Fleetwood Trawler – Pygmalion FD132

Official Number: 182178
Gross Tonnage: 35grt / 24nrt
Engine: 120hp
Built: Brixham, 1947
Owner: J.A.S Wright, Fleetwood

History

1947: Registered as Pygmalion BM27
19??: Sold to James W Wright of Fleetwood, registered as FD132
26.5.1966: Sank 9 miles east of the Point of Ayre

Loss of the Pygmalion

The motor fishing vessel Pygmalion was trawling to the east of the Point of Ayre on the 26th of may 1964.

Her skipper was John Cowell who was sleeping in his bunk at the bottom of the cabin ladder at the time. Around 8:30 am a Calor gas bottle fell from the galley down into the cabin and exploded, badly injuring one of the crew, and fire quickly engulfed the vessel.

Mr Patterson and Mr Sumner thought that Mr. Cowell had no chance of survival with such a blast and launched the self-inflating liferaft which didn’t inflate properly.

Meanwhile down the cabin Mr Cowell managed to get out of his bunk and ran through the flames into the engine room the other side of the cabin ladders, burning his face arms and legs in the process.
He then ran out on deck and jumped into the water, at which point he lost all memory due to the shock of the salt water on his burns, when he came in and out of conciousness he recalls the crew about to let the flares go and kept telling them to wait till darkness. they were drifting for 16 hours that day Before before the rockets were eventually fired and sighted.

The Whitehaven trawler LORRAINE was outbound for the fishing grounds and she spotted the distress rockets and changed course towards the liferaft.
Meanwhile the signals had also been seen from the Maughold Lighthouse and the Ramsey lifeboat, ANNIE ROWLAND ISABELLA FORREST, was launched.
LORRAINE, under the command of Peter Haroldson, reached the liferaft, took the three crewmen aboard and set his course for Ramsey where an ambulance was waiting.

The crew of Pygmalion were:
Richard Billington Sumner, Deckhand
Les Patterson, deckhand
John Cowell, skipper
All were from Fleetwood

Images

Pygmalion FD132 - Picture Courtesy of Mitchy

Pygmalion FD132 - Picture Courtesy of Mitchy

Pygmalion BM27 - Photo courtesy of Keith South

Map – Source Dictionary of Shipwrecks off the Isle of Man by Adrian Corkhill c2001

Map showing where the Pygmalion FD132 was lost.

Map showing where the Pygmalion FD132 was lost.

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Fleetwood trawler – Benella H132

Technical

Official Number: 300420
Yard Number: 936
Completed: 1958
Gross Tonnage: 789
Net Tonnage: 288
Length: 185 ft
Breadth: 33′ 6″
Depth: 16′ 9″
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell
Engine: CD Holmes developing 1700 BHP
Speed: 15 knots
Owner: City Steam Fishing Co Ltd Hull

History

1958: Built for City Steam Fishing Co Ltd Hull
03/03/1965: Sold to J Marr & Son, Hull.
24/10/1977: Converted to oil rig work.
13/12/1978: Transferred to Fleetwood.
1991: Sold to Cam Shipping Co Ltd, Aberdeen and renamed CAM VICEROY.
01/11/1993: Sold for scrap to Caravel Maritime Ltd.
15/11/1993: Left Grimsby for Rainham, Kent for breaking.

Images

Benella H132 - Courtesy of the JJ Collection

Benella H132 - Courtesy of the JJ Collection

M.T. Benella H132

M.T. Benella H132

M.T. Benella H132

M.T. Benella H132

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Fleetwood Trawler Ross Fortune – FD281

Technical

Official Number: 307549
Yard Number: 1501
IMO Number: 6515801
Completed: 1965
Gross Tonnage: 457
Net Tonnage: 183
Length: 120 ft
Breadth: 30 ft
Depth: 19.5 ft
Built: Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby
Engine: 4 stroke Vee 12-cyl oil engine by Davey, Paxman & Co Ltd, Colchester – CP propeller

