M.T. Boston Seafire – FD109

Technical

Official Number: 187847
Yard Number: 736
Completed: 1956
Gross Tonnage: 314
Length: 127 ft
Breadth: 26.8 ft
Depth: 12.3 ft
Engine: 2 stroke 5-cyl Polar diesel (740bhp) by British Polar Engines Ltd, Glasgow

History

07.1956: Built at Hessle as BUZZARD for Brixham Trawlers Ltd
01.08.1959: 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.

Download Chris Carey’s account of Seafire as a PDF file
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M.T. Buzzard FD109

M.T. Buzzard FD109
Picture courtesy of The JJ Collection

M.T. Boston Seafire FD109

M.T. Boston Seafire FD109
Picture courtesy of Len Charnley

M.T. Seafire

M.T. Seafire
Picture courtesy of Chris Carey

M.T. Seafire

M.T. Seafire
Picture courtesy of Chris Carey

M.T. Seafire

M.T. Seafire
Picture courtesy of Emmanuel Makarios

M.T. Seafire

M.T. Seafire
Picture courtesy of Emmanuel Makarios

M.T. Seafire

M.T. Seafire
Picture courtesy of Emmanuel Makarios

M.T. Seafire

M.T. Seafire
Picture courtesy of Emmanuel Makarios

M.T. Seafire

M.T. Seafire
Picture courtesy of Emmanuel Makarios

M.T. Seafire

M.T. Seafire
Picture courtesy of Emmanuel Makarios

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18/09/2016: Page re-published due to site problems.