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s.v. Valiant FD85

Technical

Official Number: 68167
Completed: 1874
Gross Tonnage: 50
Net Tonnage: 38
Length: 68.5 ft
Breadth: 17.2 ft
Depth: 9.6 ft
Rig: Ketch
Built: John Barter & Son, Brixham

History

Ketch – trawling

1874: Completed by John Barter & Son, Brixham for Richard Perryman Mills Snr, as VALIANT.
1874: Registered at Dartmouth (DH779).
1874: Registered at Brixham (BM??).
1891: Sold to William Wignall, 40 Preston Street, Fleetwood (managing owner).
1.11.1891: Registered at Fleetwood (FD85).
8.7.1904: Sold to James Wright, 25 Adelaide Street, Fleetwood.
11.7.1904: Sold to James Wright, 25 Adelaide Street & William Preston, 89 Bold Street, Fleetwood. 30.11.1905: Sold to William Preston, 89 Bold Street, Fleetwood.
15.3.1906: Fleetwood registry closed “Boat broken up”.

Changelog
24/02/2009: Page published.

s.v. Polly FD71

Technical

Official Number: 102973
Completed: 1893
Net Tonnage: 48
Length: 67.0 ft
Breadth: 18.0 ft
Depth: 9.2 ft
Built: J.W. & A. Upham, Brixham

History

Ketch – trawling

1893: Completed by J.W. & A. Upham, Brixham for Harry Munday, Brixham as POLLY. Registered at Dartmouth (DH376).
1900: Sold to John T. L. Davis, Milford Haven.
23.4.1901: Sold to William Preston, 89 Bold St, Fleetwood.
11.1901: Dartmouth registry closed.
26.11.1901: Registered at Fleetwood (FD71).
26.9.1913: Tonnage altered to 24.63net. New Fishing Certificate issued.
1914: William Preston, c/o J. Preston & Sons Ltd, Adelaide Street, Fleetwood.
20.7.1920: Fleetwood registry closed. Sold to foreigners (Belgian subjects).

Changelog
23/02/2009: Page published.

sv Louie Rigby FD127

Captain Cap information courtesy of Jean-Paul and Annie Chesné

Technical

Official Number: 127580
Completed: 1910
Net Tonnage: 23
Length: 76 ft
Rig: Dandy – trawling
Built: J & J Armour, Fleetwood

History

1910: Completed by Armour Bros, Fleetwood for Thomas Rigby, Adelaide Street, Fleetwood & others as LOUIE RIGBY.
26.11.1910: Registered at Fleetwood (FD127).
1911: Sold to William Preston, Adelaide St, Fleetwood (managing owner).
1921: Sold to Mrs Grace A. E. Cookman, Carbery Lodge, Ascot, Berks (John G. Cookman, manager).
7.1921: Transferred to fish from Milford.
18.6.1923: On Southern Irish coast grounds, stood by Milford smack MINNIE (BM90) (51grt/1904)(Sk.Willard Richards), on fire in hold. Fire could not be contained. MINNIE attempted to run on to the Blackwater Bank off Wexford. Abandoned and crew picked up, vessel foundered shortly afterwards.
9.1923: Dismasted and in distress in heavy seas. Attended by Fleetwood steam trawler SOAR (FD155), connected and towed (18 hours) to Milford Haven.
1929: Same.
5.9.1930: Fleetwood registry closed. No longer fishing.
1935: Sold for conversion to a yacht.
1958: Further converted and renamed CAPTAIN CAP.
1962: Owned by Alain Bombard. Prepared for scientific expedition to the Mediterrenian – Sicily.
1970: Picked up abandoned schooner off Florida coast, towed for 72 hours and delivered safely.
6.1973: Advertised for sale in West Indies.
1975-76: Sold to D. Valin, Fort de France. Martinique for £129,365. Sailed from Grenada to Martinique. Operated by Martinique Charter et Services, Fort de France on day charters- 60 pax.
8.1979: In hurricane David grounded on coral in Fort de France Bay. Refloated by Travaux Sous-Marins Martinique (Jean-Paul Chesné) and returned to service.
8.1980: In hurricane Allen grounded on beach in Fort de France Bay. Refloated by Travaux Sous-Marins Martinique (Jean-Paul Chesné) with no damage.
1980: Sold to Travaux Sous-Marine Martinique, Fort de France, Martinique. After survey by French Marine Marchande (FMM) continued with day charter work.
1982: FMM surveyor required complete re-decking; completed in two weeks.
1983: FMM srveyor required new rudder; fabricated in steel.
1984: After four years charter work (10,000 pax/year) vessel for sale. Sold to French owners owners in Grenada.
1986-87: Foundered after striking a reef in The Grenadines.
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Sailing Trawler Louie Rigby

