Category Archives: Boston Deep Sea Fisheries

M.T. Dayspring H183

Additional information courtesy of David Slinger

Technical

Official Number: 301628
Yard Number: 1453
Completed: 1960
Gross Tonnage: 452.79
Net Tonnage: 149.98
Length: 139.4 ft
Breadth: 28.2 ft
Depth: 13.35 ft
Built: Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby
Engine: 8-cyl 1000bhp oil engine by Mirrlees, Bickerton & Day Ltd, Stockport

History

Cost to build £182,000 (WFA Grant £37,500).
19.9.1959: Launched by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby (Yd.No.1453) for Robin’s Trawlers Ltd (64/64), Hull as DAYSPRING.
29.02.1960: Registered at Hull (H183).
29.2.1960: William John Robins appointed manager.
1.3.1960: Completed.
03.03.1960: Sailed on first trip to Faeroe grounds.
11.3.1960: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to the White Fish Authority, London (A).
23.6.1961: Last landing at Hull laid up and offered for sale.
06.1961: Company bought by Basil Arthur Parkes, Hessle.
26.6.1961: Sailed Hull for fishing grounds (Sk. Ronald Slapp).
11.7.1961: First landing at Fleetwood, 230 kits. Fishing out of Fleetwood.
15.8.1961: Sold to Parbel-Smith Ltd (64/64), Aberdeen (Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Group, Fleetwood).
18.8.1961: Basil Arthur Parkes, Hessle appointed manager.
28.11.1961: Sailed Fleetwood for fishing grounds (Sk. Ronald Slapp) in fine clear weather. At 9.00 am. off the Isle of Man in collision with London registered motor tanker AUSPICITY (402grt/1944) on passage Greenock for Liverpool with part cargo vegetable oil; both vessels damaged. AUSPICITY, listing, put into Ramsey with port side rails and shell plates midships set in and holed. DAYSPRING returned to Fleetwood leaking in forepeak.
29.11.1961: After landing ice, placed on slip for survey and repair. Stem twisted, several shell plates set in and holed on starboard bow. Repairs effected and returned to service.
3.4.1962: Registered at Hull as ADMIRAL NELSON (H183) (MoT Minute RSS8/1/02487 dated 3.2.1962).
25.4.1962: Transferred to fish out of Grimsby.
26.4.1962: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to the White Fish Authority, London for the sum of £99,344 with interest as agreed (B).
27.7.1962: Mortgage (A) discharged.
9.3.1963: Registered at Hull as PRINCESS ROYAL (H183) (BoT Minute RSS8/1/02743 dated 27.2.1963).
26.8.1968: Mortgage (B) discharged.
29.8.1968: Sold to Irvin & Johnson Ltd, Cape Town, South Africa.
18.10.1968: Hull registry closed.
10.1968: Registered at Cape Town.
1983: Vessel stripped of reusable parts and non-ferrous metals.
09.05.1983: Hulk scuttled off Robben Island, Cape Town.
5.1983: Cape Town registry closed.

Note: The AUSPICITY was an Everard tanker, ex CHANT war built, straight framed and built in weldments in small workshops, brought to the shipyard and assembled; she was pretty strong as befits a ship that was expected to beach and discharge.

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M.T. Dayspring H183

M.T. Dayspring H183

M.V. Auspicity

M.V. Auspicity

M.T. Admiral Nelson H183

M.T. Admiral Nelson H183
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M.T. Princess Royal H183

M.T. Princess Royal H183

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M.T. Sunlit Waters – LT377

Additional information courtesy of Barry Banham and Douglas Paterson Fishing Boat Heritage

In Boston (Fleetwood) ownership. Did not sail from the port.

