Official No: 144507 Port Number and Year: 211th in London, 1920 (LO346)
4th in Milford, 1930
Description: Castle Class steel side trawler; steam screw, coal burning. Ketch rigged: foresail, mainsail, mizzen
Crew: 10 men
Registered at Milford: 10 Feb 1930
Built: 1919 by Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Beverley. (Yard no. 378)
Tonnage: 290.41 grt 113.6 net.
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 125.5 / 23.5 / 12.7
Engine: T 3-Cyl. 86.4 nhp.10 kts. Engine by Amos & Smith, Albert Docks, Hull; boiler by P. Earles Ship Building & Engineering Co., Hull
As PETER BLUMBERRY LO346
13 Apr 1920: The Secretary of the Admiralty, Whitehall, London SW1.
21 Sep 1921: Charpin Delpeirre et Cie., Boulogne, France
1926: Pecheries du Havre, Le Havre, France.
Renamed STANFREL M69
10 Feb 1930: John Henry Dove, 147 Charles St., Milford
Landed at Milford: 23 Feb 1930 - 10 May 1933
Skippers: Albert Seeling.
Peter Blumberry, age 28, born Gothenburg, Sweden; A.B., HMS VICTORY, at Trafalgar.
1917: Built for Admiralty and completed as minesweeper PETER BLUMBERRY (no. 3583) and employed as an escort.
15 May 1933: Foundered off the Skelligs, Dingle, with no loss of life. [See story below.]
Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 1933
Accidents and Incidents
The Times, Wednesday, May 17, 1933; pg. 20; Issue 46446; col G
STANFREL.— Cahirciveen, May 16.— Steam trawler Stanfrel foundered noon yesterday 45 miles off Dingle coast. Crew of 11 picked up by steam trawler Calydavia and landed at Valentia Harbour.
From the West Wales Guardian, Friday, 19th May 1933:
MILFORD TRAWLER SINKS
Off the Irish Coast
CREW’S GRUELLING TIME
The thrilling experience of the crew of the Milford Haven trawler “Stanfrel”, owned by Capt. Dove, which went down off the Irish coast on Monday was told to a “Guardian” representative by Mr. Millar, of Rocky Park, The Green, Pembroke, on Wednesday.
Mr. Millar was fireman on the ill-fated boat, and when interviewed still bore traces of his gruelling experience.
“Everything was going well with us,” he said, “but early on Monday morning there was a sudden escape from one of the main pipes. In a moment the whole ship was a cloud of steam and many of us were lucky not to be scalded, though there was no explosion – only a heavy rush of steam. In a very short time we were making water.
“We attempted to work the steam pumps, but could not do so owing to the escape of steam. The water rose rapidly, and soon the fires were put out. There was a very heavy fog about, and it was impossible for other trawlers to see us. We sent up some rockets, but knew that it would be a very slender chance. We had to try to try to bail out with buckets. Fast as we bailed, the water made headway, though only very slowly. Soon a number of men were exhausted, and after hours of bailing were ready to drop. By noon the water had almost reached our decks and still no help had come. We decided to abandon ship, and no sooner had we done so than she sank.
“The fog was still like a heavy blanket, and the eleven of us got into the lifeboat and for three hours rowed about without knowing our position.”
When asked if he escaped with any of his belongings Mr. Millar remarked: “We were lucky to escape with our lives.”
From B.T. and R. Larn (2002): Shipwreck Index of Ireland
Co. Kerry, Dingle Coast 52.18N 11.37W
... She foundered 45 miles off the Dingle coast at 3.20 p.m. after bursting a steam pipe, which caused her to fill and sink, the crew being saved by the s.s. CALDAVIA [ sic - CALYDAVIA. ]
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