Official No:  114991    Port Number and Year: 40th in Lowestoft,1901 (LT286)

                                                                                   1st in Milford, 1907

Description: Wooden steam drifter / liner; screw, coal burning. Ketch rigged: foresail, mainsail and mizzen

Crew:  8 men

Registered at Milford: 24 Jan 1907

Built: 1901;  by Chambers, Lowestoft.  (Yard no. ?)

Tonnage: 60.15 grt  34.41 net.

Length / breadth / depth (feet):79.6 / 17.9 / 8

Engine: C 2-cyl. 15 hp. 9 kts. One compound surface condensing boiler; J. W. Brooke & Co., Lowestoft.



As LT286

3 Sep 1901: Henry A. J. Mewse, 71 Albert St., Lowestoft.

Managing owner.


As M206

24 Jan 1907: William George Taylor, Hakin.  (64/64)

Managing owner and Skipper.


16 Jan 1918:  Emma Bishop, 74 Dew St., Haverfordwest (32/64)

Christina Knight, 'Craigland', Wellington Rd., Hakin.  (32/64)

Manager: Albert P. Bishop, Fish Dock, Milford.


26 Apr 1918: Emma Bishop, 74 Dew St., Haverfordwest (32/64)

John McRae Knight, 'Craiglyn', Wellington Rd., Hakin.  (32/64)

Manager: Albert P. Bishop, Fish Dock, Milford.


20 Sep 1923: John McRae Knight, 'Craiglyn', Wellington Rd., Hakin.  (32/64)

John Henry Bishop, 74 Dew St., Haverfordwest (16/64)

Albert Phillip Bishop, 'Rhos Cottage', Haverfordwest (16/64)

Manager: John Henry Knight.


26 May 1927: Reginald Llewellyn Hancock, 'Beachways', Picton Rd., Hakin (64/64)

Managing owner.


Landed at Milford: As LT286: 30 Dec 1906 - 14 Jan 1907.

As M206: 23 Jan - 28 May 1907; 4 Jan - 22 Jun 1908;  2 Jan 1909 - 29 Aug 1910; 9 Jan 1911 - 4 Nov 1917; 24 Feb 1918 - 29 Oct 1920; 8 Mar - 1 Jul 1921; 9 Feb - 14 Apr 1922; 5 Jun - 17 Oct 1927; 10 Apr -  25 Jun 1928.


William George Taylor cert. 6698, age 33, born Hakin, residing 12 Chapel St., Hakin; signed on 3 Jan 1907; 9 Jan 1908; 21 May, 11 Jul 1910; 17 Jun, 9 Oct 1912; 21 Jul 1913.

A. Jay - , 32, Gorleston, - ; 5 Jun, 1 Oct 1907

F. Jay - , 33, Acle, - ; 12 Jun, 30 Sep 1908; 4 Jan 1909

William Nicholas 7078, 45, Cornwall, 9 Brooke Ave., Milford; 4 Jan 1910.; 23 Jan, 5 Jul, 5 Sep 1911; 16 Feb 1912.

W. Mayhew 2922, 27, Prenthan [?] - ; 9 Sep 1910.

J. Lown 4245, 44, Marthon [?] - ; 2 Dec 1910; 4 Jan 1911

J. H. Setterfield 8388, 34, Ramsgate, 38 Point St., Hakin; 28 Sep 1912

H. Pook 5218, 36, Brixham, 20 Charles St., Neyland; 7 Nov 1912; 16 Jan 1913.


1 May 1907: Chartered for herring fishing.

21 May 1910: Vessel finished lining; agreement entered for drifting.

5 Sep 1911: Drifting agreement ended; crew entered into new agreement for drifting only. 

12 Jun 1912: Agreement for drifting ended.

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 14 Nov 1933.  Vessel converted to a river barge.

 Accidents and Incidents

Log book entries.



John Black, the cook, left this ship at 4.30 pm on Sunday December 25th and has not been heard of since.

    J. Lown (Skipper)



Police found body in water in Sutton Harbour.  Coroner's inquest held.  Verdict "Found drowned".

Half share due 3/7/7, less advance 13/-

Funeral expenses 4/12/6.  No balance due.

One bag of clothes.

    J. Lown (Skipper)

    G. Ward (Second Hand 4081)



Dunmore Harbour.

Starboard quarter knocked up - cause - vessel was moored in Harbour alongside quay when the tow rope carried away causing vessel to swing round, was brought up by rope.  A heavy swell caused vessel to drop against quay.

    William Nicholas (Skipper)



Milford Docks.

Stem slightly twisted - cause - collided with wooden jetty.

    G. Ward (Mate 4087)



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 11th January 1907:




    The Chanticleer started for fishing grounds on Thursday under the command of her new owner, Mr. W. Taylor, Hakin. Several new trawlers are due to arrive in the next few weeks. 



From the Cardiff Times and South Wales Weekly News of Saturday 27th November 1909:


Crew's Terrible Plight.


    On Wednesday 11 survivors of the Norwegian barque Alf, which had been wrecked on Haisboro Sands, were landed at Yarmouth, together with one man who had succumbed to cold and exposure after spending all night in an open boat. The Alf, a vessel of over 1000 tons, left Porsgrund last Thursday for Liverpool with a cargo of wood, and struck in Haisboro Sands on Tuesday night. As she threatened to go to pieces two boats were launched, but owing to a rope parting the first and second mates were left behind, the boats not being able again to approach the wreck.

