Official No:  112459   Port Number and Year: 3rd in Milford, 1901.

                                                                                 -   in Kristiania, 1909

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

Crew:  9 men (1901)

Registered at Milford: 25 Mar 1901

Built: 1901, Smith's Docks Co., North Shields.  (Yard no. 645)

Tonnage: 172.69 grt  60.06 net.

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 110.6 / 21.1 / 10.6

Engine: T-3Cyl; 61 nhp., by MacColl & Pollock, Sunderland.



25 Mar 1901: James Thomas, 155 Charles St., Milford.

Managing owner.


9 Jan 1909: Erling Lund, Kristiania, Norway.



c.1909: Kobe Kisen Kabushika Kaisha, Kobe, Japan



c.1922: Chishima Kisen K.K., Hakodate, Japan.



By 1930: Kanemori  Shosen K.K., Hakodate.


[ Thanks to Per Gisle Galåen and Ole Hajem Fiske, Norwegian Maritime Museum. ]


Landed at Milford:  9 Apr 1901 - 18 Dec 1908


George T. Cobley cert. 2021, age 33, born Hull; residing 11 Warwick Rd., Milford; signed on 28 Mar, 11 Jul 1901; 14 Jan 1902

Henry Dodd 5287, 36, Grimsby; 23 Greville Rd., Milford; 11 Jun 1901; 17 Jul 1902; 18 Jan, 6 Aug 1903; 7 Jan 1904

George Hanlon 6195, 31, Hull; 225 Robert St., Milford; 4 Mar, 5 Jul 1904; 12 Jan 1905; 8 Jan 1906

G. Gibbs 7184, 33, Gorleston; 15 May, 6 Jul 1905

Chris Masterson 5740, 29, Salisbury; 1 Gracechurch Tce., Pill, Milford; 8 Jul 1906;

Jmaes Chaney 6638, 32, Winterton; 8 Jan 1908

R. Hooper 7764, 24, Hull; 24 Jun 1908


Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 9 Jan 1909. Vessel sold to Norwegian owners.

 Accidents and Incidents:

Log book entries:



Labadie Bank

W. Kent. age 19, Third Hand; born Lowestoft, residing Milford.

Fell on the winch and broke his leg.

    G. T. Cobley (Skipper)



Milford Docks

Bulwark and stanchion broken.  Run into by the steam trawler "Dorothy".

    Henry Dodd (Skipper)



45 miles WSW from Ile d'Yeu

Breakdown of rudder head on steam trawler "Roche Castle".  Towed her to Milford.

    George Hanlon (Skipper)



In Dock

Collided against the stern of the "Grace Lillian".  Error of judgement on account of there being a number of vessels in dock.  There was not sufficient room for my vessel to clear.

    G. Gibbs (Skipper)



Milford Docks

Collision with steam drifter "Meg".  Cause: jamming of wheel chains.

    James Chaney (Skipper)

    I. Kent (Bosun)




From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 6th June 1902:



ACCIDENT ABOARD A TRAWLER.— On Monday morning the S.S. Victoria steamed back into port with third hand, a man named Griffith, seriously injured by being caught in the steam winch about 6.30 on Sunday evening, with the result that he sustained a fracture of the leg in two or three places. On arrival at Milford, medical aid was procured, the sufferer being landed at the head and carried on a stretcher to the station, whence he was removed to the Haverfordwest Infirmary by train.



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 11th December 1903:



THE FISHING TRADE.— The Milford fishing fleet is growing. A fine new steam trawler, 100ft. long, the Reliance, has been purchased at Grimsby by Messrs. Caley and Page, and is on her way to Milford. On Tuesday two fine new steam trawlers, purchased by Messrs Sellick, Morley, and Price, started on their trial trip to the Bay of Biscay, and will be added to the Milford fishing fleet. The Victoria, belonging to Mr Thomas (Messrs Neale and West), realised £330 for hake in one voyage, and the Petunia (Messrs Sellick, Morley, and Price) realised £230 for one voyage. Both vessels had been fishing in the Bay of Biscay. The s.s. Orion, which had only been out two days, put back yesterday with the skipper ill.



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.

    The "Victoria" is well-known in Milford as one of the most successful boats belonging to this port.  She is owned by Mr. James Thomas.  The "St. Vincent" belongs to the Milford Haven Steam Trawling Company.


From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 26th January 1906: 



 FISH TRADE.- As predicted in our notes of last week supplies have been much better and some good voyages landed and there has been good demand for all kinds, prime fish being especially wanted. Hake has made £3 15s in the early part of the week, gradually falling to £2 10s on larger quantities arriving. The steam trawler 'Victoria' (Capt Hanlon), owned by Mr James Thomas, landed 160 kits of hake on Wednesday from the Bay of Biscay, the total catch realising £430. Only one steam drifter landed, belonging to Messrs Smiths Docks Trust Company, sold by Mr Millar, their representative and salesman. Her shot consisted of half a last of mackerel which made 28s per hundred.



From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 11th December 1907:


    Terrible weather has been experienced at sea these last few days, but up to the present there is fortunately no loss of life reported locally.  The steam trawler "Victoria" has put into Cambelltown, Ireland, with the Mate seriously injured about the face, the result of the glass of the wheelhouse being broken. He was detained in hospital .......



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 18th June 1909:



         Harry Woolson claimed compensation from Mr James Thomas, Milford Haven, owner of the steam trawler Victoria for the loss of two fingers of his left hand. Mr. A. B. Williams appeared for the applicant, and Mr. R. T. P. Williams represented the respondents.

        Mr. A. B. Williams said that as the result of an accident he met with on June 22 last the applicant who was employed on a steam trawler, lost two fingers of his left hand. He received compensation from the respondents down to the 16th of December, on which date his allowance was stopped.

        The applicant in the box stated that on the advice of the owners he consulted Dr. W. S. Griffith who told him that he was fit for work. He had received no compensation since December 19. As the result of the accident he found great difficulty in following his work. He was always in pain. The skipper of the trawler he was engaged on complained that he was too slow.

        Replying to Mr. R. T. P. Williams, the applicant denied that he was discharged at Oporto.

        Were you not discharged for misconduct ?—No.

        If I offer you a position as third-hand will you take it?—I can't do the work, sir.

        Ultimately on the direction of the judge, the applicant through his solicitor, consented to accept the offer.



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