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S.T. Lindum – GY619

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


Official Number: 109849
Yard Number: 599
Completed: 1899
Gross Tonnage: 155.55
Net Tonnage: 58
Length: 106.0 ft
Breadth: 20.7 ft
Depth: 10.9 ft
Built: Edwards Brothers, North Shields
Engine: T.3-cyl by Baird & Barnsley, North Shields
Boiler: J. T. Eltringham & Co, South Shields.


14.12.1898: Launched by Edwards Brothers, North Shields (Yd.No.599) for The Excalibur Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby as SIR GALAHAD.
2.1899: Completed.
6.2.1899: Registered at Grimsby (GY1043). Henry Smethurst designated manager.
3.1909: Sold to Christian M. Evensen, Hull & Tórshavn, Faroe Islands.
4.3.1909: Grimsby registry closed.
3.1909: Registered at Tórshavn, as FINSEN (TN232) to enable vessel to fish in restricted British waters, etc.
31.8.1910: At Fleetwood landed 30 boxes (6 boxes soles).
9.12.1910: At Fleetwood landed 45 boxes, (4 boxes soles and 150 brill.
3.1911. Sold to Alick Black, Grimsby.
9.3.1911: At Fleetwood landed 50 boxes (3 boxes soles).
9.3.1911: Registered at Grimsby as LINDUM (GY619). Alick Black designated managing owner. Fishing out of Fleetwood.
1.4.1911: At Fleetwood landed 100 boxes.
3.1913: Sold to Walter H. Beeley & others, Grimsby. Walter H. Beeley designated managing owner.
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 61.26 net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907.
24.7.1915: Fishing some 53 miles E off Spurn in company (Sk. George Staples). At 11.00am witnessed steam trawler PERSEUS (GY 445) (Sk. John Constantine) some four miles away, lifted clear of the water by explosion having struck a mine. Hauled gear and with steam trawler VENTNOR (GY293) arrived on scene. Both vessels launched their boats to search amongst the wreckage. The body of the skipper, who was apparently still alive when he entered the water but died shortly after, was recovered by the LINDUM along with that of the mate, William Edward Picket. The PERSEUS picked up the body of deckhand George Christopher Monkton and he was transferred to the LINDUM.
25.7.1915: Arrived Grimsby and bodies landed.
11.1915: Sold to Isaac Bennett & others, Grimsby. Isaac Bennett designated managing owner.
8.1916: Sold to Alfred Stringer, William Stringer, Walter Stringer, Herbert Stringer and Harold Stringer (64/64 joint owners), Boston.
14.8.1916: Grimsby registry closed. Registered at Boston (BN61). Alfred Stringer designated manager.
26 9.1916: Sailed Boston for North Sea grounds off Flamborough Head (Sk. Charlie Baker); nine hands all told.
3.10.1916: At about 6.00am. moved to fish the Scarborough grounds fishing en route. At 4.20pm hauled the trawl and position estimated as ENE off Scarborough, distance about 11 miles. Secured trawl gear and at 4.40 pm set course south, to clear Flamborough Head 4 miles. At full speed making about 8 knots in hazy weather, but clear to see 3 to 4 miles, sea smooth, no wind. Several trawlers passed northwards some inshore, the skipper hailed one, PETREL (GY609), and asked what distance he had run but could not hear the reply. The skipper left the wheelhouse at 5.50pm. after relief by the third hand Ernest Wharman, told to steer south he had with him a deck hand, keeping lookout through the starboard bridge windows. At 6.40pm, he was relieved by the second hand, Charles Henry Burman, and a deck hand, Thomas Reader. At 6.55pm. a large black buoy was sighted on the starboard beam and passed at a distance of about two ships lengths. Wharman left the bridge and reported to the skipper who told him to proceed on a southerly course. At about 7.15pm. the look out asked what the black mass ahead was, the second hand looked through the glasses and seeing that it was land, immediately rang full astern, but before the engine room could obey the vessel struck the rocks heavily. The skipper came on the bridge, the engine was stopped and pumps started, but the vessel was making water so fast that the pumps could not cope. The water found its way into the engine room and the fires were put out. Settling by the stern and also taking on a heavy list there was likelihood of capsize. The order was given to launch the boat and at about 7.40pm. the whole crew abandoned the vessel in the boat. The trawler had stranded at Thornwick Bay at the extremity of the headland known as Thornwick Nab to the N of Flamborough Head and with a sea breaking heavily against the rocks through a ground swell, it was too dangerous to try to land. The boat therefore headed seawards and at about 11.0pm. they were picked up by the Grimsby steam trawler Rameses (GY715).
4.10.1916: Survivors landed at Grimsby. Boston registry closed.
22.12.1916: At the formal investigation at Grimsby (No.S340) into the loss of the steam trawler Lindum, the Court found skipper Charlie Baker in default and suspended his certificate for a period of six months with £20 costs. The stranding and the loss of the Lindum was not caused by any wrongful act or default of the second hand, Charles Henry Burman. Subsequently the trawler slid off rocks into about 9m of water off Thornwick Nab. The wreck is well broken up.

