Official No:  99992    Port Number and Year: 8th in Milford, in 1892 (M97).

                                                                                -    -  Ymuiden, in 1904 (IJM.104).

Description: Iron side / beam trawler; single screw; coal burner.  Ketch rigged: two masts, mainsail and mizzen.

Crew: 9 men (1892).

Registered in Milford: 29 Oct 1892.

Built: Sir R. Dixon & Co., Middlesborough, in 1892.  (Yard no. 377)

Tonnage: 139.67 grt  47.87 net

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 100.6 / 20.4 / 10.7

Engine: C 2-Cyl. 46 hp..  Engine: North Eastern Marine Engineering Co., Sunderland.



19 Oct 1892: Cornelius Cecil Morley, Springfield,  Portlaw, Co.Waterford. (32/64)

William Goff Davis-Goff, Glenville, Co.Waterford. (32/64)

Manager: Frederick J. Sellick, Marine Villa, Murray Cres., Milford.


9 Mar 1903: Southern Steam Trawling Co., 127 Quay, Waterford, Ireland.

(Messrs. Sellick, Morley and Price, Milford Docks.)

Manager: Cornelius Cecil Morley, "Cnocaitiun"*, Milford.  

(*Probably "Cnoc Αine" , Co. Limerick: "Aine's Hill". )


As IJM.104

22 Nov 1904:  N.V. Zeevisschij Mij "Zeeland"



1908: Stoomvisscherij Mij "Sidney Albert"

Managers: Fa. S.J. Groen



1912: Centrale Visscherij Mij.

Manager: J.N. Klein


1915: Visscherij Mij. "Adriana Johanna"

Manager: J. van Beelen

(Later)  : Stoomvisscherij Mij. "Sidney Albert"


1923: Mij. "De Vier Kinderen"

Manager: H. Ouderkerk.

1928: As MASCOTTE IJM.104


Landed at Milford:  23 Jan 1893 - 30 May 1904

Skippers: John Brooke, cert 0108, age 41, born Leeds, residing 31 James St., Hull; signed on 10 Oct 1892

G. Oliver 066, 34, London, - ; 29 Nov 1892; 12 Jan 1893

H. Glansford 1660, 26, Hull, - ; 23 Jan 1893;26 Jul 1895

F. A. Walker 4322, 31, Lynmouth, - ; 5 Jul 1893.

J. Stroud 0247, 39, Ramsgate, - ; 21 Jan 1899

G. T. Cobley 2081, 31, Hull, - ; 6 May 1899; 2 Jan 1900.

Samuel Smith 2012, 32, Essex, - ; 13 Aug 1899

J. Gillard 2652, 35, Brixham, - ; 6 Jul 1900; 4 Jul 1901; 6 Jan, 2 Jul 1902; 6 Jan 1903; 10 Feb 1903

A. Lamswood 4931, 29, Brixham, - ; 24 Jan 1903

Ralph Saunderson 2934, 50, Filey, - ; 10 Mar 1903

George C. Nichols 5538, 40, Stamford, - ;20 Jun, 9 Jul 1903.

E. Johnson 6974, 27, Brixham, - ; 7 Dec 1903

D. W. Williams 1697, 41, Cardigan, - ; 8 Jan 1904


Camellia is a shrub, native to Asia, with glossy evergreen leaves and white, pink, red or variegated roselike flowers.

5 Jan 1903: Rescued the crew of the Milford trawler DORIS, off the Saltees Lightship. (See below.)

1931: Laid up.

1936: Broken up.

[ Information on Dutch owners kindly supplied by Jan Harteveld. ]

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 22 Nov 1904.  Sold to Dutch owners.

 Accidents and Incidents

From The Morning Post, Friday 27th December 1895:

The schooner Eaglet, from Teignmouth for Liverpool, with china clay, was abandoned in a sinking condition, 23rd inst., west of the Smalls.  Crew landed at Milford Haven by steam trawler Camelia [sic].  This was the crew previously reported as being landed at Milford by the ketch Effort.



