Fleetwood trawler – Boston Lightning FD14

Technical

Official Number: 303204
Yard Number: 897
Completed: 1961
Gross Tonnage: 391
Length: 138 ft
Breadth: 28′ 1″ ft
Depth: 14 ft
Built: Hall Russell Ltd, Aberdeen

History

1961: Launched by Hall, Russell Ltd, Aberdeen (Yd. No.897) for Parbel-Smith Ltd, Aberdeen as ADMIRAL BURNETT (A574).
1963: Owned by Mannofield Fishing Co. Ltd, Aberdeen (A574)
1966: Owned by St Andrews Steam Fishing Co. Ltd, Hull.
1968: Renamed BOSTON LIGHTNING and registered at Fleetwood (FD14).
1977: To Lowestoft for Dagon Fishing Co. Ltd, Lowestoft as ST. LUKE LT132
May 18 1978: Sank after an explosion, presumed to be a mine, 160 miles east of the Tyne.

Click to enlarge images

Boston Lightning as the Admiral Burnett

Boston Lightning as the Admiral Burnett - Courtesy of the JJ Collection

M. V. Boston Lightning FD14 - Fishing off Iceland. Pictures courtesy of Bagshanty (shipsnostalgia.com)

M. V. Boston Lightning FD14 - Fishing off Iceland. Pictures courtesy of Bagshanty (shipsnostalgia.com)

M. V. Boston Lightning FD14 - Fishing off Iceland. Pictures courtesy of Bagshanty (shipsnostalgia.com)

M. V. Boston Lightning FD14 - Fishing off Iceland. Pictures courtesy of Bagshanty (shipsnostalgia.com)

M.T Admiral Burnett A574

M.T Admiral Burnett A574
Picture courtesy of Len Charnley

M.T. Boston Lightning FD14

M.T. Boston Lightning FD14
Picture courtesy The Osta Collection

M.T. St. Luke LT132

M.T. St. Luke LT132
Picture courtesy of Clione412 (TPF)

M.T. St Luke LT132

M.T. St Luke LT132
Picture courtesy of James Cullen

Read / Leave a Comment

Fleetwood Trawler – Boston Herald LT222
Built at: Lowestoft by Richards Ironworks Ltd in 1956
Yard Number: 428
Gross Tonnage: 166
Length: 103 ft
Beam: 22′ 4” ft
Depth: 10′ 9” ft

History
1972: Renamed FLYING DUCHESS.

1973: Renamed WUSHISHI VENTURE.

Images

Boston Herald LT222, Courtesy of the JJ Collection

Boston Herald LT222, Courtesy of the JJ Collection

Read / Leave a Comment

Fleetwood Trawler – Boston Firefly FD182

Technical

Official Number: 185290
Yard Number: 231
Completed: 1953
Gross Tonnage: 318
Length: 124’7″
Breadth: 25′ 2″
Depth: 12′ 5″
Built: J. Lewis & Sons Ltd, Aberdeen
Engine: Number 303, built by Messrs Mirilees, Bickerton & Day
Owner: Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd

History

1953: To Fleetwood as a new vessel.
1958: Sold to Canada as ACADIA SEAHAWK.
02/12/1964: Posted missing on a voyage from Canso, Nova Scotia to Sable Island Bank fishing grounds.

She was last reported on December 2nd in approximately 43-30N, 61-10W, to the south and west of Sable Island.

Images

Boston Firefly FD182 - Courtesy of the JJ Collection

Boston Firefly FD182 - Courtesy of the JJ Collection

Boston Firefly as Acadia Seahawk, courtesy of Brendan Roper-Valiquette

Boston Firefly as Acadia Seahawk, courtesy of Brendan Roper-Valiquette

M.T. Boston Firefly FD182

M.T. Boston Firefly FD182
Picture courtesy of Frank Pook

Read / Leave a Comment

Fleetwood Trawler – Loch Lein LT334

Technical

Official Number: 400143
Gross Tonnage: 103
Length: 80 ft
Built: Lernwerder, Germany, 1948
Owner: Claridge Trawlers

