Official No: 136210 Port and Year: Hull, 1914 (H148)
Aberdeen, 1941 (A509)
Hull, 1943 (H551)
Description: Steel side trawler; single screw, coal burning. Ketch rigged: foresail, mainsail and mizzen.
Crew: 9 men (1914).
Built: 1914, Cochrane & Son., Selby. (Yard no. 608)
Tonnage: 263 grt 103 net.
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 125.2 / 22.5 / 12.2
Engine: T 3-Cyl, 78 rhp, 10.5 kts. Amos & Smith, Hull
As SEA SEARCHER H148
16 Oct 1914: Humber Steam Trawling Co., St. Andrew's Dock, Hull.
Manager: Richard H. Hobbs.
5 Nov 1919: Fresh Fish Supplies Ltd., 5 West Dock St., Hull.
Manager: Thomas Nightingale. (Same address.)
7 Sep 1922: S. T. White & Co., St. Andrew's Dock, Hull.
Manager: Samuel T. White. (Same address.)
30 Nov 1922: As SEAWARD HO H148
9 Apr 1926: Charles Hudson, The Moorings, Chestnut Ave., Hessle, E.Yorks.
8 Aug 1927: Seaward Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., St. Andrew's Dock, Hull.
Manager: Charles Hudson. (Same address.)
8 Nov 1929: Trident Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., St. Andrew's Dock, Hull
Manager: George A. Ledger, "Bona", Hull Rd., Cottingham, E. Yorks.
12 Dec 1929: As TARBET NESS H148.
Aug 1941: W.B. Harrow, Aberdeen.
3 Sep 1941: As AVONSTAR A509.
Feb 1943: A. & M. Smith Ltd., Hull.
1 Mar 1943: As H551.
26 Jan 1946: United Trawlers, Docks, Milford.
Manager: H. J. Horwood.
Landed at Milford: 12 Feb 1946 - 19 Sep 1952.
Skippers: Jack Ryan (1952)
Mar 1915: Requisitioned by the Admiralty as SEA SEARCHER and converted to a minesweeper (Admy. no. 1187). 1 x 6 pdr.
1917: Employed as an escort.
1919: Returned to owners.
3 Dec 1939: Stranded at Granton.
3 May 1940: Hull register closed, "Abandoned as total loss." (Salved and offered for sale.)
11 May 1955: Broken up at Ward's Yard, Castle Pill.
2 Feb 1955: Hull register closed.
[Lofthouse T., Mayes G., Newton D., & Thompson M. (2012): Cochrane Shipbuilders Vol.1: 1884 - 1914.]
Accidents and Incidents
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 18th January 1952:
"DUKE" AT THE TOP AGAIN
After two years as "runners-up", Skipper Albert Saunders and the "Milford Duke" are once again in top place in the Milford fishing "league". In 1951 Skipper Saunders caught a greater value of fish than any other individual trawler captain in the port.
Second in the league on last year's results is Skipper W. Burgoyne, who has moved up a place, closely followed by Skipper Steve Pembroke, who was sixth in the list of 1949 catches. "Crack" Skipper for 1948 and 1949, Skipper Tom Donovan, D.S.C., is a close fifth in results while consistent Skipper James Jobson again occupies fourth position.
Here are the leading positions, the ships being classed according to size.
This class has provided a real family struggle, with Skipper Tom Salter pipping his brother-in-law on the post and his brother finishing in third place!
The first three boats are owned by the Westward Company (Mr. E. E. Carter).
1. Cleopatra II. (Tom Salter), Westward.
2. Caldy (Hubert Morgans), Westward.
3. Slebech (Harry Salter), Westward.
4. Avonstar (Jack Ryan); 5, Ocean Brine (Frank Gambold); 6, Milford Knight (Harry Thompson); 7, Hero (Lenny Brown); 8, Montano (George Kersey); 9, Milford Countess (Teddy Funge).
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