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S.D/T. Thistle -YH829

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Official Number: 117557
Yard Number: 744
Completed: 1904
Gross Tonnage: 79.34
Net Tonnage: 17.32
Length: 80.0 ft
Breadth: 18.1 ft
Depth: 8.5 ft
Built: Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, North Shields
Engine: C.2-cyl by MacColl & Pollock Ltd, Sunderland


2.2.1904: Launched by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, North Shields (Yd.No.744) for Westmacott Ltd, Gt Yarmouth as THISTLE.
2.1904: Completed.
5.3.1904: Registered at Yarmouth (YH829). R. G. Westmacott appointed manager.
24.11.1904: In Yarmouth Roads in collision with steam drifter SUNFLOWER (YH567) which subsequently foundered; all hands picked up.
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 27.80net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907.
5.1915: Requisitioned for war service as an A/S net drifter (1-6pdr) (Ad.No.1433). Renamed THISTLE III. Based Dover.
Post 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Yarmouth. Reverted to THISTLE (YH829).
1932: Westmacott Ltd in voluntary liquidation; fleet for sale.
1932: Sold by the Liquidator to P. W. Watson & Sons Ltd, Lowestoft for the sum of £675. Allan H. Watson appointed manager.
1930s: Seasonal white fish trawling from Padstow, Milford and Fleetwood (Alex Keay managing agent at Fleetwood).
4.1940: Requisitioned for war service and employed on Examination service (Hire rate £22.0.0d/ month). Renamed THISTLE V.
8.5.1941: Mined off Lowestoft in position 52.28N 01.47E. Pby/Ty/Sk. C. Sanson RNR, Ty/Sub Lieut. T. S. Wedderburn-Ogilvy RNVR and eight crew lost; one survivor.
17.1.1942: Yarmouth registry closed “Vessel totally lost on 8th May 1941 on NS.”

08/08/2021: Page published.

S.T. Bedouin – A601

Additional information courtesy of Christine Simm


Official Number: 115584
Yard Number: 112
Completed: 1902
Gross Tonnage: 199.77
Net Tonnage: 54.21
Length: 115.0 ft
Breadth: 21.65 ft
Depth: 12.1 ft
Built: Scott of Kinghorn Ltd, Kinghorn, Fife
Engine: 400ihp T.3-cyl by W.V. V. Lidgerwood, Glasgow


