Courtesy of Mick Evans

Official No:  99546 (1921: 132767)     Port and Year:  67th in Hull, 1891 (H179)

                                                                                             -     in Boulogne, 1911 (B216)                                                                                              1st  in Plymouth, 1921 (PH204).

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

Crew:  9 men (1891).

Built: 1891, by Cochrane, Cooper & Schofield, Beverley.  (Yard no. 66)

Tonnage:  156 grt 61 net [58 net by 1921.] 

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 101.0  / 20.5 / 11.0

Engine: C 2-Cyl, 43 nhp, 10.0 kts.  Engine and boiler: Amos & Smith, Hull.

(1918: New boiler fitted.)




19 Nov 1891: Kingston Steam Trawling Co., Hull.

Manager: Lawrence Spring, St. Andrew's Dock, Hull.



21 Aug 1911:  Pochet-Decroix, Boulogne.



24 Jan 1921:  Robert Henry Turner, 2 Frobisher Terrace, Plymouth.

Managing owner.


18 Sep 1928: Leonard Brown, "Glenmore", Ashleigh Grove, Tynemouth.

Jan 1931: Arthur Brown, Tynemouth.

Managing owner.


Landed at Milford:  16 Aug 1902 - 5 Jun 1903

Skippers: G. C. Nichol (1902-03)


Agate is a variety of silica, characterised by its fineness of grain and brightness of colour.


2 Mar 1896: Bosun Richard Wood, age 25; lost overboard and drowned whilst getting up gear. Pulled or thrown overboard by the bridle which became entangled around the propeller. Tried every means to save him but to no avail.

[Thanks to the Hull Trawler website.]

4 Oct 1931:  Foundered 3 miles ESE of Blyth after developing a serious leak in heavy seas. All nine crew picked up by Blyth pilot cutter.

[Lofthouse T., Mayes G., Newton D., & Thompson M. (2012): Cochrane Shipbuilders Vol.1: 1884 - 1914.]

[Information thanks to and ]

 Accidents and Incidents

From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 22nd August 1902:






A vessel called the "Agate" of Hull has joined the Milford Fishing Fleet.  It is under the management of Mr. Pettit, and the skipper is Geo. Nicholls.  It completed its second successful from the port on Tuesday.


From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 29th May 1903:


A MILFORD TRAWLER TO THE RESCUE. On Tuesday May 19th, whilst working off Bantry Bay the s.s. Lark, a new steam trawler, belonging to Cardiff, was seen to be in a dangerous position close to the rocks, when her peril was observed by Capt G. C. Nichol, s.s. Agate, Milford, who speedily went to her assistance and after great difficulty managed to get her in tow and took her to sea, where after some hours, she was able to get under her command and proceeded to Cardiff. This is the third salvage case of recent date in which Capt. Nichol has figured.


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