Official No:  112463   Port Number and Year: 5th in Milford, 1903

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

Crew:  9 men (1903)

Registered at Milford: 14 Dec 1903

Built: 1903; by Smith's Docks, North Shields.  (Yard no. 732)

Tonnage: 180.98 grt  44.83 net.

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 110.3 / 21.05 / 11.65

Engine: T 3-Cyl. 39 nhp. 10 kts. Engine and boiler by McColl & Pollack, Sunderland, 1903.



14 Dec 1903: Cornelius Cecil Morley, 'St. Annes', Cunjic, Hakin

Frederick Robert Greenish, 'The Grove', Haverfordwest. (Doctor of Music)

Edward Gerrish, 40 Corn St., Bristol.  (Solicitor)

Managing owner: Sydney Morgan Price, Murray Cres., Milford.


Landed at Milford:  30 Dec 1903 - 21 May 1906


John William Setterfield cert 3670, age 31, born Ramsgate; signed on 18 Dec 1903; 1 Jan 1904

Henry James 5909, 39, Brixham; 29 Mar, 2 Jun 1904

J. L. Stroud 02471, 46, Ramsgate; 17 Jan, 8 Aug 1905; 9 Jan 1906

G. Gibbs 1784, 27, Gorleston; 2 Dec 1905

J. Clarke 3689, - , - ; 1906


17 Jul 1905: Probable change of owners, as with sister ship DEVON M192.

3 Jun 1906: Became a total loss after grounding at Esposende, north of Oporto.

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 3 Jul 1906.

 Accidents and Incidents

From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 8th January 1904:


Messrs Sellick, Morley, and Price have made another addition to their fleet by adding the steam trawler 'Devon', a sister ship to the new trawler 'Cornwall.' The dimensions are as follows, length, 110 feet, width 28½ feet, depth 12 feet. The vessel is fitted with powerful machinery, and possesses all the modem improvements.


Log book entries:



Sighted the steam trawler 'Reginald' 1 mile from Wolf's Rock with crowns of boilers down.  He asked for assistance.  We passed warps on board and towed him to Plymouth, arriving there 8.30 same date.

    Henry James (Skipper)

[See log book entries for CORNET - ex REGINALD - for further mechanical problems in 1911.]



About quarter to 7, while shooting the gear the steam trawler 'Dorothy' also shooting, ran into us, done damage to starboard bulwarks and stem.

    J.L. Stroud (Skipper)

[cf. Corresponding DOROTHY log book entry]



From the Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Telegraph, of Wednesday 6th June 1906:

S.S. CORNWALL LOST. -  News was received by Messrs. Sellick, Morley & Price on Monday morning that the steam trawler “Cornwall” had become a total wreck by getting on the bar at the entrance of Oporto harbour, Portugal.  The Cornwall was practically a new vessel and has in common with other Milford vessels been fishing on the Portuguese grounds.  At the time of the disaster she was entering Oporto presumably to land her catch.  The captain, J. Clarke (a successful skipper who had been many years in the firm) and crew were reported as all saved.



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 8th June 1906:


Milford Trawlers Lost.


        Intelligence was received at Milford early on Monday morning that the steamer trawler Cornwall (Sellick, Morley, and Price), the master of which was J. Clarke, had gone down on the bar of one of the Portuguese harbours in the vicinity of Oporto. The Cornwall has been, in common with a number of local trawlers, fishing in the Portuguese grounds, and was presumably going into harbour to land her catch at the time of the disaster. She was one of the newest type of trawler. 

        A telegram was received at Milford on Wednesday by Mr John Pettit stating that his steam trawler General Roberts had sunk at Seven Stones, off the Scilly Islands. The crew were all saved. This made the second trawler this week and the seventh since February belonging to Milford which have been lost. 



 From the Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Telegraph, of Wednesday 13th June 1906:


 Captain Clarke and the crew of the ill-fated “Cornwall” arrived home on Saturday evening.  They … had an exciting experience, the vessel struck on the rocks 20 miles from Oporto, and soon after they got onto the boat she turned over.


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