ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
NORANGO
Construction
STEEL
Type
YACHT
Date
1959
Official Number
322204
Description
Yard Number: 288

Renamed: SEA SEARCH (date unknown); OCEAN SELECTOR (1979)

Engine number 358, British Polar type M45M. Machinery aft. 1 deck, classed L.R. until May 1963.

Later used as a small passenger vessel between Miami, Florida and the Bahamas. Purchased by Mr Frank Griffiths of Vancouver, she was used for seabed oil exploration until she was wrecked at Aliford Bay in the Queen Charlotte Islands in 1969.

NORANGO changed name in 1962-63 to SEA SEARCH. She was converted in 1963 for a yacht to a side fishing vessel until 1979 when she reverted back to the name NORANGO. NORANGO is listed in the 1968-69 Lloyd's Register of Shipping as a Motor Survey Ship for Tri-Continental Investmewnts, Montreal, Canada.

"NORANGO, 153-foot motor yacht owned by Tricontinental Investments of Nassau, struck rocks and sank in 40 feet of water while approaching the dock at Alliford Bay in the Queen Charlotte Islands. Capt. Ed Phillips and the three crew members were able to reach shore in a lifeboat.
(Gordon Newell, Maritime Events of 1969, H. W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest 1966 to 1975, p.71.")

Raised by a Vancouver salvage team, the ship has been bought by Mr Henry Schmidt of Surrey, BC, who is having her converted to work as a trawler.
(Fishing News, 1974)

1977-78 Lloyd's Register - listed as NORANGO, ex SEA SEARCH, ex NORANGO (1962). Owned by Norango Fishing Ltd, Vancouver.
Renamed OCEAN SELECTOR in 1979 and owned by Ocean Selector Fisheries Ltd, Vancouver. Still in register, 2003-04.
Shipbuilder
John Lewis & Sons
Owner
for Panama
Dimensions
length 135 1/3' x breadth 26 7/12' x depth 14 3/12'
Gross Tonnage: 453ton

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