Cat-vessels of the Ross Fleet

frederic
2nd October 2005, 19:04
At the end of the fifties a fleet of new trawlers were build for the Ross Fleet. The cat-class vessels are now gone, except two, the Ross Tiger (a museum) and the Ross Leopard (a bar). What happened to the other vessels?

Kind regards,
Frederic

trawlercook
2nd October 2005, 21:10
most of the remaining cat boats were purchased by cam shipping an off-shoot of colne shipping a lowestoft company owned by claridge trawlers.cam shipping was the son ond old man claridge a lad called bruce and he went in with marr shipping of hull which gives you the CAM SHIPPING . all the boats were used for oil rig standby work in the 80,s to 90,s in the north sea.at the time of the oil boom in the north sea it was cheaper to convert old trawlers which had been laid up after the cod wars.hope this helps if you need anymore info just ask i worked for claridge trawlers at the time.
regards
colin

frederic
7th October 2005, 22:04
Thanks for the Info. Indeed, the current name on the hull of the Ross Leopard is Cam Leopard.

How many of these cat-fleet vessels still exist? One was sunk and two are still afloat as far as I know.

Kind regards,
Frederic

tugboat142
30th October 2005, 00:45
If your intrested in the Cat boats, there is a great site here that may interest you:

http://web.ukonline.co.uk/rayricho/tiger1.htm

Regards
Tom Harrison

trotterdotpom
30th October 2005, 07:32
At the end of the fifties a fleet of new trawlers were build for the Ross Fleet. The cat-class vessels are now gone, except two, the Ross Tiger (a museum) and the Ross Leopard (a bar). What happened to the other vessels?

Kind regards,
Frederic

I found Ross Leopard on a website somewhere a while back - looking pretty spruce as a nightclub. She was berthed at Ostend at the time but was due to move. Any idea where she is now?
John T.

frederic
30th October 2005, 21:40
She is still in Ostend. You can see some photos here: http://www.ibiblio.org/maritime/photolibrary/thumbnails.php?album=8

Kind regards,
Frederic

timo
30th October 2005, 23:18
The Ross Jaguar is still going strong. try www.tallshipjaguar.com.

frederic
31st October 2005, 07:38
Thanks for that information. (*))

I wonder if she is a good sailing boat?

Kind regards
Frederic

trotterdotpom
31st October 2005, 08:36
She is still in Ostend. You can see some photos here: http://www.ibiblio.org/maritime/photolibrary/thumbnails.php?album=8

Kind regards,
Frederic

Thanks Frederic. Have you been aboard for a few buckets of Stella Artois?

John T.