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C S FORESTER H86 (GZMA )
Built
1969
Charles D Holmes & Co Beverley
Off Number
337325
Length Ft
185.7
Tons Gross
185.7
Yard Number
1015
Breadth Ft
36.1
Tons Net
36.1
Launched
15 04 1969
Draught  
Hp
1980 BHP
Registered
Engine Builder
Stork - Werkspoor
Knots
14 K
Registered C S FORESTER H86 Owners 1969 Newington Steam Trawling Co Ltd
  RAN HF342 Owners 30 Apr 1980 Agust Sigurdsson - Hafnarfjordur, Iceland
  DAGSTJARNAN KE3 Owners 1981
  SOLBAKUR EA305 Owners 1987 Akureyri Iceland
  SOLBAKUR II EA305 Owners .
  SOLBAKUR EA305 Owners Hvanneyrin
  . Sold for Scrapping 15 Dec 1992 Clearway Disposals, Belfast Ireland.
Fate : 15 07 1993 Scrapped

 

CS FORESTER H86


 

Fact File

Vessel Named by: Miss Ghislaine Burton, Daughter of Mr Michael Burton, Chairman of owners.

MOST COMFORTABLE TRAWLER SAILING FROM HULL : Aug 1969 Mike Burton interviewed by the Hull Daily Mail.

Britain’s largest distant water wet fishing stern trawler, this vessel has pioneered a new era in crew comforts.

Mike Burton said of her: “Carpet slippers will be waiting for 19 Hull trawlermen each time they finish shooting, hauling and gutting. And if the men don’t wear them they will be… on the carpet.
“For the living accommodation aboard the CS Forester is so lush that the wearing of slippers will be expected.” “I shall expect men to wear carpet slippers when they finish work. We want to get rid of this image of trawlermen always living in their working clothes –there is no need for it.” The home like facilities including crew showers and a place for changing when comming off duty, are not only confined to the crew accomodation, “The real beauty of the ship is that the crew will do all their work except shooting and hauling under cover. They can move from one end of the ship to the other without going on an open deck and stay completely dry.”

22 Aug 1969 Trials off Humber

24 Aug 1969 Maiden Voyage, Bill Brettell, White Sea 19 days 1681 Kits - value £7,440

10 Nov 1970 2.pm Fire broke out in engine room, while changing a blocked filter fuel spurted out onto hot pipes. Engine room was abandoned and flooded, Injured second engineer was flow to hospital by Norwegian helicopter, Ross Valient towed C S Forester into Harstad, she was towed back to Hull by Norwegian Tug taking 9 days, arriving in Hull on 22 Nov 1970.

1972 Under Skipper Bill Brettell while fishing off Skaven, Norway, due to a design fault the vessel was difficult to steer when steaming, the rudder fell off and C S Forester was towed home. The rudder designated for the Hammond Innes which was been built at the time was used as a replacement.

22 Jan 1973 Left Hull for Barents Sea at 18.30 hours on 25 01 1973 rudder fell off again and was towed home by the Joseph Conrad, Skipper Dennis Cawood arriving Hull 31 Jan 1973. After inspection by a marine engineer the problem was resolved by fitting fins close to her stern.

 

The CS Forester under skipper Dick Taylor was the most succesful British wet fish trawler - she was the Champion British trawler in 1976/ 1977/ 1978

1976 Hull Distant Water Challenge Shield

1977 Hull Distant Water Challenge Shield

1977 Set new British record 20 days Bear Island 2,984 kits, value £92,453

1978 Set New British record 23 days Norwegian Coast, 3,052 kits, value £92,458

 

 

Hull Distant Water Challenge Shield
 
Year
Place
Skipper
Days at Sea
Kits
Points
     
     
1970 3rd Bill Brettel
35,039.0
£220,853.0
18,278
1971 4th    
32,196.7
£262,904.7
21,078.6
1972 2nd    
31,576.8
£266,983.7
21,078.6
1974 2nd    
31,810.6
31,133.8
1975 6th    
29,246.8
33,633.6
1976 Winner Richard Taylor  
27,600.6
£692,822.0
48,346.6
1977 Winner Richard Taylor  
25,842.7
£740,262.0
57,066.8

 

Dick Taylor

19 July 1974 After allegedly fishing in the Icelandic 12 mile limit the C S Forester under skipper Richard Taylor was chased for over 100 miles by the Icelandic gunboat Thor which after several warnings had fired severeral non explosive shells at the C S Forester, at least two shells hit the CS Forester holing her above and below the waterline, damaging her engine room and one of her water tanks. .

The CS Forester was eventually boarded and towed to Iceland. Skipper Taylor after been arrested was sentenced to 30 days imprisonment and given a fine of £5000 but was released pending an appeal and a surety of £2,232 from the owners. Having been released with her catch of 200 tons of fish the C S Forester arrived back in Hull a week later than scheduled, her owners newingtons Steam Fishing Co had to pay, £17,300 for the release of the catch, £,6000 in lieu of confiscated fishing gear, and £3,000 in Lieu of costs. Atotal release fee of £26.300. The catch of 25,000 stone of fish was sold for £21,000

Richard Taylor aged 42 at the time had been a skipper for the past 13 years, he was suspended by his owners pending the outcome of his appeal, skipper Taylor commented at the time that he might retire from deep-sea fishing.

 

Surname
Christian
Age
Vessel
Birth Pl
Occupation
Date/ Scource
Detail
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BRETTELL BILL . CS FORESTER H86 . Skipper 1969 / 1971 / 1972 24 Aug 1969 Maiden Voyage, White Sea 19 days 1681 Kits - value £7,440
TAYLOR RICHARD . CS FORESTER H86 . Skipper 1973 .
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TAYLOR DAVID . CS FORESTER H86 . Mate 1974 .
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