Official No: 123803 Port Number and Year: London, 1907 (LO266)
Fleetwood, 1919 (FD354)
Description: Steel side trawler; steam screw, coal burning. Ketch rigged.
Built: 1907, by Smith's Dock Co., North Shields. (Yard no. 801)
Tonnage: 216 grt 82 net.
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 117.5 / 21.5 / 11.5
Engine: T 3-Cyl. 52 rhp. Engine by McColl & Pollock, Sunderland
Jul 1907: G. H. D. Birt, Docks, Milford
Nov 1918: Mersey Steam Trawlers, Fleetwood
Managers: Taylor & Tomlinson
6 Nov 1919: As FD354.
1922: Managers J. A. & H. Taylor, Fleetwood.
1924: Managers W. J. Morley, Fleetwood.
1925: Morley Steam Trawlers, Fleetwood.
c.1926: W. Morley & Co, Fleetwood.
c1929: Mrs C. B. Morley & A. Sharp
Manager: W. H. U. Morley
1930: Oceanic Trading Corporation (Fleetwood)
Manager: W. H. U. Morley
1935: Hewett Fishing Co., London & Fleetwood
Manager: R. S. Hewett
Landed at Milford: 14 Mar 1907 - 6 Aug 1914
Skippers: W. Jones (1914)
Notes: Aug 1914: Requisitioned by the Admiralty (Admy. No. 141), and converted to a minesweeper. 1 x 6 pdr. AA
May 1915: Renamed HIBERNIA II
1919: Returned to owners.
2 June 1937: Fleetwood registry closed. Sold to Germany for breaking up.
[Information from the Fleetwood Maritime Trust and the Bosun's Watch website.]
Accidents and Incidents
From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 22nd May 1912:
NARROW ESCAPE FROM DEATH
Whilst engaged on the steam trawler "Hibernia" in dock on Monday morning, one of the workmen in the employ of Mr. G. H. D. Birt, named Thomas John, of Herbrandston, had a wonderful escape from a terrible fate. He was passing by the winch, which was in motion, when the barrel caught his dungaree jacket and pulled him into the machinery. Fortunately Mr W, Hancock was close by and he ran to the winch and stopped it just in time, for a moment later and John would have wound round and instantly killed. As it was, he was insensible, receiving a lacerated wound over the left eye and straining his neck, in addition to other injuries. On recovering consciousness he was taken to Dr. Griffith's surgery where Dr. Rice inserted several stitches. Mr John was afterwards able to proceed to his home.
From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 16th April 1913:
It is freely reported that the steam trawler Britannia, also the steam trawler Hibernia (Mr. G. H. D. Birt), are likely to change hands in a few days. Representatives of owners from Ymuiden, Holland, are visiting the port with the object of purchasing them. This will be another blow to the port, as the fleet is diminishing. On Thursday there was a welcome visitor in the steam trawler Larchwood of Grimsby, which landed a good catch, including about 12 trunks of soles. We hear she is likely to run to Milford for a time, under the management of Mr. Brand and Co.
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