The Frederick Spashett is one of a number of small vessel
s, 80ft. between perpendiculars by 20ft. 6in. moulded breadth and 9ft. 9in. moulded depth, built
in the late forties/early fifties. Frederick Spashett was actually constructed in 1949 by Richards Ironworks Ltd., Lowestoft Yard No. 388, and was the first of what was to become a very successful class of drifter/trawler
. She was built
for Small and Co. (Lowestoft) Ltd., one of the major fishing boat
owners at that time.
Powered by a 231 BHP engine
, she had an uneventful career as a drifter, and was transferred to the Trier Fishing Co. Ltd., Lowestoft, one of the companies within the Small and Co. group, during the fifties. This was a regular practice by trawler
owners, some of which had a number of 'one ship companies' under one group.
In all, the Frederick Spashett spent 16 years operating from LowesAtoft and other British ports during the various herring seasons.
This excellent conversion from a static model
to a fully RC model
with lots of extras such as interior and deck lighting
was by Victor Marcham of the Mablethorpe RC Model Boat Club.