S.T. Alonso H887

Additional information courtesy of Mike Thompson


Official Number: 123260
Yard Number: 319
Completed: 1906
Gross Tonnage: 172.15
Net Tonnage: 50.53
Length: 108.8 ft
Breadth: 21.5 ft
Depth: 11.2 ft
Built: Mackie & Thomson, Govan
Engine: 280ihp T.3-cyl by W. V. V. Lidgerwood, Coatbridge
Boiler: A. & W. Dalglish, Pollockshaws, Glasgow


1906: Launched by Mackie & Thomson, Govan (Yd.No.319) for Hellyer’s Steam Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Hull as ALONSO.
25.6.1906: Registered at Hull (H887).
25.6.1906: Charles Hellyer appointed manager.
6.1906: Completed.
19.7.1906: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to The Union of London & Smith’s Bank Ltd, London (A).
25.3.1910: In collision in North Sea with steam trawler BLANCHE (H928) sustaining damage to shell plating on starboard quarter.
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 66.36 net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907
30.11.1915: Mortgage (A) discharged.
1919: Released.
29.5.1917: Requisitioned for Fishery Reserve.
1919: Released.
14.2.1919: Sold to Elijah Headspith (64/64), Hull.
14.2.1919: Elijah Headspith designated managing owner.
22.2.1919: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to The London Joint City & Midland Bank Ltd, London (B).
4.10.1919: Sold to The Mons Steam Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Hull.
4.10.1919: Elijah Headspith appointed manager.
25.11.1919: Mortgage (B) discharged.
28.11.1919: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to The London Joint City & Midland Bank Ltd, London (C).
27.11.1923: Mortgagee restyled Midland Bank Ltd, London.
23.6.1933: On a North Sea trip, John Jackson (45), cook, lost overboard and drowned.
8.2.1934: Mortgage (C) discharged.
8.2.1934: Sold to William Claudius Farrow (32/64), and Stephen Nowell (32/64), both Hull.
9.2.1934: William Claudius Farrow & Stephen Nowell designated joint managing owners.
16.3.1934: Sold to Ocean Steam Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Hull.
16.3.1934: Leonard Hopwood Tutcher appointed manager.
20.4.1934: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to Barclays Bank Ltd, London (D).
13.12.1935: Mortgage (D) discharged.
14.9.1935: Sold to Colin Henry Brand, Milford Haven.
27.9.1935: Colin Henry Brand designated managing owner.
2.6.1936: Vessel mortgaged to Barclays Bank Ltd, London (E).
14.12.1937: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to Robert Parcell Lewis, Fishguard for the sum of £313 with interest at 5% (F).
4.1938: With GOZO (H545) converted for Spanish pareja trawling method.
4.1938: Newspaper clipping: “ J. F. Gwyther has been favoured with instructions to offer for sale at the Conservative Club, on Friday 15th September, the steam trawlers ALONSO, CAIRO and GOZO.
3.8.1938: Mortgage (E) discharged.
3.12.1938: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to Ruth Brand, Johnston and Lillian Gertrude Brand, Burton (joint mortgagees) (G).
3.2.1939: Last landing at Milford. Laid up.
7.7.1939: Colin H. Brand filed for bankruptcy.
7.10.1939: Mortgage (G) discharged.
12.10.1939: Sold by order of the mortgagee under mortgage (F) to The Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co Ltd (64/64), Fleetwood.
30.10.1935: Basil Arthur Parkes, Thornton-le-Fylde appointed manager.
8.11.1939: Sold to Fred Parkes and Charles Lucas Wilbraham (64/64 joint owners), both Blackpool.
19.11.1939: Charles Lucas Wilbraham designated managing owner.
25.7.1940: Sold to Wellvale Trawlers Ltd (64/64), Fleetwood.
15.8.1940: Charles Lucas Wilbraham appointed manager.
26.8.1942: Sold to Hull Merchants Amalgamated Trawlers Ltd (64/64), Hull
1.9.1942: Archibald Hudson appointed manager.
10.1.1944: Sailed Hull on a North Sea trip (Sk. George Underhill); thirteen crew all told.
13.1.1944: Last seen approximately 5 miles ENE off No.62F buoy, Hornsea. The joint Arbitration Committee adjudged the loss to be by unknown war causes.
16.6.1944: Hull registry closed. “Ship missing since sailing for North Sea fishing grounds on 10th January 1944.”

(Crew: Skipper George Underhill (68); William Abbott (39), Mate; Joseph Marr (52), Third Hand; John H. Chapman (54), Bosun; Harold Coultas (34), Ch Eng; Eric Smitth (30), 2nd Eng; Arthur Albert Stevens (28), deckhand; Robert H. Easter (29), Charles E. Osborne (44) and Arthur E. Smith (36), Spare Hands; Charles W. Gibson, Fireman/trimmer; George E. Croft (43), Trimmer and James F. Coull (71), Cook)

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S.T. Alonso H887

S.T. Alonso H887
Picture courtesy of The Bill Blow collection

S.T. Alonso H887

S.T. Alonso H887
Picture courtesy of The Alan Hirst collection

10/08/2010: Page published. 3 updates since then.
04/08/2016: Significant information update.
09/09/2018: Removed FMHT watermarks from images.
23/06/2019: Updated information.