S.T. Eulalia FD217


Official Number: 127562
Yard Number: 380
Completed: 1908
Gross Tonnage: 260.04
Net Tonnage: 100.75
Length: 125.6 ft
Breadth: 22.15 ft
Depth: 12.2 ft
Built: Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, North Shields
Engine: 500ihp T.3-cyl by Shields Engineering Co Ltd, North Shields
Boiler: R. Stephenson & Co Ltd, Hebburn-on-Tyne


30.6.1908: Launched by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, North Shields (Yd.No.380) for the The West Coast Steam Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Fleetwood as EULALIA.
7.1908: Completed.
6.8.1908: Registered at Fleetwood (FD217).
6.8.1908: Walter Acaster designated manager.
11.8.1908: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, North Shields (A).
13.1.1910: New Running Agreement at Grimsby – to fish out of Fleetwood (Sk. Sam Edwards, Knott End).
20.4.1910: At Blackpool County Court, Lazarus Richards former cook who had sustained an injury to his right hand whilst fishing. On recovery the company had offered him his job back but he declined stating that he was unfit for work. The medical referee declared him fit for work and the Judge awarded him 18s.0d per week to date and thereafter 1d per week, advising him to seek work.
14.7.1910: New Running Agreement. Walter Acaster designated managing owner.
14.10.1910: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to The Stamford, Spalding & Boston Banking Co Ltd, Stamford (B).
2.1.1912: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to Thomas William Baskcomb, Grimsby (C).
3.1.1912: New Running Agreement – Sk. E. Meadows, Grimsby.
7.2.1912: Alfred Bannister, Grimsby designated manager.
26.8.1912: Mortgage (B) transferred to Barclay & Co Ltd, London.
1913: Mortgages (A), (B) & (C) discharged. 7.1914: Sold to Alfred Bannister (64/64), Grimsby. 27.7.1914: Fleetwood registry closed.
28.7.1914: Registered at Grimsby (GY273). 30.7.1914: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to Barclays Bank Ltd, London (D).
9.9.1914: Registered at Grimsby as OCANA (GY273) (BoT Minute No.22405/1914 dated 21.8.1914). 23.12.1914: Mined 75 miles NE by N of Flamborough Head. Nine lives lost .
30.12.1914: Grimsby registry closed “ Vessel struck a mine in the North Sea and sunk in 10 minutes …”.

Lost – All Grimsby. Sk. Ernest William Larkin (44); James Hawley (44) Mate: William A. Joel (24) Third Hand: Herbert Webster (41), Ch Eng; A. Brown (47), Trimmer; G. Smith (42), David Allen (19), Deckhands; George O. Von Dix (36), Spare Hand; T. Flood (35), Steward.

Crew list courtesy of David Lewis

Ernest William LARKIN, age 44, Skipper, Husband of Marian Larkin, of 8 Brereton Ave, Grimsby, Lincs.
Herbert WEBSTER,age 41, Chief Engineer, Husband of Ada Webster, of 8 Wells St, Grimsby, Lincs.
James HAWLEY, age 42, Mate, Husband of J. Hawley, of 95 Ayscough St, Grimsby, Lincs.
William A. JOEL, age 24, Third Hand, Son of Mrs Joel, of 90 Hildyard St, Grimsby, Lincs.
G. SMITH, age 42, Deck Hand, Husband of Mrs. L. Moore, of 18 Arlington St, Grimsby, Lincs.
David ALLEN, age 19, Deck Hand, Son of Mrs. Allen,of 321 Brereton Ave, New Cleethorpes, Grimsby, Lincs.
A. BROWN, age 47, Trimmer, Born in London.
T. FLOOD, age 35, Steward, Husband of Mrs. Flood, of Fotherby St, Grimsby, Lincs.
George O. VON DIX, age 36, Spare Hand, Husband of Mrs. Von Dix, of 123 Grafton St, Grimsby, Lincs.

19/12/2008: Page published. 5 updates since then.
26/07/2020: Updated history.