As FD22

Photograph supplied courtesy of North East Lincolnshire Council Library Service, Grimsby Reference Library


Official No:  120474    Port Number and Year: 137th in London, 1904 (LO187)

                                                                                     -    in Fleetwood, 1917 (FD22)

Description: Steel side trawler; steam screw, coal burning.  Ketch rigged.

Crew:  9 men (1904).

Built: 1904 by Smith's Dock Co., North Shields.  (Yard no. 758)

Tonnage: 196 grt  44 net (1904); 74 net (1914).

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 115.2 / 21.5 / 11.2

Engine: T 3-Cyl. 52 rhp.  Engine by McColl & Pollack, Sunderland




18 Nov 1904: George H. D. Birt, Priory Lodge, Milford.

Managing owner.


1907: Harley & Miller, St. John's Wholesale Fish Market, Liverpool.

Manager: Robert Harley, 74 Bedford St., Liverpool.


1916: The Croston Steam Trawling Co., Sidings Rd., Fleetwood.

Manager: Ernest Taylor, Thorntons.

24 Feb 1919: As FD22

Managers: Taylor & Tomlinson

1924: Managers: New Docks Steam Trawling Co. (Fleetwood)


Landed at Milford: 16 Jan 1905 - 26 Dec 1907

Skippers: Joseph Huddlestone (1904-07)


1917: Requisitioned into the Fishery Reserve.

1919: Returned to owners.

13 Dec 1937: Broken up at Ward's Yard, Preston.

 Accidents and Incidents

From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 28th October 1904:





        It is with pleasure we report the news that Mr. H. G. D. Birt, late manager for the Castle Steam Trawlers, had two steam trawlers called the "S.S. Anglia" and "S.S. Dania", launched from the yard of Smith's Dock Company, North Shields, on Monday last.  The vessels are of the most modern type, and are fitted with the latest improvements.  The ceremony of christening the trawlers was successfully performed by Mrs. Nightingale, wife of Capt. W. Nightingale, of this port.



From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 7th December 1904:


    The fine new steamers recently built to the order of Milford's Mr. G. H. D. Birt, have both made their initial trip to the port in the course of the last few days.  The "Anglia" (Captain Nightingale) landed on Thursday with a good catch, which realised about £240.  The "Dania" (Captain Huddlestone) came in for Monday's market, and considering that, on account of the wild weather at sea catches were generally on the small side, she made a successful maiden voyage.



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 7th July 1905:




MILFORD FISHERMAN DROWNED. — Information received at Milford on Tuesday evening contained the sad news of the loss of the boatswain of the "S.S. Danea" [sic], owned by Mr. G. H. D. Birt. The sad intelligence was conveyed by the crew of the "S.S. Reliance," which has returned here from Lisbon. It appears that a severe storm was experienced in the Bay of Biscay at the end of last week. The trawler "Danea" encountered it with the unfortunate result that her boatswain, named William Sheppard, a native of Aberdeen, was washed overboard and drowned. John Fryatt, the third hand, a resident of Milford Haven, was also washed overboard, but fortunately was rescued by means of a life buoy which he grasped. A buoy was also thrown to Sheppard, who, apparently stunned by the fall, failed to grasp it though it was within his reach. 



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 30th March 1906:



REMOVAL OF A SUNKEN WRECK.—Last week the "Alligator", from Pembroke Dock, was engaged in clearing the remains of a sunken wreck close to the Channel in the Haven, where all vessels for Milford Docks have to pass. The obstruction was discovered by the steam trawler "Dania", the propeller striking the wreck, and the captain reported the occurrence. It is in all probability the remains of the three-masted schooner sunk some eight or nine years ago.


[ALLIGATOR, launched 1885 as STORMCOCK, purchased by the Admiralty in 1896 as a Pembroke dockyard salvage tug and firefloat. Iron; 440 tons; dimensions 135 / 24 / 10; 630 ihp. Rescue tug 1917-18. Sold 1920 as REFLOATER; registered London; owners Maritime Salvors, 101 Leadenhall St., London E.C.3.]



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