Category Archives: Boston Deep Sea Fisheries

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.

M.T. Wyre Corsair (2) – FD27

Technical

Official Number: 308719
Yard Number: 863
Launched: 26/08/1952
Registered: 08/09/1952
Completed: 1952
Gross Tonnage: 498
Length: 151 ft
Breadth: 29.1 ft
Depth: 14.75 ft
Engine: 810bhp oil engine by Mirlees, Bickerton & Day
Speed: 11.5 knots

History

26.08.1952 Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd. No. 863) for Boston Deep Sea Fisheries (French Subsidiary) (Pecheries de la Morinie) (Paul Ficheux manager) Boulogne as BOSTON JAVELIN.
Sold before completion to Armement Pecheries de la Mosinie, Boulogne, France and renamed SAINT CLAUDE II.
05.1965: Sold to Le Garroc & L Soublin, Fecamp. Registered at Fecamp (F 1219)
19.12.1966: Sold to Lagarde Lecanu & Lepore Lecanu, Fecamp and renamed SAINT CLAUDE.
24.01.1968: Sold to Wyre Trawlers, Fleetwood and renamed WYRE CORSAIR. Registered at Fleetwood (FD27).
09.07.1971: Sold to British United Trawlers (Finance) Ltd, Hull.
1976: Sold for scrap to Mayer Newman & Co Ltd.
21.11.1976: Arrived at Hayle for breaking.

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M.T. Boston Javelin B2655

M.T. Boston Javelin B2655

M.T. Wyre Corsair FD27

M.T. Wyre Corsair FD27
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M.T. Wyre Corsair FD27

M.T. Wyre Corsair FD27
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M.T. Wyre Corsair FD27

M.T. Wyre Corsair FD27
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M.T. Wyre Corsair FD27

M.T. Wyre Corsair FD27
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M.T. Wyre Corsair FD27

M.T. Wyre Corsair FD27

M.T. St. Claude F1219

M.T. St. Claude F1219
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Changelog
02/10/2016: Page re-published due to site problems.
21/11/2016: Picture added.
09/12/2016: Picture added.
25/12/2017: Removed FMHT watermark and added an image.
20/01/2017: Added an image.

M.T. Princess Elizabeth – FD213

Technical

Official Number: 301887
Yard Number: 970
Completed: 1961
Gross Tonnage: 419
Net Tonnage: 143
Length: 137′ 2″
Breadth: 28′ 4″
Depth: 14′ 6″
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell
Engine: 1055bhp CD Holmes/Werkspoor
Speed: 12 knots
Owner: F & T Ross Ltd, Fleetwood

History

1961: Completed by Cook, Welton & Gemmell for F & T Ross Ltd, Fleetwood as PRINCESS ELIZABETH. Registered at Fleetwood (FD213).
19/05/1961: Sold to Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd, Fleetwood.
09/1961: On a trip from Fleetwood (Sk. Jim Betty) experienced fire in engine room. Casing red hot and deck plates buckled. Engine room sealed to smother fire while crew doused casing with water. Because of the fire’s proximity to the fuel tank, Sk. Betty considered abandoning but the fire came under control and was extinguished.
March 1962: Sold to F & T Ross Ltd, Hull.
09/10/1962: Transferred to Grimsby.
03/06/1965: Sold to Brixham Trawlers Ltd, Hull.
31/05/1966: Sold to F & T Ross Ltd, Hull.
13/01/1967: Sold to Brixham Trawlers Ltd, Hull.
21/11/1968: (GY143).
29/08/1969: Sold to Irvin & Johnson, Cape Town, South Africa (CTA51).
1983: Vessel stripped of useable parts.
27/06/1983: Scuttled off Robben Island, Cape Town.

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M.T. Princess Elizabeth FD213

M.T. Princess Elizabeth FD213
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M.T. Princess Elizabeth FD213

M.T. Princess Elizabeth FD213
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M.T. Princess Elizabeth FD213

M.T. Princess Elizabeth FD213
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Changelog
26/09/2016: Page re-published due to site problems.

