A Winteringham-Built Drifter
The Swell

Winteringham Local History and Genealogy

The Swell

The Swell steam drifter - close-up

This photograph was kindly supplied by Mary Fell.

The Swell was a steam drifter commissioned by the War Department and launched in 1917.  She was due to be one of a pair of sister ships, but as the war ended in 1918, the other boat was never launched.

Above - a close up of the deck showing unnamed men on board.  She was built by Routh and Waddingham, but the identity of the two men is currently unknown.

Below: the beautiful lines of the boat, as she lies tied up in the Haven.  She was 97 gross tons, 86 feet long, 19 feet 7 inches in beam, and 10 foot depth.  She fished under the number GY 138, and was renamed the Silvernight.  She is listed on the Fleetwood Online Archive of Trawlers, here.

The Swell steam drifter built at Winteringham


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