A Directory of Ships

Connections with the Parishes around Saul Junction

By Rachel Williams

Photo:The ketch-rigged trow of Gloucester, shown reefed down off the Eddystone.  Lost in World War I off the south coast.  Painted by R Chappell, Goole, 1844.  Owned by C J Silvey, Longney.

The ketch-rigged trow of Gloucester, shown reefed down off the Eddystone. Lost in World War I off the south coast. Painted by R Chappell, Goole, 1844. Owned by C J Silvey, Longney.

Donated by Rachael Williams

Photo:Plaque to be found in The Mariners' Church, Gloucester Docks.  Kittel Pedersen was owner of a number of ships listed here.

Plaque to be found in The Mariners' Church, Gloucester Docks. Kittel Pedersen was owner of a number of ships listed here.

Photographed by Rachael and Michael Williams

My mother, a member of the Silvey family of Epney, was given these notes by the late Wilf Rowles in July 1979.  She had been able to provide some information about various members of her family who had sailed on the ships which are listed here.

If you are able to add any details or photographs to this list we would love to hear from you.

Ships with connections with the Junction Parishes

Rig.   Ketch
Material.   Wood
O.N.   62742
Int. Code.  No Signal Hoist.
Dim.   82.6 x 18.0 x 7.3
G/T   67   R/T   ?
P.O.R.   Bristol
Built at Bristol in 1869.

In 1881, she was registered at Gloucester, her owners then being Thomas Gardner and Thomas Withers, who both held half shares.  She was sold in 1909 to Mr. Kittel Pedersen and Alexander Johns, both of Gloucester and holding half shares.  In 1933, she was sold to Mrs. Flora Herbert of Frampton-on-Severn, Glos.  The vessel was purchased by T. R. Brown of Bristol in 1934, being hulked there in 1938.  The Gloucester Registry was then closed.


Rig.  Schooner.  Two masts.
Mat.   Wood
O.N.   105410
Int. Code.   S.N.B.Q.
Dim.   79.8 x 21.8 x 10.1
G/T   99   R/T   80.97
P.O.R.   Gloucester.
Built in 1901 by W. Date & Son at Kingsbridge, Devon.

The vessel was constructed to the order of Captain Edgar Camm of Saul, Glos.  In July 1901, a half share was purchased by Mr. Alfred Johns of Gloucester.  On 31.12.1906 she was fully re-acquired by Capt. Camm.  On 26.12.1916 she was sunk by bombs and gunfire from a German submarine 15 miles SWXW from St. Ann's Head.  The Gloucester Registry was then closed.


Rig.   Ketch
Material.   Wood
O.N.   93456
Int. Code.   No signal hoist.
Dim.   79.0 x 20.0 x 8.4
G/T   80   R/T   68
P.O.R.   Gloucester
Built in 1888 by Carver at Bridgwater.

Original owner, Mrs. Margaret Nurse of Epney, Glos.  Original master, Capt. James Nurse, same address.

M.N.L. for 1897 gives her owner as Richard Hillman of Epney, Glos.

Latterly owned by Capt. Tom Roberts of Epney.

15.12.1910.   The vessel left Whitegate Roads, co Cork, when bound for
Dublin with malting barley from Ballinacurra and was not heard of again.



Three masted double topsail schooner.
Mat.   Wood
O.N.   104933
Int. Code   N.V.J.S.
Dim.   104.0 x 24.1 x 9.6
G/T   169   R/T   149
P.O.R.   Faversham

Built at Whitstable in 1895 by the Whitstable Shipping Company for themselves.

Capt. A. E. Jessop was master in 1905.  The vessel was sold to Mrs. F. V. Rowles of Saul, Glos., in 1916.  Capt. H. Rowles, master, same address.  While under their ownership the vessel loaded 300 tons of coal at Lydney for Dieppe, in 1916.  On leaving Lydney the vessel jammed in the lock while passing through , with the result that some of the cargo had to be removed.  A fair amount of water was lost from the dock and the little canal beyond.  It is interesting to note that, the freight paid for this cargo was £7. 10s 0d. per ton.  In 1917 she was sold to Herbert Pyne of London.  On April 2nd, 1920, she stranded on Stepper Point, Padstow.  The crew of five were saved.  The vessel was got off and had a new bottom fitted at Padstow, which took twelve months.  After completion of repairs she was re-registered at Portsmouth under the name CAMBER and was later stripped down to become a coal hulk.  Her end came on the 16 March, 1944, when she was broken up.  Her Portsmouth owners were Frazer & White.


Mat.   Iron
O.N.   51083
Int. Code.   H.D.M.L.
Dim.   106.0 x 21.2 x 10.3
G/T   160   R/T   133
P.O.R.   Barrow
Built in 1864 by W. Allsup & Co., at Preston, Lancs.
Capt. R. Griffiths was master in 1905.  Owner, Mrs. F. Walton.
(J. Fisher & Sons, Managers)

The vessel ran for a number of years under the flag of Clarke & Grounds of Runcorn and commanded by Capt. Sam Shaw, who, although hailing from Connah's Quay, Flint, resided at Frampton-on-Severn.  The vessel was scrapped, circa 1921.

C. and F. NURSE

Mat.   Steel
O.N.   109222
Int.  Code   T.K.F.B.
Dim.   89.7 x 21.8 x 9.9
G/T   119   R/T   90
P.O.R.   Falmouth
Built in May 1900 by W. H. Lean at Falmouth.

Original owners, Charles & Frank Nurse of Gloucester, formerly of Saul, Glos.  Trading from Gloucester as the Nurse Bros, they expected their ships to make good passages.  She once went from Rotterdam to Cork in four days, this being accomplished in January 1912.  The vessel also made a passage from London to Bridgwater in 58 hours, a distance of 500 miles and had her boat smashed by the heavy seas.  This speed was the same as many of the old steam coasters.  The C. & F. NURSE also made a passage from Hamburg to Glasgow in four days at an average speed of 10 ½ knots.  This was North about, through the Pentland Firth and that is wild water at any time.  In 1914 she circumnavigated Great Britain, sailing from Runcorn 14.06.1914 for Fisherrow, North about to St. David's, Fife, thence to Poole and from there to Runcorn again, arriving 25.08.1914, a distance of 2,000 miles in 75 days.

From Mr. George Edwards, in the C. & F. NURSE

After being run down by the S/S TURRETT HILL when in the FLOWER OF THE FAL, (Mr. Edwards' previous ship to the C. & F. NURSE), the latter's crew were landed by the former at Poole.  At Poole, we dropped in with the Captain of the C. & F. NURSE, Mad Kelly, he wanted a cook and an AB, and so we shipped aboard for Runcorn.  She was very fast and I only remember one three masted double topsail schooner pass the C. & F. NURSE that was the DAUNTLESS.  I have seen the C. & F. NURSE passing steamers and Mad Kelly waving his hands to them, but we were going through it, lee side almost under, every stitch of canvas on her.  I will never forget the last passage I made in her, I don't know how that little vessel pulled out of it, heavy seas, three men at the wheel and blowing a living gale, me standing by the mainsail.  Every time we saw a big sea coming broadside on, we had to let the mainsail sheet right out, hauling her up, head into it.  With the deck full of water, I was 48 hours in and out of the water and covered in salt water blisters as if I had been scalded.  Mad Kelly ran a stocking needle through them, I was going mad with pain, and all for 35/- a month.  She was a good little ship but Kelly punished her.

Now about the FAIRY MAID.  I am going by what Kelly told me that she had been lost.  That was the passage we were bound up to Truro.  Where other vessels would 'heave to' Kelly would carry on.  When you were at sea with him, you were at sea.  I will never forget that Sunday, we were all on deck, the old mate started crying out, "she is going".  Kelly told him to shut up and go and stow the flying jib.  The three men, one at a time went to stow the flying jib, but she dipped them all under.  Kelly said, "not a man aboard this ship can take in a flying jib".  Throwing his coat off in the water in the scuppers, he said, "get hold of the wheel boy", I did so.  He goes out but she dipped him under and he came back with a mouthful and said, "let it blow away".  I never remember being able to cook a meal in the galley for the men, when at sea.  Every time we put to sea it was a case of all hands on deck, no watch below with Kelly, decks were always awash and he made her go.  The harder it blew the better he liked it.

Boxing Day, 1912.  A whole gale blew and many casualties were reported.  The C. & F. Nurse left Par on the 23rd December and arrived at Rochester on the 27th, so doubtless she was out in it.

Eventually, the C. & F. NURSE was sold to the Gloucester Dock Company, who stripped her down and she was reduced to a humble lighter on the Gloucester & Berkeley Canal, under the name of ENTERPRISE.  Her lines were so fine, that, when towing down the Canal, she would let go the tug just below Purton and would carry her weigh all the way down to the lock entrance, often having to use a check rope to reduce her speed.  Around 1948 she was taken out onto the foreshore, behind the North pier at Sharpness and was cut down to her garboard strakes and what is left of her can still be seen.  To dispense with such a beautiful vessel in this manner was indeed a sacrilege and another incarnation to be spoken of by the last man left alive who new her in her heyday.

Photo:The Camborne

The Camborne

Donated by Alison and Jon Shaw

Three masted double topsail Schooner
Mat.   Wood
O.N.   87234
Int. Code.   K.D.R.B.
Dim.   93.2 x 22.5 x 10.1
G/T   118   R/T   99
P.O.R.   originally Beaumaris / Swansea 1920.
Built in December 1884 by W. C. Paynter & Co., at Amlwch.
Owned by Capt. Hugh Shaw of Arlingham.

Western Morning News.  Monday 26th February, 1906.

Storm battered at Penzance.  The three masted schooner CAMBORNE from Dartmouth to Liverpool, when round Land's End, had her canvas blown away and lost some of her spars.  The East County Steam Drifter, BOY WILLIE fell in with her 70 miles North of the Longships and towed her into Penzance on Saturday.


Mat.  Wood.
O.N.   77060
Int. Code.
Dim.  80.3 x 19.5 x 9.0
G/T   78   R/T   53.
P.O.R.     /1917, London.
Built at Bideford in 1878.  Lengthened at Gorleston in 1887.

Capt. Frederick Field of Saul, owner.

Owner 1933.  William Sutherland, Post Office, Flotta, Orkneys.    /Thence to Wm. Butler of Bristol.