15.12.1902: Launched by Miss Ingram, Aberdeen with machinery installed and fitted out at Scott of Kinghorn Ltd, Kinghorn, Fife (Yd.No.112) for The North Sea Steam Co Ltd (64/64), Aberdeen as BEDOUIN.
16.12.1902: At Leith for bunker coal.
17.12.1902: Arrived Aberdeen.
19.12.1902: Registered at Aberdeen (A601). W. L. Stewart, Edinburgh and John Mortimer, Aberdeen, designated managers.
22.12.1902: Sailed Aberdeen for a trial trip with guests of Mr Mortimer onboard, returning in the afternoon.
1903: Fishing out of Aberdeen.
22.1.1903: Landed 100 boxes 4 score.
25.2.1903: In stormy weather, arrived Fraserburgh (Sk. Smith) for supplies.
27.2.1903: James Allan (37), Mate, Victoria Road, Torry, Aberdeen was drowned in the harbour shortly after midnight. The weather was wild and very dark and he had left the trawler to visit a friend in the trawler ANNIE WALKER (A479) but missed his footing at the corner of Saltoun Jetty near the Fish Market and fell in the dock. His cries were heard and the alarm raised by John Ross, 2nd Eng of the ANNIE WALKER. A large number of seamen were quickly on the scene and a man jumped in to the dock but failed to rescue him.
4.4.1903: Landed 90 boxes and 40 score.
6.6.1903: Landed 214 boxes and 16 score.
26.10.1903: Landed 250 boxes and 10 score.
16.11.1903: Landed 140 boxes and 16 score.
1904: Fishing out of Aberdeen.
16.1.1904: Landed 60 boxes and 5 score.
18.1.1904: While lying at Blaikie’s Quay the stop valve on the boiler burst. John Rae, 2nd Eng who had been working on the boiler was scalded on his arms and taken to the Infirmary for attention.
18.2.1904: At Aberdeen Police Court, C. Percy Hanson, trawl master, Macrone Road ,Torry, was charged with having on the 19th of February, on board the trawler, lying at Blaikie’s Quay, assaulted Joseph Waugh, fisherman. Waugh had been placed on a company ‘black list’ following complaints by Hanson. Waugh had gone onboard the trawler to find out why he was on the list. The skipper was not in the cabin and Waugh was speaking with the Ch. Eng when he was allegedly assaulted from behind by the skipper. Waugh stated that he did not see the skipper come on board and he never threatened him. Several witnesses, however, stated that Waugh was the aggressor and that the accused had severe provocation. The Magistrates imposed a fine of 40s with the alternative of twenty days imprisonment.
30.8.1904: Alongside Matthews’ Quay, Aberdeen. Suffered damage to stem when contacted by steamer PRINCESS BEATRICE (982grt/1893) which having left the inner dock and in drawing up to the quay east of the trawler collided with the stem. Damage estimated at £8.
20.9.1904: Landed 230 boxes and 18 score.
21.10.1904: Reported that at Aberdeen Small Debt Court, Sk. Frank Parsons sued the The North Sea Steam Co Ltd for payment of £3.1s being coal money and the balance of wages due to him as late master of the BEDOUIN belonging to the company. The accuracy of the amount was questioned by the defendants as it was said 15s was owed to them for damage to cushion covers, which had not been reported by the skipper and this should be deducted from the sum. Agent for Parsons, while objecting to the relevancy of this defence, also contended that the proposed deduction being of the nature of damages ought to have been the subject of a separate counter claim. This contention was upheld by the Sheriff and discerned in favour of Parsons.
30.11.1904: Landed 200 boxes and 20 score.
1905: Fishing out of Aberdeen.
21.8.1905: Landed 180 boxes and 90 score.
6.10.1905: Landed 170 boxes 70 score.
5.11.1905: Homeward in strong winds from the fishing grounds with a good catch, between 5.00am and 6.00am stranded on Braga Rock, Hoy Sound. Sea was relatively calm, boat launched and kedge anchor laid out but with the ebb she remained fast. The stranding only a few miles north of the point where the Aberdeen trawler SUNSHINE (A322)) had stranded the week before. Engaged in salvage work on the SUNSHINE was the trawler STRATHBLANE (A431) which proceeded to assist; at about 3.30pm towed off. Owing to a strong gale which had sprung up both vessels took shelter in Stromness Harbour.
6.11.1905: Found not making water and sailed in the afternoon for Aberdeen.
7.11.1905: Arrived Aberdeen, landed catch and placed in dry dock. No serious damage found and not making water.
28.12.1905: Landed 220 boxes and 61/2 tons side fish.
1906: Fishing out of Aberdeen.
9.1.1906: Landed 150 boxes and 61/2 tons loose.
6.3.1906: Landed 100 boxes and 25 score.
22.3.1906: After working the Iceland grounds, landed two very large ungutted cod, 3’ 7” long at 66lb and 4’ 10” long at 91lb respectively. The largest cod previously landed was 60lb. The fish was purchased by Mr George Mortimer.
9.6.1906: Landed 150 boxes and 400 score.
1.8.1906: Landed 240 boxes and 23 score.
8.10.1906: Landed 240 boxes and 12 score.
12.12.1906: Landed 190 boxes and 6 score.
22.12.1906: Arrived Lerwick escorted by fishery cruiser MINNA (Capt Mackenzie). In the afternoon at Lerwick Sheriff Court, Sk. Christian Pedersen pleaded guilty to trawling within the three mile limit south side of Fair Isle that day. Fined £75 with the alternative of forty days imprisonment and confiscation of the starboard trawl.
1908: Fishing out of Aberdeen.
8.1.1908: Landed 140 boxes and 15 score.
24.3.1908: In collision with steamer MARS (1644grt/1905); plates and stanchions damaged.
7.4.1908: Landed 250 boxes and 600 score.
27.8.1908: Landed 270 boxes and 8 score.
9.11.1908: Landed 300 boxes and 20 score.
25.12.1908: Landed 140 boxes and 12 score.
1909: Fishing out of Aberdeen.
13.2.1909: Landed 150 boxes and 1 ton loose.
1.9.1909: From West of Ireland grounds, when some 17 miles WbyS from Coningbeg Light off Co. Wexford, in collision with Glasgow steamer ARDCHATTAN (264grt/1905). Damage to stem.
12.10.1909: Arrived Aberdeen and reported that Alexander Stewart, deck hand of 9 Grampian Road, Aberdeen had been lost overboard and drowned. Engaged in fishing off Rumblin’ Rocks, Shetland, at about 10.30pm on 10th October, the fore warp of the starboard gear parted. A leech line was cast in order to heave the gear on board, part of which was lying on deck, with the remainder hanging over the side. Stewart was standing on the fishing gear on deck and when the line broke he went over the side with the gear. The net was made fast and a line was thrown to him and he was hauled to the ship’s side. Unfortunately his feet became entangled in the meshes and he could not be taken onboard. Whilst in this position a heavy sea swept him off the net and he gradually drifted away. The skipper cruised about until after midnight but there was no trace of Stewart. It was Stewart’s first trip on the BEDOUIN having only joined her on 6th October on leaving Aberdeen.
1910: Fishing out of Aberdeen and landing into Fleetwood from local and Irish West Coast grounds as required.
22.8.1910: At Fleetwood landed 143 boxes.
16.9.1910: At Aberdeen landed from West of Ireland, 13 tons including 220 pairs of black soles and 20 score turbot, approx £200 gross.
28.9.1910: At Fleetwood landed 275 boxes and 143 turbot.
12.12.1910: At Fleetwood landed 86 boxes.
6.1.1911: At Aberdeen landed 60 boxes and 34 score.
1911: Fishing out of Aberdeen and landing into Fleetwood from local and Irish West Coast grounds as required.
30.1.1911: At Fleetwood landed 56 boxes.
6.3.1911: At Fleetwood landed 76 boxes.
31.3.1911: Sold to Thomas Leishman Devlin, Edinburgh. Thomas L. Devlin designated managing owner.
10.4.1911: At Aberdeen landed 171/2 tons.
2.10.1911: At Aberdeen landed 200 boxes and 10cwt.
1912: Fishing out of Granton.
10.2.1913: At Aberdeen landed 25 boxes.
27.6.1913: Arrived Aberdeen in tow of steam trawler PROCYON (A890) having been picked up disabled with lost propeller.
19.7.1913: Aberdeen registry closed.
7.1913: Registered at Granton (GN80).
1914: Fishing out of Aberdeen.
23.3.1914: Landed from a 10 day Home ground trip, about £140 gross.
8.1914: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (Ad.No.353). Based Buncrana, Co. Donegal.
13.2.1915: Sailed Sheephaven Bay, Co Donegal (Sk. George Hollins RNR) with other minesweeping trawlers to once again sweep the minefield (approx 200 mines) laid on 23.10.1914 off Tory Island, Co. Donegal by the former Norddeutscher Lloyd steamer Berlin (17324grt/1908) (converted to a fast minelayer and commerce raider) (Capt Hans Pfundheller). At about 3.55pm when recovering the sweep saw at least one mine snagged in the gear as it broke surface on the starboard quarter. Order given to veer away but mine exploded blowing away much of the starboard side aft, started to settle and foundered stern first. All crew picked up safely by other trawlers and landed at Buncrana. Granton registry closed.

