S.T. Hainton – GY535

Additional information courtesy of Christine Simm, Finn Björn Guttesen and Birgir Þórisson


Official Number: 110863
Yard Number: 600
Completed: 1899
Gross Tonnage: 156
Net Tonnage: 59
Length: 106.0 ft
Breadth: 20.7 ft
Depth: 11.0 ft
Built: Edwards Bros,, North Shields
T.3-cyl by Baird & Barnsley, North Shields


11.1.1899: Launched by Edwards Bros,, North Shields (Yd.No.600) for Excalibur Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby as SIR PERCIVALE.
24.2.1899: Registered at Grimsby (GY1078).
3.1899: Completed. Henry Smethurst designated manager.
23.3.1909: Sold to Christian M. Evensen, Hull (Evensen & Black).
1.3.1909: Grimsby registry closed.
25.3.1909: Registered at Thorshavn, Faroe Islands as NANSEN (TN149). J. P. Evensen, Thorshaven designated manager.
5.1910: Sold to Alick Black, Grimsby.
10.5.1910: Registered at Grimsby as HAINTON (GY535). Alick Black designated managing owner.
7.2.1911: Thorshavn registry closed.
6.1911: Transferred to fish out of Fleetwood.
13.6.1911: First landing at Fleetwood – 40 boxes (3 of soles).
20.11.1912: Last landing at Fleetwood – 40 boxes (14 of soles.)
07.12.1912: Sold to William Ellis, Grimsby. William Ellis designated managing owner.
18.2.1913: When trawling some 95 miles to the E of Spurn Point (Sk. Benjamin Dunn) in darkness and heavy rain, deckhand Alfred Porter (45) of Boston, lodging in Grimsby, went on deck to to start the winch, which was his duty, to haul the trawl, the only other man on deck was the third hand, John Henry Poppleton who was on his way to the forecastle to put on his oilskin. At that time the gear was coming in and Porter was standing on the aft side of the winch. At about 6.05am. a scream was heard and Poppleton rushed out immediately and to his horror found Porter was in the winch. The winch was stopped at once and it was plain that Porter had met with an instantaneous death, his body was torn and mangled beyond recognition but he was identified by his boots. After collecting the body parts, the gear was hauled and headed for Grimsby.
19.2.1913: At the inquest held at Grimsby District Hospital, the Borough Coroner, Mr T. Mountain, recorded a verdict of “Accidental
11.7.1915: In the morning, stopped some 45 miles NExE of Hornsea by U-boat (U25), crew given five minutes to leave the vessel by boat
and trawler sunk by gunfire. After twelve hours in the boat, picked up by the steam trawlers EARL (H436) and HELVETIA (GY767) and
landed at Grimsby.
15.7.1915: Grimsby registry closed “Sunk by a submarine.”

01/06/2021: Page published.
02/06/2021: Corrected some details.