AFRICA SN1397 / SA15
As a tug in Swansea docks, alongside what is believed to be the tug CHALLENGER
Courtesy of John Ernest Parfitt, Mumbles.
Official No: 84878 Port and Year: North Shields, 1883 (SN1397)
Swansea, 1891 (SA15)
Description: Iron side trawler; single screw, coal burning. Ketch rigged.
Built: 1883, by Armstrong Mitchell & Co., Low Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne (Yard no. 452)
Tonnage: 122 grt 41 net.
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 100.0 / 19.8 / 10.1
Engine: C 2-Cyl. 80 rhp. Engine and boiler: Ross & Duncan, Glasgow
27 Jan 1883: Charles Dyble & Others, North Shields.
By 1889: Charles Hooper, 21 Balaclava St., St. Thomas, Swansea.
1891: As SA15
1896: James A. Wood, Hartlepool.
By 1897: African Steam Tug Co., 11 Cambrian Place, Swansea
Manager: William H. Towers.
Joseph Lawson jnr., 27 Baring St., South Shields. (By 1903.)
As NESTOR. Registered at South Shields.
1906: The Lawson Steam Tugboat Co., 27 Baring St., South Shields. (By 1917: 15 Thrift St., S. Shields.)
Manager: Joseph Lawson.
1915: Chartered to William Watkins, London.
17 Apr 1920: Lawson-Batey Tugs Ltd., "K." Exchange Buildings, Quayside, Newcastle-on-Tyne.
Managers: Joseph Lawson & Frank Batey.
Landed at Milford: 20 Nov 1889 - 11 Apr 1893
Skippers: 1889: Hodge
1890: Harvey, Cook, Chamberlain, C. Beckett (Cert. 2151)
1891: Beckett; Foster; Horth; Dayes; Thain (Hain?); Wales.
1892: Chapman; E. Walker; J. Jackson; Wales; Dayes
1893: Dayes; J. Jackson; W. Jennings
1896: Converted to a tug.
20 Feb 1918: Requisitioned as a tug and renamed VELMAR.
18 Dec 1918: Returned to owners and reverted to NESTOR .
Jun 1937: Broken up by Clayton & Davie, Dunston.
[Information kindly supplied by Andy Hall.]
Accidents and Incidents
From the Liverpool Mercury of Friday 25th April 1890:
Swansea, April 24th ― The steam trawler Africa, while proceeding to sea, collided with the quay wall, and damaged her bow.
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