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Registered BEAUTIFUL STAR H512 Owners 1861 G Murray - 80 English St, Hull
. . Tonnage 1868 - 46 Tons
. . Owners c 1875 Jeremiah Heritage - Hull
. . Owners 1876 William Mc Cann - 20 Fountain St, Hull
. . Owners c1879 - William Booles Petherbridge, Mary Anns Place Adelaide Street Hull   - 1881 39 Tadman St, Hull
. . . 13 July 1885 10 am about 70 miles from Spurn W. Had our bowsprit carried away. Collided with the Spero Expecto H1172 of Hull she was not being properly handled
. . Owners 23 Nov 1885 Elizabeth Jipson mortgagee 64 share, Waltham House, Boulevard and Charles Johnston 64 share
. . Owners 1886 Thomas Jipson
. . . 05 Sept 1886 River Humber 8am. Split our mainsail owing to our being carried by hole alongside HEMS ( difficult to read name as it has been written over.) whose bowsprit went through our mainsail. Thick fog, calm.
. . Owners 1887 Elizabeth Jipson, Waltham House, Boulevard
. . Owners 06 Mar 1890 Robert Starling Grimsby , 4 St Andrews Tce neer Clee Grimsby. managing owner
. . Owners Apr 1890 Sold Faroe Islands
. . Owners Denmark
Fate :


18 Dec 1874 : On Saturday the steamer Annie, of Goole, while proceeding up the Humber to that port, came into collision with the fishing smack Beautiful Star. The steamer struck the smack near the bow, injuring her so severely that she sank almost immediately, the crew fortunately escaped in their boat.

( I am unable to find another fishing vessel of this name or one listed as lost. It is possible that this is the same smack and was salvaged and returned to fishing. )


21 July 1871: SHIPWRECK IN THE NORTH SEA: On Sunday morning 16th the smack Beautiful Star, belonging to Mr Murray, arrived here from sea, having on board the master ( Captain Wilson), his wife, and the crew of  the brigantine Warner of Hartlepool. The Warner was fallen in with during a heavy gale on Thursday 13th, in a sinking condition. For several hours all efforts to prevent the water gaining on the efforts of the exhausted crew having failed, a signal of distress was hoisted. The signal was observed by the crew of the beautiful Star, the smack`s course was at once altered, and she bore down on the sinking ship. Arriving near her the smack`s crew launched their boat. The men in the boat rowed hard to reach the brigantine, and several times they were nearly swamped. The Captain of the smack seeing this sailed his vessel close to windward of the boat, and so, to some extent, shielded it from the heavy seas that broke all around. At length a rope was thrown to them from the brigantine, and they got alongside, taking from the sinking vessel the master, his wife, and three seamen, the whole of whom were taken on board the smack, which at once made sail for Hull.

03 Sept 1880: CHARGE OF STEALING LINE: Thomas Bennett and David Bingham, keelmen, were charged with stealing about 40 fathoms of hauling line, the property of William Petherbridge owner of the smack Beautiful Star. On the 26th the rope was missed from the smack, which was then moored at the north corner of the Albert Dock. The prisoners` keels were lying alongside the prosecutor`s vessel, and on the date named a man named Francis Mason, who was watching some smacks, saw Bennett hauling the line in and passing it to the other prisoner. The rope had not been found, and the defence was that the prisoners knew nothing whatever about it, and that the line which Mason said he saw being hauled from the smack was one that was being taken on board from a tug which was close to the keels. The evidence was rather complicated, and on the application of Inspector Adkins the case was adjourned until next Friday.

12 Feb 1889: A SMACK DISABLED: The steam tug Champion towed the trawl smack Snowdrop, belonging to Mr Thomas Higgins, into Grimsby on Monday afternoon. The master ( John Steers) reported that around 5.30 on Saturday afternoon when 45 miles from Spurn the vessel shipped a heavy sea, which carried away the mizen mast, bowsprit, and greater part of the rigging, leaving the smack in a disabled condition. Signals of distress were exhibited, and the smack Beautiful Star, of Hull, belonging to Mr Jepson, bore down to them, took the vessel in tow, and brought it into the Humber, where it was taken in tow by the tug Champion and brought to port.



