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Jack Breach Ltd (1919)
ORIGINAL 9 VESSELS LATER VESSELS
In 1919, John Victor Breach (aged 31) placed 9 boats (all entirely owned by him) within a limited company.
The vessels were
BOY ROY LT 1167, EILEEN EMMA LT 342, JOHN ALFRED LT 470, MASCOT LT 1038,
NIL DESPERANDUM LT 175, REWARD LT 463, SARAH MARIAN LT 1119,
REMEMBRANCE LT 544 and SEARCHER LT 290.
Shares totalling 47,400 were divided amongst 27 subscribers.
Major holders were J V Breach (20,000), F Spashett (Chairman 2,500), W C Webster (Director 2,000),
G H Bullimore (Director 1,000) and W S Dewing (Director 1,000).
George Spashett (son of F Spashett) was Company secretary (salaried, but non share-holding).
The Company purchased, from the Breach family, Shoals Net Stores and their Carting business.
In 1919 the STRATHFINELLA, SWIFTWING and THREE KINGS were acquired.
REMEMBRANCE was sold.
1920 BEN IVER was acquired, sold back in 1923.
1924 STRATHFINELLA was sold back.
In 1926, The Company acquired the East Anglian Red Star Fishing Company, and their six vessels.
HARNSER, FLEURBAIX, HALF MOON, GIRL GLADYS,
GO AHEAD and REVERBERATION.
In 1927 The Company lost two vessels, MASCOT and JOHN ALFRED,
replacing the latter quickly by the acquisition of the PLEASANTS.
More losses occurred in 1929 with the REWARD and in 1930 with the SARAH MARIAN.
Five vessels were sold off for breaking up, up to 1939, namely
NIL DESPERANDUM, SEARCHER, HALF MOON, FLEURBAIX and HARNSER.
Those remaining in the fleet were requisitioned for War Service in 1939.
Two were lost, BOY ROY and GO AHEAD.
John Victor Breach died January 1944.
Six vessels remained.
EILEEN EMMA, SWIFTWING, THREE KINGS, REVERBERATION,
GIRL GLADYS and JOHN ALFRED. A 183 years at sea between them.
Shares held by J V Breach were transferred to Small & Co, by the Executors of his Will.
Kittiwake Ltd (1921)
Pevensey Castle Ltd (1921)
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List of Breach Vessels
Details and History
My thanks to Roy Breach, grandson of John Victor Breach,
for his kind assistance, in providing all of his research material.