Crew of PERSEUS who lost their lives – Sk. John Constantine (43); William Edward Picket (42), Mate; William Henry Webster (30), Third Hand; Henry Thomas Waugh Ramsey (39), Ch Eng; James Richardson Mackrill (33), 2nd Eng; Christopher George Monkton and George Watson (20), deckhands; Andrew Ward (15) and Ernest Edmund Higgins (16), Apprentice; Walter Harvey (38), cook/steward.

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S.T. Lindum GY619

S.T. Lindum GY619
Picture (In Wyre Dock-early 1900s) courtesy of The David Slinger Collection

09/11/2020: Page published.
11/11/2020: Added an image.
02/07/2021: Updated Faroese PLN.
03/07/2021: Updated history.

S.T. Baltic GY186


Official Number: 94095
Yard Number: 320
Completed: 1880
Gross Tonnage: 154
Net Tonnage: 93
Length: 100.6 ft
Breadth: 20.01 ft
Depth: 11.6 ft
Built: Earles Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull
Engine: T.3-cyl and boiler by Earles Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull


1888: Launched by Earles Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull (Yd.No.320) for The Grimsby Steam Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Grimsby.
11.1888: Completed as a well vessel and liner/trawler.
23.11.1888: Registered at Grimsby (GY186). Henry Kelly, Cleethorpes designated manager.
6.4.1904: Attended Aberdeen steam trawler BEN VENUE (A83) stranded on Skerry Rock, Boddam, Aberdeenshire. Trawler came afloat but foundered after crew had taken to boat. All nine crew picked up and landed at Aberdeen.
1912: George Edward James Moody, Cleethorpes designated manager. Fishing out of Fleetwood. Engaged in trawling. William Moody Kelly managing agent.
1.1915: Requisitioned for war service (1-3pdr) (Ad.No.967).
7.1915: Sold to Allen Steam Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Grimsby. William J. Allen designated manager.
6.1915: Returned to owner at Grimsby.
29.2.1916: In storm force winds and heavy seas off the North Yorkshire coast, forced ashore at Bempton. Crew taken off by lifesaving team. Vessel a total loss.
8.3.1916: Grimsby registry closed. “Wrecked”.

04/08/2019: Page published.

S.T. Ebor Elect LL58

Additional information courtesy of David Slinger


Admiralty Number: 4216
Official Number: 136087
Yard Number: 203
Completed: 1920
As built: 360disp 125.6 x 23.5 x 12.8 feet
Gross Tonnage: 275g
Net Tonnage: 113
Length: 125.3 ft
Breadth: 23.4 ft
Depth: 12.6 ft
Built: C. Rennoldson & Co, South Shields
Engine: 480ihpT.3-cyl by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank, Middlesbrough


1919: Laid down by C. Rennoldson & Co, South Shields (Yd.No.203) (“Castle” class) for The Admiralty as THOMAS GREEN (Ad.No.4216).
29.5.1919: Launched.
12.1919: Sold to The Ebor Fishing Co Ltd, Middlesbrough.
21.1.1920: Completed as a fishing vessel.
22.1.1920: Registered at Middlesbrough (Part I & IV) as EBOR ELECT O.N.136087 (MH112). Charles W. Robinson designated manager.
1920: Sold to Harley & Miller Ltd, Liverpool. Alfred J. Harley, Meols designated manager.
1923: Charles C. Miller designated manager.
1926: Middlesbrough registry closed.
3.8.1926: Registered at Liverpool (LL58).
1928: Fishing out of Fleetwood.
24.11.1928: Last landing at Fleetwood.
1928: Sold to Consolidated Fisheries Ltd, Grimsby.
17.12.1928: Liverpool registry closed.
16.1.1929: Registered at Swansea as CAERPHILLY CASTLE (SA92). Sir John D. Marsden, Bart, Grimsby designated manager. Fishing out of Swansea.
26.8.1939: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (P.No.NI) (Hire rate £85.18.9d/month).
5.2.1940: Returned to owner at Swansea.
27.1.1941: On the West of Ireland grounds, attacked and severely damaged by German FW200 aircraft, foundered with loss of three crew* in position 52.35N
29.4.1941: Swansea registry closed “Vessel sunk by enemy action 27/1/41.”

