Official No:  137713     Port and Year: 6th in Ramsgate, 1919

Description: Wooden side  trawler; steam; coal fired.


Built: 1919, Colby Brothers Ltd., Oulton Broad. (Yd.No.  ?)

Tonnage: 97.18 grt  41.3 net

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 87.4 / 20.0 / 10.0

Engine: T.3-Cyl; 34 hp; 9 kts.




18 Nov 1919: William James Ballard, Church Rd., Ramsgate (1919-27)

                                                             71 Gladstone Rd., Broadstairs, Kent. (1927-32)

                                                             78 Pierremont Ave., Broadstairs, Kent. (1932-35)

Managing owner.                                   



6 Jul 1935: Stanley Rowden, 31 Military Rd., Ramsgate, & A. Anderson,Whitstable.

Managing owner.   


Landed at Milford:  As SETWEATHER (seasonal) 18 Aug - 30 Oct 1924; 19 Mar - 22 Oct 1925; 24 Mar - 13 Jun 1926; 1 Apr - 4 Oct 1927; 11 Mar 1928.

As TANKERTON TOWERS; (seasonal, usually Mar - Oct, 1935-39), 8 Jun 1940 - 7 May 1941.

Skippers:  Charles Samuel Howes (1926)


Tankerton Tower was the residence of the Lords of the Manor of Whitstable. It lies within the borough of Harwich and in the parish of Seasalter.

Oct 1919: Built for the Admiralty, but completed for mercantile owners.

18 Sep 1934: After sinking in the Ramsgate basin, SETWEATHER was raised on the afternoon of 18th September. [The Times, Wednesday 19th September 1934.]

     Note by Michael Hunt (Curator, Ramsgate Maritime Museum): "Setweather came to be known as an unlucky ship.  In February 1926 skipper Charles Baker was knocked overboard and drowned off Beachy Head.  In November 1932 she broke adrift in a gale and was badly damaged in Ramsgate’s Outer Harbour.  In September 1934 she turned over and sank in the Inner Harbour. It was this succession of disasters that finally led to Stanley Rowden changing the vessel’s name when he assumed ownership in July 1935."

May 1940: TANKERTON TOWERS assisted in the evacuation from Dunkirk.

10 May 1941: Attacked by German aircraft; bombed and sunk, off St. Govan's Hd.

Accidents and Incidents

Note of Protest, June 1926:


    On the fifth of June, 1926, we left the home port of Milford Haven for the fishing grounds off the west coast of Ireland. The weather conditions were very bad, strong winds and heavy seas.  Round about ten thirty p.m. on the seventh, we developed engine trouble and made for the nearest port which was Rosslare Harbour.  We found that it was impossible to effect repairs so we got towed back to Milford and arrived at St Anne's Head at eight p.m. on the thirteenth. While we were at Rosslare there was a heavy gale.  We dragged our anchors and went aground on a sand bank, but we managed to get her off with out any assistance.  Our small boat got damaged in the operation and sank with the loss of the rudder and stern sheets.


Charles Howes.

 (Skipper) .



From Larn B.T. & Larn R. (2000):  Shipwreck Index of the British Isles - Vol 5 West Coast and Wales:


TANKERTON TOWERS            10/05/1941


Pembrokeshire, Saint Govan's Head 6M SSE            51.31N 04.48W



This fishing trawler was attacked by German aircraft, bombed and sunk.



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