M.T. Boston Wellvale – FD209

Technical

Official Number: 301893
Yard Number: 974
IMO No. 5049441
Completed: 1961
Registered: December 14 1961
Gross Tonnage: 419
Net Tonnage: 143
Depth: 14′ 6″
Length: 137′ 2″
Breadth: 28′ 4″
Engine: 1050HP by CD Holmes/Werkspoor
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Beverley, 1961
Owner: Boston Deep Sea Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood
Speed: 12 knots

History

1961: Completed by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yard No. 974) for Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd, Fleetwood as BOSTON WELLVALE. Registered at Fleetwood (FD209).
06.1962: Suffered an accommodation fire off St Kilda.
25.11.1966: Sold to North Cape Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby.
12.12.1966: Under the command of skipper Dave Venney she ran ashore at Cape Arnanes in a gale and snowstorm whilst proceeding to Isafjordhur to have her radar repaired and to land a sick crew member. An Icelandic rescue party answered the distress call and took off all 17 crew by breeches buoy. The insurance company decided the ship was a total loss. An Icelandic business man Eudmundur Marselliusson bought the wreck for £150.
08.08.1967: Refloated with the assistance of the Icelandic Gunboat ALBERT and sold for breaking. Vessel taken to Hafnarfjordur and refitted by an Icelandic company.
1971: Returned to service by Stalskip H/F Iceland and renamed RAN (GK42).
16.05.1980: Sold to Issfodin H/F, Gardur and renamed INGOLFUR (GK42).
16.03.1984: Sold to Nidursuduverks Midjunni H/F, Isafirdi and renamed ARNANES (IS42).
08.031985: Sold to Torfnesi H/F, Isafirdi.
08.04.1988: Sold to Sacdori H/F, Siglufirdi as Arnanes (SI42).
1999: Sold to Thormodur Rammi-Saeberg, Guayamas, Mexico.
2008: Still fishing and owned by Rammi H/F, Siglufjordur, Iceland.

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M.T. Boston Wellvale FD209

M.T. Boston Wellvale FD209
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M.T. Boston Wellvale FD209

M.T. Boston Wellvale FD209
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M.T. Boston Wellvale FD209

M.T. Boston Wellvale FD209
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M.T. Boston Wellvale FD209

M.T. Boston Wellvale FD209
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M.T. Boston Wellvale FD209

M.T. Boston Wellvale FD209
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M.T. Arnanes IS42

M.T. Arnanes IS42

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M.T. Boston Typhoon – FD183

Technical

Official Number: 301877
Yard Number: 943
Completed: 1959
Launched: 11.04.1959
Registered: 09.07.1959
Gross Tonnage: 425
Length: 140 ft
Breadth: 28.5 ft
Engine: 1065hp oil engine by CD Holmes/Werkspoor
Speed : 12 knots

History

01/01/1964 sold to Iago Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Fleetwood
04/02/1968 stranded at the entrance to Isafjordur, Iceland
06/02/1968 refloated
28/08/1968 sold to Irvin Johnson Ltd, Cape Town, SA (CTA 298)
25/04/1978 towed into Cape Town after being damaged by engine room fire on 23/04/1978 56 miles NW of Saldanha Bay and declared a constructive loss
04/11/1978 scuttled off Robben Island

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Typhoon Newsclipping

Typhoon Newsclipping
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M.T. Boston Typhoon FD183

M.T. Boston Typhoon FD183
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M.T. Boston Typhoon FD183

M.T. Boston Typhoon FD183
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M.T. Boston Typhoon FD183

M.T. Boston Typhoon FD183
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M.T. Boston Typhoon FD183

M.T. Boston Typhoon FD183
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M.T. Boston Typhoon CTA298

M.T. Boston Typhoon CTA298
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M.T. Boston Typhoon CTA298

M.T. Boston Typhoon CTA298
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M.T. Boston Typhoon CTA298

M.T. Boston Typhoon CTA298
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M.T. Boston Stirling – FD247

Technical

Official Number: 365774
Completed: 1975
Gross Tonnage: 389
Length: 39.14m
Beam: 9.44m
Depth: 3.78m
Engine: 1700hp 16 cylinder Mirlees Blackstone oil engine

History

1975: Registered at Fleetwood as a new vessel
Re-registered as LO 336
31.10.1985 Sank after springing a leak at the mouth of Loch Broom at Tanera on the west coast of the Summer Isles.

