Official Number: 302960
Yard Number: 332
Gross Tonnage: 437
Net Tonnage: 147
Length: 139′ 8″
Breadth: 28′ 4″
Depth: 14′ 6″
Oil Engine: 4 stroke 7-cyl (1281bhp) by Mirrlees, Bickerton & Day Ltd, Stockport
23.1.1962: Launched by J. Lewis & Sons Ltd, Aberdeen (Yd.No.332) for Iago Steam Trawling Co Ltd, London & Fleetwood (Cdr E. D.W. Lawford DSO, manager) as Captain Inman.
4.1962: Completed. Registered at London (LO62).
1963: Iago Steam Trawling Co Ltd taken over by Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd, Fleetwood.
9.1968: Sold to Irvin & Johnson Ltd, Cape Town. London registry closed. Registered at Cape Town (CTA303).
1985: Sold to Pat-King Fishing Co (Pty) Ltd, Cape Town.
1988: Converted for stern fishing. Re-measured 414g 143n
1989: Renamed LINCOLN (CTA303).
2007: Still in Lloyd’s Register.
26.03.2009: Seen in Cape Town, modified with extended shelter deck port side.
2011: Still working from Cape Town.
27.09.2015: Swamped and lost 20 miles south of Hangklip. Nine crew lost, three missing and nine survived.
Note South African 42-meter trawler LINCOLN issued distress signal at 1806 LT Sep 27, in reportedly, False Bay, south of Cape Town. 21 crew reported abandoning sinking vessel after it started to take in water, in heavy weather. According to National Sea Rescue Institute SAR latest update, 9 crew confirmed dead, 9 rescued, 3 still missing. A large-scale search and rescue operation under way.
On Sunday evening a fishing trawler started taking in water near Kleinmond during heavy swells prompting the crew to abandon ship. At least 11 fishermen drowned while nine others survived.
Survivors were reunited with their families at Viking Fishing Company’s headquarters yesterday.
The company’s Rory Williams says they’re shocked and saddened by the deaths of the fishermen.
He says nine crew members who survived are receiving counseling to help them cope with the traumatic experience.
Williams says the company abides by the industry’s strict safety regulations and has not had a fatal incident in over a decade.
Residents from local fishing communities along the False Bay Coast say boats were prevented from going out over the weekend due to the adverse weather conditions.
Longtime Hermanus fisherman Francois Marais says he’s baffled as to why the trawler went out to sea in the first place.
“It was very bad, I can’t think or imagine how the captain had gone on sea in those conditions.”
The fishing company says an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy has been prioritised.
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