Official No:  124794     Port and Year: 65th in Hull, 1907

Description: Steel side trawler; coal fired, steam screw.  Ketch rigged.  Wheelhouse aft.

Crew: 10 men (1907).

Built: by Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Beverley, in 1907 (Yard no. 153)

Tonnage: 206 grt 64 net (1907);  75 net (1 Jan 1914).

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 110.5 / 22.3 / 11.7                                                         

Engine: T.3-Cyl; 50 rhp; by Amos & Smith Co., Hull.



15 Oct 1907: Hellyer's Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., Hull.

Managers: Charles Hellyer, St. Andrew's Dock, Hull.


1919 : Mrs. Elizabeth M. Lawford, 'Carreg Llwyd', Oswestry, Salop.

Manager: Charles E. Curzon, The Docks, Milford.


1920: The Iago Steam Trawler Co. Ltd., The Docks, Milford.

Manager: Edward D. W. Lawford, 'Havenhurst', The Rath,  Milford.


1928: Ocean Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., St. Andrew's Dock,  Hull

Manager: George Altoft, 5 The Balcony, North Side, St. Andrew's Dock,  Hull.  (1928-34)

                William C. Farrow. (1934-36)


1936: Arthur E. R. Dexter, The Quay, Brixham, Devon.

Managing owner.


1937: Torbay Trawlers Ltd., The Quay, Brixham.

Manager: Arthur E. R. Dexter. [Same address.]


1940: Ellis Steam Trawling Co., Ltd., Scarborough.


Landed at Milford: 11 Jan; 12 Mar 1919 - 25 Feb 1928



Iago is a fictional character in Shakespeare's 'Othello' (c. 160104); a sinister villain. [Wikedpedia.]

Mar1915: Requisitioned  by the Admiralty as a minesweeper (Admy.no. 1364); 1 x 3 pdr.

1919: Returned to owners.

16 Sep 1940: Foundered off the Hebrides.

Accidents and Incidents

From the Pembrokeshire Telegraph of Wednesday 20th July 1921:



    Robert Seaward, mate Iago, was summoned at the instance of Captain W. J. James, dock master, for breach of the Milford Dock Co.'s bye-laws in entering the port on 30th June.

    Defendant said he was not guilty.

    Commander John Archibald Jones said that at 11.30 p.m. on 30th June he was on duty on the Dock Head when the boats were coming into port.  The first vessel was a motor smack, the second the M.3., and the third the defendant's, the Iago.  They came up in a line with the westward.  The M.3. passed the buoys properly and entered the stonework leading up to the gates.  She had got almost to the gates when the Iago came up and hit the M.3. with her starboard, driving her against the stonework on the Milford side of the dock gates.  It was either gross neglect or wilful attempt to damage the other vessel.  Witness thought the dock gates had gone.  The gates were thin and built something like a vessel.  Once they were hit it would be impossible to close them.  Witness considered it a very serious case.  Returning to the entry of the Iago witness said it was his duty to instruct the vessels as they approached.  He told the defendant to go astern, but instead of doing so he went full speed ahead, causing serious damage to the other vessel.  Apparently after getting through the gates Seaward did go astern.  Witness considered that it was necessary for every vessel to go astern as they approached the gates.  The Iago was going five knots as she entered.

    Defendant asked witness how he could see the relative positions of the boats on a dark night.

    Witness replied that although the time was 11.30 the night was not dark; it was really clear.  In reply to a further question witness said the defendant hit the Thornton - the M.3. - with the bluff of his starboard bow.

    Defendant: The Thornton was the overtaking ship? ― No.

    Defendant then produced two model boats, two strips of wood to represent the stonework  at the entrance to the dock, and two bottle stoppers to represent the buoys marking the channel up to the gates.  Witness and defendant did not agree as to the relative positions of the boats as they passed between the buoys.

    In reply to Captain James, witness said the defendant overtook the Thornton at the gates, and struck her amidships.  He estimated the speed of a vessel by trying to keep up with it on the dock wall.  If he could not walk as fast as the boat was travelling he considered that she was going over four miles an hour.

    Another watchman corroborated Commander Jones's evidence.



    Defendant, giving evidence, said the Thornton was behind the Iago as they entered the buoys.  He insisted that a boat had to keep away from the Hakin side as she entered to avoid being swept behind the gate by the tide, though this was denied by Captain James.  Witness then demonstrated the positions of the boats.  He declared that the Thornton overtook him between the buoys and the gates, and that he struck her in endeavouring to avoid the gate.  The Thornton must have gone astern or he would not have touched her.

    Wm. Blockwell, skipper of The Boys, said he was behind the Iago and the Thornton as they entered the dock.  He was sure that the Iago passed between the buoys first and was later overtaken by the Thornton.  Witness stopped his engines because he thought there would be a collision between the other two boats.

    Commander Jones, recalled, said he was on the pier head at the time with the various vessels practically at his feet.  He expected to see the Iago come in first, because she was first in the bay, but as the Thornton entered the buoys first the Iago should have kept behind her.

    The Chairman said the Bench considered the charge proved and had decided to fine Seaward 5.

    A summons on a similar charge against George Rockley, the skipper of the Iago, was withdrawn.


[ Note: According to the Milford Register, the THORNTON's registered number was M6, not M3. ]



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