Official No: 120527 Port and Year: 51st in London, 1905
Description: Steel side trawler; coal fired, steam screw. Ketch rigged.
Built: by Smith's Dock Co., North Shields, in 1905 (Yard no. 770)
Tonnage: 205 grt 51 net
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 117.8 / 21.6 / 11.5
Engine: T.3-Cyl; 52 rhp; by Shields Engineering Co., North Shields
May 1905: George H. D. Birt, Priory Lodge, Milford.
1909: German owners.
Landed at Milford: 18 May 1905 - 21 Dec 1909
Skippers: Harry Salter (1905)
Accidents and Incidents
From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 24th May 1905:
Built to the order of Mr. G. H. D. Birt, the "Scotia", this fine specimen of the latest craft for trawl fishing, made her appearance on port on Thursday last. The vessel is of the same class as the "Anglia" and "Dania", owned by the same gentleman, and the skipper is captain Harry Salter.
Markets were down, very low, and her maiden voyage was rather small.
From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 26th May 1909:
The steam trawler "Scotia" (Mr. G. H. D. Birt) ran onto rocks off Bride on the coast of Cornwall in the mist a fortnight ago, and had to be towed into the port of Swansea. The vessel was very badly damaged, and tenders for her repairs resulted in the following: Hill's Dry Dock, Cardiff £1,095 (twenty days); Ocean Dry Dock, Swansea, £899 16s 8d (sixteen to eighteen days); Diamond Dry Dock, Cardiff, £760 ( fourteen days); Mordey, Carnet, Cardiff, £648 (eighteen days); Jersey Dry Dock, Swansea £545 (fourteen days).
The last named tender has been accepted.
From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 6th August 1909:
FISHERMAN'S SAD DEATH. Another fatal accident has to be reported to a fisherman employed in the local fish trade. The steam trawler "Scotia", under the command of Captain Dodd, left the dock at four o'clock on Saturday morning, for the fishing grounds. Owing, however, to rough weather the vessel laid to in Dale Roads, and subsequently the crew went below for breakfast. The trimmer, a young man named William Stanley, was at this time engaged throwing a bucket of ashes over the vessel's side. This receptacle failing to be returned to his mate below to be refilled, the latter went on deck to enquire the reason and no trace of the unfortunate man could be be found, and he must either have been drawn over by the bucket, at perhaps which time the ship gave a sudden lurch, or washed overboard by a heavy sea. The steam trawler returned and immediately reported the sad affair. Deceased, who was about 28 years of age, was a native of London.
From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 31st December 1909:
SALE OF A STEAM TRAWLER. Those interested in the fish trade were rather surprised when it became known that Mr. G. H. D. Birt had sold one of his steam trawlers, the "Scotia", to a German firm of ship-owners. She is to be used for fishing purposes on the German coasts. We understand that there is no cause for alarm, as she will soon be replaced, possibly by a newer and more up-to-date vessel.
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