With acknowledgments to William Blow


Official No:  96235     Port and Year: Grimsby, 1891 (GY286)

                                                                Grimsby, 1906 (GY151)

                                                                Lowestoft, 1925 (LT173)

Description: Iron side trawler; single screw; coal burner; yawl rigged

Crew: 10 men (1891).

Built: 1890, by Mackie & Thomson, Glasgow. (Yard no. 16)

Tonnage:  149 grt  48 net (1891); 75 net (1 Jan 1914).

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 100.5 / 20.5 / 10.7

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



As GY286

9 Jan 1891: The Grimsby & North Sea Steam Trawling Co. Ltd., Grimsby.

Manager: John R. Mackrill, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire.


22 Sep 1900: A/S Zodiac, C. Røe, Brevik, Norway.


As GY151

27 Jun 1906: Grimsby & North Sea Steam Trawling Co., Grimsby.

Manager: John R. Mackrill, Corby House, Grimsby.


Jun 1908: Samuel J. Green, 'Norwood', St.Dogmaels, Cardigan.

Managing owner.


1912: Alfred R. Morgan, Galloway Rd., Fleetwood.

Managing owner.


1914: Herbert M. Johns, Dock St., Fleetwood.

Managing owner.


13 Aug 1917: William Would, Fish Docks, Grimsby.

Managing owner.


Apr 1920: The Woodbury Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., Humber Bank Fish Docks, Grimsby.

Manager: Harold A. Jeffries. (Same address.)


As LT173

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

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


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


Landed at Milford:  21 Aug 1908 - 10 Dec 1911

Skippers: Goffin (1910)


13 Sep 1894: Fishing apprentice James Orton was charged in Grimsby with refusing to go to sea on the ZODIAC after two voyages.  Case dismissed, as the defendant, who had been transferred from deckhand to steward as he suffered from a rupture, was unfit for duty, and his indentures were cancelled. [Reynolds's Newspaper, Sunday 16th September 1894.]

16 Mar 1908: The crew of three of the lugger MAGGIE MAY were landed at Grimsby after attempting a voyage from Lowestoft to Norway, during which they encountered three gales.  Food, coal and paraffin gave out, and after the vessel became waterlogged and disabled they took to the small boat, from which they were rescued by the ZODIAC. [Penny Illustrated Paper, Saturday 21st March 1908.]

1914-19: Fishery Reserve, as ZODIAC II.

9 Sep 1933: Lowestoft Registry closed; broken up.


Accidents and Incidents

From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 19th October 1910:


    Last week, the steam trawler 'Zodiac', Skipper Goffin, out of Milford, picked up a steamer named the 'City of Belfast', out in the Channel.  The steamer was disabled, her shaft broken.  The trawler went to her assistance, made fast and commenced to tow her to port, but it seems that the trawler did not have the necessary horse power and proved unequal to the task, the strain being too great, so she stood by her until a larger trawler from Fleetwood got fast of her and towed her into Waterford, Ireland.



From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 5th April 1911:


    At the Lord Nelson Hotel on Thursday afternoon Messrs. Evan and Roach offered the steam trawler "Zodiac" for sale by auction.  The owner is Mr. S. J. Green of Cardigan, and she has been trading at Milford for a couple of years.  The first bid was £350 and it moved briskly to £630, at which figure it was withdrawn.



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