DINAS FD63, 4 Dec 1936 (See notes below)

Courtesy of Jim Moore, and Bosun's Watch website.

Official No:    128747     Port Number and Year: 4th in Milford, 1909

                                                                                    -    in Fleetwood, 1919 (FD63)

Description:  Steel side trawler; steam screw; coal burner. Ketch rigged: foresail,  mainsail, mizzen. 

Crew: 9 men (1909).

Registered at Milford: 23 Feb 1909 

Built: Smith Docks Co.North Shields 1909.  (Yard no. 399) 

Tonnage: 218.71 gross 84.6 net 

Length / breadth / depth (feet):  117.4 / 21.6 / 11.8 

Engine: T.3-cyl. 72 rhp. 10 kts. 1909. Shields Engineering & Dry Dock Co., North Shields.

Boiler: 1909. R. Stephenson & Co. Ltd., Hebburn on Tyne



23 Feb 1909:  Thomas George Hancock, 23 St. Ann's Rd., Hakin, Milford.  (32/64)

John Davies Harries, Hamilton Tce., Milford.  (32/64)

Managing owner: T. G. Hancock.


12 May 1914: George Hogarth Douglas Birt, 'Havenhurst', The Rath, Milford.


26 May 1917: Joseph A. Taylor & Ernest Tomlinson, Ltd., London St., Fleetwood.


7 Jul 1917: Jonathan Uttley, London St., Fleetwood.

Manager: Joseph A. Taylor

8 Mar 1919: As FD63


1920: Mrs. Alice A. Uttley, 131 Hornby Rd.,  Blackpool,  & F. A. Wadsworth, Fleetwood

Manager: Joseph A. Taylor, Orient Buildings, Station Rd., Fleetwood.


1921: Joseph Arthur Marr, Fleetwood.

Managing owner.


1922: Dinas Steam Trawling Co. Ltd., 228 Dock St., Fleetwood

Manager: Joseph A. Marr, 6 Esplanade, Fleetwood.


Landed at Milford: 24 Feb 1909 - 5 Aug 1914


Thomas Salter cert. 5349, age 32, born Exeter, residing Vicary St., Pill (from 1910 Starbuck Rd., Milford); signed on 26 Feb, 21 Jul 1909; 4 Jan, 5 Jul 1910

J. Bryant 8257, 28, Lowestoft, Gwili Rd., Hakin; 1 Jul 1911

William Henry Davies 5716, 34, Caerphilly, Hazel Bank, Llanstadwelll ; 28 Jul 1911; 1 Jan, 1 Jul 1912

H. Thomas 9371, 29, Neyland, - ; 16 Dec 1911

James Barker 8056, 28, Scarborough, 30 Dartmouth St., Milford; 21 Aug 1912; 4 Jan 1913

J. H. Gardener 6417, - , - , - ; 29 Jul 1914


Dinas is a Welsh word for 'fort' or 'refuge'; Dinas Cross is a village midway between Fishguard and Newport, Pembs.

Aug 1914: Requisitioned for war service and converted to a minesweeper (Admy.No.155). 1 x 6 pdr. AA.

18 Feb 1916: Attached to Unit 117 of Dover Patrol. Recovering kite when band of derrick carried away striking PO Arthur Garden (P.120675) on the head; died on 26th February.

By 12 Mar 1919: Returned to owner.

4 Dec 1936: Stranded at Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal without loss of life.  

14 Sep 1937: Fleetwood registry closed.

(Note: 23 Sep 1937: Wreck was being stripped by men working from the steam drifter HONORA EVELYN (FD165) which in the course of operations that day stranded on rocks inside Dunfanaghy Bar and also became a total loss).

[Thanks to Gil Mayes and Ian Wilson for additional information.]

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 7 Mar 1919

 Accidents and Incidents:

From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 26th February 1909:




    The steam trawler "Dinas," built to the order of Messrs. T. G. Hancock and J. D. Harries, arrived in the Dock on Wednesday morning with her maiden voyage of fish.



From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 3rd March 1909:


    On Thursday the handsome new steam trawler "Dinas" made her maiden voyage, which, however, was not very large, fetching 217.  The skipper is Mr. Tom Salter, who, when in charge of the ill-fated "Manaos", performed such a deed of valour in securing the safety of the crew.

    The "Dinas" has been built at the yard of Smith Docks Trust, South Shields, for Messrs. Hancock and Harries.



From the Irish Times of Tuesday 15th November 1910:




                                                                                                                                Bantry, Monday.


    At the Bantry Petty Sessions today, before Mr. J. Gilhooley, M.P., (presiding), B.R. Purdon R.M., and B. O'Connor, J.P., there were 5 prosecutions at the suit of the Department of Agriculture against English trawlers for illegal trawling in Bantry Bay on the 14th ult., within the prohibited area.


    The first case was against John Beck, Milford Haven, of the steam trawler Orfin, owned by the Pater Steam Trawling Company, Limited, Main Street, Pembroke.


    The Chairman said that the defendant would be fined 75, and costs, 5 5s.

[Note: No ORFIN listed in Olsens 1908 and 1911.]

    Francis Monley Hawkins, Milford Haven, master of the Tees Mouth [sic], owned by the Western Steam Trawling Co., Ltd. Shannon Court, Bristol, was prosecuted for a similar offence.  ............... The defendant was fined 25 and 5 5s. costs.

    Thomas Salter, Starbuck Road, Milford Haven, skipper of the steam trawler Dinas, owned by Thomas George Hancock, and John Davies Harris, both of Milford Haven, was prosecuted for a like offence. ..............  The defendant was fined 75 and 5 5s. costs.


    Joseph Huddlestone, Hakin, Milford Haven, master of the steam trawler Persia, owned by George Hoggarth [sic], Douglas Birt, Milford Haven, and Henry Hyde Heltal, of Fitzjones avenue, London, was prosecuted for a similar offence.  ......... The defendant was fined 75 and 5 5s. costs.



 From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 23rd August 1911:


    The steam trawler "Dinas" (Messrs. Hancock and Harries) which, with others, left Milford Haven on Friday for the South Coast was, according to the London papers, stranded on Sunday afternoon on the Shingles Bank, between the Needles and Totland Bay.  Mr. T. G. Hancock was himself aboard.  A wire was received later at Milford haven that the vessel had got off under her own power without any assistance, and sustaining no damage.  She then proceeded to Portsmouth, where she arrived safely.



From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 15th January 1913:


    The steam trawler Dinas (Hancock and Harries) put back to port early on Thursday morning with the second engineer, Mr. James Jones, somewhat seriously injured. Whilst on the fishing grounds 270 miles away, Mr. Jones was handling a fire bar which fell on the lower part of his abdomen inflicting such serious injuries that the skipper immediately returned to Milford.  On arrival the injured man was conveyed home to Hubberston suffering acutely. 



From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 13th May 1914:



    During the past week the steam trawler Dinas has changed owners, having been acquired by Mr. G. H. D. Birt from Messrs. Hancock & Harries. Her sister ship, the Solva, has now left for Fleetwood and satisfaction is expressed that the Dinas is to remain at this port. Mr Birt is also about purchasing the steam trawler Norman from Messrs. Neale of Cardiff. This vessel formerly sailed from Milford Haven and her return will be welcome. Mr Brand is at present away for the launch of his firm's latest trawler at Aberdeen and this vessel will therefore be round in the course of a few weeks. All this is good news for the port.  



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