As IDA ADAMS FD327 (1919-30)

Courtesy of Fleetwood Maritime Heritage Trust and The Bosun's Watch

Official No:  121615    Port Number and Year: 3rd in Milford, 1907

                                                                                -  in Grimsby, 1914 (GY58)

                                                                                -  in Fleetwood, 1919 (FD327)

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

Crew:  9 men (1907; 1914)

Registered at Milford: 16 Mar 1907.

Built: 1907 by Cochrane & Sons, Selby. (Yard no. 397)

Tonnage: 275.34 grt  103.73 net  (1 Jan 1914: Amended by BoT to 109.21 net)

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 125.0 / 22.5 / 11.92

Engine: T 3-cyl. 83 nhp.; 11.0 kts engine and boiler by Amos & Smith, Hull



As M204

16 Mar 1907:  Robert Cole, 117 Charles St., Milford.  (Builder)                                  )

Bernard Henry Galvin, Dewsland St., Milford. (Skipper)                                              )  Joint owners.

Managing owner: Erel Edwin Carter, 20 Greville Rd., Milford (Coal merchant)          )



17 Feb 1910: Robert Cole, 117 Charles St., Milford.                          )

David Gwilym Jones, 83 Park St., Pembroke Dock.                            )   Joint owners.

Managing owner: Erel Edwin Carter, Great North Rd., Milford.         )


12 Sep 1911: Robert Cole, 117 Charles St., Milford.   (32/64) 

Managing owner: David Gwilym Jones, 83 Park St., Pembroke Dock.    (32/64)  


8 Apr 1914: Herbert Lee, 12 Princes Rd., Wimbledon, London SW.  (32/64)   

Managing owner: John Edward Rushworth, Fish Docks, Grimsby. (32/64)

8 May 1914: As IDA ADAMS GY58


21 Feb 1916:  Rushworth Steam Fishing Co. Ltd. (64/64), Grimsby.

Manager: John Edward Rushworth.


20 Jul 1919: As FD327.

22 Jul 1917: Noah Ashworth, London St., Fleetwood.   (32/64)

Ernest Tomlinson, Fleetwood. (32/64)

Manager: Ernest Taylor, Peterhead.

                Joseph A. Taylor, Orient Buildings, Station Rd., Fleetwood. (12 Mar 1919)


2 Sep 1919: Vulcan Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., Orient Buildings, Station Rd., Fleetwood.

Manager: Joseph A. Taylor. (Same address.)

               William W. Brierley. (Same address.) (1924)


23 Mar 1925: Ernest Noble, Rossall, Fleetwood.

Managing owner.


1926:  Fleetwood Fish Selling Co. Ltd., Fish Trade Buildings, Wyre Dock, Fleetwood 

Manager: Ernest Noble, 'Clovelly', Rossall Beach, Fleetwood.


Landed at Milford:  10 Apr 1907 - 24 Mar 1914.


B. H. Galvin cert. 3858; age 43, born Bradford; signed on 27 Mar, 1 Jul, 12 Oct 1907; 15 Jan, 2 Jul, 19 Aug 1908; 14 Jan 1909; 8 Jan 1910

B. H. G. Cooke 3842, 43, Hull; 11 Jul, 6 Aug, 16 Sep 1907

T. C. Jobson 6950, 29, Newcastle on Tyne; 30 Sep 1907

William Harrison 4405, 36, Hull; 30 Apr 1908

Walter Smith 7150, 38, Nottingham; 15 Jun 1909

James MacDonald 7989, 26, Hull; 11 Mar, 15 Jul 1910

Fred Hardisty 1891, 41, Barton; residing 20 Greville Rd., Milford; 22 Dec 1910; 16 Jan 1911

John L. Stroud 02471, 50, Ramsgate; 62 Charles St., Milford; 28 Mar, 12 Jul 1911; 8 Jan 1912

George Owston 7364, 41 Scarborough; Albion St., Milford; 18 Feb, 8 Jul, 1 Oct 1912; 2 Jan, 25 May 1913

William Davies 9261, 32, Milford; 30 Jul 1912

J. R. S. King 8265, 31, Gorleston; 13 Mar 1913.


Ida Adams (1888-1960) an American actress and singer, she performed in the London West End (1915-17).  [Wikipedia.]

Aug 1914: Requisitioned for war service and converted for minesweeping duties (Admy.No.252). 1x4in. and 1x7.5in. bomb thrower. 