Sailing Trawler Louie Rigby
Picture courtesy of rossallbeach.co.uk

sv Louie Rigby FD127

sv Louie Rigby FD127

sv Captain Cap, 1982 Martinique

sv Captain Cap, 1982 Martinique
Picture courtesy of Jean-Paul and Annie Chesne

Captain Cap at Martinique

sv Captain Cap at Martinique
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Captain Cap, Martinique

Captain Cap, Martinique
Picture courtesy of Jean-Paul and Annie Chesne

Captain Cap, Martinique

Captain Cap, Martinique
Picture courtesy of Jean-Paul and Annie Chesne

Captain Cap, Martinique

Captain Cap, Martinique
Picture courtesy of Jean-Paul and Annie Chesne

Captain Cap, Martinique

Captain Cap, Martinique
Picture courtesy of Jean-Paul and Annie Chesne

Jean-Paul & Annie Chesne

Jean-Paul & Annie Chesne
Picture courtesy of Jean-Paul and Annie Chesne

Changelog
18/02/2009: Page published: 8 updates since then.
29/05/2016: Picture added.

S.T. Peter Lovett FD398


Additional information courtesy of David Scrivener, Mike Thompson & Barry Johnson Milford Trawlers

Technical

Admiralty Number: 3509
Official Number: 143965
Yard Number: 670
Completed: 1917
Gross Tonnage: 276
Net Tonnage: 107
Length: 125.5 ft
Breadth: 23.4 ft
Depth: 12.8 ft
Engine: 480ihp T.3-cyl by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough
Boiler: Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd, Jarrow
Built: Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough

History

9.3.1917: Launched by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough (Yd.No.670) (“Castle” class) for The Admiralty as PETER LOVITT (Ad.No.3509).
19.5.1917: Completed (1-12pdr and W/T).
1919: Registered by The Admiralty at London (Part I) as PETER LOVETT O.N.143965. Engaged in commercial trawling.
12.1.1919 – 22 .07.1919: Landing at Milford.
2.1920: At HM Dockyard, Pembroke fitted out for fishing under Special Survey of Lloyd’s Register and classed 100 A1 Stm Trawler at Milford.
3.2.1920: Registered by The Admiralty at London (Part IV) (LO300).
5.3.1920: First landing at Milford. At a date between 18.5.1920 – 18.6.1920: Allocated to Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries, London.
13.8.1920: Minesweepers’ Cooperative Trawling Society Ltd, London registered.
1920: Allocated to the Minesweepers’ Cooperative Trawling Society Ltd, London.
08.03.1921: Last landing at Milford (Last of 32 landings at the port). Possibly laid up.
01.1922: Scheme abandoned, the necessary working capital of £100,000 having not been subscribed.
23.1.1922: Sold to William Preston, Fleetwood.
28.1.1922: London registry closed.
31.1.1922: Registered at Fleetwood (FD398).
22.2.1922: Sold to Robson Trawlers Ltd, Fleetwood (Robson Preston, manager).
12.10.1932: Homeward in heavy weather seven miles SE of Maughold Head, Isle of Man, sighted wooden steam “coaster” GIRL MAY (81grt/1907) (ex steam drifter (FR473/GK89)) on passage Ayr – Salcombe with coal, in distress with engine room flooded. In darkness, Sk. Fred Chard launched the boat and with a volunteer crew succeeded in rescuing the seven crew members * before the vessel foundered.
13.10.1932: Survivors landed at Fleetwood.
1934: Sold to Shields Engineering & Dry Dock Co Ltd, North Shields (Thomas S. Read, manager).
21.2.1934: Fleetwood registry closed.
22.2.1934: Registered at North Shields (SN14).
24.7.1935: Registered at North Shields as LOWDOCK (SN14).
10.1939: Kingston Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull appointed managers.
16.10.1939: Kingston sent crew to North Shields to bring trawler to Hull.
17.10.1939: Sailed North Shields for Hull, fishing on the way.
3.11.1939: Arrived off Immingham short of bunker coal, towed to Hull. Landed 287kits, £865 gross.
1.12.1939: Sailed Hull for Aberdeen in convoy then fishing grounds.
16.12.1939: At Hull landed 300kits, £954 gross – 15 days.
3.1.1940: At Hull landed 251kits, £679 gross – 16 days.
26.1.1940: Sailed Hull in convoy for northern grounds.
8.2.1940: Return convoy sailed Methil for Hull (Sk. J. W. Moore).
At 11.15 a.m. 21/2 miles E of Scarborough attacked by German aircraft with machine guns and bombs. One aircraft hit with Ross rifle and retired, other (Dornier 17E) dropped over twenty bombs, the final one lifting the stern out of the water and damaging telegraphs, steering gear, wireless and DF; no casualties.
10.2.1940: At Hull landed 304kits, £688 gross – 17 days.
12.2.1940: Requisitioned for war service. Slipped at Hull for survey but rejected. On unslipping water ingress observed in stokehole. Slipped again and rivets caulked. 15.2.1940: Owners requested information regarding vessel and advised a profit of £550. Convoy system restrictive, decided to move vessel to Fleetwood.
16.2.1940: Sk. F. Brunton, Fleetwood appointed. Repaired and returned to service.
16.3.1940: Sailed Hull on passage to Fleetwood (Sk. F. Brunton).
19.3.1940: When 5 miles E of Tod Head, in collision with HMTrawler LADY PHILOMENA (H230/P.No.FY.148) which struck her port side aft in way of the gallows; vessel foundered and eleven crew lost(ø), mate (on watch) Thurston Atkinson survived. Certificate of registry lost with vessel.
28.3.1940: Owners informed BoT of her loss.
30.3.1940: Shields registry closed.
2006: The position of the wreck is 56°47N/02°10W sitting in about 60m on an even keel. Bow faces in towards the shore and port side faces towards Montrose estuary, in consequence her port side has built up to approx 8 ft from gunwhale, starboard side clean.

