Official No:  99694     Port Number and Year:   Grimsby, 1893 (GY503)

                                                                               London, 1896 (LO131)

                                                                               Yarmouth, ? , (YH127)

Description: Steel side / beam trawler; steam screw; coal burning.  Yawl rigged.

Crew: 10

Built: by Mackie & Thomson, Glasow; in 1893.  (Yard no. 65)

Tonnage: 141 grt  54 net

Length / breadth / depth (feet):   98 / 20.5 / 10.7                                              

Engine: T.3-Cyl; 35 rhp; by Muir & Houston, Glasgow



As GY503

Jul 1893: Great Grimsby Ice Co., Grimsby.


As LO131

Mar 1896: Chas. T. Pannell, Stamford Hill, London


c.1907: Brand & Co., Docks, Milford


Dec 1913: Charles Curzon, Docks, Milford


As YH127

Pre 1916: J. T. C. Salmon, Gt. Yarmouth


Landed at Milford:  11 Apr 1907 - 3 Aug 1915

Skippers: E. Major (1909)

Notes: Sister ship to HALCYON LO132 and TEAL LO135 ("The little London boats")

1914: Fitted out at Pembroke Dock for war service, together with HALCYON and TEAL.

9 Jun 1915: In company with ELF, searched and brought bodies from the LUSITANIA into Queenstown.

1917: Requisitioned into the Fishery Reserve as CYGNET III.

1919: Returned to owner.

Dec 1927: Broken up.

Accidents and Incidents:

From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 18th May 1910:  


    No small amount of interest was occasioned in dock on Thursday morning when the steam trawler "Cygnet" (Brand and Company) arrived and reported a strange catch at sea.

    Whilst heaving in the fishing trawl on Saturday morning, about fifty miles away, the crew were amazed and somewhat startled when the contents of the cod-end was opened, and a large size figure of a man dropped onto the deck.  He was dressed in uniform with a bronze face and top hat with cockade.  The figure was of an old period, but was in a remarkable state of preservation and was beautifully carved.  It was of course a source of attraction to many who saw it when it was landed.




From the Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Telegraph of  Wednesday 17th December 1913:


    Mr. Brand and Co. have disposed of their smaller vessels, viz. Halcyon, Teal, Osprey and Cygnet, to Mr Curzon, the owner of the steam trawler Quebec, and they will remain in the port.  These vessels, known as the little London boats, have done remarkably well ever since they came to the port.



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