Official No:  98284  Port and Year:   South Shields, 1891

Description: Iron side / beam trawler; single screw, coal burning.  Ketch rigged.


Built: 1891, J. T. Eltringham & Co., Stone Quay, South Shields.  (Yard no. 166)

Tonnage:  142 grt  40 net.

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 100.0  / 20.6 / 11.4

Engine: T 3-Cyl. 50 rhp.  J. P. Rennoldson & Sons, South Shields



1891: Joshua J. Neale, Custom House Buildings, Cardiff.

Managing owner.


1910:  Richard T. R. Thompson. 33 Dudley Cres., Leith.

Managing owner.


Landed at Milford:  12 Nov 1891 - 13 Sep 1907

Skippers: 1891: Saunders

1892: Saunders; Munis; Payne

1893: Lang; Foreman

1894: Rush

1895: Leyland; Crosby

1896: Foreman; Gray; Potter;

1897: Norris

1898: Smith

1899: Morris; Blackman

1900: Blackman; Wildridge

1901 - 03: Webb

1904: Clarke;

1905: Masters; Reed

1906: Reed


Grassholm is an island seven miles west of Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire.

8 Sep 1911:  Sank after collision with steamer SIR WALTER SCOTT, W of Inchkeith, Firth of Forth.  Two men drowned.  [Information from Granton Trawlers website.]


Accidents and Incidents

From The Western Mail of Wednesday 16th October 1895:



    The steamer Grassholm, Messrs Neale and West, a fishing trawler, arrived in the West Dock, Cardiff, on Tuesday evening, being five days overdue.



From The Weekly Mail of Saturday 16th November 1895:


    The steamship Grassholm, Messrs. Neale and West's fishing trawler, docked in the West Bute Dock, Cardiff, on Tuesday, having experienced the full force of Sunday's gale off the Smalls. Her sails were split and her mizzen-mast carried away.



From The Western Mail of Wednesday 26th October 1898:



The Cardiff steam trawler Grassholm, 40 tons, in command of Captain Cox, has arrived in Cork harbour with her machinery disabled.  She left Cardiff on Friday for the fishing grounds off the south-west coast of Ireland, and on Saturday afternoon her machinery got disabled off the coast of Cork.



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 11th May 1906:




        Henry Barnes, master of the steam trawler "Grassholm" was summoned tor attempting to enter the Docks during such a time as a blue flag was not hoisted on the pier head flagstaff on the East side of the entrance, contrary to the Bye laws of the Docks Company. Defendant did not appear. Capt. James, the deckmaster said that on the occasion in question the defendant brought his vessel into the Docks, though the gates were being closed at the time. His action might have resulted in serious damage being done to the Dock gates, which were a vital part of the Dock. He added that he had had a letter from the owners of the vessel pleading guilty to the offence and stating that the defendant had been suspended for three months in consequence. The Chairman said the defendant would be fined 1 and costs on this occasion, but if these cases continued the Bench would have to inflict heavier fines, as the regulations were only made with the object of protecting the interests of the Docks and the Shipping. 



From The Scotsman of Wednesday 22nd August 1906, p. 7:



    The steam trawler Grassholm, of South Shields, went ashore at Scilly during the fog on Monday night.  She was refloated and assisted into the harbour by St. Mary's lifeboat.  The Grassholm was making for Milford with a cargo of fish.



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