29/07/2021: Page published.

S.T. Balmedie A113

Additional information courtesy of Andy Hall and David Slinger


Official Number: 123374
Yard Number: 146
Completed: 1906
Gross Tonnage: 204.66
Net Tonnage: 59.29
Length: 115.35 ft
Breadth: 21.85 ft
Depth: 12.10 ft
Built: Hall, Russell & Co Ltd, Aberdeen
Engine: T.3-cyl by Hall, Russell & Co Ltd, Aberdeen


1906: Launched by Hall, Russell & Co Ltd, Aberdeen (Yd.No.146) for The Balgownie Steam Trawl Fishing Co Ltd, Aberdeen as BALMEDIE.
10.1906: Completed.
29.12.1906: Registered at Aberdeen (A113). Andrew Lewis designated manager.
By 1912: Believed fishing out of/landing into Fleetwood.
3.09.1912: In heavy weather and SW strong gale, between The Smalls and Bardsey Island, sighted drifting Admiralty caisson which had broken away from tug MILEWATER (320grt/1888) about 20 miles NNE of The Smalls while on delivery voyage from the yard of Workman, Clark & Co Ltd, Belfast to Portsmouth. Closed and with great difficulty Sk. Andrew Smith managed manoeuvre tand get a line onboard to hold the caisson.
4.9.1912: At about 3.00am. the two man runner crew, exhausted by their experience, requested to be taken off the caisson and a boat transfer was effected with two members of the trawler crew replacing them (one named RILEY). Steam trawler WRENTHORPE (FD80) came on the scene and also got a line onboard and tow was commenced for Holyhead with HM cruiser BRISTOL escorting.
5.9.1912: Tow parted but reconnected.
7.9.1912: Arrived off Holyhead, transferred to tug MILEWATER and placed safely on the Government Buoy in the West Refuge Harbour.
14.11.1912: Salvage awards were made in the Admiralty Court in respect of services rendered to the Admiralty caisson in September. The caisson cost £16,000 to build. BALMEDIE was awarded £600 with a further £45 for the three men who rendered boat services. WRENTHORPE was awarded £530.
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 81.52net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907.
8.1914: requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (Ad.No.350). Dardanelles campaign (Sk. George Reynolds RNR).
27.4.1915: During progress of the battle off Anzio Beach, berthed alongside at stern of hired Glasgow registered steamer IONIAN (8268grt/1901) which was light ship. Ionian turned propeller which cut into shell plating causing her to fill and sink alongside. All crew saved.
22.12.1915: Aberdeen registry closed “Ship lost at Dardanelles, April 1915”.

18/08/2018: Page published.
31/07/2019: Information updated.

S.T. Pauline TO??

