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M.T. Allan Water – H420

Additional information courtesy of Jan Harteveld, Barry Banham, Mike Thompson, Bob Durrant, Christine Simm and Bob Mitchell


Official Number: 181298
Yard Number: 777
Completed: 1947
Launched: 26/09/1946
Registered: 31/03/1947
Gross Tonnage: 384.84
Net Tonnage: 118.99
Length: 133.5 ft
Breadth: 25.6 ft
Depth: 12.6 ft
Engine: 540bhp 8 cyl 2 SA oil engine by Crossley Bros Ltd, Openshaw, Manchester
Speed: 11.3 knots


26.09.1946: Launched by Cooke, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.777) for The Great Western Fishing Co Ltd, Aberdeen, as ALLAN WATER.
28.03.1947: Registered at Hull (H420).
28.03.1947: Basil A. Parkes, Fleetwood appointed manager.
31.03.1947: Completed.
04.03.1948: Transferred to Fleetwood.
05.1948: On Icelqandic grounds, disabled with engine defect. ROBERT HEWETT (LO427) connected and towed for 300 miles until engineers rectified the problem.
08.1948: Sold to N.V. Visscherijonderneming de VEM, IJmuiden, Holland (MoT ref: G.S.P.8762 dated16.07.1948).
11.08.1948: Hull registry closed. Registered at IJmuiden (IJM34).
1954: Re-engined with a 6-cyl 4SA oil engine by WUMAG-Krupp, Görlitz, engine made 1941 (U-boat design).
12.01.1960: Sold to Visserijonderneming v/h J.C. Pronk, IJmuiden. Last skipper out of IJmuiden before lay up, Dirk Roeleveld.
1964: Laid up at IJmuiden with engine problems.
1964: Sold in an en bloc deal with motor trawler THORINA (IJM33) to Claridge Trawlers Ltd, Lowestoft (J. Leggett manager). Engine was started but found to have camshaft housing fractured.
21.08.1964: Arrived Lowestoft from IJmuiden in tow of THORINA. Laid up pending outfitting and re-engining. WUMAG-Krupp engine used for spares for ST. GEORGES.
21.12.1964: UK Register opened and sanctioned to rename ST. DAVIDS (LT494).
11.1965: Re-engined with a 4-cyl 1100bhp (derated to 954bhp) 4SA oil engine by Ruston & Hornsby Ltd, Lincoln.
01.1966: Sailed on first trip from Lowestoft (Sk. Billy Hitter).
09.05.1966: Registered at Lowestoft as ST. DAVIDS (LT494).
10.1966: First Lowestoft vessel to gross £4,000 (Sk. Billy Hitter).
1967: First Lowestoft vessel to gross £5,000 and second highest earning Lowestoft vessel, £62,710 (Sk. Billy Hitter).
06.1980: Sold to Romford Steel Supplies Ltd, Romford, Essex for breaking up.
15.07.1980: Sold on to Medway Secondary Metals Ltd, Rainham, Kent.
09.1980: Sailed Lowestoft for Medway.
05.01.1981: Breaking began at Bloors Wharf, Rainham.
2?.01.1981: Lowestoft registry closed, vessel broken up.

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M.T. Allan Water H420

M.T. Allan Water H420
Picture courtesy of David Slinger

M.T. Allan Water H420

M.T. Allan Water H420
Picture courtesy of Mark Stopper

M.T. Allan Water IJM34

M.T. Allan Water IJM34
Picture courtesy of The JJ Collection

Allan Water-clipping

Allan Water
Clipping courtesy of Geoff Davidson

25/09/2016: Page re-published due to site problems.
02/02/2024: Updated history.

M.T. Princess Royal – FD 176


Official Number: 185287
Yard Number: 229
Completed: 1952
Gross tonnage: 318
Length: 124.7 ft
Breadth: 25.2 ft
Depth: 12 ft
Built: John Lewis and Sons, Aberdeen
Engine Number 301 (D) built by Mirlees, Bickerton & Day, Stockport.


1952: Completed by John Lewis and Sons, Aberdeen (Yd. No.229) for Great Western Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood. Registered at Fleetwood (FD176).
12/01/1952: Ran trials in Aberdeen Bay.
1953: Represented Fleetwood at the Coronation Spithead review, along with RED HACKLE.
1958: Owned by Eton F Co. Ltd, Fleetwood. Fishing number FD176
1959: Owned by Acadia Fisheries Ltd, St Johns Newfoundland and renamed ACADIA HERON.
Owned later by St Andrews S F Co. Ltd, Lowestoft LT713.
1967: Owned by Boston D S F Co Ltd, Lowestoft and renamed BOSTON LANCASTER.
1970: Owned by Offshore Diving & Finance Inc, Panama and renamed CORSAIR.
1973: Same owners but renamed SUBSEA CORSAIR.
1974: Lengthened by 9m.
1975/76: Still classed as fishing side trawler.
1977/78: Owners Subsea Oil Services, S.P.A., Rome, Italy as motor supply ship.
1988/89: Owners Micoperi, S.P.A., Pescara, Italy, as motor diving support ship.

Note: SUBSEA CORSAIR is still owned by Micoperi, S.P.A., Pescara, Italy and is listed on Clarks Shipping Intelligence website as being available for charter for diving off the Italian Coast as of August 2013.

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M.T. Princess Royal FD176

M.T. Princess Royal FD176
Picture courtesy of The Fred Baker Collection

M.T. Acadia Heron

M.T. Acadia Heron
Picture courtesy of The JJ Collection

M.T. Acadia Heron

M.T. Acadia Heron
Picture from the Brian Dodd Collection

M.T. Boston Lancaster LT713

M.T. Boston Lancaster LT713
Picture from the Internet

M.V. Subsea Corsair

M.V. Subsea Corsair
Iicture from the Internet

12/09/2016: Page re-published due to site problems.
06/02/2018: Removed FMHT watermark and added an image.
26/08/2019: Added an image.
23/09/2022: Added an image.
25/12/2023: Added an image.