Category Archives: Steam Trawlers

S.T. Helgi Magri EA290

Information courtesy of Birgir Þórisson

Technical

Official Number: Unknown
Yard Number: 109
Completed: 1891
Gross Tonnage: 137
Net Tonnage: 27.7
Length: 32.15 m
Breadth: 6.34
Depth: 3.11 m
Built: J. C. Tecklenborg, Geestmünde, Germany
Engine: 260ihp C.2-cyl by J. C. Tecklenborg, Geestmünde

History

1891: Completed by J. C. Tecklenborg, Geestmünde, Germany (Yd.No.109) for Gebruder Thomae, Boizenburg, Elbe, Germany as LILLY. Registered at Hamburg (HH5). F. W. E. Thomae designated manager.
2.1913: Sold to Ásgeir Pétursson (5/6) and Sk. Stefán Jónasson (1/6), Akureyri, Iceland. Hamburg registry closed.
27.2.1913: Registered at Akureyri as HELGI MAGRI (EA290).
1916: Stefán Jónasson share (1/6) sold to Ásgeir Pétursson. Mostly employed in the Icelandic summer herring fishery, also trawling and transport as well as experimenting with other activities.
1913-1918: Fished for herring in the winter off Norway and Sweden.
26.10.1918: Reported arrived Fleetwood along with the ex whaler VARANGAR (RE 181) (g/1881) and the Elías Stefánsson trawler ÍSLENDINGUR (RE 120) (143g/1893), to fish out of the port over the winter. J. Marr & Son Ltd, managing agents. During their stay some crew members fell ill with influenza and one crew member died along with one from ÍSLENDINGUR. The crews were so well nursed in a Seamens’ Home that the skippers invited the nurses to Iceland in the summer of 1919 on a holiday tour. (Jan 1918-Dec 1920 H1N1 Influenza Pandemic, the so called “Spanish Flu” – about 50 million dead worldwide.)
4.6.1919: Arrived Reykjavik from Fleetwood, overhaul before heading North for the summer herring fishery. Reported that catches had been good.
1921: Icelandic ship register – 103,3 (31,39)x 20,4 x 9,4 Danish feet (metres)
(From Lloyd’s Register 1925) 136g 51n 103.3 x 20.4 x 9.4 feet (Danish feet mistaken for imperial)
1925: Iceland ship register – 136g 51n 32,43 x 6,40 x 2,95 metres (Danish feet converted to metric)
Early 1928: Properties auctioned off.
21.4.1928: Ownership re-styled h/f Ásgeir Pétursson & Co. Operated in the name of Sigurður Bjarnason, skipper/shipowner, Akureyri.
1929: Iceland ship register – 32,78 x 6,03 x 3,27 metres
19.6.1929: Registered at Akureya as NONNI (EA 290). Classified as a longliner.
12.1929: Sold to h/f Barðinn, Þingeyri, Iceland.
1931 Operated by a fishermens’ cooperative at Þingeyri.
1931-33: Official register of ships recorded as owned by h/f Barðinn.
1933-34: Longlining from Reykjavik (but only recorded in 1933, then operated by Sk. Þórarinn Dúason).
By 1934: Register of ships records owner as Ásgeir Pétursson, Akureyri.
10.1.1935: Sank in Reykjavik harbour in fierce storm. Refloated, slipped but condemned and broken up.

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S.T. Helgi Magri EA290
Picture courtesy of The Birgir Þórisson Collection

Changelog
06/06/2019: Page published.

S.T. Íslendingur RE120

Information courtesy of Birgir Þórisson

Technical
Official Number: 102924
Yard Number: 112
Completed: 1893
Gross Tonnage: 151
Net Tonnage 64
Length: 101.5 ft
Breadth 21.6 ft
Depth: 11.0 ft
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Hull
Engine: T.3-cyl and boiler by Charles D. Holmes & Co, Hull

