Official No: 87272 Port Number and Year: - in Leith, 1884 (LH1083)
35th in Aberdeen, 1890 (A602)
7th in Milford, 1898
Description: Wooden hull; steam screw; coal burner. Liner. Yawl rigged.
Crew: 7 men (1890); 5 men (1898, 1904).
Registered at Milford: 5 Sep1898
Built: 1884 by A.G. Gifford, Leith.
Tonnage: 36.22 gross 21.13 net
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 61.6 / 17.4 / 6.55
Engine: C-2cyl; 9 h.p; by John Cran & Co., Leith
1884: Alexander Cook, 'Norwood Villa', Stanley Rd., Leith. (Fish salesman)
2 Dec 1890: James L. Cunliffe, 'Plewlands House', Spylaw Rd., Edinburgh.
24 Sep 1896: The Long Line Steam Fishing Co., 5 Queen St., Edinburgh.
Manager: James Christie. (Same address.)
5 Sep 1898: Matthew Nicholas, The Cliff, Dale, Pembrokeshire. (Owner and skipper.)
Manager: Messrs. Kinnard & Co., Docks, Milford.
[ Additional information thanks to Douglas Paterson, via Gil Mayes. ]
Landed at Milford:
Seasonal: 7 - 27 Nov 1896.
Regular: 9 Jan 1897 - 28 Aug 1907.
Skippers: Olsen 1896; Jones 1896, 1897 1898; Larsen 1896; Days 1896; Brown 1897; George Taylor 1897, 1898; Langley 1897; Hardy 1898; Beckett 1898; Kingston 1898; Nichols 1898; Griffiths 1898; Matthew Nicholas 1899, 1901; Thomas Sturley 1902 - 1906. H. Pook 1907
Notes: 31 Aug 1907: Foundered 7 miles WSW of Barrels Rock LS. [See below.]
Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: "Registry closed 9th Sept. 1907. Vessel foundered off Tusker Light House on 31 August 1907. E. Robinson Act. Sup. 9.9.07."
Accidents and Incidents:
From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 30th March 1906:
JAPANESE FISHERY MINISTER'S VISIT TO MILFORD — Whilst London was preparing to welcome Togo's men and give them a typical English welcome, the Japanese Minister for Fisheries was taking lessons aboard a Milford steam liner. Mr Seichi Kato came with highest credentials signed by Japanese and English Cabinet Ministers on a tour of the British fishing industry. Previous to his Milford visit he had been on a Hull trawler in the North Sea—one of the vessels that land at Billingsgate, London, and also on a Yarmouth drifter, but had seen no line fishing. Mr J. C. Ward, the courteous dock manager, introduced the gentlemen to Messrs. Kinnard Bros., who arranged for him to proceed to sea in the steam liner "Effort." Capt. Sturley was very busy all the voyage answering the many questions put by Mr Kato. Immediately he arrived on the boat, out came the pocket book, measuring lines, etc., nothing seemed too small to be made a note of, and every minute detail of the voyage was promptly noted for future reference. The distinguished visitor was highly pleased with the intelligence and civility of the crew he had the pleasure of being with. He left on Saturday morning, doubtless looking forward to meeting so many of his countrymen in the afternoon.
From The Pembroke County Guardian and Cardigan Reporter of Friday 13th July 1906:
A Fisherman's Claim.—On Tuesday at the Admiralty Court, London, before Mr. Justice Deane, Thomas Sturley, of Dale, master of the steam liner Effort, together with the owners of the steam trawler Bournemouth (local managers, Messrs. Sellick Morley and Price), claimed salvage remuneration for services rendered to the s.s. Antenior off Marloes Sands on May 6th. The Antenior is valued at £20,000, and it is reported locally that plaintiffs' claims amount to several thousand pounds The hearing was adjourned. On Wednesday, his Lordship, in giving judgment, said the Antenior was in a very awkward position, and but for the local knowledge of and the assistance rendered by the salvors she would have sustained very much more damage that she did, and if she had remained another 24 hours she might have gone to pieces. In the circumstances he should award the plaintiffs £1,500. Judgment accordingly, with costs.
From the Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 4th September 1907:
News has been received in Milford to the effect that the steam liner "Effort", of this port, has foundered, and the crew of eight men were landed at Fleetwood on Sunday by a Fleetwood trawler. The men are expected home tonight, and no further information as to the loss of the liner has yet come to hand.
The "Effort" is a craft that has sailed in and out of Milford for very many years. The owner was Captain Matthew Nicholas of Dale, and the vessel was managed by Messrs. Kinnard and Company.
From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 6th September 1907:
LOSS OF LOCAL STEAM LINER.
On Friday morning the steam liner "Effort" owned by Capt. M. Nicholas left Milford Dock, and proceeded to fishing grounds off Irish Coast. During the evening the vessel was discovered to be making water rapidly, and after vain attempts to stop same increasing, Capt. H. Pook was forced to abandon the ship and escape in the small boat. The crew of seven men were picked up by a schooner, and on Saturday morning they were put put aboard the steam trawler "Port Jackson" and landed at Fleetwood on Sunday morning. The men spoke in high terms of the kindness shown them by Fleetwood folk, especially the crew of the "Port Jackson", and on Monday they were sent home by the Shipwrecked Mariner's Society.
From The Pembroke County Guardian and Cardigan Reporter of Friday 6th September 1907:
Loss of the "Effort."— News has been received in Milford to the effect that the steam liner "Effort," of this port, has foundered, and the crow of eight men were landed at Fleetwood on Sunday by a Fleetwood trawler. The "Effort" has sailed in and out of Milford for very many years. The owner is Capt. Matthew Nicholas, of Dale, and the vessel was managed by Messrs. Kinnard and Co.
From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 8th November 1907:
DEATH AT SEA.
A telegram was received at the offices of Messrs. Sellick, Morley and Price, on Monday morning from Captain Tyvold, master of the steam liner "Avonmouth", which left Milford on Friday, stating he had put into Queenstown on Sunday with the body of the second engineer, Matthew Lynn, who had expired suddenly aboard the ship. Deceased was for many years engineer on the steam liner "Effort," and was known as "Sunderland Mat."
From B.T. and R. Larn (2002): Shipwreck Index of Ireland
Co.Wexford, Barrels Rock L/s., 7M WSW 52.05N 06.30W.
Voyage: Milford Haven - Fishing grounds
Foundered and lost after developing a leak in wind conditions SE force 2.
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