Official No:  106713   Port and Year:  Hull, 1896 (H332)

                                                                 Cardiff, 1904 (CF11)

Description: Iron side trawler, steam, coal fired, single screw. Ketch rigged.

Crew: 9 men (1896).

Built: 1896, by Cochrane & Cooper, Beverley. (Yard no. 156)

Tonnage: 187 grt  73 net.

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 112.3  / 21.2 / 11.3

Engine: T.3-Cyl., 60 nhp 10.5  kts; by Charles D. Holmes, Hull



As H332
19 Aug 1896: E. J. Williams & Co., Hull

Manager: Edward J. Williams, 281 South Boulevard, Hull.

31 Oct 1900:  Joshua Neale & Henry West, Cardiff.

Manager: Henry West, Hope St., Cardiff.

27 Oct 1904: As CF11.


1911: Toyo Hogei Kabushika Kaisha, Osaka. (The Oriental Whaling Co., Ltd.) 


Landed at Milford: 18 Dec 1904; 18 Oct - 27 Nov 1905; 3 Mar - 24 Aug 1906; 13 Feb 1907.

Skippers: Fred Hardisty (1904-05); John Johnson (1906-07)


Lucania was an ancient district of southern Italy, extending from the Tyrrhenian Sea to the Gulf of Taranto. (Wikipedia.)

12 Oct 1897: Landed 200 boxes of plaice from Iceland waters at Aberdeen. [Aberdeen Weekly Journal, 18 October 1897.]

26 Feb 1913: Foundered off Osezaki, Hizen.

[From Cochrane Shipbuilders Vol 1: 1884 -1914. 2012.]

Accidents and Incidents

From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 20th January 1904:


   Tidings were received at Milford on Sunday to the effect that a fireman named Henry Joy, whose home is in Robert Street, Milford, but who at the time was engaged on one of Messrs Neale & West trawlers, the "Lucania" of Cardiff,  has been washed overboard in the Bay of Biscay. This case is a particularly sad one, as the deceased leaves a wife and four children.



From the Cardiff Times of Saturday 12th August 1905:


Cardiff Decision Overruled.

    On Tuesday the case of the steam trawler Lucania, of Hull, v. the s.s. Broomfield, of Whitby, came before Sir Gorrell Barnes and Mr Justice Bargrave Deane in the Admiralty Court on an appeal of defendants against a judgment of the Cardiff County Court Judge. The action arose out of a collision between the two vessels In the Bristol Channel near the Bull Lightship on September 7th last. The trawler, bound for Cardiff with fish, was at the time lying practically stationary in the water waiting for the tide, and the County Court judge pronounced the Broomfield, which was outward bound from Barry, alone to blame for the collision for not taking steps in due time to avoid the trawler. Their Lordships now hold that the vessels were on crossing courses, and that the trawler was alone to blame for not keeping cut of the way of the Broomfield, which properly kept her course. The appeal was accordingly allowed, and judgement entered with defendants with coats.



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 13th April 1906:

Capt. Johnson, skipper of the s.s. Lucania, owned by Messrs Neale & West, of Cardiff, put into Ferrol last week, and was unable to proceed by ship, owing to indisposition. Whilst there he was taken much worse, and his condition became critical. The Government gun boat Hogarth [ sic ] called at Ferrol, and conveyed him to Plymouth, and friends from Milford have gone to meet the arrival of the ship. Capt. Johnston has been far from well for some time.

From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 18th April 1906:


SKIPPER'S TRAGIC DEATH. ― On Friday week last tidings were received that Captain Johnson of the steam trawler "Lucania", belonging to Messrs. Neale & West, Cardiff and Milford, had been taken seriously ill on the distant fishing grounds off the Spanish coast and had to be put into Ferrol.  Whilst there his condition became critical and H.M. gun boat "Hogarth" [ sic ] called at the port and took him on board and conveyed him to Plymouth.  Relatives from Milford thereupon left for that place to meet the arrival of the vessel.  On Saturday morning the sad intelligence arrived that death had intervened and relieved the patient of his sufferings.  The deceased, who had been in Milford a number of years, had been in poor health for a long time past, but was possessed of bright spirits which enabled him to continue his vocation.  He leaves a widow and six small children with whom profound sympathy is felt in their terrible bereavement. ― The funeral took place on Monday.


[ Note:  There has never been an HMS HOGARTH in the Royal Navy.  The Cressy Class armoured cruiser HMS HOGUE, returning from the China station, arrived at Ferrol at 2.11 p.m. on Saturday 7th April 1906, and left at 3.30 p.m. on Monday 9th April, arriving at Plymouth Sound on Wednesday 11th April. (PRO ADM 53/21988) ]


From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 20th April 1906:

DEATH OF A LOCAL SKIPPER.—As reported in our last issue Capt. Johnston [sic], late of the steam trawler "Lucania" was conveyed from Ferrol to Plymouth in a critical condition. We regret to announce that on Good Friday, at the South Devon and East Cornwall Hospital at Plymouth, Captain Johnson succumbed as the result of heart failure. The remains were interred at Plymouth Cemetery on Easter Monday, the mourners being Mr Johnson, of Nottingham (brother), and Mr George Leesing, of Milford Haven (brother-in- law). Great sympathy is expressed with the bereaved widow and six children, who are residents at Milford Haven.


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