Official No: 120473 Port and Year: London, 1904 (LO186)
Granton, 1922 (GN91)
Göteborg, 1926 (GG28)
Description: Steel side trawler; single screw, coal burning. Ketch rigged.
Built: 1904, Smiths Docks Co., North Shields. (Yard no. 757)
Tonnage: 196 grt 45 net (1904) (1 Jan 1914: 74 net.)
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 115.4 / 21.5 / 11.2
Engine: T 3-Cyl. 52 rhp. MacColl & Pollock, Sunderland
1904: George H. D. Birt, Priory Lodge, Milford.
22 Jul 1908: Harley & Miller, Liverpool.
Manager: Robert Harley, 74 Bedford St., Liverpool
As VIROS GN91
4 Dec 1922: William Carnie, 6 Pier Place, Newhaven, Edinburgh.
Dec 1926: Göteborgs Trål A/B, Göteborg.
Manager: E. Berne
Nov 1928: Trål A/B Viros, Göteborg.
Manager: J.A. Magnusson
Jan 1929: Trål A/B Skagen, Göteborg.
Manager: Nils Dahl.
[Thanks to Christer Olausson, Maritime Museum of Gothenburg, Gil Mayes, and Andy Hall, for the information on the ship's post-Milford career.]
Landed at Milford: 4 Dec 1904 - 9 Oct 1908
Skippers: William Nightingale; John Blake
29 Jan 1910: Trawler ANGLIA saved crew of the steamer LANCASHIRE, Liverpool for Balbriggan, and landed them in Dublin. [The Times, Monday 31 Jan 1910.]
1914-18: Requisitioned into the Fishery Reserve.
3 Sep 1942: Mined west of Hirtshals (N. of Denmark), North Sea. 10 crew lost.
Accidents and Incidents
From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 28th October 1904:
NEW TRAWLERS FOR THE PORT
It is with pleasure we report the news that Mr. H. G. D. Birt, late manager for the Castle Steam Trawlers, had two steam trawlers called the "S.S. Anglia" and "S.S. Dania", launched from the yard of Smith's Dock Company, North Shields, on Monday last. The vessels are of the most modern type, and are fitted with the latest improvements. The ceremony of christening the trawlers was successfully performed by Mrs. Nightingale, wife of Capt. W. Nightingale, of this port.
From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 7th December 1904:
The fine new steamers recently built to the order of Milford's Mr. G. H. D. Birt, have both made their initial trip to the port in the course of the last few days. The "Anglia" (Captain Nightingale) landed on Thursday with a good catch, which realised about £240. The "Dania" (Captain Huddlestone) came in for Monday's market, and considering that, on account of the wild weather at sea catches were generally on the small side, she made a successful maiden voyage.
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