(Thomas Green, AB (volunteer), age 30, b.Cork, Ireland – VICTORY (SB652))

Lost* – All Swansea. John Pattison (50), Ch Eng; John Anderson Dempster (38) 2nd Eng; James Cecil Cole (31) deckhand.

08/03/2019: Page published.

S.T. Ebor Court LL56

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Additional information courtesy of David Slinger and Andy Hall


Admiralty Number: 4483
Official Number: 136085
Yard Number: 313
As built: 360disp 125.6 x 23.5 x 12.8 feet
Gross Tonnage: 275.56
Net Tonnage: 115
Length: 125.4 ft
Breadth: 23.4 ft
Depth: 12.6 ft
Engine: 480ihp T.3-cyl by J. P. Rennoldson & Sons Ltd, South Shields


1919: Laid down by J. P. Rennoldson & Sons Ltd, South Shields (Yd.No.313)(“Castle” class) for The Admiralty as WILLIAM DRAKE (Ad.No.4483).
4.1919: Launched.
4.4.1919: Advertised for sale by tender.
10.4.1919: Tenders closed. Sold to Charles W. Robinson, Middlesbrough.
19.5.1919: Completed as a fishing vessel.
13.6.1919: Registered at Middlesbrough (Part I & IV) as EBOUR COURT O.N.136085 (MH40). Charles W. Robinson designated managing owner.
1920: Sold to Harley & Miller Ltd, Liverpool. Alfred J. Harley, Meols designated manager.
1923: Charles C. Miller designated manager.
1926: Middlesbrough registry closed.
3.8.1926: Registered at Liverpool (LL56).
1928: Fishing out of Fleetwood.
6.6.1928: Landed 150 boxes.
10.10.1928: Landed 94 boxes.
23.11.1928: Last landing at Fleetwood.
12.1928: Sold to Consolidated Fisheries Ltd, Grimsby.
17.12.1928: Liverpool registry closed.
12.1928: Registered at Swansea as CAREW CASTLE (SA91). Sir John D. Marsden, Bart, Grimsby designated manager. Fishing out of Swansea.
31.10.1929: Homeward from the fishing grounds (Sk. Boyce); eleven crew, in company with RADNOR CASTLE (SA56). Entering a fog bank in the Bristol Channel, stranded on rocks near Culver Hole west of Port Eynon Point, Gower Peninsula, approx 18 miles west of Swansea. Badly holed and engine room flooded, RADNOR CASTLE stood by and on the falling tide crew able to walk ashore.
1.11.1929: Tug in attendance, if weather holds expected to be salved. Crew picked up by tug and landed at Swansea.
02.11.1929: Efforts to refloat unsuccessful.
15.11.1929: In rough weather washed further onto rocks and efforts to salve abandoned. Swansea registry closed.

(William Drake (29), Landsman (volunteer), age 29, b.Isle of Wight – ROYAL SOVEREIGN (SB50))

04/03/2019: Page published.
12/05/2020: Updated information.

s.v. Nimble FD11

Additional information courtesy of Christine Simm


Official Number: 27317
Gross Tonnage: 33.61
Rig Sloop/Ketch
Built: Robert Wright, Freckleton


