Official No:  112459   Port Number and Year:  1st in Milford, 1901

Description: Steel side/beam liner/trawler; steam screw, coal burning. Nets and lines. Ketch rigged: mainsail, mizzen.

Crew:  5 men, 2 boys (1901). [Register as stated; but newspaper article below stated a crew of 4.]

Registered at Milford: 22 Jan 1901

Built: 1900?

Tonnage: 30 grt  10.91 net.

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 55.5 / - /  -




22 Jan 1901: George Stewart Kelway, Hakin & C. A. Purdy, Hakin


Landed at Milford:  6 Jan - 9 Jul 1901

Skippers: P. Hancock; G. Johnson


Lord Roberts, Frederick Sleigh, first Earl Roberts (18321914), army officer; perhaps the ablest field commander since Wellington in Afghanistan, India and South African.  [Oxford DNB]

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 25 Jul 1901. Cancelled.  Vessel foundered off Milford Haven on 10th July 1901.

 Accidents and Incidents

From Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 17th July 1901:



    The liner reported as having foundered off St. Ann's, Milford Haven, turns out to be the fishing liner Lord Roberts, of Milford, owned by Mr G. S. Kelway. The Lord Roberts, which carried a crew of four men, was towing the Danish barquentine Freya to Llanelly. The steering gear went out of order, and she drifted across the barquentine. when the anchor of the latter holed the Lord Roberts, which sank within half an hour. The crew succeeded in getting to land.



From R. &. B. Larn (2000): Shipwreck Index of the British Isles - West Coast and Wales:


LORD ROBERTS                10/07/1901


Pembrokeshire, Milford Haven, off Thorn Island buoy.    51.41.30N  05.06.45W


Foundered and lost following collision off Thorn Island buoy in wind conditions N force 2.




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