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S.T. Hibernia FD354

Additional information courtesy of Mike Thompson, Andy Hall and
Milford Trawlers


Official Number: 123803
Yard Number: 801
Completed: 1907
Gross Tonnage: 216.49
Net Tonnage: 82
Length: 117.5 ft
Breadth: 21.5 ft
Depth: 11.5 ft
Built: Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, North Shields
Engine: T.3-cyl by MacColl & Pollock Ltd, Sunderland


1.2.1907: Launched by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, North Shields (Yd.No.801) for Welsh Trawling Co (64/64), Milford Haven as HIBERNIA.
3.1907: Completed.
14.3.1907: Registered at London (LO266). George H. D. Birt designated manager.
By 1912: Sold to George H. D. Birt (64/64), Milford Haven. George H. D. Birt designated managing owner.
20.5.1912: Alongside at Milford. Thomas John, Herbrandston, working onboard, in passing winch which was in motion, jacket caught in barrel. William Hancock who was nearby quickly responded and stopped winch before John was wound round. John was unconscious and suffered a wound over his left eye and other injuries.
4.1913: Along with BRITANNIA (LO271) inspected by Dutch principals with a view to purchase. In the event only BRITANNIA was sold.
1.1.1914: Tonnage altered to 82.29 net under provision of Merchant Shipping Act 1907.
8.1914: Requisitioned for war service as a minesweeper (1-6pdr HA) (Ad.No.141).
1914: Based Portsmouth.
5.1915: Renamed HIBERNIA II.
30.7.1917: Sold to The Mersey Steam Trawlers Ltd (64/64), Fleetwood. Ernest Taylor designated manager. Based Portsmouth.
Post 12.3.1919: Returned to owner at Fleetwood and reverted to HIBERNIA (LO266).
3.11.1919: London registry closed.
6.11.1919: Registered at Fleetwood (FD354).
1922: Joseph A. Taylor & Harold Taylor designated managers.
1924: Walter Morley designated manager.
22.4.1925: Company in voluntary Liquidation. William Ignatius Swarbrick, Chartered Accountant, Preston appointed Liquidator.
7.7.1925: Sold by the liquidator to Walter Henry Utley Morley (64/64), Fleetwood. Walter Morley, designated manager.
16.7.1925: The Mersey Steam Trawlers Ltd wound-up.
03.12.1926: While fishing off the Isle of Man in a strong NE gale responded to distress rocket and found steam trawler EMPORER (H741) disabled with engine trouble and drifting. Owing to the darkness and the sea state it was not possible to approach to communicate and stood by until daylight when, with a moderation in the weather, closed and connected.
4.12.1926: Delivered Fleetwood.
13.11.1929: Sold to Mrs Cicely Blanche Morley & Arthur Sharp, both Fleetwood (64/64 joint owners). Walter H. U. Morley designated manager.
25.7.1930: Sold to Oceanic Trading Corporation (Fleetwood) Ltd, Fleetwood. Walter H. U. Morley designated manager.
11.10.1930: Put into Douglas, IoM with damage to starboard bow having been in collision in Ramsey Bay with Fleetwood steam trawler ERNESTA (FD193). Temporary repairs carried out.
30.10.1934: Sold to Mrs Cicely Blanche Morley (64/64), Fleetwood. Walter H. U. Morley designated manager.
12.3.1935: Sold to William Walkington (64/64), Fleetwood. William Walkington designated managing owner.
28.5.1935: Sold to The Hewett Fishing Co Ltd (64/64), London. Robert S. Hewett designated manager.
2.6.1937: Fleetwood registry closed. Sold to Germany for breaking up.
1938: Breaking up completed.

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S.T. Hibernia FD354

S.T. Hibernia FD354
Picture courtesy of The Fred Baker Collection

22/12/2008: Page published. 3 updates since then.
27/05/2017: Removed FMHT watermark from image.
03/10/2018: Information updated.
07/01/2021: Updated history.