Courtesy of Robert Kettle

Official No:  137761      Port Number and Year:   2nd in Milford, 1915

Description: Smack. Wooden side / beam trawler.  Ketch rigged: foresail mainsail and mizzen.

Crew:  4 men

Registered: 24 Mar 1915

Built: 1915, by J. W. & A. Upham, Brixham

Tonnage: 59.48 grt  46.37 net.

Length / breadth / depth (feet):  69.7  / 19.5 / 8.9

Engine: -



24 Mar 1915:  Eliza Caroline Harries     )

Ellen Florence Harries                            ) Tregwent, Letterston

Suzanne Agnes Harries                           )

Benjamin Davies Johns, Tre Mys-y-Coed, St. Nicholas, Fishguard

Manager: John Bishop, 'Bryncraig', Goodwick


Landed at Milford: 4 May 1915 - 10 Mar 1917

Skippers: Ralph Furzeman Stamp 10570

Notes:  16 Mar 1917: Sunk by bomb after capture by UC-48 (Oberleutnant zur See Kurt Ramien),  8 miles SE of Mine Head.  No lives lost.  [See below.]

Cert. Cancelled & Registry Closed: 4 May 1917

Accidents and Incidents

From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 16th April 1915:


    The Milford fishing smack 'Pencaer' has arrived at Brixham with two boats belonging to the steamer 'President' of Glasgow, which was attacked by the German submarine U-4 in the vicinity of the Eddystone Lighthouse on Saturday evening.  The crew of ten had time to launch their two small boats and save some of their personal effects.

    The 'President' was chased for about an hour, when the superior speed of the submarine caused the race to be abandoned.  The Germans boarded her and placed a bomb which exploded, but the crew of the 'President' did not know if their vessel sank or not.  She was still floating when the German submarine towed their two boats clear.




From B.T. & R. Larn (2002): Shipwreck Index of Ireland:


PENCAER                16/03/1917


Co. Waterford, Mine Head L/h, 8M SE            51.56N 07.23W


This fishing smack was captured by a German submarine, her crew forced to abandon ship, after which it was sunk by explosive scuttling charge.



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