Wrecked on Rossall Beach, Fleetwood


Official No:    128753    Port Number and Year: 7th in Milford 1911

                                                                                    -   in Fleetwood, 1919 (FD170)

                                                                                    -   in Ostend, 1926 (O.177)

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

Crew: 9 men (1911).

Registered at Milford: 26 May 1911

Built: Smith's Dock Co Ltd, Middlesborough , 1911.  (Yard no. 466)

Tonnage: 219.69 gross 84.82 net 

Length / breadth / depth (feet):  116.6 (31 May 1911: 117.4) / 21.6 / 13.17

Engine: T.3-cyl. 70.6 nhp.  10 kts. 1911, by Shields Engineering, North Shields.



26 May 1911:  Thomas George Hancock, 23 St Anne's Rd., Hakin (32/64)

John Davies Harries, Hamilton Tce., Milford. (32/64)

Managing owner: Thomas G. Hancock.


17 Apr 1918: Henry Carl Smethurst   )                  

John Wintringham Smethurst              )                 Joint owners, each 16/64, all of

William Wintringham Smethurst        )  Fish Dock Rd., Great Grimsby, in the County of Lincoln.

William Hollingsworth Johnston         )  

Managing owner: John W. Smethurst.               


As FD170

20 May 1919: Hesketh Steam Trawling, Orient Buildings, Station Rd., Fleetwood.

Manager: Joseph A. Taylor.


30 Dec 1924: George J. Ward & Frederick Swann (Seafield Trawling Co.), Lytham.

Manager: William J. Morley, 1 Preston St., Fleetwood.



Aug 1926:  Cie. Belg. de Pêcheries Maritimes, Ostend.


Pre. 1929: Soc. Anon. Pêcheries à Vapeur, Ostende


[Information thanks to The Bosun's Watch website.]

Landed at Milford:  As M76: 9 Jun 1911 - 3 Aug 1914.


Thomas Salter cert. 5349, age 34, born Exeter, residing Wellington Rd., Hakin; signed on 1 Jul 1911

James Daniel Bryant 8257, 29, Lowestoft, 2 Gwili Rd., Hakin; 2 Aug 1911; 1 Jan, 1 Jul 1912

Robert Hooper 7764, 28, Hull, St.Anne's Rd., Hakin; 23 Dec 1912; 6 Jan 1913.

Notes: Marloes is a village 7 miles west of Milford and inland of the south coast of St. Brides Bay. The name is from Old Welsh "bare moor"; the local pronunciation is <marlas>.

Aug 1914: Requisitioned for war service and converted to a minesweeper (Admy.No.15).

1919: Returned to owners.

2 Oct 1929: As COMMANDANT BULTINCK, wrecked on Rossall Beach, Fleetwood, when homeward bound in a gale from fishing off the Isle of Man. Three of the Belgian crew members were lost attempting to go ashore for help. The vessel was broken up in situ.

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 20 May 1919. Vessel transferred to the port of Fleetwood.

 Accidents and Incidents:


From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 31st May 1911:



    There has for some time been a suspension in the addition of new trawlers to the port.  Indeed for some months past matters have been moving in the opposite direction and several vessels have been sold, chiefly to foreign owners, ...... However, this week has seen the arrival of two new vessels of a modern type.  On Thursday the "Gwenllian", built by the Smiths Dock Trust, at South Bank, for Mr. M. W. Howell, landed her maiden catch, which grossed £125 with markets down.  She was brought round by Captain G. Nicholls and her skipper will be Captain H. Hewer.  On Monday afternoon the "Marloes" from the same firm, to the order of Messrs. Hancock and Harries, arrived.  Her skipper is Captain Tom Salter.  Unfortunately, on her first voyage she met with a mishap to the engines and had to put up with a small trip.



From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 31st May 1911:






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 had 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.



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