S.T. Colonial Empire – H404

Additional information courtesy of Christine Simm.


Official Number: 109038
Yard Number 209
Completed: 1898
Gross Tonnage: 162
Net Tonnage: 53
Length: 105.4 ft
Breadth: 20.7 ft
Depth: 11.0 ft
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Hull
Engine: 350ihp T.3-cyl by Tindall & Co, Hull


7.4.1898: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Hull (Yd. No.209) for Cargill Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull as COLONIAL EMPIRE.
6.1898: Completed. Edward B. Cargill designated manager.
17.6.1898: Registered at Hull (H404).
1.7.1898: Sailed Hull for fishing grounds.
13.7.1898: At Hull landed maiden catch.
14.2.1902: Sailed Hull for fishing grounds but returned same tide with engine defect.
21.2.1906: Sailed Hull for fishing grounds. In the Humber when overtaking in collision with Newcastle owned London registered steamer BRIAR (188grt/1891), Hull for Berwick with oilcake. Both vessels damaged. Returned to St. Andrew’s Dock.
29.8.1906: When off the South Foreland about noon in hazy conditions, sighted a vessel with ‘Not under Control’ signals flying. Closed and found steam tug CANADA (56grt/1903) accompanying swimmer T. W. Burgess in his attempt to swim the Channel. On being told what was happening and that he was a Yorkshireman the Hull men gave Burgess an encouraging cheer, with shouts of “Good old Yorkshireman”. (Burgess swam 42 miles in 18 hours but failed to reach the French coast).
19.9.1906: At Hull Admiralty Court, Mr John Short (Mr John S Cole – MNL) owner of the steamship BRIAR of London, claimed £234 from the Cargill Steam Trawling Co Ltd, owners of the steam trawler COLONIAL EMPIRE, for loss of freight and damage (three shell plates/frames damaged, and other minor damage) through collision caused by the default of the trawler. After hearing evidence the Judge found that the sole cause of the collision was the trawler trying to pass too close to the BRIAR and found for the latter vessel on the claim and counter claim, with costs.
26.12.1907: In the afternoon arrived Aberdeen in tow of Hull trawler DUKE of WELLINGTON (H288) picked up in the evening of 24th December disabled, having lost her propeller in heavy weather some 30 miles N of Hoy Head while entering the Pentland Firth on her way home.
27.12.1907: At Aberdeen landed 40 boxes and 14 score.
1910: Fishing out of Hull.
From 3 – 6.1911: Fishing out of Fleetwood.
9.3.1911: Landed 60 boxes (1 soles).
14.3.1911: Landed 46 boxes.
28.3.1911: Landed 40 boxes.
31.3.1911: Landed 60 boxes.
3.4.1911: Landed 40 boxes.
25.4.1911: Landed 60 boxes.
22.5.1911: Landed 40 boxes (10 soles).
12.6.1911: Landed 30 boxes (3 soles).
21.6.1911: Landed 22 boxes (4 soles).
29.6.1911: Last landing at Fleetwood, 40 boxes (2 soles).
12.1911: Sold to N.V. F Maatschappij Praxis III, IJmuiden (C. Maas, J. Print & G. Carst).
12.12.1911: Hull registry closed. Registered at IJmuiden as PALLAS (IJM84). Fishing out of IJmuiden.
29.5.1922: Landed, made 1415 guilders gross.
28.2.1924: Landed, made 2820 guilders (£245) gross.
4.11.1926: Landed, made 2892 guilders gross.
6.6.1927: Landed made 1940 guilders gross.
16.8.1929: Landed made 1731 guilders gross.
25.3.1931: Landed 50 baskets made 1200 guilders (£107) gross.
3.8.1936: Reported sold to breakers at Hendrik-Ido-Ambracht, along with POSEIDON (IJM740 and INVIERNO (IJM158).
1936: IJmuiden registry closed.

05/08/2021: Page published.