OLVINA H139
Built
1936
Cook Welton & Gemmell
Off Number
164924
Length Ft
166.6
Tons Gross
504
Yard Number
611
Breadth Ft
27.7
Tons Net
192
Launched
08 Apr 1936
Hp
132HP
Registered
15 May 1936
Engine Builder
C D Holmes
Knots
12K
Registered CAPE COMORIN H291 Owners 1936 Hudson Brothers Ltd Hull
  H.M.T CAPE COMORIN Owners 1939 - 1945 Admiralty
  CAPE COMORIN H139 Owners 1945 Hudson Brothers Ltd Hull
    Owners 10 Nov 1955 Victoria Fishing Co Ltd Hull
  OLVINA H139 Owners 15 Dec 1955 Renamed
  LOBELIA Owners 1960 Irvin & Johnson Cape Town South Africa
    Owners  
Fate : 1968 Formed Artificial Reef off Africa
Admiralty
Pennant No
Role
Returned
Aug 1939
FY 143
Anti-Submarine
1945
 

 

Fact File

Feb 08 1957 The Olvina picked up the crew of 27 from the German Vessel Stralsund from their lifeboats off Flamborough Head . The vessel had sent out a distress call stating she was sinking with water in the hold. The distress call was been answered by 3 vessels and the Flamborough Lifeboat.


IN LOVING REMEMBERANCE OF BRIAN ATKINSON

A Good shipmate and friend

Lost on the 01st June 1957 from the OLVINA H139

Silent waters of the deep, who took my shipmate to eternal sleep.

No place to visit or headstone by, just time and tide passing slowly by.

Your angels came in that morning sun, my grief and pain had just begun.

Each time we passed homeward bound, or heading back to the fishing ground.

The words I spoke with silent sound, but from my heart these where found.

One day we`ll catch the same ship again laugh, chatter and forget the pain

At 0.800 in the morning of the 01st of June 1957 the Olvina H139 left St Andrews Dock and headed into the Humber, the start of her fishing trip to Iceland. It was a flat calm day and the sun was shining, we had placed all the ships stores away. I myself was Decky trimmer on this trip and was not required to take a watch, so as we left the Humber and rounded Spurn Point, I took the opportunity to enjoy the nice weather and went on the boat deck to read untill I was called for to trim the coal. Some of the other crewmen where also relaxing under the boat deck and I could hear their chatter when a loud scream of "man overboard " rang out. I looked overboard and saw the man in the water and immediately ran to the bridge informing the skipper, who put the wheel hard to starboard. The man in the water was our sparehand Brian Atkinson and on the glass like sea he was visible for sometime, but as the vessel came round and got close to him he vanished. We searched the area for over 6 hours, as did all other vessels leaving port that day, but to no avail. The Olvina then returned to Hull, We sailed again the next day but had to change some crew members as some refused to sail, and to this day I wished I had been one of them. On this trip our cook had to be landed at Iceland and we sailed without a cook, a few days later the mate also met with an accident and had to be landed leaving us another man short. On our return to Hull we then settled in debt bringing to an end the saddest trip of my fishing life.

I have tried to place these events in the back of my mind for many years but believe there should be a fitting tribute to my fellow shipmate.

Brian Atkinson: a good shipmate and friend, gone but not forgotten

Brian Calvert.

 

Surname
Christian
Age
Vessel
Birth Pl
Occupation
Date/ Scource
Detail
CREWMEN
PADMORE ? . OLVINA H139 . Skipper 1957 .
SMITH WILLIAM . OLVINA H139 . Skipper 1957 .
CALVERT BRIAN . OLVINA H139 Decky Trimmer 1957 May - Sept 1957 6 trips
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