S.T. Hornrif IJM155 (Wartime visitor)

Additional information courtesy of Andy Hall and Jan Harteveld.


Official Number: 108585
Yard Number: 28
Completed: 1898
Gross Tonnage: 182 (As built 168)
net Tonnage: 68 (As built 93)
Length: 109.0 ft
Breadth: 21.1 ft
Depth: 10.4 ft
Built: Cumming & Ellis, Inverkeithing
Engine: 300ihp T.3-cyl by MacColl & Pollock Ltd, Sunderland


23.3.1898: Launched by Cumming & Ellis, Inverkeithing (Yd.No.28) for Muirhead’s Trawlers Ltd, Edinburgh as MOUNT CENIS.
4.6.1898: Trials in Firth of Forth. Attained speed of 11 knots.
6.1898: Completed. James Muirhead designated manager. Registered at Granton (Part I & IV) O.N.108585 (GN51)(5/1898).
19.10.1903: Alongside West Pier, Granton at low tide. Sk. William Jarvis and a Customs Officer rescued an engineer who had slipped from a ladder and fallen between the vessel and the pier. Taken to Leith Hospital with cut on his head.
Pre 1904: William G. Muirhead designated manager.
25.1.1904: Company to go into liquidation.
9.2.1904: At Cupar Sherrif’s Court, Sk. William Jarvis was fined £80 and fishing gear forfeited or 60 days imprisonment for illegal trawling inside the three mile limit in the Firth of Forth.
14.3.1904: Disabled with machinery problem 25 miles E of May Island. Liverpool steam trawler JABOO (LL358) connected and delivered Granton.
2.4.1904: In the afternoon at the height of a gale a small boat from the Russian schooner CECILIA was blown out into the Forth. A boat from the German schooner JOHANNES (101grt/1896) put out immediately and succeeded in overtaking the first boat, transferred two man and both proceeded to pull back to Granton. However, with the gale increasing both were driven seawards. Seeing the danger MOUNT CENIS slipped and proceeded to sea to recover the two boats. Approached the boats and wth great difficulty took hold of them and brought safely to Granton.
3.5.1904: Along with MOUNT BLANC (GN56); MMOUNT ROSA (GN55); MOUNT VISO (GN56) and SIMPLON (GN59) mortgaged to Joseph Constant (Shipbrokers) Ltd, London. Taken over in default of mortgage and offered for sale.
2.11.1904: Muirhead’s Trawlers Ltd in voluntary liquidation.
1.1905: Sold to Newhaven Trawlers Ltd, Edinburgh.
25.1.1905: Registered at Granton as Alert (GN52). Edward Walker, Newhaven designated manager.
26.1.1908: Arrested at 5.15pm. off May Island, Firth of Forth by Fishery cruiser BRENDA (174grt/1898) (Capt George C. Mackenzie) allegedly fishing within a prohibited area. At Cupar Sheriff Court Sk. Albert Norris failed to appear on the charges; evidence given in his absence that he was working the starboard trawl in a position some 2.5 miles 67° west of May Island. When approached by the Fishery cruiser no one was observed onboard and had to the summoned by the whistle. On boarding by the Second Officer, Thomas Guthrie, Sk. Norris laughed and took it as a joke; he thought that the BRENDA had gone to the Moray Firth. Having two previous convictions, the last one in March 1904, the Sheriff found the case proven and Norris £100 or alternatively sixty days imprisonment; trawl and gear confiscated.
9.6.1909: Advertised in Lloyd’s List “Under Owners’ instructions” by Thomas McLaren & Co, Glasgow, the High class Modern steam trawlers, HEATHER (GW6) and BLUEBELL (GW5). Also NETTLE (GW11) and GOWAN (GW9) along with ACTIVE (GN51) and ALERT (GN52).
21.06.1909: At Lerwick Sheriff Court Shetland, Skipper Hugh Robertson was fined £100 or alternatively sixty days imprisonment for illegally trawling near Fair Isle.
1909: Sold to Stoomtrawler-Visscherij Mij. “Holland I-IV”, IJmuiden. S. A. Bakker,designated manager. Granton registry closed. Registered at IJmuiden as OTOÑO (IJM155).
1910: Sold to N.V. Visscherij Mij. “Pesca”, IJmuiden. S. A. Bakker later P. Dijksen designated manager.
1923: Sold to N.V. Nationale Stoomvisscherij, IJmuiden. I. S. Groen designated manager. Registered at IJmuiden as ALBERT GROEN (IJM155).
1928: Sold to Stoomvisscherij Mij. “Die Scelvisch”, IJmuiden. G. de Rooy & L. S. J. Reijersberg designated managers. Registered at IJmuiden as AVILA (IJM155).
1934: Sold to N.V. Nationale Stoomvisscherij, IJmuiden. Donald J. Groen designated manager. Registered at IJmuiden as LEENTJE ELIZABETH (IJM155).
1938: Briefly registered at IJmuiden as PRINSES BEATRIX (IJM155). Reverted to LEENTJE ELIZABETH (IJM155) when name taken by PRINSES BEATRIX (IJM117) q.v. 1939: Sold to Stoomvisscherij Mij. “Hornrif”, IJmuiden. Donald J. Groen designated manager. Registered at IJmuiden as HORNRIF (IJM155).
1940: Escaped to England and fishing out of Fleetwood.
27.4.1943: Typical wartime landing, Home Waters. 405 kits – hake-230, cod/codling-20, flats-15, ling/coley-60, roker-50, gurnard-30.
1945: Returned to Holland.
1954: Laid up.
5.3.1957: Sold for breaking up. IJmuiden registry closed.

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S.T. Hornrif IJM155

S.T. Hornrif IJM155
Picture courtesy of The Jan Harteveld Collection


29/04/2013: Page published. 3 updates since then.
25/10/2018: Removed FMHT watermark from image and updated information.
14/01/2021: Updated history.