M.T. Boston Pegasus – LT58
Fleetwood Trawler – Boston Pegasus LT58
Built by: Richards Ironworks Ltd, Lowestoft in 1954
Official Number: 183999
Yard Number: 421
Gross Tonnage: 166
Net Tonnage: 57
Length: 103 ft
Breadth: 22′ 1” ft
Draught: 10′ 9” ft
Engine: 2 stroke 6-cyl 370bhp Crossley by Crossley Bros Ltd, Manchester
Owner: Pegasus Trawling Co Ltd, Fleetwood (Boston Group)
3.7.1954: Launched by Richards Ironworks Ltd, Lowestoft (Yd.No.421) for Pegasus Trawling Co Ltd, Fleetwood part of the Boston Group. Arthur W. Suddaby, Lowestoft, manager. Registered at Lowestoft (LT58).
1971: Sold to Layhill Chartering Ltd, 34 Crutched Friars, London, EC3. Renamed PENZANCE PEGASUS. Lowestoft registry closed. Registered at Penzance (PZ375).
1974: Sold to Safetyships Ltd, Aberdeen (John Brown & Sons (Aberdeen) Ltd, managers. Renamed KILSYTH.
December 1976: Sold to M. Nichols, Middlesbrough for demolition.
13th January 1977: Drove ashore at Whitley Bay after breaking adrift from tug Niparound towing her from Aberdeen to Tees.
When fishing in the region of Botney Gap, about 90 miles northeast of Lowestoft, the vessel trawled up a live depth charge. The corroded depth charge came onto the deck when the cod end was unfastened. It was heaved over the side by the crew, but as it sank a ship’s length away it exploded. The crew and the trawler were badly shaken and the compass was thrown out of its gimbal rings. Food was also thrown out of the pantry.
The skipper said that on inspection there was no damage apart from electrical trouble in the engine room. He stated that the probability was that when the depth charge was dropped in the water originally it had failed to go off and that the thump on the deck of the Boston Pegasus has made it ‘live’ again. On her return the vessel was slipped for a thorough examination.
We believe she was working from Fleetwood Between 14/01/57 and 01/08/59.
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