Seabotix - Press Release - November
LBV used to aid Formal
Investigation of FV Trident
Cetrax Systems Ltd. of Aberdeen,
Scotland aided the Marine Accident Investigation
Branch of the British Government in the continued
investigation of the 1974 sinking of the fishing
vessel Trident. Using a LBV150S system equipped
with a Tritech Micron sonar Gareth Hendricks of
Cetrax was able to capture valuable data for the
Formal Investigation. See sonar image below.
Below is the most recent data available to the
publice from the official website http://www.fv-trident.org/uk
The Trident was a seine-net trawler, about 68
tons and 79' 6” length overall. She was
built in Middlesborough in 1971-73 and entered
service on 31 March 1973 . She was registered
in Peterhead and normally fished in the Minch
, the Clyde and off the Isle of Man.
She was lost without any form of warning being
given while on passage from the Clyde to Peterhead
at around 1600 on 3 October 1974 . The weather
at the time was dull with fine drizzle. The wind
was NNE force 5-6 and the sea was described as
Despite an extensive search in the area where
she was believed to have been lost she was never
Seven people were on board at the time she was
lost. They were:
Robert Cordiner (36), normally the mate but acting
as relief skipper.
Tom Thain (32)
Alex Ritchie (35)
James Tait (32)
Alex Summers (35)
Alexander Mair (30).
No bodies have been recovered.
A Formal Investigation was held in Aberdeen in
June and July 1975 and a report produced on 12
Sept 1975 . The FI found that it was “probable
that Trident took aboard a sea or succession of
seas and foundered” but went on say “The
precise causes of the casualty being unascertainable.”
The Court also considered it probable that deficient
stability in her design contributed to her foundering.
The wreck was identified by divers on 12 June
2001 some 12.7 miles off the coast of Caithness.
She is lying with a list of 20º to starboard
in 62 m of water.
In August 2001, the Marine Accident Investigation
Branch carried out a more detailed examination
of the wreck to confirm its identity and to see
whether there was anything that would either contradict
the original findings or, indeed, confirm them.
The discovery of the wreck together with the examination
was new and important evidence.
The re-opening of the formal investigation into
the loss of the Trident was ordered by the Secretary
of State on 28th March 2002.