Official No:  112468   Port Number and Year: 11th in Milford, 1904

                                                                                   -   in Grimsby, 1927 (GY1310)

Description: Steel side / beam trawler; steam screw, coal burning. Ketch rigged: two masts, fore and aft sails.

Crew:  9 men (1904); 10 men (14 Sep 1919); 14 men (1922).

Registered at Milford: 20 Dec 1904

Built: 1904 by Smith's Dock Co., North Shields.  (Yard no. 759)

Tonnage: 242.31 grt  76.3 net. (1 Jan 1914: 92.88 net.)

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 125.5 / 22.05 / 12.05

Engine: T 3-cyl. 58 rhp.; by W.V.V. Lidgerwood, Glasgow



As M16

20 Dec 1904: Southern Steam Trawling Co., 127 Quay, Waterford.

(Messrs. Sellick, Morley & Price, Docks, Milford.)

Manager: Cornelius Cecil Morley, Milford.  


10 Jul 1919:  Morgan Watkin Howell, 29 Hamilton Tce., Milford. (Managing owner.)

John McRae Knight, 'Craiglyn', Wellington Rd., Hakin.


11 Feb 1920: Direct Fish Supplies, 3 London Wall Buildings, London WC2.

17 Nov 1921:  As GY1310.

(23 Mar 1922: Firm in liquidation.)


Oct 1922: Charles Dobson, Fish Docks, Grimsby.

Managing owner.


Landed at Milford:  11 Jan 1905 - 19 Jan 1915; 10 Apr 1919 - 16 Jan 1922


Robert Samuel Longthorpe cert 2536, age 37, born Hull; signed on 21 Dec 1904; 12 Jan, 3 Jul, 18 Sep 1905; 2 Jan, 3 Jul 1906

William Fransham 4943, - , Norfolk; 6 Sep 1905

William Bevan 6927, 30, Milford, 1 Jan, 15 Sep 1908; 9 Jan, 19 Jul 1909; 2 Jan 1911

George Medway 6777, 27, Brixham; 3 Jun, 6 Jul 1908

B. H. Blockwell 2523, 47, Yarmouth; 12 May 1911

Francis Moxey Hawkings 8233, 25, Brixham; 3 Jul 1911

William Holder 0964, 55, Dundee; 30 Nov 1911; 16 Jan 1912

H. Julier 5841, 43, Yarmouth; 24 Apr, 1 Jul 1912; 13 Jan, 1 Jul 1913

Jas. Kean 5113


1910: Top boat at Milford, under Skipper William Bevan. [See story below.]

Jan 1915: Requisitioned and converted to a minesweeper ( 973). 1 x 3pdr.

1919: Returned to owners.

9 Apr 1938: Broken up by a foreign yard.

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed:

14 Oct 1921; transferred to the port of Grimsby.

 Accidents and Incidents

From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 11th January 1905:


    The fine new trawler "Rosa", which with others on order has been built to the command of Messrs. Sellick, Morley and Price, arrived at Milford on Thursday for the first time.  The class of the vessel is entirely new to the West Coast.  Whilst her carrying is vastly larger, she is ten feet longer that any other trawler in the port.  Her length is 125 feet, and she takes 150 tons of bunkers, and will therefore be able to make long voyages.  She was turned out from the yard of the well known ship-builders, Smith's Docks Company, of North Shields.  Her maiden voyage realised 406, and Captain Longthorpe is in command.


From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 13th January 1905:




SUCCESSFUL TRAWLERS. Yesterday two trawlers arrived in port with good catches of fish and although the individual amounts realized do act establish a record, it is rarely that two vessels arriving on the same day dispose of their catches so well. The "Rosa", the newest acquisition to the fleet of Messrs Morley, Sellick and Price, returned from her first trip and her cargo sold for 408, whilst that of tile "Victoria" (Mr James Thomas) realized 448. 



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 21st December 1907:



Milford Trawler Badly Damaged.

    The steam trawler Rosa (Sellick, Morley, and Price) was about leaving Milford Dock for sea on Tuesday night when on entering the lock-pits she ran full tilt into the dock wall, twisting her bow and stem. She was placed on the hard for examination. She is one of the large trawlers, and is nearly new.



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 19th November 1909:



    ...........   On Wednesday last the "Rosa," owned by Messrs. Sellick, Morley, and Price, arrived in port with a large catch of fish from the Irish Sea. The sale of her catch realised 235, and she had only been out for eight days. The successful trips of these and other boats tend to show a renewal of prosperity in the fish trade, and it is to be hoped that it will continue to prosper. 



