Thank you to John Stevenson who wrote:
"Here's what I have on BRENDA:
- Steel screw steamer:
'Fishery Protection Cruiser'
- Completed 1898 by J. Reid
& Co., Ltd., Port Glasgow.
- 174 GRT
- 125ft L, 21ft B, 10ft D.
- Triple expansion steam
engine and one single ended coal fired boiler both supplied by Hall-Brown
Buttery & Co., Glasgow
- 750 IHP. Service speed
- Fitted with electricity
- Owners : Fishery Board
BRENDA was built , at a cost of
£13,000 , ( £6,000 for hull) for the specific task of patrolling the area
from Firth of Forth north to Rattray Head .
Based primarily at Granton, she
was often berthed at Leith when bring repaired
The newspapers carry many reports
of BRENDA's crew 'enforcing the law' among fishermen on the east coast of
Scotland. Fines varied from a £50 fine in 1900 to one of £5,900 in
1899 7th February. Took action
against Cockenzie and Port Seton fishing vessels who were accused of using
18th February. While on a patrol
towards Kinnaird Head she ran aground, in thick fog, 1/2mile NE of
The vessel was eventually
refloated by East Coast Salvage Co., Montrose, and towed to Leith by Leith
tug CLYDE, where S & H Morton carried out extensive repairs at a cost of
Requisitioned by Royal Navy for service as an 'Examination Vessel'.
- 1919: Returned to
- October 1920:
Re-boilered. and 'fittings upgraded'
- September 1921:
Returned to service.
1939: Requisitioned by Royal Navy for service as an 'Examination Vessel'
based in Firth of Forth.
Returned to owners
- November 1951:
Withdrawn from service and broken up at Port Glasgow by James Lamont & Co.
There was a BRENDA (2), 1951 to
1982 . Sold to Panamanian owners for use as a yacht."
John Stevenson, Trinity, Edinburgh: January 30, 2010