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M.T. Boston Stirling FD247

M.T. Boston Stirling FD247
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M.T. Boston Stirling FD247

M.T. Boston Stirling FD247
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M.T. Boston Seafoam – FD42

Technical

Official Number: 187843
Yard Number: 726
Completed: 1956
Gross Tonnage: 398
Length: 138 ft
Breadth: 28′ 5”
Depth: 14 ft
Built: Hessle, 1956 by H. Scarr Ltd

History

1956: Completed by H Scarr Ltd, Hessle.
1956: To Fleetwood as a new vessel, registered as FD42.
1970 – 1973: Based at Lowestoft.
1974: Sold to Putford Enterprises Ltd as WESTLEIGH (FD42).
1978: Became standby vessel ARKINHOLM (Salveson Offshore Services Ltd) and later GRAMPIAN CASTLE.
March 1987: Stranded and lost after running aground at Newborough Beach, Menai Straits, Wales.

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M.T. Boston Seafoam FD42

M.T. Boston Seafoam FD42
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M.T. Boston Seafoam FD42

M.T. Boston Seafoam FD42
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M.T. Westleigh FD42

M.T. Westleigh FD42
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M.T. Westleigh FD42

M.T. Westleigh FD42
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S.S.V. Grampian Castle

S.S.V. Grampian Castle
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S.S.V. Grampian Castle

S.S.V. Grampian Castle
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S.S.V. Grampian Castle

S.S.V. Grampian Castle
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S.S.V. Grampian Castle

S.S.V. Grampian Castle
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M.T. Boston Seafire – FD109

Scuttling video courtesy of Courtesy of Phil and Steph van Dusschoten, Diveworks Charters, www.whaleislandtours.com

Technical

Official Number: 187847
Yard Number: 736
Gross Tonnage: 314
Length: 127 ft
Breadth: 26.8 ft
Depth: 12.3 ft
Built: Henry Scarr Ltd, Hessle
Engine: 2 stroke 5-cyl Polar diesel (740bhp) by British Polar Engines Ltd, Glasgow

History

July 1956 Built at Hessle as BUZZARD for Brixham Trawlers Ltd
August 01 1959 Sold along with the company to Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd, Fleetwood (Arthur J. Lewis, manager).
1961 Renamed Boston Seafire.
1969 Sold to New Zealand as NEPTUNE.
1974 Sold to Sealord Products Ltd, Nelson,NZ. Renamed Seafire registered at Nelson.
199? Sold to Duesouth Trawlers (NZ) Ltd, Nelson, NZ. Still in LR 2005-6.
2006: Berthed at Wellington. No longer used for fishing and being prepared for scuttling as an artificial reef. Engine removed and installed in local power station.
19.10.2008: Scuttled at Whale Island of the eastern Bay of Plenty coastline.

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M.T. Boston Seafire FD109

M.T. Boston Seafire FD109

M.T. Boston Seafire FD109

M.T. Boston Seafire FD109
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M.T. Boston Seafire FD109

M.T. Boston Seafire FD109

M.T. Boston Seafire FD109

M.T. Boston Seafire FD109
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M.T. Boston Seafire FD109

M.T. Boston Seafire FD109
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M.T. Boston Seafire FD109

M.T. Boston Seafire FD109
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M.T. Boston Seafire FD109

M.T. Boston Seafire FD109
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M.T. Boston Seafire FD109

M.T. Boston Seafire FD109
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M.T. Hoop Op Zegen – HD26

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Technical

RSS Number: B12975
Completed: 1977
Gross Tonnage: 259.31
Length: 37,10 m (121.72 ft)
Breadth: 7,54 m (24.74 ft)
Depth: 3,75 m (12,30 ft)
Oil Engine: Stork Werkspoor 1500bhp/1119kW by Stork Werkspoor Diesel BV, Zwolle

History

1974: Completed by Gebr W. Visser & Zoon, Den Helder for J. Bakker & Zonen, Den Helder as HOOP OP ZEGEN. Registered at Den Helder (HD26). When seasonal beaming in Irish Sea landing into Fleetwood usually for onward trucking to Belgium.
1983: Re-engined with Stork Werkspoor 1500bhp by Stork Werkspoor Diesel BV, Zwolle.
1985: Engine uprated to 2000bhp/1492kW.
1988: Sold to Rederij Jac. Bakker & Zonen, Den Helder.
1992: Sold to Ian James Ritchie, Fraserburgh. Den Helder registry closed. Registered at Fraserburgh as OCEAN DAWN (FR347).
1992: Remeasured 269grt 80n regd length 33.00 metres (108.27 feet).
1993: Converted to single boat trawling for whitefish.
1993: At Methil fitted with full length shelterdeck by J. W. Miller & Sons Ltd.
1994: Embarked on new venture trawling off the coast of Brazil.
1995: Fraserburgh registry closed. The venture was not a success and vessel eventually abandoned in South America.