Technical

Official Number: 166711
Yard Number: 1332
Completed: 1948
Gross Tonnage: 133
Net Tonnage: 42
Length: 96.8 ft
Breadth: 21.1 ft
Depth: 9.5 ft
Engine: 6-cyl 350bhp oil engine by Crossley Bros Ltd, Openshaw. Manchester

History

2.10.1947: Launched by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby (Yd.No.1332) for Frederick E Catchpole, Lowestoft, as SUNLIT WATERS.
7.2.1948: Registered at Lowestoft (LT377).
3.3.1948: Completed.
29.5.1951: Sold to Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd, Fleetwood (Basil A. Parkes, manager).
1952: Re-engined with 6-cyl 440bhp oil engine by Crossley Bros Ltd, Openshaw. Manchester.
8.5.1952: Registered at Lowestoft as BOSTON SWIFT(LT377).
3.9.1954: Sold to Mercury Fisheries Ltd, Halifax, NS (Paul Stockhamer, London, manager). Lowestoft registry closed.
21.9.1954: Lowestoft registry closed.
9.1954: Registered at Halifax, NS (‘H’11).
By end 1956: Owned by Minister of Trade & Industry, Halifax, NS.
3.1957: Sold to George Murray & Craig Stores (Aberdeen) Ltd, Aberdeen. Halifax registry closed.
6.3.1957: Registered at Aberdeen (A143).
30.4.1957: Registered at Aberdeen as SWIFTBURN (A143).
24.4.1958: Sold to Star Drift Fishing Co Ltd, Lowestoft (Frederick E Catchpole, manager).
24.4.1958: Aberdeen registry closed.
26.4.1958: Registered at Lowestoft (LT367).
16.10.1958: Registered at Lowestoft as DAUNTLESS STAR (LT367).
21.10.1959: At Lowestoft (Sk George Draper) landed 1891/2 crans of herring caught 40 miles NxE of Haisborough Light. Prunier Trophy winner.
1965: Company and ships taken over by Boston Group, Hull.
10.1966: On charter to Triton Salvage & Towage Co Ltd for oil industry related work in North Sea.
12.2.1969: Sold to John R, Francis & Alexander Reid, Gardenstown and Frank West, Fraserburgh. Used as a herring carrier working with purse seiner BDELLIUM (FR185); not a success and laid up.
19.6.1971: Sold to J R Hashim, Frostenden, Suffolk.
4.12.19073: Sold to Warbler Fishing Co Ltd, Lowestoft.
4.8.1975: Sold to R. J. Brooks, Ipswich. Lowestoft fishing registry closed.
1977: Sailed Lowestoft for United Arab Emirates. In use as a water carrier for offshore installations.
21.12.1999: Part Four Lowestoft registry closed.
2008: Vessel removed from Lloyd’s Register of Shipping “Continued existence in doubt”.

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M.T. Sunlit Waters LT377

M.T. Sunlit Waters LT377

M.T. Dauntless Star LT367

M.T. Dauntless Star LT367

M.T. Dauntless Star LT367

M.T. Dauntless Star LT367
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M.T. Dauntless Star – LT371

Additional information courtesy of Barry Banham

Technical

Official Number: 166709
Yard Number: 1331
Completed: 1948
Gross Tonnage: 133
Net Tonnage: 42
Length: 96.8 ft
Breadth: 21.1 ft
Depth: 9.5 ft
Engine: 6-cyl 350bhp oil engine by Crossley Bros Ltd, Openshaw. Manchester (built1942)

History

16.9.1947: Launched by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby (Yd.No.1331) for Star Drift Fishing Co Ltd, Lowestoft as DAUNTLESS STAR.
07.01.1948: Registered at Lowestoft (LT371).
2.2.1948: Completed (Frederick E. Catchpole, manager).
4.2.1948: Arrived Lowestoft from builders.
9.11.1949: Prunier Trophy winner. At Lowestoft (Sk. Arthur Keable) landed 2671/4 crans of herring grossed £905.
30.8.1951: Sold to Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd, Fleetwood (Basil A. Parkes, manager).
1951: Sold to Booth Fisheries Canadian Co Ltd, Winnipeg, Man (Hector Melhuish, manager). Re-engined with 6-cyl 375bhp Crossley (built 1942).
28.02.1952: Registered at Halifax, NS (‘H’ 43).
9.5.1951: Lowestoft registry cancelled.
1954: Registered at Halifax as as RED DIAMOND IV (‘H’43).
1960: Converted to cargo (refrigerated). Halifax registry closed. Registered at Panama.
1985: Vessel removed from Lloyd’s Register of Shipping “Continued existence in doubt”.

