Official No:  108470    Port and Year:  Grimsby, 1897 (GY330)

                                                                  Lowestoft, 1925 (LT138)

Description: Steel side / beam trawler, steam screw, coal burning. Yawl rigged.  Pareja (pair) fishing.

Crew: 9 men (1897-1939)

Built: 1897; by Mackie & Thomson, Glasgow.  (Yard no. 143)

Tonnage: 162 grt  55 net (1897); 63 net (1 Jan 1914).

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 104.2  / 20.5  / 10.7

Engine: T.3-cyl; 45 rhp;  by Muir & Houston, Glasgow



As GY330

19 May 1897: Hagerup, Doughty & Co., Ltd., Grimsby.

Manager: Fred E. Hagerup.

Apr 1906: Consolidated Steam Fishing & Ice Co. (Grimsby) Ltd., 1 Quality Court, London. (1906-20)

                                                                                                           Auckland Rd., Fish Docks, Grimsby. (1920-25)

Manager: John D. Marsden, Fish Docks, Grimsby.

As LT138

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

1927: Consolidated Fisheries, Ltd., Auckland Rd., Fish Docks, Grimsby.

Manager: John D. Marsden, Fish Docks, Grimsby. (1930: Sir John D. Marsden, Bt.)


19 Nov 1937: Don Fishing Co. (Milford Haven), Ltd., The Docks, Milford.

Manager: John C. Llewellin, 11 Priory Rd., Milford.


17 Mar 1939: Pair Fishing Co. Ltd., The Docks, Milford.

Manager: Henry J. Horwood, 6 Waterloo Rd., Hakin, Milford.


Landed at Milford: 23 Oct 1937 - 8 Mar 1940



Xania (pron. "shania"), the capital of the prefecture of Xania in Crete, 90 miles from Heraklion; also used as a written short form of the name "Christiania".

Oct 1914: Requisitioned by the Admiralty (No.641) and converted to a minesweeper. 1 x 6pdr.AA

1919: Returned to owners.

15 Jun 1933: Collided with German torpedo-boat WOLF; XANIA damaged her stem, damage to WOLF unknown. [The Times, Thursday 22 June 1933.]

23 Sep 1934: Trimmer George Canham was swept overboard and drowned by a heavy sea when 140 miles N.E. of Lowestoft. [The Times, Tuesday 25th September 1934.]

16 Mar 1940: Sank after collision.  [See below.]

7 May 1940: Lowestoft Registry closed.

Accidents and Incidents

From an unknown local newspaper dated c. 28th October 1937:


    Another pair of locally owned trawlers put to sea on Tuesday night's tide.  They were the s.t. Rattray and the s.t, Charmouth, recently purchased by the Don Fishing Company from Fleetwood and Aberdeen, and reconditioned and adapted for the Spanish "Pareja" method of fishing. 

    This enterprising firm has purchased four more of this class of trawlers from Fleetwood, viz., s.t Aberdeen, s.t. Xania, s.t. Ilfracombe and the s.t Scarborough, two of which have arrived in Milford Docks to be fitted out.

    This makes five pairs of boats under the management of Yolland and Llewellyn.



From the West Wales Guardian, Friday 22nd March 1940:


    Disaster befell the Milford steam trawler "'Xania" whilst on the fishing grounds during the week-end. She sank after being in collision with her pair mate trawler the steam trawler "Aberdeen". The skipper and crew of the "Xania" fortunately were all rescued and brought safely home to Milford by the "Aberdeen".

    The "Xania" has been in the port for a few years and was bought from the East Coast for the purpose of working the pair system method. As things are going at present there is little doubt the vessel will be replaced by the enterprising Pair Fishing Company, who continue to smash records.



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