Leaving Leith

Reproduced with acknowledgement to Joe Kerr

Ocean Freeman  LH 242

Built 1916     Smiths Dock Co Ltd, Middlesbrough as "Mewslade"   (Steel)
Yard No 632
Owner at New Rhondda  Fishing Co Ltd, Swansea (Crawford Heron manager)
ID no 136137
Launch Date 03.03.1916
Completed 04.1916
Gross Tons 275
Nett Tons 108
Engine 87 hp    T.3-cyl by  Smiths Dock Co Ltd, Middlesbrough
Length 125.4ft
Breadth 23.4ft
Depth 12.8ft


04.1916 Requisitioned from the builders and converted to minesweeper (Ad.No1993) based at Devonport.
01.05.1916 Registered at Swansea SA 34.
1919 Returned to Owners. 
1922 Owned by Rhondda Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Swansea (John Denton Marsden, Grimsby manager (Consolidated Steam Fishing & Ice Co Ltd)).
04.03.1922 Manager becomes Sir John Denton Marsden, Bart, Grimsby
09.1927 Managing Company becomes Consolidated Fisheries Ltd, Grimsby (Sir John Denton Marsden manager).
07.03.1940 Requisitioned and converted to minesweeper (P.No.FY.816) attached to 7th Minesweeping Group at Lowestoft.
1941 Owned by Walbro Fishing Co Ltd,  Aberdeen  (Thomas Walker manager).
04.04.1946 Returned to Owners .
1946 Owned by Ocean Fishing Co Ltd ,Newhaven, Edinburgh (Alexander Flockhart, William Flockhart, James Bowman Anderson & George Inglis Ward)  (Skipper Norman Lyle).
1946 Swansea registry closed.
1946 Renamed "OCEAN FREEMAN".
1946 Registered at Leith LH 242.
06.06.1955 Owned by Ocean Fishing Co Ltd, Newhaven Edinburgh (George Inglis Ward sole owner/manager)(Three owners retire)
1957 Sold as scrap to BISCO (British Iron & Steel Co).
05.1957 Scrapped by G & W.  Brunton at Grangemouth.