Official Number: 113083
Yard Number: 386
Gross Tonnage: 168
Net Tonnage: 54
Length: 105.8 ft
Breadth: 21.2 ft
Depth: 11.4 ft
Built: A Hall & Co Ltd, Aberdeen
Engine: T.3-cyl by A. Hall & Co Ltd, Aberdeen
20.2.1901: Launched by A. Hall & Co Ltd, Aberdeen (Yd.No.386) for The “Dodds” Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Aberdeen (W. H. Dodds, manager) as CHANCELLOR.
26.3.1901: Registered at North Shields (SN279).
1911: Sold to Robert Craig and Alexander & James Leiper, Aberdeen ( Robert Craig managing owner).
1.12.1911: North Shields registry closed.
4.12.1911: Registered at Aberdeen (A423).
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 64.20 net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907.
1916: Sold to William Hall Dodds, Aberdeen.
16.5.1916: Sold to the Port St. Mary Fishing & Curing Co Ltd, London (Charles Jeffs Jnr, Hest Bank, manager).
3.1917: At Fleetwood. Fitted with Hotchkiss 6pdr gun (No.1252); complement increased by two gunners.
29.5.1917: Requisitioned for Fishery Reserve.
5.8.1918: Sold to Ernest Taylor & Noah Ashworth, Fleetwood (Joseph A. Taylor, manager).
31.7.1919: Aberdeen registry closed.
2.8.1919: Registered at Fleetwood (FD339).
7.10.1924: Sold to John Chant, Plymouth (Plymouth Trawlers Ltd).
17.11.1931: Sold to Plymouth Trawlers Ltd, Plymouth (John Chant, manager).
15.1.1934: Sailed Plymouth for West of England grounds (Sk. Edward Charles Rowe); nine crew all told.
17.1.1934: Fishing off the Eddystone, stopped at 2.00 a.m. due to bad weather and poor visibility (wind SW force 7-8, rain). Decided to return to Plymouth, set course NE by E and proceeded at full speed (7 to 8 knots), with the skipper and the Bosun, Wilfred Scobie and a deckhand William George Penberthy in the wheelhouse. The skipper was absent from the wheelhouse for 15 to 20 minutes and returned at about 4.30 a.m. shortly before the vessel stranded in Whitsand Bay near Withnoe Point, Rame Head. After stranding the engine was worked “Full Astern” but after a few revolutions ordered “Stop” and then “Full Ahead”. The skipper stated that this was done for crew safety. Fires were drawn and crew saved by rocket apparatus and breeches buoy.
1.1934: Abandoned and became total wreck.
31.1.1934: Fleetwood registry closed.
20.3.1934: At BOT Formal Investigation (No. S.362) held at Plymouth, the Court considered that the skipper took an undue risk in proceeding on a course at full speed from an uncertain or assumed position and without taking soundings during such course. The Court found that the stranding and subsequent loss were due to the wrongful act and default of her skipper, Edward Rowe. His ticket was suspended for twelve months.
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19/05/2012: Page published. 9 revisions since then.
19/08/2014: Boiler picture added.
16/01/2015: Made minor correction.
04/10/2015: Added further information.
30/12/2017: Removed FMHT watermarks from images.
18/11/2019: Updated information.
01/03/2020: Added link to movie of the wreck.