Official No:    127409     Port Number and Year: 17th in Milford,1907

                                                                                       -   in Grimsby, 1919 (GY408)

Description:  Steel side trawler; steam screw; coal burner. Ketch rigged: foresail, mainsail and mizzen 

Crew: 9 men (1907); 10 men (1919); 9 men (1924)

Registered at Milford: 9 Dec 1907

Built: Cochrane & Sons, Selby; 1907.  (Yard no. 422)

Tonnage: 263.63 gross 105.39 net 

Length / breadth / depth (feet):  120.0 / 22.0 / 12.17 

Engine: T.3-cyl. 72 nhp. 10.75 kts.  Engine and boiler by Amos & Smith, Hull



As M215

9 Dec 1907: Robert Samuel Longthorp, 'Blakely House', Priory Rd., Milford. (Skipper) (32/64)

Managing owner: John Fraser James, 1 Priory St., Milford. (Butcher) (32/64)


Dec 1913: Robert Samuel Longthorp, 'Blakely House', Priory Rd., Milford. (32/64)

Managing owner: John James, Priory St., Milford. (32/64)


1 Mar 1919: John James            ) Priory St., Milford.(32/64)

Sir Thomas Robinson                 ) Fish Docks, Grimsby (16/64)

Frank Wheeler Robinson           ) Fish Docks, Grimsby (16/64)


8 Mar 1919: Sir Thomas Robinson ) Fish Docks, Grimsby (32/64)

Frank Wheeler Robinson                ) Fish Docks, Grimsby (32/64)

14 Mar 1919: As GY408


By Dec 1919: Albert W. Green, Fish Docks, Grimsby.

Managing owner.


Mar 1925: Overseas Steam Fishing Co., Fish Docks, Grimsby

Manager: Walter H. Beeley. (Same address.)


Landed at Milford: 19 Dec 1907 - 24 May 1915


Robert Samuel Longthorp cert. 2536, age 40, born Hull;  signed on 1 Jan, 6 Jul 1908; 15 Jan, 1 Jul 1910; 9 Jan, 6 Jul 1911; 6 Jan, 2 Jul 1913.

B. Jackson 1431, 50, Yarmouth 15 Dec 1910


Jun 1915: Requisitioned ( 2673). 1x6pdr.

1919: Returned to owners.

Jul 1937: Broken up.

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed:

11 Mar 1919.  Vessel transferred to the port of Grimsby.

[Lofthouse T., Mayes G., Newton D., & Thompson M. (2012): Cochrane Shipbuilders Vol.1: 1884 - 1914.]

 Accidents and Incidents:

From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 27th September 1907:

    There was launched from the shipyard of Messrs. Cochrane and Sons, shipbuilders, Selby, on Tuesday a handsomely-modelled steel screw trawler, the principal dimensions being 120ft. by 22ft. by 12ft. 3in. depth of hold. The vessel has been built to the order of Messrs. James and Longthorp, of Milford Haven, and will be fitted with powerful triple expansion engines by Messrs. Amos and Smith, of Hull, and is replete with all the latest improvements for fishing purposes. As the vessel left the ways she was christened the Gloria by Mrs. A. Peaker, of Leeds. On the same day from the same shipyard was launched a handsomely-modelled steel screw trawler, the principal dimensions being 120ft. by 21ft. 3in. by lift. 9in. depth of hold. The vessel has been built to the order of Mr. Wm. Jenkins, of Milford Haven, and will be similarly fitted to the Gloria. As she left the ways the vessel was christened the Dewsland by Miss Isabel C. Smart, of Cardiff. 


From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 4th December 1907:


    Still they come, with more to follow.  A record in the number of new trawlers arriving has to be chronicled this week.  Last week three fine boats came round:  on Monday, the steam trawler "Urania", built by the Dundee Ship Building Company for the Pembrokeshire Steam Trawling Company, in charge of Captain J. Gardner; on Wednesday the steam trawler "Cleopatra" from the Smith's Dock, for Messrs. D. Pettit and Company (Captain J. Blake); on Thursday, a trawler bearing  the name "Hero" (Captain Hawkins) for Mrs. Harries, Neyland, also from Dundee.  On Tuesday this week came the steam trawler "Dewsland" (Captain Ben Bryant) from the Selby Ship Building Company, to the order of Mr. W. Jenkins and Company, and today another for Mr. D. Pettit and Company, viz., the steam trawler "Calliope" is expected to be brought in by Captain J. Dove, whilst the steam trawler "Gloria", Messrs. Longthorp and James, is said to have left for the fishing grounds.

