BOSTON COMET LT183
BOSTON COMET LT183
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Official No: 302385 Port Number and Year: Lowestoft, 1960 (LT183)
Description: Steel side trawler. Single screw motor vessel.
Built: by James & Stone, Brightlingsea, 1960. (Yard no. 399)
Tonnage:137 gross 47 net
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 93.6 / 22.4 / 10.6
Engine: Four single acting. 6-Cyl; 360 hp. Ruston & Hornby.
28 Sep 2000: Fitted with a new 496 hp engine.
As BOSTON COMET LT183
1960: Boston Deep Sea Fisheries, Fleetwood
1966: St. Christopher Steam Fishing Co., 24 St. Mary Axe, London EC3
1970: Boston Deep Sea Fisheries
Manager: W. H. Kerr, Docks, Milford.
1972: Boston Deep Sea Fisheries & Ice Co. Ltd., Hull.
As MY FRIEND LT183
5 Jul 1994: Parafleet (Cmaine Shipping) Ltd., Stonehouse, Plymouth.
(Joseph O'Connor, J. L. J Couceiro & others).
Landed at Milford: Oct 1970 - Apr 1972.
1976: Employed on oil-rig standby duties.
2 Oct 2003: Believed to have been decommissioned.
Accidents and Incidents:
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 30th October 1970:
In a straight swop the trawler Dicketa leaves for Lowestoft next Monday, having already been replaced by the smaller vessel Boston Comet from that port. The Lowestoft crew which brought the Boston Comet to Milford on Wednesday will take the high-powered Dicketa round to the east coast port on Monday. But the replacement trawler, which is in the same class as the Constant Star, and more suited to the present near-water fleet at Milford, is due to sail for the fishing grounds on Saturday in charge of Dicketa's former master, Skipper Bruno Linke, and his local crew.
Both vessels are managed by W. H. Kerr, forming part of the Boston Herring Group.
From a local newspaper, possibly the West Wales Guardian of Friday 14th April 1972:
With the departure of two trawlers to Lowestoft during the past week, the fishing fleet at Milford has been reduced to 12 vessels, one tenth of the numbers at its peak, and the lowest numbers in port history.
First to go was the drifter-trawler Ocean Breeze (Mitchell Bros.), and on Saturday the Boston Comet (Boston Co.) departed for the same port, Lowestoft. The Ocean Breeze left with an East Coast crew, but Milford men took the Boston Comet to her new home.
Without doubt the adverse fishing weather out of Milford since last Christmas has influenced the transfer. Both vessels have been managed at Milford by Messrs. Kerr. Their loss follows the recent departure for Nigeria of the Irish owned Ranworth Queen.
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