Mat. Wood.
O.N.  77461 or 77481
Int. Code   M.V.C.N.

G/T      R/T
P.O.R.   Originally, Hull.
Built at Hull in 1877.

Owner, (date obscure) Mrs. Mary Beard of Saul, Glos.

Master. Capt. Fred Beard, same address.


Mat.   Wood
O.N.   72460
Int. Code.   J.P.Q.D.
Dim.   80.7 x 21.7 x 8.6
G/T   92   R/T   69
P.O.R.   Gloucester
Built in May 1879 by Gough & Nation at Bridgwater.

M.N.L. for 1887 gives her owner as J. H Martinore, Mutley, Plymouth.

28.01.1889.  Vessel lost her main boom etc and one of the crew in Lat 46.50 N Long 23.14 W.  North Atlantic, when bound for Oporto with salt cod from St. John's, Newfoundland.  Wind. N.W. Force 9. Crew 5. / Master. W. Maurson.  Owner. W. G. Cricks, of Plymouth.

It appears that after this voyage the vessel was sold to Capt. William Butt of Saul, Glos., who held 64 shares, who sold her to John Henry James of Gloucester by way of mortgage.  Mortgage discharged and Capt. Wm. Butt sold 64 shares to John Rochford of Kilmore, Wexford.  Registered anew on material alteration.  Gloucester Registry closed 17.02.1902.


Mat.   Wood
O.N.   86521
Int. Code.   J.P.T.W.
Dim.   81.9 x 20.5 x 9.4
Built at Plymouth in 1884.
P.O.R.   Bridgwater

C. F. Williams, original owner, who sold her to James D. Nurse of Bridgwater in January, 1897, who sold in the same month ¼  shares to David Nurse, Lewis W. Nurse and Emily Nurse.  In 1897 David Nurse died, his 16 shares went to J. D. Nurse.  In July 1899 J. D. Nurse sold 16 shares to Amos Cooke Nurse, who died 22.04.1907, his 16 shares going to Selina Nurse.  In June 1917 she was sold completely to Capt. Edgar Camm of Saul, Glos.

19.10.1912.  Ipswich.  The ketch CLAREEN from Treport reports that while getting under weigh off Deal, she was in collision with the ketch TANTHE of Ramsgate and sustained damage to two top planks, covering board, main rail, etc.

24.02.1915.  Falmouth.  The S/V CLAREEN, while on passage from Barry Dock to Truro, with cement, encountered a gale on February 12th, off the Wolf Rock, during which her canvas was torn and the sea smashed the bolt of the cabin door and water poured down.  On discharging it was
Found that some of the bags were damaged.

20.04.1912.  The vessel arrived at Bridgwater from Wexford, loaded for Rotterdam, thence to Polnackie in Solway Firth, from there she sailed South round Lands End and up the East Coast to Goole.

In 1924 she drove ashore after dragging with both anchors, in a gale near Church Point, Waterford Harbour, when bound for Newport from Wexford.  She became a total wreck, was dismasted and the wreck sold.  The crew of five were saved.


Schooner.  Two masts.
Mat.   Wood
O.N.   1789
Int. Code.  H.L.M.F.
Dim.   77.4 x 23.1 x 8.8
G/T      R/T   75.92
Original P.O.R.   ?
Built in 1853 at Beaver River, Nova Scotia.

In 1909, she was registered at Gloucester, England, her owner then being Capt. John Nurse of Epney, Glos, who had 32 shares, the other 32 shares being divided among several other unnamed local people.  In 1910, she was owned by Capt. John Nurse's executors, thence to John Jeune and others.  In 1912, she was commanded and owned by Capt. Fred Beard of Saul, Glos.  On the 5th October, 1916, the vessel stranded off Dieppe and became a total loss.  The Gloucester Registry was then closed.


Mat.   Wood

Int. Code.

G/T      R/T
Built at Arklow in 1855.

Owned by Capt. Fred Beard of Saul, Glos.


MARY FANNY towed into Littlehampton with the loss of the foremast, having been assisted into the Roads by the CRYSTAL PALACE who towed her for over four miles, West of the Owers Light Vessel.


Two master topsail Schooner
Mat.   Wood
O.N.   95741
Int. Code.   M.G.Q.K.
Dim.   90.1 x 21.5 x 10.3
G/T   120   R/T   100
P.O.R.   Inverness.
Built in August 1888 by J. Geddie at Garmouth.
Owner 1906, Mrs. D. McLeman.
Master, Capt. H. McLeman.

She was at one time owned on Severnside and while there changed hands quite a number of times, Capt. Alexander Watkins, Frampton-on-Severn, Capt. Stanley Harper of Saul, Glos., and Capt. Frank Evans of Gloucester, being respective owners.  On one occasion she was blown 500 miles out into the Atlantic through adverse weather.  This is really but a small incident in the running of this type of vessel, especially when many of them were in the Newfoundland trade, but, it must be remembered, this was at a time towards the end of their sailing life, when gear was getting well worn and hard to replace.  She was eventually purchased by Mr. Ben Cooke of Gloucester who used her as a timber lighter on the Canal under the name of NEW DISPATCH.  When Mr. Cooke retired from business she was taken over by the British Waterways Board and eventually the little lady was taken to the ship graveyard at Purton to act as a breakwater.  She is now in a sad state of disintegration but can still be recognised as one of the little vessels well known around the British coastline and the Continent.  Happily, her figurehead, beautifully carved, is still preserved and lovingly cared for by Mr. Victor Gower of Saul, Glos.


Two masted Schooner
Mat.   Wood
O.N.   76552
Int. Code.   R.T.K.G.
Dim.   85.8 x 22.7 x 10.4
G/T      R/T   86
P.O.R.   Chester
Built in June 1875 by S. Owen at Connah's Quay, Flint.

Owner 1904. Capt. Saul Carter of Saul, Glos and later taken over by his son Capt. Charlie Carter, also of Saul.  She was felted and yellow metalled and had many deep water passages to her credit, which included voyages to South America and the Mediterranean ports.

Owner 1933.  Robert F. Conway, Wicklow.  Manager, Mrs. Kathleen Conway, same address.

Bideford Gazette.  21.06.1904.

On arrival of the DUCHESS of Chester at Bideford, on Tuesday, from Topsham with manure, Capt. Saul Carter reported that Harold Fishwick, son of Immanuel Fishwick of Appledore, had been drowned at sea.  The vessel left Topsham on Sunday and on Monday morning was about 6 miles SE of the Lizard.  Young Fishwick, who had just unfurled the flying jib, slipped from the footrope and fell into the sea.  A ladder was held out to him, but deceased's head must have come into contact with something.  He seemed as one stunned and before the boat could reach him, he sank.  Fishwick was only 19 years of age and had been an able seaman on board the DUCHESS for the past seven months.  He bore an excellent character, being trustworthy and a total abstainer.


Three masted double topsail schooner.
Mat.   Wood
O.N.   53002
Int. Code.   H.D.P.J.
Dim.   95.8 x 21.0 x 9.7
G/T   113   R/T   94
P.O.R.   Padstow
Built in 1865 at Gannell, Cornwall.

For a number of years she was owned by William Smith-Morland, of Hempsted, Glos.  Capt. A. Greenway was her master in 1900 and resided at Saul, Glos.  She was at one stage of her life owned by Capt. Frank Nurse of Gloucester and at this time she was commanded by his nephew, Capt. H. Rowles of Saul, (author's Father) who was then seventeen years of age.  The vessel was burnt out in the disastrous Princes Dock fire, Glasgow, just before World War 1, along with the schooners DASHWOOD, WARSASH and J.K.S.


Mat.   Wood
O.N.   11638
Dim.   75.1 x 17.1 x 6.65
G/T   59.06   R/T   63.50
P.O.R.   Gloucester

Original owner.  William White of Saul, Glos.  Barge Owner.  64 shares.

Transactions.  06.04.1889.

William White sold 64 shares to Arthur Wm. White of Saul.  M.M.
Arthur William White died 22.01.1912.  Letters of administration 13.8.1912, granted to Arthur Stanley White of Saul, Glos.

Trans. 20.04.1914.

A.S. White sold 32 shares to Wm. Dennis White of Saul.  Mariner.

Trans.  22.05.1919

W. D. White sold 32 shares to Herbert Samuel Colburn of Bristol.

Trans.  22.05.1919

A. S. White sold 32 shares to Gilbert Ernest Silvey of Cribbs Causeway, Westbury-on-Trym.

H. S. Colborn dies 07.03.1950.  Will dated 31.08.1949 appointing Cecil Herbert Colborn and Barry Wilton Jakes, executors.


Ketch.   Billet Head.
Mat.   Wood.
O.N.   99534
Int. Code.   No Signal Hoist.
Dim.   69.2 ft x 22.3 ft x 8.35 ft
G/T   81.70   R/T   62.5
P.O.R.   Gloucester

Owned by Capt. Henry Edward Field of Saul, Glos.   64 shares.

H. E. Field sold 64 shares to Elizabeth Julia Field of Torquay 12.12.1894.
31.01.1897 E. J. Field sold 64 shares to H. E. Field.

Western Morning News.  Friday 12.01.1906.

The Tenby lifeboat landed last night from Caldy Roads, the crew of the ketch EILY, Harkaway, Master and three men.  A heavy gale prevailed from the S.W.  The EILY was bound to Swansea from Pembroke Dock with iron.

31.01.1906    Certificate of Registry delivered up and cancelled.

19.01.1906   Gloucester Registry closed.


Rig.   Ketch
Mat.   Wood
O.N.   102490
Int. Code.   No Signal Hoist.

G/T   ?   R/T   57
P.O.R.   Bristol
Built at Chepstow in 1895.

Owner.   1912.   Capt. Lewis Aldridge of Arlingham, Glos.

It is interesting to know that Capt. Percy Aldridge, grandson of the above master and owner, also traded to Bude and Padstow on the North Cornish coast, sailing out of these ports with no means of propulsion, other than sail, an achievement which would put fear into we moderns of today.  The EMILY was lost, circa 1935, after stranding on the Clevedon Flats and eventually foundering down towards the Holmes.


Mat.   Wood
O.N.   11698
Int. Code.   K.T.Q.S.

