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Official Number: 110868
Yard Number: 232
Gross Tonnage: 227
Net Tonnage: 86
Length: 114.0 ft
Breadth: 21.6 ft
Depth: 12.0 ft
Built: Cochrane & Cooper Ltd, Selby
T.3-cyl and boiler by Amos & Smith Ltd, Hull
27.2.1899: Launched by Cochrane & Cooper Ltd, Selby (Y.No.232) as a liner for The Viking Steam Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Grimsby as KING HARALD.
28.4.1899: Registered at Grimsby (GY1097). John E. Rushworth appointed manager.
29.4. 1899: Completed.
9.1903: Sold to Frank Barrett (64/64), Grimsby. Frank Barrett designated managing owner.
2.2.1911: Arrived Grimsby and reported that trimmer, Frank Hadfield was drowned in Icelandic waters. In stormy weather, with the ship rolling he was on deck, slipped, lost his balance and pitched overboard. Every effort was made to recover him but he sank and was not seen again.
1.1912: Sold to G. E. Forum (64/64) (Anglo Danish principals), Esbjerg, Denmark.
26.1.1912: Grimsby registry closed. Registered at Fanö (F??). George William Margarson appointed manager.
9.1912: New boiler.
1914: Fishing out of Fleetwood (Sk. Hans Sorenson Hansen).
9.1.1915: Put into Killybegs, Co. Donegal but told by the authorities to leave as UK ports were closed to foreign vessels. Ordered by telegram sent by Frank Barrett to proceed to Fleetwood to land and coal.
13.1.1915: On arrival at Fleetwood landed 30 boxes and vessel arrested.
22.1.1915: At Grimsby Magistrates Court, Frank Barrett and George William Margarson were charged with an offence under sections 37 & 38 of the Defence of the Realm Consolidation Act, namely entering a prohibited area, Fleetwood, and aiding and abetting Hans Sorenson Hansen to commit an offence contrary to section 48 of the same Act. The Stipendiary Magistrate dismissed the case against all defendants but concluded that the authorities were, however, justified in bringing the proceedings.
4.1915: Sold to Frank Barrett (64/64), Grimsby.
4.1915: Fanö registry closed.
6.4.1915: Registered at Grimsby (GY479). George William Margarson appointed manager.
29.5.1917: Requisitioned for Fishery Reserve (1-6pdr).
12.10.1917: At Grimsby a 1cwt (50kg) drum of carbide was delivered on board and left abaft the foc’sle hatch to be out of the way of the working of the ship. At 3.00pm. sailed for the fishing grounds (Sk. J. Maguire); nine crew all told. Shortly after sailing the 2nd engineer, George Henderson, found the drum and proceeded to move it to the engine room. Rather than use the arrangement provided for lowering the drum he attempted to go down the ladder backwards balancing the drum lengthwise in his arms so as to leave his hands free for the ladder. About halfway down the drum slipped off his arms and instead of landing on the plates fell over the guard rail into the crankcase where it was crushed with the next revolution of the crank spilling the contents into the bilge. The bilge contained about 10” of water and reacting with the carbide released a huge volume of acetylene gas which was ignited by the oil lamp suspended on the guard rail. The 2nd engineer was killed instantly along with the chief engineer, Charles Lambert and the cook Pethbridge, who was standing at the door of the engineroom. The skipper and mate, A. Johnson, the trimmer, two other crew members were severely injured and the bodies of two other crewmen were never found, possibly having been blown into the water or floated away when beaching. The whole of the superstructure was blown upwards and outwards, deck beam connections to frames were severed, cabin entirely wrecked and the boat smashed. The effect was felt half way along the length forward and about 180 rivets were started in the hold and shell plating sprung. The vessel was making water and taken in tow by another trawler was beached in shoal water. With pumps onboard, salved and towed into the dock basin at Grimsby were she grounded by the stern.
13.10.1917: At low water search began for bodies of the engineers. Repair costs estimated to be £6,000.
24.1.1918: At the Inquiry held at Grimsby by H.M. Chief Inspector of Explosives (No.187), the inspector, Major A. Cooperkey CB concluded that “The explosion was not an unavoidable accident and would not have occurred (a) if the carbide had been removed below before the engine was started, or (b) if proper means had been adopted to remove it below.
1.1920: Sold to Direct Fish Supplies Ltd (64/64), London.
23.3.1922: Company in voluntary liquidation.
10.8.1922: Placed in compulsory liquidation.
