M.T. Dayspring H183

Additional information courtesy of David Slinger, Robin Youngman and Mike Thompson


Official Number: 301628
Yard Number: 1453
Completed: 1960
Gross Tonnage: 452.79
Net Tonnage: 149.98
Length: 139.4 ft
Breadth: 28.2 ft
Depth: 13.35 ft
Built: Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby
Engine: 8-cyl 1000bhp oil engine by Mirrlees, Bickerton & Day Ltd, Stockport


Cost to build £182,000 (WFA Grant £37,500).
19.9.1959: Launched by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby (Yd.No.1453) for Robin’s Trawlers Ltd (64/64), Hull as DAYSPRING.
29.02.1960: Registered at Hull (H183).
29.2.1960: William John Robins designated manager.
1.3.1960: Completed.
03.03.1960: Sailed on first trip to Faroe grounds.
11.3.1960: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to the White Fish Authority, London to secure sums due on an account current with interest as agreed.(A).
1960: Landings from Faroe/Iceland/North Sea – 283 days 10611 kits £47,806 gross.
20.5.1961: Robin’s Trawlers Ltd bought by Basil Arthur Parkes, Hessle (Saint Andrew’s Steam Fishing Co Ltd managing agents).
23.6.1961: Last landing at Hull (Sk. D. Cornack) Iceland – 16 days 1120 kits £5,277 gross.
1961: Landings at Hull from Faroe/Iceland – 157 days 6620 kits £30,338 gross.
26.6.1961: Sailed Hull for fishing grounds (Sk. Ronald Slapp). To land at Fleetwood.
11.7.1961: First landing at Fleetwood, 230 kits. Fishing out of Fleetwood.
15.8.1961: Sold to Parbel-Smith Ltd (64/64), Aberdeen (Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Group, Fleetwood).
18.8.1961: Basil Arthur Parkes, Hessle designated manager.
28.11.1961: Sailed Fleetwood for fishing grounds (Sk. Ronald Slapp) in fine clear weather. At 9.00 am. off the Isle of Man in collision with London registered motor tanker AUSPICITY (402grt/1944) on passage Greenock for Liverpool with part cargo vegetable oil; both vessels damaged. AUSPICITY, listing, put into Ramsey with port side rails and shell plates midships set in and holed. DAYSPRING returned to Fleetwood leaking in forepeak.
29.11.1961: After landing ice, placed on slip for survey and repair. Stem twisted, several shell plates set in and holed on starboard bow. Repairs effected and returned to service.
17.2.1962: Aberdeen crew left Aberdeen for Fleetwood to take over vessel. To sail for Icelandic grounds and land in Aberdeen.
29.3.1962: Reported that vessel was refused membership of the Aberdeen Fishing Vessel Owners’ Association. Required to seek permission to land at Aberdeen every time she returned from a distant water trip. After an unfortunate trip losing gear and having to return with a poor catch, sailed for Icelandic grounds to land at Grimsby.
3.4.1962: Registered at Hull as ADMIRAL NELSON (H183) (MoT Minute RSS8/1/02487 dated 3.2.1962).
25.4.1962: Transferred to fish out of Grimsby (Boston Deep Sa Fisheries Ltd, Grimsby managing agents).
26.4.1962: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to the White Fish Authority, London for the sum of £99,344 with interest as agreed (B).
27.7.1962: Mortgage (A) discharged.
9.3.1963: Registered at Hull as PRINCESS ROYAL (H183) (BoT Minute RSS8/1/02743 dated 27.2.1963).
By 6.1966: Being operated in the name of White Fish Authority, London (Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd, Grimsby managing agents).
18.6.1968: Last trip from Grimsby. Sailed for Iceland (Sk. Raymond William Evans).
2.7.1968: Landed 835 kits (709 kits shelf) £2,753 gross. Laid up and offered for sale.
26.8.1968: Mortgage (B) discharged.
29.8.1968: Sold to Irvin & Johnson Ltd, Cape Town, South Africa.
18.10.1968: Hull registry closed.
10.1968: Registered at Cape Town.
1983: Vessel stripped of reusable parts and non-ferrous metals.
09.05.1983: Hulk scuttled off Robben Island, Cape Town.
5.1983: Cape Town registry closed.

Note: The AUSPICITY was an Everard tanker, ex CHANT war built, straight framed and built in weldments in small workshops, brought to the shipyard and assembled; she was pretty strong as befits a ship that was expected to beach and discharge.

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M.T. Dayspring H183

M.T. Dayspring H183
Picture from the Internet

M.V. Auspicity

M.V. Auspicity
Picture from the Internet

M.T. Admiral Nelson H183

M.T. Admiral Nelson H183
Picture courtesy of The David Slinger Collection

M.T. Princess Royal H183

M.T. Princess Royal H183
Picture from the Internet

07/12/2016: Page re-published due to site problems.
28/03/2019: Updated information.
18/11/2019: Updated Information.