Official No:  121612    Port Number and Year: 9th in Milford, 1906. M199

                                                                                   -  in Cadiz, 1911.

                                                                                   -  in Arcachon, c.1930. ARC ?

Description: Steel side / beam trawler; steam screw, coal burning. Ketch rigged: foresail, mainsail, mizzen.

Crew:  9 men (1906)

Registered at Milford: 15 Dec 1906 

Built: 1906 by Ardrossan Dry Dock & Ship Building Co.  (Yard no. 209)

Tonnage: 212.9 grt  56.24 net

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 120.4 / 21.7 / 11.55

Engine: T 3-cyl. 68 nhp.;  by Alan Anderson & Co., Glasgow.



15 Dec 1906:  John Pettit,  22 Dartmouth St., Milford.  (Managing owner.)

John Henry Coram, Neyland. (Died 2nd February 1908 - see newspaper article below.)


17 Oct 1910: Percy Rickward, Barton, Lincs.

Managing owner.



1911: R. de Corranza, Cadiz, Spain.



By 1930: Soc. Anon. des Pêcheries Cameleyre Frères, Arcachon.


1938: Damart & Honhon, Boulogne.


Landed at Milford:  19 Dec 1906 - 5 Mar 1909. [ Thereafter landing at Neyland. ]


G. Hanlon cert. 6195; age 34, born Hull, residing 25 Warwick Rd., Milford; signed on 22 Dec 1906; 8 Jan 1907

Peter Ebbeson 01864, 40, Denmark; 15 Mar 1907

G. Foster 5561, 38, Scarborough; 7 Jun 1907

John H. Pettit 7106, 25, Hull; 18 Jun, 10 Jul 1907; 4 Mar 1908

Charles Isaac Wildridge 1847, 42, Hull, 79 Robert St., Milford; 26 Oct 1907; 2 Jan 1908

Robert Major Limbrick 7616, 48, London, 14 Upper Hill St., Hakin; 16 Jul 1908; 29 Nov 1910

William Grieves Payne 2972, 40, Scarborough, 188 Robert St., Milford; 21 Sep 1908; 11 Feb 1909

Charles Webb 3292, 40, London; 15 Apr 1909

C. Thomas 8623, 24, Neyland, 'Laburnham House', Hazel Bank, Neyland; 27 Jun, 9 Jul 1909

A. Symons 5417, 38, Plymouth; 19 Oct 1909


Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 23 Dec 1910. Vessel sold to Spanish owners.

[See newspaper report below.]

 Accidents and Incidents

Log book entries:



While entering Oporto, in charge of the Pilot, the vessel stuck on the bar.  No damage as far as known.

    Peter Ebbesen



While 121 miles W by S from St Ann's head, Milford Haven, on board the steam trawler Neyland on the 31st August 1908, during a gale of wind, shipped a heavy sea, breaking the main steam pipe of the winch, carried away mizzen and parted warps.

    Robert Major Limbrick (Skipper)

    W. G. Payne (Mate)



At sea

George Henry Mason, age 49, Third hand; British, born Hull, residing Neyland.

Fractured leg - caused while hauling trawl.

    C. Thomas (Skipper)

    Charles Webb (Witness)



Whilst steaming to Market on arrival in Haven, I saw a vessel flying distress signal.  I immediately went towards him and asked if he wanted assistance. He answered yes.  I found it was the ketch 'Excellence' of Wexford.  I took him in tow with my hawser and towed him to Neyland.  All safe.

    A. Symons (Skipper)

    G. Goodridge (Second Hand 8453)



30 miles S of Scillies.

L. Lewis, age 29, Deck Hand; Welsh, born Tenby, residing Tenby.

Hauled over whilst hauling the trawl at 12.15 p.m.  Hauled with the trawl - we had a lot of dogfish and whilst slinging the net a sea struck us and dragged him over.

    A. Symons (Skipper)

    G. Goodridge (Second Hand 8453)



Memorandum dated "3rd Jany 1907":


From the

United Kingdom Steam Tug and Trawler Insurance and Indemnity Association,

Imperial Chambers

81 Tyne Street

North Shields

N. P. Fenwick, Secretary


To John Pettit Esqre.

Milford Haven


Dear Sir,

" N E Y L A N D "

    In reply to your favor [ sic ] of yesterday I have pleasure in granting you permission for this vessel to navigate as far South as Latitude 20" [ sic ] N & as far West as Longitude 26" W.  This covers the Morocco Coast and Azores.

Yours faithfully

[ sgd. ] N. P. Fenwick.



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 21st December 1906:


    The new steam trawler Neyland built at Ardrosson to the Messrs J. H. Coram and J. Pettit has arrived, and will start fishing operations in a few days. She is 120 feet in length, and fitted with all the latest improvements.