    During the next few weeks further additions will arrive.  It is well, under the circumstances, that the extension of the Market is proceeding so rapidly.  Another length has been commenced, and will probably be completed by the end of this year.



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 19th November 1909:



    This week the fish trade seems to have made great strides. Markets have been good and there has been a good supply of fish throughout the week. On Friday last the "Arfon" owned by the Pater S.T. Co., landed a catch from the Moroccan coast which realised 43. She was only out for 17 days. The "Gloria", owned by Messrs. Sellick, Morley and Price, came in port on Tuesday from the coasts of Morocco with a large catch of fish the sale of which realised 416. She had been out for 21 days. These two vessels are especially adapted for making such long journeys and the skippers of both often are to be congratulated on the success of their enterprises. On Wednesday last the "Rosa," owned by Messrs. Sellick, Morley, and Price, arrived in port with a large catch of fish from the Irish Sea. The sale of her catch realised 235, and she had only been out for eight days. The successful trips of these and other boats tend to show a renewal of prosperity in the fish trade, and it is to be hoped that it will continue to prosper. 



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 21st October 1910:




    The steam trawler "Sidmouth" landed a large catch of hake and mixed fish on Monday which made good prices. The trip realised 422. The vessel had only been out for 10 days. The skipper is Mr. H. Galvin. and the Sidmouth is owned by Messrs. Sellick, Morley, and Price. On Tuesday the steam trawler "Gloria" owned by Messrs. James and Longthorpe landed a large catch of fish which realised 551. The "Gloria" had been out for nearly three weeks. Several other steam trawlers made very good trips owing to the exceptionally high prices being given for all kinds of fish. 



Log book entries:



At Sea.

Collision,- Ship collided with us.

    Robert Samuel Longthorp. (Skipper).

    J .Cutler. (Mate).



At Sea, 40 miles WNW of the Blaskets, Irish Coast.

Colin Kerr, age 17, Deck Hand; Scottish, born Glasgow, residing in Milford.

Leg crushed round fair lead on deck.

    Robert Samuel Longthorp. (Skipper).



On October 30th, 1913, we were going to sea when about 7 or 8 miles from St Ann's Head we fell in with the Milford trawler "Cornet" disabled, with broken down engines.  She was then about 2 miles from Skomer Island, when the Skipper of the "Cornet" gave signals for help.

I took him in tow at 6.30 p.m. and we got him docked on the next morning at about 5.30 a.m.  At the time we picked him up the sea was rough, the wind was blowing fresh from the WSW, and a heavy swell with strong ebb tide.  He was then in a very dangerous position with St Ann's Head bearing E 1 E

    R. S. Longthorpe. (Skipper).




From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 15th January 1915:


    Owing to the absence of British-owned trawlers, combined with the boisterous weather, supplies of fish were very scarce at Milford's Fish Market last week.  The best trip made by any boat for some time was that of the steam trawler Gloria, whose cargo was disposed of for 552.



From Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 19th August 1914:



    When the steam trawler Gloria arrived at Milford Haven last week the skipper, Capt. S. Longthorpe and his crew related the story of a thrilling experience off the Irish coast. It appears that the Gloria was making for Berehaven on August 7th, when the patrol boat at the west entrance stopped her, but afterwards allowed the ship to go on to her anchorage, but no sooner had she started than a shot was fired from the land forts. Capt. Longthorpe thought they were practising, but a second shot, which passed over the ship, told them that there was something wrong and he stopped the ship, but they were told to proceed. Once more steaming to harbour a third shot from another battery came along and only just missed the trawler and shook it from stem to stern, the vibration almost throwing the men down. He dropped anchor and an officer from one of H.M. warships came aboard and examined the ship. He told the crew they were fortunate that they had not been blown out of the water, as they had got orders to put the broadside guns on them ready for firing, as they heard firing from the forts. It afterwards transpired that the patrol boat had made a mistake in letting the trawler come in at the west entrance, which is closed to all traffic.




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