Official No:  105100     Port and Year:  22nd in Hull, 1896 (H320)   

                                                                      -      -  Scarborough, 1920 (SH280)

                                                                      -      -  Fleetwood, 1934 (FD27)

Description: Iron side trawler; coal fired, steam screw. 

Crew: 9 men (1896); 10 men (1919).

Built: by Cochrane & Cooper, Beverley in 1896 (Yard no. 153)

Tonnage:   184 grt  79 net

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 110.9 / 21.3 / 11.3                                                   

Engine: T 3-Cyl; 60 rhp; 10 kts; by C. D. Holmes & Co., Hull




30 Apr 1896: George Thomas Armitage, Ivy House, Boulevard,  Hull. (Managing owner.)

                       John Henry Lynn, Hull.


14 Jul 1899: Armitage's Steam Trawling Co. Ltd., Billingsgate, Hull.

Manager: G.T. Armitage, St. Andrew's Dock, Hull.

Manager: G. H. D. Birt, Dock, Milford. (Aug 1903.) [See Milford landings below.]


6 Dec 1917: The Gamecock Steam Trawling Co. Ltd., 3 West Pier, Scarborough.

Manager: John S. Ellis.


1919: The Ellis Steam Trawling Co. Ltd., 5 Sandside, Scarborough.

Manager: John S. Ellis. (Same address.)


As SH280

29 Mar 1920: Gamecock Steam Trawling Co. Ltd., 19 West Pier, Scarborough

Manager: Albert F. G. McConkey, 21 Nansen St., Scarborough.


1926: James Pattison, Fish Quay, West Hartlepool.

Managing owner.


As FD27

1 Jun 1934: Stanley Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., Fish Trade Buildings, Wyre Dock, Fleetwood.

Manager: James Brierley, 11 Higher Moss Ave., Rochdale.



Landed at Milford: 5 Aug 1903 - 17 Oct 1904

Skippers: 1903: J. Reynolds; William Jones

1904: Jones; John Dove; Thomas Salter.


18 Jan 1898: Stranded in the Humber, but refloated. ["Glasgow Herald" of Wednesday 19th January 1898.]

Jan 1915: Requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to a minesweeper (Admy.no.944). 1x6pdr.  Moray command.

1917: Reduced to the Fishery Reserve.

May 1918. Detached to Northern Patrol, Scapa Flow.
Jun 1918: Returned Moray making water.
21 Jul 1918: Surveyed at Invergordon unseaworthy. Returned Cromarty and laid up.

1919: Returned to owners.

1937: Broken up.  24 Feb 1937: Fleetwood registry closed.

[Lofthouse T., Mayes G., Newton D., & Thompson M. (2012): Cochrane Shipbuilders Vol.1: 1884 - 1914.]

 Accidents and Incidents

From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 13th November 1903:


SALE OF STEAM TRAWLERS.- Yesterday, at the Lord Nelson Hotel, an important sale took place, the auctioneer being Mr. J. Ll. Davies.  A large number of people had assembled, and some spirited bidding was witnessed.  The first lot comprised 4 trawlers, viz. 'Ethel', 'Julia', 'Elsie' and 'Kathleen'.  The bidding started at 9000 and eventually reached the sum of 12,820, the purchaser's name not being revealed.  Lot 2 was the S.S. 'Florence' which started at 1000 and was knocked down to the same purchaser at 4,510.  It is rumoured that a Hull firm were the purchasers of the vessels.


From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 25th March 1904:


ACCIDENT TO A TRAWLER. While the steam trawler "Elsie" was fishing in the Bay of Biscay, the crown of her furnace fell in. She was towed home to Milford, 340 miles, by the "Tenby Castle", another boat belonging to the same firm. 


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