M.T. Boston Phantom – FD252
Official Number: 303800
Yard Number: 996
Gross Tonnage: 431
Length: 140 ft
Breadth: 29′ 4″
Depth: 15′ 6″
Built: Beverley 1965 by C.D Holmes & Co Ltd
Owner: Boston Deep Sea Fisheries
I would like to thank David Slinger for sharing his research on this vessel.
1965: To Fleetwood as a new vessel.
1966: Fleetwood’s highest grossing vessel.
1967: Fleetwood’s highest grossing vessel. £107,425 Skipper Bill Rawcliffe.
February 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.
December 1972: Transferred to Grimsby.
October 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.
7th December 1978: Arrived at Lowestoft to be converted to an Oil Rig Stand by Safety Vessel.
January 1979: Work Completed.
1982: Chartered by Colne Shipping of Lowestoft.
1984: Sold to Colne Group (Claridge Trawlers Ltd.) for oil rig support work.
April 1985: Renamed COLNE PHANTOM.
1987: Registration transferred to Claridge Trawlers Ltd, a subsidiary of Colne.
1991: Laid up.
January 1992: Sold for scrapping to Carvel Marine, Rainham, Kent.
6th January 1992: Sailed from Lowestoft bound for Rainham, Kent on the River Thames for scrapping at Bloor’s Wharf.
1992: Sold to Caroline Paternity Limited, South Africa.
4th April 1992: Arrived at Lowestoft in tow of ANGLIAN WARRIOR and subsequently slipped for repairs and a survey.
2nd May 1992: Sailed from Lowestoft as COLNE PHANTOM. Registered at Kingstown bound for South Africa.
In 1992 she was converted to a stern trawler and returned to fishing.
September 14 2000: Vessel has been refitted at the cost of 1,000,000 Rand.
October 2007: Reported sold undisclosed interests.
26th March 2009: The BOSTON PHANTOM now “COLNE PHANTOM” was last seen in Cape Town fish dock 26th March 2009. Believed to be laid up.
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