The history of the Besfords

Peter Besford (skipper)

Skipper Peter Besford

Peter Besford, of 8 Clifford Drive, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft, was the skipper of the Suffolk Kinsman trawler.

He is pictured on 12 October 1962, aged 26.

Suffolk Kinsman
Suffolk Kinsman LT397

Suffolk Archives hold a record of Rescues and Rescue Awards from the archive of the Lowestoft Journal. It includes the following entry dated 3 November 1961:

Rescue of Ernest Locke (age 51) of 34 Britten Road, Lowestoft by Barry Measures (age 19) of 26 Myloden Road, Lowestoft after diving off the trawler Suffolk Kinsman to rescue his crewmate who had been pulled into the sea by the net.

Skipper Peter Besford (age 25) of 8 Clifford Drive, Oulton Broad also went overboard in the net but was able to swim back to the ship and climb onboard.

Suffolk Kinsman

The fishing trawler LT 397 Suffolk Kinsman (IMO 5343172) was constructed in 1960 by Richards Shipbuilders, Lowestoft. Its gross tonnage was 190 tons.

It carried the name Boston Kinsman from 1974 to 1978, and was later named the Nuovo Diadoro.

Suffolk Kinsman
Suffolk Kinsman in Great Yarmouth
Nuovo Diodoro
Nuovo Diodoro pictured on 29 May 2010 at Iraklion, Greece

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