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M.T. Dauntless Star LT371

M.T. Dauntless Star LT371
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M.T. Red Diamond IV 'H'43

M.T. Red Diamond IV ‘H’43
Picture courtesy of Roger Griffiths

Changelog
17/11/2016: Page re-published due to site problems.

mfv Goshawk – FD118

Technical

Official Number: 187849
Completed: 1956
Gross Tonnage: 56
Net Tonnage: 26
Length: 59.5 ft
Breadth: 19.1 ft
Depth: 8.4 ft
Engine: 132bhp oil engine by Lister Engines Ltd, Patricroft, Manchester

History

1956: Built Sandhaven as GOSHAWK FD118.
1.8.1959: Company taken over by Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd, Fleetwood (Arthur J. Lewis, manager).
1959: Sold to William J. Taylor, Cleveleys.
1968: Owner William J. Taylor, Strath Gairloch, Ross
By 1980: Registered as STARLIT SEA N127, owners Alistair McBride & Frederick S. Annett, Kilkeel
1987: Owner Alan Williams, Kilkeel
2001: De-registered

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mfv Goshawk FD118

mfv Goshawk FD118
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mfv Goshawk FD118

mfv Goshawk FD118

mfv Goshawk FD118

mfv Goshawk FD118

mfv Goshawk FD118

mfv Goshawk FD118

Changelog
13/11/2016: Page re-published due to site problems.
24/04/2017: Added image.

M.T. Boston Comet – LT183

Additional information courtesy of David Slinger

Technical

Official Number: 302385
From 1993: RSS No.A18916
Yard Number: 399
Completed: 1960
Gross Tonnage: 137
Net Tonnage: 47
Length: 93.6 ft
breadth: 22.4 ft
Depth: 10.6 ft
Engine: 6-cyl 360bhp oil engine by Ruston & Hornsby Ltd, Lincoln.

History

1960: Launched by James & Stone Ltd, Brightlingsea (Yd.No.399) for Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd, Fleetwood as BOSTON COMET.
11.1960: Completed. Registered at Lowestoft (LT183). Basil Arthur Parkes, North Ferriby appointed manager. Fishing out of Lowestoft. 1966: Sold to St. Christopher Steam Fishing Co Ltd, London. Basil Arthur Parkes appointed manager. Fishing out of Fleetwood.
10.1970: Sold to Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd, Hull. W. H. Kerr, Milford appointed manager. Fishing out of Milford Haven.
08.04.1972: Sailed Milford for Lowestoft and to fish out of that port.
1974: Transferred to Fleetwood on offshore platform standby/rescue duties.
1976: Employed on offshore platform standby/rescue duties. Fishing registry closed. Boston Putford Offshore Safety Ltd, managers.
07.1986: Sold along with BOSTON ARGOSY (ex LT364), BOSTON CORSAIR (ex LT148), BOSTON HORNET (ex LT173), BOSTON WHIRLWIND (ex LT454) in an en bloc deal to Cmaine (Shipping) Ltd, Stonehouse Plymouth (Anglo Spanish principals). All former trawlers. To be refitted in Spain for a return to fishing under the British register, reverting to their former PLNs.
10.1986: Sold to Presslake Ltd, Stonehouse, Plymouth (Joe O’Connor, J. L. J. Couceiro & others). Cmaine (Shipping) Ltd appointed managers.
1987: On completion of refit registered at Lowestoft as BOSTON COMET (LT183).
By 1993: Sold to Great Coast Ltd, Compton Barton, Paignton (Anglo Spanish principals). Grand Sole Fisheries, Paignton appointed managers. Fishing out of Vigo.
25.09.1993: Fishing off St. Kilda (Sk. Anthony Robin St. Clair, Anlaby, Hull); Spanish fishing master and fourteen crew. Boarded by Scottish Fishery Cruiser NORNA for inspection. Arrested on log book offences and retaining undersized fish. Escorted to Stornoway.
04.10.1993: At Stornoway Sheriff Court, Sk. St. Clair pleaded guilty but stated as the skipper he had no responsibility for the fishing or recording the catch, this being undertaken by the Spanish fishing master and his fishermen. Sheriff Ian Cameron could not accept that the accused was “ … just a puppet or figure head. “ and imposed fines of £13,000 for the skipper and £33,200 for the owners. An illegal net was ordered to be forfeit and the ship detained until the fines were paid.
05.07.1994: Registered at Lowestoft as MY FRIEND (LT183).
2000: Refitted with 469bhp oil engine by ??
2000: Remeasured 173g 51n.
2001: Sold to Susa Fishing Ltd, Brixham (Anglo Spanish principals). Grand Sole Fisheries, Paignton appointed managers.
2001: Sold to Ledbeam Ltd. Compton Martin, Paignton (Anglo Spanish principals). Grand Sole Fisheries, Paignton appointed managers.
02.10.2003: Believed decommissioned.

