mfv Yukon Fisher – FD243

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Gross Tonnage: 74
Net Tonnage: 46
Length: 72.8 ft
Breadth: 19.1 ft
Engine: 240bhp Kelvin
Built: Herd and Mackenzie, Buckie, 1959


1959: Completed by Herd and McKenzie, Peterhead, for Bantry Fishing Company of Cleethorpes. Registered at Buckie as YUKON FISHER (BCK 107).
1950’s: Grounded at Dunnet Bay, Caithness. Towed of by the Buckie registered vessel ESTROLITA and the local seiner SEALGAIR.
Undated: Renamed MATANUSKA.
Undated: Registered at Grimsby (GY243).
09.1961: When skippered by W Sutherland, YUKON FISHER dragged her anchor while sheltering from westerly gales in the Pentland Firth and was driven ashore at little sands Dwarwick Head. After her five-man crew safely swam ashore, YUKON FISHER was successfully refloated when the weather abated and towed to Herd & Mackenzie’s Buckie shipyard for keel repairs.
1973: Struck a submerged object in the North Sea and crew abandoned. Sank in 10 minutes. They were picked up by the Danish vessel HANS SME and taken to Grimsby. At the time she had 80 tons of industrial fish on board. One of the crew members was Ken Potterton of 100 Margaret St Immingham. The mate was Kurt Thompson. Other crew was Tom Powell from Grimsby. Dated 19th June 1972.

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mfv Yukon Fisher FD243

mfv Yukon Fisher FD243
Picture courtesy of Robert Durrant

mfv Yukon Fisher BCK107

mfv Yukon Fisher FD243

mfv Yukon Fisher FD243

mfv Yukon Fisher FD243

mfv Matanuska FD243

mfv Matanuska FD243
Picture courtesy of Stephen Myerscough

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