Gross Tons.   61   R/T   41
P.O.R.   Bridgwater
Built at Framilode, Glos. In 1850

M.N.L. for 1883 gives her rig as a Smack and owned by F. Camm of Saul, Glos.

21.3.1893.   She was in collision with the French barque DUQUESUE about 6 miles SWXW of Morte Point, Bristol Channel, when bound for Devoran, Cornwall, with coal from Newport, Mon., and became a total loss.

Master and Owner.   O. Camm, Frampton-on-Severn, Glos.   Crew 3.


Mat.   Wood
O.N.   99540
Int. Code

G/T      R/T   75
P.O.R.  Gloucester.

Built at Saul in 1895 by Wm. Sims & F. Evans.

Owner and Master - Capt. Wm. Sims of Saul, Glos.


Schooner   3 masts.
Mat.   Wood.
O.N.   69901
Int. Code.   W.S.B.Q.

G/T             R/T
P.O.R.   Gloucester
Built at Saul, Glos., in 1873.

Owner 1912, Joseph Henry Greenway of Saul, Glos.

Run down and sunk by the coastal steamer S/S  (?)   off Trevose Head, Bristol Channel.


Mat.   Wood.
O.N.   71851
Int. Code.   V.T.L.R.
Dim.   81.7 x 20.5 x 10.1
G/T   102   R/T
P.O.R.   London

Built in 1875 by Aubin at Jersey, C.I.

She changed hands a number of times on Severnside.  In 1900 she was towed into Greenock by the Austrian steamer RUBINO, having been picked up disabled and with her captain lost off The Smalls.  In a gale part of the gear gave way and the captain was knocked overboard by the boom.  A lifebuoy was thrown to him, which he caught but he was carried away and drowned.  The EXCELSIOR was on a voyage from Cardiff to Cork with a full cargo of coal.  The Captain, William Hawker, aged 27, belonged to Saul, Glos.  His body was never found.  The vessel was owned in 1906 by Richard Gibbs Foster of Gloucester.  Capt. J. W. Honeyball was master in 1904.  At the close of her life she was a humble lighter at Avonmouth Docks.  Now badly disintegrated at the Purton ship graveyard, a mile from Sharpness.


Mat.   Wood
O.N.   77539
Int. Code.   K.F.H.W.
Dim.  87.8 x 21.1 x 10.3
G/T   117   R/T   92
P.O.R.   Inverness.
Built in April 1885 by W. Anderson at Kingston-on-Spey.

She was owned by Frederick Franklin of Saul, Glos., in 1904, Capt. H. Rowles of Saul, Glos., then being master.  The master, (writer's Father) told me she was moored up in the approaches to the Old Dock at Sharpness during the severe winter of 1904, awaiting a mainmast, due to arrive by train at Sharpness from Bridport.  On arrival at Sharpness Station the mast was dragged to the canalside by a horse, where, upon arrival, the ice was found to be thick enough to bear the weight of the horse, and in this manner the mast was brought alongside the vessel.  After the mast was stepped the vessel received orders to load salt at Gloucester for Limerick.  As there were no tugs available, the Capt. Sheeted home his topsails and sailed up the canal.

On the 30th March, 1911, she was in collision with the French barque ROUCHAMBEAU 8 miles south of Ballycotton Head, co Cork and became a total loss when bound to Ballinacurra from Dublin with malting barley.  The crew of five were saved.  Her master at the time of her loss was the late Capt. John Creenan of Ballinacurra, a fine old seadog who later owned the lovely schooner BROOKLANDS ex SUSAN VITTERY.


Trow.  Ketch Rigged.  Two Masts.
Official Number.  16341.
International Code.  M. B. D. K.
Dimensions.     72.1 ft x 16.5 ft x 6.2 ft
Gross Tons.  85.  Registered Tons.  70.
Port of Registry.  Gloucester.
Built at Brockweir, River Wye, in 1844, by Thomas Swift.
Owner.  Thomas Swift, Merchant, Monmouth.  (64 shares)
Master.  James Brown.

Registered anew as No 5, in 1848.  Chepstow.
No. 5.  10.8.1848
Details, Owner and Master - as above.

Transactions.  1.1.1868.
Mary Sarah Hyam - Widow,  James Davis - Jnr. maltster and William John Hyam - corn factor, all of Monmouth, executors of the late Benjamin Price Hyam, executor of the late Thomas Swift, sold the whole to Thomas Richard Hyam, Merchant and ship-owner, Monmouth

Trans.   17.4.1876.
The whole sold to Charles Brown, Ship-master, Brockweir.

Trans.   23.10.1878
The whole sold to Thomas Brown, Ship-master, Brockweir.

Trans.   21.1.1880
The whole sold to Charles Silvey, Ship-master, Epney, Glos.
Registered anew at Gloucester, 22.7.1882.
In 1882, the vessel was raised (ie built up) and lengthened by Benjamin Gardiner of Framilode.  Her tonnage was altered thus:- Gross Tons - 110.
Reg Tons - 99.

Trans.   -   -  1917.
The whole sold to Lewis Bull, Ship-owner, Cardiff, who in August 1919, sold her to the Fairhaven Shipping Company Ltd.  In September 1919, she was sold to Greek owners.  The Gloucester Registry was then closed.

I have no evidence of her going to Greece, although this may have been so.  I would rather think she was owned by the London Greeks, who operated a lot of craft up on the London River.

My Mercantile Navy List, for 1912, a publication which catered for the smaller type of vessel and similar to a Lloyds Register, gives the FRIENDS as being owned by Edwin J. T. Silvey, Epney, Nr. Stonehouse, Glos., and her R/T as 85.

These particulars do at times get crossed, due to the fact that the dear old boys did not always report a change of ownership.  The schooner and ketch records have been a little more difficult to trace on account of change of name but, fortunately, the O.N. always remains the same, with the exception of one or two vessels.


Mat.   Wood
O.N.   128746
Int. Code
Dim.   76.0 ft x 20.2 ft x 9.0 ft
G/T   76   R/T   54
P.O.R.   Milford
Built at Calstock, Cornwall in 1909.

She was owned by J. D. Russan of Milford.  Later sold to the Salt Union Company of Worcester.  In the latter half of her working life she was owned by Capt. Andrew Murdoch of Gloucester, formerly of Arlingham.

When World War II commenced the old skipper was at Youghal with his vessel and unable to get a crew, so he sailed the little vessel home, alone.  There have been many conflicting reports as to this epic voyage, but now through the courtesy of Miss Betty Murdoch, of Gloucester, I have received a copy of the log made by Capt. Murdoch appertaining to this particular voyage, which is as follows:-

August 5. 1940. Monday, Bank Holiday.  At 0805 am, I am passing outside Courtmacsherry, light wind, North and only myself on board.  At 0925 I am close around the Old Head of Kinsale, steering NE mainsail set.  At 1230 I pass to the North of the Guant Rock Light Ship, steering EXN, Light air E.  At 1455 I am up abreast of Ballycotton Island.  At 1810 I am abreast of Mine Head, distant 11/4 miles, light wind West.  At 1920 I stop engine, light breeze West, we now have Dungarvon open off Helwick Head, going 2 knots.  At 2130 wind nearly all gone.

August 6. Tuesday.  I have had light airs, mostly from North to NNE, at 0900 up off Hook Light House, distant 11/2 miles.  At 1000 put engine going and steer ESE.  At 1100 haul up East for the Connimore Rock, going at 5 knots, light air North.  At 1250 pass to the North of the Barrells Ship and steer EXN for up inside of Tuskar Rock.  At 1700 I have Tuskar bearing NXW distant about two miles, steering SSE going 51/2 knots.  Light breeze SW.  Tide going to SW until 2000.  At 2000 more wind, so put reef tackle on mainboom, few light drops of rain.  At 2100 steer SSW,
sea rising, at 2330 stop engine and proceed under sail, the Smalls Light bearing SSE distant about 12 miles.

August 7.  Wednesday, at 0400 not much wind from West, but sea with us.  At 0430 steer SXE and Smalls bearing SE.  At 0600 only light variable airs, not enough to steer.  At 1000 light wind West.  At 1100 jibe over, wind light NNW steering SEXE.  At  1215 we have Smalls bearing North, distant about 10 miles, going 12 knots.  At 2000 up off St. Goven's about 12 miles off shore, steering along SE going 2 knots.  At 2315 jibe over and have to steer EXS going 3 knots.

August 8.  Thursday.  At 0100 wind back again so steer ESE.  At 0600 can see HELWICK LIGHT VESSEL to the North, and Lundy to the South.  At 0740 a Patrol Boat tells me to keep up North side not more than two miles off SCARWEATHER LIGHT VESSEL and then up for Nash Point, two mile off BREAKSEA LIGHT VESSEL, as there are mines laid.  At 1100 I am up SCARWEATHER LIGHT VESSEL and steer ESE.  At midday steering SEXE.  More wind at West.  Tide against us.  At 1920 the examination boat tells us what flags to put up and not to go past Barry Roads.  At 1930 I let go anchor close in at Barry Roads, fresh breeze West.  Get mainsail down and pay out more chain and make things safe for the night.

August 9.  Friday.  There was an air raid at 0045 and the anti air craft guns were in action.  There has been a strong breeze West early morning and still continues at 0800.  At 0920 the examination boat with the Military men comes on board and search the vessel.  After being free to proceed, I ask the officer in charge if he would be kind enough to ask Capt. Jewell of the KATHLEEN & MAY to lend me one of his crew to help me get the vessel to Lydney.  So later the boat brings one man aboard and then I get the lamp on the motor winch and heave up anchor and proceed up Severn under jib and staysail and put two rolls in the mainsail.  Strong breeze West.  We are underway at midday, flood tide nearly finished.  At 1930 let go anchor on the mud at Portishead and stop there for the night.  We have been a long time coming up as the tide was against us.

August 10.  Saturday.  At 1030 we have the anchor up and motor engine going and proceed up Severn, fresh breeze WNW.  At 1315 get into Lydney Basin.  At 1415 we have vessel just up through the bridge in the Lydney Canal and moor up and so ends a very trying voyage for myself.

Miss Murdoch adds, 'My Father did this voyage when he was 68 years old and he quotes that it was four days and three nights from Courtmacsherry to Barry Roads, all by myself and had very little rest and not much sleep.'


