Official No:  117481   Port Number and Year:   33rd in Lowestoft,  1903  (LT997)

                                                                                 14th in Milford, 1920.

Description: Steel drifter; steam screw, coal burning.  Lining and nets. Ketch rigged: mainsail,  mizzen.

Crew:  10 men (1903)

Registered at Milford: 9 Oct 1920

Built: 1903 by Smith's Dock Co., North Shields.  (Yard no, 718)

Tonnage: 78.92 grt  18 net  (1914:  28.07 net.)

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 80.0 / 18.1 / 8.3

Engine: C.2-cyl. 22 hp; 9 kts.  Engine and boiler by McColl & Pollock, Sunderland.



As LT997

24 Aug 1903: The Herring Fishing Co. Ltd., 14a Herring Market, Lowestoft

Manager: George U. Roth, Kessingland, Suffolk.

                William Thomas Tripp, Dambrook House, Kessingland. (By 1906)


14 Jun 1919: William H. East (Snr.), 84 Priory Rd., Milford.

Managing owner.


As M173

9 Oct 1920:  James Ritchie, 'Glenbrae', Wellington Rd., Hakin.

Managing owner.


22 Oct 1920: William Thomas Davies, Wellington Rd., Hakin.               )   

Thomas Henry Powell, 45 Priory Rd., Milford.                                        )     Joint

James Edwards, Thornton, Milford.                                                          )   owners.

Managing owner: James Ritchie, 'Glenbrae', Wellington Rd., Hakin.       )      


7 Jan 1922:  William Thomas Davies, Wellington Rd., Hakin.                )      Joint

Thomas Henry Powell, 45 Priory Rd., Milford.                                       )      

Managing owner: James Ritchie,  'Glenbrae', Wellington Rd., Hakin.     )    owners.


Landed at Milford: (LT997) 20 Feb, 27 1920.

(M173) 29 Oct 1920 - 13 Mar 1924.

Skippers: D.W. Powell (1924).

Notes: Jan 1915 - 1920:  Hired drifter.  A/S Net vessel; Admy.no. 1058.

May 1915: Purchased from Lowestoft owners and renamed HYACINTH II.

25 Sep 1915: Specially Recommended: Mr. L. Scarlett, Skipper, R.N.R., H.M. Drifter "Hyacinth." On 25th September, off Zeebrugge, exhibited great coolness in action, remaining and completing his task though exposed to heavy gun fire. Also Specially Recommended: T. J. Prior, 2nd Hand, R.N.R., O.N. 1089 S.A. [Should have been referred to as HYACINTH II, as HMS HYACINTH was a light cruiser, built 1898.]

12 Mar 1919: Released for sale.

7 Oct 1920: Lowestoft register closed.

25 Mar 1924:  Foundered 20 miles off Holyhead.

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 4 Apr 1924

Accidents and Incidents

From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 28th March 1924:

    During a thick fog which prevailed in the Irish Channel on Tuesday night, the steam trawler "Hyacinth" of the port of Milford Haven, sprang a leak and sank. The trawler was bound from Fleetwood for the fishing grounds off Ireland, and carried a crew of eight.

    The Skipper of the "Hyacinth",  Mr D. W. Powell, a native of South Wales, who was picked up along with the rest of his crew on Tuesday night, states that when about twenty miles from the port of Holyhead on Tuesday evening the vessel sprang a leak, and as the ship's pumps could not cope with the situation, he and the rest of the crew thought they would have along swim. At 10.44 p.m. the fog was so thick that they could hardly see, and the trawler started to list with the amount of water rushing into her. "Our plight was getting desperate when the fog thinned out and in the nick of time the schooner "Ellen Annie" spotted us, came alongside and picked us up."

    The rescued fishermen of the "Hyacinth" which is owned by Messrs.  Ritchie & Davies, Milford Haven, were landed at the port of Holyhead on Wednesday morning.

    The "Hyacinth" has been lining of late, landing her trip at Milford. This was the very first time to try her luck out of the port of Fleetwood.


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