(Peter Lovitt (aka Lovett), Quartermaster, age 42, b. Aldeborough, Suffolk – VICTORY (SB532))
(* Crew of Girl May – Capt. A. T. F. Morgan; A. Vallely, Mate; A. Caracan, 2nd mate; W. Hagan, Chief engineer; W. Burns, 2nd engineer; J. Vallely and J. Reid, deckhands, all crew from Glasgow or Clydebank.

(ø) Lost crew of Lowdock – Skipper Frank H Brunton (32), Bosun H D Waring (42), Ch Eng. William Baker (55), 2nd Eng. H C Benson (53), J Bell (59) and D Scannell (42), Firemen, W Harrison (21), A Paton (50), W Cartmell (42), J H Scott (48), and A Whitehead (52), Deckhands, all from Fleetwood).

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S.T. Peter Lovett FD388

S.T. Peter Lovett FD388
Picture courtesy of The Fred Baker Collection

Changelog
28/04/14: Updated information.
02/07/2015: Updated information.
14/07/2017: Removed FMHT watermark from image.

s.v. Livonia FD65

Technical

Official Number: 67441
Launched: 1873
Gross Tonnage: 53
Net Tonnage: 33
Length: 68.7 ft
Breadth: 18.8 ft
Depth: 9.0 ft
Rig: Dandy – trawling & lining
Built: Smith & Sons, Great Yarmouth

History

1873: Completed by Smith & Sons, Great Yarmouth for their own account as LIVONIA.
1873: Registered at Gt. Yarmouth (YH576).
1.1.1875: Owned by Samuel Smith, Gt. Yarmouth.
1878: Sold to Cutter & Co, Gt. Yarmouth.
1.1.1880: Owned by The Gt. Yarmouth Steam Trawling & Carrying Co Ltd, 60 South Quay, Gt. Yarmouth.
1881: Sold to Smith & Sons, Gt. Yarmouth.
1.1.1883: Owned by Frank Leleu, 112 Lower Thomas Street, City, London.
1883: Sold to William F. Leleu, Gt. Yarmouth.
1891: Sold to Richard C. Ward, 12 Alfred Terrace, Fleetwood & another (managing owner).
8.1891: Gt. Yarmouth registry closed.
2.9.1891: Registered at Fleetwood (FD65).
3.3.1897: Sold to ??.
2.6.1904: Sold to William Preston, Adelaide St, Fleetwood (managing owner).
6.10.1908: Tonnage altered to 24.46net. New Fishing Certificate issued.
21.11.1916: Sold to Ernest Tomlinson, Manor Road, Fleetwood (Ernest Taylor, London Street, Fleetwood, manager).
4.4.1923: Sold to James E. Sellers, 56 Carr Road, Fleetwood, later 49 Poulton Road, Fleetwood.
1930: Sold for demolition.
17.10.1930: Fleetwood registry closed “Broken up”.

Changelog
26/12/2008: Page published.
12/12/2014: Information updated.