CORVUS GY550 / M2
Official No: 99715 Port Number and Year: 32nd in Grimsby, 1893 (GY550)
1st in Milford, 1924
Description: Steel / iron side trawler; steam screw, coal burning. Wheelhouse aft. Yawl rigged.
Crew: 9 men (1893); 10 men (1924).
Registered at Milford: 25 Jan 1924
Built: 1893 by Mackie & Thomson, Govan, Glasgow. (Yard no. 76)
Tonnage: 139.77 grt 54 net (1893); 56.34 net. (1914)
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 99.3 / 20.1 / 10.4
Engine: T 3-Cyl. 40 hp.10.5 kts. Engine and boiler: 1893, by Muir & Houston, Glasgow.
9 Oct 1893: Grimsby and North Sea Steam Trawling Co. Ltd., Fish Dock Rd., Grimsby.
Manager: John R. Mackrill, Cleethorpes, Nr. Grimsby.
1 Oct 1919: Harry Bennett, 'Newlyn', Weelsby Rd., Grimsby.
Jul 1923: Peter Llewellyn Hancock, 5 Picton Rd., Hakin, Milford.
25 Jan 1924: As M2.
6 Feb 1924: Reginald Llewellyn Hancock. ) 5 Picton Rd.,
Frederick Lovell Hancock. ) Hakin,
Managing owner: Peter Llewellyn Hancock. ) Milford.
Landed at Milford: (As GY550) 14 Jul 1923 - 12 Jan 1924.
(As M2) 27 Jan 1924 - 2 May 1935.
Skippers: J. Bray (1924); George Albert Foster (1926).
Corvus is the Latin word for the family of the raven, jackdaw, chough, magpie and crow, but it is also the name of a constellation.
July 1898: Towed the trawler KESTEVEN 210 miles to the Humber, having broken her crankshaft, drifting and helpless in the North Sea.
10 Apr 1899: Captured by a Danish gunboat off the Faroes, and held at Thorshaven; fined £80 and trawl gear and catch (amounting to £500) were seized.
1914-18: Fishery Trawler.
Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 19 Feb 1936. Vessel broken up at Hancock's Shipyard, Pembroke Dock.
Accidents and Incidents
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 28th August, 1925:
The steam trawler 'Corvus' (Messrs Peter Hancock and Son), which landed at the Fish Market on Tuesday morning, in addition to her voyage of fish, landed a "live mine", evidently a relic of the Germans' frequent visits to these waters during the last war. For some time after the War, trawlers often picked up these engines of destruction, but at this late date it was thought that our seas were clear. The mine attracted much attention on the docks.
Statement by Mr. Henry William Mornley Borland. 1927:
I am Berthing Master on Milford Docks, employed by the Milford Dock Company. I well remember the morning of the 24th of January 1927, when the PASTOOR PYPE berthed at the quay wall of Milford Fish Market. At the time I was on the s/t EMANUEL which was lying alongside the wall and a little ahead of her was the s/t CORVUS.
The PASTOOR PYPE was lying outside both ships and a little astern of the EMANUEL. I ordered the PASTOOR PYPE to pull into the wall between the two other vessels. He proceeded to do so using his winch and warp.
The other two vessels were pretty close together and the PASTOOR PYPE had to squeeze in between them. This is the customary thing in the circumstances and it is commonly done by trawlers berthing at the fish market.
As the PASTOOR PYPE pulled into the wall her sides rubbed along the sides of the other two trawlers, just as all other trawlers have to do in similar circumstances.
I was watching the proceedings all of the time and I saw no bump of any kind nor any other incident which could have caused any damage to the s/t CORVUS.
The PASTOOR PYPE then berthed alongside. At that time the bosun of the CORVUS was working on the deck, and there were several of the crew of the PASTOOR PYPE also on the deck of the latter vessel.
No complaint was made to me by any member of the CORVUS' crew at any time, nor did I hear any complaint made to anyone else that any damage had been done to the CORVUS.
[An action had been brought by the owners of the CORVUS against the PASTOOR PYPE for causing damage through two blows between the stern and port quarter. Witnesses aboard the CORVUS denied seeing Mr. Borland in the immediate vicinity. The outcome of the case is unknown.
PASTOOR PYPE, ex-PRINCESS LOUISE II, 277 grt, 100 net; built 1905 by Cook, Welton & Gemmel, Beverley.
Owners: Cie. Belge Pecheries Maritimes, Ostend. ]
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