EDWARD VII M196

Official No:  121609    Port Number and Year: 6th in Milford, 1906

                                                                                 -    in Grimsby , 1919 (GY581)

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

Crew:  9 men (1906); 10 men (1919)

Registered at Milford: 3 Aug 1906 

Built: 1906 by Smiths Docks, North Shields.  (Yard no. 792)

Tonnage: 231.25 grt  64.95 net (1 Jan 1914: amended by Board of Trade to 88.38 net.)

Length / breadth / depth (feet):120.6 / 21.6 / 11.55

Engine: T 3-cyl. 54 hp.;  by Shields Engineering Co., North Shields

Owners:

 

3 Aug 1906:  James Thomas, 'Tredegar House', Great North Rd., Milford

Managing owner.

 

16 Oct 1917: Wyre Steam Trawling, 44 Dock St., Fleetwood

Managers: J. N. Ward & Son

 

8 Apr 1918: Walter Harold Beeley, Fish Docks, Grimsby.

Managing owner.

 

30 Apr 1918: Walter Harold Beeley, Fish Docks, Grimsby. (Manager).

William Gibson Wood, 17 Blundell Ave., Cleethorpes.

Frank Grimboldby, St. Augustine's Ave., Gt. Grimsby.

Francis Musson, Market Place, Louth.

George Bernard Musson, 98 Ainslie St. Grimsby.

Albert Robinson, 'Wheldale', Park Drive, Grimsby.

 

17 Jan 1919: Walter Harold Beeley, Fish Docks, Grimsby. (Manager).

William Gibson Wood, 17 Blundell Ave., Cleethorpes.

Frank Grimboldby, St. Augustine's Ave., Gt. Grimsby.

Albert Robinson, 'Wheldale', Park Drive, Grimsby.

Albert Edward Riggall, Old Market Place, Grimsby.

 

5 Feb 1919: Walter Harold Beeley, Fish Docks, Grimsby. (Manager).

Frank Grimboldby, St. Augustine's Ave., Gt. Grimsby.

Albert Robinson, 'Wheldale', Park Drive, Grimsby.

Albert Edward Riggall, Old Market Place, Grimsby.

Nelson Blow, 'Netherleigh', Park Drive, Grimsby.

 

5 Mar 1919: Walter Harold Beeley, Fish Docks, Grimsby. (Manager).

Frank Grimboldby, St. Augustine's Ave., Gt. Grimsby.

Albert Robinson, 'Wheldale', Park Drive, Grimsby.

Albert Edward Riggall, Old Market Place, Grimsby.

Nelson Blow, 'Netherleigh', Park Drive, Grimsby.

George Alfred Riggall, 'Elmora', Westcliff Rd., Bournemouth.

 

12 May 1919: Walter Harold Beeley, Fish Docks, Grimsby. (Manager).

Albert Robinson, 'Wheldale', Park Drive, Grimsby.

Albert Edward Riggal, Old Marlot Place, Grimsby.

Nelson Blow, 'Netherleigh', Park Drive, Grimsby.

George Alfred Riggal, 'Elmora' Westcliffe Rd., Bournemouth.

8 Nov 1919: GY581

 

Feb 1922: Sleights Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., Fish Docks, Grimsby.

Manager: Sir Ernest Sleight, Bt. (Same address.)

 

Landed at Milford:  19 Aug 1906 - 5 Aug 1914

Skippers:

Henry Dodds cert. 5287; age 49, born Yarmouth, residing 'Hatfield House', Greville Rd., Milford; signed on 4 Aug 1906

William Aldridge 5849, 28 Newcastle on Tyne, 45 Gt. North Rd., Milford; 13 Dec 1906; 25 Jan, 15 Jul 1907

John Smith 7781, 30, Yarmouth, 7 Brooke Ave., Milford; 4 Jul 1907

Henry Julier 5341, 38, Yarmouth, 182 Robert St., Milford; 22 Nov 1907; 9 Jan, 17 Oct 1908; 14 Jan, 8 Jul; 1909; 10 Jan 1910

E. Gibbs 7164, 30, Yarmouth, - ; 23 Mar 1910

Thomas Roach 7077, 30, Milford, 18 Dartmouth Gardens, Milford; 22 May, 7 Jul 1910

John Collins 8407, 33, Cork, - ; 15 Jul 1910

James McDonald - , 26, Hull, 62 Priory Rd., Milford 13 Jan 1911; (1 Vicary St., Pill, Milford) 12 Jul 1911

Henry James 7233, 27, Brixham, 2 Brooke Ave., Milford; 1 Feb, 11 Jul 1912

Notes: 

11 Jun - 8 Jul 1909: Extra trimmer taken on for voyage to Oporto.

Aug 1914: Requisitioned for war service and converted for minesweeping duties (Ad.No. 22).

