1. Jo Escott says:

    New laptop! Dad set me a challenge. He has a b/w postcard of a wreck he made out the name “Lois” FD 11 is all he could read. He left the rest to me!! Took me a day or two to get here but what a great site you have after finding you on Bosuns Watch.He now has the details from when she was built to when she was wrecked and he’s chuffed to bits!!! Keep up the good work.

  2. Alan Duggan says:

    Hello Jo,

    Its great to hear the websites The Fleetwood Maritime Heritage Trust run have been of use to you on your search for information.

  3. NEIL GOOSE says:

    DEAR SIRS I LEFT ANOTE ON ANOTHER PART OF YOUR SITE .BUT I AM NOT SURE IF IT WAS THE RIGHT PART? I AM LOOKING FOR SOME FRIENDS OF MINE FROM THE 1966/67LOWESTOFT TRAWLERS THEY WORKED ON THERE AS LADS.1 OF THE BOYS NAMES WAS MICHAEL STUDD AND STEVEN BAILEY ANOTHER WAS THE SURNAME OF COLLIS. THEY ALL COME FROM LOWESTOFT.I DID HEAR THAT ONE LAD WAS KILLED. WHEN A TRAWLER WAS PULLED UNDER BY A SUBMARINE.BUT THAT WAS HEAR SAY AND I AM NOT SURE?I WONDER IF YOU COULD GIVE ME ANY INFORMATION ON THESE LADS PLEASE . THEY WOULD NOW BE IN THIER LATE 50S .AND IT WOULD BE SO NICE TO MEET THEM AGAIN AFTER ALL THESE YEARS . I LIVE IN NORWICH AND MY NAME IS NEIL GOOSE IF YOU KNOW OF THESE MEN THEY WILL KNOW WHO I AM .I UNDERSTAND THAT THE TRAWLER BOATS WERE OF CLOSE KNIT SO IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON ANY OF THERE WHERE ABOUTS I WOULD BE VERY GRATEFUL YOURS MR NEIL GOOSE. MY TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 01603 455303 OR YOU HAVE MY EMAIL ADDRESS. ONCE AGAIN THANKYOU FOR ANY INFORMATION.

  4. Alan Duggan says:

    Hello Neil, maybe you could try a more specific site for Lowestoft, http://www.baconsdozen.co.uk/fishing.htm or a site i would recommend to try is http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/showthread.php?t=6319

    I hope this helps.

  5. vic barkworth says:

    The M.V. Stephill was lost March 1970 off Walney, full F/wood crew all saved by a Wards trawler Craigmillar
    My brother was skipper,I was chief eng

  6. Alan Duggan says:

    Hello Vic, do you have anymore information for me like the vessels REG so i can look into this.

    Thanks for the information so far.

  7. Alan Duggan says:

    M.V. Stephill added to the list. Thanks Vic

  8. Pro says:

    Iris Dean owned by charlie bird was wrecked on the rocks at isle of man in the 1990′s. Ocean Gain sank steaming out of holyhead owned by david rainford of northfleet fishing co. Our Golden Promise sank opposite tigers tail while being towed to the ‘grave yard’ on the marsh. There was another that i forget the name of that collided with wyre light with the loss of all hands in the 60′s. Boris of boris nets owned a trawler named bella that sank 20 miles off bispham/blackpool years ago as well. Ben Bee died when his boat (biddy?) capsized and sank north of lune deep. Royalist sank in heavy seas 2008. Sorry I don’t have any further details at the moment to help you research these.

  9. Alan Duggan says:

    Pro, thanks for the information. We knew about the Royalist but i had forgotten to add the vessel to the list.

    The other vessels i have taken a note for me to look into. Thanks again Alan.

  10. David Rainford MBE says:

    Just to let you know more about Ocean Gain. She was on passage to Hollyhead to land a trip of 150 boxes of skate and in heavy sea off South Stack Hollyhead the engine room flooded, cause unknown ,possibly broken sea connection. The boat filled up rapidly, tug went to assist but due to bad weather the tug collided with Ocean Gain causing hull damage. The vessel sank quickly, but luckily all crew were saved . The vessel was skippered by the youg promising Darren Roberts.Both DTI and Insurance inspectors did and enquiry and it was proved it was purely and accident and no ones fault. Hope this helps. Owner David Rainford. MBE

  11. Alan Duggan says:

    Hello David, do you know what year the Ocean Gain sank ? Also was her reg SY82 ?

  12. Graham Larkin says:

    Eulalia FD217, Moved to Grimsby as Ocana, Mined.
    HI David
    my grand father was the skipper of the Ocana – do you have any idea of the position of the ship ? I think there was one survivor . and there were two trawlers involved mine sweeping ?
    best regards
    Graham Larkin

  13. Betty Perkins says:

    Just thought I would tell you that the lost smacks, Surprise FD 151 Mayflower and Petrol were lost in the gale of the 22 Dec 1894 not February 10th. My great grandfather was Skipper of the “Surprise’.

  14. Alan Duggan says:

    Betty thank you for pointing out this error. I have now changed the date to show 12/22/1894 for the 3 vessels.