History

14.9.1893: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Hull (Yd.No.112) for Pickering & Haldane’s Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull as OSPREY.
10.1893: Completed.
5.10.1893: Registered at Hull (Part I & IV) O.N.102924 (H225). Henry A. L. Rees designated manager.
8.1906: New boiler fitted.
23.10. 1908: Sold to Elías Stefánsson, Reykjavik on behalf of Hf. FRAM, Reykjavik for a reported 60-70 thousand krónur (£3,350-£3,385),
1-2.3.1908: Arrived Reykjavik.
11-14.3.1908: Renamed ÍSLENDINGUR. Elías Stefánsson designated manager.
21.5.1908: Registered at Reykjavik (RE 120).
1908: Remeasured (Iceland registry) 142.62g 65n.
23.10.1908: Hull registry closed.
1916: Company dissolved, ownership transferred to Elías Stefánsson, Reykjavik (sometimes ownership shown as Hf. Eggert Ólafsson a limited company in which
Elías Stefánsson was the majority shareholder).
26.10.1918: Reported arrived Fleetwood along with the ex whaler VARANGER (RE 181) (g/1881) and the Ásgeir Pétursson – Elías Stefánsson trawler HELGI MAGRI (EA 290) (136g/1891), to fish out of the port over the winter. J. Marr & Son Ltd, managing agents. During their stay some crew members fell ill with influenza and one crew member died along with one from HELGI MAGRI. The crews were so well nursed in a Seamens’ Home that the skippers invited the nurses to Iceland in the summer of 1919 on a holiday tour. (Jan 1918-Dec 1920 H1N1 Influenza Pandemic, the so called “Spanish Flu” – about 50 million dead worldwide.)
9.4.1919: Sailed Fleetwood and returned to Iceland. Reported that catches had been good. Experimented with Danish Seine.
By Autumn 1920: Elías Stefánsson and companies in financial difficulties.
17.12.1920: Already an ill man, Elías Stefánsson (41) died of stomach cancer. Estate put into liquidation by creditors. Attempts to sell the ÍSLENDINGUR were unsuccessful. Ship leased to various parties mainly during summer herring season and laid up over winter.
9.12.1926: Sank at winter moorings at Eiðisvík, Reykjavík.
1942: After salvage, refitted and converted to motor. Fitted with 500hp Fairbanks-Morse oil engine by Fairbanks-Morse & Co, Beloit, WI. 77hp Greyhound
trawl winch engine and 20hp Lister generator.
1942: Remeasured 146.11grt 66.20n 31,09 (102.0) x 6,25 (20.5)x 2,92 (9.6) metres (feet)
4.11.1942: On completion registered by Sveinbjörn Einarsson, Ágúst Ingvarsson and Stephan Stephensen, Reykjavík at Reykjavik (RE 73). Operated by Díseltogorar hf, Reykjavik.
18.5.1949: Sold to Bjarni Sigurðsson, Kristján Guðlaugsson, both Reykjavík, Ingibjörg Pétursdóttir, Reykjum Mosfellssveit, (all Iceland) and Þorvaldur Stephensen, Sörvaag, Faroe Islands.
19.06.1951: Ingibjörg Pétursdóttir shares sold to Kristján Guðlaugsson.
1954: Last reported fishing with cod nets.
By 1956: Had been laid up in Reykjavik and sank at the berth. Refloated and sold by auction for breaking up.
15.10.1957: Removed from Icelandic registry.
2.2.1961: Final deletion from Icelandic registry.
Early 1970s: Remains only finally removed from beach at Reykjavik.

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S.T. Íslendingur RE120

S.T. Íslendingur RE120
Picture courtesy of The Birgir Þórisson Collection

S.T. Íslendingur RE120

S.T. Íslendingur RE120
Picture courtesy of The Birgir Þórisson Collection

S.T. Íslendingur RE120

S.T. Íslendingur RE120
Picture courtesy of The Birgir Þórisson Collection

Changelog
06/06/2019: Page published.
15/06/2019: Added images.

S.T. Pochard II LL21

Additional information courtesy of David Slinger and Andy Hall

Technical

Admiralty Number: 3826
Official Number: 140620
Yard Number: 162
As built: 310.7disp 115.0 x 22.0 x 13.0 feet
Completed: 1919
Gross Tonnage: 203.50
Net Tonnage: 87.83
Length: 115.4 ft
Breadth: 22.2 ft
Depth: 12.1 ft
Built: Hawthorns & Co Ltd, Leith
Engine: T.3-cyl (430ihp) by Hawthorns & Co Ltd, Leith

History

Note: Landing at Fleetwood as catch and market dictated.

