ST. LUCIA H937
Courtesy of Fleetwood Maritime Heritage Trust and The Bosun's Watch
Official No: 124749 Port and Year: Hull, 1907 (H937)
Description: Steel side trawler; coal fired, steam screw. Ketch rigged. Wheelhouse aft.
Crew: 9 men (1907).
Built: by Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Beverley, in 1907 (Yard no. 134)
Tonnage: 186 grt 67 net (1907); 73 net (1 Jan 1914).
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 110.5 / 21.6 / 11.7
Engine: T.3-Cyl; 50 rhp; by Amos & Smith Co., Hull.
27 Mar 1907: Hull Steam Fishing & Ice Co. Ltd, Hull.
Manager: Joseph Vivian, St. Andrew's Dock, Hull. (1907-28)
Robert Burton. (Same address.) (1928-34)
Charles Emerson. (Same address.) (1934-36)
March 1936: Colin H. Brand & Co., Docks, Milford.
18 Dec 1936: William Wilcox, Docks, Milford.
1937: Robert P. Lewis, Park House, Fishguard.
Manager: Edward W. Brand, 'Dalmuir', Milford. (1937-38)
William Wilcox, Greville Rd., Milford. (1938-45)
1945: Colin H. Brand, Cleveleys.
Landed at Milford: 4 Dec 1936 - 12 Jun 1945; 10 Jul 1948 - 10 Oct 1946
Skippers: Bert Horst.
St. Lucia, (283–304), a young martyr, is celebrated in the West on 13 December.
29 May 1917: Requisitioned for Fishery Reserve.
1919: Returned to owners.
1952: Broken up at Preston.
[Information supplied by the Fleetwood Maritime Heritage Trust and the Bosun's Watch website.]
Accidents and Incidents
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 19th June 1942:
An award of the M.B.E. goes to Skipper A. C. Horst, 70, Shakespeare Ave., skipper of the steam trawler "St.Lucia". The news was received by skipper Horst on Wednesday, being contained in the following letter from Mr R. S. Hudson, the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries.―
"It gives me great pleasure to inform you that His Majesty the King has approved of your appointment as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division). The appointment will appear in the London Gazette on the 11th June amongst the Birthday Honours. May I add that I am particularly glad to learn that His Majesty has decided to confer this honour upon you and I should like to thank you for the valuable service you have rendered."
Interviewed by a Guardian reporter, skipper Horst said he thought the award was in connection with an incident which occurred at sea several months before when the s.t. "Juliet" was bombed.
"Jerry dropped a bomb alongside the 'Juliet', and the twelve men of her crew had to put out in a small boat," said the genial skipper. "Then Jerry started machine-gunning them I told my men I was going after them. I got the 'Lucia' into a position to draw the fire off them. It was an unpleasant experience but we managed to save all the men."
Congratulated on his brave action, Skipper Horst replied, "Well, I couldn't let the poor devils be machine-gunned without going to help them."
A Milford boy, Skipper Horst has been sailing out of the port all his life and has been skipper of the "St Lucia" for six years. He served in the last war, spending two years in Russia, and in 1919 he had a marvellous escape when a paddle boat upon which he was working was blown up by a floating mine off Sheerness.
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 24th June 1949:
The Milford trawler William Brady (Milford Fisheries) will leave the port next week to fish out of Aberdeen, where another boat of the Fisheries fleet, the Craig An Eran, is already based. It is understood that other vessels may follow suit, and although no confirmation can be obtained locally, we gather that the reason for the move centres around the fact that running expenses at Milford are heavier than in other ports on the West Coast.
The local trawler Ijuin (Pair Fishing Company) is now out of Aberdeen, while the steam trawler St. Lucia (Mr. R. P. Lewis) is landing at Fleetwood. Seen on Thursday Mr. Owen Willie Limbrick would neither confirm or deny the rumours.
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