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St FINBARR H 308
Built
1964
Ferguson Bros Port Glasgow
Off Number
305772
Length Ft
210.6
Tons Gross
1139
Yard Number
441
Breadth Ft
36.4
Tons Net
505
Launched
26 Sept 1964
   
Hp
1592 BHP
Registered
Nov 1964
Engine Builder
Mirrlees National
Knots
13.5 K
Registered St FINBARR H 308 Owners Nov 1964 Thomas Hamling & Co Ltd
    Owners  
Fate : St Finbarr sank 27 Dec 1966
 

St FINBARR

 

Surname
Christian
Age
Vessel
Birth Pl
Occupation
Date/ Scource
Detail
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BRIGHAM STANLEY 50 St FINBARR H308 . Sparehand 25 Dec 1966 Fire boke out on vessel Christmas Day 12 crewmen perished
. . . 77 Shannon Rd Hull . . . .
COULMAN ROBERT 19 St FINBARR H308 . Sparehand 25 Dec 1966 Fire boke out on vessel Christmas Day 12 crewmen perished
. . . 32 Haddon St Hull . . . .
GRAY THOMAS 50 St FINBARR H308 . W/T Operator 25 Dec 1966 Fire boke out on vessel Christmas Day 12 crewmen perished
. . . 31 Penhurst Ave Hessle . . . .
HAMILTON JAMES 42 St FINBARR H308 . Sparehand 25 Dec 1966 Fire boke out on vessel Christmas Day 12 crewmen perished
. . . 35 Eton St Hull . . . .
HARRISON ANTHONY 20 St FINBARR H308 . Sparehand 25 Dec 1966 Fire boke out on vessel Christmas Day 12 crewmen perished
. . . 4 Holly Villas Flinton St . . . .
MATTHEWS JOHN 24 St FINBARR H308 . Sparehand 25 Dec 1966 Fire boke out on vessel Christmas Day 12 crewmen perished
. . . Providence Tce Liverpool St . . . .
O DELL JEFFREY 34 St FINBARR H308 . Sparehand 25 Dec 1966 Fire boke out on vessel Christmas Day 12 crewmen perished
. . . 35 Uxbridge Grove Greatfield . . . .
PULLEN KENNETH 20 St FINBARR H308 . Sparehand 25 Dec 1966 Fire boke out on vessel Christmas Day 12 crewmen perished
. . . 1 Milford Grove Greatfiled . . . .
SIGURDSSON JOHAN 31 St FINBARR H308 . Sparehand 25 Dec 1966 Fire boke out on vessel Christmas Day 12 crewmen perished
. . . 354 St Georges Rd . . . .
SMITH HAROLD 52 St FINBARR H308 . Greaser 25 Dec 1966 Fire boke out on vessel Christmas Day 12 crewmen perished
. . . 11 Finchley Grove Ings Rd Est . . . .
SMITH JOHN . St FINBARR H308 . . 25 Dec 1966 Fire boke out on vessel Christmas Day 12 crewmen perished
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YOUNG DAVID 17 St FINBARR H308 . Deckie Learner 25 Dec 1966 Fire boke out on vessel Christmas Day 12 crewmen perished
. . . 534 Inglemire Lane Hull . . . .
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SAWYERS THOMAS 39 St FINBARR H308 . Skipper 25 Dec 1966 Survivor of fire
COLLIER GERALD . St FINBARR H308 . Mate 25 Dec 1966 Survivor of fire
WILLIAMS HUGH 42 St FINBARR H308 . Chief Engineer 25 Dec 1966 Survivor of fire
WILLIAMS BRIAN . St FINBARR H308 . . 25 Dec 1966 Survivor of fire   - after losing his two elder brothers on the Boston Lincoln, he had said it would happen to him but not on this occasion, he later died aboard the St Benedict on May 25 1976 after a accident with the trawl gear, a bolt struck him on the head and he was killed instantly.
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Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fisherman

With the many losses of men and vessels from the Hull Fishing Fleet, as previously it was the RNMDSF to whom it fell to convey the news of these losses and although there had been many losses at this time of the year in the past decades, this would be a particularly difficult and somber time to have to bring sad news to the families of the Hull fishermen.

At 9pm on christmas day 1966 David McMillan the Hull Superintendant and his staff had to make the house calls to the families celebrating xmas day with the news of the tragedy unfolding aboard the St Finbarr H308. It would be in the early hours of boxing day that once again the families were visited but this time there was news that 13 men had boarded the Hull trawler Orsino, but for 12 of the families the news would be devastating.

