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Epine GY 7

Epine Built 1929 Cook Welton & Gemmell Beverley for J. Stewart Trawling Co. Ltd Hull Built as Solway Firth H 107 08/01/1931 Sold to the Firth Steam Trawling Co. Ltd Hull  20/06/1931 Bought by H. W. Hall Thomas Hamling & Co. Ltd Hull 09/01/1931 Sold to the Premier Steam Fishing Co. Ltd Grimsby renamed Epine registered as GY 7 03/09/1939 Requisitioned as a minesweeper  01/1946 Returned to commercial fishing  13/03/1948 Wrecked on rocks at Snæfellsnes, Faxafloi west coast of Iceland in a severe gale and blizzard An Icelandic rescue party got a line to the vessel and took four of her crew off by breeches buoy One other crew member managed to swim ashore but fourteen of her crew were lost as heavy seas swept the wreck Clinging to the bridge skipper Alfred Loftis was heard to shout
“I do not mind what happens to me so long as the boys are all right Look after the boys”


Her Details are

  • Official Number 160860
  • Yard Number 531 
  • Admiralty Number FY 682 
  • GT 358 NT 154 
  • Dimensions 140.3 x 24 x 13.2 
  • Quarter deck 77 Foc’sle 21 
  • Engines Charles. D. Holmes 96 NHP 10.8 knots 

13/03/1948 Wrecked on rocks at Snæfellsnes, Faxafloi west coast of Iceland in a severe gale and blizzard