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S.T. Victoria Regina A590

Technical

Official Number: 105220
Yard Number: 366
Completed: 1897
Gross Tonnage: 146
Net Tonnage: 55
Length: 101.6 ft
Breadth: 20.1 ft
Depth: 10.8 ft
Engine: T.3-cyl by A. Hall & Co, Aberdeen
Built: A. Hall & Co, Aberdeen

History

19.6.1897: Launched by A. Hall & Co, Aberdeen (Yd.No.366) for William H. Dodds, Aberdeen (managing owner) as VICTORIA REGINA.
15.7.1897: Registered at North Shields (SN238).
7.1897: Completed.
1903: Sold to The “Dodds” Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Aberdeen (William H. Dodds, manager).
1913: Sold to Thomas Davidson, Aberdeen (managing owner).
25.9.1913: North Shields registry closed.
9.10.1913: Registered at Aberdeen (A590).
8.1914: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (Ad.No.320).
30.10.1918: Returned to owner at Aberdeen.
11.1935: Sold to John W. Kates, Fleetwood c/o Mair & Co, Fleetwood (The Sun Steam Trawling Co Ltd, managers).
12.12.1935: First landing at Fleetwood.
1938: Sold to Robert Hudson, Fleetwood (The Sun Steam Trawling Co Ltd, managers).
4.1939: Sold to Berrys (Stranraer) Ltd, Stranraer (James Berry, manager).
20.5.1939: Last landing at Fleetwood, 29 boxes grossed £35.
21.8.1939: Aberdeen registry closed “ceased fishing”. Registered at Stranraer.
7.11.1940: On passage Sanda towards Stranraer (Master William Buckley), in good visibility and fresh breeze, at 9.00 am stranded on Boiler Reef 1/4 mile from Sanda Lighthouse. All crew of nine rescued. Vessel Total loss. Stranraer registry closed.

S.T. Octavia H274

Additional information courtesy Dictionary of Shipwrecks off the Isle of Man by Adrian Corkhill c2001 and Bill Blow.

Technical

Official Number 123238
Yard Number: 99
Completed: 1906
Gross Tonnage: 173.15
Net Tonnage: 53
Length: 108.5 ft
Breadth: 21.6 ft
Depth: 11.5 ft
Engine: 270ihp T.3-cyl by Amos & Smith, Hull
Built: Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Beverley
Speed: 9.5 knots

History

11.12.1905: Provisionally registered at Hull (H876).
13.2.1906: Launched by Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Beverley (Yd.No.99) for Hellyer’s Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Hull as OCTAVIA.
22.3.1906: Completed (Charles Helyer, manager).
29.3.1906: Registered at Hull (H876).
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 67.52 net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907.
29.5.1917: Requisitioned for Fishery Reserve.
1919: Released.
9.1.1919: Sold to Charles Dobson (64/64), Grimsby.
9.1.1919: Charles Dobson designated managing owner.
7.2.1919: Hull registry closed.
10.2.1919: Registered at Grimsby (GY102).
10.10.1919: Sold to The Home & Colonial Steam Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Great Yarmouth.
13.10.1919: William Thomas Young appointed manager.
12.12.1919: Vessel mortgaged (64/64) to National Provincial & Union Bank of England Ltd, London (A).
23.4.1921: William Charles Pitcher, Gorleston appointed manager.
9.3.1922: Nat Swann, Gorleston appointed manager.
15.2.1924: Mortgagee re-styled National Provincial Bank Ltd, London.
24.8.1925: Mortgage (A) transferred to Eleanor Stewart, Newcastle upon Tyne.
23.9.1925: Sold by mortgagee under mortgage (A) to Fred Parkes, Blackpool (managing owner).
16.10.1925: Fred Parkes appointed manager.
31.12.1925: Sold to Sydney Charles Fox (16/64), William Claudius Farrow (16/64), William Boyd (16/64) and George Altoft (16/64) all Hull.
7.1.1926: Grimsby registry closed.
7.1.1926: William Claudius Farrow designated managing owner.
11.1.1926: Registered at Hull (H274).
1926: Sold to Ocean Steam Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), Hull (George Altoft, manager).
6.11.1929: Sold to Holderness Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Hull (Kenneth Pocklington, managers).
1930: Kenneth Pocklington & James C. Wood appointed joint managers.
8.1.1936: Henry Laverack fell overboard in St. Andrews Dock, recovered and subsequently died from heart failure.
1936: Sold to Robert Hudson, Preston (managing owner) (The Sun Steam Trawling Co Ltd, managing agents).
15.8.1936: First landing at Fleetwood, 55 boxes grossed £85.
13.2.1937: Foundered after collision 12m SE of Maughold Head, Isle of Man with the Fleetwood trawler GEORGE COUSINS (LO66); crew taken onboard GEORGE COUSINS.
14.2.1937: Survivors landed at Fleetwood. Wreck lies at a depth of 23.5 m in an upright position minus funnel.
26.7.1937: Hull registry closed “Total loss 13.2.37”.

Note : On Saturday night on the 12th of February 1937, the Hull registered trawler OCTAVIA, H 274, was in collision with the Fleetwood vessel GEORGE COUSINS roughly 12 miles south-east of Maughold Head on the Isle of Man. OCTAVIA was so badly damaged that she sank in a few minutes. The crew managed to scramble aboard GEORGE COUSINS with no loss of life.

Aboard the OCTAVIA, two of the crew, the bosun H. Haslam and a deckhand W.Durbin had a very lucky escape. The two men had turned in and were asleep when water began to rush in through a gaping hole. The forecastle door jammed with the force of the impact and a lamp was upset pouring blazing paraffin all over the deck. For a few moments it was touch and go until they were able to force the door and release the men.

The wreck lies at a depth of 23.5m and is still intact today, although the superstructure has sustained some damage. OCTAVIA stands upright with a slight starboard list although the funnel is detached.

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S.T. Octavia H274

S.T. Octavia H274
Picture courtesy of The Mark Stopper Collection

Changelog
03/01/2009: Page published. 5 revisions since then.
20/08/2014: Information updated with latest information.