D.F. Cartwright, also known as Tony Cartwright (28 December 1916 ' 28 December 2009), was one of the people who revived Lowestoft's North Sea commercial fishing industry after the Second World War.
He had a heroic war record, winning a Military Cross (MC) and rising to the rank of Major. He was the grandson of Fred Spashett, an ex-mayor of Lowestoft and Lloyd's agent, who together with his son George Spashett, who had also won an MC in the First World War, had built
up a large business in the port, but which had been decimated by the Second World War and the early death of George Spashett.
Together with Bill Suddaby, Maurice Hepton and Gordon Claridge, Cartwright built
up a Lowestoft fishing fleet of some 130 vessel
s reaching its peak in the 1960s, employing some 1,500 fishermen and giving employment to marine engine
ers, fish merchants and processors, ship chandlers, net manufacturers, electronic and wireless workers, fuel suppliers and a host of other suppliers. it was reckoned that half the population of Lowestoft was dependent on the sea.