british Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice - Boston Deep Sea Fisheries - Fred Parkes FV Crystal (SH58) [+1943]
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nationality british
purpose fishing
type trawler
propulsion steam
date built 1895
dead (not found) dead (not found)
weight (tons) 149  grt
dimensions 30.5 x 6.6 x 3.4 m
material steel
engine Steam triple expansion by C. D. Holmes & Co. Ltd. Hull, one single boiler, single screw
armament none
power 45  n.h.p.
speed 10  knots
yard no. 151
IMO/Off. no. 105079
about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 26/06/1943  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
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Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd., Beverley (Hull)
engine by
Holmes C. D. & Co. Ltd., Hull
last owner
[1]Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice - Boston Deep Sea Fisheries - Fred Parkes, Grimsby
FV Crystal (SH58) [+1943]
period 1943 ~ 1943
IMO/Off. no.: 105079
prev. owners
[2]Filey Steam Trawling Co., Hull
FV Crystal (SH58)
period 1934 ~ 1943
[3]Gibson & Mumby, Hull
FV Crystal (H303)
period 1929 ~ 1934
[4]Trident Steam Fishing Co. Ltd. (G. A. Ledger), Hull
FV Crystal (H303)
period 1919 ~ 1929
[5]British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
FV Crystal (H303)
period 1917 ~ 1919
[6]Kingston Steam Trawling Co. Ltd., Hull
FV Crystal (H303)
period 1895 ~ 1917
no. of crew 10
about the wreck
status dead (not found)
depth (m.) 50 max. / 40 min. (m)
protected no
war grave no
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Racey Carl26/06/2009Built for Kingston Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull; In 1917 Rqd by the Royal Navy as a fishing trawler (Fishery reserve); In March 1919 sold to Trident steam Fishing Co Ltd, Hull; In Nov 1929 sold to Gibson & Mumby, Hull; In Feb 1934 sold to Filey Steam Trawling Co, Scarborough (SH.58); In 1943 to sold Boston Deep Sea Fishing Co, Scarborough; Mined. Crew of 10, no lives lost.

This fishing vessel detonated a German laid mine causing her to sink without loss of life, some 12 miles off Scarborough, survivors were picked up by a H.M. patrol vessel VIVACIOUS and landed at Immingham.
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About Owners
Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice - Boston Deep Sea Fisheries - Fred Parkes, Grimsby

Formed in 1885 with vessels initially based at Hull, but a fish quay and stores were shortly after built at Boston, Lincolnshire. In 1922 owner Fred Parkes decided to move the business to Fleetwood and Grimsby. This marked the end of Boston as a major fishing port. During the years that followed the company acquired many subsidiaries and owned fleets in Fleetwood, Hull, Grimsby and Lowestoft. It was liquidated and reformed as Boston Deep Sea Fisheries. The company ended its operations in 1979.

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About Builders
 Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd., Beverley (Hull)
Shipbuilders of Hull & Beverley 1883 -1963 Vessels built at Hull between 1885 - 1904 & Vessels built at Beverley between 1902 - 1963 -- The company was set up on the Humber Bank at Hull by William James Cook, Charles Keen Welton and William Gemmell, three former employees of Earle's Shipbuilding and Engineering Co who set up their own company in 1882, initially to undertake repairs and then build vessels themselves. The first ship to be made by the yard was a steam fishing smack. -

The company moved to a new yard in Grovehill, Beverley in 1901; they took over the Grovehill shipyard from Cochrane, Hamilton and Cooper which had previously been owned by Cochrane and Sons. The first production of the new yard were trawlers and whalers. They dredged the River Hull, allowing larger ships to be built. -

During WWI Tugs, minesweepers and anti-submarine patrol boats were the main ships built for the War effort. In the 1920s the yard consolidated its reputation for building high quality trawlers and continued to do this during the inter war years. During the WWII the yard's output consisted of trawlers, Admiralty corvettes, landing craft, mine-layers and anti-submarine trawlers.After the war, the yard focussed on trawlers again along with a few tugs. -

The Grovehill shipyard continued to be busy. In 1954 the comany had workforce of 650. It was reported that 15 vessels were launched in 1954, five more than in the previous year. They included three minesweepers, four trawlers, and a tug: they were typical of the orders being received by the yard at that time. At least three of the trawlers launched in 1954 and 1955 were exported to South Africa. -

For many years, the chairman of Cook, Welton and Gemmell was Harold Sheardown, a Hull businessman who was also vice-chairman of the Kingston Steam Trawler Co., which was one of the best customers of the Beverley shipyard. In 1963 the yard struggled to find orders and was closed under the Cook, Welton and Gemmell name on 31st March 1963. Soon after the yard was purchased by Charles D. Holmes and Co. The company name was changed to Beverley Shipbuilding and Engineering Co Ltd. This was in turn taken over by Whitby Shipyard Ltd on 1 July 1976

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Holmes C. D. & Co. Ltd., Hull
In 1869 Charles D. Holmes was founded in Hull as marine engineering company.

In 1959 the company was privatized.

During the 1960's the company built tugs for the Humber fleet, as well as companies from further. The company were general marine engineers, boiler makers, welders, metal sprayers, and makers of marine diesel engines with 400 employees. In 1963 purchased the yard of Cook, Welton & Gemmel.

During the 1970s the yard made more tugs for the Navy, BP and the Iranian Government. The yard was acquired by the Drypool Group in 1975 and after building one further ship, went into liquidation again.

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