History

1965: Completed by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby, (Yd No. 1501) for Ross Trawlers Ltd, Grimsby, as ROSS FORTUNE.
15.10.1965: Registered at Grimsby (GY1365).
11.12.1968: Alteration of particulars: Re-engined (8 cyl diesel by English Electric Co Ltd, Newton-Le-Willows 1052 BHP / 320 gt / 103 net / 12 knots).
06.03.1970: Sold to Wyre Trawlers Ltd, Fleetwood.
06.07.1970: Grimsby registry closed.
07.07.1970: Registered at Fleetwood (FD281).
04.06.1971: Sold to Bonavista Cold Storage Co Ltd, St. John’s, Newfoundland renamed FURY V.
26.01.1972: Fleetwood registry closed Registry transferred to St John’s Newfoundland.
02.1972: Re-engined (12 cyl diesel by General Motors Corp, Le Grange 1500 BHP).
1984: Sold to The Lake Group Ltd, St. John’s.
1986: Sold to Fishery Products International Ltd, St.John’s.
1993: Sold to Naviera Fury S De R.L, San Lorenzo,Honduras.
2002: Sold to South African owners, renamed FURY.
2008: Vessels continued existence in doubt, removed from Lloyds Register of Shipping.

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M.T. Ross Fortune GY1365

M.T. Ross Fortune GY1365

M.T. Ross Fortune GY1365

M.T. Ross Fortune GY1365

M.T. Ross Fortune GY1365

M.T. Ross Fortune GY1365
Artwork by Steve Farrow

Changelog
19/11/2008: Page published. 11 revisions since then.
27/09/2014: Updated information.

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Fleetwood Trawler – Lorenzo FD348

Technical

Official Number: 365789
RSS Number: A13230
IMO Number: 7422506
Completed: 1977
Gross Tonnage: 161grt / 60nrt
Length: 23.25 m
Breadth: 6.86 m
Depth: 2.9 m
Engine: 4 stroke 6-cyl 750bhp/552kW oil engine by Mirrlees Blackstone Ltd, Stockport CP Propeller

History

1973: Ordered from Ryton Marine Ltd, Wallsend on Tyne for Sk. James McLean, Peterhead & Caley Fisheries Group, Aberdeen.
1974: Ryton Marine Ltd in liquidation.
1974: Order transferred to Intrepid Marine International Ltd, Berwick.
3.1975: Intrepid Marine International Ltd, Berwick in liquidation. Berwick Shipyard taken over by Associated Fisheries Ltd, Hull.
1975: Sk. McLean sold interest to Caley Fisheries Group, Peterhead.
1976: Shipyard continued building under title of Tweed Shipyard (Berwick) Ltd. Vessel transferred to Associated Fisheries Group.
1976: Launched by Tweed Shipyard (Berwick) Ltd, Berwick (Yd.No.1004) for British United Trawlers (Grimsby) Ltd, Grimsby (Associated Fisheries Group) as LORENZO.
1976: Allocated by British United Trawlers to Fleetwood (Wyre Trawlers Ltd, managers).
3.1977: Completed. Registered at Fleetwood (FD348).
1978: Sold to Sk. Arthur Buchan, Peterhead & Caley Fisheries (Peterhead) Ltd. Fleetwood registry closed. Registered at Peterhead (PD239).
1990: Sold to Stephen Ritchie Jnr, St. Fergus & Others (Peterhead Fishermen Ltd, agents). Renamed SUNLIGHT (PD187).
199?: Fitted with a shelterdeck.
2002: Decommissioned and sold for demolition.

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M.T. Lorenzo FD348

M.T. Lorenzo FD348
Picture courtesy of James Cullen

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Technical

Official number: 397734
RSS Number: A16761
Completed: 1964
Gross Tonnage: 47grt / 20nrt
Length: 21.1 m
Breadth: 5.43 m
Depth: 2.2 m
Built: Groningen, Netherlands
Engine: 4 stroke oil engine 400bhp/298kW by Cummins Engine Co Inc, Columbus Ind, USA

History

1964: Completed by Botje Ensing, Groningen for A. & J. Loosman, Urk as CORNELIS. Registered at Urk (UK70). Engine, Oil engine 4 stroke 4-cyl 220bhp by N.V. Appingedammer Bronsmotorenfabrik, Appingedam.
1973: Sold to Peter F. Haigh, Lowestoft. Urk registry closed. Registered at Lowestoft (LT261).
1977: Sold to Northern Divers Ltd, Hull. Fishing registration cancelled.
1979: Sold to David B. Nicholson, Annan. Renamed SHARWENDON(BA47). Registered under Part IV – 54g 54n.
1982: Sold to William Ansell & Brian Cato, Fleetwood. Ballantrae registry closed. Registered at Fleetwood (FD390). Re-registered 54g 20n Allotted O.N.
1982(?): Re-engined with 4 stroke oil engine 400bhp/298kW by Cummins Engine Co Inc, Columbus Ind, USA.
1985(?): Sold to Mallink Ltd, Douglas, IoM.
19??: Sold to Reginald Birch, Fleetwood.
1999: Sold for demolition.

