Additional information courtesy of Andy Hall
Official Number: 115716
Yard Number: 274
Gross Tonnage: 203.50
Net Tonnage: 68
Length: 115.4 ft
Breadth: 21.6 ft
Depth: 11.9 ft
Post WW2: Re-measured 220g. 82.11n
Engine: T.3-cyl by W. V. V. Lidgerwood, Coatbridge
Built: Mackie & Thomson, Glasgow
3.9.1902: Launched by Mackie & Thomson, Glasgow (Yd.No.274) for John Stewart Boyle, Glasgow as GLENOGIL.
10.1902: Completed as a great liner/trawler.
3.10.1902: Registered at Glasgow (GW8). John Stewart Boyle designated managing owner.
8.12.1902: At Aberdeen, when outward for fishing grounds in collision with incoming steam trawler OCEAN RACER (A.871). Both vessels severely damaged and returned to berth. Repaired at a cost of £100.
10.9.1903: Towed disabled steam trawler JOHN S. BOYLE (GN10) from Granton to Aberdeen.
1905: Worked Icelandic herring fishery from Akureyri, Iceland with seine net in company with GLENISLA (GW10).
9.6.1906: Sailed Aberdeen in company with GLENISLA and GLAMIS CASTLE (GW12) for Akureyri, Iceland via Haugesund to pick up Norwegian crew members to prosecute the Icelandic herring fishery. Working drift and seine net with GLENISLA landing to curers at Aukureyri. Cured herring transported to Bremen by German herring carrier DARMSTADT (BB9)(151g/1896).
17.9.1906: Returned to Aberdeen in company with GLENISLA, having landed Norwegian crewmen at Haugesund.
6.11.1906: Fishing Shetland grounds (Sk. George Warman). Arrested by Fishery cruiser BRENDA (174grt/1898) (Capt Murdoch) allegedly fishing within the three mile limit on the west coast of Shetland; escorted to Lerwick.
7.11.1906: At Lerwick Sheriff Court, Warman pleaded guilty and was fined £50 with his port side trawl and gear confiscated.
8.12.1907: Fishing off Fair Isle in heavy weather when at about 6.00am. in collision with steam trawler OCEAN KING (A174) sustaining damage below the waterline and making water. Decided to run before the wind and set course for Lerwick arriving safely later in the day.
9.12.1907: Taken in hand for temporary repairs to allow passage to Aberdeen.
10.12.1907: Sailed for Aberdeen.
19??: Operating from Aberdeen as a great liner.
10.8.1911: Landed record line shot at Aberdeen, 30tons (just under 500 boxes) – £450.
1914: Fishing from Aberdeen (Sk. Robert Armour).
28.11.1911: In the North Sea in very bad weather, about 160 miles from Aberdeen sighted the Norwegian steamer BALDUIN (1017grt/1899) flying signals of distress, having lost her propeller. Agreed with the master that salvage should be rendered but it took some three hours in the prevailing weather conditions before the wire hawsers could be made fast and it was not until the afternoon that the tow got underway for Aberdeen.
30.11.1911: In the afternoon when off Aberdeen, and in a freshening wind, with coals getting short, summoned the steam trawler LACERTA (GY641) by whistle and asked to standby. Subsequently LACERTA asked to put a warp on the BALDUIN’s starboard bow which was accepted by the crew and made fast; she remained with the steamer until she was safely delivered to Aberdeen and berthed in Victoria Dock.
6.3.1912: At Aberdeen Sheriff Court an action was raised at the insistence of John S. Boyle, owner of the GLENOGIL for salvage services rendered, against Fred Olsen, Christiania, Norway, owner of the BALDUIN. The claim was for salvage remuneration, loss and damage stated at £5,000 in respect of the salvage services rendered by the GLENOGIL, her master and crew and interest from 30.11.1911, the date BALDUIN was safely delivered to Aberdeen.
