LARK H1493

Official No:  93077   Port Number and Year:  20th in Hull, 1886 (H1493)

                                                                                 -    in Cardiff, 1904 (CF12)

Description: Iron side / beam trawler, steam, coal fired, single screw.

Crew:  8 men (1886)

Built: 1886, by Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Hull (Yard no. 12 )

Tonnage: 102 grt 46 net (1886) 52 net (1889). 

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 90.0 / 20.4 / 10.6

Engine: C.2-Cyl., 30 rhp.; by Charles D. Holmes, Hull. 



9 May 1886: Christopher Pickering & Samuel Leeming Haldane, Billingsgate, St. Andrew's Dock, Hull.

15 May 1886: As H1493.


14 Nov 1889: Henry West, 203 Castle Road, Cardiff.

Managing owner.

15 Nov 1904: As CF12



1909: Societa Ilva, Naples, Italy.  [ Information from ]


Landed at Milford: 30 Dec 1889 - 14 Apr 1890; 15 Jan - 30 Oct 1892.

Skippers: 1889: Smith ;

1890: Saunders

1891: Saunders; Thomas; W. Crosby.

1892: Turner; Dayes; Munis; Camish.

1900: Robert Syre.


The first trawler to be owned by Neale and West of Cardiff.


Accidents and Incidents

From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 11th December 1891:



        On Thursday forenoon a vessel was observed off the east point of Caldy [sic] Island being driven before the gale. She was lying across the sea with canvas gone, and apparently with no one on board. As soon as the fishing smack Jubilee was afloat she put off with a large crew, under the command of Samuel Richards (owner), and boarded the vessel, which by this time had drifted far up into Carmarthen Bay. She proved to be the fishing smack Vulture, of Brixham, which had been abandoned. She was taken in tow and brought into Tenby Roadstead late in the afternoon, and it was intended to bring her into harbour with the tide. All her canvas had been blown away and her bulwarks gone. The crew of this vessel were picked up off the Smalls and landed at Milford on Tuesday last by the steamer Lark, of Hull. 


From Evening Express of Saturday 2nd March 1895:



            The steam trawler Lark, belonging to Messrs. Neale and West, of Cardiff, has been under- going considerable repairs, in connection with Lloyd's survey. The firm who are doing the work appear to have some men in their employ who do not belong to the Boilermakers' Union. The boat was recently visited by some of the officials of the Union, and complaints made about not having Union men. The engineering firm persisted in employing what men they chose, without regard to their being Union men or otherwise. Mr. F. A. Fox, the district official, then saw Mr. Neale, one of the owners, and pointed out to him that the Society of Boilermakers were very powerful, and instanced a large firm of ship repairers, whom they had forced to conform to their orders. Mr. Neale told Mr. Fox that he would employ whoever he chose, so long as they did their work properly, and he would not allow any men working for them to be coerced by any society. He further insisted on his right to employ whoever he liked. Mr. Fox then withdrew, stating that "he would make them sit up."


From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph, Wednesday 3rd April 1895:

LOSS OF THE "LAUREL". ― The steam trawler "Laurel", belonging to Mr. W. Wolfe, whilst fishing off the Saltees Islands  on Sunday afternoon, filled and sank, owing, it is believed, to the stern tube giving out.  The crew took to the boat, and was picked up by the steam trawler "Lark", who landed them at Waterford.  They returned to Milford on Tuesday.

[But see the conflicting account from The Belfast News Letter on the LAUREL's page.]


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 to penalty of £5 for the first offence and the forfeiture of the nets.

    Evidence in support of the charges was given by Captain MíCauley, of the Helga.

    The next case was against Robert Syre, skipper of the steam trawler Lark.

    Captain MíCauley deposed that on the 18th of December he observed the defendantís 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.



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