ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
SEAWARD PETREL
Construction
STEEL
Type
TRAWLER
Date
1959
Official Number
301585
Description
Yard Number: 289

Owner: Seaward Fishing Co. Aberdeen (Manager: A. W. King)

Engine number 359: British Polar Oil 2SA 5cy 12½ x 18½

Type: Motor Fishing Trawler
Construction: Riveted, Welded

Subsequent Names: GRAMPIAN PETREL (1982-1992)

Owned in 1974 by Brucewood Ltd, Aberdeen.
Owned later by W M Ellen.
Owned in 1981 by George Craig and Sons Ltd, Aberdeen.

SEAWARD PETREL was one of three motor fishing trawlers built for Seward Fishing Co. The others were SEAWARD QUEST and SEAWARD VENTURE (SEAWARD VENTURE is registered in Lloyd's as being 12" longer). These three trawlers were early diesel ships built in the late fifties to replace the old coal burners. SEAWARD PETREL fished the near water fishing grounds of the North Sea for seven days duration.
SEAWARD PETREL was sold in the 1970s to Brucewood of Aberdeen along with the two other ships where they were used for pair trawling which involved the stern canopy on top of the bulwarks and accommodation being burnt off to allow towing points to be fixed on top of the accommodation housing. The two trawlers would use a bigger net that usual, fixed to the two trawlers. SEAWARD PETREL AND SEAWARD QUEST were sold to George Craig & Sons of Aberdeen in 1981, who converted them for standby rescue duties.
In 1982 the vessels were renamed GRAMPIAN PETREL AND GRAMPIAN QUEST. GRAMPIAN PETREL was sold in 1992 to unknown owners. GRAMPIAN QUEST was still used by George Craig in 1994-1995.

Shipbuilder
John Lewis & Sons
Owner
Seaward Fishing Company Limited, Aberdeen
Dimensions
length 104 3/12' x breadth 23 1/12' x depth 12'
gross tonnage: 214 ton

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