UPTON CASTLE M125
Official No: 107043 Port Number and Year: 9th in Milford, 1896
64th in London, 1897 (LO152)
15th in Swansea, 1906 (SA22)
- in Aberdeen, 1915 (A407)
- in Grimsby, 1917 (GY1047)
Description: Iron side trawler / liner; steam screw, coal burning. Ketch rigged - foresail, mainsail, mizzen.
Crew: 9 men (1896)
Registered at Milford: 10 Sep 1896
Built: Edwards Bros., North Shields, in 1896. (Yard no. 520)
Tonnage: 145 grt 49.23 net
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 106.5 / 20.9 / 11.0
Engine: T 3-Cyl. 55 hp. Engine: North Eastern Marine Engineering, Sunderland
10 Sep 1896: George Raymond Birt. )
E. Boyle. ) Docks,
G. Tunley. ) Milford
J. Ryde. )
Managing owner: George Hogarth Douglas Birt, 'Priory Lodge', Milford.
10 May 1897: Castle Steam Trawlers, 2 Lothbury, City, London.
Manager: George H. Douglas Birt, 'Priory Lodge', Milford.
1906: Castle Steam Trawlers, Swansea.
Manager: Crawford Heron, 'Earlsmoor', West Cross, Swansea.
By 1910: John Smart (Jnr.), 59 Cleveland Rd., North Shields.
29 Jul 1915: T. Davidson, Commercial Rd., Aberdeen
23 Apr 1917: T. Langley, Grimsby
Landed at Milford: 3 Sep 1896 - 15 Jul 1904
Bernard Henry Galvin cert. 1617, age 30, born Bradford; signed on 21 Aug 1896; 1 Jan 1897
David John Davies 5269, 24, Clynderwen; residing Charles St., Milford; 10 Jan, 7 Jul 1898
J. Reynolds 01432, 37, Scarborough; Robert St., Milford; 17 Jul 1898; 23 Jan, 11 Jul 1899
Upton Castle is a small 13th century Norman castle, east of Cosheston, south Pembrokeshire.
24 Apr 1917: Captured by UC-29; stopped and scuttled by bomb 60 miles E of Longstone. No loss of life.
Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 10 May 1897. Vessel transferred to the port of London.
Accidents and Incidents
From the :
A fine specimen of the Lesser Sunfish (Cephalus Brevis) has been caught by the trawler Upton Castle of London, in the Bay of Biscay. It has been purchased by a gentleman residing at Plymouth. It is uncertain whether this marine curiosity was caught at the bottom of the sea or near the surface when hauling the trawl. Expert think the latter.
From The Weekly Mail of Saturday 8th July 1905:
BRISTOL CHANNEL MISHAP
In the Admiralty Court on Monday Mr. Justice Bargrave Deane, sitting with Trinity masters, gave judgment in the cross actions for damages arising out the collision between the ketch Rival, of Rye, and the steam trawler Upton Castle. At the time of the casualty, which occurred in the Bristol Channel on February 25 last, the ketch was bound from Southampton to Briton Ferry, while the trawler, which had been engaged in trawling, had just taken he trawl in.
His Lordship found that the ketch was in no way to blame, and that the collision was solely due to the trawler, owing to an improper look-out, suddenly going full speed ahead across the bows of the sailing vessel.
Judgment accordingly for plaintiff, the damages to be assessed.
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