9.1918: Launched by Hawthorns & Co Ltd, Leith (Yd.No.162) (“Strath” class) for The Admiralty as ISAAC HARRIS (Ad.No.3826).
3.1919: Completed.
4.4.1919: Advertised for sale by tender.
10.4.1919: Tenders closed. Sold to Harley & Miller Ltd, Liverpool.
12.4.1919: Delivered as a fishing vessel (ex fishing gear).
6.5.1919: Registered at Liverpool (Part I & IV) as POCHARD II O.N.140620 (LL21). Alfred J. Harley designated manager.
1927: Charles C. Miller designated manager.
10.10.1927: Arrived Mersey with steam trawler GOOSANDER (LL118) in tow, picked up on fishing grounds disabled with fouled propeller.
11.7.1928: At Fleetwood landed 134 boxes, mainly hake (chat 60s – selected 84s per box).
1934: Richard H. Jones designated manager.
1935: Sold to Wilson Buchan, Aberdeen.
5.4.1935: Registered at Aberdeen (A262).
18.4.1935: Liverpool registry closed.
13.6.1935: Registered at Aberdeen as BELLA BUCHAN (A262) (Minute RG.1195/35). Wilson Buchan designated managing owner.
04.03.1939: At Wick Sheriff court Sk. John Alexander Sutherland, Torry, Aberdeen charged with illegal trawling at a point 1.6 miles from Sarclet Head, Caithness, on March 10th, and failing to show proper lights. Sutherland also admitted a previous conviction. Fined £15 or 60 days in respect of the first charge, and £5 or 30 days on the second charge. One month was allowed to pay.
28.05.1947: Steamed 80-mile from fishing grounds off Cape Wrath to Scrabster, Caithness to land seriously ill 16-year-old apprentice deckhand Joseph Pirie, Victoria Road, Aberdeen. Landed and taken to Dunbar’s Hospital, Thurso.
14.9.1939: Sold to David Buchan, Aberdeen. David Buchan designated managing owner.
4.1951: Sold to BISCO and allocated to Shipbreaking Industries Ltd, Charlestown, Fife for breaking up (Contract No.20D).
19.4.1951: Delivered Charlestown from Aberdeen under own power.
13.6.1951: Breaking up commenced.
1.5.1952: Aberdeen registry closed. “Vessel broken up. Advice from owner and shipbreaker. ”

Changelog
03/05/2019: Page published.
05/05/2019: Updated information.

S.T. Nason O127

Occasional visitor
Additional information courtesy of David Slinger and Maurice Voss

Technical

Official Number: 132109
Yard Number: 488
Completed: 1911
Gross Tonnage: 264
Net Tonnage: 106
Length: 130.1 ft
Breadth: 22.5 ft
Depth: 12.0 ft
Completed: 1911
Engine: T.3-cyl and boiler by Charles D. Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull

History

30.5.1911: Launched by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby (Yd.No.488) for The Anchor Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby as PRINCEPS.
28.7.1911: Registered at Grimsby (Part I & IV) O.N.132109 (GY636).
17.8.1911. Completed. George S. Letten designated manager.
8.1914: Requisitioned for war service (1-6pdr) (Ad.No.1504).
1918: Based Malta.
By 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Grimsby.
29.6.1923: Sold to Société Anonyme “Pêcheries Ostendaises” (Richard & Henri Aspeslagh and Alphonse De Ceuninck) (company formerly Henri P. Aspeslagh), Ostend, Belgium.
28.6.1923: Grimsby registry closed.
29.6.1923: Arrived Ostend.
7.1923: Remeasured 263,42Bg 87,29n 39,65 (130.1) x 6,6 (22.5) x 3,66 (12.0) metre (feet).
3.7.1923: Registered at Ostend as NASON (O127).
22.10.1928: Transferred to fish out of Fleetwood, initially for the herring fishery. After taking onboard new nets and gear, sailed for Klondyke grounds off West Coast of Scotland; Sk. J. Tomlinson embarked as pilot to show location of herring fishing area.
3.11.1928: First landing at Fleetwood. Coaled and iced and sailed for Iceland grounds.
10.12.1928: At Ostend landed 5,300kg 25,000 franks gross (4,75 franc per kg).
27.9.1929: Sold to Zunequin & Cie, Boulogne.
10.1929: Ostend registry closed.
16.10.1929: Registered at Boulogne as JEAN DORÉ (B1384).
1931: Sold to Société Boulonnaise d’Armement à la Pêche, Boulogne.
1934: Laid up at Boulogne.
1935: Sold to Hanse-Lozinguez, Boulogne and broken up. Boulogne registry closed.

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S.T. Nason O127

S.T. Nason O127
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Changelog

20/03/2019: Page published.

S.T. Ebor Elect LL58

Additional information courtesy of David Slinger

Technical

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

History

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
12.00W.
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.

Changelog
08/03/2019: Page published.