Official Number: 162996
Yard Number: 255
Gross Tonnage: 81
Net Tonnage: 34
Length: 75.6 ft
Breadth: 20′ 7″
Depth: 7.5 ft
Engine: 5 cyl 4SA 150 bhp Ruston & Hornsby, Lincoln.
Built: Richards Ironworks Ltd, Lowestoft in 1937
1934: Completed by Richards Ironworks Ltd, Lowestoft (Yd.No.255) for L.T.(1934) Ltd, Lowestoft as ROTHA.
07.06.1937: Registered at Lowestoft (LT208). William F. Cockerill Jnr appointed manager.
24.02.1940: Requisitioned for war service as a danlayer. (1-6pdr)(Hire rate £80.12.10d/month).
8.1940: Deployed as an auxiliary patrol drifter.
1941: Renamed ELFIN as base ship.
1946: Reverted to ROTHA (LT208). Paid off.
1946: Returned to owner at Lowestoft.
22.01.1947: Sold to Gordon David Claridge, Wheathamsted, Hertfordshire. Gordon David Claridge designated managing owner.
1948: Sold to Colne Fishing Co Ltd, Lowestoft. Gordon David Claridge appointed manager.
18.01.1949: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to Midland Bank Ltd, London (A).
1955: Lengthened to 82.0 feet remeasured 84grt.
1955: Re-engined with 5-cyl 220bhp oil engine by Ruston & Hornsby Ltd, Lincoln.
1955: Chartered by Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food (MAFF) along with GULA (LT179) to undertake trials with Spanish pareja trawl (pair trawling).
1940s – early 1950s: Seasonal white fish trawling from Fleetwood
05.1958: Mortgage (A) discharged.
13.05.1958: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to Midland Bank Ltd, London (B).
1971: Company re-styled The Colne Shipping Co Ltd. Gordon David Claridge appointed manager.
1971: At Brooke Marine Ltd, Oulton Broad, whaleback and new wheelhouse and deck house fitted.
Early 1970s: Seasonal whitefish trawling from Fleetwood.
1976: Converted to offshore platform standby safety vessel.
1976: Employed on offshore platform standby safety duties. Fishing registry closed.
1986: Mortgage (B) discharged.
06.1986: Sold en bloc with GULA, 84grt/1936 (ex LT179) and WILLA, 84grt/1935, offshore platform support vessels, to G. T. Services, Barking for breaking up.
04.07.1986: Sailed Lowestoft for River Thames.
29.10.1986: Lowestoft registry closed.
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14/11/2016: Page re-published due to site problems.
15/11/2016: Information updated.
21/10/2018: Added an image and removed FMHT watermark.