CONSTANT STAR LT1158
John Stevenson Collection
Official No: 132943 Port Number and Year: 65th in Lowestoft, 1911 (LT1158)
- - Peterhead, 1949 (PD38)
Description: Steel side drifter / trawler; steam screw.
Crew: 10 men (1911).
Built: Cochrane & Sons, Selby, 1911. (Yard no. 510)
Tonnage: 98 grt 43.13 net.
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 88.1 / 18.6 / 9.3
Engine: T 3-Cyl., 35hp, 9.5 kts. Crabtree & Co., Gt.Yarmouth.
Boiler: Thos. Sudrum & Co., Stockton on Tees.
23 Dec 1911: The Star Drift Fishing Co., Star Buildings, Beach Rd., Lowestoft.
Manager: Geo. Catchpole, Kessingland, Suffolk.
29 Nov 1942: Owen David Purdy, Hakin, Milford.
18 Jan 1946: Ocean Fisheries Ltd., Docks, Milford
Manager: Henry J. Harwood.
25 Nov 1946: Fred J. Ingram, Trevor Ingram and Alan Packman, Milford.
20 Apr 1949: William Foreman & Others, Peterhead.
Manager: Joseph Reid.
12 May 1949: As PD38
Landed at Milford: 15 Jun 1940 - 5 Apr 1949
Skippers: Herbert Day.
5 Aug 1915: Requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to a boom defence vessel.
1919: Returned to owners.
4 Apr 1929: Explosion in boiler room while off Blackpool; towed into Fleetwood by ELIE NESS LT1259.
14 Nov 1939: Requisitioned for war service as an examining vessel / minesweeper.
20 Nov 1939: Returned to owner.
10 Nov 1940: Damaged in heavy seas off Pembrokeshire coast.
21 Nov 1940: Struck Milford dock wall, damaging stem and bow plating.
1 Dec 1948 - 1 Jan 1949: Laid up at Milford [see story below.]
Dec 1954: Ceased fishing. 1955: Broken up.
[Lofthouse T., Mayes G., Newton D., & Thompson M. (2012): Cochrane Shipbuilders Vol.1: 1884 - 1914.]
Accidents and Incidents:
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 17th December 1948:
Twenty-one out of Milford's fleet of ninety-two trawlers are now idle, six of the smaller class boats having tied up this week owing to the present uneconomic trading conditions. On the face of it this is a very gloomy Christmas picture, but beneath it all is a feeling of confidence in the industry.
Owners of the eight trawlers tying up this week - Lord Cecil, Loyal Star, Cassiopeia, Poseidon, Constant Star, Framlingham, Lavenham and Lord Anson - will be taking the opportunity during the present "low" in the industry to repair and re-equip their vessels, and it is good to know that two of the ships which have tied up, the Ellesmere (Crescent Company) and Milford Prince (Milford Trawling Company), have been crewing up, and will return to sea again within a day or two after a six week stoppage.
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