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Official No:  99995   Port Number and Year: 11th in Milford, in 1892

                                                                                -     -  Ymuiden, 1904 (IJM.105)

Description: Side / beam trawler, single screw; coal burner.  Wheelhouse aft. Ketch rigged: mainsail and mizzen.

Crew: 9 men (1892)

Registered at Milford: 18 Nov 1892

Built: Sir R. Dixon & Co., Middlesborough, in 1892.  (Yard no. 379)

Tonnage: 139.67 grt  48.76 net

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 100.5 / 20.4 / 10.7

Engine: C 2-Cyl.   Engine: North Eastern Marine Engineering Co., Sunderland.



As M101

19 Oct 1892: Cornelius Cecil Morley, 'Springfield',  Portlaw, Co.Waterford. (32/64)

William Goff Davis-Goff, Glenville, Co.Waterford. (32/64)


Manager: Frederick J. Sellick, 'Marine Villa', Murray Cres., Milford


9 Mar 1903: Southern Steam Trawling Co., 127 Quay, Waterford, Ireland.

(Messrs. Sellick, Morley and Price, Milford Docks.)

Manager: Cornelius Cecil Morley, "Cnocaitiun"*, Milford.  

(*Probably "Cnoc Áine" , Co. Limerick: "Aine's Hill". )



22 Nov 1904: Van de Stoomvisserij Maatschappij Zeeland.

Manager: C. Planteydt.



1908: Zeevisscherij Mij. "Mini"


Landed at Milford:  4 Dec 1892 - 2 Aug 1904


Edgar Garnham cert 1571, age 25, born Sittingbourne, residing 11 Robert St., Milford; signed on 12 Jan, 4 Jul 1893; 2 Jul, 9 Dec 1895

Peter Ebbesen 01874, 41, Horsen, - ; 2 Jan 1899

I. Wildridge 1847, 34, Hull, - ; 12 Jul, 24 Jul 1899; 4 Jan 1900

E. Walker 3445, 37, Brighton, - ; 15 May, 6 Jul, 7 Aug 1900

J. Gillard - , - , - , - ; 1900

B. H. Blockwell 2523, 38, Yarmouth, - ; 3 Jan, 16 Jul 1902; 6 Jan, 6 Jul 1903; 4 Jan 1904

W. T. Smith 5908, 26, Bexhill, - ; 10 Dec 1903

G. H. Thomas 5552, 28, Rutland, - ; 13 Nov 1904


Escallonia is an evergreen shrub of South America with white or red flowers.

1924/5: Broken up.

[ Information on Dutch owners kindly supplied by Jan Harteveld. ]

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 22 Nov 1904. Sold to foreigners.

 Accidents and Incidents

Log book entries:



5 miles SW of the Smalls

Sighted disabled steamer at 11 a.m. with her anchor down.  Took her in tow at 12 a.m. and arrived in Milford at 6. p.m.  She was the steam trawler 'Falmouth' with her boiler leaking.

    I. Wildridge (Skipper)



Newlyn, 28 miles W of Smalls  [?]

Damaged stern, damaged the small boat and clearing after deck.  Parted head ropes and drifted into pier by heavy sea.

    J. Gillard (Skipper)



50 miles SW of St Ann's head

Saw the steam trawler 'Blue Jacket' making signals of distress and took him in tow at 12 o'clock midnight.  Arrived Milford Haven on Sunday August 31st, weather fine, sea smooth, wind SE.

    B. H. Blockwell (Skipper)



For assaulting the mate, J. Llewellyn, third hand, and O'Duffy, deck hand, [were] fined 5/- each.

     B. H. Blockwell (Skipper)

     A. Windlass (Mate)



8 p.m., being 90 miles WSW from St Ann's Head.  Weather bad, SW winds, sea very heavy.  We sprung a leak, returned to dock at once.

     B. H. Blockwell (Skipper)



Ran into the steam trawler 'Narberth Castle'.  Starboard bulkheads damaged.  Cannot say the cause as my vessel was moored and all the crew were ashore at the time of collision.

     B. H. Blockwell (Skipper)

[ See newspaper report below. ]



From the Pembrokeshire Herald of Friday 4th January 1901:


The Storm

damage to trawlers

    Of the great storm last Thursday evening, the men working on the trawlers running out of the port speak with awe, and say that it was the worst experienced for many years.  The battered appearance of some of the boats that came in Friday and Saturday spoke volumes as to the severity of the tempest.


    The Camellia and the Escallonia both shipped heavy seas. The engine rooms were filled, and on the former boat the boat and bridge were damaged.  On the latter the bridge and boat were injured and the vessel nearly swamped.


    Other trawlers ran to various places for shelter, but as already stated, they all reached Milford safely.  After the holidays there was some difficulty experienced in getting the crew together.


From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 25th September 1901:


    The circumstances under which William Forrest, Priory Road, second engineer on the steam trawler "Escallonia", had disappeared, give grounds for the fear that one more has been added to the long list of fatalities which have taken place at Milford Docks.  He passed through the dock gates about 8.30 p.m. on Thursday, with the apparent intention of going on board the boat.  He never reached it, and nothing has since been seen of him.  His cap has been found floating in the dock, and the dock police have grappled several times for his body, as it is assumed that the man was drowned.  He was about 60 years of age, and is stated to have been quite sober on Thursday evening. 



From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 16th September 1903:


    The hurricane which sprang upon us suddenly on Thursday was one of the fiercest known in this district for many years. ....  Not for many years has the Haven experienced such a storm.  Springing up about mid-day, the gale blew fiercely from the south-west till about 7.30 p.m., when it suddenly chopped around to the north-west.  There was a heavy tide, and the effect of this sudden change in the direction of the wind was disastrous.  Vessels which were riding securely through the gale at anchor were suddenly thrown back upon their anchors, which parted, and they were at once adrift.

    The steam trawler "Escallonia" (Messrs. Sellick, Morley and Price) was moored near the dock gates, and the sudden change sent her adrift.  No one was supposed to be aboard, but she bore through the dock as straight as if she had been steered, right through the moorings of several vessels, and then crashed into the steam trawler "U.S.A.", of London.  This in turn was sent adrift, and crashed into the bows of a steam trawler belonging to Mr. Oswald.  It was estimated roughly that the damage done to the trawlers was about £200.



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 10th June 1904:




 MISHAPS. — On Wednesday morning the steam trawler Jeanie [sic], of Milford, was steaming up the docks to get to the fish market when her intermediate shaft broke. A few days ago the Narberth Castle was going out of the docks to go to sea when the engine refused to answer to the telegraph full speed ahead.  In consequence, she collided with the steam trawler Escallonia, with the result that her bulwarks on the starboard side were damaged.




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