As FD241 (1916-45)

Courtesy of Fleetwood Maritime Heritage Trust and The Bosun's Watch

Official No:   139210   Port Number and Year: 2nd in Fleetwood, 1916 (FD241)

                                                                                 7th in Milford, 1946

                                                                                   -   in Aberdeen, 1951 (A677)

Description: Steel side trawler; steam screw, coal burning.  Ketch rigged: mizzen

Crew: 12 men (1945).

Registered at Milford: 4 Nov 1946.

Built: 1916, by Smith's Dock Co., South Bank-on-Tees, Middlesbrough. (Yard no. 633)

Tonnage: 274.76 gross  107.61 net

Length / breadth / depth (feet):  125.4 / 23.4 / 12.85

Engine: T 3-Cyl. 87.5 nhp. 10⅛  kts. Engine: builders; boiler by Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co., Hebburn on Tyne.



 5 May 1916: As WIGAN FD241

11 May 1916: The Wyre Steam Trawling Co. Ltd., 114 Dock St., Fleetwood

Manager: Magnus B. J. Wedum. (Same address.)


26 Sep 1916: The Palatine Steam Trawling Co. Ltd., 114 Dock St.,  Fleetwood

Manager: Magnus B. J. Wedum.  (Same address.)


Nov 1931: Wyre Steam Trawling Co. Ltd., 114 Dock St., Fleetwood.

Manager: Magnus B. J. Wedum. [Same address.]


1939: Saint Andrew's Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., St. Andrew's Dock, Kingston-upon-Hull.

Managers: Basil A. Parkes, 'Parkroyd', Linksgate, Thornton-le-Fylde, Lancs.


3 Aug 1945: Manor Steamship Co. Ltd., Milford

Manager: Reginald Llewellyn Hancock, Docks, Milford.

4 Nov 1946: As M144.


27 Mar 1951: John Wood, North Esplanade East, Aberdeen.

Managing owner.

29 Mar 1951: As A677


11 Sep 1953: The Leslie Fishing Co. Ltd., Aberdeen

Manager owner: John Wood, North Esplanade, East Aberdeen.


15 May 1959: Looker Fishing Co. Ltd., Commercial Quay, Aberdeen.

Manager: Alexander Aitken Davidson.


Landed at Milford: 12 Dec 1946 - 1 Sep 1950



May 1916: Requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to a minesweeper (Ad.No.1997).  1x12pdr. Based in Humber.

1919: Returned to owners.

30 Jun 1928: Skipper Nicholas Wright of WIGAN in Campbeltown Sheriff Court was fined 100 for forfeiture of his net, 20 for concealment of identification and 50 for refusing to stop, after fishing 20 miles in prohibited waters off the West of Scotland. [The Times, Tuesday, 3rd Jul. 1928.] 

30 Oct 1932: With her rudder adrift off Rathlin and in heavy gale, the WIGAN was towed by the s.t. DAILY TELEGRAPH to Fleetwood.  [The Times, Monday 31st Oct. and Wednesday 2nd Nov. 1932.]

4 Feb 1940: Requisitioned by the Admiralty for war service and designated for minesweeping duties. 

6 Feb 1940: Returned.

20 Feb 1940:  Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (P.No.FY.1583).

1942: Dover Channel sweeping.

1945: Returned to owners.

Oct 1946: Fleetwood registry closed.

1959: Broken up at St. David's, Fife.

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 27 Mar 1951.  Vessel transferred to the port of Aberdeen.

[ Information from The Bosun's Watch website and The Fleetwood Maritime Heritage Trust. ]

 Accidents and Incidents

From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 17th December 1948:


    On enquiry on Thursday we were told at the offices of Messrs.  Peter Hancock and Sons that there is no truth whatever that the steam trawler Wigan has been sold to a Scottish port.

    "You can scotch that rumour," and official of the firm declared.  "The Wigan is still in our ownership."




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