M.T. Hawfinch – FD114

Technical

Official Number: 187854
Yard Number: S 737
Completed: 1956
Gross Tonnage: 314.1
Net Tonnage: 104.11
Length: 127.0 ft
Breadth: 27.1 ft
Depth: 13.0 ft
Built: Henry Scarr Ltd, Hessle, East Yorkshire
Engine: 750bhp British Polar

History

1956: Completed by Henry Scarr Ltd, Hessle, East Yorkshire for Brixham Trawlers Ltd. Registered at Fleetwood (FD114).
18.09.63: On a voyage from Fleetwood (Sk. Peter William Cowell Chard).
19.09.63: Vessel off Butt of Lewis, Bosun reported sick. Entered Stornoway for medical treatment. Sailed Stornoway at 21:50 with skipper and second hand on the bridge. Conned by the skipper at dead slow until Goat Island was passed. At 23:15 stranded to the north of Holm Point.
20.09.63: On a rising tide, using the engines, vessel refloated and proceeded into Stornoway for inspection, after which she continued to fishing.
10.63: Returned to Fleetwood where bottom damage was repaired at a cost of £1472 10s 8d.
15.04.64: BOT formal inquiry adjudged that the stranding was caused by “….the wrongful act or default of her skipper, Peter William Cowell Chard” and his certificate was suspended for two years.
1964: Brixham Trawlers Ltd bought out by Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd.
1972: Renamed BOSTON NIMROD and transferred to Lowestoft registration (LT49).
1975: Transferred to Salveson Offshore Services Ltd. Renamed GLENFINNAN.
1978: Renamed GRAMPIAN STAR.
1993: Scrapped.

Download a PDF copy of the STRANDING report.

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M.T. Hawfinch FD114

M.T. Hawfinch FD114
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M.T. Hawfinch FD114

M.T. Hawfinch FD114
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M.T. Hawfinch FD114

M.T. Hawfinch FD114
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Changelog
21/09/2016: Page re-published due to site problems.

M.T. Boston Blenheim – FD137

Additional information courtesy of Frank Holden

Technical

Official Number: 341753
Completed: 1972
Gross tonnage: 517
Length: 141 ft
Launched: 04.10.1971
Engine: 1950bhp 12-cyl vee oil engine by Ruston Paxman Diesels Ltd, Newton-le-Willows

History

04/10.1971: Launched for Boston Deep Sea Fisheries as BOSTON BLENHEIM.
01.1972: Completed. To Fleetwood as a new vessel. Registered at Fleetwood (FD137).
Fished both home waters and Iceland and later worked the pelagic fisheries off the SW and NW coasts
1979: Sold with BOSTON BEVERLEY to Ben Mar Fishing Co, Chile
Later acquired by the Chilean Navy
2008: Registered at Valparaiso. Owners Pesca Chile SA, Santiago.
2013: Abandoned in Chincui Bay, Puerto Montt.
2016: Currently being overhauled at Puerto Montt, Chile.

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M.T. Boston Blenheim FD137

M.T. Boston Blenheim FD137
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M.T. Boston Blenheim FD137

M.T. Boston Blenheim FD137
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M.T. Boston Blenheim FD137

M.T. Boston Blenheim FD137

M.T. Boston Blenheim FD137

M.T. Boston Blenheim FD137
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M.T. Boston Blenhein FD137

M.T. Boston Blenhein FD137
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M.T. Boston Blenheim

M.T. Boston Blenheim
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M.T. Boston Blenheim FD137

M.T. Boston Blenheim FD137
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M.T. Boston Blenheim FD137

M.T. Boston Blenheim FD137
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M.T. Boston Blenheim FD137

M.T. Boston Blenheim FD137
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Changelog
20/09/2016: Page re-published due to site problems.
04/11/2016: Information updated.
19/03/2017: Added image and removed disputed image.
26/05/2017: Added an image and removed FMHT watermarks.
21/10/2017: Added an image.
17/02/2018: Image added.

