M.T. Loch Lein – LT334

Technical

Official Number: 400143
Gross Tonnage: 103
Length: 80 ft
Built: Lernwerder, Germany, 1948
Owner: Claridge Trawlers

History

1960: From Dublin to Fleetwood as LOCH LEIN D411.
1963: Bought by Walter (Fly) Holmes.
1965: Bought by Walter Holmes Jnr and converted to stern trawling. The wheelhouse was moved to the bow. Moved to New Zealand and registered at Auckland in November of 1965.
1967: Re-engined.
1976: Vessel converted as a barge towing tug by Rope Shipping Co Ltd.
1988: Re-engined with a V16 GM 2 stroke, replacing her Lister Blackstone. That and other tip hamper issues caused the vessel to become unstable. In moderately rough conditions and with 5 men on board, including a fisheries inspector, the vessel capsized and sank. The men escaped in a liferaft and drifted 200 miles in 5 days before their last flare was spotted by a naval helicopter crew.

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M.T. Loch Lein LT334

M.T. Loch Lein LT334

M.T. Loch Lein LT334

M.T. Loch Lein LT334
Picture courtesy of Rod Fraser

M.T. Loch Lein LT334

M.T. Loch Lein LT334
Picture courtesy of John Bonner

M.T. Loch Lein LT334

M.T. Loch Lein LT334
Picture courtesy of Rod Fraser

Walter "Fly" Holmes

Picture courtesy of Rod Fraser

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25/10/2016: Page re-published due to site problems.