Official No: 98834 Port and Year: 9th in Bristol, 1892
Description: Iron side / beam trawler; steam screw, coal burning. Ketch rigged.
Crew: 8 men (1895).
Built: 1892, by Sir R. Dixon & Co., Middlesborough. (Yard no. 375)
Tonnage: 140 grt 49 net
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 100.5 / 20.4 / 10.7
Engine: C 2-Cyl. 46 rhp., by North East Marine Engineering Co., Sunderland.
Sep 1892: The Western Steam Trawling Co. Ltd., Shannon Court, Bristol.
Manager: Frederick Joseph Sellick, 'Marine Villa', Murray Cres., Milford.
Landed at Milford: 9 Dec 1892 - 20 Nov 1895
Skippers: 1892: Raycroft
1893: Thomas; Kingston
1894 - 95: Thomas
Notes: 22 Nov 1895: Struck the Saltees, Co. Wexford, and foundered
Accidents and Incidents
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 8th June 1894:
SUDDEN DEATH AT SEA.― An inquest was held at the Heart of Oak, Hakin, on Tuesday afternoon, before Mr J. Price, district coroner, touching the death of Henry Harner, fourth hand on the steam trawler "Monmouth", who died on Sunday morning.
According to the evidence of William Thomas , the skipper, the deceased, who was a married man, joined the vessel in March. The vessel left Plymouth on Sunday morning week, and proceeded to the Bay of Biscay, where she fished up to Saturday afternoon. The deceased appeared in his usual health, and performed his duties up to Tuesday night when he complained of a cold and went to bed. He gradually got worse, taking nothing but bread and milk and a little brandy. On Saturday morning, the deceased became delirious, and it was decided to run into Brest so that a doctor might see him, but a thick fog arose and prevented them, and they at once steamed for Milford, arriving about twelve noon on Monday. On Sunday morning at around nine o'clock, deceased got up and went on deck, where he remained for about twenty minutes, but on being requested by the skipper to go below, did so, the poor fellow expiring between twelve and one that morning, when the vessel was about twelve miles north east of Ushant. In reply to the coroner the skipper stated that everything possible was done for the deceased, and one of the crew was always with him during his short illness.
Samuel Hooper, mate, and James Boylett, boatswain, gave similar evidence.
Doctor W. Griffiths deposed to making a post mortem examination on the deceased; death was due to inflammation on the lungs.
A verdict in accordance with the medical testimony was returned.
The skipper of the vessel collected £5 towards the cost of the funeral expenses, and the coroner/the jury, and Mr Bough, landlord of the Heart of Oak, contributed their fees.
From The Scotsman of Saturday 23rd November 1895:
The steam trawler MONMOUTH of Bristol has sunk off the south end of Saltee Island, near Wexford.
From The Scotsman of Monday 25th November 1895:
GALE IN THE SOUTH
The crew of the steam trawler Monmouth, which sank near Wexford, were landed at Milford last night.
From B.T. and R. Larn (2002): Shipwreck Index of Ireland
Co.Wexford, Gt. Saltee Island 52.06N 06.36W.
Voyage: Milford Haven - Fishing grounds
Stranded and lost while fishing in wind conditions S force 1 with fog.
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