25.5.1912: At the Court of Sessions, Edinburgh, two actions were brought before Lord Dewar; by the GLENOGIL, her master and crew for salvage services rendered to the BALDUIN and a claim of £5,000 and by the LACERTA, master and crew for salvage services rendered to the BALDUIN and a claim for £500. The defendants Counsel stated that the value of the BALDUIN did not exceed £5,500 and her cargo of pit props did not exceed £5,250. The Counsel also stated that the service of the LACERTA was not rendered in circumstances of difficulty or danger and the warp was accepted and secured in the belief that her skipper was acting on the instructions, and at the request of and arrangement with, the master of the GLENOGIL.
14.11.1913: Court of Sessions, Edinburgh. Case due for reconsideration, outcome unknown. *
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 82.11net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907
8.9.1914: Homeward from the fishing grounds (Sk. Robert Armour). At about 1.30am. observed distress signals. Great care and seamanship was required before they could close the vessel to discover HM Armed Merchant Cruiser OCEANIC (17274grt/1899) (Capt. William Slayter RN – Cdr H. Smith RNR, Master) stranded on Hoevdi Grund Rocks, 2.5 miles E by S of South Ness, Foula, Shetland Isles (60.07N 01.58W). Connected and with others attempted to tow off but hawsers broke several times. Abandoned salvage and with skilful manoeuvring through the heavy swell and fog secured alongside the OCEANIC, embarked all 400 crew. Sk. Armour then steamed to the HM Armed Merchant Cruiser ALSATION (18481grt/1913) (P.No.M.50) which was laid off in deeper water. Returning to the OCEANIC, the remaining 200 crew members were embarked and ferried to the cruiser. Returning for a third time, a large amount of gold bullion was taken onboard along with other valuables and transferred to ALSATION.
10.9.1914: Arrived Aberdeen to land.
8.1915: Requisitioned for war service as a boom defence trawler (Ad.No.103). Based Swarbacks Minn, Shetland.
1919: Sold to Archibald G. Brown, Granton Archibald G. Brown designated managing owner.
Post 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Scarborough.
1920: Sold to Thomas Davidson, Alexander Aitkin Davidson, William Wood Snr & William Wood Jnr, Aberdeen.
2.1920: Glasgow registry closed.
10.2.1920: Registered at Aberdeen (A282). Alexander A. Davidson designated managing owner.
30.12.1927: Homeward from Longstone grounds (Sk. William Wood), off mouth of Firth of Forth, picked up crew of steam trawler EBOR (H360) which had foundered and landed them at Leith.
4.11.1933: Sold to Alexander Aitkin Davidson, William Wood Snr & William Wood Jnr, Aberdeen. Alexander A. Davidson designated managing owner.
3.4.1939: Sold to William Wood Snr & William Wood Jnr, Aberdeen. William Wood Jnr designated managing owner.
24.1.1940: Sold to William Wood Jnr, Aberdeen. William Wood Jnr designated managing owner.
25.1.1941: Sold to Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd (64/64), Fleetwood. Basil Arthur Parkes, Cleveleys designated manager.
17.2.1943: Sold to Robert Alfred Colby Cubbin (64/64), Douglas, IoM.
17.2.1943: Robert Alfred Colby Cubbin designated managing owner.
15.4.1943: Aberdeen registry closed.
19.4.1943: Registered at Peel (PL59).
1943: Working Faroe grounds from Fleetwood.
3.6.1943: Typical landing. 409 kits, cod/codling-250, haddock-23, whiting-58, flats-63, ling/coley-15.
1951: Sold to BISCO and allocated to Thos W. Ward, Sheffield for breaking up.
20.8.1951: Arrived Preston.
1951: Peel registry closed.
* The case was heard again on 14.11.1913 but unfortunately we have no detail of the judgement.
(Record line shot for Aberdeen fish market, 1911)
From the 1880s, Aberdeen became well known for its fleet of steam trawlers. Line fishing was also carried out though. The advantage of line fishing was that the fish were much better quality. Fish caught in a trawl can be crushed or damaged. This was not the case with line-caught fish.
‘Record, line caught prime fish for Aberdeen fish market, Steam Liner “GLENOGIL”, August 16th 1911, £450 – 30 tons’, equivalent to just under five hundred boxes, fishing vessel owned by John S. Boyle.)
21/12/2008: Page published. 2 updates since then.
27/11/2017: Major information update.
15/11/2020: Updated history.