M.T. Ross Heron – GY693


Official Number: 303290
Yard Number: 1468
Completed: 1962
Gross Tonnage: 288
net Tonnage: 92
Length: 107.5 ft
Breadth: 24.5 ft
Depth: 12.5 ft
Built: Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby
Engine: 695bhp 6cyl 4SA by Ruston Hornsby Lincoln
Speed: 12.5 kts


25.10.1961: Launched by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby (Yd.No.1468) for Ross Trawlers Ltd, Grimsby as ROSS HERON.
17.04.19062: Completed. Cost to build £131,000 (WFA Grant £31,000).
21.04.1962: After accepting delivery Mr John Ross, said that North Sea fishing was so bad there was no point in sending her out on her maiden trip. 02.05.1962: Registered at Grimsby (GY693). Dennis Roberts designated manager.
01.07.1969: Became part of the British United Trawlers (B.U.T.) fleet. B.U.T. livery adopted. Book value £67,149.
30.09.1969: Sold to Goweroak Ltd, Grimsby.
03.03.1970: Transferred to fish out of Fleetwood. Wyre Trawlers Ltd, Raymon Dunn designated manager. First skipper Ken Beavers. Wyre Trawlers livery adopted.
11.11.1971: Transferred to fish out of Granton (British United Trawlers (Scotland) Ltd, Granton, Edinburgh managing agents).
21.07.1975: Arrived Scalloway, Shetland to land sick crewman and have some mechanical problems attended to.
25.08.1975: Arrived Scalloway to take on ice.
18.11.1976: Arrived Wick, Caithness seeking medical help for a crewman who was feeling unwell, he had fallen into the harbour at Kirkwall, Orkney the previous day.
1979: Employed on offshore platform standby/safety duties.
1980: Converted for Offshore Platform Standby/Safety role. (British United Trawlers (Grimsby) Ltd, managers).
17.08.1981: Sold to The Colne Shipping Co Ltd, Luton. G. D. Claridge, Lowestoft designated manager.
14.09.1981: Grimsby registry closed.
18.09.1981: Registered at Lowestoft.
29.08.1981: Arrived Lowestoft. At Richards Shipbuilders, grit blasted and engine replaced with Ruston & Hornsby 6-cyl 845bhp oil engine ex ST MARTIN (LT376).
10.02.1982: Registered at Lowestoft as MUSTIQUE exchanged names with existing MUSTIQUE O.N.184923 (laid up with engine damage).
07.1991: Sold to Spearing International Ltd, Dartford in en bloc deal with COLNE HUNTER (442grt/1963) (ex Prince Philip-86).
29.07.1991: Sailed Lowestoft for River Medway, towing COLNE HUNTER.
10.08.1991: Delivered Medway for breaking up at Bloors Wharf, Lower Rainham by Masterman Iron & Steel Shipbreakers Ltd. Registry closed.
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M.T. Ross Heron GY693

M.T. Ross Heron GY693
Picture courtesy of The Ted Hammill Collection

M.T. Ross Heron GY693

M.T. Ross Heron GY693
Picture courtesy of The JJ Collection

M.T. Ross Heron GY693

M.T. Ross Heron GY693
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ORSV Mustique

ORSV Mustique
Picture courtesy of The Peter Hearn Collection

01/11/2016: Information updated.
10/08/2019: added an image.
27/10/2019: Updated information.