leave, one of the crew of SPRAY cut the tug’s head ropes and AMETHYST fell foul of the tug, smashing her boat. AMETHYST and SPRAY boarded by harbour master and mainsails confiscated.
6.11.1875: Skippers attended at the office of the solicitors to the Harbour Trustees and consented to pay all dues, damages and costs. Sails returned and allowed to sail.
1.1.1880: Owned by William Hudson, Fleetwood. Registered at Fleetwood (FD147).
1.1.1888: Owned by Mrs Margaret Hudson, 48 Warren Street, Fleetwood.
1.1.1889: Owned by James Armour, Adelaide Street, Fleetwood (managing owner).
6.11.1890: In SSE force 8 gale, seeking shelter and beating up the Wyre channel (Sk. David Cawell), when near the Knottspit Buoy, in going about missed stays. An attempt was made to wear ship, but this failed and about 6.30pm she was carried on to a bank on the east side of the channel. The sea was very rough and with the gale force wind, the situation was critical for the crew of four.
8.11.1890: At low water about 3.00am the fishermen, with the exception of the skipper, left the smack and walking across the sands to reach Knott End. The skipper had remained behind to fasten up the cabin and in trying to catch up with his crew he unfortunately got into the Knott Gulf. The tide was flowing at the time and he was unsure whether to return to the smack. Fortunately he decided to make a long detour to eastward and reached the shore. From Fleetwood the smack was seen to be submerged all but for her mast and there was concern for the safety of the crew. At about 8.00am three ferry men and three fishermen took one of the ferries across to Knott End and found the crew safe in the Bourne Hotel. The boat returned across the Wyre with the crew and received a hearty welcome from the assembled crowd. In the afternoon James Armour accompanied by fourteen fishermen and two carts went out to the smack and saw that she was already about eight feet deep in the sands. All loose gear, such as sails, ropes etc was brought ashore.
9.11.1890: Having dug out around her and removed all the ballast with the incoming tide she came afloat, but gradually sank again and it was discovered that she was holed.
12.11.1890: A further attempt to salve the smack was made but the tow rope parted and the attempt was abandoned. The SPRAY was valued at £400 and was insured. Fleetwood registry closed.

Changelog
07/03/2011: Page published. 2 updates since then.
05/07/2016: Information updated.
10/10/2021: Information updated.
16/05/2022: Information updated.

sv Prince of Wales

Technical

Official Number: 1638
Completed: 1841
Net Tonnage: 25
Rig: Sloop
Built: ??, Kirkudbright

History

1841: Completed by ??, Kirkudbright as PRINCE OF WALES.
1852: Registered at Liverpool.
1.1.1875: Owned by Thomas Wright, Albert Street, Fleetwood. Registered at Fleetwood.

Changelog
06/03/2011: Page published.

s.v. Pride of the Lake FD33

Technical

Official Number: 27942
Completed: 1859
Net Tonnage: 30
Rig: Sloop
Built: ??, Flint

History

1859: Completed by ??, Flint for ??, ?? as PRIDE of the LAKE.
1859: Registered at Liverpool.
1.1.1870: Owned by William Sumner, Fleetwood. Registered at Fleetwood (FD33).
1891: Owned by Thomas Cooper, Hoylake. Registered at Liverpool.
1899: Liverpool registry closed.

Changelog
05/03/2011: Page published.
15/01/2015: Tidied up page.

Sailing Trawler Elizabeth FD2

Technical

Official Number: 27313
Completed: 1859
Net Tonnage: 23
Rig: Sloop
Built: ??, Freckleton

History

Sloop – trawling

1859: Completed by ??, Freckleton for Thomas Leadbetter, Fleetwood as ELIZABETH. Registered at Fleetwood (FD2).
1.1.1875: Owned by Thomas Leadbetter Jnr, Fleetwood.
1.3.1869: Re-registered (FD2).
1.1.1880: Same.
1881: Census at Fleetwood – Henry Leadbetter (37), b-Fleetwood, master; John Sumner (24), b-Fleetwood, mate; Edward Anson (34), b-Fleetwood, fisherman; William Edward Fisher (18), b-Fleetwood, fisherman; Robert Rimmer (16), b-Fleetwood, boy.
1894: Fleetwood registry closed.