Official No: 120683 Port and Year: 43rd in London, 1906
Description: Steel side trawler; coal fired, steam screw. Ketch rigged.
Crew: 10 men (1906).
Built: by Smith's Dock Co., North Shields, in 1906 (Yard no. 788)
Tonnage: 256 grt 82 net (1906); 98 net (1 Jan 1914).
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 125.7 / 22.1 / 12.0
Engine: T.3-Cyl; 75 rhp; by Shields Engineering Co., North Shields
Mar 1906: Mrs. Marion L. Ryde, Pickhurst, Cheddingfold, Godalming.
Manager: Crawford Heron, South Dock, Swansea.
30 Nov 1912: George H. D. Birt, Docks, Milford.
30 Jul 1917: The Croston Steam Trawling Co. Ltd., London St., Fleetwood.
Manager: Ernest Taylor. [Same address.]
Landed at Milford: 28 Nov 1912 - 27 Jul 1914
Skippers: T. E. Hooper (1913)
Aug 1914: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-3pdr) (Ad.No.20).
Jun 1915: At Sheerness.
14 Aug 1915: Sailed for Mediterranean.
23 Feb 1918: Mined off Malta. During minesweeping operations struck mine about midday and sank in approximate position 35.45N 14.24E. Six lives lost. (Minefield was laid on 30 Jan 1918 by U.boat (UC25), beginning at 35°44.9′N, 14°24.6′E and running north with mines at 75 yards intervals. 18 mines total).
10 Mar 1919: London registry closed.
[ Thanks to the The Bosun's Watch and Fleetwood Maritime Heritage Trust. ]
Accidents and Incidents
From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 27th November 1912:
We are pleased to learn that a new steam trawler is being added to the local Milford fishing fleet. In these days of gloom occasioned by the departure of boats to other ports, it is refreshing to welcome a new arrival. The steam trawler "Marion", of the port of Swansea, has been acquired by Mr. G. H. D. Birt, and will land her next voyage at her new port of Milford.
From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 5th August 1914:
BUSY SCENES AT MILFORD HAVEN
HUNDREDS OF MEN AFFECTED.
On Sunday the order was given out for the mobilisation of the Naval Reserve (trawler section) of whom there are about 150 men in the port, including skippers, mates, deck hands, engineers, etc. A naval officer was busy all day serving notices on all the men in from sea. This was not all, for orders were given for the handing over to the Admiralty of certain steam trawlers for the mine sweeping service, the vessels to be manned. The stream trawler Abelard was stripped of her gear and prepared at once, leaving the port on Sunday afternoon. The Falmouth was obliged to discharge her fish at eleven o'clock on Sunday night, and left on Monday morning. The destination of the trawlers is said to be Dover, but it is probable that they sail under sealed orders.
The Cleopatra and Marloes were getting ready on Monday, and the number of ships likely to be commissioned is 16 to 20. The effect of this upon the trade of the port will be demoralising, and evidence of this was seen on Monday when only two bad come into dock, three others were prevented coming up till morning and had to land at the Market Stage, this causing a great delay to the Market. The prospects are gloomy. There are a large number of Naval Reserve men in the town, and these have all been called up. It was an unusual sight to see men of all sections in full uniform leaving, some in the trawlers and others with kit bags by train.
The town and Haven continues to be the scene of much animation.
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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