M.T. Argo of Pembroke – M74
Information courtesy of www.milfordtrawlers.org.uk
Official Number: 301710
Gross Tonnage: 302
Net Tonnage: 93
Length: 121.4 ft
Breadth: 26.9 ft
Depth: 14.6 ft
Engine: Twin Diesel electric by Electrical Engineering Co.
Speed: 11.5 knots
Built by: James & Stone, Brightlingsea
Owner: Pembroke Fishing Co, Docks, Milford Fred Ingram, Cairo Fishing Co, Manager
1962: Launched by James & Stone, Brightlingsea for Pembroke Fishing Co, Docks, Milford (Fred Ingram, Cairo Fishing Co., Manager) as ARGO OF PEMBROKE (M74)
May 02 1962: Registered at Milford (M74).
January 1964: Fishing from Fleetwood with a Milford skipper (Sk James Jobson) & crew.
1966: Sold to Craig & Son Ltd, Aberdeen.
September 1966: Sailing from Aberdeen.
1974: Sold to P. K. Stovlbaek Partrederi, Denmark. Renamed SILLERSLEV.Later owned by Kaj R. Jensen Partrederi, and registered at Thyboron, Denmark.
1981: Sold to Sisimut Trawl ApS, and renamed SARFAQ, and registered at Holsteinsborg/Sisimut, Greenland (Danish flag).
1988: Refitted with new engines.
1993: Arrived in New Zealand.
1994: Shrimping outside the 200-mile exclusive economic zone, in joint ventures with independent companies, but was then laid up for nearly a year at Lyttelton.
1995: Owners listed as Island Fisheries Ltd. The shrimping gear was replaced with hoki trawling gear.
1996: Listed as owned by New Zeafish Ltd.
August 28 2001: Towed thirty-seven miles from Wellington by the tug KUPE and was scuttled in the early evening in 41048′S.,175000′E., about fifteen miles S.S.W. from Cape Palliser in 1,700 metres of water.
Click here to read Neville McCrindle’s memories of the Sarfaq.