Official No:  114520   Port Number and Year: 9th in London, 1902 (LO172)

                                                                               -      -  Liverpool, 1906 (LL83)

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

Crew:  10

Built: 1902,  by Smith's Dock Co., North Shields. (Yard no.697)

Tonnage: 191.78 grt  49.14 net (1902); 74 net (1 Jan 1914).

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 110.0 / 21.0 / 11.0

Engine: T 3-Cyl. 48 hp.; by North Eastern Marine Engineers, Sunderland



As LO172

11 Sep 1902: Castle Steam Trawlers, 3 Lothbury, London.

Manager: George H.D. Birt, Priory Lodge, Milford.


1906: Castle Steam Trawlers, Swansea. [See note below.]



29 Aug 1906: Harley & Miller, Ltd., Wholesale Fish Market, Liverpool.

Manager: Robert Harley, 74 Bedford St., Liverpool.


[Same owners and manager in 1915.]


Landed at Milford: 23 Sep 1902 - 22 Jun 1904

Skippers: 1902: Nightingale; Kingston

1903: Nightingale; Chamberlain; Davies

1904: John; Nightingale; Davies; Fletcher.


Harfat Castle was the Pembrokeshire dialect name for Haverfordwest, and its castle is mainly dated from 1290. (Until the mid twentieth century, the town was affectionately known as "Honey Harfat".)

13 Aug 1906: Not in fishing register; in the main register recorded as transferred to Liverpool.  Never fishing from Swansea.  [ Thanks to Bryan Richards www.swanseamariners.org.uk ]

25 Jul 1915: Stopped, shelled and sunk 70 miles N by W of Hoy Head,  by U-41.   (Kapitšnleutnant  Claus Hansen).  No lives lost.

 Accidents and Incidents


From The Scotsman of Thursday 20th November 1902, p.6:




..............    Another Lloyd's telegram from Milford says that the steam trawler Harfat Castle reports having fallen in with the schooner Driving Mist on the 17th twelve miles south of the Old Head of Kinsale, boarded her and used pumps, but they choked, and was preparing to tow her when the schooner foundered.



From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 28th October 1903: 


    While at sea, an accident occurred on board the "Harfat Castle", by which the mate, Thomas Wood, sustained a fractured leg.  The vessel arrived in dock at Milford on Friday afternoon.  Wood was brought ashore and removed to the new infirmary, where his injuries were attended to.  We believe this was the first time the ambulance car was used.



From The Cambrian of Friday 5th October 1906:     




    The Castle Steam Trawling Co. have just disposed of two more of their trawlers. The Harfat Castle went to Liverpool buyers, and the Picton Castle to a Lisbon firm. The boats of this firm will, as. previously stated, all be replaced by a newer type of craft.




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