S. T. George Adgell FD368

Picture of Skipper George Treece-Birch on the bridge of George Adgell courtesy of John Elrick


Admiralty Number: 4402
Official Number: 141953
Yard Number: 418
Completed: 1919
Gross Tonnage: 290
Net Tonnage: 127
Length: 125.5 ft
Breadth: 23.5 ft
Depth: 12.7 ft
Engine: 86 NHP T.3-cyl by Amos & Smith Ltd, Hull
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley
Speed: 10 knots


18.6.1919: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.418) (“Castle” class) for The Admiralty as GEORGE ADGELL.
31.1.1920: Completed as a fishing vessel.
2.1920: Sold to Henry Blackburn, Fleetwood.
5.2.1920: Registered at Fleetwood (FD368).
17.2.1920: Sold to Blackburn Trawlers Ltd, Fleetwood ( Henry Blackburn, manager).
15.3.1930: Off Northern Ireland coast (Sk. Dilver Collinson), fireman, John Ronson of Fleetwood was swept overboard and drowned.
10.9.1935: Sold to Basil A. Parkes, Cleveleys & Walter Holmes, Fleetwood.
5.12.1935: Sold to Parkholme Trawlers Ltd, Fleetwood (Basil A. Parkes & Walter Holmes)(Basil A. Parkes, Cleveleys, manager).
14.3.1939: Sold to The Saint Andrew’s Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Hull (Basil A. Parkes, Cleveleys, manager).
12.6.1940: Requisitioned for war service as an auxiliary patrol vessel (P.No.FY1926) (Hire rate £94.5.0d/month).
9.1941: Fitted out for minesweeping (P.No. FY.1926).
14.2.1946: Sold to Joseph L. Yolland, John Yolland & Thomas S. Yolland, Milford Haven.
8.7.1946: Sold to Yolland Brothers Ltd, Milford Haven (John T. Leslie & T. Stuart Yolland) (J. Yolland, manager).
17.1.1946: Returned to owner after restoration and survey at Aberdeen.
10.7.1948: Sold to J. Marr & Son Ltd, Fleetwood for £13086.
30.6.1953: Last landing at Fleetwood.
1953: Sold to BISCO and allocated to Thos. W. Ward Ltd, Sheffield for breaking up.
3.7.1953: Delivered Preston.
9.7.1953: Fleetwood registry closed. (CHR states “Closed 19.3.1955” suspect on repayment of a mortgage)

The Following information kindly provided by Patricia Bailey




Mysterious Fall Overboard

A graphic account of the loss of a member of the crew of the Fleetwood steam trawler, Geoge Adgell, belonging to Messrs Blackburn Trawlers, Ltd., was given when the vessel arrived at Fleetwood yesterday.

Leaving Fleetwood on March 14th for the Rockall, Atlantic fishing grounds, the trawler had proceeded as far as Innistrahull, off Northern Ireland, when at 4.15 the following morning, a cry of “Man overboard” was raised. In spite of a search, lasting till daylight, no trace of the missing man was found. The victim was John Ronson, aged 37, of 6 Avon Green, Fleetwood, who was a fireman on the vessel.

Interviewed by a “Fleetwood Chronicle” reported, Mr Richard Wright of Sagar Terrace, Fleetwood, deck hand, said that he was the last to see Ronson.

“Over the Side”

“The skipper, Mr Dilver Collinson, had just gone below to his bunk, and I was on watch” he said. “Suddenly I saw the legs and feet of a man disappearing over the side.

“The alarm was raised, and the skipper was on the bridge in a few seconds. The weather was calm at the time, and there was no swell on the sea.

“Although it was dark, we had all our deck lights on. We did not hear any cry from Ronson, and never saw him again. How he came to fall overboard is a mystery, and he must have been stunned by something.

“At the time he was very near the ash lift and was dumping ashes over the side. We cruised about for two hours without seeing anything of him.”

Ronson leaves a widow and six children, the eldest of whom is only 11 years of age.

Click to enlarge images

S. T. George Adgell FD368

S. T. George Adgell FD368
Picture courtesy of John Stevenson

George Treece Birch

George Treece Birch

16/01/2009: Page published. 3 updates since then.