9.1922: Sold to Thomas Baskcomb (64/64), Grimsby.
9.1935: Sold to shipbreakers.
17.9.1935: Grimsby registry closed.
22/06/2016: Page published.
30/06/2016: Information updated.
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Official Number: 67134
Net Tonnage: 35
Built: Whitehaven, 1872
1872: Built Whitehaven for William Leech, Fleetwood as Emma Maria.
1872: Registered at Fleetwood (FD85).
1880/81: Sold to Joseph Bird, Fleetwood.
1982: Sold to Joseph Kitchingman, Liverpool.
By 1887: Sold to John Davies, 20 Marmion Road, Hoylake. Fleetwood registry closed. Registered at Liverpool (LL70).
23.12.1900: Reported ashore by “61 perch” Liverpool Bay. Crew safe. Total loss. 1901: Refloated, repaired and returned to service.
1908/09: Sold to Joseph R. Foulkes, Port Dinorwic & others. Joseph R. Foulkes designated managing owner.
1911: Liverpool registry closed.
19/05/2016: Page published.
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Additional information courtesy of Andy Hall
Official Number: 123368
Yard Number: 291
Gross Tonnage: 240
Net Tonnage: 62
Length: 120.6 ft
Breadth: 22.9 ft
Depth: 13.2 ft
Built: John Duthie Torry Shipbuilding Co, Aberdeen
Engine: T.3-cyl and boiler by J. Abernethy & Co, Aberdeen
23.5.1906: Launched by John Duthie Torry Shipbuilding Co, Aberdeen (Yd.No.291) for The Walker Steam Trawl Fishing Co Ltd, Aberdeen as STAR OF LIBERTY.
30.10.1906: Registered at Aberdeen (A88). Andrew walker appointed manager.
11.5.1908: Arrived Aberdeen from an Icelandic trip reporting boat lost when howmewards due to stress of weather.
7.5.1912: Aberdeen registry closed. To fish in South African waters.
14.10.1912: Laid up in Victoria Dock, Aberdeen and advertised for sale in ‘Aberdeen Journal’ Interest shown by the French Government and sale to French nationals confirmed.
19??: Remeasured 241g 53n.
1912: Sold to Soc. Anon. des Pêcheries de Biarritz, Biarritz. Renamed GRAZIELLA.
1915: Sold to Rene Pettit, Dieppe. Registered at Dieppe (D-1659).
By 1925: Sold to Brunet & Ledoux, Boulogne.
1927: Sold to Brunet & Co, Boulogne. Dieppe registry closed. Registered at Boulogne (B-??).
1928: Sold to Stephen Fishing Co Ltd, Aberdeen.
1928: Remeasured 227g 98n.
6.9.1928: Registered at Aberdeen (A368).
2.12.1928: Registered at Aberdeen as JANE STEPHEN (A368). Thomas Stephen appointed manager.
8.1933: Sold to William Wray, Hartlepool.
8.9.1933: Aberdeen registry closed.
9.1933: Registered at Hartlepool (HL61).
9.10.1933: Registered at Hartlepool as EILEEN WRAY (HL61). William Wray designated managing owner.
7.2.1934: Homeward from fishing grounds (Sk. Ben Trueman), when some 200 miles from Hartlepool ran into very heavy weather and NW gale; boat lost, wheelhouse window stove in and some deckpound boards washed away.
9.2.1934: Arrived Hartlepool.
14.3.1935: Landed a Royal sturgeon – 3 stone and 5ft in length.
6/7.1936: Landed at Fleetwood (The Hewett Fishing Co Ltd agents)
17.12.1939: Off Hartlepool badly damaged by German aircraft, towed into Hartlepool but later foundered; no casualties.
12.1939: Salved, repaired and returned to service.
14.11.1940: Sold to Saint Andrew’s Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Hull. Basil Arthur Parkes, Cleveleys appointed manager.
1942: Sold to Hellyer Brothers Ltd, Hull.
12.1942: Hartlepool registry closed.
18.12.1942: Registered at Hull (H8).
10.1945: Sold to Humber Trawlers Ltd, Grimsby.
10.1945: Hull registry closed.
10.1945: Registered at Grimsby (GY108). Joseph Reynolds Cobley appointed manager.
1952: Sold for breaking up.
5.1952: Grimsby registry closed.
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S.T. Eileen Wray HL61
Picture courtesy of Malcolm Cook (Hartlepool History)
06/05/2016: Page published.
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