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ORSINO H410  / GSJA
Built
1966
Yarrow Scotstown / STERN WHOLEFISH FREEZER
Off Number
308566
Length Ft
223.9.
Tons Gross
1574.
Yard Number
2269
Breadth Ft
39.1.
Tons Net
672
Launched
31/08/1966
Engine Builder
Mirrlees National Ltd Stockport.
Hp
2350 BHP
Registered
Draught Ft
15.0
Knots
13 .5 K
Registered ORSINO H410 Owners Hellyer Brothers Hull
    . 29th November 1968 Sailed as the Mother Ship for the fishing fleet
    Owners 1984 - Australia Southern Ocean Fish Processing Pty Ltd
  JESSIE Owners New Zealand
  JESSIE I -84 Owners Thailand
Fate : Scrapped 1984
 

 

Fact File

08 Dec 1966 arrived Hull Sailed 14th for maiden voyage Skipper Eddie Wooldridge Snrs first command of a stern trawler.The vessel responded to the aid of the Hull Trawler St Finbarr which was later lost due to fire.

The Orsino was to become Britains first experimental Mother Ship and was chartered by the Board of Trade, the estimated cost of the experiment was £150,000, of which the greater part is the cost of operating and chartering the ship and her crew.

The aim was to provide current Meterological Information, medical assistance and other essential duties in protecting the fishing fleet in Icelandic waters during the winter months.  After been Modified she sailed from Hull on the 29th November 1968 spending the next 154 days at sea on the Icelandic Grounds. She was again chartered the following winter and left Hull 26th Nov 1969 with 28 crew aboard  inclusive of Meteorologist , Doctor, Weather Adviser, and four Radio Operators after returning to Hull on 29th March 1970 her duties as a Mother Ship ended.

04 Dec 1968 : An experienced weather forecaster in the grade of Senior Experimental Officer, who volunteered for the work, is serving on the weather advisory trawler "Orsino". The ship carries meteorological equipment to measure wind, pressure, humidity and air and sea temperatures. Communications equipment enables the forecaster to make regular contact with the Central Forecast Office, Bracknell, and to receive facsimile weather charts

The Orsino H410 caught fire while bunkering in Honninsvag on 23rd April 1975. A fire broke out in the crew accomodation. Whilst fighting the fire the 2nd Mate David Thompson was overcome by fumes and lost his life. The Orsino was later beached away from the port, she was towed back to Hull by the Stern Trawler Kurd arriving on the 9th May 1975.

14 Jan 1978 Grimsby Skipper Peter Crane was to command the Orsino with a mixed crew of Grimsby and Hull men on her final voyage from the Humber ports to her new home in Port Albany Australia. BUT her owners had a 50% share in the Southern Ocean Fish Processing Pty Ltd , she arrived on March 01.

 

 


Webmasters Collection Courtesy P Lynes

Surname
Christian
Age
Vessel
Birth Pl
Occupation
Date/ Scource
Detail
CREWMEN
THOMPSON DAVID . ORSINO H410 . Second Mate 23rd April 1975 Overcome by fumes fighting a fire
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WOOLDRIDGE EDDIE Snr . ORSINO H410 . Skipper 1966 - 1968 .
OLIVER LAURIE . ORSINO H410 . Skipper 1968 .
THUNDERCLIFFE ERIC . ORSINO H410 . Skipper . .
LILLEY JACK . ORSINO H410 . Skipper . .
COCKBURN JIM . ORSINO H410 . W/T Operator Oct 1969 - Mar 1970 .
HUTCHINSON ALBERT . ORSINO H410 . . . .
. . . ORSINO H410 . . . .
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