Mat.   Wood
O.N.   11638
Int. Code.

G/T      R/T   64
P.O.R.   Gloucester
Built at Gloucester in 1839.
Owner 1912.   Arthur William White of Saul, Glos.
Owner 1933.   Herbert S. Colborn of Bristol.


Mat.   Wood
O.N.   63080
Int. Code.
Dim.  72.8 ft x 17.3 ft x 7.3 ft
G/T       R/T
P.O.R.   Gloucester
Built at Saul, Glos., in 1869 by Mr. Fred Evans.

Owner Frederick Charles Hipwood of Gloucester.

Former Register.  Vessel mortgaged to Charlotte Lyons and John Henry James, both of Gloucester, who sold on discharge of mortgage back to F. C. Hipwood.
F. C. Hipwood sold 32 shares to Alexander Johns of Gloucester.
F. C. Hipwood died on 17.12.1896 and appointed Eliza Hipwood as executrix.
E. Hipwood sold 32 shares to Alexander Johns, who on 13.04.1898 sold 32 shares to Richard Gibbs Foster of Gloucester.

04.03.1912   The vessel stranded on Burnham Bar, Bridgwater and became a total loss when bound for Bridgwater with sand from Tenby.

GEORGIANA of Gloucester, Browning, Master, with sand from Tenby went ashore on the Bar coming into Burnham on last night's tide.  Came off and foundered about two miles from Burnham on the South side of the fairway.


Mat.   Wood
O.N.   84248
Int. Code.   M.L.J.N.

G/T   134   R/T   99
P.O.R.   Portsmouth.  Originally Dietzel.

Built at Dietzel, Holland in 1867.  Not to be confused with the GRACE of Salcombe, which was lost off Teignmouth.

When sold by her Dutch owners she was purchased by C. H. Balkwill, who changed her name to GRACE.

She was owned in 1912 by Mrs. Elizabeth Murdoch of Saul, Glos.


Schooner, originally rigged as a brigantine.
Mat.   Wood
O.N.   25803
Int. Code.   P.H.M.D.
Dim.   102.5 x 20.8 x 11.1
G/T   129.95   R/T   99.36
P.O.R.   Weymouth / Registered at Gloucester in 1894.
Built at Dartmouth in 1854.
Gammon Head / Her accommodation comprised Master's room, Mate's room, Mess room and Sail room.

In 1894 she was owned by -

Alexander Johns of Gloucester, Ship Owner,     21 shares.

Peter Johns of Gloucester, Ship Chandler,        21 shares.

Kittel Pedersen of Gloucester, Shipwright,        22 shares.

Transactions. 05.11.1898.

Peter Johns sold 10 shares to Kittel Pedersen and 11 shares to Alexander Johns.

Certificate of Registry cancelled and Registry closed on 23.11.1901.

The M.N.L. for 1883 gives her owner as Capt. Charles Nurse of Saul and her master as Capt. Frank Nurse.  She had a crew of 5.

In January or February of 1902 the vessel was stripped down and converted to a lighter, coming under the ownership of G. T. Beard, carrier and barge owner of Gloucester.  As a lighter working on the Gloucester & Berkeley Canal she ran under the name of SHAMROCK.  Taken to the ship graveyard at Purton, Glos., and is slowly disintegrating.

In her heyday she had a great number of deep water passages to her credit, often sailing to ports in South America.  Many of her Eastern voyages comprised of olive oil and currants loaded in Greece and Spain, for Gloucester.  She was owned by the Nurse Brothers for many years and engaged by them in the cattle trade from Corunna to Penzance.


The vessel lost her foretopmast and two hands on passage from Cork to Stockton with old rails, 8 miles SE of Whitby.  Wind WSW Force 7.


Her bulwarks were carried away and the master, Capt. George Nurse lost overboard 24 miles SWXW of the South Stack, when bound for Liverpool with marble and phosphates from Brussels.  Wind NW Force 9.  Crew 5.


Two Masted Schooner

Mat.   Wood

O.N.   74428

Int. Code.   W.V.M.L.

Dim.   87.2 x 20.7 x 11.2

G/T   109.24   R/T   99.75

P.O.R.   Falmouth

Built in September 1877 by Stephens at Point, Nr. Truro.

From the General Registrar & Record Office of Shipping and Seamen, Cardiff, 06.04.1959.

HETTY   O/N  74228   4/1877 Truro   2/1885  Falmouth  9/1920 Falmouth.
Built 1877 by John Stevens, Carnon Yard, Feock, Cornwall.  1 deck, 2 mast schooner rig/semi elliptic stern carvel built, no galley, ¾ woman figurehead, wood framework, no engine.

Dim,  87.2 x 20.7 x 11.25   /Tonnage  109.24  G/T  99.75 Net.
Registered as new as No 9/1920 Falmouth on 11.10.1920  M the installation of one semi-diesel paraffin I.C.E. motor of 75 BHP.  Registry still open.

In August 1935 the HETTY was abandoned off the Welsh Coast and was towed into Penzance by a German steamer.

Mr. Wm. Giles of Newquay said that he served in the HETTY and that once off the WOLF LIGHTHOUSE he brought her round too fast and unsettled her main mast, she was fetchragged then, and it was only the strength of the deck that prevented the mast going over board.  Mr. Giles said he jibed the HETTY off the Lizard in the roughest night of his seafaring.  He had held her from a position off Trevose and eventually lost his grip.  A steamer kept them company for some hours thinking there was not much hope for them.

After the sinking of the JOHANN CARL, Mr. Giles of Newquay gained the HETTY at Runcorn where she was being turned into a ketch from a Garibaldi schooner.  He was away for eight weeks.  They left Newquay for Runcorn with a cargo of china clay.  They then took on coal at Runcorn and sailed but had to put into Holyhead as the wind went SW though they tried several times to get to the south'ard.  There were scores of ships there in like circumstances.  One day they did get out as far as Fishguard where they were joined by the MARGARET HOBLEY.  One Sunday night seven schooners and ketches all left together, they were the MARGARET HOBLEY, KATIE CLUETT, TRIO, ISABEL, HETTY, MARY BARROW and one other whose name Mr. Giles could not remember.  The HETTY was the last out but being good on the wind she overhauled the MARY BARROW when the HETTY'S main halyards parted and the mainsail came down and so we lost sight of the others.  She was making for Newquay with her cargo of coal when a NW gale came on so she went away for Land's End, then the wind went North and Mr. Giles jibed her round the Wolf and away went the mizzen mast-step piece in the keelson.  They went into Mounts Bay and in the morning next day the wind changed to the West and they got around to Newquay.  All the other vessels put back.  The HETTY was a lovely little vessel by the wind, but crank.  Only one vessel passed her and that was a Frenchman.  One voyage they loaded at Newquay bound for Liverpool and were preparing for sea when the owner came down and said they were not to sail but in spite of that order the captain went.  A sea came on board and damaged the boat.  They got as far as a mile short of Milford but could not get in so went up the Bristol Channel making for the Mumbles.  They went in close to the lifeboat slipway and let go their anchors.  Mr. Giles said she would be washed out there and the fire in the galley was put out.  But they stayed there a day and a night and then went up to Holyhead where they got in and found it full of ships and steamers.  They stayed there a day or two and then got to Runcorn.  On arrival they found that seventeen tons of clay was damaged, the boat broken in half and gaff topsail carried away.  When they got back to Newquay, the captain said he would get discharged as he had gone to sea again against the owner's orders and had so much damage done to the ship and cargo, but when the owner came on board he told the captain he had done well and he was glad to see them.  HETTY'S master all this time was a Norwegian and one of the Abs a Dane, they were both fine men.  The crew were four all told, all keen sailors who wanted to race with other vessels.  Mr. Giles said the HETTY was bad steering in shallow water.  The living on board was good.  They always got cocoa at night which was heated on the cabin stove.  In the wintertime there was always a fire in the forecastle and the cabin and the galley fire was kept in at night at sea.  Once Mr. Giles made a duff and mixed some black treacle with a pinch of self raising flour in it, and it came out as yellow as a guinea.  They were then in Liverpool and another Newquay skipper, Capt. Brown of the EMMA came on board and had some of it, liking it so much that he sent his own cook on board to find out how the duff had been made.

At one time the HETTY came under the ownership of Capt. Stanley Harper of Saul.  Capt. Frank Evans of Gloucester was another master.


Mat.   Wood
O.N.   46623
Int. Code   V.K.G.D.

G/T      R/T   148
P.O.R.   Guernsey
Built at Shippegan N. B. in 1863.

Owner 1912 - Festus Agrippa Roberts of Epney, Glos.


Originally a barquentine, later rigged as a three masted schooner.

From General Registrar & Record Office of Shipping and Seamen, Cardiff. 12.01.1959.

O.N.   60763.  HENRY EDMUNDS built in 1871 by G. Ulstrup & E. Heisner at Aarhuus, Denmark and first British registered on 16.04.1879 at Padstow.

1 deck, two masts, brigantine rigged, elliptic stern, carvel built, no galleries, no head, wood framework, no engine.

Dim.   101.9 x 24.8 x 10.9.
G/T   175.81   N/T   162.20

Renamed HOWE about 1900.  Registry transferred to Gloucester in 1900.

Owner 1900 - 1907 Mr. Kittel Pedersen of Gloucester / Manager, Mr. Alexander Johns.  Master Capt. H. Browning.

Three masted schooner HOWE towed into Grimsby with loss of sails, bound for Hartlepool.

Sailing vessel HOWE was captured by German submarine four miles NE from N. Arklow LIGHT VESSEL and sunk by bombs placed on board.


Mat.   Wood
O.N.   60577
Int. Code.   Q.T.D.H.
Dim.   79.0 x 18.6 x 9.1
G/T   84   R/T   66
P.O.R.   Gloucester
Built in 1867 by Davies at the Junction Yards, Saul, Glos.
Original owner - Capt. Richard Rowles of Saul.

W. O. Williams master and owner in 1901.  Manager W. D. Owen.

1912 - Owner William Holding of Bridgwater.


Mat.   Wood
O.N.   62772
Int. Code.   Q.D.N.H.
Dim.   81.6 x 21.0 x 9.2
G/T   90   R/T   72.44
P.O.R.   Preston until 1902.  Her registry was then changed to Gloucester.
Built in 1872 by Peter Rawstone at Freckleton, Lancs.

