S.T. Duncan (1) GY1148

Additional information courtesy of Bill Blow


Official Number: 110945
Yard Number: 278
Completed: 1900
Gross Tonnage: 216.23
Net Tonnage: 71
Length: 114.8 ft
Breadth: 21.6 ft
Depth: 11.5 ft
Built: Cochrane & Cooper, Beverley
Engine: 400ihp T.3-cyl by J. Cran & Co, Leith
Boiler: J. T. Eltringham & Co, South Shields


16.1.1900: Launched by Cochrane & Cooper, Beverley (Yd.No.278) for William Grant (32/64), Grimsby and Andrew Cochrane (32/64), Beverley as DUNCAN. 24.2.1900: Completed.
9.3.1900: Registered at Grimsby (GY1148).
9.3.1900: William Grant designated managing owner.
14.3.1900: William Grant (32/64) shares mortgaged to The York City & County Banking Co Ltd, York (A).
21.3.1900: Andrew Cochrane (32/64) shares mortgaged to The York City & County Banking Co Ltd, York (B).
8.8.1901: Andrew Cochrane (32/64) shares sold to Arthur Bainbridge, Stockton-on-Tees.
3.10.1901: Mortgage (B) discharged.
11.10.1901: Mortgage (A) discharged.
14.10.1901: Arthur Bainbridge (32/64) shares mortgaged to The York City & County Banking Co Ltd, York (C).
25.7.1904: Arthur Bainbridge died.
14.11.1904: Probate granted to Mrs Elizabeth Ann Bainbridge, sole executor (32/64) shares.
15.3.1909: On marriage became Mrs Elizabeth Ann Sanderson (32/64) shares.
24.10.1913: Mortgage (C) discharged.
30.10.1913: Sold by Mrs Elizabeth Ann Sanderson (32/64) and William Grant (32/64) to Harry Eastoe Rees (64/64), Mumbles, Swansea.
13.10.1913: Harry Eastoe Rees designated managing owner.
31.10.1913: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to London & Provisional Bank Ltd, London (D).
10.11.1913: Fishing from Fleetwood (Sk. George Cooke).
4.12.1913: Stranded in the River Wyre “… sustained damage which necessitated the renewal of the stern frame, rudder post, rudder, tail end shaft, propeller, and wheel chains. The above repairs having been effected at Fleetwood, and the vessel being ready for sea, the owner, taking into account the fact that the bridge and wheelhouse were aft in the vicinity of the new iron work, very wisely and properly decided that the vessel should be swung for the adjustment of her compasses before she took her departure for the fishing grounds.”
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 87.10 net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907.
24.1.1914: Sailed Fleetwood for fishing grounds in Cardigan Bay (Sk. George Cooke); nine crew all told. Compasses checked in Lune Deep but vessel not swung due to visibility. Compass adjuster, Mr Basil Cousens was satisfied that the compass was correct on north and south points and overhead compass on east. 1.1914: Fishing in Cardigan Bay and Bristol Channel.
1.2.1914: At 12.00 noon a sounding was obtained in 30 fathoms and a position marked on the chart at 52.14N 04.55W; this assumed position proved to be erroneous. A NE course was set with the intention of making Penkilan Head to fish in the deep water lying to southward of that point, near the Devil’s Tail. The wheel was left in charge of two deckhands. At about 3.15pm. in a strong SW breeze, a high sea and hazy weather making good about 7 knots stranded on St. Patrick’s Causeway, Cardigan Bay. The engine was worked but the vessel remained fast. Despite burning nets and other material no assistance came and the vessel was abandoned by the crew.
2.1.1914: At 3.00am. the boat reached Pwllheli and all the crew landed safely. Declared CTL.
14.2.1914: Grimsby registry closed “Wrecked”.
3.4.1914: At the BoT Formal Investigation held at Liverpool, the skipper in mitigation sited compass error but this was not upheld by the Court, which found “… that the casualty was directly caused by the wrongful act and default of the skipper, Mr. George Cooke, and accordingly suspends his certificate for 4 months, but respectfully recommends that he be granted a second hand’s Certificate in the meantime.”

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