Official No: 78324 Port Number and Year: - in Brixham, 1878 (BM105)
- in Milford, 1899
Description: Wooden sailing smack; beam trawling. Ketch rigged: foresail, mainsail and mizzen
Crew: 3 men, 1 boy
Registered: 20 Mar 1899
Built: Brixham, 1878
Tonnage: 40.17 grt
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 63 / - / -
c1892: Richard P. Mills, 6 Ranscombe, Brixham.
20 Mar 1899: Peter Leslie Hancock, Hakin
Landed at Milford: 24 Feb - 19 Apr 1899
Skippers: John Rind
Notes: Wrecked 21 Apr 1899. [See below.]
Cert. Cancelled & Registry Closed: 24 Apr 1899
Accidents and Incidents
From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 21st April 1899:
FISHING SMACK SUNK OFF LUNDY
TWO MEN DROWNED
On Friday morning, about three o'clock, the fishing smack Escort, owned by Peter Hancock, of Milford Haven, was run down off Lundy Island by the fishing smack Fish Girl, of Brixham. The Escort, which carried a crew of four, sank immediately. Two men, the mate and cook, natives of Brixham, Devonshire, were drowned, but the other two were saved and landed at Milford Haven in the afternoon.
From The Scotsman of Saturday 22nd April 1899:
SMACKS IN COLLISION AND LOSS OF LIFE
The smack Fish Girl, of Brixham, arrived at Milford Dock yesterday morning, and reported that at 3 a.m. she collided with the smack Escort, of Brixham [sic], eighteen miles east from Lundy Island. A huge hole was cut in the Escort's side, and she sank almost immediately. J. Parnell, mate, and Frederick Haycock, boy, were drowned, but the remainder of the crew, after a struggle, boarded the Fish Girl, and proceeded to Milford.
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