From The Pembroke County Guardian and Cardigan Reporter of Friday 28th December 1906:



    There was great excitement at Neyland on the 19th inst. when it became known that the new steam trawler Neyland had paid a visit direct from the builders. And, seeing that, of late, steam ships there are becoming a rarity, and the fond dreams of the inhabitants that a new Neyland will spring Phoenix-like from the ashes of the old town when the fishing industry will be established, much interest was centred in the new boat. We gather that this latest addition to the Milford fishing fleet was built by the Ardrossan Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Company on the Clyde, and she certainly is a credit to her designer and builders. She is 132 feet 6 inches in length over all, with a beam of 22 feet. She was engined by Allen, Anderson and Co., of Glasgow, and her boilers were provided, by Ewing and Lawson of the same town. Her horse-power is 70, and she can maintain an average speed of ten knots. We understand that she is owned by Mr. John Pettit and Mr. J. H. Coram in equal shares. The vessel started on her maiden trip on Saturday, the 22nd, and all Neylanders are hoping that it will be a most successful one. The skipper's name is Mr. George Hanlon, and engineer, Mr. James Wilkinson. Mr. John Pettit (who will manage her) and Mr. Emlyn Coram were on board on her voyage round from Ardrossan, and both speak very highly of her behaviour at sea. Leaving the builders' premises at eleven a.m. on Tuesday, she arrived at Milford at two p.m. on Wednesday last.

    It is very gratifying to the people of Neyland and Milford to see men like Mr. Coram encouraging this wonderful industry, and for that reason alone, in order that it might encourage other men of wealth in the county, we wish the new ship every success.



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 1st February 1907:


Reckless Seamanship.


        At the Milford Haven Petty Sessions on Wednesday, before Dr. Griffith and other magistrates, George Hanlon, the master of the steam trawler Neyland was charged with a breach of the Docks bye laws.

        Captain James said that on January 11th the trawler Neyland was in the dock. The man in charge of the pier head was trying to get four vessels into the dock. The Neyland attempted to come out, and the skipper was told to keep back. He, however, disregarded the instructions, and steamed out of the dock.

        The Chairman: Was there any danger to the other vessels?

        Captain James: We charge him with disobeying our orders. There were only four vessels waiting to get in. There might have been 150, and then there would have been a general smash up.

        The defendant, who was stated to be away at sea, was fined £2 and costs.



From The Pembroke County Guardian and Cardigan Reporter of Friday 29th May 1908:


Will of the Late Mr. J. H. Coram.— Mr. John Henry Coram, J.P., of Neyland, of the firm of Coram and Co., who died on February 2nd, left estate of the gross value of £20,492, with net personalty [ sic ] £9,768, and probate of his will, dated October 17th, 1901, with a codicil of July 8th, 1905, has been granted to his widow, Mrs. Emma Coram, Mr. Thomas Baker, of Little Haven, Pembroke, saddler, and Mr. Richard Thomas Propert Williams, of Haverfordwest, solicitor. Testator left £500 to the said Mr. Baker, £250 each to his sons Sidney and Emlyn, his wife, and his daughter Caroline Jackson, and he left his business in trust for his wife during her life, and he gave his son Emlyn the option of the purchase thereof at a valuation. The residue of his estate he left in trust for his wife or life, with remainder to all of his children in equal shares.



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 29th May 1908:






    The Assizes for the County of Pembroke and the Town and County of Haverfordwest were held at the Shire Hall, Haverfordwest, on Tuesday and Wednesday, before Lord Justice Coleridge.



    Messrs. Allen, Anderson and Co., Glasgow, brought an action against John Pettit and Co., Milford Haven, upon a bill of exchange for £210, assigned on December 12th, 1906. The defendants admitted the claim, and counter-claimed for £356 19s. Mr. Lewis Richards, barrister (instructed by Messrs. Huntley and Son, London), appeared for the plaintiffs, and Mr. Marlay Samson, barrister (instructed by Messrs. Eaton Evans and Williams, for the defence.)

    Mr. Marlay Samson, for the defence, said the plaintiff sued them for £210 on a bill of exchange, on which they had no defence. ................

    John Pettit said he was the defendant in that action. He was a trawler owner of Milford Haven. He had 35 years experience and 20 years steam trawlers. In December 1905 he entered into a con- tract for a trawler to be built by the Adrossan Co. at a cost of £5,600. Nothing was assigned for the engines. The Adrossan Co. sub-contracted for the supply of engines with Messrs. Allen Anderson and Co.  Witness went to Glasgow in June 1906 to see what kind of engines Messrs. Allen, Anderson and Co. were putting into the vessel. He also went to see about Lockwood and Carlyles patent piston rings being placed in the ship. Mr. Allen agreed to put them in. He received a letter later from Allen stating that they cost £18 2s. 6d. On July 9th, he wrote accepting the offer. The total amount of the extras was £67 2s. 6d. He afterwards paid Messrs. Allen an account which covered the piston rings. He took the vessel over in December. He paid the Ardrossan Shipbuilding Co. £5,000, and left the rest to be paid by two bills of £390 and £210 in six months time. On March 25th the vessel came in on the morning tide. She only brought a catch worth £50. He gave instructions to Mr. Power to see what was wrong with the engines of the vessel. In the afternoon witness saw the broken piston rings in Mr. Power's hands. The rings were sent back to Messrs. Lockwood and Carlyle, Sheffield. He received a telegram the next morning from that firm stating that the piston rings were not of their manufacture, but an imitation. Eventually Lockwood and Carlyles rings were fitted into the high pressure and the middle cylinders. He was claiming damages at the rate of £10 a day. If the ropes were not kept tight the trawl would close up. The engines had, therefore, to made the proper number of revolutions in order to keep the trawl open. .........