1919: Returned to owners.

21 Nov 1930: Left Oban; ran aground in thick fog on Frenchman's Rock, NW of Portnahaven, Rinns of Islay. Despite the crew's efforts, the vessel flooded and was abandoned, subsequently sinking after slipping off rocks. 

28 Nov 1930: Fleetwood registry closed.

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 6 Apr 1914. Vessel transferred to the port of Grimsby.

[Lofthouse T., Mayes G., Newton D., & Thompson M. (2012): Cochrane Shipbuilders Vol.1: 1884 - 1914.]

 Accidents and Incidents

From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 28th December 1906:



Last week a new steam trawler was launched at Messrs Cochrane & Sons Shipbuilding yard at Selby, Hull. The new boat has been built to the order of Messrs Cole, Carter & Galvin, the owners of the steam trawler "Emerald", and is expected to be ready for fishing by February next. The vessel was christened "Ruby" by Mrs Robert Cole.



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 12th April 1907:



.............   A new steam trawler, the Ruby, landed her maiden voyage, landing over 300. This boat is owned by Messrs. Cole, Carter and Galvin, and is one of the finest of the boats now fishing out of this port. She is 125 feet in length, 82 horse-power, insulated throughout, and fitted with every possible appliance known in modern steam trawling.


From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 19th April 1907:

    The Ruby, a new steam trawler belonging to Messrs. Robert Cole and Co., arrived at Milford this week. She is fitted with the most powerful engines, and is the most expensive boat of the type ever built at Hull. Her keel length is 128 feet, her length overall 136 feet, and her engines are of a capacity of 180 horse-power. On her maiden trip she realised 339.


From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 23rd October 1907:


    The steam trawler "Ruby", belonging to Messrs. Cole, Carter and Galvin, arrived in port on Monday night, and the crew related a rough experience at sea.  In running about 200 miles to the westward, the vessel shipped a heavy sea aft, which carried away her large boat, burst the mizzen and damaged the sails.  Fortunately the ship is one of the largest and best in the port, because a smaller craft would have experienced considerable difficulty in safely emerging from the dangerous predicament.

See log book entry below. ]


From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 9th April 1909:



    This week is considered to be one of the busiest in the fish trade. Opening on Monday with 9 steamers, 9 smacks, and 3 liners, no less than 600 kits of hake were landed, and some 1,300 kits of mixed fish, the former realising up 2 12s. 6d., and as most of the boats had a good supply, high figures were realised, viz., Sidmouth, 356; Cleopatra, 313; Arfon, 283 Dinas 271; Fishergate, 257; Caliph, 254; Alpha, 251. Tuesday also brought a good supply, 10 steamers landing 420 kits of hake and 950 kits of mixed, the steam trawler Kirkland making 440, while the Ruby made 270, Ardent 215, St Clear, 210. On Wednesday there was a good supply, but there was a scarcity of cod. Good prices were realised all round.



From the Pembroke County Guardian of Friday 22nd April 1910:


Trawler in Distress. The three steam trawlers Essex, Kirkland, and Beatrice left Milford Haven on Thursday in response to an urgent summons to render assistance to the steam trawler Ruby, reported to be in distress off the west coast of Pembrokeshire. The Ruby is owned by Mr. Robert Cole, and commanded by Skipper Macdonald, of Hubberston. It was reported that she had lost her propeller, and was in danger of being driven on the rocks. At the time of writing no further news has reached Milford Haven.


From the Pembroke County Guardian of Friday 5th August 1910:


Accident to a Mate. On Saturday Mr. Dan Riley, mate of the steam trawler Ardent, was put ashore with an injured ankle. In attempting to cross from his vessel to the steam trawler Ruby, Mr. Riley twisted his ankle, sustaining a severe sprain.




Log book entries:



About 240 miles W from St Ann's Head

Shipped a heavy sea, lost boat and other smaller damage.

    B. H. Galvin (Skipper)



Arthur Ra [ ? ], age 24,Second Engineer; British, born Hyde, residing Milford.

Ruptured cleaning boiler tubes.

    Walter Smith (Skipper)



Lat 48N Long 3.50W

Bottom of High Pressure Cylinder blown out.  Cause unknown.

    F. Hardisty (Skipper)

    John Gale (Mate 1771)



250 miles W by S from St Ann's Head

Damaged large and small pinion wheels of winch.  Cause - gear coming fast.

    G. Owston (Skipper)




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