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Rosehaugh INS.246 c1953
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Rosehaugh INS.246 c1953

Rosehaugh INS.246. This photo was taken in the early 1950s. The boat was owned by George Jack of Avoch at the time. My Great Uncle Willie Jack is standing on the deck. The photo was sent to my grandparents and hung on the dining room wall at their home in Yarraville Australia.
Picture added on 16 March 2010 at 17:31
Great image Ann

Added by John McLennan (McLeman) on 20 March 2010
The photo of the Rosehaugh shows my Uncle Willie on the deck but the boat I am looking for is the Press Home - she was a zulu registered INS 602 in 1922 to D. Jack & others and was about 60 ft long. As far as I know she finally ended up in Munlochy Bay. As far as I know this was my grandfather's boat and I would like to know more information about her. Ann in Australia is my cousin.
Added by Davina Tait on 22 April 2010
That looks like Gibby in the wheelhouse, Davy is looking over the starn to see if the engine is pumping water, could be John Lleach next to him and possibly Splow on the port side.
Added by The Crom on 21 May 2010
Thanks for the information on the Rosehaugh but still looking for info on the Press Home INS602 Have discovered she was originally reg BF1985 and was built at MacIntosh's yard Portessie. She was reg in 1910 to H. Jack & others in Avoch
Added by Davina Tait on 21 May 2010
Thank you for the extra information . It's great that you can fill in the gaps in the information what we have from old family letters.
I'd imagine those men would have been amazed to think their photos would be hanging on a wall in Australia in 2010. It's good to know they are all remembered.
Added by Ann Duggan on 22 May 2010
Ann, I will get back to you tomorrow sometime, I will check out the information you have in the Buckie haritage library.
Added by Ian Jack on 24 May 2010
Bit of a mystery here as the Press Home I have in the Buckie Archives was built in 1897 in Mackintosh's Yard, Portessie, owners J Coull and G Hay. Registered as BF 1985. shown in records as in Buckie in 1900.
In 1903 she was registered in Buckie, owner was J Coull. She is not shown in the 1909 register.

I wonder if the Avoch Press Home was a different boat as she is registered as you say in 1922 as INS 602. Seems a long gap between pre 1909 and 1922. I cannot find any records of her as being in Avoch. We don't have much information on the Avoch boats, maybe in Lossiemouth museum. Will try and find out - where did you get the information?
Added by The Crom on 25 May 2010
I got the information about the Press Home from Hugh Patience who lives in Buckie. He found that as I said she was registered BF 1985 up to 1909 then she disappeared from the local records. he then found a press home listed in 1910 and owned by H. Jack & others. My son got the information about her being reg. in Avoch in 1922 from someone on the trawler photo site and she is written about on page 12 of the Fisherlore book. I wish now that I had asked my father when he was alive more about what my grandfather did.
Added by Davina Tait on 25 May 2010
I will see Hugh on Thursday and will speak about it then. We hunted all through the records today but obviously missed that one. It is quite possible that she changed her registration in 1910. I cannot receive e-mails just now, a bug somewhere, but I can send them.
Added by The Crom on 25 May 2010
Spoke to Hugh today and he confirmed about the Press Home, looks like the same one, will now have to try and trace her in Avoch and where she ended up.
Added by The Crom on 26 May 2010
According to the Fisherlore of Avoch book she ended up in Munlochy Bay along with Violet M., Hope, Mizpah, Bird of Freedom, Begonia, Mindful, and the steam drifter Castle Stuart. thank you and Hugh for helping trace the boat.
Added by Davina Tait on 27 May 2010
Hi there my name is James Gray i am looking for the skipper of the Georgia Dawn. I have recently completed an introduction to comercial fishing course in Oban and was introduced to someone that was a friend of the Skipper of the Georgia Dawn. Please let me know if anyone can help me. Thanks for now. James Gray
Added by James Gray on 04 July 2010
Hi James. I think if you post on the trawler photos web page someone will be able to help you. If you Google search trawler photos it will come up. All the best . Ann
Added by Ann Duggan on 06 July 2010
Ok thanks for you'r help Anne
Added by James Gray on 06 July 2010
I have been having a look at merchant records, my Grandad George Humphrey was on the Rosehaugh in 1939 could this have been the same vessel was it under merchant regs for the war?
Added by Gordon Mackenzie on 21 March 2011
Hi Gordon. I have been told that this Rosehaugh was built in 1950 but I have no personal knowledge of that.
I do know that it would have been a popular name in Avoch because of the big house. The last Kessock Ferry was named Rosehaugh but that was even later I believe. Over the years popular names seemed to get reused and I too would be interested to find out if there were others named Rosehaugh and who owned them. Best regards Ann.
Added by Ann Duggan on 23 March 2011
Hi Gordon. You got me interested in that war time Rosehaugh question and I did a Google search and found a battleships- cruisers site that had the following information under the heading Requisitioned Trawlers, Whalers and Drifters. Rose Haugh November 1939 Mobile wiping unit returned April 1946. Notice the slight difference in the naming with it being two separate words.
Added by Ann Duggan on 23 March 2011
Think this is the Rosehaugh you are looking for Gordon. Rosehaugh Built 1918 of wood by J. and G. Forbes Sandhaven for the Admiralty as H. M. D. FULL MOON Served in the Royal Navy until 1929 when sold to Hopeman and Lossiemouth owners. Dimensions 92G.R.T. length 86.5ft Breadth 19.5ft Depth 9.8ft. 18inch triple expansion engine by Cooper and Greig Dundee.Boiler by Ross and Duncan Govan.
1929 sold to Alexander Macpherson, Hopeman, Johnc C. West; Arthur Duthie Lossiemouth renamed ROSEHAUGH and registered in Inverness INS 20 Requisitioned for war service 1939 - 1946 as a mobile wiping unit (part of degaussing service)
Sold to John West Gardenstown and others in 1948 and registered Banff BF98. Scrapped 1948

Added by Davina Tait on 25 March 2011
Wow, lots of info thanks a lot, but since that posting I have found out that it was George's cousin also called George on that vessel - sadly he died during the war. My George served on a vessel called "Seamoor". I am not sure but it could have been a research or support vessel. I have vague memories of stories of him going out to collect downed pilots and came home with parachute silk quite often.

Any info on "Seamoor"?
Added by Gordon Mackenzie on 28 March 2011
I've just acquired a brass ship's bell stamped with the name AMMV Seamoor 1961. I'm in Fowey, Cornwall, UK. Found your thread through Google, would post a pic but can't via this form. Obviously would be delighted to hear any further stories/info. Thanks
Added by Nick on 25 January 2015
Hi All
Nick has added a picture of the bell.
Added by John on 28 January 2015
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