Official No:  108498    Port and Year:  12th in Grimsby, 1898

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

Crew:  9 men.

Built: 1898 by Edwards Bros., North Shields.  (Yard no. 582)

Tonnage: 173 grt  47 net.

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 110.6 / 21.1  / 11.0

Engine: T 3-Cyl, 60 hp; by MacColl & Pollock, Sunderland



22 Mar 1898: The Britannia Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., Grimsby.

Manager: George W. Parker.


2 Dec 1902:  The Milford Haven Steam Trawling Co. Ltd., Cardiff.

Managing owners: George Sheard, 10 Gordon Rd., Cardiff; & Frank Powers, Docks, Milford.


Landed at Milford: 2 Dec 1902 - 16 Aug 1909

Skippers: 1902: Dove.

1903: Dove; Pettit; Kilby.

1904-05: Kilby.

1905: Fears.

1906: Nichols; Cox.


St.Vincent is the patron saint of Lisbon and Valencia, martyred under the Emperor Diocletian around the year 304.

Mar 1899: The skipper of ST. VINCENT, along with other British trawlers, was fined 60, together with confiscation of gear amounting to about 300, by the Danish authorities in Iceland, despite claiming to be outside the 3-mile limit. [Belfast News-Letter, Saturday, 8th April 1899.]

22 Aug 1909: Foundered 30 miles NE by E of the Smalls. [See below.]

24 Aug 1909: Grimsby Register stated "Wrecked".

Accidents and Incidents

From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 12th December 1902:




NEW TRAWLER.  The "St. Vincent", a fine trawler from Grimsby, arrived at Milford last week on her first trip and will make this her permanent home, being the first trawler acquired, by Messrs Powers and Sheard.



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 9th January 1903:





        A rumour, for which there appears at present no foundation gained currency in Haverfordwest and Milford yesterday, to the effect that the steam trawler "St Vincent" (Capt. Dove) which left the port a few days ago, has foundered with all hands. The vessel is owned by Messrs Frank Power and Sheard, and is one of the latest type, and was considered a trustworthy sea vessel. The report has of course, caused great anxiety to the relatives of the crew, and it is sincerely hoped at it will prove to be unfounded.



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 23rd January 1903:



The fishing trade at Milford Haven has been very quiet since Christmas, but one vessel, the St. Vincent has been very successful. On Wednesday the vessel was in dock, and the catch realized nearly 330. This, it is said, makes over 1,000 that has been realized in four trips. As the vessel belongs to a new firm, the owners have been congratulated on their success.


From an unknown local newspaper of 12th June 1905:  


    Intelligence reports were received last week that a storm had been raging off the coast of Spain, where a number of the local trawlers are now engaged, .................

    News was also previously received through the owners of the death of a fisherman, well known in the town, named Charles Watkins, of the steam trawler "St. Vincent", who succumbed at Lisbon to blood poisoning.



From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 27th December 1905:


    Last week, whilst fishing in the Bay of Biscay, the steam trawler "Victoria" and the steam trawler "St. Vincent" collided, the former vessel striking the latter amidships and inflicting considerable damage to that vessel, and her bow was battered in.  The vessels arrived in Milford on Sunday.



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 27th August 1909:





    On Sunday last, persons standing on the dock head were surprised to see the crew of the steam trawler St. Vincent approaching in a small boat. The vessel left the dock for the fishing grounds some days previously, and early on Sunday morning, while fishing about 45 miles of St. Ann's Head, suddenly sprang a leak. The crew laboured incessantly at the pumps, but realising that their efforts were unavailing, they had perforce to take to their boat. The crew numbered nine men and two lads. After a while the boat was picked up by another trawler, the Stormcock, of Liverpool, and were taken into the haven, and the men pulled ashore to the landing stage in their own boat, after their perilous adventure. The St. Vincent was owned by the Milford Haven Steam Trawling Company, the managers being Messrs. Sheard and Power.


From an unknown local newspaper of a similar date: