Additional information courtesy of Christine Simm
Official Number: 56959
Net Tonnage: 26
Rig: Sloop – Trawling
Built: ??, St. Ives
1873: Completed by ??, St. Ives as SPRAY.
1874: Owned by Isaac M. Sibbald, Morecambe.
18.5.1874: Registered at Lancaster.
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.
07/03/2011: Page published. 2 updates since then.
05/07/2016: Information updated.
10/10/2021: Information updated.
16/05/2022: Information updated.
Official Number: 67138
Net Tonnage: 16
Built: ??, Rothesay
1865: Completed by ??, Rothesay for ??, ?? as PRIDE.
1.1.1870: Not listed in MNL.
1.1.1875: Owned by James Wilson, Fleetwood. Registered at Fleetwood (FD142).
1.1.1880: Owned by William Hudson, Fleetwood. Registered at Fleetwood as PRIDE OF BUTE (FD142).
1881: Census at Fleetwood – Gilbert Ball (49), b-North Meols, master; Isaac Leadbetter (25), b-Fleetwood, fisherman; Moses Wilson (24), b-Fleetwood, fisherman; Richard Ball (16), b-Fleetwood, cook.
05/03/2011: Page published.
14/01/2015: Information updated.
Official Number: 1566
Net Tonnage: 32
Built: ??, Douglas
1837: Completed by ??, Douglas, IoM as Herring.
1849: Registered at Liverpool.
1.1.1870: Owned by Joseph Newton, Liverpool.
1874: Owned by William Hudson, Fleetwood. Registered at Fleetwood (FD??).
1874: Fleetwood registry closed.
28/02/2011: Page published.
Additional information courtesy of Christine Simm
Official Number: 56682
Gross tonnage: 39.38
Net tonnage: 24.42
Length: 54.6 ft
Breadth: 16.5 ft
Draught: 8.0 ft
Jigger smack – trawling
Aka ‘Black Jack’
Built: George Rigby & Robert Rawstorne, Freckleton
1867: Completed by George Rigby & Robert Rawstorne, Freckleton for William Robinson, Southport as ELIZABETH ANN.
27.3.1867: Registered at Preston. Fishing out of Hoylake.
1.1.1880: Owned by William Hudson, Fleetwood.
24.12.1886: Sold to Mrs Margaret Hudson,
42 Warren Street, Fleetwood.
12.1886: Preston registry closed.
24.12.1886: Registered at Fleetwood (FD130).
7.12.1896: Sold to Thomas Fairclough, 4 Blakiston Street East, Fleetwood. Thomas Fairclough, skipper.
23.4.1907: At Fleetwood Police Court, Thomas Andrews was charged with stealing a quantity of foot rope. Sk David Herbert said that he left the foot rope on the quay side and when he returned it was missing. Thomas Brecknell, marine store dealer, said that the defendant brought the rope into the store and said two men had given it to him. Defendant denied the offence but was bound over for three months in the sum of £5.
25.9.1908: At Fleetwood Police Court, two youths, Edward Lyons and John Shields, who were remanded on the 21st on the charges of stealing articles, valued at 27s from the smack, faced further charges against them. Two charges of breaking into the flat DIANA and breaking into the shop of Mr Haworth, photographer. Both youths were committed for trial at the next Preston Sessions.
8.1.1910: Returning from the fishing grounds (Sk, David Herbert). Lying about three quarters of a mile SE of the Lune Light ship, with regulation lights burning, awaiting the turn of the tide to proceed into Fleetwood. The weather had been foggy but this had cleared and it was very dark. Fleetwood registered L&Y and L&NW railway steamer DUKE of CORNWALL (Capt McBrown) (1540grt/1898) bore in sight and Sk. Herbert lighted a torch and shouted, alerting the crew who came on deck. Seeing a vessel ahead the steamer turned to starboard but was unable to clear the trawler, striking her in the jigger mast rigging cutting the stern completely off. With the trawler settling, the punt was launched but the bung was missing along with the oars, one of the crew putting his thumb in the bung hole to prevent the boat filling. A shovel was found in the bottom of the boat and this was used as an oar. The DUKE of CORNWALL hove to and launched two boats, but in the darkness failed to find the punt. Using the shovel the trawler’s crew managed to get alongside the steamer and were taken onboard.
14.1.1910: Fleetwood registry closed “Vessel totally lost 8th January 1910. Advice received from owner ”.
27/05/2009: Page published.
03/03/2022: Major information update.
Official Number: 20855
Net Tonnage: 20
Smack – trawling
1858: Completed by William & Richard Ashburner, Barrow as CHAMPION.
1859: Registered at Fleetwood (FD67).
1.1.1875: Owned by Thomas Roskell, Fleetwood.
1.1.1880: Owned by John Chamney, Fleetwood.
1.1.1883: Owned by William Hudson, Fleetwood.
23.12.1886: Sold to Mrs Margaret Hudson, 49 Warren Street, Fleetwood.
1897: Fleetwood registry closed.
19/02/2009: Page published.