In 1904 she was sold to Eli Longney, who in 1905 sold her to Arthur Lewis Jones and Francis Samuel Jones, both of Saul, Glos.  In 1924 she was sold to Albert Beard who used her until 1929, when she was sold to W. G. James.  Again sold in 1930 to Peter Llewellyn Hancock, remaining in that family until 1932 when she was sold yet again to Wm. James Griffiths.  In 1935 she was reputed to have been converted to a house boat.  She certainly ended her days at Padstow, where her remains can still be seen.

When the ISABELLA was under the ownership of Capt. Jones she was caught out in a gale on entering the Bristol Channel and finally drove across the West Nash Sands and struck the Tuscar Rock.  The intrepid Capt. Jones and his mate, Capt. Tom Colcombe of Saul, another fine old coasting skipper, clawed the vessel off a lee shore and brought her to Sharpness.


Mat.   Wood
O.N.   45708
Int. Code.   V.F.L.D.
Dim.   96.2 x 20.4 x 11.2
G/T   124   N/T   85
P.O.R.   Plymouth
Built in July 1863 by Shilston at Plymouth.

1886 - 1887  owned by Wm. H. Cox of Brixham.
1888 - 1891 owned by Henry E. Field of Saul, Glos.
1896 - 1898 owned by Alexander Johns of Gloucester.

Prior to the above she was owned by the Nurse Bros of Gloucester and was in the Corunna cattle trade to Penzance.  Giles Nurse was master, Archie Nurse and his cousin Harry Rowles, (author's Father) were boys in her, their pay being 2/6 per month and found.  At this time she was also in the Mediterranean trade.

She was not in the M.N.L. for 1907 so it must have been at this time she was stripped down and sold to G. T. Beard of Gloucester, who used her as a timber lighter on the Gloucester & Berkeley Canal under the name of ORBY.  Around 1950 she was taken to the ship graveyard at Purton and is now in a bad state of disintegration.

From Grahame Farr of Portishead.

The ISLAND MAID was in the Mediterranean Trade in her early days.  Her dimensions were 96.2 x 20.4 x 11.2. Tons originally 124.  When crew space was legally deducted she had 124 G/T and 85 R/T.  As the hulk ORBY she was 75 G/T and 72 R/T.  She was built by Shilston & Co., having been completed in the 7th month.  Her first master was W. Hill and she was registered at Plymouth until about 1906 when for some reason unknown to me her registry was cancelled.  Then 1917 she was re-registered at Gloucester for Geo. T. Beard.  Changes of ownership.  1886 - 1887 to Wm. H. Cox Brixham.  1888 - 1891 Henry E. Field of Saul, Glos.  1896 -1898 Alexander Johns of Gloucester.

Topsail schooner
Mat.    Wood
O.N.   73756
Int. Code.  R.D.F.V.
Dim.   87.4 x 20.6 x 9.8
G/T   106   R/T   87
P.O.R.   Fleetwood.
Completed in January 1878 by Gibson at Fleetwood.

From 1881 - 1882 she was owned by the Porter Shipping Company Ltd., D. M'Queen being master.  1903 - 1917 Capt. W. E. Davis of Saul was master.

1906 - 1926 she was owned by Capt. Lewis Nurse of Bridgwater.

11.01.1926.  The vessel was run down in thick fog three miles off Dover and sunk by the S/S EMPRESS.  The schooner was bound for Bridgwater from Rochester.  The crew were all saved, being picked up by the steamer and landed at Calais.

Photo:The Jonadab

The Jonadab

Donated by Richard James

Mat.   Wood
O.N.   26731
Int. Code.   P.M.J.B.

G/T      R/T   68
P.O.R.   Bristol
Built Newport, Mon., in 1848  /  Rebuilt 1895

M.N.L. for 1901 gives her owner as Mrs. Laura James of  Saul, Glos.
Capt. Wm. James, master.  (same address)  The vessel was still in their ownership in 1912, during which time she made summer trips to Janeville.  N.B.

From the West Briton & Cornwall Advertiser.  Thursday evening, 1905.

Lifeboat Claim Settled.

The Admiralty proceedings instituted in the Truro County Court against the owners of the ketch JONADAB of Bristol, by the R.N.L.I., have been settled.  It will be remembered that the Padstow Lifeboat EDMUND HARVEY was lying at her moorings at Padstow, when the JONADAB, in entering the harbour, fouled the Lifeboat, causing damage which necessitated repairs to the extent of £13.16s.0d..  Other expenses brought the claim of the Institution up to £20.4s.0d..  As a result of negotiations between the solicitors concerned, the action has been settled on payment by the defendants of £16 and costs.

At the latter end of her working life she was stripped down and with the assistance of a diesel engine traded between the upper Welsh ports of the Bristol Channel and Lydney, carrying coal to Bristol.  Eventually, this grand little wanderer was put on the foreshore just below Lydney Pier to act as a breakwater.  In 1967, she broke away from her moorings, as if objecting to the level to which she had been brought and finally had a last fling in the waters she knew so well.  After a couple of tides floating about the Severn, she was eventually moored up again, or what was left of her and here her story ends.


Mat.   Wood
O.N.   99537
Int. Code.   No Signal Hoist
Dim.   83.7 ft x 20.8 ft x 9.2
G/T   96   R/T   79
P.O.R.   Gloucester

Built in June 1894 by F. J. Carver & Sons at Bridgwater.
From 1902 until her loss in 1917 she was owned by Capt. Thomas Stamp of Gloucester, originally of Epney, Glos.

19.06.1917   The vessel was captured by a German submarine and sunk by bombs, 25 miles NWXW from Les Hanois, North France.  No lives lost.

From a press cutting in London, dated March 1913, the following telegram has been received from Milford Haven.  March 1, KATE & ANNIE.  Galley caught fire destroying same, also burnt new mainsail.


Mat.   Wood
O.N.   45357
Int. Code.   V.C.W.Q.

G/T        R/T   64.10
P.O.R.   Waterford
Built at Waterford in 1863.

In 1899 she was owned by William Sims and sold in 1900 to George Merrylees, who in August 1906 sold her to Henry Edward Field of Saul, Glos. and in that same year disposed of to Capt. C. H. Greenway of Saul.  Her latter owners were W.H. Stephens & J. M. Davies, both of Plymouth.  The vessel stranded at Padstow in February 1936 and became a total loss.  The Gloucester Registry was then closed.


Mat.   Wood
O.N.   70473
Int. Code
Dim.   82.8 x 20.8 x 9.7
G/T   103   R/T
P.O.R.   Barrow
Built at Ulverston in 1875 by White.

Owner 1912 - Lewis Aldridge of Arlingham, Glos.


Mat.   Steel
O.N.   105242
Int. Code.   P.G.D.S.
Dim.   85.1 ft x 21.8 ft x 9.4 ft
G/T   116   R/T   90
P.O.R.   Bideford

Built in March 1896 by Pool, Skinner and Williams at Falmouth.

The vessel was constructed to the order of Capt. J. B. Cooke of Bude.  She was sold in 1912 to Mrs. Agnes Watkins, Frampton-on-Severn, 48 shares and Capt. L. T. Armstrong of Saul, 16 shares and was then registered at Gloucester.  In 1917 she was sold to the Hook Shipping Company Ltd., but retained her Gloucester Registry.

On one occasion the KINDLY LIGHT left the Downs in company with a large schooner.  Both vessels kept neck and neck to the land and the wind fell away as they turned into the Bristol Channel and the little ketch ran away from the larger vessel.  The ketch was reputed to be a very fast little vessel and would keep the seas when other larger vessels had run for shelter.  She was sunk by gunfire from a German submarine 10 miles ENE from Trevose Head, Bristol Channel, on the 1 February, 1918.  A sad and untimely end for a grand little lady of Severnside.


Mat.   Wood
O.N.   6566
Int. Code   J.P.H.R.
Dim.   85.4 x 20.0 x 11.5
G/T   116   R/T   88
P.O.R.   Yarmouth

Built in 1855 by H. Fellows at Yarmouth.  Rebuilt in 1874 and Registry changed to Gloucester.

W. Ball master in 1881.  Owners H. Fellows & Co.

Came under the ownership of Richard Gibbs Foster after re-building, Mr. Alexander Johns of Gloucester was Manager.  Capt. Albert Perkins of Saul being master.

05.06.1917.  Captured and sunk by gunfire from a German submarine 20 miles SSE from Beachy Head.  Master lost.


Three master schooner
Mat.   Wood
O.N.   24272
Int. Code   N.W.D.C.
Dim.   87.2 x 22.3 x 10.6
G/T   130   R/T   99
P.O.R.   Weymouth
Built in 1850 by E. Ellis at Nevin.
Original owners - Owen & Co., Pwhelli, Beaumaris.

M.N.L. for 1904 and 1913 gives her owner as Richard Gibbs Foster of Gloucester.  Alexander Johns of Gloucester, Manager.  Capt. F. C. Camm of Saul, Glos., Master in 1904.

Extract from the R.N.L.I. Journal dated 01.05.1911.

In the early morning the wind which had been blowing from ENE suddenly changed to SSE and increased to gale strength.  As there were many vessels in the Bay, it was decided to launch the lifeboat.  She was launched at 0840 and was scarcely afloat before several vessels were seen running for Newlyn.  By this time heavy seas were breaking on and around the pier.  The Coxswain spoke to several of the sailing craft and warned them how best to make the harbour.  He then proceeded to the fleet lying at anchor, which reported 'All Well' with the exception of the schooner LIZZIE of Weymouth which was lying in shoal water and labouring heavily.  On the arrival of the lifeboat, the master shipped (sic) his anchors and accompanied by the lifeboat, made for Newlyn, which was reached at 1115.

01.04.1913.   The vessel became leaky 4 miles SSW of Newhaven, Sussex and was taken into port and dismantled when bound for Llanelly with scrap steel from London.  Crew 5.


Three masted schooner
Mat.   Steel
O.N.   119634
Int. Code
Dim.   98.7 x 22.4 x 9.4
G/T      R/T   99.28
P.O.R.   Gloucester
Built in 1906 by R. Cock & Sons at Appledore.

M.N.L. for 1907 gives her owner as Kittel Pedersen of Gloucester.