 

st finbarr tow

St FINBARR H308 under tow by the ORSINO H410 ( On her maiden voyage ) The ORSINO would also have a fire in the crew accomodation with the loss of one life in 1975

The St Finbarr had been a successful vessel since her maiden voyage in Nov 1964 she sailed straight from the shipyard at Glasgow, by her second trip she had broke the National record catch with 488 tons 17cwt. Impressed by her performance the owners ordered a further 3 vessels from Fergusons to be called the St Jerome, St Jason, and St Jasper. Just over 2 years after her maiden voyage she left Hull with 25 Officers and crew for her fourteenth time in Nov 1966 for her usual trip to the Newfoundland and Labrador Coasts. Skipper Tom Sawyers had sailed in the vessel from the begining and had fished these waters on many occasions. On Christmas eve fishing had been suspended due to a North Easterly gale and a heavy swell running, at 07.30 the next morning Christmas day 2 off duty spare hands awoke to find smoke filling the companionway and saw flames comming from the door of the cabin opposite, the two men made their escape through the door to the engine room. The spare hands made their way to the bridge where the alarm was raised, a call from the duty engineer then stated that the flames were entering the engine room from the crew accomodation. Immediately the skipper ordered a Maday call to be sent and headed for the crew accomodation but was drove back by the dense smoke, the fire was now raging uncontrollably, the crew brought the breathing apparatus and tried to fight the fire.

An explosion which threw the skipper out of the bridge and onto the engine casing then occured, the bridge windows were also blown out. The order was given to launch the lifeboat, but as the crew tried to do so a possible electric short occured and the crewmen were receiving electric shocks, they then went to launch 2 liferafts from the port and starboard side of which one was lost. The Hull trawler Orsino H410 Skippered by Eddie Wooldridge was fishing about 5 miles away when she received the St Finbarr`s mayday call at 07.41 she immediately set off for the vessel and on arrival skipper Wooldridge told skipper Sawyer to take to the rafts and the Orsino would pick them up. At about 0930 after fighting the fire and searching for any further crewmen for almost two hours 12 men boarded the liferaft and headed for the Orsino, the weather had not abated and in the severe conditions two men were lost as they tried to board the Orsino. The fire which had engulfed the crew accomodation and engine room in 7 minutes had now also reached the bridge the Skipper , Mate and Chief Engineer who had remained aboard took shelter in the Net Loft, another of the 40 vessels that had responded to the mayday call was the Hull trawler Sir Fred Parkes H 385 she fired a line across to the St Finbarr which had a liferaft and warm clothing but due to exhaustion the remaining men were unable to recover it. A boarding crew arrived from the Orsino and eventually in the afternoon it was decided too dangerous to remain aboard as the fire was spreading to the fuel tanks, the vessel was then abandoned. The Orsino took the decision to tow the vessel to St Johns which was 600 miles away, a boarding party was again sent to the St Finbarr and a tow- link established. The Osino took the St Finbarr in tow stern first and headed for St Johns, but as the weather deteriorated it was decided to head for the smaller harbour of St Anthony`s which was 250 miles away, after towing through the night early the next morning on the 26th Dec the tow-link parted it would take over 10 hours before the tow-link was resumed. On the 27th Dec after been towed almost 200 miles the St Finbarr started to settle by the head and eventually the tow - link was abandoned and at 19.30 the St Finbarr sank taking with it the 9 men who had died in their accomodation.

 

HOUSE OF COMMONS

JAMES JOHNSTON ( MP Kingston upon Hull West   17 Jan 1967 - On a point of order. May I seek your guidance, Mr. Speaker, on a matter affecting my constituents? I have a Question, No. 58, to the President of the Board of Trade about the tragic loss of the fishing vessel, "St. Finbarr", sailing out of Hull; the loss of the vessel with also the loss of 12 lives off the coast of Labrador.

Is it not the custom of this House that the Minister responsible for safety at sea should come to the House at the end of Question time and make a statement about such a disaster?

HC Deb 17 January 1967 vol 739 cc28-9W
58.Mr. James Johnson

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement regarding the sinking of the Hull freezer trawler "St. Finbarr" off the coast of Labrador on Tuesday 27th December and the loss of 12 members of her crew after the ship caught fire on Christmas morning; and what inquiry he is making into this disaster.

Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu

A fire occurred on the trawler "St. Finbarr" in the early hours of Christmas morning off the coast of Labrador. Thirteen of the crew of twenty-five were taken on board the trawler "Orsino" which also took the burning "St. Finbarr" in tow. On 27th December the "St. Finbarr" sank. Two of the Board's Surveyors have been appointed to carry out a preliminary inquiry under the Merchant Shipping Acts. Twelve of the crew lost their lives and the House will wish to join with me in expressing sympathy with their relatives and friends.