Official No: 17036  Port Number and Year:  -   in London, 1856.

                                                                            -   in Milford, 1880

Description: Iron steam paddle trawler. Sloop rigged: foresail and mainsail.

Crew:  6 men (1887)

Registered at Milford: 18 Aug 1880

Built: 1856, South Shields

Tonnage: 93.78 grt  37.8 net.

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 88.9 / 18.6 / 10.1

Engine: 50 hp.



As LO  (?)

1856: Unknown owner.

[ In the Mercantile Naval List from 1858, owners are not listed until 1867. ]


By 1866: William Watkins, 116 Fenchurch St., London.

                (By 1879: 20 London St., City, London.)                            


As M16

1880: Mrs. Caroline Jackson, New Milford.  (i.e., Neyland.)


18 Aug 1887: John Henry Coram, Neyland.


Landed at Milford:  

Skipper: William Adulph.


In MNL 1882, there were seven paddle steam vessels called EXPRESS; only one owner was named Jackson (see 1880 newspaper below), and the only one which was registered in Milford. 

Registered as a fishing vessel, she has appears to have been employed occasionally as a tug.

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 19 Nov 1895.  "Cancelled. (Ceased to be used for fishing.)"

[ Still listed in MNL 1899; i.e. under the same owner until 1898. ]


Accidents and Incidents


From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 13th August 1880:



SCHOONER AGROUND. — The schooner Frederick Stonard, of Lancaster, Morgan, master, when proceeding down Milford Harbour on Tuesday in a calm was caught by an eddy and canted round and thrown on the Stack Rock, where she remained until the evening tide, when she was towed off by Messrs Jackson and Co.'s tug, the Express. She had her fore foot split, but does not make any water.



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 10th December 1886:



    The storm raged with great fury during the whole of Wednesday night. Considerable damage has been done to property ashore, and several narrow escapes from death are reported. The shipping casualties in the haven are great. One schooner, the John Hall, has foundered, and no less than eleven ships have been stranded, viz.:—The schooners, Nathaniel, of Aberystwith, from Newport to Cork, likely to become a wreck; the Gowerian, of Aberayron the Portland, of London, from Cardiff to Waterford; the Rebecca, of Carnarvon, wrecked; the Eugenie, from Newport to Dungarvan, badly damaged on the rocks the Secret, the Ann Walters, and the Queen (ketch), of Cardiff, total wrecks; the brig Wish, of Newport, for Waterford, likely to get off; the Oliver, of Gloucester, the Nero and Economist (coal hulk). Lloyd's local agent, Mr J. Phillips, has engaged the steam tug Express, from Neyland, and every effort is being made to get off the stranded vessels. The storm has considerably abated.

    The gale raged with great fury at Pembroke Dock, doing an enormous amount of damage to the roofs of houses, chimney stacks, windows, &c. The barquentine Albert, from Youghal to Cardiff, in ballast, had to slip from Milford during the height of the gale, and run up past the dockyard, and ran into West Llanion Pill, her jibboom nearly touching the roadway in Water street, but she did not sustain any damage. The sloop Margaret drove between her Majesty's ship Forth (moored at Hobb's Point) and Hobb's Point pier, and had her mast carried away. So fiercely raged the tempest that all communication between Neyland and the north side of the haven with the south side was suspended, the men working at the dock-yard—who live at Neyland, Burton, &c.— having to lodge at Pembroke Dock during the night, and the mails despatched usually from Neyland for Cardiff, London, &c., had to be forwarded via the Pembroke & Tenby Railway.


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