british FV Merit (+1917)
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general
nationality british
purpose fishing
type smack
propulsion sailing ship
date built 1898
status
unknown
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weight (tons) 39  grt
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about the loss
cause lost gunfire - shelled
date lost 30/01/1917  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
about people
builder
Upham J.W. & A., Brixham
owner
Jenkerson Tom, Milford Haven (UK)
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entered by Lettens Jan
entered 08/04/2011
last update Allen Tony
last update 02/11/2011
 
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Lettens Jan08/04/2011
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Lettens Jan05/11/2010English Fishing Smack

The Smack was the type of fishing boat that brought home the fish to Market for most of the 19th Century, up to the Second World War .

The smack was usually ketch rigged, some had a topsail on the Mizzen mast , while others had a bowsprit carrying a jib.

These boats were very popular in Brixham, Grimsby and Lowestoft. Having sails in red ochre, they were a picturesque sight.
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Lettens Jan08/04/2011Merit, built by J. W. & A. Upham, Brixham in 1898 and owned at the time of her loss by Thomas Jenkerson, Milford, was a British fishing smack of 39 tons.

On January 30th, 1917, Merit was sunk by the German submarine U-55 (Wilhelm Werner), 20 miles NxE from Trevose Head.. There were no casualties.

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