1917: Converted for cable repair duties.

1919: Returned to owners.

2 Feb 1929: Homeward through Pentland Firth, struck the Whale's Back rock, refloated but grounded on the Buff of Brims reef, Brims Ness. Crew of ten rescued by Thurso lifeboat SARAH AUSTIN.  Became a total loss. 

26 Mar 1929: Stranded. Total loss. Closed.

[Information courtesy of Fleetwood Maritime Heritage Trust and The Bosun's Watch.]

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 22 Dec 1919.

 Accidents and Incidents

From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 20th July 1906:

FISH NOTES. Supplies this week have been very irregular, therefore there have been great differences in prices each day. On Monday five steamers landed but had only 150 kits of hake between them; the price was 2 per kit. ...................   Last week two steam trawlers were launched from Smith's Dock Co., North Shields for Milford owners, the "Caliph" for Mr D. Pettit, and "Edward VII" to the order of Mr James Thomas. Both are thoroughly up-to-date vessels and will probably land their first voyages next month.

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From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 22nd August 1906:

 

    On Monday another trawler arrived to swell the Milford fishing fleet, viz., the steam trawler "Edward VII", built to order of Mr. James Thomas, at Shields.  She measures 120 feet in length, and she has been constructed upon the latest principles, and possesses up-to-date gear.  We trust that she may prove as successful as the other vessel belonging to the same owner.  Other new trawlers are expected shortly, and the fleet is being kept thoroughly in line with the requirements of modern fishing.

 

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From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 10th May 1907:

 

LOWESTOFT MAN'S ADVENTURES.

    On Friday last a man named Thomas Daniel Harmer appeared before Dr. G. Griffith and Col. Roberts (at a special police court) charged with riotous conduct, and after a rambling statement the bench and Mr. J. Thomas paid his train fare to Lowestoft. Harmer stated he had been in two asylums, fought for and against the Boers, and pleaded pitifully to be sent home. He came around with the mackerel boats, and since losing his employment with the drifters he has been most strange in his conduct. On one occasion he got hold of some live fowls and carried them to the deck, where they were liberated. He went as a deck hand on board the steam trawler Edward VII, but when at sea refused to work saying he had come for a pleasure trip. The vessel had to return to port with him, and he demanded his full wages, threatening to kill the skipper and wreck the ship. He was removed off the dock, but returned, repeating his statements, and carrying an open knife, which was taken from him by P.S. Evans. Harmer was then searched, and a lot of tubing, gas burners, etc., were found on him which he said he took instead of his wages. He was eventually taken into custody, and sent home as stated.

 

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From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 2nd April 1909:

 

MILFORD

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THE FISH MARKET

This week has been an exceedingly busy one at the Fish Market, some very large cargoes having been landed, and considering the quantity, good prices have been realised. The trawler Beatrice, belonging to Mr. James Thomas, landed a fine cargo on Monday after having been away only a week, which fetched 404. On Tuesday seven steamers, one liner and six smacks arrived with 710 kits of mixed dispatched 270 kits of hake, the number of tons dispatched by rail being 230. Hake that day realised 2 12s. 6d. per kit and soles 13 5s. per trunk.  The steam trawler Edward VII, also belonging to Mr. Thomas, also made a good trip, viz., 317. The mackerel trade is now in full swing, and good supplies are landed daily by the drifters.  On Wednesday an enormous quantity of hake was landed, the Salome, belonging to the Gwyneth Steam Trawling Company, making over 400.  The hake landed by this vessel was of superior quality and fetched from 2 to 2 12s  6d. per kit.

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Log book entries:

 

01.01.1907

Milford Docks.  Collision.

We were at anchor off Milford Docks when the steam trawler 'Cambria' steamed into our port, broadside, doing damage to our bulwarks.

    W. Aldridge (Skipper)

 

26.12.1908

On December 26th 1908, at 3 p.m., when 70 miles NW by N from the Bull Light, while shooting the trawl in a strong wind, blowing SW, shipped a sea and carried the small boat away.  I afterwards discovered that my aft gallows, port side, had been broken.

    H. Julier (Skipper)

 

12.12.1909

250 miles W of St Ann's Head

Trawler's boat washed off the deck, 'Edward VII', 21st December, 3 p.m.  Vessel shipped a heavy sea and washed small boat over the side.

    H. Julier (Skipper)

    Thomas Wood (Second Hand 5533)

 

17.12.1910

4.30 a.m. Milford Docks Lock Pit.

Damage to stern [of?] smack 'Regard' of Brixham.  Engines of 'Edward VII' not being reversed in time, the said vessel overlooked,  I ran into stern of 'Regard' when passing through Lock Pit at entrance of dock.

    John Collins (Master)

 

 

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