Bygones: Owzat for trawler fleet
DURING the 20th century, many Grimsby trawler owners had a specific theme or used a certain prefix or suffix when it came to naming their trawlers.
For instance, Sir Thomas Robinson vessels usually ended with AN eg Tiberian (GY 673), Rhodesian (GY 567). Consolidated Fisheries named their vessels after famous football clubs, eg Arsenal, Everton, Spurs etc.
The Diamonds Steam Fishing Co Ltd (HL Taylor's) had a Japanese theme for naming their trawlers eg; Erimo, Osako, Tokio etc and Markham Cook (Shire Trawlers) named their trawlers after English Shires, eg Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire etc.
Similarly the Crampin Steam Fishing Company with its subsidiary Bunch and Perihelion Steam Fishing Companies were old established Grimsby trawler owners, formed by Herbert Crampin of Cleethorpes, with offices in Fish Dock Road who during the 1930s began modernising their elderly trawler fleet.
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They named their new vessels after well-known cricketers with seven letters in their names. They had five new steam trawlers, each of 450 gross tons, built by Cochrane & Sons of Selby from 1936-37.
Hammond (GY 284) was named after England cricketer Walter Reginald Hammond (1903-1965) who was rated by Wisden's as one of England's best batsmen.
Jardine (GY 301) was named after Douglas Jardine who, while captaining England during the 1932-33 Australian Ashes tour, employed the controversial "bodyline" bowling technique against the outraged opposition.
Larwood (GY 255) was named after Harold Larwood (1904-1993) who implemented his "fast leg theory" bowling during the 1932-33 Aussie Test.
Finally, Leyland was named after England cricketer Maurice Leyland (1900-1967), who scored 2,764 runs for England during his career.
Three nearly-new trawlers were also purchased from Sir Alec Black in 1938 and renamed.
Barnett (GY 200) was named after England cricketer Charles Barnett (1884-1962), who also played football for Cheltenham Town. Paynter (GY 480) was named after England's left-handed batsman Edward Paynter (1901-1979) and Wellard (GY 300) named after Arthur Wellard (1902-1980).
However, at the outbreak of the Second World War, their cricketer fleet of modern trawlers were soon requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to anti-submarine vessels.
This resulted in just three of them, Barnett, Paynter and Wellard, returning to Grimsby after the war ended.
They joined Pataudi (GY 104), built in 1934 and named after Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, captain of India's cricket team.
Then, 1950 saw two new distant water steam trawlers delivered. Bradman (GY 161), the second Crampin trawler named after Australian cricketing legend Donald Bradman (1908-2001) who was arguably the "greatest batsman of all time" with a Test batting average of 99.94 runs.
The Yardley (GY 81) was named after Walter Dransfield Yardley (1915-1989). He was voted Wisden's Cricketer Of The Year in 1948 and was captain of Yorkshire from 1948-1955.
Then, 1956 saw Crampin's take delivery of a new German-built steam trawler Statham (GY 25) which was named after England cricketer John Brian Statham (1930-2000).
Finally, 1961 saw Crampin's take delivery of their last new trawlers, two diesel powered vessels built by Cook Welton & Gemmell of Beverley.
These were Trueman (GY 659), named after legendary England fast bowler "Fiery Fred Truman" (1931-2006) and Padgett (GY 660) named after Douglas Padgett (b 1934).
In 1965, Crampin's fleet of five trawlers was bought by Ross Trawlers who, according to their own policy of naming their trawlers after Royal Navy vessels with the prefix Ross, renamed Bradman Ross Anson and Yardley Ross Howe.
Both trawlers moved to Hull in 1968 and were scrapped shortly afterwards.
Statham became Ross Repulse before being sold to Northern Trawlers in 1968 and renamed Northern Sky. She was finally scrapped in 1976.
Trueman was renamed Ross Juno before being sold to South Africa in 1968 and Padgett was renamed Ross Jupiter being sold to Panama in 1982. As a young "trawler spotter" in the late 1950s it was easy to spot Crampin's vessels among the crowded North Wall with their distinctive blue, yellow and black funnels painted with a large letter C.
Today the trawler naming tradition continues with Alward's Jubilee fleet of new trawlers.