Additional information courtesy of Andy Hall and David Slinger
Official Number: 302240
Yard Number: 131
Gross Tonnage: 224
Net Tonnage: 73
Length: 108.3 ft (33,01 m)
Breadth: 23.80 ft (7,25 m)
Depth: 10.00 ft (3,05 m)
Engine 4-cyl 700bhp oil engine by British Polar Engines Ltd, Glasgow. CP propeller
Re-engined with Mirlees oil engine 700bhp.
08.08.1960: Launched by P. K. Harris & Sons Ltd, Appledore (Yd.No.131) for Walker Steam Trawl Fishing Co Ltd, Aberdeen as STAR OF DEVON.
23.01.1961: Registered at Aberdeen (A513). A. R. Elder designated manager.
16.01.1964: Registered at Aberdeen as ADMIRAL HARDY (A513). (MoT Minute RSS8/1/02999 dated 05.12.1963). Fished Icelandic waters.
12.06.1968: Sold to James Wilson, Fleetwood. Hazael Fishing Co Ltd operators/managers.
06.1968: First landing at Fleetwood 237 kits £1,600 gross.
18.07.1968: Registered at Aberdeen as DAVID WILSON (A513) (BoT Minute RSS8/1/34591 dated 20.06.1968).
29.07.1970: At Fleetwood (Sk. John Holden ‘Monty’ Banks Snr) landed from a twelve day trip a British record catch of 510 boxes of squid, sold under contract to H. Baines Ltd for £4,509. A further 85 boxes of mixed fish gave a total of £5,130 gross.
1972: At Fleetwood, second highest annual return in the 100ft class (Sk. John Banks), £80,133 gross.
01.1974: At Fleetwood (Sk. John Banks Snr) set a new port record for 100ft class, landing 459 kits, £9,214 gross after a fourteen day trip to the West of Scotland grounds.
21.4.1976: Last Fleetwood skipper to sign on John Holden ‘Monty’ Banks Snr (26049).
9.1976: Due to cost of Special Survey and modifications to meet current criteria for stability, advertised for sale, asking price £70,000.
25.1.1977: Sold to Ronald Hugh Francis, Duneen & Bernard Del Nicholle, Richmond, BC.
19.12.1977: Aberdeen registry closed. “Vessel no longer engaged in the persecution of the British Sea Fishing Industry”.
1978: At end of passage to Canada, engine over sped causing considerable damage.
1978: Re-engined with Mirlees oil engine 700bhp.
1978: Registered at Victoria, BC.
1979: Sold to Francis Fishing Co Ltd, New Westminster, BC.
1979: Registered at Victoria, BC as VIKI LYN II. Initially fished for cod with cages. Used as a fish carrier attending purse seine netters in the herring and salmon fishery.
1982: Sold to R & B Fishing Co Ltd, Vancouver, BC and others.
1986: Sold to Terry C. Ingalls, Duncan, BC. Converted to a tuna fishing vessel.
1989: Sold to Cindy Lee Ingalls, Duncan, BC.
1992: Sold to Terry C. Ingalls, Duncan, BC.
2001: Sold to Nebulous Holdings Inc, Campbell River, BC.
2003: Sold to Loretta A. Fenton, Kelowna, BC.
2011: Sold to Stephen L. Burt, Victoria, BC for use as a live-aboard. Victoria registry closed.
2012: Towed into Ladysmith Harbour, Vancouver Island by Transport Canada from Dunsmuir Islands where she had been abandoned; owners not traced. 30,000 litres of oil, solvents and paint onboard.
2014: Two thirds of gas oil, solvents and paint removed.
2015: Considered a possible pollution risk should the vessel sink, contains 13,000 litres of gas oil.
11.7.2016: According to Coast Guard commissioned survey, vessel sinking is “imminent” but denied by locals.
15.7.2016: Fisheries and Oceans Canada issued tender for disposal.
2016: Successful bidder, Canadian Maritime Engineering Ltd, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC. Towed away by Island Tug & Barge Co Island Defender (120gt/1977) to old Nanaimo Shipyard, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, BC and broken up. (Cost Can$1m to remove and safety break up.)
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A video showing Viki Lyn being towed away.
30/10/2016: Page re-published due to site problems.
31/10/2016: Information updated.
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