Category Archives: Brixham Trawlers

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

mfv Goshawk FD118

mfv Goshawk FD118

mfv Goshawk FD118

mfv Goshawk FD118

Changelog
13/11/2016: 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
Picture courtesy of Peter Hearn

M.T. Hawfinch FD114

M.T. Hawfinch FD114
Picture courtesy of Len Charnley

M.T. Hawfinch FD114

M.T. Hawfinch FD114
Picture courtesy of Peter Hearn

Changelog
21/09/2016: Page re-published due to site problems.

M.T. Boston Seafire – FD109

Technical

Official Number: 187847
Yard Number: 736
Completed: 1956
Gross Tonnage: 314
Length: 127 ft
Breadth: 26.8 ft
Depth: 12.3 ft
Engine: 2 stroke 5-cyl Polar diesel (740bhp) by British Polar Engines Ltd, Glasgow

History

07.1956: Built at Hessle as BUZZARD for Brixham Trawlers Ltd
01.08.1959: Sold along with the company to Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd, Fleetwood (Arthur J. Lewis, manager).
1961: Renamed BOSTON SEAFIRE.
1969: Sold to New Zealand as NEPTUNE.
1974: Sold to Sealord Products Ltd, Nelson,NZ. Renamed Seafire registered at Nelson.
199? Sold to Duesouth Trawlers (NZ) Ltd, Nelson, NZ. Still in LR 2005-6.
2006: Berthed at Wellington. No longer used for fishing and being prepared for scuttling as an artificial reef. Engine removed and installed in local power station.
19.10.2008: Scuttled at Whale Island of the eastern Bay of Plenty coastline.

Download Chris Carey’s account of Seafire as a PDF file
Download a video of the scuttling

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M.T. Buzzard FD109

M.T. Buzzard FD109
Picture courtesy of The JJ Collection

M.T. Boston Seafire FD109

M.T. Boston Seafire FD109
Picture courtesy of Len Charnley

M.T. Seafire

M.T. Seafire
Picture courtesy of Chris Carey

M.T. Seafire

M.T. Seafire
Picture courtesy of Chris Carey

M.T. Seafire

M.T. Seafire
Picture courtesy of Emmanuel Makarios

M.T. Seafire

M.T. Seafire
Picture courtesy of Emmanuel Makarios

M.T. Seafire

M.T. Seafire
Picture courtesy of Emmanuel Makarios

M.T. Seafire

M.T. Seafire
Picture courtesy of Emmanuel Makarios

M.T. Seafire

M.T. Seafire
Picture courtesy of Emmanuel Makarios

M.T. Seafire

M.T. Seafire
Picture courtesy of Emmanuel Makarios

Changelog
18/09/2016: Page re-published due to site problems.