Courtesy of Barry Banham

Official No:  149250   Port Number and Year:   Lowestoft, 1931 (LT201)

                                                                                Aberdeen, 1959 (A61)

Description: Steel side drifter / trawler, steam, coal fired, single screw.

Crew: 10 men (1931).

Built: 1931, by Cochrane & Sons, Selby. (Yard no.1102)

Tonnage: 117 grt  53 net (1931). 122 grt 48 net (1961).

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 94.1  / 20.1 / 9.5.

Engine: T.3-Cyl., 37 nhp, 10.5 kts; by Elliot & Garrood, Beccles. 

1961: Converted by J. Lewis & Sons Ltd, Aberdeen.  Fitted with 3-cyl,  4 stroke, 300bhp oil engine by A.K. Diesels Ltd, Lowestoft (engine built under license by  J. Lewis & Sons Ltd, Aberdeen in 1960).




21 Mar 1931: Frederick Ernest Catchpole, Star Buildings, Beach Rd., Lowestoft. (1931-34)

                                                                     406 London Rd. South, Lowestoft. (1934-39)

 Managing owner.


10 May 1948: The Star Drift Fishing Co. Ltd., 406 London Rd., Lowestoft.

Manager: Frederick E. Catchpole.

28 Mar 1949: As PEACEFUL STAR LT201.


31 May 1955:  Arthur H. Codd & Son, London.  


1 Jun 1956: Anson Steam Trawler Co. Ltd., Milford
Manager: John J. N. Picton.


25 Nov 1959: Alick King, Lowestoft.

Managing owner.


As A61

30 Nov 1959: Wood & Davidson, Aberdeen.

Manager: John Wood.

Dec 1959: As PEACEFUL STAR A61


27 Oct 1970: George Wood (Aberdeen) Ltd., Aberdeen.


11 Feb 1973: James Stevenson, London. 


1974: Robert Dick, London W12.


Landed at Milford: 13 Jul 1955 - 19 Nov 1959

Skippers: George Knight (1957)


1930s:  Seasonal trawling from Padstow, Milford and Fleetwood (Lowestoft Fish Selling Co, Lowestoft, managing agents).  

3 Sep 1939: Requisitioned by the Admiralty as QUIET WATERS and converted to contraband control/auxiliary patrol .  (P.No. FY.1776).

Mar 1944: Employed on miscellaneous naval duties.

9 Feb 1946: Returned to owners.

1974: Fitted out in Portugal for prawn fishing off North African coast. 

1978:  Sank on moorings in Marsa Creek, Malta. 

1979:  Sunken hull sold to Cassar Enterprises, Marsa for 880. 

1981: After being salved sold to Sartard Shipbreakers, Marsa for breaking up. 

4 May 1982: Aberdeen registry closed.

(Information kindly supplied by Gil Mayes and Bill Blow.)


[Mayes G., & Thompson M. (2014): Cochrane Shipbuilders Vol.2: 1915 - 1939.]


Accidents and Incidents

From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 15th November 1957:


    The drifter-trawler Peaceful Star (Picton Trawlers) returned to port on Wednesday to land the master, Skipper George Knight, Lowestoft, with an injured foot.


John Stevenson Collection


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