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[ALNMOUTH BL15 in the background.]

Official No:  95765  Port Number and Year:  2nd in Bristol, 1890 (BL3)

                                                                             4th in Milford, 1911 (M80)

                                                                                -  in Grimsby, 1917 (GY1077)

                                                                                -  in Lowestoft, 1919 (LT505)

Description: Iron hull; steam screw, coal burning. (Early 1900s, long liner; later beam trawler.) Wheelhouse aft.  Ketch rigged: foresail, mainsail and mizzen

Crew:  9 men (1911; 1919)

Registered at Milford: 27 Mar 1911

Built: 1890 by W. Harkness & Sons, Middlesborough.  (Yard no. 123)

Tonnage: 139.32 grt  37.53 net. 1 Jan 1914: Amended by Board of Trade to 56.18 net

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 95.5/ 20.1 / 10.75

Engine: C 2-cyl. 40 hp.   Engine and boiler: 1885, by W. King & Co., Glasgow.



As BL3

1890: Western Steam Trawling Co. Ltd., Shannon Court, Bristol

Manager: Frederick Joshua Sellick, 'Marine House', Murray Cres., Milford.


As M80

27 Mar 1911: Emma Grand, 20 Hamilton Tce., Milford (32/64) (Died 30 Mar 1929, age 78.)

Charles Maliphant Davies, Cromwell Tce., Priory Rd., Milford (32/64) (Managing owner.)


As GY1077

7 Jul 1917: George W. White, 'Huelva', Bargate, Grimsby.

Manager: Alick Black, Fish Docks, Grimsby.


As LT505

29 Aug 1919: Stanley Bell, 12 Gordon Rd., Lowestoft.

Managing owner.


1923: George A. Frusher, West Gables, Pakefield, Lowestoft.

Managing owner.


1924: Thomas A. Utting, 32 Alexandra Rd., Lowestoft.


Landed at Milford:  17 Sep 1890 - 10 Feb 1917


Brooks 1890-91; Garnham 1891; Smart 1891; 1892; Lane 1891-92; Payne 1892; Glansford 1892-93; Smith 1893; Greenside 1893-94; Jones 1894; Scott 1894-95; Marshall 1895-1898; Green 1898-1901; Cox 1901; Blockwell 1901; Riby 1901-02; Simmonds 1902-03; Riby 1903; Smith 1903; 1904; Abbott 1903-04;  Bloom 1903; Tyvold 1905-06.

H. Tyvold, cert 6465, age 40, born Norway, residing 65 Waterloo Rd., Hakin; signed on 3 Jan, 4 Jul 1912; 15 Jan; 3 Jul 1913

J. W. Smith 4814, 61, Scarborough, 42, 31 Dec 1912


1917: Requisitioned into Fishery Reserve.

8 Apr 1926: Broken up.

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 28 Jun 1917. Transferred to the port of Grimsby.

 Accidents and Incidents

From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 2nd October 1891:


NARROW ESCAPE. The barque Childers, bound from Appledore to Glasgow, parted from the tug through the hawser breaking early on Thursday morning, and she was found drifting on the rocks near St Ann's Head by the steam trawler Dartmouth, of Milford Haven, and towed safely into dock.


From the Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 3rd January 1892:


On Monday morning the steam liner 'Dartmouth' went to the assistance of the 'Josep Fisher', which was flying signs of distress off the Great Castle Head, the crew having left her, and she was taken in tow and brought safely to Milford Dock.



From the Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 2nd November 1892:


The Norwegian brig 'Triton', Captain Pederson, bound from Cardiff to Fredericia, Denmark, with a cargo of coal, struck on a rock thirty miles south west of the Smalls on Friday last, and foundered.  The steam trawler 'Dartmouth' stood by her for six hours, and eventually took off the sinking vessel's crew, six in number.  The Captain was the last to leave his vessel, which went down half an hour after he was taken aboard the trawler.  The shipwrecked men were landed at Milford Haven, and on Saturday evening were forwarded to their respective homes by Mr. John Phillips, the Norwegian Consul.



From the  Glasgow Herald  of Wednesday 29th March 1893:


The steam trawler "Dartmouth" has been towed into Milford Haven and reports having had main shaft carried away off the Isle of Man on the 25th inst.



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 27th May 1904:



The chief engineer of the Milford steam trawler Dartmouth reports that when passing Linney Head they saw the main mast of a steamer appearing about a yard above water at a point about two-and-a-half miles south-east from the Crow Rock. They were absolutely certain it was the main mast of a steamer from certain peculiarities distinguishing it from a sailing vessel. The mast is right in the track of vessels going up and down channel. No report of a missing vessel has been made at Milford.



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 27th May 1904:


A COLLISION. The steam trawler Dartmouth ran into the steam trawler Shamrock, both belonging to Milford, on the 21st inst., about 24 miles west of the Stack Hock, off Holyhead. The Dartmouth sustained no damages, but the Shamrock had her stern knocked completely away. She arrived safely at Milford without assistance, where she will repair damages.



From the Cardiff Times and South Wales Weekly News  of Saturday 6th January 1906:




    A tempestuous wind has prevailed at Milford Haven last Saturday, blowing from a south- easterly direction. On Sunday evening the steamship Queen Alexandra arrived in Milford Docks with the crew of three schooners - Elizabeth Ellen Fisher and Firth Fisher, of Barrow and James, of Llanelly, all coal laden from Newport, which had been anchored near the harbour entrance. On Monday morning the steamer Dartmouth, of Milford Haven, picked up the schooner Joseph Fisher, of Wexford, off Great Castle Head, and brought her into Milford Haven. The crew of the schooner are now back aboard, for little damage was sustained by the vessel. Meanwhile the Queen Alexandra returned and took another of the distressed vessels in tow. It was reported on Monday evening that three more sailing vessels were likely to get aground in Dale roads, and were flying flags of distress. The smack Dove also took off a crew in distress. Apart from the foregoing there has been no serious damage or loss of life.



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 8th July 1910:




        At the Peel (Isle of Man) police court a peculiar disturbance on board the steam trawler Dartmouth of Milford Haven was investigated by the magistrates. The mate, James Nicholas, and one of the crew, Wm. Phillips, were charged with assaulting and beating Alfred James Lednor, a deck hand. Phillips was also charged with assaulting the skipper, James Tyvold. Lednor, who appeared with his face marked, told the magistrates that he was assaulted by the two defendants. The skipper had spoken to Phillips about coming aboard late, when the latter struck the skipper in a brutal manner. Witness was proceeding to the skipper's assistance, when Nicholas assaulted him. Afterwards on the breakwater the assault on witness was repeated. Phillips knocked him down. and witness fearing his life was in danger, took off his clog and struck Phillips, but the latter took it from him and hit him on the head with it. Nicholas said he was mate on the trawler and Lednor wanted his job.  Phillips denied that he had interfered with Lednor on board the trawler. He struck Lednor on the breakwater. All was done fair and square.

        The skipper, whose face presented a terrible picture as a result of the assault, said that Phillips knocked him. Lednor mentioned that he had been with the firm 13 years, and had worked up from a boy until he got his skipper's certificate. Phillips and Nicholas were fined 10s. each for the assault on Lednor, and in addition Phillips was fined 10s. for the assault on the captain. The fines were paid and the men released.