Official No: 125844 Port Number and Year: 82nd in Banff, 1907 (BF961)
9th in Milford, 1919
Description: Wood; steam screw, coal burning. Nets and lining. Ketch rigged: jib, foresail and mizzen.
Crew: 8 men, 1 boy.
Registered at Milford: 2 Dec 1919
Built: 1907 by George Smith (jr.), Buckpool, Nether Buckie.
Tonnage: 80.92 grt 23 net (1914: 33.7 net.)
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 85.2 / 18.7 / 8.7
Engine: C-2Cyl. 20 nhp. 9 kts. Cooper and Craig, Dundee.
28 Sep 1907: James Slater, Cliff St., Buckie, Banffshire.
2 Dec 1919: Sarah Isobel Hancock, 5 Picton Rd., Hakin.
Manager: Peter Hancock. (Same address.)
Landed at Milford: 19 Sep 1919 - 30 Dec 1921.
Skippers: William Nicholas cert. 7078; Robert Gardener Yabsley 3403.
Notes: 12 Jan 1922: Foundered near the Coningbeg Lightship. [See below.]
Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 22 Feb 1922.
Accidents and Incidents
Skipper’s statement on the loss of the THRIFT:
It was about twelve o’clock of the 12th January, 1922, when without any warning she sprang a leak. Our position then was three quarters of a mile from the Coningbeg Light Ship. We took to the ship’s small boat after we had found that the vessel’s pumps could not keep pace with the in-rush of water. The “Thrift” foundered at three o’clock the same day.
Robert Gardener Yabsley (Skipper)
Source: Les Jones archive.
[NB: Not recorded in "Shipwreck Index of Ireland", but is listed on "Irish Wrecks on-line" website, Co.Wexford, 0.75 miles off Coningbeg Light Vessel.]
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