GRATITUDE  M209

Official No: 121619     Port Number and Year:  8th in Milford, 1907.

                                                                                 6th in Milford, 1919.

Description: Wooden sailing smack; trawling and lining.  Mainsail, foresail and mizzen.

Crew: 3 men

Registered: 12 Jun 1907

Built: 1907, by Robert Jackman, Brixham

Tonnage: 36.20 grt  27.64 net > 23.41 net (6 Jun 1912) > 14.24 net (24 Jul 1919, when motor installed).  

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 60.8 / 17.1 / 7.5

Engine:  Auxiliary internal combustion paraffin motor; 4 x 6 Cyl; 47 bhp; 6 kts; by J. T. Thorneycroft & Co., Basingstoke. Fitted 24 Jul 1919

Owners:

 

12 Jun 1907: John Joseph Smith, 'Athol House', Tudor Sq., Tenby

Managing owner.

 

1 May 1928:  Sydney Carter, 'Craighill', Ravenscar, Scarborough.

Managing owner.

 

Landed at Milford: 18 Sep 1907 - 8 Feb 1909

Skippers: Thomas Richards, Robert Rouse (cert 1917).

Notes: 

8 Aug 1919: Re-registered  after auxiliary motor installed.

Cert. Cancelled & Registry Closed: 1 May 1928. Converted to a yacht; no longer used for fishing.

 

Accidents and Incidents

From the Cardiff Times and South Wales Weekly News, of Saturday 25th December 1909:

TENBY TRAWLERS DAMAGED.

        On Tuesday night a gale from the south-east sprang up at Tenby, and great anxiety was occasioned because of half-a-dozen trawlers which had not returned to harbour with the others which had made for port in the afternoon.  The boats were Elizabeth (Mr J. Smith, owner),  Gratitude (Mr. J. Smith),  Restless (Mr. T. Lillycrop), White Violet (Mr. W. Rowse), Providence (Mr Aaron Kingdom), and Willie (Mr William Thomas). The wind blew with tremendous force, and the sea both upon the north and south beaches was very heavy. The red lights upon the landing stage of the Victoria Pier could not be seen for spray, and the seas broke over the gangway leading to the lifeboat house. At 9 o'clock the lifeboat crew assembled, by order of Dr. Bryant, in the expectation that they would be required to go to the assistance of the trawlers which were out in the bay, and they remained on duty till 5 yesterday morning. The trawlers, however, managed to keep to windward until there was sufficient water to enter the harbour, which was about 11 o'clock. They did not get in without suffering considerable damage. The Providence smashed her pump and began to fill with water, also losing her mid-ship rail and main gaff; the Restless carried away her main boom. The Gratitude and the White Violet collided on entering the harbour, the former carrying away her mizzen boom and bowsprit, and the White Violet her mizzen boom. The Elizabeth was undamaged. A vessel supposed to be the Willie is in Caldey Roads.

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From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 23rd December 1910:

TRAWLERS' TERRIBLE TIME.

Lives Lost in Bristol Channel. During Friday's gale in the Bristol Channel a heavy sea broke on board the Brixham trawler Friendship and washed the skipper and the second hand overboard. The third, hand and the cook were rescued by the trawler Gratitude just before the Friendship foundered. 

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