Official No:  106703    Port Number and Year: 28th in Hull (H264), 1896

                                                                             9th in Cardiff (CF22), 1899

                                                                             1st in Milford, 1919

Description: Iron beam trawler; steam screw, coal burning. Ketch rigged: foresail, mainsail and mizzen

Crew:  9

Registered at Milford: 1 Feb 1919 

Built: 1896; by Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Beverley.  (Yard no. 165)

Tonnage: 150.26 grt  63.07 net.

Length / breadth / depth (feet):101.5 / 20.8 / 10.7

Engine: T 3-Cyl. 45 hp.10 kts.  Engine and boiler - 1896, Charles David Holmes Co., Hull



As H264

1896:  J. W. Wilkins & Capt. Barrett, Hull 


As CF22

1899: Neale & West, Cardiff

A. E. Cambell (Manager D.G. Jones), Cardiff


As M3

1 Feb 1919: John McRae Knight, 'Craiglyn', Wellington Rd., Hakin (63/64)

David Gwilliam Jones, 83, Park St., Pembroke Dock (1/64)



1921: Pesquera Malagueña, S.A., Malaga.


1931: R. de Carranza, Malaga.


Landed at Milford:  As CF22: 7 Jul 1896 - 21 Dec 1900; 12 Dec 1902; 2 Aug 1905; 29 Aug, 30 Sep 1906; 9 Dec 1907; 12 Nov, 10 Dec 1909.

As M3: 17 Jan 1911 - 20 Jul 1921.

Skippers: Barrett 1896-98; Dove 1898, 99, 1900; Gray 1898, 99; Crisby 1899.

Notes: 1917: Fishery trawler; renamed ALERT IV

1919: Returned to owners; renamed ALERT

1920: New deck.

Nov 1969: Broken up at Pasajes.

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 1921. Sold to Spanish owners.

 Accidents and Incidents

From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 11th January 1911:


    The steam trawler "Alert" has recently been sold to Messrs. Neale and West of Cardiff, and has returned to Milford.  She will be under the management of Mr. D. G. Jones.  The "Alert" was formerly owned by Mr J. W. Wilkin and the late Captain Barrett.  In her day she had been a very successful boat, and now she is sailing out of this port it is hoped the vessel will again do well.




From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 19th November 1913:


    On Monday morning the steam trawler "Alert", one of the oldest fishing vessels out of the port, arrived back in dock with her flag flying at half mast, and reported the death under sad circumstances of the veteran skipper Richard Saunderson. The "Alert", which is managed by Mr D. G. Jones, only left for the fishing grounds on Friday, and about five-thirty on Sunday afternoon the vessel was off Mine Head, on the Irish Coast.  Skipper Saunderson was in the wheelhouse, and the mate, a relative, Mr James Buck, had just relieved him at the wheel, and they were talking over matters concerning the fishing.  The skipper then threw his head back gently as if to gaze up at the overhead compass and then quietly slipped onto his knees. The mate surmised at once that there was something wrong and laying him down he found that the skipper had expired. They then set a course for home. 

    On arrival at Milford the body was removed to the deceased's home in Brooke Avenue. The sad affair caused quite a stir of gloom over the Docks and fishing fraternity.  The deceased was probably the oldest master fisherman in the port, and had been to sea since he was a boy of fourteen. He had been working out of Milford for over twenty years, and had come to the port from Scarborough.  At the time of his death he was sixty-one years old. He was highly respected and was one of the best liked of skippers. In the old "Alert" he did remarkably well. His death removes another of the old pioneer skippers.  He leaves a widow and grown up family with whom much sympathy is felt. We understand that no inquest will be held as deceased had for some time been medically treated, and death was due to heart failure.


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