M.T. Aberdeen Explorer – FD15

Technical

Official Number: 303221
Yard Number: 926
Completed: 1965
Gross Tonnage: 425
Length: 139.7 ft
Breadth: 29.4 ft
Depth: 12.1 ft
Fishroom: Approx 11,500 cubic feet.
Engine: 1150bhp, Mirrlees

History

1965: Built for Aberdeen Motor Trawlers Ltd (Boston Deep Sea Fisheries subsidiary).
10.3.1966: Arrived Fleetwood as ABERDEEN EXPLORER A765.
1967: Sold to Saint Andrew’s Steam Fishing Co. Ltd, Manager B. A. Parkes.
3.12.1968: Renamed BOSTON EXPLORER.
1968: To Fleetwood registration FD15.
14.3.1973: Had both her trawl warps cut by the Icelandic coastguard vessel THOR.
11.7.1973: Had one of her trawl warps cut by the Icelandic coastguard vessel AEGIR.
02.1974: Sk. Bill Rawcliffe reported to owners that a stowaway, identified as Fleetwood schoolboy Arthur Dewhirst, had been discovered. Owners ordered him transferred to BOSTON LIGHTNING which was homeward bound.
10.1978: Laid up and in the same month sold to George Craig & Sons. Aberdeen.
1979: To oil-rig Safety Vessel renamed GRAMPIAN EXPLORER, Owner George Craig & Sons Limited.

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M.T. Aberdeen Explorer

M.T. Aberdeen Explorer
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M.T. Aberdeen Explorer

M.T. Aberdeen Explorer
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M.T. Aberdeen Explorer FD15

M.T. Aberdeen Explorer FD15
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M.T. Aberdeen Explorer FD15

M.T. Aberdeen Explorer FD15
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Changelog

20/09/2016: Page re-published due to site problems.

M.T. Boston Wellvale – FD209

Technical

Official Number: 301893
Yard Number: 974
IMO No. 5049441
Completed: 1961
Registered: December 14 1961
Gross Tonnage: 419
Net Tonnage: 143
Depth: 14′ 6″
Length: 137′ 2″
Breadth: 28′ 4″
Engine: 1050HP by CD Holmes/Werkspoor
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Beverley, 1961
Owner: Boston Deep Sea Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood
Speed: 12 knots

History

1961: Completed by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yard No. 974) for Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd, Fleetwood as BOSTON WELLVALE. Registered at Fleetwood (FD209).
06.1962: Suffered an accommodation fire off St Kilda.
25.11.1966: Sold to North Cape Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby.
12.12.1966: Under the command of skipper Dave Venney she ran ashore at Cape Arnanes in a gale and snowstorm whilst proceeding to Isafjordhur to have her radar repaired and to land a sick crew member. An Icelandic rescue party answered the distress call and took off all 17 crew by breeches buoy. The insurance company decided the ship was a total loss. An Icelandic business man Eudmundur Marselliusson bought the wreck for £150.
08.08.1967: Refloated with the assistance of the Icelandic Gunboat ALBERT and sold for breaking. Vessel taken to Hafnarfjordur and refitted by an Icelandic company.
1971: Returned to service by Stalskip H/F Iceland and renamed RAN (GK42).
16.05.1980: Sold to Issfodin H/F, Gardur and renamed INGOLFUR (GK42).
16.03.1984: Sold to Nidursuduverks Midjunni H/F, Isafirdi and renamed ARNANES (IS42).
08.031985: Sold to Torfnesi H/F, Isafirdi.
08.04.1988: Sold to Sacdori H/F, Siglufirdi as Arnanes (SI42).
1999: Sold to Thormodur Rammi-Saeberg, Guayamas, Mexico.
2008: Still fishing and owned by Rammi H/F, Siglufjordur, Iceland.

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M.T. Boston Wellvale FD209

M.T. Boston Wellvale FD209
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M.T. Boston Wellvale FD209

M.T. Boston Wellvale FD209
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M.T. Boston Wellvale FD209

M.T. Boston Wellvale FD209
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M.T. Arnanes IS42

M.T. Arnanes IS42

Changelog
19/09/2016: Page re-published due to site problems.

M.T. Boston Typhoon – FD183

Technical

Official Number: 301877
Yard Number: 943
IMO: 5049398
Completed: 1959
Launched: 11/04/1959
Registered: 09/07/1959
Gross Tonnage: 425
Net Tonnage: 151
Length: 139.82 ft
Breadth: 28.02 ft
Depth: 14.50 ft
Engine: 1065hp oil engine by CD Holmes/Werkspoor
Speed : 12 knots

