The paddle trawler FLYING SCOTCHMAN in the newly-opened Dock,1889

[From Warburton J (1984): Milford Haven in Old Postcards.]

Official No:  80440   Port Number and Year:  -  in Milford, 1888

                                                                              -  in Dundee, 1890 (DE42)

Description: Steam paddle coal burner; sloop rigged; iron side / beam trawler.

Crew: 6 men, 1 boy (1888).

Registered at Milford: 25 Jan 1888

Built: J. T. Eltringham, Stone Quay, South Shields; in 1879.  (Yard no. 76)

Tonnage: 111 grt  41 net

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 98.8 / 18.2 / 9.5

Engine: One lever, one cylinder; 70 rhp; by J.P. Rennoldson & Sons, South Shields.



1879: George J. Kidston, 2 Oswald St., Glasgow. (1882: 21 Carlton Pl., Glasgow.)


By 1887: Joseph M. Rennoldson, South Shields.


As M20

25 Jan 1888: The Pembrokeshire Steam Trawling Co. Ltd., 27 Hamilton Tce., Milford.

John Phillips, 2 Murray Crescent, Milford.  )  Managing

William Wolfe, Hill St., Hakin, Milford.       )    owners.


As DE42

3 Dec 1890: William High, Wellgate, Dundee.  (Fish merchant)

Managing owner.

[See photograph below.]


Jul 1895: The Duke of Portland, Welbeck Abbey, Worksop, Nottingham.

Manager: Adam Wood, Harbour Office, Troon.




Landed at Milford:  [Landed at Neyland before Milford Docks opened.

31 Jan 1889 - 20 Nov 1890.


D. Griffiths cert 2067, age 58, born Cardigan, residing - ; signed on 2 Jan, 3 Sep 1888.

W.C. Casson 2017 (?); 28 Jul 1888.

George Bartlett 0275, 30, Brixham, - ; 6 Feb, 21 Jul,

Thomas May 0162, 48, Brixham, Railway Hotel, Victoria Rd., Milford; 3 Sep 1888; 9 May 1889

William Barrett 34321, - , Middlesborough, - ; 6 Jan 1889

Robert Limbrick 758, 30, London, Mount Pleasant Rd., Brixham; 6 Feb 1890


19 Mar 1879: Launched as a steam paddle tug; one of a fleet of ten tugs, by the same Glasgow owner.

Jul 1895: Ceased fishing; employed on the Ayrshire coast for heavy towage work.

Dec 1902: Broken up at Annalong, Co. Down.

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 3 Dec 1890.  Vessel transferred to the port of Dundee.

 Accidents and Incidents

From The Pembroke County Guardian and Cardigan Reporter of Friday 5th July 1907:




Some Facts about the Neyland Project.

    As many people know, Neyland was really the pioneer of the fish trade in Pembrokeshire. The first steam trawlers to plough the waters of Milford Haven discharged their tinny cargoes at Neyland. The first steam trawler seen in the Haven was the Flying Scotchman, a paddle boat, belonging to Mr. John Phillips, Lloyd's agent, at Milford. This was in 1884 [sic]. Shortly afterwards the late Mr. J. H. Coram fitted out his paddle tug, the Express, as a trawler. These boats carried the old beam trawl, and at the time, owing to there being no ice available, they were unable to make anything like long cruises, because they had no means of preserving the fish. These boats, as before stated, used the port of Neyland. Shortly afterwards, Messrs. Sellick, Morlay [sic] and Price commenced using the port of Milford, and the G.W.R. not then supplying any suitable facilities at Neyland the other boats alter a while followed suit. These included the boats owned by the Baroness Burdett-Coutts, Messrs. Mackie and Scobie, and several other firms. Since then Milford's trade has been steadily increasing, until it has reached its present prosperous condition.



From the Western Mail of Saturday 14th May 1887:



    The ship Nanpactus, 1,399 tons register, of Yarmouth, N.S., was left by the steam tug Flying Scotsman [sic] on Wednesday May 11th, at 8.30 a.m., off Lundy Island, bearing E.S.E., distance five miles.  Wind N.W., moderate; fine.


From the Western Mail of Thursday 23rd June 1887:



June 22.― Wind, N.E., light; hazy; sea, smooth; barometer, 38.18, steady.  Passed up: One of G.Greenshell, Cowie and Co's steamers, blue funnel, white band, black top; barque Nantique, of Havre, in tow of the tug Flying Scotsman [sic].  Passed down: Ship Ardencaple, of Glasgow.




From the Aberdeen Weekly Journal of Wednesday 9th May 1888:



(From Lloyd's ― Tuesday)


    The steam trawler Flying Scotsman has gone ashore on Marloes Sand, near Milford Haven; crew saved by steamer West Strand.


Log book entry:


8 May 1888

Marloes Sands

Stranded, dense fog.

    D. Griffiths (Skipper)



Other log book entries:


27 Jun 1888

Dismasted 25 miles WNW of the Smalls.  The heavy haul of fish split the bag and brought the mast down.

    D. Griffiths (Skipper)


25 Jan 1889

J. Johnson from Neyland was injured.  The nature and cause of the accident was jammed by a hand spike.

    William Barrett (Skipper)


26 Dec 1889

N. Rees, Chief Engineer, and R. Cochrane, fireman, were punished by a fine, for causing delay to the ship.

    R. Limbrick (Skipper).




The Times, Friday, Feb 15, 1889; pg. 11; Issue 32623; col F
     Disasters At Sea.


Last evening there were landed at Swansea the crew of the ship South Australian.  They were brought to the port by the steam trawler Flying Scotchman of Milford, which had taken them from the schooner Spray, of Wexford, bound from Swansea to Plymouth.  This vessel picked them up in the Bristol Channel, where for 12 hours they had been drifting in a boat.



From the  Glasgow Herald, Tuesday, November 18, 1890; Issue 276. 


DUNDEE - PURCHASE OF A TRAWLER. - A large paddle steam iron trawler, named the Flying Scotchman, has just been purchased from Milford Haven owners by Mr. Wm. High and a few other local parties interested in the fishing trade and will henceforth prosecute the fishing in the North Sea and sail from Dundee.  The Flying Scotchman was built in 1880 as a tug for the Clyde Steam Shipping Company, but she was converted into a splendidly equipped trawler about eighteen months ago, and has since fished the Bristol Channel.



In Dundee Harbour.

Behind the "Flying Scotchman" is the "Flying Scud", DE 48.

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