Official No: 99701 Port and Year: 18th in Grimsby, 1893 (GY517)
Description: Iron side trawler; coal fired, steam screw. Ketch rigged.
Crew: 9 men (1893-1915)
Built: by Earle's Co., Hull, in 1893. (Yard no. 374)
Tonnage: 151 grt 61 net
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 98.0 / 20.7 / 11.1
Engine: T 3-Cyl; 45 rhp; by builders.
31 Jul 1893: Henry Morris, Fish Dock, Grimsby.
Feb 1897: "D" Line Steam Fishing Co., Grimsby.
Manager: Arthur Jeffs.
Apr 1913: A. Bannister, Fish Docks, Grimsby.
Mar 1914: Charles E. B. L. Curzon, Docks, Milford.
Mar 1915: W. Ellis, Grimsby.
Landed at Milford: 12 Mar 1914 - 30 Mar 1915
Notes: Dec 1914: Lost her rudder outside the Heads in heavy seas, but managed to get back to Milford safely. [See below.]
13 May 1915: Mined 100 miles E by S of Spurn Point; seven hands lost. (Minefield laid on April 17, 1915 by the German light cruisers STRALSUND and STRASSBURG.)
[ The mine maps are recorded in the German official history series "Der Krieg zur See"; thanks to Michael Lowrey. See also below. ]
Accidents and Incidents
From The Cambrian Daily Leader of Monday, 7th December 1914:
THRILLING EXPERIENCES OF MANY CRAFT OFF MILFORD HAVEN.
MANY WRECKS ROUND COAST
The steam trawler Don was towed in by the Lobelia, both of Milford, with her rudder gone, and it seems that her plight was observed just in the nick of time. Although a jury rudder had been rigged up on the Don, the heavy seas running at the time rendered her unmanageable, and she was perilously near the rocks off St Ann's Head when the Lobelia sighted her.
From The Irish Times of 8th May 1915, p.6:
The skipper and a deckhand, the sole survivors of nine of the crew of the Grimsby trawler Don, were landed at Grimsby yesterday morning, their vessel having been blown up on Thursday morning through picking a mine up in the trawl net.
The seven victims were practically killed outright. The two survivors, who jumped overboard, were picked up whilst swimming in the sea.
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