Official No: 145174 Port Number and Year: 136th in London, 1921 (LO508)
4th in Milford, 1922
Description: Castle Class steel side trawler; steam screw, coal burning. Ketch rigged: foresail, main, mizzen.
Crew: 10 men (1922).
Registered at Milford: 12 Jun 1922
Built: 1918 by Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Beverely, as FREDERICK BUSH. (Yard no. 389)
Tonnage: 277.47 grt 113.02 net.
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 125.5 / 23.55 / 12.71
Engine: T 3-Cyl. 61 hp.10.5 kts. Engine: 1918, by Amos & Smith, Hull ; boiler: 1918, by Earles Shipbuilding & Engineering, Hull
As FREDERICK BUSH LO508
1922: The Secretary of the Admiralty, Whitehall, London W1.
As CAWDOR M249
12 Jun 1922: David Pettit, 'Westcliffe', Wellington Rd., Hakin (64/64)
Landed at Milford: 21 Jun 1922 - 4 Oct 1926, 3 Jan 1927 - 21 Oct 1928
Skippers: William Henry Fransham 4943 (1922).
Frederick Bush, age 24, born Prussia; O.S., HMS VICTORY, at Trafalgar.
Cawdor is a village in Nairn, Scotland; Shakespeare's Macbeth is the Thane of Cawdor.
14 Mar 1918: Launched for the Admiralty (No. 3594); 1x12pdr., crew 15; crew of up to 18 when fitted with listening hydrophones.
1922: Sold to mercantile and renamed CAWDOR
1 Nov 1928: Foundered on the Porcupine Bank (53.25N/12.30W). The crew were saved by their wireless set, which had been fitted for that trip (see below)
Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 23 Nov 1928.
Accidents and Incidents
From The Times, Thursday, Nov 01, 1928; pg. 23; Issue 45039; col E:
Valentia Wireless Station, Oct 31.— Following S.O.S. received from British trawler Cawdor:— Approximate position lat. 53.25 N., long. 12.30 W., assistance wanted to pick us up. LATER.— Trawler Cresswell, five miles off, going to her assistance.
Valentia Wireless Station, Oct 31.— Following received from British Trawler Cresswell referring to trawler Cawdor (before reported) begins:— Unable to cope with water, weather very bad; crew on board Cresswell standing by to salve if possible.
From The Times, Monday, Jan 07, 1929; pg. 11; Issue 45094; col B:
Trawler Crew Rescued In Atlantic.
The Board of Trade have awarded a piece of plate to Mr. M. A. Smith, skipper of the steam trawler Cresswell, of Milford, in recognition of his services to the shipwrecked crew of the trawler Cawdor, of Milford, whom he rescued in the Atlantic on October 31. The Cawdor was on the Atlantic fishing grounds in bad weather on October 30. On the following day the conditions became worse, and it was found that she had sprung a leak. The crew endeavoured, but without success, to keep the water down, and an S.O.S. was sent out. This was received by the Cresswell, which was forty miles from the position given. She immediately proceeded at full speed in a very heavy sea to the assistance of the Cawdor, reaching her between her between 3.30 p.m and 4 p.m. About an hour later, it was decided, for the safety of the crew, to abandon the Cawdor, as the fires had been extinguished by the water which had entered the engine-room and stokehold, and the crew proceeded in their own boat to the Cresswell.
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 11th January 1929:
The Board of Trade have awarded a piece of plate to Mr. M. A. Smith, skipper of the steam trawler "Cresswell" of Milford, in recognition of his services to the shipwrecked crew of the steam trawler "Cawdor" of Milford, whom he rescued in the Atlantic on October 31st, last. The "Cawdor" was on the Atlantic fishing grounds when she was caught in bad weather. On the following day the conditions became worse, and it was found that she had sprung a leak. The crew endeavoured, but without success to keep the water down, and a SOS was sent out which brought the "Cresswell" to the rescue.
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