From the Bideford Gazette 05.06.1906.

A very pretty launch took place on Saturday morning last of a three masted schooner from the yards of R. Cock & Sons.  She was christened by Miss Flora Cock, daughter of the builder.  Her name is LUCY JOHNS named after the owners daughter.

From the Bideford Gazette 26.09.1906

Capt. Camm, master of the LUCY JOHNS, on her maiden voyage from Bideford to Antwerp, died suddenly.  The vessel had just completed her maiden voyage.


Mat.   Wood.
O.N.   29306.
Int. Code.   Q.F.C.R.

G/T         R/T   80
P.O.R.   Gloucester
Built at Conway in 1861.
Owner Wm. Davis of Saul, Glos.

Royal Cornwall Gazette.   02.02.1899.

Collision off Mullion.

The ketch MARY SARAH and brigantine LATONA were making for Mullion Roads for shelter on Friday night, when a collision unavoidably took place, with the result that both coal laden craft had damaged bows.  In the collision and the smash of the head gear, the mate, Henry Nurse, of the ketch was carried overboard.  The collided vessels were so much engaged in disentanglement that some time elapsed ere anything was done to affect a rescue.  A boat was lowered as quickly as possible and after one hour and twenty minutes search, the half dead mate was picked up.  Both vessels reached Penzance safely on Saturday afternoon and went into the dock.  The mate had his oilskins on when the collision occurred and was flung overboard by the shock.  He is a powerful man and fortunately caught hold of the figurehead of his own ship.

Mat.   Built of Lowmore iron.
O.N.   72414
Int. Code.   No Signal Hoist.

G/T      R/T   59
P.O.R.   Greenock
Built at Montrose in 1876.

Owner 1912 George F. Meadows, Francis Villa, Epney, Glos.

If memory serves correctly she lost her bowsprit around 1950. She was eventually sold abroad and is believed to be still afloat.


Mat.   Wood
O.N.   20663
Int. Code.   N.C.D.M.
Dim.  83.0 ft x 20.0 ft x 10.0 ft
G/T   93   R/T   75
P.O.R.   Bridgwater
Built at Aberystwyth in 1858
Owner, Lilly Camm of Saul,  Glos.

01.01.1892.    Lilly Camm sold 64 shares to Capt. Edgar Camm of Saul,
M.N.L. for 1912 and 1913 gives her owner as Edward Hablin of Bridgwater.
M.N.L. for 1918.  Her owner is A. Westcott of Plymouth.
M.N.L. for 1920.  Same.
M.N.L. for 1921.  Not in Register.

1912 Registry transferred to Bridgwater.  Certificate of Registry delivered up and cancelled.  Gloucester Registry closed 02.04.1901.  Check when vessel was sold to Bridgwater.

Press Cutting.   Cowes.   05.02.1914.

The sailing vessel MERIDIAN of Bridgwater from London towards Truro with patent manure, has arrived here and reports that, on 29.01.1914 about 4 miles South of Hastings, she struck a wreck, apparently a sailing vessel, causing damage to her running head gear.  Damage underwater, if any, unknown, but vessel does not leak.

This vessel had a long overhanging stern.  She had several quick runs to her credit.  Bridgwater to Glasgow in 1913, 5 days and Bridgwater to Holyhead, the same year, 2 days.  She was sold to Plymouth owners in 1916 and on 19 September 1921, on a voyage from Par towards Runcorn, struck the Smalls Rocks off the Pembrokeshire Coast in a fog at 2100 hours and was abandoned in a sinking condition.  The crew was picked up by a trawler and landed at Milford, where the loss of the vessel was reported.  Then, to the surprise of those connected with her, a report was received two days later from Carnsore Point, on the Irish coast, saying that the ketch MERIDIAN had been driven ashore about two miles North of Carnsnore Point.  A rocket line had been put on board and the vessel boarded.  The report concisely added "No crew, boat gone, bumping heavily on the rocks."  She became a total wreck.  She had thus got clear of the large cluster of rocks on which she struck, probably passing close to the crew in the boat in the fog and darkness and sailed and drifted, without a soul on board, a distance of nearly 100 miles in two days without her plight being noticed.


Mat.   Wood.
O.N.   78475
Int. Code.   No Signal Hoist
Dim.   60.0 ft x 18.0 ft x 8.0 ft
G/T   50   R/T   46
P.O.R.   Bideford.     Original P.O.R.   Milford

Built in June 1879 by Davies at Milford Haven.

She was owned by Capt. Saul Carter of Saul, Glos. In 1905.

Sold to Phillip Kelly Harris & Sons of Bideford in 1906.


Mat.   Wood
O.N.   49946
Int. Code.
Dim.   80.0 x 21.5 x 11.5
G/T   127   R/T   92
P.O.R.   Nevin

Built in 1864 by Thomas at Nevin for Thomas & Co.
In 1870 registered as above.

1881 owned by H. Lloyd & Co, at Penmaifa, Caernarvonshire and registered there by owners.

1893 sold to J. R. Jones & Co.  H. Perry, Manager.

In 1899 she was sold to Capt. Frederick C. Rowles of Saul, Glos., coming under the ownership of Mrs. C. M. Rowles of Saul in that same year.  H. Field, Manager.


Trow.  Ketch Rigged.  Two Masts.  Square stern.
Mat. Wood.
O.N.   63087
Int Code.  None.
Dim.  76.0 ft x 18.1 ft x 8.9 ft.
G/T  76.01   R/T  67.89
P.O.R.  Gloucester
Built in Hempstead, Glos., in 1871 by F. C. Hipwood.

Owner  -  Charles Silvey.  Master Mariner of Epney, Glos.  (64 shares).

The Mercantile Navy List for 1891, shows she was still entirely owned by Charles Silvey and the Customs Records at Gloucester, where much of this information came, shows the vessel still being held by him up to the time of his death in 1914.

Trans.    6.1.1915

Charles Silvey died September 29th, 1914.  Will dated January 7th, 1897, appointing Harriet Silvey, executrix.  Probate granted at the District Registry of Gloucester, 19.12.1914.

Trans.   21.8.1917

Harriet Silvey sold 64 shares to Lewis Bull, Ship-owner, Cardiff.

Trans.   2.1.1918

Lewis Bull sold 64 shares to Paul Fairweather, Ship-owner, Cardiff.

Trans.   26.1.1918

Paul Fairweather mortgaged 64 shares to Lloyds Bank Ltd.

Trans.   28.8.1919

Lloyds Bank Ltd., returned the vessel to Paul Fairweather on discharge of
The mortgage.

Trans.   5.9.1919

Certificate of Registry cancelled and Registry at Gloucester closed when the vessel was sold foreign.  (Greek subject).

Royal Cornwall Gazette  -  24.11.1892

The Ketch OLIVER of Gloucester, with a cargo of wheat from Plymouth, for Messrs. Hocken & Co Ltd., went ashore on the Eastern Spit at 0500 on Thursday morning.  She was in tow of the tug boat NORTH STAR at the time and was driven ashore by the force of the wind and tide.  She was successfully floated and towed off on Friday evening and brought into harbour to discharge.  It was fortunate she stranded on Thursday instead of Friday, as the tide on Friday was the highest for the Spring and had she been a day later, in all probability, she would have had to remain  on the beach until the later Spring tides or perhaps longer.  The damage done is very trifling.


Mat.   Wood

Int. Code.

G/T   72
P.O.R.   Gloucester

Built at Saul in 1837

Owner  J. George.  Master J. Nurse.


Mat.   Wood
O.N.   95309
Int. Code.   L.K.P.Q.
Dim.   85.4 x 21.4 x 7.2
G/T   96   R/T   76
P.O.R.   Ipswich.

Built in 1889 by Orvis & Fuller at Ipswich.

Originally owned by W. H. Orvis.

In 1906 she came under the ownership of Capt. C. Butt of Saul, Glos.
In 1912 she was back at her home port being then owned by Geo. W. Mynher, 96 Back Hamlet, Ipswich.


Originally a barquentine.  Eventually cut down to a three masted topsail schooner.

Mat.   Wood
O.N.   58186
Int. Code.   K.S.C.Q.

Dim.   82.6 x 20.3 x 11.2
G/T   122   R/T   98
P.O.R.   Originally Whitehaven.  Registered at Gloucester in 1902.
Built in 1867 by Sheppard at Whitehaven.
1881 - 1882  Owners - G. Nelson & Co / J. G. Thompson, Master.
1894 - S. Wintle, Master.
1902 - Owner- George Alexander Watkins of Frampton-on-Severn, Glos.
Capt. H. Rowles, Master.
1912 - Owner G. A. Watkins and J. Law.
1913 - Owner J. Law and Ella Law of Carrickfergus.

7.  1917 sold to H. E. Radford of Rhoose, Glams.

8.  1918 sold to the Lena Shipping Company of Cardiff.

2.  1920 sold to Wm. Thomas Symonds of Cardiff.

The vessel was lost with all hands in CourtmacsherryBay on 22.12.1927.


Originally a schooner
Mat.   Wood
O.N.   83518
Int. Code.
Dim.   73.4 x 19.5 x 8.5
G/T   104   R/T   36
P.O.R.   Runcorn.

Built at Runcorn in 1887.

In 1912 she had a 20 H.P. steam engine in her and was owned by the Steam Flat Percy Co. Ltd., of Liverpool.

There is evidence that she was at one time owned on Severnside.  Saul??


Originally a schooner

Mat.   Wood

O.N.   83518

Int. Code.

Dim.   73.4 x 19.5 x 8.5

G/T   104   R/T   36

P.O.R.   Runcorn.

Built at Runcorn in 1887.

In 1912 she had a 20 H.P. steam engine in her and was owned by the Steam Flat Percy Co. Ltd., of Liverpool.

There is evidence that she was at one time owned on Severnside.  Saul??



Mat.   Wood
O.N.   48782
Dim.   79.3 x 20.3 x 9.7
Int. Code.   No Signal Hoist.
G/T   90   R/T   79
P.O.R.  Liverpool.  Registered at Gloucester in 1915.
Built at Norwich by C. Gibson in January 1864.

1881 - 1882  Owner was A. Green / Master.  Lewis.

