The history of the Besfords

David Besford (skipper)

Photograph of David Besford, skipper of the St. Patrick, 8 December 1977

David Besford was the skipper of the St. Patrick trawler in Lowestoft.

He is pictured above on 8 December 1977.

In 1985, the biggest and best landing ever made by a beam trawler at Lowestoft was recorded by Colne Shipping’s St Rose LT 300, with 509 kits to gross £32,402 after 13 days at sea, skippered by David Besford.

“Record breakers” – Skipper David Besford (right) with fish salesman John Newson (left) and Andy Bagshow, Monday 25 November 1985

David Besford had previously been skipper of the Dominica around 1967 with Colne (East Coast) Shipping out of Lowestoft.

St. Patrick

The St. Patrick (IMO 7366180) was a stern trawler built in 1975 by Richards Shipbuilders Ltd. in Great Yarmouth, UK for Claridge Trawlers Ltd. Its length was 39 metres and gross tonnage 475 tons.

Stern trawlers are powerful vessels that are often built for hauling heavy catches up the stern onto the working deck.

It carried the name Gavina from 1986 to 1989.

The ship was converted to a standby support vessel in 1990, and was later named the Viking Vixen.

It was scrapped in 2006 in Esbjerg.

St. Patrick LT129 pictured at Lowestoft, UK on 25 June 1985
St. Patrick at sea, late 1980s
St. Patrick in the late 1980s, falling into disrepair in the ownership of Marr
St. Patrick was converted into a standby support vessel in 1990

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