Girl Pat was a small fishing trawler based at the Lincolnshire port of Grimsby. In 1936 its captain took it on an unauthorised transatlantic voyage. The captain’s main means of navigation during a voyage of more than 6,000 nautical miles was a sixpenny school atlas and a compass. At one point Girl Pat was reported wrecked in the Bahamas, with all hands lost.
About Girl Pat in brief
Girl Pat was a small fishing trawler based at the Lincolnshire port of Grimsby. In 1936 its captain took it on an unauthorised transatlantic voyage. The escapade ended in Georgetown, British Guiana, with the arrest of the captain and his brother. The pair were later imprisoned for the theft of the vessel. In 1939 she was sold to the Port of London Authority for use as a wreck-marking vessel and, after being requisitioned by the Royal Navy during the war, was returned to the authority in 1945. There is no public record of her subsequent career. The captain’s main means of navigation during a voyage of more than 6,000 nautical miles was a sixpenny school atlas and a compass. At one point Girl Pat was reported wrecked in the Bahamas, with all hands lost. After the vessel’s capture and detention following a chase outside Georgetown on 19 June, Orsborne and his crew were hailed as heroes in the world’s press. After his release from prison, orsborne took part in further maritime adventures and served in the navy in the Second World War. He died in 1957. The ship was later acquired by new owners who returned her to Britain, where she was displayed as a tourist attraction in several resorts. The owner of Girl Pat, the Marstrand Fishing Company, is now based in Gipsy Love, the former seine fishing boat its owners had converted into a trawlers. The owners have since sold the vessel to a private owner.
The vessel is now on display at the London Maritime Museum, where it is being used as a museum exhibit. The name of the ship is Girl Pat and the owner is the Mar Strand Fishing Co, based in Grims by, Lincolnshire. The company is based in the town of Gip Sy Love, in Lincolnshire, and the owners are the MarStrand Fishing Ltd, based on the Isle of Wight. In November 1935, the owners converted the boat into a Trawler, which its owners, Marstr and Strand, later renamed Girl Pat. In March 1936, the owner, Alexander MacLean, attempted to engage the services of an experienced seaman to go further afield, perhaps to Bermuda or South America. The crew of four was joined by the younger brother James, a grocer, who had no formal status on board and who was a supernumerary. In April 1936, with a crew of 4 and James as a superNumerary, the captain took the vessel out on what the owners authorised as a routine North Sea fishing trip of two to three weeks’ duration. After leaving port, Or’sborne informed the crew that they were going on an extended cruise in more southerly waters. Nothing more was heard of them until mid-May, when the owners received invoices relating to its repair and reprovisioning in the northern Spanish port of Corcubión. Subsequent sightings placed her in the Savage Islands, at Dakar in Senegal, and Îles du Salut off the coast of French Guiana in South American.