Official No: 124108 Port Number and Year: Liverpool, 1907
Description: Steel side trawler; steam screw, coal burning. Crabber. Ketch rigged
Built: Smith's Dock Co., North Shields, 1907 (Yard no.364)
Tonnage: 238 grt 90 net
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 120.5 / 21.6 / 11.6
Engine: T.3-Cyl. 57 rhp. McColl & Pollock, Sunderland
20 Nov 1907: Harley & Miller, St. John's Wholesale Fish Market, Liverpool.
Manager: Robert Harley, 74 Bedford St., Liverpool. (1907-23)
Charles Miller, 98 Princes Rd., Liverpool (1923-35)
Richard H. Jones, 6 Sudworth Rd., Wallesey, Cheshire. (1935-39)
May 1939: Yolland & Llewellin Trawling Co., Docks, Milford.
Manager: John C. Llewellin
1941: Saint Andrew's Steam Fishing Co., Hull
Manager: B. A. Parkes, Cleveleys.
Landed at Milford: 22 May 1939 - 31 Jan 1941
Gallinule is a member of the moorhen family.
Jan 1915: Requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to a minesweeper. (Admy.No.908). 1 x 6 pdr.
May 1919: Returned to owners.
Nov 1939: Requisitioned by the Admiralty for conversion to an auxiliary patrol vessel.
Jan 1940: Returned.
14 Mar 1942: Ran ashore on Skerryvore in a snowstorm; three crew lost. [See below.]
Accidents and Incidents:
From an unknown local newspaper of c. 25th May 1939:
The three trawlers recently purchased from Liverpool by Messrs. Yolland and Llewellin have now all completed their last voyage from the Mersey, and landed at Milford. They are the "Celtia", "Goosander" and "Gallinule". The first named, as a matter of fact, is a former Milford vessel, and now returns to her old port.
All three are of the mixed fishing class, similar to the "Cleopatra" and "Caliph", a type of trawler essential for Milford's mixed fishing as an aid to the hake fishing on the one hand, and the small drifter trawlers working the prime grounds. The "Celtia", when at Milford, was owned by Mr. John Jones, together with other fishing vessels.
The departure of these three trawlers signals the end of the direct fishing industry at Liverpool, where a fleet has been maintained for many a year.
From an unknown local newspaper of c.31st August 1939:
A sad drowning fatality was reported at Milford early this morning. Among the many trawlers which left the docks and anchored in the Haven at tide time on Tuesday was the steam trawler "Gallinule" (Messrs Yolland & Llewellyn).
Shortly after midnight the cry was raised, and heard from shore, "Man overboard!". The victim was a young Brixham man named Harding Grange, 21 years old. We understand that the circumstances surrounding the affair are being investigated by the police.
The young man, who resided at Stratford Road, was a brother-in-law of Mr. Charles Bailey.
From an unknown local newspaper of c. 7th September 1939:
The body of Harding Grange, the young victim of the trawler tragedy last Wednesday morning, reported in our last issue, was recovered on Monday evening by Mr. Ben Russell, of Rose Cottage, overlooking the the rocks to the left of the slipway on Milford beach.
This Wednesday, Sidney George Cawood, 28 years old, was charged with murder by throwing him overboard from the trawler "Gallinule". He will be brought up on remand at Milford Police Station.
We find that the accused is named as John Henry Grang, and the charge has been reduced to manslaughter.
From an unknown local newspaper of c. 28th September 1939:
Thomas Biggs, of Merlin's Bridge, entered the docks between 4 and 5 a.m. to join his ship, the steam trawler "Gallinule", which was lying in dock on the Hakin side. In the darkness he must have missed his step on the quay wall, and fell into the dock. His cries could be heard from the other side of the dock, but before assistance could arrive he had disappeared.
Deceased was the second engineer of the "Gallinule", and was single, aged 44.
From B.T. & R. Larn (1998): Shipwreck Index of the British Isles - Scotland
Mull of Kintyre, Machrihanish Bay. 55.25 20N 06.45W
Stranded and lost in gale force wind conditions.
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