BARDOLPH H181 / M276

Official No:  132856     Port Number and Year:  21st in Cardiff, 1911 (CF37)

                                                                                     -   in Hull, 1920 (H181)

                                                                                   8th in Milford, 1938

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

Crew: 10 men (1920); 12 men (1934).

Registered at Milford: 24 May 1938

Built: Smith Dock Co., South Bank on Tees, in 1911.  (Yard no. 482)

Tonnage: 257 grt  101 net. (By 1920: 99.0 net.)

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 125.5 / 23.0 / 12.3

Engine: T 3-Cyl. 80 hp.10 kts.  Engine: 1911, by Shields Engineering, N. Shields.  Boiler: 1911, Richardson, Westgarth, Middlesborough.




25 Oct 1911: Neale & West, Hope St., Cardiff.

Managers: Joshua S. Neale, Morley H. Neale, and Wilfred Neale.



13 May 1920: The Bardolph Steam Trawling Co., 131 Ramsden Sq., Barrow-in-Furness.

Manager: Charles Curzon, Docks, Milford.


1927: Edward Brand & Charles Curzon, Docks, Milford.

Managing owners.


As M276

24 May 1938: Milford Fisheries, Docks. Milford.  (64/64)

Manager: Owen Willie Limbrick, Pill Lane, Milford.


Landed at Milford:  

(H181) 6 May 1920 - 27 Dec 1921; 4 Jan 1923 - 10 Nov 1930; 5 Jan - 28 Jun 1932; 13 Nov 1934 - 29 Jan 1938.

(M276) 8 Jun 1938 - 30 Nov 1939.



Nodzu was the name of a Japanese general in the Russo-Japanese war of 1904-05.

Bardolph is the name of a character in Shakespeare's play "Henry V".

Mar 1915: Requisitioned  as NODZU (Admy. no.1356).

29 Mar 1915 - 10 Dec 1918: Based at Milford.

14 Nov 1915: With five other RN trawlers, salved SS FORMOSA.

3 Sep 1916: Salved schooner KATE.

7 Oct 1916: Salved Norwegian barque ASVALD.

1 Jan 1919: While rendering salvage assistance to US LAKE WINSTON, NODZU grounded off Cwm Nash (near Nash Point) on the coast of Glamorgan.  Trawler FAVORITA ( 1655, GY1039) stood by.  Crew taken off and landed at Milford on 17 Jan.  The Admiralty initially believed NODZU to be a total wreck, but she was later salved and rebuilt at Appledore.

21 Mar 1938: Hull register closed.

Dec 1939: Requisitioned and converted to a Boom Defence Vessel, renamed CLARINET P.No. Z.132.

23 Nov 1943: Purchased into RN. 

1946: Sold to previous owners as BARDOLPH.  [ See local newspaper article below. ]


Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 28 Dec 1943.

1947: Assumed to have been broken up. (See newspaper article below.)

Accidents and Incidents

From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 7th February 1947:


    There is a likelihood that at least two of the four trawlers used as boom defence ships during the war, and recently returned to the port, may never fish again.  Asked on Thursday about the conversion of two of the vessels, the Caliban and Bardolph (Milford Fisheries), Mr. O. W. Limbrick declared, "We have no intention of paying the prices demanded by one section of the port.  The figures they want make the cost of reconversion prohibitive."

    The two other boom defence boats awaiting reconversion are the Milford Duke (Milford Steam Trawlers) and the Kuroki (Messrs. E. E. Carter).



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