M.T. Wyre Victory – FD181

Technical

Official Number: 301881
Yard Number: 951
Completed: 1959
Launched: 07/09/1959
Registered: 09/01/1960
Gross Tonnage: 398
Length: 140 ft
Breadth: 28 ft
Depth: 14 ft
Engine: 860bhp Mirlees Bickerton & Day
Speed: 11.75 knots

History

1959: Completed by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd. No. 951) for Wyre Trawlers Ltd, Fleetwood as WYRE VICTORY. Registered at Fleetwood (FD181).
17.12.1971: On an Iceland trip landed 916 kits of fish for 14 days (Sk. Tom Watson). Catch included 700 kits of cod and 150 of plaice for £10,207.
14.01.1976: Outward bound for Iceland vessel grounded on submerged reef at Mill Rocks, west of the Isle of Rhum in the Inner Hebrides.

At 6:45 Oban radio received a distress message stating that she had struck Mill Rocks to the SW of Oigh Sgeir Lighthouse (between Barra and Rum), and was badly holed forward and making water fast. At 07:14 the ferry IONA picked up a liferaft with the crew on board. The skipper and the radio operator stayed with the stricken vessel.

WYRE VICTORY’S sister ship, WYRE CONQUEROR, responded to her distress call and floated 3 liferafts across to her. At 07:22 Oban was advised that the wreck had been abandoned but had drifted off the rocks. WYRE CONQUEROR hoped to tow her to Canna but, after drifting with the tide, WYRE VICTORY sank.

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M.T. Wyre Victory FD181

M.T. Wyre Victory FD181
Picture courtesy of Peter Hearn

M.T. Wyre Victory FD181

M.T. Wyre Victory FD181
Picture courtesy of Peter Hearn

M.T. Wyre Victory FD181

M.T. Wyre Victory FD181
Picture courtesy of Mark Stopper

M.T. Wyre Victory FD181

M.T. Wyre Victory FD181
Picture courtesy of The David Slinger Collection

Victory-Newsclip

Wyre Victory
Newsclip courtesy of Geoff Davidson

Changelog

25/09/2016: Page re-published due to site problems.
05/04/2017: Added Image and removed FMHT logo.