Official No:  127417    Port Number and Year: 6th in Milford, 1908

                                                                                  -   in Fleetwood, 1919 (FD57)

Description: Steel side trawler; steam screw, coal burning. Ketch rigged - foresail, mainsail,  mizzen.

Crew:  9 men (1908); 11 men (1924; see Notes below).

Registered at Milford: 1 Oct 1908

Built: 1908 by Smith's Dock Co., N. Shields. (Yard no. 383)

Tonnage: 221.89 grt  86.33 net.

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 120.5 / 21.55 / 11.6

Engine: T 3-cyl. 68 hp. 10 kts.  Engine: 1908, by W.V.V. Lidgerwood, Coatbridge, Glasgow.  Boiler: 1908, by David Rowan & Co., Glasgow



6 Oct 1908: Neyland Steam Trawling & Fishing Co. Ltd., Neyland.

                   (Enoch Davies, 'Belmont House' High St., Neyland.) 

Manager: Alexander Scott, Hazelbeach, Neyland. (1918: David G. Jones, Neyland.)


As FD57

24 Feb 1919: Croston Steam Trawling Co. Ltd., Orient Buildings, Station Rd., Fleetwood.

Manager: Joseph A. Taylor.


Landed at Milford:  8 Oct - 6 Nov 1908; thereafter landed at Neyland


Robert Major Limbrick, Cert 7616  age 49, born London, residing 14 Upper Hill St., Hakin; signed on 1 Jul 1909; 2 Feb 1910; 1 May 1911; 10 Jul 1912.

Thomas Charles Jobson, 6950, 31, Newcastle, 54 Waterloo Rd., Hakin; 15 Jan 1910

Henry Bertram Clarke, 6177, 30, London, 13 Greville Rd., Milford; 24 Jan 1911

Wm. Henry Davies, 5716, 35, Caerphilly, 'Laburnam House', Hazelbeach, Neyland; 24 Sep 1912; 13 Jan 1913.

B. Richards, 4775, 39, Tenby, -; 9 Jul 1913

George Medway 6777. - - -


Angle is a village on the southwest side of Milford Haven.

Apr 1915: Requisitioned and converted to a minesweeper (Admy. No. 1367) 1 x 12 pdr.

1919: Returned to owners.

7 Jan 1924: Sailed Fleetwood and streamed log, severe south-east gale and snow storm off Isle of Man. Distance travelled underestimated due to gale and ran on the Bahama Bank, Isle of Man. Investigation concluded that disaster might have been averted if Bahama Bank lightvessel had not been removed; eleven crew lost plus two pleasure trippers.

[Information supplied by "The Bosun's Watch" website.]

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed:

"Registry closed 4th March 1919. Transferred to the Port of Fleetwood. Certificate not delivered up. A. J. Mullens. Regr."

"Certificate received from Fleetwood and cancelled.  A. J. Mullens. Regr."

 Accidents and Incidents

Log book entry:


65 miles WNW of Fastnet.

T. Bryant, twenty one years of age, trimmer, British, born Neyland, residing in Neyland.  Fore finger of left hand injured - caused by falling from deck casing while in the act of turning ventilator.

    Henry Bertram Clarke (Skipper)

    W. Rogerson (Mate)



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 9th October 1908:



    This week another steam trawler was brought round to Milford by Captain Limbrick, for the Neyland Steam Trawling Company. The vessel which is of the latest design and thoroughly up- to-date, is named the "Angle.' The vessel's maiden trip realised 202.


From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 16th October 1908:


    The second of the new trawlers belonging to the Neyland Steam Trawling Company, the Angle, made her maiden voyage on Thursday. Her cargo was landed at Milford Fish Market, and realized 202. The new market and ice factory at Neyland are now almost complete. 


From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 23rd October 1908:



    At Milford Haven Fish Market on Wednesday morning the third new vessel belonging to the Neyland Steam Trawling Company, viz., the Apley, landed the produce of her maiden voyage. The gross sum, realized 172, which is lower than the maiden trips of her sister ships the Bush and Angle. Two more trawlers are shortly expected to be delivered to the company, the Slebech and the Caldy. The company have not yet opened their market at Neyland, although everything appears to be in a forward state. The ice factory is already turning out ice, and owing to a shortage in the supplies at the Milford factories some of the Milford trawlers have been supplied. Operations cannot now long be delayed, and it will be interesting to see what effect the rival markets will have on the Milford trade. 


From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 5th March 1909:

The Fishing Industry. During the week the following boats have arrived at Neyland and unloaded their cargoes of fish at the market, the prices being at present very low in the district, and also at Milford and Swansea. On Monday the "Bush" landed with a cargo of fish which realised 74. The "Caldy" also arrived the same day, and her cargo realised 135. The "Angle" and "Apley" on Tuesday landed 550 kits of fish between them. The "Angle" had 114 kit of large hake, and the "Apley's" cargo realised 146, whilst the "Angle's" realised 189. The price of hake on Monday was 33s. and 32s. at Neyland, and on Tuesday it was reduced to 28s and 27s. The "Slebech" arrived on Wednesday, but did not land her cargo until Thursday morning.


From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 3rd September 1909:



Fishing Industry.- Since Monday, August 23rd, the following boats have come into Neyland and disposed of their catches at the market the Bush 190, Urania 159, Siluria 117, Slebech 149, Caldy 106, Apley 150, Hero 163, Angle 126, and the Neyland 122. The catches have included several kits of herring, and it is expected that the trawlers will at any time run across the shoal. 



From the Irish Times of Friday 23rd December 1910:




                                                                                                                                QUEENSTOWN, Thursday.

    The Milford steam trawler Angle towed into this port today the three-masted schooner Kathleen in a dismasted and wrecked condition.  The Kathleen was bound from Rio Grande to Liverpool and on the 24th ultimo, when in latitude 48 north, longitude 14 west, was struck by a violent gale. .......


Approaching the Irish coast, distress signals were hoisted, and on the 20th inst., at 1 p.m., when 160 miles from Queenstown, the steam trawler Angle was sighted.  She bore down on the dismasted vessel, and passed two steel hawsers aboard her, in order to tow her to Queenstown.  The weather being bad, one of the hawsers snapped, and it was no easy task to get a new one passed to the Kathleen.  It was accomplished, however, at great risk to the crew who manned the boat, and eventually the disabled vessel was towed safely to this port.



From the Abergavenny Chronicle of Friday 7th May 1915:


The trawler Angle, on arriving at Kilrush, reported that the steamer Fulgent (2,000 tons) was sunk by a submarine forty-five miles N.W. of the Skelligs. The trawler picked up one boat containing nine survivors and the body of the captain, who had been shot. The second boat with the rest of the crew could not be found.



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