SEA EAGLE M135

Official No:    108421  Port Number and Year: 2nd in Milford, 1897.

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

Crew: 9 men (1897).

Registered at Milford: 27 May 1897

Built: John Duthie, Sons & Co., Aberdeen,1897.  (Yard no. 188)

Tonnage: 162.32 gross 35.64 net 

Length / breadth / depth (feet):  106.2 / 20.7 / 11.25

Engine: C.2 cyl., 52 rhp; by Hall Russell & Co., Aberdeen.

Owners:

 

As M135

27 May 1897:  Thomas Ridley Oswald, Castle Hall, Castle Pill.

Managing owner.

 

As AIGLE DI.?

6 Jul 1903:  S. Souvage, Dieppe.

 

As VERDUN

1918: Oscar Dahl, La Rochelle.

 

Later: F. Aguirre, San Sebastian.

 

Landed at Milford: 8 Jun 1897 - 7 Nov 1899; 3 Jun 1902 - 18 Jun 1903

Skippers:

Wallace Watson cert 3677, age 32, born Hull; residing 8 Trafalgar Rd., Milford; signed on 10 Jan 1898

James S. Gray 996, 44, Woodbridge; Great Eastern Hotel, Point St., Hakin; 18 Feb, 30 Jul 1898; 7 Jan 1899

Ben Bryany 4677, 27, Yarmouth; 12 Jul 1898

Phillip Kay 2165, 45, Isle of Man; Fisherman's Club, Milford; 29 Mar 1899

A. J. Kippin 5204, 34, Norwich; Greville Rd., Milford; 20 Jul 1899; 28 Aug 1902; 7 Jan 1903.

Notes:

Nov 1899 - May 1902: Fished out of Aberdeen.

May 1903: T. R. Oswald bankrupted, and sold his vessels. [See 1904 newspaper article below.]

c. 1931/32: Broken up.

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed:

7 Jul 1903.  Vessel sold to French owners.

 Accidents and Incidents:

From The Hampshire Advertiser of Wednesday, 5th May 1897, p.2:

 

A NEW STEAM TRAWLER.― On April 28th a steel screw trawler, built to the order of Mr. T. R. Oswald, Milford Haven, was launched by Messrs. Duthie, Sons and Co., at Aberdeen.  The vessel is 117 feet in length, 20 feet 6 inches in breadth, and 12 feet 3 inches in depth.  The trawler, which was named the Sea Eagle, is intended for the trawling industry in the Bay of Biscay, the Irish Coast, and the South of England.

 

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Log book entry:

 

18.10.1898

Dublin.

On proceeding to sea the vessel struck the Bar at the entrance to River Liffey.  Heavy sea and insufficient watch on Bar.  Vessel not making any water, but will be examined when next in Dry Dock.

    J. Gray. (Skipper).

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From the Western Mail of Thursday, August 9, 1900:

LOCAL LAW CASES

OWNERS, MASTER, AND CREW OF THE SEA EAGLE v. OWNERS OF THE BUTTERFLY, HER CARGO, AND FREIGHT

    On Wednesday, in the Admiralty Division, Mr. Justice Barnes, sitting with Trinity Masters, disposed with this claim for remuneration in respect of salvage services rendered by the steam trawler Sea Eagle, of Milford, to the steam trawler Butterfly, of Hull, in the North Sea, between the 18th and 21st February last. ― His Lordship awarded plaintiffs 1,500 in this proportion: 1,200 for the owners of the Sea Eagle, 100 to her master, and 200 to her crew, with costs. ― Judgement accordingly.

 

From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 15th August 1900:

 

SALVAGE BY A MILFORD TRAWLER.- The Owners, Master, and Crew of the Sea Eagle v. the Owners of the Butterfly, her cargo and freight. On Wednesday in the Admiralty Division Mr Justice Barnes, sitting with Trinity Masters, disposed of this claim for remuneration in respect of salvage services rendered by the steam trawler Sea Eagle, of Milford, to the steam trawler Butterfly, of Hull, in the North sea, between the 18th and 21st February last. His Lordship awarded the plaintiffs 1,500 in this proportion, 1,200 to the owners of the Sea Eagle, 100 to her master, and 200 to her crew, with costs. Judgement accordingly.

 

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From The Cambrian, Friday 10th June 1904:

SWANSEA TRAWLER OWNER'S FAILURE.

Sums Involved: Statement of Account.

    As previously stated a receiving order has been made on his own petition against Thomas Ridley Oswald, Beresford House, Uplands, Swansea, carrying on business at the East Wharf, Swansea, and at Milford Haven Docks, as a ship owner and steam fish trawling owner. The gross liabilities are returned at 29,973; expected to rank, 6.406. The assets are estimated to produce 6,900; surplus, 493. 

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    Debtor's deficiency account shows: "Excess of assets over liabilities, on May 12, 1901, 15,000; household expenses, 3 years at 800, 2,400; depreciation of vessels, 3,412 loss on sale of Sea Horse and Sea Eagle, 3,000; bank charges, 1,606; loss in shares Swansea Steam Trawling and Pure Ice Co., Ltd., 4,000, etc. Total amount accounted for 16,910."

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    In May the debtor convened a meeting of his creditors at Swansea when a statement was submitted to them showing a surplus of 1,583. The meeting, however, declined to adopt the debtor's proposals and passed a resolution that he should file at once, which he did.

 

 

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