Official No:  109055   Port Number and Year: 60th in Hull, 1898 (H414)

                                                                               23rd in Swansea, 1906 (SA34)

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

Crew: 9 men (1898).  

Built: 1898,  by Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Hull. (Yard no.210a)

Tonnage: 161.86 grt 52.97 net

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 105.5 / 20.75 / 11.0

Engine: T 3-Cyl. 54 hp.; by Charles D. Holmes, Hull



As H414

10 Sep 1898: Castle Steam Trawlers Ltd., 3 Lothbury, City, London.

Manager: George H.D. Birt, Milford.


As SA34

14 Aug 1906: Castle Steam Trawlers Ltd., Swansea.

Manager: Crawford Heron, 'Earlsmore', West Cross, Swansea.



27 Jun 1908: Nagasaki Steamship Fishery Co.,  Nagasaki.


By 1936: Mitsubishi Kogyo K.K., Wakamatsu.


Landed at Milford: 25 Sep 1898 - 19 Jul 1904

Skippers: 1898: Wildridge

1899: Wildridge; Cox; Taylor; Foreman; Scott

1900: Foreman; Fears; Dodd; Taylor;

1901: Taylor; Dodd; Nichols

1902: Taylor

1903: Taylor; Dove

1904: Dove; Barnes


1 Dec 1941: Sunk.

 Accidents and Incidents

From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 29th August 1900: 


    In the early hours of Thursday morning last, an explosion occurred on board the steam trawler "Hene Castle", lying in the dry dock, Milford.  It appeared that a lad named Lumsdaine, residing in Great North Road, was engaged on board the vessel in assisting to clean the boilers, when he removed the lid of the coal bunkers to look for a shovel, having in his hand at the time a lamp.  The was the means of causing a terrific explosion and the unfortunate lad was burnt in a shocking manner about the legs and lower body.

    The report brought PC Rigby, of the Dock Police, and PC John Griffiths to the scene, and they immediately conveyed Lumsdaine to Doctor Griffiths, and subsequently to his home.  Although for some days the lad's life was in danger, there are now hopes that he may recover.

    A good deal of damage was also caused to the "Hene Castle".



From The Cambrian, of Friday 24th April 1908:



    The Swansea trawler, Hene Castle, which is bound for Japan for her new owners, arrived at Singapore on Good Friday "All well."

    She is a week ahead of her time, and as this is her last stopping place before reaching her destination, Nagasaki, her steaming record at the end of her voyage will be found to be a highly creditable one.

    The Hene Castle is in charge of Capt. Jas. Davies, Graig-terrace, Swansea.



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