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References:

 

Aberdeen Built Ships

Aberdeen Press and Journal : Aberdeen Journals Ltd., Publisher.

Aberdeen Evening Express : Aberdeen Journals Ltd., Publisher.

British Vessels Lost at Sea 1914-1918 and 1939-1945 : Patrick Stephens Ltd., now Haynes Publishing, Publisher.

British Warships 1914-1919: Dittmar and Colledge : Ian Allan Publishing Ltd., Publisher.

Customs and Excise Registers of Sea Fishing Boats

Fishing News, Intrafish, Publisher.

Mariners Almanac : Aberdeen Journals Ltd., Publisher.

Mercantile Navy Lists via the CLIP Project.

Olsens Fishermans Nautical Almanack : E T W Dennis & Sons Ltd, Publisher.

Scotsman Archives: Johnstone Publications.

Steam Drifters, A Brief History : Jim Tarvit : Scottish Fisheries Museum, Publisher.

Warships of World War II : Lenton and Colledge : Ian Allan Publishing Ltd., Publisher.

 

 

 
         
Port Letters & No: 
Owners & Port History
 
 
( chronological order)
 
Name:  As HMD Solstice  

1. Owner: 

Admiralty

 
HMD Solstice  
Official Number: 

Port: 

 

As INS 276 Solstice

 
137659 2. Owner: Daniel Tolmie, 62 King Street, Burghead and Others 1921 to 1930 January.  

Built: 

1918 Herd and Mackenzie, Findochty.

Port: Burghead

 

As BF 140 Solstice

 
3. Owner: John Watt, 102 Main Street, Gardenstown (Skipper CoC 17839); Alexander Watt 1a Seatown, Gardenstown; Alexander Johnston, 64 Straight Path, Gardenstown; James Johnston, 24 Crovie; John ? Potter, Gardenstown, Medical Practicioner; george Wiseman Craigen, Gardenstown, General Merchant; Thomas Buchan, Fraserburgh, Coal Merchant; George Stephen 107 Mid Street (changed to 1 Viewfield Road), Fraserburgh, Fish Salesman; Blossom? Watt, 56 Grattan Place, Fraserburgh from 1930 January 10th., until 1934 January 5th.  
Type of Vessel:  Port: Gardenstown.  
 Steam screw ketch, 1st class, 9 men, nets and lines.

4. Owner: John Watt, 102 Main Street, Gardenstown (Skipper CoC 17839); James Johnston, 24 Crovie; George Wiseman Craigen, Gardenstown, General Merchant; Thomas Buchan, Fraserburgh, Coal Merchant; George Stephen 107 Mid Street (changed to 1 Viewfield Road), Fraserburgh, Fish Salesman; Blossom? Watt, 56 Grattan Place, Fraserburgh;John Watt snr. 102 Main Street and John Ritchie both of Gardenstown; from 1934 January 5th. until 1938 May 6th.

 

 
Dimensions: Port: Gardenstown  
    87.0ft.loa.,  20.0ft.b., 10.2ft.d. 5. Owner: John Watt, 102 Main Street, Gardenstown (Skipper CoC 17839) was killed in a german air raid whilst undertaking training with the RNR at HMS Excellent on 10th March 1941; James Johnston, 24 Crovie; George Wiseman Craigen, Gardenstown, General Merchant; Thomas Buchan, Fraserburgh, Coal Merchant; George Stephen 107 Mid Street (changed to 1 Viewfield Road), Fraserburgh, Fish Salesman; Blossom? Watt, 56 Grattan Place, Fraserburgh;John Watt snr. 102 Main Street; John Ritchie and Emily Ann West or Watt all of Gardenstown; from 1938 May 6th. until 1941 May 2nd.  
Tonnage:  Port: Gardenstown  
  98.46grt., 42.96nrt. 6. Owner:  James Johnston, 24 Crovie; George Wiseman Craigen, Gardenstown, General Merchant; Thomas Buchan, Fraserburgh, Coal Merchant; George Stephen 107 Mid Street (changed to 1 Viewfield Road), Fraserburgh, Fish Salesman;Blossom? Watt, 56 Grattan Place Fraserburgh; John Watt snr. 102 Main Street; John Ritchie and Emily Ann West or Watt all of Gardenstown; James Donaldson Paterson ? Banff and Robert Thomson Potter of 551 Duke Street Glasgow from 1941 May 2nd. until 1943 February 16th.  
Propulsion: Port: Gardenstown  
 Steam engine: 18 inch triple expansion by Urquhart and Lindsay, Dundee; 43nhp.