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M.T. Hoop Op  Zegen HD26

M.T. Hoop Op Zegen HD26
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M.T. Wyre Defence – FD37

Additional information courtesy of Geoff Davidson
Technical

Official Number: 187842
Yard Number: 1407
Completed: 1956
Gross Tonnage: 338
Net Tonnage: 119
Length: 132 ft
Breadth: 27 ft
Depth: 13 ft
Built: Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby
Engine: 736bhp 4-stroke 7-cyl oil engine by Mirrlees, Bickerton & Day Ltd, Stockport
Speed: 11.25 knots

History

21.7.1955: Launched by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby (Yd.No.1407) for Wyre Trawlers Ltd, Fleetwood as WYRE DEFENCE.
11.1.1956: Completed. Registered at Fleetwood as (FD37).
01.07.1969: Became part of British United Trawlers fleet.
1973: On an Icelandic trip (Sk. Don Evans). One of two vessels (BRUCELLA was the second) involved in an incident with the patrol boat AEGIR. Unsubstantiated reports claimed several blanks were fired and, possibly, one live shell. AEGIR countered by claiming that BRUCELLA had fired a line carrying rocket at the patrol boat.
1974: Converted along with WYRE MAJESTIC (FD433) to pair trawl for pelagic species (herring & mackerel).
18.05.1978: Transferred to British United Trawlers (Aberdeen) Ltd Aberdeen (FD37).
1979: Sold to shipbreakers J Gibson Johnson Ltd, Hull en bloc with WYRE REVENGE, then resold to H Kitson Vickers & Sons (Engineering) Ltd.
12.1979: Resold to Stephen Dalton Skip Hire Ltd, Edinburgh.
12.1979: Arrived Bo’ness and breaking up commenced.
14.1.1980: Fleetwood registry closed.

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M.T. Wyre Defence FD37

M.T. Wyre Defence FD37
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M.T. Wyre Defence FD37

M.T. Wyre Defence FD37
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M.T. Wyre Defence FD37

M.T. Wyre Defence FD37
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M.T. Wyre Defence FD37

M.T. Wyre Defence FD37

M.T. Wyre Defence FD37

M.T. Wyre Defence FD37
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M.T. Boston Pionair – FD96

Technical

Official Number: 187846
Yard Number: 429
Completed: 1956
Gross Tonnage: 166
Length: 103 ft
Breadth: 22′ 4″
Depth: 10′ 9″
Built: Richards Ironworks Ltd, Lowestoft, 1956

History

1956: To Fleetwood as a new vessel.
Undated: Transferred to Pegasus Trawling, Lowestoft as LT432
06.02.1965: Sailed from Lowestoft for the Horn Reef area under the command of skipper Brian Moyse with a crew of nine hands all told. She commenced fishing at Horn Reef the next day in the company of two other trawlers the BOSTON WIDGEON and the ROY STEVENS.
12.02.1965: With the weather freshening and winds forecast up to force 10 all three skippers decided to move westward to be closer to the land. At about 19:30 hours the BOSTON PIONAIR was seen hauling her gear and heading off in a WSW direction. That was the last time she was seen. For the next two days the weather was very bad with very high seas.
13.02.1965: Weather estimated to be force 10 +. BOSTON WIDGEON reported that she had been forced to heave to. At 0630 contacted BOSTON PIONAIR. Skipper Moyse advised that they had been laying to but thought he would soon have to start dodging again.

16.02.1965: After failure to contact BOSTON PIONAIR over the past two days a full scale search was started, including two naval vessels, a shackleton aircraft and over sixty trawlers. Articles belonging to BOSTON PIONAIR was found over 130 miles WSW of the position she was last seen.
02.12.1965: Formal BOT investigation at Lowestoft concluded “…..that the BOSTON PIONAIR was overwhelmed in severe weather conditions by a wave or succession of waves which caused her to roll with such severity that her righting lever was extinguished and that she had thereby lost her ability to right herself. The possibility of damage to the hull or superstructure cannot be excluded.
All the crew* were lost.