She was owned in 1912 by Mrs. Elizabeth Field of Henry Road, Gloucester.  Capt. Hubert E. Field of Saul, Glos., was master.

Ownership transferred to Kittel Pedersen and Florence Priest, both holding half shares.

23.04.1916.   Vessel went missing on passage from Newport, Mon., towards Waterford.  The Gloucester Registry was then closed.


Mat.   Wood
O.N.   77116
Int. Code.   R.T.H.C.
Dim.   82.3 x 20.4 x 10.5
G/T   112   R/T   97
P.O.R.   Swansea

Built in July 1878 by Dyer at Shoreham.  F. & YM in 1880.
M.N.L. for 1897 gives her owner as William Smith Morland of Hempsted, Glos., and still owned by him in 1906.

1881 1882  Her master was J. Strevens.  Her owner being R. Mitchell.
Capt. Fred Beard of Saul was master in 1905 but was not in her at the time of her loss in 1908.

From the Bideford Weekly Gazette.

The little schooner PHYLISS GRAY ex OLIVE BRANCH from Gloucester was cast up on the sands at Saunton in Bideford Bay, where she now lies a total wreck, having completely turned turtle.  The crew of probably not less than five hands have evidently perished.  The PHYLISS GRAY owned by the representatives of Capt. Cottew of Gloucester, was formerly the OLIVE BRANCH of Swansea and was last at Bideford Quay about two years ago.

About 0700 on Wednesday morning, Frank Slee, aged about 14, of Saunton, was near the beach when he saw something unusual.  On coming nearer he discovered it was a vessel bottom up.  He discovered in a direct line from the wreck and about 100 yards from it, the body of a man.  The lad reported what he had discovered to the Coastguard on duty.  Capt. G. G. Clarke of Braunton searched the shore and discovered a page of a log book and also the stern of a small boat, as well as a lifebuoy, all of which bore the name PHYLISS GRAY Gloucester.  None of the crew belonged to Gloucester but the Captain, who was named Pidgeon, hailed from Jersey, where he had a sister living.  The wreck is situated about mid-way between high and low water.  Her bulwarks are ripped away and her starboard side is stove in, her masts and sails have gone, all the interior of the ill fated craft is smashed to pieces and apart from the articles found, there is nothing by which to identify her.  Although both anchors were out it was improbable that they dragged.  What is more likely was that the boat was beating about unconscious of the extreme danger of her position and that her anchors were thrown out when the vessel capsized.  Everything goes to show that the end was unexpected, had the crew anticipated being ashore immediately, the man would have taken precaution to remove his sea boots.  On the other hand it is mentioned that she must have come through the breakers half a mile further out than where she was found.  It is interesting to note that the novelist Daphne de Maurier, used the wreck in one of her novels called 'Dutchman's Wreck'.  It was believed at the time that the vessel had been run down by a steamer.



Mat.   Wood
O.N.   45188
Int. Code.   V.C.H.M.
Dim.   90.5 x 20.7 x 11.8
G/T   120   R/T   98
P.O.R.   Brixham

Built in July 1863 by Upham at Brixham.  F. & YM in May 1880.

She was under the ownership Richard Gibbs Foster in 1906 and still owned by him in 1913.  During this time she was commanded by Capt. George Morgan of Saul.

1893 - 1894 she was owned by Capt. Saul Carter of Saul, Glos.

1881 - 1882 she was owned by J. W. Upham.  J. Crispey then being master.

Letter from a Mr. Wm. Nelson of Sheffield to Brixham Museum and Historic Society.  I once served in the lovely three masted topsail schooner QUEEN OF CLIPPERS as a boy seaman, she was registered at Brixham.  She had a lovely figurehead on her bows and was a very fast sailer (with any wind) we could beat most steamers of that day and could today I guess.  She was a coastal ship when I sailed in her and was owned by her skipper, manned by West Country men (chiefly Cornish).  According to my papers I was in the vessel in 1911, so she must have deteriorated very quickly, if, as you say, she was dismantled in 1915.  I remember her well as a lovely ship, sharp prowed, with a figurehead of a Queen with a gold crown.

She could carry 300 tons and must have been a great flyer in her time. She was a fruiterer to the Azores, but as far as I know she never traded to Newfoundland.
I think the smartest sailing time by the QUEEN OF CLIPPERS in my time in her, was 1,000 miles in one week, from Keady-on-Trent to Dublin River.  When we did this run I was O.S. in her and we had shoody (refuse from the woollen mills) to be used on the land for manure.  The fumes from it were terrible.

Details from the QUEEN OF CLIPPERS original registry.  119.64 tons.
O.N.   45188.  Built by John Upham, Brixham 1863.  90.5 x 20.7 x 11.8.  Square stern, carvel built.  One deck.  Two masts, crew 5.  Woman's ¾ figurehead.  Certificate No. 15/1863 at Dartmouth.  Cert No. 9/1880 at Brixham.  (BM ownership throughout).  Sold to Gloucester owners in 1889.  Sold to owners at Falmouth in 1914 and converted to a workshop at Falmouth in 1915, dated in Register as 30.09.1915.


Ketch.  Rigged Trow.

Mat.   Wood
O.N.   69905
Int. Code.   S.T.F.M.

G/T      R/T   89
P.O.R.   Gloucester.

Built at Saul, Glos., in 1874.

M.N.L. for 1883 she was owned by Capt. H. Nurse of Saul, Glos.

15.11.1883.   The vessel sailed from Swansea with a full cargo of coal towards London and was not heard of again.

Master & Owner.  Capt. S. Lawrence of Saul, Glos.   Crew 4.



Mat.   Wood
O.N.   51208
Int. Code
Dim.   79.3 x 19.5 x 8.0
G/T   80.75   R/T   72.56
P.O.R.   Gloucester
Built at Gloucester.  ?   Saul, by James Davis in 1865.


George Henry Meadows of Saul, Glos.   32 shares.

William John Newth of Gloucester.        32 shares.

G. H. Meadows sold 32 shares to William Cook of Frampton-on-Severn, Glos., 19.03.1898.

Wm. Cook sold 32 shares to W. J. Newth 09.05.1898.

W. J. Newth sold 64 shares to G. T. Beard of Gloucester 14.02.1900.

Vessel Registered anew in 1900.

Registry closed at Gloucester and certificate cancelled 17.08.1900.


Trow.  Smack rigged.

Mat.   Wood
O.N.   93454
Int. Code

G/T      R/T   47
P.O.R.   Gloucester

Built at Saul in 1887 by Wm. Sims.

Owner Wm. Sims and still owned by him in 1912.

06.07.1912.   Was in collision with the smack MYSTERY of Gloucester near Shepperdine Sands, River Severn.  The MYSTERY became a total loss.

Photo:The Rosa Hariette, painted by Reuben Chappell at the time when Capt C Butt, Saul skippered her

The Rosa Hariette, painted by Reuben Chappell at the time when Capt C Butt, Saul skippered her

donated by Jon Shaw


Mat.   Wood
O.N.   47204
Int. Code.   V.M.P.T.
84.0 x 20.6 x 11.7
G/T   124   R/T   91
P.O.R.   Montrose.

Built in November 1864 by Cooke at Newport.

1881 - 1882 she was owned by J. Lindsay & Co. her master being O. Roberts.

Capt. P. G. Harper master in 1902.

Owner 1906.  Capt. Joseph Harper of Saul, Glos.



Mat.   Wood
O.N.   78072
Int. Code.   W.V.L.H.
Dim.   95.6 x 22.4 x 11.5.
G/T   139   R/T   131
P.O.R.   Bridport.

Built at Plymouth in 1877 by Marshall.

1881 - 1882  H. Good was owner / S. Bishop, Master.

In 1894 she was owned by Capt. T. L. Armstrong of Saul, Glos.

Sold to William-Smith Morland of Hempsted, Glos.

The vessel was lost on passage from Glasgow with a full cargo of coal.  It is believed that she blew up due to spontaneous combustion of her cargo.  Nothing was ever found, but it is believed that she was lost somewhere on the North Cornish Coast, as she had been in Company with the schooner WELCOME of Gloucester, owned by Capt. T. L. Armstrong, the SALTRAM'S former owner.  Capt. Will Jones of Saul, Glos., was master.  All hands were lost.


Rig.   Two masted schooner

O.N.   56283
Int. Code.   None
Dim.   76.5 x 19.9 x 9.8½
G/T   96.70   R/T   79.52
P.O.R.   Gloucester

Built at Hull in 1870 by Spencer & Gordon.

Owner.   Henry Edward Field of Saul.  M.M.   64 shares.

Former Registry.

Mortgage dated 21.09.1899 to Amos Field of Saul.  Amos Field discharged mortgage to H. E. Field.  Date obscure.

Vessel totally wrecked near Linney Head on 24.03.189?.

Certificate of Registry lost with vessel.

Gloucester Registry closed on 02.04.189?



Mat.   Wood
O.N.   11917
Int. Code.   K.V.P.J.

G/T      R/T   81
P.O.R.   Padstow

Built at Saul, Glos. In 1857.

Owner C. Davey, Helebridge, Bude.

10.07.1905.   Stranded and became a total loss on the Ships Ledge Reef, Brightsone Bay, Isle of Wight, when bound to Shoreham with coal from Saundersfoot.  Wind. SW 5. Crew 4.



Mat.   Wood
O.N.   65312
Int. Code.   S.V.W.R.
Dim.   82.2 x 20.0 x 8.8
G/T      R/T   67.53
P.O.R.   Bristol
Built at Bridgwater in 1872 by Gough.
1881 x 1882 Owner W. M. Gibson  /  E. Parsons, Master.

Western Morning News.  Wednesday 21st March, 1906.

At 2200 on Monday night, Cox'n W. Baker ordered the signal of distress for the lifeboat at Hawker's Cove to be set off in response to signals of distress from a vessel on the Doom Bar at the entrance to Padstow Harbour.  The crew of the Lifeboat ARAB were soon assembled.  The ARAB was quickly launched by Trinity House Pilots, Coastguardsmen and their wives and daughters before the arrival of the Padstow men.  The vessel was burning flares and blowing a fog horn and she proved to be the SELINA JANE of Bristol, Capt. Soloman, from Bridgwater to Wadebridge with salt.  Her steering gear was carried away and other damage was done.  The Lifeboat stood by for some time and then went up to Padstow Quay to get the services of a tug.  On returning, the vessel had drifted in over the Bar and was sinking, her crew again burning distress signals.  The Lifeboat went alongside and with her crew, helped at the pumps.  Eventually, the Lifeboat towed the ketch ashore and beached her on the sand.  By that time the water had risen over the cabin floor.  The ARAB returned to her station at 0330 on the 22nd.