History

11.04.1959: Launched.
09.07.1959: Completed by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.943) for Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd, Fleetwood as BOSTON TYPHOON.
07.1959: Registered at Fleetwood (FD183).
07.1963: Iago Steam Trawler Co Ltd, London and Fleetwood taken over by Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd, Fleetwood.
01.01.1964: Sold to Iago Steam Trawler Co Ltd, Fleetwood.
17.1.1964: Iago Steam Trawler Co Ltd, Fleetwood office closed. Managed by Boston office.
04.02.1968: On an Icelandic trip stranded at the entrance to Isafjordur.
06.02.1968: Refloated.
28.08.1968: Sold to Irvin & Johnson Ltd, Cape Town. Fleetwood registry closed. Registered at Cape Town (CTA298).
1968: Remeasured 393grt 124n.
23.04.1978: When some 56 miles NW of Saldanha Bay, Western Cape in position 32.43S 16.50E suffered severe fire in engineroom.
25.04.1978: Arrived Cape Town under tow. Later surveyed and declared a CTL (Constructive Total Loss). Stripped of all useable equipment and non-ferrous metals. Capetown registry closed.
04.11.1978: Towed out from Cape Town and scuttled off Robben Island as part of an artificial reef.

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M.T. Boston Typhoon FD183

M.T. Boston Typhoon FD183
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M.T. Boston Typhoon FD183

M.T. Boston Typhoon FD183
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M.T. Boston Typhoon FD183

M.T. Boston Typhoon FD183
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M.T. Boston Typhoon FD183

M.T. Boston Typhoon FD183
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M.T. Boston Typhoon FD183

M.T. Boston Typhoon CTA298
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M.T. Boston Typhoon FD183

M.T. Boston Typhoon CTA298
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M.T. Boston Typhoon CTA298

M.T. Boston Typhoon CTA298
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Changelog
19/09/2016: Page re-published due to site problems.
22/07/2017: Added image and removed FMHT watermark.

M.T. Boston Stirling – FD247

Technical

Official Number : 365774
Completed: 1975
Gross Tonnage: 389
Length: 39.14m
Breadth: 9.44m
Depth : 3.78m
Engine: 1700hp 16 cylinder Mirlees Blackstone oil engine

History

1975: Registered at Fleetwood as a new vessel
Undated: Re-registered as LO 336
31.10.1985 Sank after springing a leak at the mouth of Loch Broom at Tanera on the west coast of the Summer Isles.

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M.T. Boston Stirling FD247

M.T. Boston Stirling FD247
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M.T. Boston Stirling FD247

M.T. Boston Stirling FD247

Changelog
19/09/2016: Page re-published due to site problems.

M.T. Boston Seafoam – FD42

Technical

Official Number: 187843
Yard Number: 726
Completed: 1956
Gross Tonnage: 398
Length: 138 ft
Breadth: 28′ 5”
Depth: 14 ft
Built: Hessle, 1956 by H. Scarr Ltd
Owner: Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd

History

1956: Completed by H Scarr Ltd, Hessle.
1956: To Fleetwood as a new vessel, registered as BOSTON SEAFOAM (FD42).
1970 – 1973: Based at Lowestoft.
1974: Sold to Putford Enterprises Ltd as FD42 WESTLEIGH.
1978: Became standby vessel ARKINHOLM (Salveson Offshore Services Ltd) and later GRAMPIAN CASTLE.
March 1987: Stranded and lost after running aground at Newborough Beach, Menai Straits, Wales.

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M.T. Boston Seafoam FD42

M.T. Boston Seafoam FD42

M.T. Westleigh FD42

M.T. Westleigh FD42
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S.S.V. Arkinholm

S.S.V. Arkinholm
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S.S.V. Grampian Castle

S.S.V. Grampian Castle
Picture courtesy of Frank Pook

S.S.V. Grampian Castle

S.S.V. Grampian Castle
Picture courtesy of The Stephen Worthington Collection

S.S.V. Grampian Castle

S.S.V. Grampian Castle
Picture courtesy of David Slinger

S.S.V. Grampian Castle

S.S.V. Grampian Castle
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S.S.V. Grampian Castle

S.S.V. Grampian Castle
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S.S.V. Grampian Castle

S.S.V. Grampian Castle
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S.S.V. Grampian Castle

S.S.V. Grampian Castle
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S.S.V. Grampian Castle

S.S.V. Grampian Castle
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Changelog
18/09/2106: Page re-published due to site problems.
16/04/2017: Removed disputed image and added another picture.