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Sharwendon FD390, Courtesy of Tony Frith

Sharwendon FD390, Courtesy of Tony Frith

M.T. Sharwendon FD390

M.T. Sharwendon FD390

S.T. Sharwendon FD390

S.T. Sharwendon FD390
Picture courtesy of Frank Pook

Changelog
14/11/2008: Page published. 8 changes since then.
01/05/2014: Added picture.
31/01/2016: Picture added.

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Fleetwood trawler – Belgaum GY218

Technical

Official number: 184939
Yard number: 927
Completed: 1956
Gross tonnage: 577
Length: 160′ 9″
Breadth: 30′ 3″
Depth: 15′ 3″
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Beverley
Engine: 10050bhp Mirlees, Bickerton & Day
Speed: 13 knots
Owner: Iago Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood

History

1956: Built for F & T Ross Ltd, Grimsby (Prince Philip GY 218)
12.08.1961: Sold to Abunda Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby and renamed BELGAUM.
01.01.1975: Sold to Iago Steam Fishing Co, Fleetwood.
1978: Sold to Dominion Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood.
1979: Sold for scrap to Medway Secondary Metals Ltd
17.03.1979 arrived at Rainham, Kent for breaking.

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 Belgaum GY218 - Picture courtesy of the JJ Collection

Belgaum GY218
Picture courtesy of the JJ Collection

M.T. Belgaum GY218

M.T. Belgaum GY218
Picture courtesy of the JJ Collection

S.T. Belgaum GY218

M.T. Belgaum GY218
Picture courtesy of The JJ Collection

M.T. Belgaum GY218

M.T. Belgaum GY218
Picture courtesy of The JJ Collection

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Fleetwood trawler – Athabasca FD242

Technical

Official number: 303793
Gross Tonnage: 74grt / 46nrt
Length: 68 ft
Engine: 240BHP
Built: Herd and Mackenzie, Buckie, 1959

History

1959: Launched by Herd and Mackenzie, Buckie as YUKON STAR. Registered at Buckie (BCK98)
1965: Registered at Fleetwood (FD242).
1972(?): Sold to Bantry Fishing Co Ltd & Strandby Fishing Co Ltd, Cleethorpes. Re-measured under Part IV of the Merchant Shipping Act 1894 and as a result lost her O.N. and became 50grt 50n.)
1973: To Bantry Fishing Co Ltd, Cleethorpes. Registered at Grimsby (GY288).
Late 1970s: Re-engined and owners became Bantry Fishing Co Ltd, Cleethorpes & Fylkir Ltd, Grimsby.
Around 1984: She was sold to Jack Robinson (Hull) Ltd, Driffield.
Around 1985: Sold to Magnus J. Jamieson, Shetland & Others and was renamed OUR VAN CLAIRE (GY288).
October 1985: Sold to Peter Lee and Steve Dell, Good Hope Fishing Company, Fleetwood.
1989: Sold.
1996: Decommissioned and broken up at Skippool.

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 Athabasca FD242 - Courtesy of Tony Frith

Athabasca FD242 - Courtesy of Tony Frith

M.F.V. Athabasca FD242

M.F.V. Athabasca FD242

M.F.V. Athabaska FD242

M.F.V. Athabaska FD242
Picture courtesy of Philip Dell

 Our Van Claire GY288 - laid up before going too Skipool for breaking. Picture courtesy of Tony Frith

Our Van Claire GY288 - laid up before going too Skipool for breaking. Picture courtesy of Tony Frith

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Fleetwood trawler – Boston Seahawk A178 FD279

Technical

Official number: 183991
Gross Tonnage: 180
Length: 102.2 ft
Breadth: 22.1 ft
Depth: 9.8 ft
Built: Henry Scarr Ltd,
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 SEA HAWK.
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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Boston Seahawk - A178, Picture Courtesy of David Slinger

Boston Seahawk - A178, Picture Courtesy of David Slinger

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