|Yard Number: 926
Date of Launch: 17 May 1965
Renamed: BOSTON EXPLORER (1968); GRAMPIAN EXPLORER (1979)
Owned in 1968 by Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd, Fleetwood and renamed BOSTON EXPLORER. FD15
Owned in 1979 by G Craig, Aberdeen and renamed GRAMPIAN EXPLORER.
Information from Burntisland Shipbuilding Group Journal 28 (1) p14-15:
Sponsor at naming ceremony was Mrs B. A. Parkes.
ABERDEEN EXPLORER is designed for fishing from both sides. Has an insulated fishroom - capacity of about 11,500 cubic feet.
Spacious and comfortable accommodation for crew of 18.
(1) The Sponsor
(2) Sliding gracefully into the River Dee
(3) Leaving her home port
Change of owners:
1967 to Saint Andrew's Steam Fishing Co. Ltd (Manager B. A. Parkes)
1968-69 to Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd
Last mention in Lloyd's Register 1977-78.
ABERDEEN EXPLORER was built using the same hull design as the PRINCE PHILIP, Yard Number 905, with changes being made to the superstructure and fishing layout: on PRINCE PHILIP fishing was only carried out on the starboard side, while the ABERDEEN EXPLORER could fish port and starboard. On PRINCE PHILIP more accommodation was provided. The wheelhouse front on PRINCE PHILIP sloped from the bottom out and on ABERDEEN EXPLORER the wheelhouse sloped back inward.
GRAMPIAN EXPLORER spotted at Wewelsfleth, near Peters Werft, The Netherlands in September 2008. Listed as for sale as an operational vessel for Euro99,000.
Listed as owned by Kurt Linderhaus, Wangerland
Still working as in Lloyds 2010 Register, as being owned by Kurt Linderhaus, Hamburg, Germany, as diving vessel. It has retained its name of GRAMPIAN EXPLORER from its previous Aberdeen owners, whose prefix on all its ships is "GRAMPIAN". North Star Shipping Co. have a new ship called GRAMPIAN EXPLORER (built 2003).
ABERDEEN EXPLORER was converted from fishing in 1978 to standby work.
|Aberdeen Motor Trawlers Limited|
|length 134 5/6' x breadth 29 1/12' x depth 15'
Gross Tonnage: 425 ton