KONING ALBERT O.25
As RACHAEL FD2 (1924-37)
Courtesy of Fleetwood Maritime Heritage Trust and The Bosun's Watch
Official No: 141965 Port and Year: Ostend, 1912 (O.25)
Fleetwood, 1924 (FD2)
Description: Steel side trawler; steam screw, coal burning.
Built: Mackie & Thompson, Glasgow, launched 19 Dec 1912. (Yard no. 439)
Tonnage: 216 grt 96 net
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 115.9 / 21.6 / 11.8
Engine: T3-Cyl. 77 rhp; by W.V.V. Lidgerwood, Glasgow.
KONING ALBERT O-25
1913: Soc. Anon. PÍcheries d'Islande, Ostend
Manager: J. Baels.
As RACHAEL FD2
15 Jan 1924: Reliance Trawlers, 15 Fish Trade Bldngs., Wyre Dock, Fleetwood.
Manager: Walter M. Olney, Newport, Cleveleys, Blackpool.
Landed at Milford: 14 Sep 1914 - 16 Dec 1919
1913: Built to replace the original KONING ALBERT, also 208 grt., b.1911 by the same shipbuilders (Yard no.401), which was run down by the cargo ship ANSELMA DE LARRINAGA, 4094 grt, in the Irish Channel on 25 Apr 1912. [Law Report: Probate, Divorce, and Admiralty Division, of 9 June 1913, in "The Times", Tuesday 10 June 1913]
1914-19: Fishery Trawler.
5 May 1935: At 2 a.m., ST. FINTAN collided with RACHAEL while fishing, damaged starboard side aft, and losing her fishing gear; 15 miles off Rockabill.
[ The Times, Tuesday 7th May 1935. Correct name: SAINT FINTAN (495 grt). ]
1937: Broken up at Preston
Accidents and Incidents
From the Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 3rd October 1917:
Record in Herrings.
MILFORD TRAWLER'S CATCH REALISES £1,500.
Unheard of prices and catches of herrings have been recorded during the past week. Most of the Belgian trawlers are making short trips, and one of them, the Koning Albert on Friday grossed £1,500 for two days' work, the price rising on London demand to £5 15s. per kit, which works out at about 4d. each, and nearly all the week they average 3d. each. The prices thus realised have, unfortunately, tempted the Belgian trawlers which were working the hake grounds, to leave it for the shorter and more convenient herring fishing. Most of the merchants consider this is hurtful to the interests of the trade and to the food supply generally and contend that the market should be supplied with as much variety as possible. There is certainly much to be said for this view. However, the herring season cannot be expected to go very much further. A few trawled mackerel have been landed and of course made big money. All kinds are in demand.
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