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M.T. Boston Comet LT183

M.T. Boston Comet LT183
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M.T. Boston Comet LT183

M.T. Boston Comet LT183

Changelog
08/11/2016: Page re-published due to site problems.
17/09/2017: Removed FMHT watermark.

M.T. Boston Halifax – GY321

Technical

Official Number: 364903
Yard Number: 584
Completed: 1975
Gross Tonnage: 387
Length: 124 ft
Built: Goole Shipbuilding and Repairing Ltd, Goole

History

1975: Launched by Goole Shipbuilding and Repairing Ltd, Goole, (Yd. No. 584) for Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd, Grimsby, as BOSTON HALIFAX. Registered at Grimsby (GY321).
1975: Fished the West Coast grounds from Fleetwood. Fitted for pair trawling. Returned to Grimsby and fished the Arctic grounds from there.
1978: Transferred to Lowestoft.
1985: Registered as LO339.
1986: Sold to Danish owners as DROT.
1990: Returned to UK ownership (George Craig & Sons Ltd, Aberdeen) and renamed GRAMPIAN DEE and converted to a safety vessel.
2007: Sold ?
2009: As FENDERCARE INDEPENDENCE LO336, Fendercare Marine Ltd, Norwich under Sierra Leone flag.

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M.T. Boston Halifax LO339

M.T. Boston Halifax GY321
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M.T. Boston Halifax GY321

M.T. Boston Halifax LO339
Picture courtesy of The Frank Pook Collection

M.T. Boston Halifax LO339

M.T. Boston Halifax LO339
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M.V. Fendercare Independence

M.V. Fendercare Independence
Picture courtesy of The Fred Baker Collection

Changelog
25/10/2016: Page re-published due to site problems.
15/05/2017: Added image and removed FMHT watermarks.

M.T. Boston Corsair – LT148

Technical

Official Number: 301515
Yard Number: 447
IMO: 5049207
Completed: 1959
Gross Tonnage: 361
Length: 89′ 4″ ft
Breadth: 22 ft
Depth: 10′ 6” ft
Built: Richards Ironworks Ltd
Owner: Boston Deep Sea Fisheries

History

1959: Completed by Richards Ironworks Ltd (Yard Number 447) for Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd, as BOSTON CORSAIR. Registered at Lowestoft (LT148).
1962: Employed as ORSV.
1986: Sold to Spanish owners and reverted to commercial fishing. She was sold in an en bloc deal to Parafleet Ltd, Plymouth (Cmaine (Shipping) Ltd, Stonehouse, Plymouth, managers) (Joseph O’Connor, J.L.J. Couceiro & Others) along with the following vessels.

BOSTON ARGOSY
BOSTON COMET
BOSTON HORNET
BOSTON WHIRLWIND.

November 1986: They left Lowestoft for Plymouth for La Corunna. The vessels were refitted in Spain and reverted to their original UK PRNs ie LT364, LT183, LT148, LT173 & LT453 respectively.
1994: Reported to have sunk in port.

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M.T. Boston Corsair LT148

M.T. Boston Corsair LT148
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M.T. Boston Corsair LT148

M.T. Boston Corsair LT148
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Changelog
23/10/2016: Page re-published due to site problems.

