Official No:  98706     Port and Year: Hull, 1890, (H111)

                                                                Lowestoft, 1925 (LT180)

Description: Iron side trawler; coal burning.

Crew: 9 men (1890)

Built: 1890, by Cochrane, Cooper & Schofield, Beverley.  (Yard no. 38)

Tonnage: 157 grt  57 net (1890); 60 net (1 Jan 1914).

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 101.2 / 20.6 / 11.0

Engine: T.3-Cyl; 45 rhp; by Charles D. Holmes & Co., Hull



13 Oct 1890: Francis & Thomas Ross Ltd., 1 Railway St., Hull

Manager: Thomas Ross. (Same address.)


As LT180

17 Jan 1925: Consolidated Steam Fishing & Ice Co. (Grimsby) Ltd., Auckland Rd., Fish Docks, Grimsby.

Manager: John D. Marsden. (Same address; 1927: Sir John D. Marsden, Bt.)


Landed at Milford:  24 Feb 1892 - 22 Apr 1894; 14 Mar - 2 May 1895

Skippers: 1892: Foot; Bernard Henry Galvin.

1893: Galvin; Addy

1894: Cook

1895: Rust.


Volta (Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio), was an Italian physicist known for the invention of the battery in the 1800s.

8 Jul 1894: Towed the abandoned schooner RACHAEL into Hull, having picked her up 300 miles off Spurn, with a cargo of pipe clay. [Yorkshire Herald, Monday 9th July 1894.]

15 Nov 1894: Towed the Ross Bros. steam trawler COLLINGWOOD, of Boston, into Hull, after she became disabled in the North Sea with damaged machinery. [The Leeds Mercury, Friday 16th November 1894.]

1917-19: Fishery Reserve.

27 Dec 1927: A Lowestoft fisherman named Peek was washed overboard from the VOLTA by heavy seas, leaving a widow and four children all under the age of eight.  [The Times, Wednesday 28th December, 1927.]

1938: Broken up.

Accidents and Incidents

From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 31st May 1893:


    The Ayr Observer and Galloway Chronicle gives the following report of an illegal trawling case heard at that place a few days since, which may be regarded in terrorem by local fishermen.

    "At Ayr Sheriff's court before Sheriff Orr Paterson, Bernard Henry Galvin, master of the steam trawler 'Volta', of Hull, was charged with trawling on Sunday, 19th March, about 8 miles north-west of Ballantrae, being within the waters inside the line between Corsewall Point and the Mull of Kintyre, contrary to the Herring Fishery Act.

    The Procurator-Fiscal stated that the defendant had trawled from Corsewall Point up the Firth some six or seven miles, destroying a quantity of lines, the damage being estimated at 50

    In mitigation it was stated that the defendant acted in ignorance, being perfectly unaware of the boundary line, nor had he been aware of it until he received the summons.

    The defendant, who had sailed from Milford Haven, had got himself informed of all notices regarding proscribed waters, but it appeared that the restrictions applying to Scotch waters were not posted at the Customs House at Milford Haven.  He (the Agent) had made enquiries and found that notices were posted at Milford haven only regarding English and Irish waters.  There seemed to him (the Agent) to be a defect in publication in that district of notices anent proscribed waters.

     The Sheriff said this was clearly a case for a severe penalty, but if the defendant had made reparation to the fishermen for the damage sustained, he would take that into consideration.  After consultation it was said that the defendant had consented to pay 30, that being the estimated amount of damage done within the statutory limit, and the Sheriff imposed a penalty of 20, and recommended the fishing officer to bring the matter before the Fishery Board, so that the restrictions applying to Scotch waters might be more extensively circulated."



From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 14th June 1893:


    Never in the existence of the fish market at Milford has such an abundant supply of mullet been landed as that of last week.  In fact, we may venture to say that a larger quantity has not been landed at any place, such a plentiful supply not being in the recollection of some of the oldest fish buyers in the Market.

    The "Volta" on Wednesday brought in about 3,470, and the "Escallonia", "Datura" and "Circe", on the following day, mustered between them the extraordinary total of about 10,000. 

    The Market on that day was literally glittering with the golden hue of the fish as the sun cast its golden rays upon them.  The price realised for them was particularly high, but notwithstanding this, they met with a ready sale.




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