Official No:  98827      Port Number and Year: 14th in Bristol, 1891 (BL8)

Description: Iron side trawler; steam screw, coal burning.  Crabber. Ketch rigged

Crew: 10 men

Built: Sir Raylton Dixon & Co., Middlesborough,  in 1891.  (Yard no. 353)

Tonnage: 133 grt  54 net

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 96.5 / 20.3 / 10.7

Engine: T 3-Cyl. 50 rhp.  Worth McKenzie & Co., Stockport



As BL8

1891: Western Steam Trawling Co., Bristol.

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


1906: Sellick, Morley & Price, Docks, Milford.

Manager: Sidney Morgan Price


Landed at Milford:  9 Nov 1891 - 23 Aug 1908

Skippers: 1891: G. Hallett

1892: Hallett;  Holder

1893: Holder

1894: Holder

1895: Holder; Clarke;

1896: Clarke; Scott

1897: Scott

1898: Scott; Longthorpe

1899: Scott; Bailey; Taylor

1900: Bagley; Kippen; Collins; Leggett

1901: Collins; Nicholls; Scott

1902: Scott

1903: Scott; Setterfield; Fransham

1904: Fransham; Foster; Coker; Walters; Adams

1905: Adams; Chaney

1906: Adams

Notes: 1909: Sold for £305 and broken up at Castle Pill.  [See newspaper reports below.]

 Accidents and Incidents

From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 8th April 1904:

A COLLISION.— On Wednesday, when the "Tenby Castle" was going out of dock, she collided with the "Falmouth", doing considerable damage to the last named vessel. 

From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 15th April 1904:

A COLLISION.—While the "Tenby Castle" was proceeding out of Milford Docks the other day, her wheel chain became foul, while she was endeavouring to pass the "Falmouth", and the two vessels collided. The "Falmouth" was struck in her stern, and cut down to the water's edge. She got safely into Dock.


From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 2nd August 1907:



            Considerable difficulty has of late been experienced in getting some of the local trawlers to sea owing to some of the crews failing to turn up at tide time. It is said that the cooks are discontented with their rate of pay, and conditions of service when in dock.

            On Friday last five warrants were issued against members of the crews of boats managed by Messrs. Sellick, Morley and Price for refusing to go to sea, and three cases were dealt with by the local magistrates.


            On Saturday, before Colonel Roberts and Mr. Whicher, Charles Donoughue, boatswain of the steam trawler Falmouth, was also charged on a warrant under the Merchant Shipping Act. This man differed somewhat from the other two offenders, as he joined the ship in dock, but when the steamer was in the Haven jumped overboard and started to swim ashore, but was picked up by some men in a small boat. He was first of all taken before the Board of Trade officials, and ordered to rejoin his ship, but refused to do so. The sentence was 4 days' hard labour, and forfeiture of six days' pay.



From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 15th January 1908:


       The steam trawler "Falmouth" arrived in Dock on Sunday morning with the skipper, Mr R. Sanderson, suffering serious injuries to the eyes.  It appears that the accident was the result of an explosion in the acetylene tanks, and the skipper had the full force of it in his eyes.  Almost blind he was conveyed to the surgery and afterwards to his home in Priory Road.  Much sympathy is felt for him.  He was one of the oldest skippers fishing out of the port.



From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 26th August 1908:


    Great excitement was experienced in Milford between five and six o'clock yesterday (Tuesday) morning, when practically all the residents of the town were startled out of their sleep by a large report coming from the direction of the Docks.

    After the opening of the Dock Gates, the vessels were all astir in anticipation of leaving for sea.  The steam trawler "Calliope" (Mr. David Pettit) was starting to and fro with a view of getting into position to advance through the gates.  Another steam trawler, "Falmouth" (Sellick, Morley and Price), was also making for the entrance, but the "Calliope", coming astern, struck the "Falmouth" amidships on the port side.

    The latter immediately began to sink.  The crew, seeing this, got the trawler onto a bank opposite the Dock Gates.  When the water reached the acetylene gas tank in the engine room, a terrible explosion took place.  Flames shot high above the funnel, burning part of the woodwork round the wheelhouse, but the water was gaining ground so fast that it extinguished the fire.  Two members of the crew were thrown violently onto the deck from their feet, but no injuries were sustained by anyone.

    The "Falmouth" partly submerged, and the Dock Company's divers donned their apparatus and were speedily at work effecting such repairs as could be executed.  Pumping operations have begun, and it is expected that the submerged craft will be afloat today.

    The "Calliope" proceeded to sea, but the crew found that the rudder was very stiff, damaged, and completely twisted, and they were compelled to abandon the voyage.

    During yesterday a large number of people visited the docks to watch the divers at work.


From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 4th September 1908:




S.S. FALMOUTH SUCCESSFULLY SALVED. The operations of salving the steam trawler Falmouth were carried to a successful issue on Friday evening, and the damaged vessel was taken into Pembroke Dock. The powerful pumps of the s.s. Alligator throwing out tons of water every hour soon made a good show, when the leaks were at once temporarily patched by the divers, who worked under the surveillance of the docks manager, Mr. J. C. Ward. A large crowd watched the operations, as the ship gradually rose after being relieved from the heavy burden of water.



 From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 20th January 1909:


    The steam trawler "Falmouth" (Sellick, Morley & Price) was put up for sale at the Lord Nelson Hotel, Front Street, Milford, by Messrs Evans and Roach on Thursday afternoon.

    It will be remembered that in August last the "Falmouth" was sunk in Milford Docks after a collision with another steam trawler, "Calliope" , Mr David Pettit, owner, when a terrific explosion followed.  Since then the "Falmouth" has been laid up in dock undergoing some repairs.  At the sale however, she fell into the hands of the Ship Breaking Yard at Castle Pill, the manager, Mr J. R. Jones, for Mr John Paton, Castle Steel Ship Breaking Yard, Pill, securing her for £305.





See Log Book entry for CALLIOPE



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