*Crew
B Moyse (SNR) – Skipper
G Beamish – Mate
M Lark – Bosun
A Thurston – Chief Engineer
W Thurston – 2nd Engineer
J Genery – Deckhand
W Stebbings – Deckhand
M Lee – Deckhand
B Moyse – Deckhand

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M.T. Boston Pionair FD96

M.T. Boston Pionair FD96
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M.T. Boston Phantom – FD252

Additional information courtesy of David Slinger and Nico Bacon (Viking Fishing, Cape Town)

Technical

Official Number: 303800
Yard Number: 996
Completed: 1965
Gross Tonnage: 431
Length: 140 ft
Breadth: 29′ 4″
Depth: 15′ 6″
Built: Beverley 1965 by C.D Holmes & Co Ltd

History

1965: In ownership of Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd.
1966: Fleetwood’s highest grossing vessel.
1967: Fleetwood’s highest grossing vessel. £107,425 Skipper Bill Rawcliffe.
02.1968: Carried out experiments by the Palmer Aero Products company using de-icing equipment, that reduced the likelihood of capsizing. Despite its modest cost of £2,000, Palmers received no orders.
1970: Fleetwood’s 2nd highest grossing vessel. £153,995 Skipper Bill Rawcliffe.
1971: First Fleetwood Trawler to fitted with a gutting machine.
1972: Fleetwood’s highest grossing vessel. £161,874 Skipper Bill Rawcliffe.
12.1972: Transferred to Grimsby.
10.1973: Set a new port record for a 140 feet vessel. Landed 2,258 kits. Grossed £34,339 Skipper Derek Brown. 22 Days Iceland.
1974: Grimsby’s highest grossing vessel in the 140 feet class, £292,970.
7.12.1978: Arrived at Lowestoft to be converted to an Oil Rig Stand by Safety Vessel.
01.1979: Work Completed. Fleetwood fishing registry closed. Transferred to Grimsby Near Water Trawlers Ltd, Grimsby.
1982: Chartered by Colne Shipping of Lowestoft.
1984: Sold to Colne Group (Claridge Trawlers Ltd.) for oil rig support work.
04.1985: Renamed COLNE PHANTOM.
1987: Registration transferred to Claridge Trawlers Ltd, a subsidiary of Colne.
1991: Laid up.
01.1992: Sold for scrapping to Caravel Maritime Ltd, Rainham, Kent for breaking up
6.1.1992: Sailed from Lowestoft bound for Rainham, Kent on the River Thames for scrapping for breaking at Bloor’s Wharf.
1992: Sold to Caroline Paternity (Pty) Limited, Cape Town, South Africa.
4.4.1992: Arrived Lowestoft in tow of ANGLIAN WARRIOR and subsequently slipped for repairs and a survey.
2.5.1992: Sailed from Lowestoft as COLNE PHANTOM. Registered at Kingstown bound for South Africa.
1992: In ownership of Caroline Pty Ltd.
In 1992: she was Converted to a stern trawler and returned to fishing.
1995: in ownership of Viking Fishing Co Pty Ltd.
1996: Prawn fishing in Mozambique.
14.9.2000: Vessel has been refitted at the cost of 1,000,000 Rand.
26.3.2009: The BOSTON PHANTOM now “COLNE PHANTOM” was Last seen in Cape Town fish dock laid up.
2009: Broken up.

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M.T. Boston Phantom FD252

M.T. Boston Phantom FD252
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M.T. Boston Phantom FD252

M.T. Boston Phantom FD252

M.T. Boston Phantom FD252

M.T. Boston Phantom FD252
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M.T. Boston Phantom FD252

M.T. Boston Phantom FD252

M.T. Boston Phantom FD252

S.S.V. Boston Phantom
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M.T. Boston Phantom FD252

S.S.V. Boston Phantom

M.T. Boston Phantom FD252

S.S.V. Boston Phantom
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mfv Ailsea – FD174

Technical

Official Number: 187868
Gross Tonnage: 23
Net Tonnage: 10
Length: 45 ft
Engine: 95 hp Gardner Diesel
Built: 1959 by Nobles of Fraserburgh
Owner: Joe Parkinson, Pim Grace and Duckie Burgess

History

1959: Built by Nobles of Fraserburgh, for Grace, Burgess and Parkinson. Sailed from the Jubilee Quay Fleetwood and managed by J.N. Ward.
197?: Owner as Knud E.C. Viji, Fleetwood.
Late ’70s early ’80s: Sold to Tom Marginson and Charlie Ellis, Fleetwood.
1984: In ownership of Jamie Russell? Registered at Campbeltown (CN321).
1992: Sold to Caernarvon and ceased fishing 1992.

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mfv Ailsea FD174

mfv Ailsea FD174

mfv Ailsea FD174

mfv Ailsea FD174
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mfv Ailsea FD174

mfv Ailsea CN321

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