Official No:  127824    Port Number and Year:  7th in Grimsby, 1908 (GY355)

                                                                                   -   in Fleetwood, 1919 (FD218)

                                                                               24th in Aberdeen, 1925 (A155)

                                                                               13th in Milford, 1930

Description: Steel side / beam trawler; steam screw; coal burning. Ketch rigged: foresail, mainsail, mizzen

Crew: 9 men (1909);  10 men

Registered at Milford: 10 Nov 1930

Built: 1908;  by Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Beverley.  (Yard no. 159)

Tonnage: 245 grt  113 net.

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 120.5 / 22.0 / 11.9

Engine: T 3-Cyl. 76 hp.10 kts.  Engine and boiler - 1908, Amos & Smith, Hull



As GY355

31 Jan 1908: Cleethorpes Steam Trawling Co., Grimsby.

Manager: Richard Shute, Fish Dock, Grimsby. (1908)

                William Hill, Victoria Hotel, Grimsby. (1917)


16 Apr 1918: Walter H. Beeley, Grimsby.


21 May 1918: Ernest Taylor, Orient Buildings, Station Rd., Fleetwood.

Manager: Joseph A. Taylor.


1919: Ernest Taylor & Noah Ashworth, Fleetwood

Manager: Joseph A. Taylor


Jun 1919: Talbot Steam Trawler Co., Fleetwood

Manager: Joseph A. Taylor.

10 Jul 1919: As FD218

Manager: William W. Brierley.


As A155

Oct 1925: Richard W. Lewis, Inchgarth, Pitfodels, Aberdeen.

Managing owner.


As M101

10 Nov 1930: Stanley Arthur Laycock, 4 Hill St., Hakin (64/66)

Manager: David Pettit


8 Jun 1931: Margaret Laycock (widow), 4 Hill St., Hakin  (32/64)

Hugh Samuel Keats Wilson, (Manager, Lloyd's Bank) (32/64).

Managers: Pettit & Youds.


27 Jul 1934: Margaret Laycock, 4 Hill St., Hakin  (64/64)

Managers: Pettit & Youds.


5 Oct 1937: Joseph Samuel Pettit, The Rath, Milford. (32/64)

Frank Leslie Youds, 32 Dartmouth St, Milford. (32/64).  Managing owner.


[Information supplied by the Fleetwood Maritime Heritage Trust and the Bosun's Watch website.]


Landed at Milford:  28 Oct 1930 - 15 Mar 1943

Skippers: O. G. Tucker 1930


Aracari is a brightly plumed member of the toucan species.

Sep 1914: Requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to a minesweeper (Admy. No. 514). 1 x 12 pdr.  1 x 6 pdr. AA.

26 Nov 1939: Requisitioned for minesweeping, and returned in 1940.

16 Mar 1943: Re-requisitioned and converted to a fuel carrier (P.No.Y7.2).

3 Oct 1943: Grounded on Filicudi Island, north of Sicily; declared a total loss.

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 9 Sep 1944.

 Accidents and Incidents

From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 14th November 1930:


    Two new trawlers have arrived to augment the local fleet.  Mr. Stanley Laycock (David Pettit, Ltd.) has purchased the steam trawler "Aracari" of Aberdeen.  She is 120 feet long, and arrived at the later part of last week, and is already working.  Messrs. Peter Hancock and Sons have also added to their fleet a steam trawler from Grimsby.  Negotiations are on foot for other trawlers.  We mention this merely to allay the anxiety of nervous friends who are concerned about the future of fishing.



From an unknown local newspaper dated 7th April 1938:


Messrs. Pettit and Youds, owners of the s.t. 'Aracari', skipper W. Parry, on Tuesday received news that the vessel was being towed home from the westward fishing grounds by the Milford trawler 'Caldy', skipper J. Binham.  The nature of the trouble has not yet been ascertained, but the trawlers are expected to reach port today.



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