     The jury retired for over an hour, and on their return into court the foreman announced that the jury had returned a verdict that there was a contract for the supply of Lockwood and Carlyle piston rings, and that another name was supplied.

    The Judge: What damages?

    The Foreman: We left that to your Lordship.

    The Judge explained that it was the [ duty ] of the jury to assess the amount of damages, and the jury again retired.

    Mr Richards said his friend, Mr. Marlay Samson, and himself would consent to his Lordship assessing the damages.

    His Lordship: I do not wish to usurp the functions of the jury. Besides, it would be easier to upset my decision afterwards than the verdict of the jury. The jury returned again later, and the foreman stated that they had assessed the damage for Mr. Pettit on the counter-claim for £31 13s. 6d. His Lordship gave judgement for the plaintiff on the claim for £210 16s. 4d., with interest up to date, and judgement for the defendant (Pettit) on the counter-claim for £31 13s. 5d., with costs. Mr. Richards asked for stay of execution with a view to an appeal, which was granted.



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 3rd September 1909:



Fishing Industry.- Since Monday, August 23rd, the following boats have come into Neyland and disposed of their catches at the market — the Bush £190, Urania £159, Siluria £117, Slebech £149, Caldy £106, Apley £150, Hero £163, Angle £126, and the Neyland £122. The catches have included several kits of herring, and it is expected that the trawlers will at any time run across the shoal. 



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 29th October 1909:



Overboard.— A man named Lewis, of Tenby, who was a deckhand of the steam trawler Neyland, was on Saturday washed overboard during a heavy sea whilst fishing. A lifebelt was thrown out to the unfortunate man, but owing to the very rough sea he was unable to grasp it. The skipper of the Neyland put in at Penzance, on Saturday, and reported the loss of one man.


From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 5th November 1909:


    News reached Mr. Thomas Lilycrop, fish merchant, Tenby, on Monday morning last week from Mr. Charles Strick, Newlyn, stating that a Tenby man Lewis Lewis, had been drowned from the steam trawler Neyland, off the Bishops, in a rough sea on Saturday last. Lewis was making his first trip for the winter season, and the accident happened whilst the crew were engaged in getting the trawl aboard. He was 29 years of age, and the youngest son of the late Skipper George Lewis, and brother of Mrs. Thos. Goodridge, and Mrs. Blackler, of Tenby.



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 12th November 1909:



    Trawling Company.—The local fishing industry is still in a flourishing condition, the market being well supplied with fish by the influx of smacks and trawlers every day. The catches brought in by the trawlers are excellent, and when sold they realise a large sum of money. On Thursday last the steam trawler "Neyland" landed with a cargo of fish realising £83 12s., and on the same day six fishing smacks discharged splendid catches at the market. On Friday the "Siluria" came into the port and discharged a catch worth £53 6s. 8d., and on the following day the "Urania" arrived with a cargo, when sold, realising £126 19s. 6d., and on the same day two smacks landed cargoes. On Monday the "Caldy" put in at the market and discharged an excellent catch which realised £155 17s. 6d., and on Tuesday the "Slebech" landed another excellent cargo, which was sold for £202 13s.



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 1st July 1910:




        Yesterday week, at the Lord Nelson Hotel, Messrs. Evans & Roach offered for sale, the steam trawler "Neyland". The vessel was built by the Ardrossan Shipbuilding Co., at the end of 1906. Until the industry opened at Neyland, she traded at Milford, but for some months past has been laid up at Neyland. Bidding started at £1500 and rose to £3,100 at which figure it was withdrawn. The solicitors were Messrs. Eaton Evans & Williams. 



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 9th December 1910:



Sale of a Trawler.- The steam trawler "Neyland." owned by the late Mr. E. Coram has been purchased by a Spanish firm and is daily expected to leave for Cadiz. Captain Limerick has been engaged to bring the vessel to the latter port, and has been offered an inducement to remain and instruct her Spanish crew in the art of sea-fishing. The vessel originally plied from the port of Milford but removed to Neyland shortly after the opening of the new industry, where she was chartered by the Neyland Trawling Company. For several months past, however, she had been idle, and though during this time she had been on the market, her owners have been until now unable to secure a purchaser. 



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