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Additional information courtesy of Jan Harteveld


Official Number: 118938
Yard Number: 61
Completed: 1904
Gross Tonnage: 211
Net Tonnage: 76
Length: 115.4 ft
Breadth: 21.6 ft
Depth: 11.5 ft
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley
Engine: T.3-cyl and boiler by Amos & Smith Ltd, Hull


13.10.1904: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley (Yd.No.61) for Alick L. Black, Grimsby as COURTLAND.
2.12.1904: Registered at Grimsby (Part I & IV) O.N.118938 (GY35).
12.1904: Completed. Alick Black designated managing owner.
6.1908: Sold to Stoomvisscherij Mij Grotius, IJmuiden (A. G. Meeuwenoord Jnr, Velsen/IJmuiden & Alick L. Black) through Maatschappij tot Beheer van Steamtrawlers en Andere Vaartuigen.
23.6.1908: Registered at IJmuiden as GROTIUS (IJM14). A. G. Meeuwenoord Jnr & A. de Vries designated managers.
29.6.1908: Grimsby registry closed.
9.2.1909: IJmuiden registration withdrawn by Lord Mayor of Velsen on legal grounds; owners informed but did not agree.
10.1909: Sold to Christian M. Evensen, Hull. At Fleetwood completed Special survey and registered at Thorshavn, Faroe Islands as PAULINE (TO??). J. P. Evensen, Thorshavn designated manager. Fishing out of Fleetwood.
3.1915: Sold to Earl Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby.
12.3.1915: Registered at Grimsby as EARL GRANARD (GY449).
4.1915: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-6pdr HA) (Ad.No.2653).
24.9.1915: Sold to Rushworth Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby.
1918: Based Cherbourg.
16.3.1918: Sold to Isaac Bunch, Grimsby.
By 12.3.1919: Returned to owner.
22.12.1923: Sold to The Great Central Co-Operative Engineering & Ship Repairing Co Ltd, Grimsby.
15.6.1928: Sold to Harold Bacon, Grimsby.
26.9.1930: Sold to T. C. & F. Moss Ltd, Grimsby.
1.4.1931: Registered at Grimsby as CASTLETON (GY449).
30.11.1939: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper but employed on auxiliary patrol (Hire rate £52.15.0d/month).
6.2.1940: Returned to owner.
6.1940: On a trip (Sk. Walter Sibley); ten crew all told.
26.6.1940: At 9.30am. when east of Orkney, attacked by German Do17Z aircraft, bombed, badly damaged and foundered. All ten crewmen lost.
22.10.1940: Grimsby registry closed ‘Vessel missing since 28/6/40’.

Lost – Sk. Walter Sibley (43); John Allen Webb (45), Mate; Thomas George Hubbard (50), Third Hand; William Stewart (53), Ch Eng; George Henry Cook (56), 2nd Eng: Charles James Dillon (45), John Dennis Ryan (40), John Thomas Squire (37), Deckhands; Leslie Albert Osborne (19), Trimmer; Alexander Campbell McLintock White (64) Cook.

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S.T. Castleton GY449

S.T. Castleton GY449
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05/03/2018: Page published.
12/03/2018: Information updated.

S.T. Tubal Cain GY88


Official Number: 122709
Yard Number: 784
Completed: 1905
Gross Tonnage: 227
Net Tonnage: 111
Length: 120.2 ft
Breadth: 22.0 ft
Depth: 11.6 ft
Built; Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, North Shields
Engine: T.3-cyl by W.V.V. Lidgerwood, Coatbridge, Glasgow


16.10.1905: Launched by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, North Shields (Yd.No.784) for J. E. Rushworth & R. Atkinson, Grimsby as TUBAL CAIN.
11.1905: Completed.
21.11.1905: Registered at Grimsby (GY88). J. E. Rushworth designated managing owner. Fishing out of Fleetwood.
8.1914: On an trip to Iceland grounds (Sk. William Charles Smith).
7.8.1914: When some 50 miles WNW of Stalberg, west coast of Iceland, stopped by armed German liner KAISER WILHELM DER GROSSE (Kapitän Max Reymann, 14349grt/1897). Crew taken prisoner and sunk by gunfire.
09.08.1914: Grimsby registry closed “Sunk by German cruiser”.
26.8.1914: Coaling and re-provisioning at Rio de Oro, Spanish Sahara, west Africa when the cruiser HMS HIGHFLIER (Capt Henry Buller RN) arrived off the bay. Skipper and crew put aboard the collier ARUCAS (2317grt/1914) which sailed for Las Palmas. Following a brief engagement, KAISER WILHELM DER GROSSE was scuttled by her crew and HIGHFLIER, conscious of having breached Spanish neutrality, left the area.
28.8.1914: Arrived Las Palmas, crew put ashore, contacted owners.
29.8.2014: Embarked for London.

02/03/2018: Page published.