History

1960: From Dublin to Fleetwood as LOCH LEIN D411.
1963: Bought by Walter (Fly) Holmes.
1965: Bought by Walter Holmes Jnr and converted to stern trawling. The wheelhouse was moved to the bow. Moved to New Zealand and registered at Aukland in November of 1965.
1976: Vessel converted as a barge towing tug by Rope Shipping Co Ltd.
1988: Re-engined with a V16 GM 2 stroke, replacing her Lister Blackstone. That and other tip hamper issues Caused the vessel to become unstable. Capsized and sunk.

Read the full story here

Click to enlarge images

Walter "Fly" Holmes

Walter “Fly” Holmes

Loch Lein LT334, Courtesy of Fred Baker

Loch Lein LT334, Courtesy of Fred Baker

M.F.V. Loch Lein after the fire

M.F.V. Loch Lein after the fire

Loch Lein alongside

Loch Lein alongside
Picture courtesy of Rod

Walter "Fly" Holmes and crew

Walter (Fly) Holmes and crew
Picture courtesy of Rod

Leaving Fleetwood

Leaving Fleetwood
Picture courtesy of Rod

Leaving dock

Leaving dock
Picture courtesy of Rod

 Loch Lein LT334 - Picture courtesy of John Bonner

Loch Lein LT334 – Picture courtesy of John Bonner

Read / Leave a Comment

Fleetwood trawler – Captain Riou LO72

Technical

Official Number: 187642
Yard Number: 268
Completed: 1957
Gross Tonnage: 391
Length: 115 ft
Breadth: 26 ft
Depth: 13 ft
Engine: Number 339, British Polar M45M
Built by: John Lewis & Sons, Aberdeen
Owner: Iago Steam Trawling Co.

History

1957: Completed by John Lewis & Sons, Aberdeen (Yd. No. 268) for Iago Steam Trawling Co. Fleetwood, as CAPTAIN RIOU. Registered at London (LO 72)
1959: Skipper Reginald Clarke committed suicide by drinking the contents of a fire extinguisher, around the 25th June off the Outer Hebrides, due to becoming depressed at losing £500 worth of fishing gear and having a bad catch.
His body was returned to Fleetwood on his first wedding anniversary.
He was aged 23.
July 1959: Inquest held into the death.
1972: Renamed BOSTON DEFENDER on the takeover of Iago Steam Trawling Co. Fleetwood by Boston Deep Sea Fisheries.
1978: Renamed GRAMPIAN DEFENDER and employed as ORSV.
7.8.89: Scrapped San Esteban de Pravia.

Click to enlarge images

Captain Riou - LO72 - Courtesy of the JJ Collection

Captain Riou - LO72 - Courtesy of the JJ Collection

M.T. Captain Riou LO72

M.T. Captain Riou LO72
Picture courtesy of Frans Schaap

Captain Riou - LO72 - Courtesy of Kor, shipsnostalgia.com

Captain Riou - LO72 - Courtesy of Kor, shipsnostalgia.com

M.T. Captain Riou LO72

M.T. Captain Riou LO72
Picture courtesy of Len Charnley

 Captain Riou LO72 - Picture courtesy of Harry Day

Captain Riou LO72 - Picture courtesy of Harry Day

Read / Leave a Comment

Fleetwood trawler – Royalist LO50

Technical

Official Number: 3011171
Yard Number: 960
Completed: 1960
Gross Tonnage: 228
Net Tonnage: 79
Length: 105 ft
Breadth: 23.1 ft
Depth: 11.5 ft
Built: Cook Welton & Gemmell, Beverley
Engine: 484bhp Mirlees Bickerton & Day
Speed: 12 knots
Owner: Hewett Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood

History

1960: Completed by Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Beverley (Yd. No. 960) for the Hewett Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood, as ROYALIST. Registered at London LO50.
Undated: Registered at Fleetwood (FD24).
1993: Owned by the Anglo-Spanish company Flagperry Ltd, Milford and operating as a netter after her conversion in Spain. Her operating base is shown as ‘Spain’ but we know that they had to land a certain number of catches in UK in order to comply with UK registration. The catch was then trucked to Spain.
23.01.2008: Flooded and sank during fishing operations when approximately 180nm off Dingle, Ireland. ROYALIST was about to shoot her nets when she was hit by a large wave on her port side, which caused her to heel to starboard. The vessel was starting to return to the upright when she was hit by a second wave, after which she took on a permanent list due to the amount of water on her main deck and within an accommodation alleyway.

