Official No: 96232 Port Number and Year: 32nd in Grimsby 1890 (GY273)
5th in Milford, 1900 (M152)
Description: Iron side / beam trawler; steam screw, coal burning. Ketch rigged: foresail, mainsail and mizzen.
Crew: 8 men (1890); 9 men (1900).
Registered at Milford: 5 May 1900
Built: 1890; by Great Grimsby Cooperative Box & Fish Curing. (Yard no. ?)
Tonnage: 175.45 grt 83.55 net.
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 109.3 / 20.6 / 10.8
Engine: T 3-cyl. 60 hp. Engine and boiler by builders
23 Dec 1890: Great Grimsby Co-operative Box & Fish Co. Ltd., Grimsby.
Manager: Samuel H. Clark. (Same address.)
Apr 1898: Great Central Co-operative Engineering and Ship Repairing Co. Ltd., Grimsby.
Manager: George L. Alward, Hainton St., Grimsby.
4 May 1899: "Sold to Danes". [?]
5 May 1900: Thomas Ridley Oswald, Castle Hall, Castle Pill, Milford.
12 May 1905: Edward Towers, 11, Grove Place, Swansea.
4 Apr 1907: Elisa E. Suarez Ferrin, Corunna. [Not French owners?]
Landed at Milford: 20 May 1900 - 24 Sep 1903
George C. Nicholls cert 5538, age 39, born Stamford, residing Castle Terrace, Pill; signed on 11 May, 3 Jul 1900.
Osmond Barnes 3860, 28, Brixham, 10 Warwick Rd., Milford; 4 Jan 1901; 7 Aug 1902.
William Thomas, 8 Sep 1902.
John Coaker 4190, 30, Brixham, 15 Greville Rd., Milford; ? ; 3 Jan 1903.
Arthur Windass 5381, 23, Brixham; 28, St Peter's Road, Milford. 9 Jan 02.
Christopher Masterson 5740, 23, Salisbury, Pill, Milford, 27 Mar 1902
W. Kingston 2182, 40,Lowestoft, - ; 24 Jul 1902
J. Curtis 5274, 26, Grimsby, - ; 6 Dec 1902
W. Maunder 1460, 41, Hull, - ; 7 Apr 1903
J. Gab 771, 42, Hull, - ; 18 Jun 1903
A.J. Kippon 5204, 34, Norwich, Gwilli Rd., Hakin; 6 Jul 1903
W. Ellis 4600, 20, Plymouth, 7 Aug 1903
D. Harrison 6797, 31, Hull, - ; 21 Sep 1903
Edwin Cox 4408, 41, Boston, 49 Fabian St., St.Thomas, Swansea; 3 Jan 1907
12 Dec 1901 - 3 Jan 1902: Laid up.
May 1903: Oswald's entire fleet transferred to Swansea, but remained registered in Milford.
1906 : Insured by the owner, T. H. Martin, Haverfordwest, for £3,000.
Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed:
"Certificate of Registry Cancelled and Registry closed April 4th 1907. Vessel sold to Foreigners. (French owners). Advice received from Owner. J. W. Croaker, Reg. 4. 4. 07."
Accidents and Incidents
Log book entries:
In Milford Haven Harbour. Deckhand, E. Wingett, aged fifty, born in Plymouth, residing in Milford. Jammed his foot in the fishing gear.
B. Baldwin aged 22, Deckhand from Yarmouth, residing in Milford. Injured his hand whilst working the winch at sea.
O. Barnes. (Skipper).
Arthur Windass, 23 years old, Skipper, born in Brixham, residing at 28, St Peter's Road, Milford.
Crushed his finger whilst greasing cog wheel of winch, took half a turn and crushed finger between cogs and bar.
Arthur Windass. (Skipper).
10 miles NNW from St Ann's Head.
Charles Kemp, 20 years old, Third Hand, born in Brixham, residing at Milford. Cut head on mizzen boom. (falling).
C. Masterson. (Skipper).
Stem damaged, collision. owing to lack of space to reverse engines.
J. Curtis. (Skipper).
From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 22nd March 1901:
Alleged Illegal Fishing.
A MILFORD SKIPPER PROSECUTED.
At Tralee (County Kerry) Petty-sessions on Tuesday, Col. Rowan, J.P., presiding, Osmond Barnes, of Milford, skipper of the steam-trawler Assyrian, Milford Haven, was prosecuted by Coastguard George Morgan, of Waterville Station for having on the 21st of February ult., off the coast of Kerry, used from a steamer, within prohibited limits, the method of fishing known as "otter trawling," contrary to law.
Captain Thomas Brawdy, a British Sea Fishery officer, said that on the 21st ult., he found the Assyrian fishing within the prohibited area. Witness fired a blank shot, and when witness told defendant to stop his engines he did so. Witness subsequently got the skipper's papers, which showed that defendant was master, and Thomas J. Oswald, of Milford, was owner of the Assryian. Barnes heaved up his net. It was a trawl otter or patent trawl.
Cross-examined, Captain Brawdy said the defendant made no attempt to shift his ground when he was hailed. Witness told defendant that he was within the prohibited limits. Defendant gave witness to understand that he thought he was not within the prohibited limits.
Charles Saunders, first-mate of the Assyrian, swore that the Assyrian was outside the limits.
Defendant Barnes also denied that his boat was within the limits, but he was convicted and fined £1, the magistrates allowing £10 costs to the plaintiffs.
From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 7th February 1902:
Mr. "Art" Windus [ Windass ], the skipper of Mr Oswald's boat "Assyrian", has arrived at Milford suffering from a crushed left hand, the result of being caught in the winch whilst at sea.
From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 22nd March 1902:
Alleged Illegal Fishing.
A MILFORD SKIPPER PROSECUTED.
At Tralee Petty Sessions on Tuesday, Col. Rowan J.P., presiding, Osmond Barnes, Milford, skipper of the s.t. "Assyrian" of Milford,was prosecuted by Coastguard George Morgan, Waterville Station for having on the 21st of February, off the coast of Kerry, used from a steamer within prohibited limits, the method of fishing known as "otter" trawling, contrary to law.
Captain Thomas Brawdy, a British Sea Fishery Officer, said that on 21st ult., he found the "Assyrian" fishing within the prohibited area. Witness fired a blank shot, and when witness told defendant to stop his engines he did so. Witness subsequently got the Skipper's papers, which showed the defendant was master, and Thomas J. Oswald of Milford was owner of the "Assyrian". Barnes heaved up his nets. It was a trawl otter, or patent trawl.
Cross examined, Captain Brawdy said defendant made no attempt to shift his ground when he was hailed. Witness told defendant that he was within the prohibited limits. Defendant gave witness to understand that he thought he was not. Charles Saunders, the first mate of the "Assyrian", swore that the "Assyrian" was outside the limits. Defendant Barnes also denied that his trawler was within the limits, but he was convicted and fined £1, the magistrates allowing £10 costs to the plaintiffs.
From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 19th December 1902:
THE GALE.— The bad weather of the past few days has been severely felt at Milford, and many vessels have come into the Haven for shelter. Yesterday morning the "Assyrian," a steam trawler belonging to Mr Oswald, was going out of harbour when the heavy wind caught her, and she collided with the quay wall smashing her stem. She had to be brought back into dock for repairs. The "Magnolia," belonging to Messrs Morley, Sellick, and Price, also collided with the quay wall on going to sea, and her stem was injured, though to a less extent. She also returned to harbour for repairs.
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