S.T. Curlew – H274

Additional information courtesy of Geoff Davidson


Official Number: 105031
Yard Number: 139
Completed: 1895
Gross Tonnage: 137
Net Tonnage: 56
Length: 95.2 ft
Breadth: 20.3 ft
Depth: 11.0 ft
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Hull
Engine: T.3-cyl by Charles D Holmes & Co, Hull


16.3.1895: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Hull (Yd.No.139) for Pickering & Haldane’s Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull as CURLEW.
5.4.1895: Registered at Hull (H274).
4.1895: Completed. Henry A. L. Russell appointed manager.
27.9.1898: Sold to Thomas Hanlan, Dublin & others. Thomas Hanlan designated managing owner. ‘ crew mostly composed of Fleetwood men ’.
5.1.1899: Fishing 25 miles NE of Rockabill Lighthouse, Co. Dublin (Sk. James Neave, Fleetwood). Trawl came fast, chain stopper put on warp but parted and hawser caught the bosun, Thomas Smith and crushed him against the winch. The mate, Richard Wright at once put on the winch brake but Smith’s thighs were crushed and broken. Trawl cut away and abandoned and made for Dublin at best speed. On arrival Smith and deckhand W. Eaves also injured, were conveyed to Sir Patrick Dun’s Hospital.
9.1.1899: Thomas Smith (38), Fleetwood died of gangrene and shock.
29.5.1899: Reported fire in forecastle caused by spark from lamp; cook slightly hurt.
14.12.1899: Reported stranded on rocks off St. John’s Point, Co. Down. Coastguards attended, vessel is holed and propeller lost. Successfully refloated, repaired and returned to service.
3.1.1900: Sold to Dublin Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Dublin. Arthur Richardson appointed manager.
18.8.1902: Hull registry closed.
8.1902: Registered at Dublin (D210).
1905: Sold to James Hall, Sunderland.
1905: Dublin registry closed. Registered at Sunderland (SD78). James Hall designated managing owner.
5.6.1915: Stopped by U-boat (U.14) 50 miles EbyN from Aberdeen. Crew abandoned and sunk by gunfire. Sunderland registry closed.

* – 1899 crew. Skipper James Neave/ Frederick Chard, 2nd hand, Samuel Turner, Boatswain, Thomas Smith/W.Blewett, 3rd hand P. Morgensen, 4th hand, W. H. Brunton.

03/02/2016: Page published.