From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph, Wednesday 1st April 1896:

COLLISION. ― A collision off the dock head early on Thursday morning between the steam trawlers "Camellia" and "Her Majesty".  The latter had a plate or two in her bow badly damaged.



The Times, Tuesday, Dec 13, 1898; pg. 13; Issue 35698; col D
     Supreme Court Of Judicature. Court Of Appeal.



There were two appeals by the defendants from two orders made by Mr. Justice Barnes at Chambers. There were two actions, one brought by the owners of the steam trawler M. J. Hedley, and the other by the owners of the steam trawler Camellia, against the owners of the steamship City of Calcutta, her cargo and freight, claiming for salvage and services rendered to the City of Calcutta, her cargo and freight.  On October the 5th, 1898, the M. J. Hedley and the Camellia went to the assistance of the City of Calcutta, somewhere near the mouth of the English Channel, and thereupon the Captain of the City of Calcutta produced an agreement in print with blank spaces in it to be filled in, the agreement in the form known as Lloyd's Salvage agreement.  The masters of the trawlers agreed to accept £500 to take the City of Calcutta to Milford Haven, and the agreement was accordingly and signed by the masters of the three vessels.  By Clause 1 of the agreement, the masters of the trawlers agreed to use their best endeavours to salve the City of Calcutta and her cargo, and take her into Milford Haven, the services to be rendered and accepted as salvage services upon the principle of "no cure, no pay", the salvers' remuneration in the event of success to be £500, unless this sum be afterwards be objected to as thereinafter mentioned, in which case the remuneration for the services rendered should be fixed by the committee of Lloyd's as arbitrators .....


[The case was brought by the owners of the CITY OF CALCUTTA on the grounds that the £500 claim should go the the arbitrators, while the trawler owners countered that there was no case for arbitration. It appears that arbitration appeal was allowed.  The M.J.HEDLEY (ON 99118, 442 g.r.t) was a Belfast tug]



From the News of the World of Sunday 10th June 1900:


    An unknown man aboard the Milford steam trawler Camellia, was jammed in the steam capstan wire hawser and killed.



From the Western Mail of Thursday, July 12, 1900; Issue 9713:


    A Board of Trade enquiry was held at Milford Haven on Friday before two magistrates and three assessors into the responsibility for the death of a deck-hand, named Philip le Blond, on the Camellia, of Milford, on the 3rd of June last, off the Scilly Isles.  Le Blond was a native of the Channel Islands.  The court did not give judgement till several days later. ― The Court found that the block and hook which broke and caused the accident were supplied on the 12th of April last to the order of the owners, represented by Mr. Sellick; the block and hook were constructed of good material, and were in good condition at the time of the casualty.  Philip le Blond was not in a safe position for guiding the trawl of the warp [sic].  The master (J. Gillard) [sic - see list of skippers above, and log book entry below.] was not aware of the position, but the second was, and he stated to the court that he warned Le Blond.  The court was of the opinion that the second hand should have insisted upon Le Blond moving to a safer position.  J. W. Chancy, the boatswain, was aware that Le Blond was not in a safe position.  The cause of the casualty was Le Blond allowing the face of the tackle to ride and jam on the winch, which caused the hook of the block to give way, the tackle breaking the man's leg and rupturing blood vessels.  Every assistance was rendered the man that was available [sic].  In the last paragraph of the judgement the court found that the casualty was not caused by the wrongful act or default of the master or the second hand, but they were of opinion that the second hand was to blame for not having seen that Le Blond moved to a safer position, and the court earnestly hoped that more care should be exercised by masters and second hands in similar circumstances in future.


[See log book entry below.]


From the Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advisor of Friday 4th January 1901:


The Storm

damage to trawlers

    Of the great storm last Thursday evening, the men working on the trawlers running out of the port speak with awe, and say that it was the worst experienced for many years.  The battered appearance of some of the boats that came in Friday and Saturday spoke volumes as to the severity of the tempest.


