Official No:  109077    Port and Year:    78th in Hull, 1898. (H427)

                                                                       -    in Swansea, 1906. (SA64?)

                                                                       -    in Grimsby, 1906. (GY203)

Description: Iron side trawler; steam screw, coal burning.   Ketch rigged.

Crew:  9 men (1898).

Built: 1898, by Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Hull.  (Yard no. 212 )

Tonnage: 168 grt 60 net  (1914: 66 net.)

Length / breadth / depth (feet):  110.0  / 20.7 / 11.0

Engine: T 3-Cyl. 50 nhp.; Charles D. Holmes & Co., Hull



As H427

24 Oct 1898: The Castle Steam Trawlers (Thomas J. Oswald), 3 Lothbury, City, London.

Manager: George H. D. Birt, 'The Priory', Milford.


As SA64 ?

14 Aug 1906: Castle Steam Trawlers, Swansea.

Manager: Crawford Heron.


As GY203

1 Nov 1906: William Richmond, 29 Eleanor St., Grimsby.

Managing owner.


Landed at Milford: 14 Nov 1898 - 20 Jul 1904


1898: Kingston

1899: Kingston; Scott

1900-02: Kingston

1902: Nightingale

1903: Kingston; Hardisty; Gray; Screech

1904: Screech; Jones; Barnes; Cobley; William Aldridge


Narberth Castle is a ruined Norman fortress in the Pembrokeshire village of that name.

6 Apr 1917: Captured by UC-27 (Oberleutnant zur See Gerhard Schulz)  30 miles NNW of Dennis Head, and sunk by gunfire.  No loss of life.

Accidents and Incidents

From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 29th March 1899:


COLLISION IN THE DOCKS.—Whilst the steam fishing vessel Narberth Castle, owned by the Castle Steam Trawling Co., Ltd., was leaving Milford Docks on Thursday afternoon, she was by some mistake or other sent full speed astern, and before the engines could be reversed she crashed with terrific force into another vessel of the same company, the Pointz Castle, which was coaling alongside the quay wall. Several rail plates on the starboard side amidships of the Pointz Castle were cut away, and the vessel otherwise damaged above water.



From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 18th December 1901:


        On Saturday afternoon the steam trawler "Narberth Castle", Captain Kingston of Milford, which had left the port whilst proceeding to sea, sighted a steamer in distress about 30 or 40 miles off St Ann's Head, and on reaching her found her to be the coasting steam ship "Viking" of Chester.

    The crew of the "Viking" were in imminent peril, for the water was washing the decks when the boat from the trawler arrived on the scene and rescued them.  It appears something went wrong with the engines, she became unmanageable and sprang a leak, and had not the "Narberth Castle" come along at the right time the fate of the poor men would have been sealed.

    After having the crew of seven men safely aboard his vessel, Captain Kingston immediately returned with them to Milford, where their needs were attended to by Mr G. S. Kelway, the agent of the Shipwrecked Mariners Society.



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 7th November 1902:




    MILFORD VESSEL IN COLLISION.—On Monday morning last the "Narberth Castle", a trawler owned by the Castle Steam Trawling Company of Milford was running for Milford Haven with fish, and when off the Smalls Lighthouse she collided with the schooner "Kate", of New Ross, Ireland, bound with a cargo of coal for New Ross from Cardiff. The bowsprit of the schooner was carried away, and the bulwarks damaged, but no one was injured. Capt. Kingston of the "Narberth Castle" put out a hawser, took the schooner in tow, and brought her safely into Milford Dock, where her damages are being repaired. The "Kate" carried a crew of five.



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 10th June 1904:




 MISHAPS. — On Wednesday morning the steam trawler Jeanie [sic], of Milford, was steaming up the docks to get to the fish market when her intermediate shaft broke. A few days ago the Narberth Castle was going out of the docks to go to sea when the engine refused to answer to the telegraph full speed ahead.  In consequence, she collided with the steam trawler Escallonia, with the result that her bulwarks on the starboard side were damaged.



Transcription of a letter in the Les Jones Archive:

Castle SteamTrawlers Ltd.,

South Docks, Swansea.

August  23rd, 1904.

The Superintendent,

Board of Trade,





    The pencil marks on our log book were caused by not having a pen and ink aboard, but I will look out it

does not occur again, and the mutilations was caused by rats before I joined the ship, and I reported it at

Milford Haven Custom House at the time.


Yours truly,

William Aldridge.

(Skipper of "Narberth Castle") .




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