From the M.N.L. 1907

65312.  SELINA JANE Bristol. Ketch. Built Bridgwater 1872. S.V.W.R.
68 R/T.  Owner Capt. Alexander Watkins of Frampton-on-Severn, Glos.

The vessel had been in trouble in the Youghal River through stranding and in September 1910 she was sold to the Sharpness New Docks & Gloucester & Birmingham Navigation Company and ended up as an accommodation vessel for stevedores at Sharpness.  In 1926 she was dismantled and taken to the ship graveyard at Purton to act as a breakwater.  Her remains can still be seen.



Mat.   Iron
O.N.   65943
Int. Code   W.H.V.P.
Dim.   100.0 x 21.7 x 11.2
G/T   160   R/T   136
P.O.R.   London

Built in 1872 by Nevill Bros at Llanelly.

Owner 1906- Joseph H. Harper of Saul, Glos.

She was lost in collision in dense fog while on passage from Guernsey towards Hull with a cargo of stone.



Mat.   Wood
O.N.   63094
Int. Code.
Dim.   80.3 x 19.3 x 8.2
G/T   83.41   R/T   68.27
P.O.R.   Gloucester

Built at Hempsted, Glos., in 1872 by F. C. Hipwood.

Owner, F. C. Hipwood.

F. C. Hipwood died 17.12.1896.  Eliza Hipwood one of the executrices, sold 64 shares to Francis Everett, M. M. Monpellier, Bristol.

The vessel foundered approximately 24 miles S.W. of Lundy on the night of 21.12.1906.  Certificate and Register lost with vessel.  Registry closed at Gloucester 17.09.1907.

Capt. Gwynn Jones of Bristol, formerly of Saul, told the writer that, his Father was master of the vessel and when some distance below Lundy, Capt. Jones, Snr, asked for the wells to be sounded.  It was found the vessel was steering hard and upon examination the fore cabin was half full of water.  The pumps were put to work but the water gained.  Bound round the Land with a coal cargo, they had to abandon ship and were picked up next day by a steamer bound to one of the Welsh ports.



Mat.   Wood.
O.N.   56369
Int. Code.   No Signal Hoist.

G/T      R/T   52
P.O.R.   Bridgwater.

Built at Bridgwater in 1869.

M.N.L. for 1907 gives her owner as Guy Hodges, Burnham, Som.

She was owned in 1912 by James Herbert of Frampton-on-Severn, Glos., in 1912 and still in his ownership in 1916.

In 1918 she was converted to a barge at Bristol.



Mat.   Wood
O.N.   48634
Int. Code.   V.T.N.F.
Dim.   91.0 x 21.3 x 12.0
G/T   126   R/T   99
P.O.R.   Brixham.

Built in November 1864 by Upham at Brixham.

1881 - Owners Samuel Bros. / Capt. Oldrieve Master 1881 - 1893.

1893 - 1912  Owners Nurse Bros. of Gloucester.

During this period Capt. Frank Harper was master.

The vessel was lost in Carlingford Lough, Belfast.



Mat.   Wood
O.N.   73903
Int. Code.   P.T.H.N.
Dim.   86.5 x 21.7 x 10.3
G/T   108   R/T   99
P.O.R.   Banff

Built in May 1876 by Watson at Banff.

1882 - Owner H. Munro / A. King Master

1906 - Owner Capt. Frank Nurse / Capt. Ralph Harper of Saul, Master.



Loss of the LUCY JOHNS and other vessels.

Taken from a letter written to the author by Capt. Wm. Groves of Chepstow, who, at the time of writing, is still alive.

I was serving as Second Mate in the barque OCHTERTYRE from Australia with grain for Queenstown for orders.  We received orders for London and on the morning of 15th December, 1910, weighed anchor.  The tug FLYING FOX towed us clear of the harbour and let us go at noon.  Leaving Queenstown at the same time and in company with us were four sailing coasters belonging to Gloucester, the schooner LUCY JOHNS Capt. Frank Nurse, of Gloucester, the schooner VICTORIA Capt. Ralph Harper of Saul, the ketch BEATRICE HANNAH Capt. Tom Roberts of Epney, the ROSE of Gloucester and the ketch KATE of Bridgwater.  No doubt the crews of these vessels were in good cheer as we were getting away with a fair wind and with Christmas only ten days off, the prospect of being home for the festive season seemed favourable.  The wind was NW, strong all the forenoon but moderated at noon and we all set sail.  At 1300 the wind backed to the West and at 1600 to SW.  By 1800 it was South and freshening and we commenced shortening sail.  By midnight we hove to under lower topsails in one of the fiercest gales I remember.  By 0400 the 16th, the wind had veered to SW, but still continued throughout the day with hurricane force.  We were now under goose winged lower main topsail, the ship practically on her beam-ends and seas breaking right over her.  At about 2200 the wind moderated a little and veered a couple of points.  We set the fore and main lower topsails and foresail.  The following morning 17th the wind veered WNW and moderated.  We set more sail and proceeded on a course for the English Channel and we thought of those coasters, especially as among our crew were several Severn sailors, Fred Organ, Tom Beard, Bob Nixon and Dick Halling.  On arrival in London we learned the sad news that the LUCY JOHNS, VICTORIA and BEATRICE HANNAH were lost with all hands.  The lone survivor was the ketch KATE.  Quite a lot of damage was done all round the South and West Coasts and the Severn estuary.

This page was added by Iris Capps on 21/05/2009.
Comments about this page

Brilliant work, Rachel,

I have now had time to go through this wonderful list and would wish to make the following observations

ADA O.N. 62742 is beached and marked at Purton
C. & F. NURSE O.N. 109222 was beached and broken up on the Sharpness foreshore
DISPATCH O.N.95741 is beached and marked at Purton
EFFORT O.N. 11638 was broken up at Kempsey on the River Severn
EXCELSIOR O.N. 71851 is yet to be located at Purton
GARLANDSTONE O.N. 128746 still afloat in Cornwall
GEORGE O.N. 11638 ran ashore into Lydney graveyard
Guide O.N. 25803 is beached and marked at Purton
HIBERNICA O.N. 46623 b.u. at Pil
INDUSTRYO.N. 60577 ashore and buried in White Hart car park
ISLAND MAID O.N. 45708 is beached at Purton
JONADAB O.N.26731 originally beached Lydney 1962 only to wash up Purton 2003
RIVAL O.N. 93454 ran aground at Awre
SELINA JANE O.N. 65312 is beached and marked at Purton

Regarding photos and further research I would be happy to help where I can

Once again sterling efforts keep it up

Paul Barnett

By Paul Barnett
On 31/05/2009

The two masted schooner Rosa Harriette of Montrose, was also owned by Capt C Butt of Saul

By jon shaw
On 20/06/2009

Find all this very interesting, my maiden name was Nurse, and many of these vessels once belonged to my family.  Thank you.  Linda Cunnigham

By linda cunningham
On 10/09/2009

Does anyone know anything at all about a topsail schooner named "Annie". My father had a painting of her and, when I was a boy, a cousin of my father made a superb model of her and I was given it as a birthday gift. Alas, I know not what happened to both. Incidentally, a branch of the family owned the Dispatch at one time and I was mate of her.

By Alexander G. McLeman
On 24/03/2010

Re my letter concerning the topsail schooners Dispatch lI must make it clear that I was not mate on the vessel. I am at a loss to understand how this error occurred. What I did intend to say is that my paternal grandfather was once master of the ship - Capt. Hugh McLeman. I also am given to understand that an uncle, W.A. McLeman sailed on the ship as a boy.

By Alexander G Mcleman
On 29/03/2010

Great information. Was the "Lucy Johns" also lost the same time as "Beatrice Hannah"?  Both left Ballinacurra, along with two other vessels and according to a newspaper report I read, neither were never heard of again. I have been unable to confirm this, so any info would be great.

By Jack O'Leary
On 05/04/2010

The loss of the schooner Laura Ann in 1917. The master was Captain Christopher Wall, my Great Grandfather. http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty-details.aspx?cid=2969648&name=WALL,%20CHRISTOPHER If anyone has any information on the vessel, i'd be very interested.

By Andrew Brady
On 21/01/2014

Your Directory of Ships very interesting and informative. I have an interest in the Nurse brothers [Charles and Frank] of 'Gloucester' when they owned the topsail schooner 'Helena Tregenza' from 1904 to 1913. The Helena T dims were 103 x23 x11.6. Gross Tonnage: 133.5t. Port Registered: Hayle. Built 1869 by Tom Massey of Portreath, Cornwall. In my life biog of the Helena T [1869-1916] I have written c 2000 words about her time as a coastal trader under the Nurse company. After the death of Frank [lost in the Lucy Johns] in 1910 Charles retained ownership until his death in March 1913. The HT then passed to the Allen Co of Watchet. I still seeking any comment from anyone about this vessel when she was in Nurse hands

By J Seagrove
On 21/01/2014

I have just found this Directory of Ships which has provided some really interesting information.  My 2nd x great grandfather, Samuel Bush, was the Master of the Tilly from 1873 to 1877 and also Master on the Ant 43671 in 1863, the Theopilus 11655 from 1864 to 1869, the Mary 25426 1870-1871, the Stroud Packet 11658 1877-1878.  He met his death when he hit the railway bridge over the River Severn when attempting to navigate it in the trow Industry in 1898.

By Claire Fraser
On 26/01/2016

"Energy" ON 99540, 89 grt

15 September 1918, captured and sunk by gunfire by UB -64

18 miles E x N of Codling Bank L.V. Bound from Garston to Youghal with coal. Daniel Breslin, Arklow, Master.

Tom Breslin, New York

By Tom Breslin
On 03/02/2016

Does anyone have information on my grandfather John(Jack)Colcombe.

Know he was on the Esmeralda and in 1911 on the Sunshine but would love to know more. I think Mr Gower was his mate on board at some point.

By Katrina Parnell
On 03/02/2017

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