Cook Welton & Gemmell Hull
Off Number
Length Ft
Tons Gross
Yard Number
Breadth Ft
Tons Net
13 03 1899
53 HP
12 04 1899
Engine Builder
Amos & Smith
Registered CLEOPATRA H46 Owners 1899 Hellyer Steam Fishing Co Ltd Hull
Fate : Wrecked Iceland 13 Feb 1901 - 10 crew lost 1 survivor rescued off beach


NEWS: MARCH 05 1901

Doubts which have been entertained concerning the fate of the Hull steam trawler Cleopatra, belonging to Messrs Charles Hellyer & Co., have this morning been settled beyond dispute. The report brought eight or nine days ago by the skipper of the Shakespeare H406, to the effect that the vessel had gone ashore off Iceland, and all the crew drowned with the exception of the second engineer, a man named Stovin, living in Scarborough St, Hessle Road, Hull, has unfortunately proved only too correct, the sole survivor being landed at Hull this morning by Captain Bentley of the Trawler Golden Gleam, owned by Messrs Hall, Layman & Co.  Stovin made his way home thew moment he put his foot ashoreand when a " Mail" reporter visited him at his house he was naturally overwhelmed with his experience and it was only with the assistance of Captain Bentley, who had heared the story from Stovin`s lips on the voyage home, that we are able to gather a clear and coherant statement. The Cleopatra was captained by Mr J Clarkson and the crew wa composed as follows, Berment, Mate:  Stephen Green, Chief Engineer: Stovin, Second Engineer: King, Boatswain: Feeney, Third Hand: Johnson, Deck Hand: Ponder, Sparehand: Warf, Sparehand, Kennington, Cook: and Cole, Trimmer:   She left Hull for Iceland a little less than five weeks ago, and been succesful in his operations the captain filled his ship up with 1,100 kits in a short space of time, and left the grounds for home about one o`clock on the morning of Wednesday 13th February with the intention of catching the following Mondays market.  Day was breaking when the accident happened and captain Clarkson was in his berth. The vessel was steaming at a point between the Westermost Islands and Theralk Roads a locality which is studded with countless rocks, just showing themselves above the surface of the water. Without warning the vessel struck on one of the rocks and this brought everyman on deck, but what happened immediately afterwards cannot at present be clearly gathered.  Eventually the boat was launched, butr in putting it over the side the oars were lost. Stovin States that the crew jumpedin, but without oars they had no control over the boat and it took and hour and a half to get from the port to the starboard side. It should be stated that the weather was fine, but big breakers threatened and at last encompassed their destruction.  The boat was turned over and the occupants thrown into the water. At this time they were 800 yards from the land, and it seemed hopeless to expect that anyone of the number would reach the shore. Stovin is however an accomplished swimmer and he struck out in the direction of the land. He heared Captain Clarkson cry out. Oh God" and on turning his head he saw the skipper swimming close to him. Stovin thewn went on and after a great struggle reached the edge of the surf. Even then his position was one of extreme peril. Twice he tried to obtain footing on the soft sand, but the sea carried him back :.) He had almost despaired when he made his third attempt. Fortunately for him some Icelanders had come down the beach and two of them seized him as he was making his final attempt, and pulled him on dry land. But for their timely arrival not one of the crew would have lived to tell the story. When he had sufficiently recovered, Stovin scanned the sea, but neither he himself nor the Iceland men could see trace of a living soul, and it was soon apparent that his ten shipmates had perished. Stovin was kindlt treated at a native farmhouse and when he recovered sufficiently was sent acroos the country by means of ponies to Reykjavick, the capital of Iceland, the journey occupying several days. He reported the matter to the British Consul who put him onboard the Golden Gleam, Who that vessel had puit in for shelter. Great sympathy is felt for the wives and families of the men who have been lost.  Captain Clarkson who we believe was 37 or 36 years of age, was one of the most experienced Iceland men sailing out of the port, and he was a competent navigator, whilst on several occasions he had demonstrated that he was a man of courage and resource. Two Years ago a "Mail" reporter had a trip with Mr Clarkson to Iceland in the trawler, and many times has he pointed out and commented upon the danger which lurked amongst the rocks which now resulted in his death. He was highly respected by a wide circle of acquaintances, not confined solely to the fish trade. He was a spledid athlete, and stripped like a Hercules. Whilst skipper of the Sylvia belonging to Messrs Armitage & Co., he amused the inhabitanats on both sides of the Humber by playing popular zirs upon his steam siren. As an instance of his resource it might be mentioned that a few years ago, when the Elsie struck a sunken rock off Iceland, he repaired a huge hole with cement and wood, and in this condition brought her safely across the sea.


Birth Pl
Date/ Scource
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BEMMENT JOHN 30 CLEOPATRA H46 Bungay Suffolk Nate 13 Feb 1901 Lost when vessel stranded with 9 other crewmen
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CLARKSON THOMAS 37 CLEOPATRA H46 . Skipper 13 Feb 1901 Lost when vessel stranded with 9 other crewmen
. . . 9 Sefton St Hull . . . .
COLE . . CLEOPATRA H46 . Trimmer 13 Feb 1901 Lost when vessel stranded with 9 other crewmen
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FEENY . . CLEOPATRA H46 . Third Hand 13 Feb 1901 Lost when vessel stranded with 9 other crewmen
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GREEN THOMAS 42 CLEOPATRA H46 . Chief Engineer 13 Feb 1901 Lost when vessel stranded with 9 other crewmen
. . . 3 Newton St Hull . . . .
JOHNSON . . CLEOPATRA H46 . Deckhand 13 Feb 1901 Lost when vessel stranded with 9 other crewmen
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KENNINGTON FRANK 50 CLEOPATRA H46 . Cook 13 Feb 1901 Lost when vessel stranded with 9 other crewmen
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KING GEORGE . CLEOPATRA H46 . Bosun 13 Feb 1901 Lost when vessel stranded with 9 other crewmen
. . . 11 Claremont Tce Liverpool St . . . .
CLEOPATRA H46 . Sparehand 13 Feb 1901
Lost when vessel stranded with 9 other crewmen
. . . 64 Walcott St Hull . . . .
WARF . . CLEOPATRA H46 . Sparehand 13 Feb 1901 Lost when vessel stranded with 9 other crewmen
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STOVIN . . CLEOPATRA H46 . Second Engineer 13 Feb 1901 Sole survivor of vessel stranding
. . . Scarborough St Hull . . . .
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