    The Camellia and the Escallonia both shipped heavy seas. The engine rooms were filled, and on the former boat the boat and bridge were damaged.  On the latter the bridge and boat were injured and the vessel nearly swamped.


    Other trawlers ran to various places for shelter, but as already stated, they all reached Milford safely.  After the holidays there was some difficulty experienced in getting the crew together.



From the Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advisor of Friday 13th February 1903:


Board of Trade Inquiry at Milford Haven.

     An inquiry was opened by the direction of the Board of Trade at the Masonic Hall, Milford Haven, on Friday morning into the circumstances attending the loss of the S.S. Doris early in January. The vessel put to sea on January 2nd, and early in the morning of the 5th suddenly sprung a leak and had to be abandoned. After being in a small boat for four hours the crew of nine men were taken on board the "Camellia" and brought to Milford Haven. The inquiry was for the purpose of ascertaining whether the vessel was prematurely abandoned. The magistrates adjudicating were Dr. Griffith (chairman), Col. W. R. Roberts, and Messrs. J. Whicher and J. Ll. Davies. The nautical assessors appointed by the Board of Trade were …………………………………

    Edgar Garnham said he was skipper of the "Doris" on her last voyage. She left Milford on January 2nd with a crew of nine hands, for the fishing grounds. It was his intention if he had had a good trip to return to Milford Haven, but if not he would have gone to Swansea to discharge his fish, and then on to Cardiff to have the boiler re-refitted. When he left Milford the vessel was in good condition and well found. ....................

     .................. About a quarter to seven they boarded the "Camellia", which must have been very close to the "Doris", as he did not think they had pulled more than a mile. When they got on board the "Camellia" her skipper asked had the ship gone down, and he said, "Yes. She is in the south-south-west. You can go and look for her if you like, but in my opinion she has been sunk two or three hours." He told the skipper of the "Camellia" that the "Doris" had sprung a leak and he had left her in a sinking condition. The "Camellia" skipper said it was no use looking for the "Doris", as it was blowing a gale, and a fog had come on. Beyond what he said to the skipper, and telling how the vessel bore, witness made no attempt to induce him to go in search of the "Doris". Asked why he did not use the deck pumps the witness said he did not think there was any danger and that there was any necessity for it. Half-an-hour afterwards she was making too much water for them to be of any use.


            [ See full report on DORIS M137. ]


Log book entries:



30 miles SW from Scilly Is.

Phillip le Blond, age 46, born Channel Is (Jersey), residing Neyland.

While getting the fishing trawl in was crushed by guiding wire against winch.

    G.T. Cobley (Skipper)



At midnight was steaming up the harbour at Milford, dead slow in dense fog, and ran ashore inside Popton Point on mud.  As tide was flowing in we floated off immediately afterwards and sustained no damage.

    J. Gillard (Skipper)



Milford Docks

Collided with 'Willie Ernest Skart' (no damage to ourselves).  Rang engines slow astern and engineer misunderstood and went ahead.

    J. Gillard (Skipper)



4 miles S by W of Dinas Head.

Port bow indented through colliding with the steam trawler 'Sea Lark' of Swansea.

    J. Gillard (Skipper)



Fishing grounds, North Saltees

Took crew of the steam trawler 'Doris' on board and brought them safely to Milford Haven.

    J. Gillard (Skipper)



Dale Roads, Milford haven

Damaged stern, plates bent, collided with the steam trawler 'Exmouth'

    A. Lamswood (Skipper)



Milford Haven

Fouled a unknown ship in Milford Harbour, doing no damage to ourselves.  Ship had no lights, rain, wind blowing SW.

    George C. Nichols (Skipper)



At sea.

Dan Godfrey, age 31, Third Hand; born Brixham, residing Milford. 

Breaking leg through stopper chain.

    George C. Nichols (Skipper)

    James Goffin (Mate)



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