1860: Launched by Robert Wright, Freckleton for John Noblett, Fleetwood as NIMBLE.
8.1.1861: Registered at Fleetwood.
10.8.1863: At Blackpool Petty Sessions, seven fishermen, Peter Leadbetter (ALICE); James Wilson (BRAZEN NOSE”); Richard Wright (ELIZABETH); William Ball (EMMA); Nicholas Leadbetter (MARY ELLEN) and Richard Roskell (NIMBLE), had summonses issued against them for illegally landing and having onboard their vessels quantities of oysters, during a prohibited time of the year. Richard Roskell giving evidence maintained that they could not avoid catching these oysters which damaged their nets, and that they were not the type of oysters forbidden in the Act. After legal argument the cases against William Ball, Peter Leadbetter, Richard Roskell and James Wilson were dismissed with costs; Nicholas Leadbetter and Richard Wright were each fined 8s and costs.
20.8.1864: Took part in the class for trawl boats under 70tons at the Blackpool Regatta (Sk.Richard Roskelll) finishing in fourth place.
3.11.1864: At night the Fleetwood registered flat BRITON (29 regd tons/1841) (Capt Fairclough) while at anchor on Mort Bank off Walney Island was run down by the Belfast and Morecambe paddle steamer SHELBURNE (484grt/1860) (Capt Sully). The flat immediately filled and capsized but the steamer sustained little damaged and continued passage to Morecambe. The crew of the flat took to their boat and picked up the following morning by the NIMBLE and brought into Fleetwood.
10.11.1864: Fell in with the BRITON drifting about in Morecambe Bay and assisted the Fleetwood paddle tug WYRE (165grt/1862) to connect and deliver to Fleetwood.
7.12.1866: At about 2.30am when about twenty miles from Fleetwood Lighthouse, during severe gales that had raged all week, swept by heavy seas, breaking up the boat, carrying away the sails and washing the fishing gear overboard. Sk. Richard Roskell saw the heavy sea coming and shouted to warn the crew who were manning the winch, but they were unable to escape, William Ball (35) was thrown against the winch handles which came in contact with the lower parts of his body; Richard Rigley and William Wright were also severely injured. The skipper and remaining hand rigged a jury sail and endeavoured to make for Fleetwood, but owing to the heavy seas running and the damaged condition of the vessel they ran on into Piel and immediately sent to Barrow for medical assistant On arrival of the medical man it was determined that all three were in serious condition and should be moved ashore for treatment; William Ball declined to be moved.
8.12.1866: At about 10.00am sailed Piel for Fleetwood, Ball who had been in agony all night passed away on passage and on arrival a Fleetwood about 3.00 pm in tow of the paddle tug WYRE (Capt Swarbrick), he was conveyed to his home in Walmsley Street.
9.12.1866: At the inquest held at the Fleetwood Police Station, a verdict was returned “ That the deceased was accidentally killed on board the fishing smack NIMBLE, in a storm, whilst out at sea.. “
1869: Owned by Frederick W. Rigby, (64/64), Preston. Registered at Fleetwood (FD11).
10.10.1869: During the night on the flood tide. Parted her moorings on the south side of the river and drifted up with the tide and carried through the gap in the old railway embarkment fetching up on the Marsh. The following morning the owner who was prepared to take her to sea on the morning tide, found her missing. Searching about for some time she was discovered and brought back to her mooring on the following tide with only a small portion of her taffrail damaged; she proceed to sea on the same tide.
4.5.1879: The smack had been out for several days. In the evening about 10.05pm, Joseph Price, fisherman, was cutting cork when the knife slipped and entered his high up to the haft. The smack was immediately put about for Fleetwood and at about 4.00am in the morning Price was put in the punt off Danger Patch buoy and towed into Fleetwood. On arrival he was conveyed to his mother’s house in Cross street and Dr Porter attended. Price was very weak from loss of blood as he had severed an important artery. The wound was dressed and he was improving.
15.3.1884: Frederick Rigby died.
7.1884: Sold to Patrick Murphy, Swingpump Lane, Whitehaven. Fleetwood registry closed. Registered at Whitehaven (3/1884) (WN7).
1889: Sold to John Preston Peet, Whitehaven & others (John Preston Peet managing owner).
1890: Rebuilt and ketch rigged – 23 regd tons Employed coasting.
1892: Sold to John Wright, 12 Senhouse Street, Whitehaven & others (John Wright managing owner).
19.1.1903: Wrecked on Angus Rock, Strangford Lough, Co Down in approximate position 54 29N 05 37W, while on passage to Belfast, cargo vegetables.
1903: Whitehaven registry closed.


01/12/2018: Page published
20/02/2022: Information updated.