Official No:  101960   Port Number and Year: 2nd in London, 1893 (LO96)

                                                                                  -   -  Grimsby, 1896 (GY20)

                                                                                  -   -  Hartlepool, 1899 (HL10)

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


Built: 1893,  by R. Craggs & Sons, Stockton. (Yard no. 96)

Tonnage: 148 grt  55 net (1893); 68 net.

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 100.0 / 20.2 / 10.9

Engine: T 3-Cyl. 40 rhp.; by Westgarth, English & Co., Middlesborough



As LO96

1893: Robert S. Brocklebank, 58 Thurlstone Rd., West Norwood, Surrey. 

Managing owner.

[Probably local Milford managers C. E. Newbon & R. S. Brocklebank - see article in 1893 newspaper below.]


As GY20

27 Feb 1896: John Edward Rushworth, Grimsby.

Managing owner.


As HL10

Jul 1899: Richard Thompson, Eastbourne Tce., West Hartlepool.

Managing owner.


Landed at Milford: 30 Jan 1893 - 21 Sep 1894

Skippers: Gray (1893-94); Jones; Chamberlain (1894)


Hypatia (born c. AD 350 – 370; died 415) was a Greek philosopher in Egypt who was one of the earliest mothers of mathematics. [Wikipedia.]

14 Feb 1899: Fined £75 and confiscation of fish and trawl for illegal fishing in Faroe Islands.

[See below.]

1904: Foundered 6 miles E of Lambay Is., Co. Dublin

 Accidents and Incidents

From The North-Eastern Daily Gazette  (Middlesbrough), of Tuesday 6th December 1892:

Yesterday afternoon Messrs. R. Craggs and Sons launched from their Stockton yard a handsome steam trawler of the following dimensions: ―  Length overall, 104ft. 6in., by 20ft. 3in. beam, by 11ft. 8in. moulded depth.  She has been sold, during construction, to Milford Haven owners. and will be fitted to suit their special requirements.  She will have triple expansion engines by Messrs. Westgarth, English and Co., Middlesborough, cylinders 11½in., 17in. and 28in. by 20in. stroke, with extra large boiler.  Before leaving the ways she was christened Hypatia by Miss Daisy Stephenson, daughter of Mr. Robert Stephenson, J.P., of Middlesborough.


From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 4th October 1893: 

death from misadventure.― The flag flying half-mast high on the arrival of the steam trawler "Hypatia" on Thursday morning sorrowfully signified the death of one of its crew, named Alfred Forsyth, deck hand, living at Hubberstone, whose sudden decease has formed a painful topic of conversation during the week. The vessel was about twenty five miles from the Smalls, and on the afternoon of Wednesday, during a calm sea, the unfortunate fellow was engaged in cleaning the brass work on the out side of the bridge, to accomplish which it was necessary to stand upon a ladder. He was seen busily engaged at his work, but suddenly he was missed, and it is assumed that he over balanced, and fell backwards, the ladder becoming jammed in its fall.  A life buoy was immediately thrown out, but the poor fellow's re-appearance after his immersion was only momentary.  Anxious eyes were watching for a second appearance, but he did not rise again, his heavy sea boots and clothing possibly accounting for it. Everything practicable was done to recover the body, but without avail, and the vessel proceeded on its journey to convey the sad news to his wife.

    The deceased was only twenty six years of age, with a character unblemished, he having been a teetotaller for many years, and was a man generally respected by his employers and comrades. He leaves a widow of the same age, with a family of five young children, which fact, it is hoped, will actuate the sympathetic and charitable to assist one whose future destitution is inevitable.

    Mr J. C. Burr, whose perseverance on many previous occasions in similar undertakings has been highly appreciated, has volunteered to open a subscription list, and the owners of the boat, Messrs Newbon and Brocklebank, have started it by contributing ten pounds (£10).  Captain Gray, skipper of the steam trawler "Hypatia", has also given one pound (£1).  We shall be only too pleased to notify further subscriptions in our columns.

    A concert for the benefit of the widow will shortly be given at the Masonic  Hall, of which due notice will appear.



From the Evening Express of Wednesday, 15th February 1899:




The owners of the trawler Hypatia, which was fired upon by the gunboat while being conveyed to Thorshavn, stated that when their vessel put to sea, after having been fined £12, an accident happened in the engine-room, and accordingly she went to the nearest harbour for repairs. For this the Hypatia was seized and fined another £34; and, in addition, her catch of fish, two trawls, and about 100 tons of wire warp were confiscated. She was also detained until Friday night.



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 25th January 1901:



Protection for Irish Fisheries.


         At Dungarvan, County Waterford, Petty-sessions on Monday four cases of illegal steam trawling on the part of trawlers from Milford Haven off the coast of Waterford were brought forward at the suit of the Irish Agricultural Board.

        The first case was against Louis Glangford, skipper of the steam trawler Hypatia.

        Mr Tweedy, solicitor for the prosecution, said that the case was brought under the Steam Trawling Act of 1899, which prohibited steam trawling within three miles of the coast, and which imposed a penalty of £5 for the first offence and the forfeiture of the nets.

        Evidence in support of the charges was given by Captain M'Cauley, of the Helga. The next case was against Robert Syre, skipper of the steam trawler Lark.

        Captain M'Cauley deposed that on the 18th of December he observed the defendant's boat with her trawl out. She was at the time within the three-mile limit.

        The next charges were against T. Foulds, of the trawler Skorma*, and Edwin Cox, of the trawler Dartmouth, who did not appear in court.

        Mr Tweedy said he would apply for warrants for the arrest of Foulds and Cox.

        Mr Orr (president magistrate): We can proceed ex parte, or issue warrants.

        Evidence of the service of a summons on each of the defendants having been given.

        Mr Orr said the majority of the Bench were for inflicting a penalty of £5 on each defendant in the four cases.


* No trawler of that name in 1901; possibly the SKOMER (105179; 151 grt) of Aberdeen.



From Rhyl Record and Advertiser of Saturday 16th February 1901:



    At Dundalk, on Saturday, the captain of the Hartlepool trawler Hypatia was fined £5 and costs for illegally trawling within two miles of the Irish coast. The Hypatia's nets, value £30. were also forfeited, on the application of the captain of H.M. ship Hearty, which had made the seizure.




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