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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S.T. Skirbeck BN81
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S.T. Skirbeck BN81
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S.T. Skirbeck BN81
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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.
11/03/2019: Added an image.
30/05/2021: Updated information.
Additional material courtesy of Bill Blow
Official Number: 138946
Yard Number: 327
Gross Tonnage: 226.27
Net Tonnage: 108.88
Length: 117.0 ft
Breadth: 22.0 ft
Depth: 12.7 ft
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley
Engine: 450ihp T.3-cyl and boiler by Amos & Smith Ltd, Hull
12.10.1915: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.327) for Walter Olney (64/64), Fleetwood.
7.2.1916: Registered at Grimsby (GY869).
7.2.1916: Alick Black, Grimsby designated manager.
2.1916: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-3pdr HA) (Ad.No.3258).
25.6.1917: Mined off Girdle Ness and foundered in position 57.07N 01.58W . Mine laid by U.boat (UC40). Four men lost*.
16.4.1919: Grimsby registry closed “Ship lost on Admiralty service 25.6.17”.
Lost * Peter Brown, 2nd Hand, John D. Meldrum & Henry Neslen, Deckhands, George S. Buchan & Alexander H. Clark, Trimmers all RNR
04/12/2013: Page published. 2 updates since then.
28/10/2020: Updated technical details.
Official Number: 146492
Yard Number: 91
Gross Tonnage: 96
Net Tonnage: 35
Length: 86.2 ft
Breadth: 18.5 ft
Depth: 9.3 ft
Engine: T.3-cyl by North British Engine Works Ltd, Whiteinch, Glasgow
Boiler: Edwind Danks & Co (Oldbury) Ltd, Oldbury
Built: Colby Brothers Ltd, Oulton Broad
1918: Launched by Colby Brothers Ltd, Oulton Broad (Yd.No.91) (“Admiralty drifter”) for The Admiralty as BLIZZARD (Ad.No.3971).
30.7.1918: Completed with 1-6pdr) and mine-sweep.
1.10.1918: At Penzance with ‘Drifter Sweepers’.
1921: Sold to Kingston Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull (Walter Scott, manager).
11.7.1922: Registered at Hull as SATINSTONE O.N.146492 (H585).
1.1925: Sold to Alexander C. Bruce & Peter Bruce, St. Combs, W. B. Ritchie & Peter Buchan, Fraserburgh, Charles L. Minty, Fraserburgh and R. Irvin & Sons Ltd, North Shields .
29.1.1925: Hull registry closed.
30.1.1925: Registered at Fraserburgh as HARVEST GLEANER (FR73). Alexander C. Bruce designated managing owner.
1938: Seasonal fishing from Fleetwood (Alex Keay agent).
5.1938: Shares sold to Charles L. Minty, Gardenstown & others and R. Irvin & Sons Ltd, North Shields.
17.5.1938: Registered at Banff (BF484).
25.11.1939: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeping drifter (Hire rate £26.0.0d/month).
28.10.1940: Off Suffolk coast attacked by German aircraft and subsequently foundered. Four crew lost*.
20.4.1943: Banff registry closed “Lost n Naval Service”.
*Lost – Seymour Stephenson, Stoker PO; Maurice G. Langridge and Arthur Swaby, OS – killed. Charles A. L. Edwards, Stoker, died of wounds
31/12/2012: Page published. 3 updates since then.
25/12/2020: Information updated.
Admiralty Number: 4472
Official Number: 139348
Yard Number: 170
Gross Tonnage: 203
Net Tonnage: 88
Length: 115.4 ft
Breadth: 22.2 ft
Depth: 12.1 ft
Built: Hawthorns & Co Ltd, Leith
Engine: T.3-cyl and boiler by Hawthorns & Co Ltd, Leith
1.1919: Launched by Hawthorns & Co Ltd, Leith (Yd.No.170) (“Strath” class) for The Admiralty as WILLIAM CHALMERS (Ad.No.4472).
4.4.1919: Advertised for sale.
1919: Sold to Leonard C. Cockrell, Wivenhoe.
2.5.1919: Renamed CRADOCK.
30.8.1919: Completed as a fishing vessel ex fishing gear.
8.9.1919: Registered at Hull (H78).
17.9.1919: Hull registry closed.
22.9.1919: Registered at Lowestoft (LT591).
27.11.1919: Sold to Vanessa Fishing Co Ltd, Lowestoft (Leonard C. Cockrell, manager).
19.1.1921: First landing at Milford Haven.
3.12.1923: Sold to Arthur S. Bowlby, Harlow (Vanessa Fishing Co Ltd) (Edward D. W. Lawford, Milford Haven, manager).
12.12.1928: Last landing at Milford.
24.12.1928: Sold to Robert Taylor & Sons Ltd, Dundee (William N. Taylor, manager).
1932/33: Landing occasionally at Milford.
5.1933: At Fleetwood with Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd involvement.
9.12.1933: Sold to Shields Engineering & Dry Dock Co Ltd, North Shields (Thomas S. Read, manager).
23.12.1933: Lowestoft registry closed.
15.1.1934: Registered at North Shields (SN8).
24.2.1935: At about 10.30am. when outward from North Shields for fishing grounds, in collision off the Satellite buoys, with inbound Aberdeen registered steam coaster KILDRUMMY (629grt/1924) which sustained extensive damage to shell plating starboard side forward. Returned to North Shields with damage forward and stem twisted; KILDRUMMY proceeded up the Tyne.
8.11.1941: Attacked and bombed by German aircraft, 14 miles NNE of St. Abbs Head and subsequently foundered; crew of nine away in lifeboat.
19.11.1941: North Shields registry closed “Sunk by enemy action”.
(William Chalmers, Master, age 35, b. Lerwick – HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN)
20/05/2012: Page published. 10 updates since then.
03/08/2015: Information updated.
08/01/2020: Information updated.
Official Number: 106673
Yard Number: 532
Gross Tonnage: 144
Net Tonnage: 46
Length: 104.0 ft
Breadth: 20.7 ft
Depth: 10.5 ft
Engine: T.3-cyl by N. E. Marine Engineering Co Ltd, Sunderland
Built: Edwards Bros Ltd, North Shields
24.9.1896: Launched by Edwards Bros Ltd, North Shields (Yd.No.532) for Hagerup, Doughty & Co Ltd, Grimsby as BARNSLEY.
27.10.1896: Registered at Grimsby (GY125).
4.1906: Transferred to The Consolidated Steam Fishing & Ice Co (Grimsby) Ltd, Grimsby. John D. Marsden designated manager on the formation of the company.
28.11.1908: Arrived Grimsby in tow of steam trawler TITAN (GY1259) disabled with broken tailshaft.
10.1914: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (Ad.No.717).
5.1915: Returned to owner.
12.1916: Sold to The Mersey Steam Trawlers Ltd, Fleetwood. Ernest Taylor designated manager.
13.2.1917: Fishing 13 miles N of Inishtrahull. Stopped by U-boat (U78), Skipper and Chief Engineer taken prisoner. Sunk by explosive charges.
17.2.1917: Survivors returned to Fleetwood.
9.3.1917: Grimsby registry closed.
20/05/2012: Page published. 5 updates since then.
10/08/2019: Information updated.