S.T. Britannic FD184

Additional information courtesy of Andy Hall, Lynne Elvin and Hull Trawlers


Official Number: 99548
Yard Number: 466
Completed: 1891
Gross Tonnage: 144.32
Net Tonnage: 30.55
Length: 105.4 ft
Breadth: 20.6 ft
Depth: 11.0 ft
Built: Hepple & Co, North Shields
Engine: 360ihp T.3-cyl by Hepple & Co, North Shields
Boiler: J. T. Eltringham & Co, South Shields


23.9.1891: Launched by Hepple & Co, North Shields (Yd.No.466) for John Kelsall (64/64), Prestwich, Manchester as BRITANNIC.
12.12.1891: Registered at Hull (H181).
12.1891: Completed. John Kelsall designated managing owner.
1895: Transferred to fish out of Fleetwood.
30.5.1896: At Fleetwood Police Court four men charged with a breach of the Merchant Shipping Act in assaulting the skipper and combining to disobey orders were found guilty and sentenced to seven days hard labour.
30.5.1897: Sold to Kelsall Brothers & Beeching Ltd (64/64), Manchester. John Edmund Ambrose Kelsall & George Beeching, Fleetwood designated managers.
9.1897: Hull registry closed.
4.9.1897: Registered at Fleetwood (FD184).
9.1.1899: Reported having lost a crewman (Grant) believed washed overboard and drowned.
24.3.1899: Fleetwood registry closed. Transferred to fish out of Hull.
13.4.1899: Registered at Hull (H447).
25.4.1905: Lengthened to 119.0 ft draught 10.8 ft – 168g 63n( 46n?).
25.4.1905: Hull registry closed on lengthening and vessel registered anew (H447).
8.9.1911: Registered office transferred to Hull. George Beeching, Hull & John E. A. Kelsall, London designated managers.
29.12.1912: In the North Sea off the Dogger Bank with the boxing fleet (Sk. Herbert Hugh Henery); nine crew all told. At about 8.00 am. having hauled the trawl and finished stowing the fish, struck amidships by Hull steam trawler BUZZARD (H971). Ch Eng H. Wise stopped the engine and came on deck to warn that she was rapidly filling. The crew put on their lifejackets and attempted to launch the boat but it foundered and they literally swam off the deck as the ship foundered. The skipper was seen putting on his lifejacket but he and the bosun, Smith went down with the ship. The bosun surfaced but there was no sign of the skipper and a search by other vessels in the fleet failed to find him. Other trawlers on the scene, VICEROY (GY786) picked up five men, KITE (H773) two and TANAGER (H134), one; all transferred to BUZZARD which had suffered only minor damage to her fore end.
31.12.1912: Survivors landed at Hull.
9.1.1913: Hull registry closed “Total loss”.

Crew saved – Albert Love, Mate; Smith, Bosun; W. Crickmore, Third hand; A. Dixey, Deckhand; H. Wise, Ch. Eng; L. Alders 2nd Eng; W. Sellers, Trimmer and J. Courtney, Cook.

Lost – Herbert Hugh Henery, Skipper.

18/05/2012: Page published. 6 revisions since then.
29/11/2014: Information updated.
07/06/2017: Information update.
16/07/2016: Updated information.
07/10/2019: Updated information.