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Laid down by Henry Scarr Ltd, at their shipyard on the Humber, as CHANT 49 and
later renamed FABRIC 49.
Launched under the name of EMPIRE FATHOM in December 1944 and completed during
1946. She was purchased by the B.W.Steamship, Tug & Lighter Co., Craggs &
Jenkins Ltd., of Hull and renamed FOSDYKE TRADER. Later during the year she was
sold to the Great Yarmouth Shipping Co.,
1961. The ship has said good bye to the British Isles, and is sold to Jean P Desgagnes, of St-Joseph de la Rive, Quebec,
and renamed FORT CARILLON
1970. Chartered by Clarke Steamship Co, Ltd., to carry explosives.
Halifax. November 1991
Photo. Capt. Hubert Hall
1971. The ship was laid up at Lle-aux-Coudres. Quebec.
1972. After survey and fully refitted she was sold to Laurent Tremblay of Lle-aux-Coudres, Quebec. Once again she was regaled with a new name it was
1975. Under the ownership of Transport Maritime Harvey, of Montreal she is
chartered to Desgagnes Transportation Co., Ltd., The ship is now named FERMONT.
1976.The ship was reported to be carrying cargo's of aluminium, Bale Comeau to Pointe-au- Pic
Lloyd's register states the owners are J.P. Benolt & G.H.Tremblay, but the
Canadian List of Shipping states that the owners are still the Transport
Maritime Harvey co.,
1978. Laid up at at Quebec City. There was an offer of $6,000 made for the ship
by some interested Greeks, and a new V12-360 HP Detroit Diesel engine installed, but the sale was never finalised.
Later during the following year the ship was beached at La Petite Riviere
St Francois, and there she remained until
The ship is sold to Jean Guy Cloutier of Boucherville Quebec, the idea is
to convert her into a floating restaurant. Later during the year sold once
again, this time to Caboteurs Samray Inc., Longueil Quebec.
1988. Sold Earl Bisson, Sabrevois, Quebec. The ship is now no longer listed
under Lloyd's Register of Shipping.
Halifax. November 1991
above photo was taken in by Capt. Hubert Hall.
The events during and after 1991 are of particular interest to anyone who served at
ANY time on this ship.
1991 Sold to Richard Peck, of Etowah, Tennessee. U.S.A. Mr Peck was an
ex-Vietnam War Helicopter pilot. The ship was then moved to Chambly, Quebec City.
June. The ship is now classed as a Tennessee pleasure craft, registered as TN 9458TK.
During this period, Peck entered into a deal with members of the Montreal Haitian
community to carry old cars to Haiti. In view of this, the ship was chartered to Wallace Rozefort to carry
these vehicles from Sorel to Haiti. Unfortunately this enterprise ground to a full
halt when, due to a rebel uprising against the Haiti Government, Canada
announced a trade embargo to Haiti.
July the 24th. The Canadian Coast Guard declared the vessel as unseaworthy, and
issued a detention order, the cargo of cars was
August the 1st. The vessel sailed from Sorel without any
authorization, and under so called
Photo. Capt. Hubert Hall
August the 2nd.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police was alerted of the fact and set off in pursuit
by helicopter. The helicopter caught up with the ship while she was still in the St Lawrence. As the helicopter drew level several mounties
boarded the ship. Richard Peck pulled a knife put was soon overpowered.
this episode Peck was sentenced to three months in prison.
(In his defence Peck stated that, "He
thought the ship was under attack by pirates). The ship was arrested for breach
of charter and tied up in Quebec City. A fortnight later Peck was released when bail was
posted, and a fine of $6,000 paid.
November the 23rd. Lloyd's Press states that TN9458 TK left Canadian
waters on November the 3rd after having sailed from Lle-aux-Coudres under the
name of MON AMI and flying the Panamanian flag.
November the 7th.Arrived at Halifax, but this time as TN948 BK, and flying the
United States flag
November the 8th. Left Halifax, bound for Miami.
November the 11th. Halifax. The ship returned here and moored at Museum Quay. As
soon as moored she was immediately searched
by Narcotics Officers, but nothing illegal was found. I am informed that the crew
were like extras in a Long John Silver movie and wanted to know where there was
a YMCA, so that they could have a much needed shower. (According to the smell
they certainly needed one).
The winch motor was an old tractor engine, and
placed in the accommodation arch under the wheelhouse. The reason for the return
to Halifax was due to the ships Compass (a 10 dollar plastic car dashboard
model) having melted when the illuminating lead fell on to it.
At this stage the ships papers consisted
of a credit sized piece of plastic, stating that the ship was a pleasure craft
registered in Tennessee. This meant that no official no one had any
jurisdiction over the ship,
except in the event of
Photo by Capt. Hubert Hall
November the 12th. Sailed Halifax, bound for Miami.
November the 17th. Sunday. In high winds and rough seas
the ship was in serious trouble, and taking on water. To prevent her sinking, the ship was run aground on the South side of
Seal Island this Island. (Seal Island is situated some 30 kilometres off the
South West coast of Nova Scotia). The crew of five were rescued uninjured.
Peck and his crew stayed at the Cape
Cod Colony Motel overnight in Shelbourne on the Sunday night. The following day they
just simply disappeared. One can only surmise that this last voyage may have
been taken under very suspicious circumstances.
To me there still appears to be some confusion over the name, as some
documents still gave the ships name as "FERMONT"
RCMP narcotics officers from the Yarmouth subdivision were flown out to the
ship. They searched the vessel but nothing illegal was found. The condition of
the ship could only be described as unbelievable. On Tuesday the 19th, two coast
guard helicopters landed close to the ship with a sling and equipment to remove
some 3,000 to 4,000 gallons of diesel. The pouch-like sling for oil removal, was
dropped directly on to the ships deck.
value of this fuel was said to be in the region of $8,000. This will be pumped
into oil sling and taken into storage. It was stated that there was no reason to
assume that the ship would be abandoned. However the facts speak for themselves.
Did the ships owner ever go back to Seal
Did the owner collect and dispose of the
Diesel, (Worth $8,000)?.
Was there any insurance claim?.
THE FINAL RESTING PLACE. SEAL ISLAND SEPTEMBER 1997
Photo by. Capt. Herbert Hall