    One of the boats capsized, throwing six men into the sea, but all managed to hang on to the upturned keel till she turned over a second time, when three men were drowned. The remaining three swam to the other boat and were taken on board. The men in the boat had a terrible experience, the night being bitterly cold and the little craft being repeatedly swept by the seas.

    When morning broke they hoisted a coat on a stick, and this signal brought the Milford Haven herring boat Chanticleer to their assistance. The shipwrecked men, half-dead from exposure, had to be assisted on board and the steward completely collapsed, all efforts to restore animation proving futile. Meantime the Cromer lifeboat reached the wreck, and finding both boats gone and getting no response to its hails concluded the crew had deserted the ship. She drew off in search of the missing boats and afterwards returned to the wreck, when the two mates were descried hanging on to the mizzen rigging. The vessel bad then broken in two and the men had spent eight hours aloft. They were almost exhausted when rescued. The barque's total crew numbered 15.



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 31st December 1909:



    We are pleased to record that the steam drifter "Chanticleer," owned by Mr. Taylor, of Hakin Point, has returned from Yarmouth, after having had a very successful herring season. She experienced rough weather on the passage round but except for a few minor damages was little the worse for her experience.



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 5th August 1910:




 On Thursday last the steam trawler "St. Bride" landed about forty boxes of large plaice which realised from 2 12s. to 3 12s. per box. The "St. Bride" is owned by the Milford Haven Steam Trawling Co. Ltd. On Saturday the steam drifter "Chanticleer" landed a large catch of herrings, but unfortunately there was not a very good demand, and the price given was very low, namely 3s. 6d. per kit.


From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 28th February 1912:


Presentation to Brave Milford Fishermen


    Mr. T. G. Hancock presided at the weekly concert of the John Cory Sailors' Rest and during an interval in the proceedings said he had a pleasing duty to perform in the presentation to Mr. J. Horst, Mr. F. Reynolds and Mr. W. Cook, three members of the crew of the steam liner Chanticleer, who in November last volunteered to make up a life-boat crew that went to the rescue of a fisherman who was on the wreck of the "Angele", of Brest, on the Doom Bar, Padstow, and with great difficulty and danger saved the man's life.  The act was all the more meritorious because the regular crew of the Padstow Lifeboat who had only just before been out to another wreck refused to make the second journey.  The bravery of these three men had been recognised by the National Lifeboat Institution who at a meeting of the Committee of Management held in London in December adopted the following resolution:-

    "That the best thanks of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution be presented to Mr. J. Horst, Mr. F. Reynolds and Mr. W. Cook, for gallantly coming forward as volunteers in the Padstow No. 1 Lifeboat, and assisting to save the master of the brigantine "Angele", of Brest, which was wrecked on the Doom Bar, Padstow, in a strong W.N.W. gale and very heavy sea on the 12th November 1912."

    The Chairman asked the men mentioned to come forward to the platform, and Messrs Horst and Reynolds came to the front amidst loud cheers.  Mr Cook, the Chairman said, was at sea, and he would have the pleasure of handing him his certificate again.



From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 8th October 1913:


    On Saturday morning the steam liner "Chanticleer" (Skipper William Taylor) came up the Haven with the sailing ketch "Annie" in tow.  The "Annie" is registered at Gloucester, and was bound for the port of Runcorn, Cheshire.  She ran into trouble in the passage down the Channel, and had got into difficulties when she lost her mainsail.  For three days she drifted helplessly until she was spotted by the "Chanticleer" and taken in tow.  The ketch was picked up some two hundred miles off the Smalls.



The Times, May 15, 1914; pg. 3; Issue 40524; col E
     Probate, Divorce, And Admiralty Division.





(Before the RIGHT HON. SIR SAMUEL EVANS, President, and MR. JUSTICE BARGRAVE DEANE, sitting as a Divisional Court.)


    These cross-appeals from a decision of the learned County Court Judge sitting at Pembroke Dock raised the important question whether, in an action for salvage, where the Court comes to the conclusion that no salvage services were in fact rendered, an amendment of the claim can be allowed after judgement whereby a sum in respect of towage services may be awarded.

    The plaintiffs were the owner, master, and crew of the steam liner Chanticleer,  The defendants were the owners of the ketch Anne, her cargo, and freight.  The defendants admitted that certain services were rendered, but denied that the plaintiffs were entitled to salvage in respect of them, and paid 25 into Court with a denial of liability.  The services consisted in towing the Anne, which had broken the leech rope of her mainsail, in fine calm weather, about 40 miles to Milford Haven.

    The learned County Court Judge having found against the claim for salvage, awarded 50 and costs for towage in the circumstances mentioned in the judgement.  Both parties appealed.

    Mr. Marlay Samson appeared for the plaintiffs; and Mr. H. M. Robertson for the defendants.

    Mr. Robertson contended that the County Court Judge had no power to allow the amendment.

    Mr. Marlay samson, for the plaintiffs, submitted that section 87 of the County Courts Act, 1888, gave full power of amendment.




..........  His Lordship thought that the learned County Court Judge was right in deciding that there was no salvage and that he should have entered judgement for the defendants.  The appeal would be allowed with costs, and judgement would be entered for the defendants with costs.





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