The list increased as water continued to wash over the vessel’s submerged starboard gunwale and was able to progress into the engine room and aft accommodation, by way of an open net hatch. Although the crew attempted to stem the flow of water by closing the net hatch, the vessel started to sink.

At 1553, the skipper sent distress messages on Inmarsat C and VHF radio channels 13 and 16, and ordered his crew to abandon the vessel into the vessel’s two liferafts. The skipper of the French fishing vessel DAMAFRAN, which was fishing about 5 miles to the south, heard the distress message and immediately cut his nets and headed for the stricken vessel. At 1645, ROYALIST’S 18 crew were recovered by DAMAFRAN. ROYALIST sank by her stern 25 minutes later.

Click to enlarge images

M.T. Royalist LO50

M.T. Royalist LO50
Picture courtesy of The JJ Collection

 Royalist LO50 - Picture courtesy of John Bonner

Royalist LO50 - Picture courtesy of John Bonner

 Royalist LO50 - Picture courtesy of Neil Howard-Pritchard (shipsnostalgia.com)

Royalist LO50 - Picture courtesy of Neil Howard-Pritchard (shipsnostalgia.com)

 Royalist LO50

Royalist LO50

M.T. Royalist FD24

M.T. Royalist FD24

M.T. Royalist LO50

M.T. Royalist LO50

Read / Leave a Comment

Technical

Official Number: A10591
Yard Number: B487
Completed: 1958
Gross Tonnage: 50
Net Tonnage: 50
Length: 22.19 m
Breadth: 5.97 m
Depth: 2.53 m
Engine: Gardner 8L3, 152BHP
Built: Fairmile Construction Co. Ltd, Berwick-upon-Tweed
Owners: Starbank Fishing Ltd, Newhaven

History

1958: Completed by Fairmile Construction Co. Ltd, Berwick-upon-Tweed (Yd. No. B487) for Starbank Fishing Ltd, Newhaven. Registered at Leith (LH249)
1963: Fishing out of Fleetwood.
1963: Fishing out of Fleetwood.
1978: Owners Robert B. Smith & Others, Fraserburgh and re-registered as Starbank FR251
1987: Westtra BCK105, Owner Unknown.
1992: Westtra SO886, Owner Unknown.
19??: Laid up.

Known Alterations
Whaleback added, New 200 bhp Gardner Engine, New wheelhouse and a gutting shelter that was later extended to a three quarter length shelter deck.

Click to enlarge images

Starbank LH249 - Photo courtesy of Fred Baker

MFV Starbank LH249

MFV Starbank LH249

Read / Leave a Comment

Fleetwood Trawler – Northella H301
Official Number: 305762
Built at: Aberdeen in 1964 by Hall, Russell & Co Ltd
Yard Number: 909
Gross Tonnage: 1718
Length: 245′ 6” ft
Breadth: 40′ 7” ft
Draught: 26′ 6” ft
Engine: 2700 BHP
Owner: J Marr & Sons

History
1964: Built for J Marr & Sons Ltd Hull.

1966: Northella was in collision with the Regent Oil Jetty at Killingholme the skipper was knocked overboard but was safely picked up.

1973: Sold to Atlantic Trawling Pty South Africa and renamed YELLOWFIN.

1978: Moved to Georgetown Cayman Islands and renamed SOUTHERN FIGHTER.

Images

 Northella H301 - courtesy of John Bonner

Northella H301 - courtesy of John Bonner

Read / Leave a Comment