M.T. Boston Harrier – LT76

Technical

Official Number: 189036
Yard Number: 260
Completed: 1956
Gross Tonnage: 238
Net Tonnage: 81
Length: 111 ft
Breadth: 24 ft
Depth: 11 ft
Built: John Lewis and Sons Ltd, Aberdeen in 1956
Engine: Engine Number 330
Owner: Boston Deep Sea Fisheries

History

1956: Built as ACADIA SNOWBIRD in Aberdeen for Boston Deep Sea Fisheries.
Boston Deep Sea Fisheries sent her to their Canadian subsidiary, Acadia Fisheries in Nova Scotia where she operated from Mulgrave, NS for a few years before being brought back to the UK.
1968: She arrived initially at Fleetwood as ACADIA SNOWBIRD but was quickly renamed BOSTON HARRIER and registered at Lowestoft (LT76).
She worked for some time from Fleetwood on the Irish Sea sole fishery before being transferred to Lowestoft.
1972: She was sold to Putford Fisheries of Lowestoft and renamed EASTLEIGH.
1976: Scrapped.

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M.T. Boston Harrier LT76

M.T. Boston Harrier LT76
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M.T. Boston Harrier LT76

M.T. Boston Harrier LT76
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Changelog
23/10/2016: Page re-published due to site problems.

M.T. Boston Beverley – GY191

Technical

Official Number: 338782
Yard Number: 879
Completed: 1971
Gross Tonnage: 517
Length: 141 ft
Breadth: 33.5 ft
Depth: 22.75 ft

History

1971: Completed by R. Dunston Ltd, Hessle (Yd. No. 879) for Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd, Fleetwood, As BOSTON BEVERLEY. Registered at Grimsby (GY191). Transferred to Fleetwood with her sister ship BOSTON BLENHEIM.
08.1979: Sold to Ben Mar Fishing Co Ltd, Chile.
06.1982 Vessel laid up due to owners having gone into bankruptcy. Vessel later taken over by Chilean Navy. Porto Montt Southern Naval Base for Chile.
2005: Reported lost at Punta Arenas in the Magellan Straits.

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M.T. Boston Beverley GY191

M.T. Boston Beverley GY191
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M.T. Boston Beverley GY191

M.T. Boston Beverley GY191
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M.T. Boston Beverley GY191

M.T. Boston Beverley GY191
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M.T. Boston Beverley GY191

M.T. Boston Beverley GY191
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M.T. Boston Beverley

M.T. Boston Beverley
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M.T. Boston Beverley GY191

M.T. Boston Beverley GY191
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M.T. Boston Beverley GY191

M.T. Boston Beverley GY191
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Changelog
22/10/2016: Page re-published due to site problems.
03/10/2017: Removed FMHT watermarks and added an image.

M.T. Boston Seahawk – A178

Technical

Official Number: 183991
Yard Number: S.702
Gross Tonnage: 180
Length: 102.2 ft
Breadth: 22.1 ft
Depth: 9.8 ft
Built: Henry Scarr Ltd, Hessle
Engine: 2 stroke 4-cyl 500bhp oil engine by H. Widdop & Co Ltd, Keighley.
Owner: Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd

History

18.2.1953: Launched by Henry Scarr Ltd, Hessle (Yd.No.S.702) for Boston Deep Sea Fisheries & Ice Co Ltd, Lowestoft as BOSTON SEAHAWK.
6.1953: Completed. Registered at Lowestoft (LT430).
Pre1956: Sold to North Eastern Trawlers Ltd, Milford Haven (John C. Llewellin, manager).
1957: Sold to George Wood (Aberdeen) Ltd, Aberdeen (George R. Wood, manager). Lowestoft registry closed. Registered at Aberdeen (A178).
1959: Sold to Wilronwood Fishing Co Ltd, Aberdeen (George R. Wood, manager).
1964: Re-engined 4 stroke 6-cyl 495bhp by Lister Blackstone Ltd, Dursley
1975?: Sold to Grant Broad Ltd, Douglas, IoM.
1979: Sold to Seahawk Fishing Co (Fleetwood) Ltd, Fleetwood (E. Salthouse & J. R. Brackenbury).
1984: Sold to Iolo C. Hughes, Barmouth.
1986: Sold for demolition.

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M.T. Boston Seahawk LT430

M.T. Boston Seahawk LT430
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Changelog
21/10/2016: Page re-published due to site problems.