LE TOUQUET M169
John Stevenson Collection
Official No: 301704 Port Number and Year: - in Boulogne, 1949 (B.2506)
- in Fecamp, 1958 (F.1161)
6th in Milford, 1959
Description: Steel side trawler; steam screw, oil burner.
Registered at Milford: 28 Jul 1959
Built: by Chantiers Navale de Caen, Blainville, France, in 1949. (Yard no. 17)
Tonnage: 290.04 gross 128.1 net
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 130.2 / 24.7 / 12.0
Engine: Steam double compound direct acting 4-Cyl; 108 nhp, 540 bhp; 10 kts. Engine and boiler by A. Reliers et Chantiers de France, Blainville.
As LE TOUQUET B.2506
1949: Pollet Freres & Cie., 70 Rue du Moulin-a-Vapeur, Boulogne. [ See photo below. ]
As LE TOUQUET F.1161
Jul 1958: Societie D’Armement des Saleurs Fecampois, Fecamp.
(Jules Lefort, Albert Massif, Gaston Tocque, Philippe Lemesle)
As LE TOUQUET M169
28 Jul 1959: Milford Fisheries Ltd., The Docks, Milford.
Manager: Owen Willie Limbrick, The Rath, Milford.
3 Feb 1960: Reynold James Parry, Hakinville, Hakin.
(From 16 May 1961: Point Fields, Hakin.)
[ Not recorded in the Milford Register of Fishing Vessels, T/SHIP/2/11 (1945-72) p.100 ]
1963: Fosnavåg Havfiske A/S, Ålesund, Norway.
1981: As SEMLE FEDERSON.
By 1984: Baltic Schooner Association, Georgetown, Cayman Islands.
Landed at Milford: 1 Jul 1959 - 24 May 1961
Skippers: Albert Riby; Grenville Beckett.
Notes: 15 Dec 1985 - Scuttled off Port Vila Harbour, Vanuatu.
Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 16 Mar 1962. Vessel sold to Norwegian owners.
[ Thanks to Per Gisle Galåen and Ole Hajem Fiske, Norwegian Maritime Museum, and to www.michaelmcfadyenscuba.info. ]
Accidents and Incidents:
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 26th June 1959:
A crew left Milford by train on Wednesday evening for Fecamp, France, to bring back to Milford the oil-burning trawler that was recently purchased by Milford Fisheries Ltd. No fewer than five certificated skippers are in the crew: Messrs. Reggie High (Skipper), Jimmy Jobson (Mate), Bert Spindler and Billy Blockwell (deckhands) and J. Smith (cook). The trawler is expected in Milford at the weekend.
Another Fisheries trawler, the Almandine, has entered Messrs. R. S. Hayes, Pembroke Dock for conversion from coal to oil fuel power.
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 3rd July 1959:
The ten year old oil-burning trawler Le Touquet arrived at Milford Haven for her new owners Milford Fisheries Ltd. The ship, similar in length to the 125ft. Castle class trawlers, was brought from Fecamp, France by a Milford crew. Her addition to the Fisheries fleet, the biggest in the Hake class boats at the port, means that the firm will own five oil-fired vessels when conversion of the Almandine is completed at Hayes, Pembroke Dock. The other oil-fired trawlers are the Arthur Cavanagh, Nobel, Boston Herald, Le Touquet and Almandine.
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