From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 11th January 1911:


    The coveted honour of the "top boat" of the port for 1910 has fallen to the steam trawler "Rosa" (Sellick, Morley and Price), the skipper of which is Mr. W. Bevan.  The vessel has had an exceptional run, and finished up well ahead of all competitors, a fact upon which the skipper is being congratulated.  Other trawlers with a fine record and next in order of merit are "The Roman" (Neale Brothers), "Arfon" (Pater Steam Trawling Company), and "Centaur" (Mr. M. W. Howell).



From the Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 13th November 1912:


    We regret to hear that more trawlers belonging to the firm of Messrs. Sellick, Morley and Price are destined for the port of Fleetwood.  The steam trawler "Macaw" was to have left on Monday, and only the weather detained her.  The steam trawler "Rosa" is also under orders, and will be sent round after landing her trip of fish this week.  Rumours are afloat as two more removals of the same fleet go.  The loss of these two vessels will be keenly felt on the Market, and merchants are being hard hit.  It appears as if the worse is yet to follow.  It is the continues suspense and uncertainty which are crippling business.  With the advent of the New Year, it is hoped that the prospects will brighten.



From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 18th June 1919:


    Some excitement was manifested on the Milford Docks during last week when it became known that Messrs. Sellick, Morley and Price were disposing of their fleet of steam trawlers.  For a considerable time negotiations had been proceeding with the Consolidation Company of Grimsby, but these recently fell through.  It is gratifying to know that the greater portion of the fleet has been retained for the port, as will be seen from the following list.  Several local gentlemen having come forward, the competition was very keen.

    The Alnmouth, Weigelia, and Exmouth have been sold to Fleetwood firms, while the Charmouth, Macaw, Tacsonia, Rosa, Xylopia, Essex, Uhdea, Petunia, Lynmouth, Kalmia, Portsmouth, Weymouth, Syringa, Yarmouth and Magnolia have all found local buyers.

    This opens out the question of the need for local trades people and others to invest in the staple industry of this fishing port, as has been done in competing fishing centres.



From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 27th October 1920:


    A collision between two steam trawlers, the "Bianca Hall" and the "Rosa", at Milford on the night of August 19th last year, was the subject of a claim for damages by the former vessel's owners, heard in the Admiralty Division on Tuesday by Mr Justice Hill.

    The case for the plaintiffs was that on the night in question, on returning from a fishing trip, she came to anchor off the Milford Docks, waiting for permission to enter. When the signal light was shown she made for the docks entrance,  as did also the defendants' vessel, which had also been waiting with other trawlers to enter the docks.  Endeavouring to pass before the "Bianca Hall", she struck her on the port quarter and doing damage.

    The defendants, who counterclaimed, alleged that the "Bianca Hall" improperly attempted to cross ahead of the "Rosa". His Lordship found that the steam trawler "Bianca Hall" was alone to blame.


Log book entries:



Milford Docks.

Struck the Brixham smack "Violet" and cracked his stem.  Could not get our engines astern.

    Robert Samuel Longthorpe. (Skipper).



70 miles WNW of St. Ann's Head. About 5.45 p.m.

George Adams, age 38, Deck Hand;  Born Milford Haven.

On the tenth of March I9II , Adams complained of pains in his bowels.  On Sunday he seemed a little better.  He went below at 4.30p.m. and at 5.45 skipper went down to see him.  He found him dead.

    W. Bevan. (Skipper).

    I. Bloomfield. 6706. (Mate).


13.03.1911 .

The effects of George Adams, deceased.

Two jackets.                  One belt.         

One trousers.                 One knife.                

Two vests.                     One oilskin.

One shirt.                      One southwester.

One towel.                     One pair of boots.

One cap.                        One pair of sea boots.

One muffler.                  One pair of stockings.

One sweat rag.

    W. Bevans. (Skipper).

    I. Bloomfield. 6706. (Mate).

    A. Sturley. (Third Hand).



We arrived at Oporto on Saturday April 25th, at 10 a.m. and started landing.  We finished discharging at 12 noon.  I ordered steam for Tuesday at 12 noon.  The Chief, Mr G. E. Pratt, went ashore on Tuesday morning and failed to join the ship.  He could not be found anywhere, and when he came aboard at 5 p.m. he was drunk. I  ordered steam next day for 10 o' clock.  The mate, deckhand and trimmer were ashore all the morning in a public house opposite the ship.  At 10 o' clock I  went ashore to tell  them and they refused to come. I  went in all four times and told them I should sail without them.  They were very drunk.  The agent went to them but they refused to come.  The deck hand came to the wall as we were leaving and I asked him to come, but he refused.   We left the quay at 1.40 p.m. just in time to get across the Bar.

    Mate. G. Wigg.

    5th Hand. J. Robinson.

    Trimmer. J. Nesbitt.

    H. Julier. (Skipper),




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