  15. Don MacPhee says:

    Hello Allan
    Just found your site, great information. I took a party of divers out to the Red Rocks off Hartamul (east of Eriskay) in 1983. We found the first part of the name ‘Rosa’ in brass lettering along with the usual debris. Now know that it was off the ‘Rosa Maris’, wrecked 1929. There is also the remains of an unidentified wooden hulled steam powered vessel hard against the south east base of Hartamul, local scalloper ‘Virgo’ regularly bagged up the coal from her.

  16. mosesalcorn says:

    Hi Alan my name is Moses Alcorn and i am a local historian from Dunfanaghy in County Donegal Ireland. The Fleetwood Trawlers used to be a common sight in our area and during the course of my research i heard from local fishermen in the area about a wreck known locally as the “Darkie” which lies at the entrance of Sheephaven Bay. Following on from interviews with older people in the area some of whom actually saw the boat sink in 1935. and from an artticle that i obtained from the Fishing News I am almost 100% certain that the Wreck known as the darkie is in fact The Malaga GV 393 which was thought to have sunk off Portrush. This boat left Sheephaven Bay during a storm but locals say that she never made it out of the bay. The reason that the Liferaft came ashore close to Portrush is because of a prevailing currant because some years prior to this in a separate drowning at the Dunfanaghy Harbour entrance a child was lost and his body was washed into Portrush. P.S. The Dinis was Ctut up and taken away by boat and during the course of this exercise another small cargo boat The Norah Evelyn was grounded on rocks and lost.

  17. Alan Duggan says:

    Hello Moses i have added this lost vessel to the listing. Here is a link to our page on this vessel, http://www.fleetwood-trawlers.info/index.php/2008/12/st-malaga-gy393

  18. steve murgatroyd says:

    Hi good site , please try to get facts right, Ben Bee was lost from a ship called the scorpio. this ship was a home made build, owned by a chap called barry ,from the bury area of manchester. Ben,s crew was Dave Wright [ father Dick Wright,] affectianatly known as tiger. Also another great fisherman. Still fishing up until his mid seventy,s
    when he hung up his wader,s. his vessel was ;JUDY; Last seen at the rear of the maratime musuem in fleetwood. It is with deep affection that I have been able to remember these men and many more, just because the vessel did not sail out of the dock doe,s not mean that they were any less fishermen. two great men that I had THE PRIVELAGE to know . hope this help,s

  19. Otto says:

    Now now steve dont go pickin on Alan as he can only put info on the site that he gets told off other people.And for your information Bens crew on the day he was lost was Douglas Alder from Blackpool.Steve spoke to Ben that morning and he asked us for a fry of prawns sad to say he never got them….

    Regards Darren

  20. steve murgatroyd says:

    sorry darren I stand corrected YOU are RIGHT i had forgotten about dougie, I can now remember his face. If I recall correctly he worked on The gee bee for some time.I understand that alan only get ,s bits and peices from other people, as I spent all of my youth on the jubelee I feel sure we could all open this site up to some lost memories. Let me know as I can recall lots of vessels names. thank,s again darren.

  21. johnny hardingham says:

    alan iv just been looking at lost boats from fleetwood,one that stands out to me is the dawn waters.i was on the four sisters fishing along side dawn waters.mick porter was skipper of four sisters,i can remember him saying to me we dont want to be here with that forcast.thats the last i saw of the dawn waters and her crew.

  22. swbirdy64 says:

    Just been notified one of my family was lost on the “Bostanian FD 41″ lost in 1938 any ideas as to where I can find a crewlist to confirm this thanks in advance

  23. Jim Porter says:

    Crew lists are notoriously difficult to find. You might have some luck at the Public Records Office in Preston.

    Meanwhile, Bostonian information here….
    http://www.fleetwood-trawlers.info/index.php/2009/01/s-t-bostonian-fd41/

  24. Alan Duggan says:

    SWBirdy i have just looked through of my docs and found the following. Crew lost on the Bostonian FD41

    Atkinson, Herbert Bostonian – FD 41
    Wright W – Bostonian FD 41
    Bird, James – Bostonian FD 41
    Farrell, John – Bostonian FD 41
    Sergeant W – Bostonian FD 41
    Hall FrankvBostonian FD 41
    Gates A – Bostonian FD 41
    Gibbons, J E – Bostonian FD 41
    Cooper, John Alfred – Bostonian FD 41
    Irvine, John – Bostonian FD 41
    Miller, John – Bostonian FD 41
    Irvine, Leon – Bostonian FD 41
    Wood, J – Bostonian – FD 41
    Wright, John – Bostonian FD 41

  25. swbirdy64 says:

    Thanks very much the James Bird listed was my grandfathers brother.Has the wrecksite ever been found or any bodies recovered Thanks in anticipation Steve BIrd

  26. Alan Duggan says:

    Hello Steve, i am unsure but i have a few books on wrecks i will have a look through and will let you lnow if i find anything.

    Alam

  27. Alan Duggan says:

    Steve i found this, http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?152200 looks like the wreck was found.

    Alan

  28. suzymitch@hotmail.com says:

    i would like to find the crew list of the trawler jacinta as i think my dad sailed on her

  29. Jim Porter says:

    Hello Suzy

    I believe that there are still some crew lists in the PRO at Bow St in Preston but I’m not sure exactly how comprehensive they are.

    Jim

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