Official No:  110912    Port Number and Year:   Grimsby, 1899 (GY834)

Description: Steel side trawler; steam screw, coal burning. Ketch rigged

Crew: 9 men (1899)

Built: 1899 by Selby Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Yard no. 27)

Tonnage: 158 grt  51 net

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 104.9  / 20.8  / 11.1

Engine: T.3-cyl; 52 nhp;  by Crabtree & Co., Great Yarmouth.




30 Sep 1899: The Central Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., Hull.

Manager: Tom Appleton, 'Donnybrook', Hessle, Yorks. (1899-1903)

                 G. H. D. Birt, Docks, Milford. (Jul 1903-04)


Aug 1904: Phoenix Trawling Co., Grimsby

15 Sep 1904: As FOSSGATE GY834



12 Oct 1905: Dutch owners.



By 1930: N.V. Visscherij Mij. Vereenigde Steelkoolenhandel.

Manager: W.H. Arends.


1933: Vereenigde Steelkoolenhandel N.V.

Managers: De Vem N.V.


Landed at Milford: 26 Jul 1903 - 31 Aug 1904

Skippers: D. Leggett (1899); Johnson; Jones; Cutler; Dove; Salter; Dodd; Nightingale.


1939: Broken up.

 Accidents and Incidents

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


            On Friday the Coroner (Mr. H.J.E. Price) held an inquest at the Sessions House, Milford Haven, into the circumstances of the death of Samuel Faunch, a fisherman, whose body was found in the Dock the same day.

Sergeant Evans, of the Milford Docks police, was the first witness called.  He said he had known the deceased over five years.  He was a fisherman and a native of Ramsgate.  He was about thirty-three years of age and served in the steam trawler 'Julia', last trading into Milford Haven.  He last saw him about 11.30 p.m. on the 26th ult., at the dock gate.  The 'Julia' was then in the dock, and he assumed he was going on board. He had been drinking but was able to look after himself.  The 'Julia' was lying above the ice factory. The lamps were in that night. He would have to go on board by means of a ladder or the rigging. Nothing more was seen of him until his body was missing. He was not reported as missing.

Charles Mathias, of Robert Street, Milford haven, a waterman employed by the Dock Company, said he knew the deceased.  He was going to work that morning on board a ship and noticed the body in the dock close to the first door of the market.  He went on board the 'General Roberts' and had a boat lowered and waited for the dock police to come. The body was then conveyed to the mortuary by the dock police.

Dr. Allen Low said he saw the deceased at the mortuary that morning. There were not any marks of violence. He was of opinion that deceased had been in the water nine or ten days and that he died from drowning.

By a juryman: The blood being so fresh was caused by a boat-hook.

A verdict of "Found drowned" was returned.


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.


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