Official No:  128743    Port Number and Year:  12th in Milford, 1908

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

Crew: 9 men (1908); 10 men (1915).

Registered: 23 Dec 1908

Built: 1908 by John Duthie (Torry) Shipbuilding Co.,  Aberdeen.  (Yard no. 331)

Tonnage: 243.98 grt  93.26 net.

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 120.3 / 22.15 / 12.2

Engine: T 3-Cyl. 54 nhp. 10¾ kts.  Engine and boiler: James Abernethy & Co., Aberdeen



23 Dec 1908: Stanley Arthur Laycock, "Lyndhurst", Waterloo Rd., Hakin.

Managing owner.


Landed at Milford:  30 Dec 1908 - 30 Jul 1914


Peter Ebbesen cert. 01864, age 40, born Horsen, Denmark, residing Warwick Rd., Milford; signed on 19 Dec 1908

William Nightingale 4765, 39, Scarborough, Priory Rd., Milford; 1 Jan, 9 Jul 1909; 4 Jan 1910

John H. Pettit 7106, 27, Hull, 47 Dewsland St., Milford; 22 Feb, 9 Jul 1910

E. Wilkinson 4198, 41, Hull; 1 Sep 1910

William Henry Bevan 6927, 35, Milford, Brooke Ave., Milford; 11 Oct 1910; 18 Jan 1912; 30 May 1913.

James Daniel Bryant 8257, 27, Lowestoft; -, -; 10 Feb 1911

Benjamin Richards 4775, 38, Tenby, Park Place, Tenby; 7 Jun, 12 Jul 1912

Edward Gibbs 7184, 34, Gorleston, 51 St. Ann's Rd., Hakin; 21 Dec 1912; 3 Jan 1913; 9 Feb 1914.


The Lydian is the fourth of the seven musical modes.

Aug 1915: Requisitioned by Admiralty (No.162), and converted to an armed patrol vessel.

18 Sep 1915: Mined off the South Foreland. Mines laid by UC-6 (Kapitänleutnant Matthias Graf von Schmettow). Skipper James Charles Phillips and 7 ratings lost; 2 survivors.

Cert. Cancelled & Registry Closed: 14 Dec 1915

 Accidents and Incidents

Log book entries:



160 miles W by S of St Ann's head.

Stern gland broken - over heating

    William Nightingale (Skipper)



65 miles SW of St Ann's Head

Twisted stern - cause - collision with CF37, a steam trawler

    Ben Richards (Skipper)

    A. T. Clarke (Second Hand 6332)



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 25th November 1910:


    The steam trawler "Lydian" landed a catch of Morocco fish on Wednesday morning which realised £507. She had been out for three weeks. Morocco hake realised 26s. per kit.



From the Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 23rd October 1912:


    When the steam trawler 'Lydian' arrived in dock on Monday morning, the skipper, Dan Richards, was brought ashore suffering from severe injuries.  More than a week ago he had been badly burnt about the head and face as a result of an explosion of the acetylene gas, and resolutely sticking to his post, he decided to put back to port when the injuries did not respond to treatment.  The skipper's home is in Tenby, where he went by the first available train.



From the Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 5th August 1914:



    Yesterday (Tuesday) there were several more Naval Reserve men entraining for their depots at Portsmouth, Devonport and Chatham. The steam trawlers taken over for the mine sweeping service up to Tuesday evening were— Abelard, Falmouth, Cleopatra, Albion, Marloes, Lydian, with the Marion and Cyelse preparing. The local men for this service are not arriving from sea quick enough to man the vessels, so crews from other ports are being drafted, two batches from Hull arrived yesterday, and a large crowd lined the wall in Hamilton Terrace to watch some of the trawlers leaving the Docks. Was it for the last time? Five little French lobster fishing boats are anchored off Milford, the men of which are liable for service in France, but seem very contented where they are.



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