As KY601

Kindly supplied by Bill Blow

Official No:    107035  Port Number and Year:  5th in Kirkcaldy, 1897 (KY601)

                                                                                 6th in Milford, 1904 (M7)

                                                                                    -  in North Shields, 1913 (SN229)

Description: Wood liner; steam screw; coal burner. Ketch rigged: foresail, mainsail and mizzen. 

Crew: 9 men (1904).

Registered at Milford: 18 Jul 1904

Built: St. Monance, Fife, 1897

Tonnage: 85.29 gross 30 net 

Length / breadth / depth (feet):  87.3 / 19.3 / 9.6 

Engine: C.2-cyl; 32 hp; by Tweedy Bros., N. Shields.



As KY601

1897: St.Monance Steam Fishing Co., East End, St. Monance, Fife.

Manager: James N. Miller, Shore St., St. Monance.


29 Nov 1901: North Shields owner?


18 Jul 1904: Ernest Kinnard, Docks, Milford.

Managing owner.

18 Jul 1904: As M7


10 May 1910:  Alexander Melrose, 4 Horsley Tce., Tynemouth.

Managing owner.


As SN229

5 May 1913: Kinnear & Co., Fish Quay, North Shields.

Manager: Thomas Melrose, 4 Horsley Tce., Tynemouth.


[ Additional information supplied by and Olsens 1915. ]

Landed at Milford: 3 Dec 1901 - 14 May 1910.


Matthew Nicholas, cert. no. 6684, age 38, born Sennen, Cornwall; residing 'Cliff House', Dale; signed on  3 Dec 1901 - 1903; 22 Jan, 18 Jul 1904; 23 Jan, 20 Jul 1905; 15 Jan 1906; 3 May, 7 Jul 1906; 18 Jan, 30 Jul 1908; 5 Jan, 29 Jul 1909; 14 Jan 1910.

W. Taylor 6698, 32, Milford; 7 Mar 1906

Robert Harris, 01891; 10 Aug 1910

George Johnson, 8 May 1912 (North Shields).


Newark Castle is a 15th century castle, in the townscape of Port Glasgow.

1 Jan - 3 May 1912: Laid up at North Shields.

6 Jul 1916: Sunk by bomb placed by German U-boat, 23 miles SE of the Tyne.  No lives lost.

[Eight articles in local newspapers below.]

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 21 Apr 1913.  Vessel transferred to the port of North Shields.

 Accidents and Incidents:

Log book entries:



Bardsey Sound

Rod of circulating pump broke, cause unknown.

    Matthew Nicholas (Skipper)



When 2 miles SE of the Maidens North Coast, one of the crank shafts became strained.  Put into Belfast where repairs were effected.

    Matthew Nicholas (Skipper)



M. Nicholas, age 41, Skipper; born Sennen, Cornwall, residing Milford.

Vessel gave a heavy lurch and threw him against lee rail.  Several ribs broken.

    G. Sturley (Second Hand)


[ See local newspaper story below. ]



From the Aberystwyth Observer of Thursday 11th December 1902:




    The schooner Dreadnought, of Aberystwyth, bound from Portmadoc to Southampton with slates, sprang a leak and foundered about five miles north-east from Skomer Island, off the Pembrokeshire coast, on Thursday. Captain Thomas and his crew of three took to the boat, and were shortly afterwards picked up by the steam liner Newark Castle, which landed them at Milford Haven the same night, when they were immediately taken care of by the local honorary agent of the Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners' Society, Mr G. S. Kelway.  Captain Thomas arrived at home on Friday evening. 



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 12th December 1902:



DEATH FROM LOCKJAW.— Mrs Nicholas, wife of James Nicholas, a fisherman on the "Newark Castle," was seized with lock-jaw on Tuesday of last week and succumbed on Saturday night. She leaves one child. The interment took place at the cemetery from her late residence in Hill Street, Hakin.



From the Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 7th March 1906:


    On Monday night the steam trawler "Newark Castle" came in from sea with the skipper J. Nicholas seriously injured.  It appears that a heavy sea caught the vessel and she gave a lurch from starboard to port which threw the skipper heavily against the bulwark rail.  It was thought a couple of ribs were broken.  On arrival in dock, Dr. W. S. Griffith was sent for, and it was discovered that the ribs were severely bruised, and he ordered his removal.  Later in the day, the man, whose home is at Dale, was taken on a stretcher to the house of Mr. F. Holmes, Charles Street.



From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 10th April 1907:


    On Monday, Messrs. Kinnard and Nicholas' steam liner "Newark Castle" (Captain Matthew Nicholas) landed a fine cargo of hooked fish on the market, which at the sale realised the sum of £215.  This is quite an unusual figure for this class of fishing vessel, and creates a record in this respect.



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 10th July 1905:


Tragic Sudden Death.— A sudden death occurred on the Docks on Thursday last.  Mr. John Insole who was employed by Messrs. Kinnard, Bros., "to watch the Newark Castle," was asked about 11.30 p.m. to lend a hand to do some work on another trawler, and in doing so, he was seen to fall on the Quay wall. It was at first thought the man was in a fit, but Dr. W. S. Griffith, who was quickly on the scene, pronounced life extinct The deceased man resided at Milford many years, and had a large family dependent upon him. His age was said to be 50.



From The Carnarvon and Denbigh Herald of Friday 25th December 1908:


HARBOUR OF REFUGE.—On Saturday, the steam liner "Newark Castle" (Captain Matthew Nicholas) put into Holyhead Harbour of Refuge.



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 13th May 1910:



    We have heard that the "Newark Castle," a steam liner, owned by Messrs. Kinnard [ sic ] & Co., is about to be sold.



From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 12th July 1916:



    Amongst the fishing vessels sunk in the North Sea was the old "Newark Castle." This vessel was for some years owned by Messrs. Kinnard Co. and worked out of this port as a liner. She was sold to Shields owners and has been fishing in the North Sea for some years now. The steam trawler "Petunia" was also sunk in the North Sea. She was formerly owned by Sellick, Morley and Price, Milford Haven.




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