16th October 2008, 22:50
Hi Everybody(Wave)

I am new to this site and am desperate to find any info on a fishing vessal from Lowestoft.
I am researching a family tree for an elderly neighbour.His grandfather was lost at sea on a fishing vessal named TRUE VINE LT52.
Can anybody on this site help please.

Thank You.

K urgess
16th October 2008, 23:13
Welcome aboard from East Yorkshire.
We have quite a few crew who know a lot about Lowestoft and its fishing vessels.
If they don't reply here then try a post in the fishing vessel forum.
Meanwhile you may find some answers yourself by exploring the ship.
Enjoy the voyage.

16th October 2008, 23:14
Welcome from Lancashire.
I hope you enjoy the site and that we can help with your query.

To start you off, this URL refers to a ship called True Vine as a "block ship" in WW2 - not sure if this is your neighbour's grandfather's though:

Do you have any more information about the date here? Are we talking WW1, WW2 or what? Any idea where she may have been lost etc.?

16th October 2008, 23:16
Welcome aboard from the Philippines. Enjoy all this great site has to offer

16th October 2008, 23:18
There is another mention of a True Vine at this URL:

Described as a "boom vessel" returned in 1945 - presumably this mean returned by the RN to its former owners as a trawler.

bert thompson
17th October 2008, 09:27
Welcome Sue to this great site
Sure someone with fishing knowledge will be here to help you in your search
Best wishes

17th October 2008, 10:06

A warm welcome to the site from the Isle of Anglesey!
I hope you thoroughly enjoy the SN experience and get many happy hours entertainment from your membership. (Thumb)

17th October 2008, 16:48
Greetings Sue and welcome to SN. Bon voyage.

17th October 2008, 17:39
Welcome onboard to SN and enjoy the voyage

17th October 2008, 21:53
Do you have any more information about the date here? Are we talking WW1, WW2 or what? Any idea where she may have been lost etc.?


Perhaps you can also post your neighbour's grandfather's name. He may turn up in a search of The Times (or at least details of the incident).


18th October 2008, 13:26
Welcome aboard from Melbourne Australia. You have come to the right site, I have no doubt, you will receive answers to you questions very soon. Regards, Terence Williams.(A)

18th October 2008, 21:31
Thank you all for your warm welcome's.(Applause)

The only details that my neighbour has is that his grandfather was on "True Vine" and died in or around 1920.
His grandfathers name was Samuel Charles Reeve from the Lowestoft area. He was born in 1878 and was a fisherman.
Thank you for all your effort's in trying to help me.


19th October 2008, 00:22

It was worth a try but I couldn't find any mention of it in The Times. Tried several different variations of searches. That doesn't mean it's not there, somewhere, however.

I don't know how common the surname Reeve is to Lowestoft but, for what it's worth, I'll post these here:

The Times, Wednesday, Jan 02, 1929
News In Brief
"Mr. Harry Reeve, formerly skipper of the
Lowestoft trawler Kittiwake, and now in busi-
ness at Boscombe, was presented by the Mayor
of Bournemouth yesterday with a cup on
behalf of the Air Council for rescuing the crew
of a Southampton flying-boat which came
down in distress on Cardigan Bay on June 13."

The Times, Monday, Dec 18, 1922
"Any person who has made, or can give any
information about, a will of Miss Lorina Jane
Reeve, late of 49, High-street, Lowestoft, who
died on November 18, is asked to communi-
cate with advertisers. (p.1)"

The only mention I could find of a boat called True Vine was a fishing yawl of Burnmouth, when the RNLI rescued three crew men from that boat (in 1937).

Sorry it's not more positive news. Let us know if you get further information.


19th October 2008, 17:40

Thanks a lot for looking. Yes Reeve is a very commn name in Lowestoft.