 7. Owner: James Johnston, 24 Crovie; George Wiseman Craigen, Gardenstown, General Merchant; Thomas Buchan, Fraserburgh, Coal Merchant; George Stephen 107 Mid Street (changed to 1 Viewfield Road), Fraserburgh, Fish Salesman;James Alexander Watt, 56 Grattan Place Fraserburgh; John Watt snr. 102 Main Street; John Ritchie and Emily Ann West or Watt all of Gardenstown; James Donaldson Paterson ? Banff and Robert Thomson Potter of 551 Duke Street Glasgow;  from  1943 February 16th.

Port:

 

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Years:       
 1918 to 1920      
           
 

History: 

 1918 completed and commissioned October 3rd., as HMD Solstice; Ad No 3659; Minesweeper; one 6pdr., gun.

1920 transferred to Fishery Board for Scotland for disposal.

1921 sold to Burghead.

1921 registered INS  276 Solstice.

1921 August 15th., the Solstice was reported as one of the top fished boats at Castlebay with  60 crans. The average catch for the day was 13 crans.

1921 August 19th., the Solstice was reported as one of the top fished boats at Castlebay  with 70 crans. The average catch for the day was 15 crans.

1924 January 31st., the Solstice was reported as  the top fished boat at Oban with 50 crans. The average catch for the day was 15 crans.

1926, July 30th., the Solstice was reported as  the top fished boat at Oban  with  40 crans. The average catch for the day was 16 cran.

1927 July 13th., the Solstice was reported as one of the top fished boats at Mallaig with 55 crans. The average catch for the day was 8 cran.

1929 May 29th., the Solstice was reported as one of the top fished boats at Oban with 30 crans. The average catch for the day was 20 crans.

1929 August 21st., the Solstice was reported as one of the top fished boats at  Mallaig with 50 crans. The average catch for the day was 10 crans.

1930 Inverness registry closed, vessel sold to Gardenstown.

1930, January 10th., registered BF 140 Solstice.

1931 July 15th., the Solstice was reported as one of the top fished boats at Lerwick with 40 crans. The average catch for the day was 6 crans.

1933 July 17th., the Solstice was reported as one of the top fished boats at Fraserburgh  with 40 crans. The average catch for the day was 1.5 crans.

1933 August 19th., the Solstice was reported as one of the top fished boats at Fraserburgh with 25  crans. The average catch for the day was 11 cran.

1934 July 18th., the Solstice was reported as one of the top fished boats at Fraserburgh with 55 crans. The average catch for the day was 15.5 crans.

1936 September 2nd.,the Solstice was reported as one of the top fished boats at Fraserburgh with 25 crans. The average catch for the day was 15 crans.

1937 July 22nd., the Solstice was reported as one of the top fished boats at Lerwick with  140 crans. The average catch for the day was 31 cran.

1938 May 23rd., the Solstice was reported as one of the top fished boats at Fraserburgh with 25 crans. The average catch for the day was 15 crans.

1938 August 22nd., the Solstice was reported as one of the top fished boats at Fraserburgh with 45  crans. The average catch for the day was 12 crans

1939 March 11th., the crew of the Solstice rescued the crew of another Gardenstown drifter, the Laurel Crown, skipper J Reid, when that vessel had hit a concrete navigation marker in Loch Oich and sunk in shallow water within 10 minutes. The two drifters were travelling together  to the line fishing on the West Coast. The Laurel Crown was on her first trip having undergone a major refit following a collision with a cargo  boat at Kyle of Lochalsh.

1939 July 24th., the Solstice was reported as one of the top fished boats at Fraserburgh with 65 crans. The average catch for the day was 14 crans.

1939, December, on hire to Admiralty as minesweeper; Ad No FY 937.

1946 September returned to owners.

1946 Banff registry closed November 16th., boat broken up.