Birth Pl
Date/ Scource
LEWIS E . BEAUTIFUL STAR H512 . Fourth Hand 20 May 1887 E Lewis drowned at sea. 20 May 1887 120 miles off Spurn NE by E. Supposed to have been dragged or fallen overboard whilst shooting the gear.
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MURRAY G . BEAUTIFUL STAR H512 . Owner 1861 80 English St, Hull
McCANN WILLIAM . BEAUTIFUL STAR H512 . Owner 1876 20 Fountain St, Hull
PETHERBRIDGE WILLIAM B . BEAUTIFUL STAR H512 . Owner c1879 Mary Anns Place Adelaide Street Hull
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CLAP GEORGE 30 BEAUTIFUL STAR H512 Ramsgate Skipper 1871 4797 / 118A .
HARDY JOHN 22 BEAUTIFUL STAR H512 Works Nottingham Mate / Second Hand 1871 4797 / 118A .
BRADLEY OSWALD 20 BEAUTIFUL STAR H512 York Bosun / Third hand 1871 4797 / 118A .
JOHNSON JOHN RICHARD 21 BEAUTIFUL STAR H512 London Fourth hand 1871 4797 / 118A .
CHANT JAMES 15 BEAUTIFUL STAR H512 Caistor Lincs Fifth hand / Cook 1871 4797 / 118A .
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PETHERBRIDGE WILLIAM BOOLES 1844 BEAUTIFUL STAR H512 Ramsgate Owner / Skipper 1881 Crew Agreement - Signed on 01 07 1881 - Discharged 16 11 1881 Born 1844
BOLDERSON JOHN STANLEY 1849 BEAUTIFUL STAR H512 Liverpool Seaman 1881 Crew Agreement Signed on 01 07 1881 - Discharged 16 11 1881 Born 1849
BARNABY HENRY 1861 BEAUTIFUL STAR H512 Hull Seaman 1881 Crew Agreement Signed on 01 07 1881 - Discharged 09 09 1881 Born 1841 ?
BOLTON THOMAS 1857 BEAUTIFUL STAR H512 Liverpool Master 1881 Crew Agreement Signed on 16 11 1881 Born 1857 - Previously sailed on the Smack Cornflower of Hull
LUCAS ROBERT 1860 BEAUTIFUL STAR H512 Scarborough Seaman 1881 Crew Agreement Signed on 16 11 1881 Born 1869 Previously sailed on the Smack Only Daughter of Hull
DAWE WILLIAM 1861 BEAUTIFUL STAR H512 Plymouth Seaman 1881 Crew Agreement Signed on 09 09 1881 Born 1861 ? Previously sailed on the Smack William of Hull
STUBBINGS ALFRED 15 BEAUTIFUL STAR H512 Rotherham Apprentice Joined 10 01 1881 .
WARD FREDERICK WILLIAM 15 BEAUTIFUL STAR H512 Hull Apprentice joined 27 04 1879 .
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PETHERBRIDGE WILLIAM BOOLES . BEAUTIFUL STAR H512 . Owner / Skipper 31 Aug 1882 22 Oct 1882. Witness to stabbing on board
IRVING JAMES 15 BEAUTIFUL STAR H512 . Fisherlad - Cook 31 Aug 1882 22 Oct 1882 - Charged at the Hull Police court with been disorderly in Dalton St. Charged with the stabbing of another crewman - Discharged.
STUBBINGS ALFRED . BEAUTIFUL STAR H512 . Apprentice 31 Aug 1882 Stabbed on board vessel by the cook
BARNABY HENRY . BEAUTIFUL STAR H512 . Second Hand 31 Aug 1882 Witness to stabbing on board vessel
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BALDERSON JOHN . S . BEAUTIFUL STAR H512 . Mate / Second Hand Jun 1884 .
BROWN WILLIAM . BEAUTIFUL STAR H512 . Bosun / Third hand Jun 1884 .
BLAGDON GEORGE . BEAUTIFUL STAR H512 . Bosun / Third hand Aug 1884 .
JONES WALTER . BEAUTIFUL STAR H512 . Fourth hand Jun 1884 Apprentice
WHARTMULL STEVEN . BEAUTIFUL STAR H512 . Fourth hand Aug 1884 .
SEWELL JAMES . BEAUTIFUL STAR H512 . Fifth hand / Cook Jun 1884 .
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On Friday 13th Oct at the Hull Police Court, James Irvin, a fisherlad was charged, on remand, with being disorderly in Dalton St, On Sunday night. Mr Adamson ( instructed by the Chief Constable) prosecuted, and the following evidence was taken: Alfred Stubbings stated that he was a fishing apprentice on board the smack Beautiful Star, and he resided with his master, William Petherbridge, at 35, Tadman St. On the 31st August last the vessel was at sea with the fleet, about 180 miles from Spurn. At 11.15am on that day witness was on deck, when the prisoner, who was cook on board, came up and accused him of some neglect in respect to a vessel which collided with them about six o`clock the previous night, he being at the time in charge. Witness ordered him aft. He went, but used bad laguage to him. Witness threatened to strike him if he did not hold his noise. He went towards the prisoner, who then struck him with a clasp knife on both thighs, cutting a wound to the extent of two inches in depth on the right thigh and three quarters of an inch in breadth. The wound on the left thigh was one inch deep and 1½ inches broad. The Second Had ( Harry Barnaby) came on deck as witness was attempting to get the knife from the prisoner. Barnaby wrested it out of his hand and threw it overboard. Prisoner then ran down into the cabin, and returned shortly after with a dinner knife in his hand. He attempted to stab witness in the breast with it. Witness raised his arm to ward off the blow, and inflicted a wound on the arm 1¾ inches in depth. The second hand again interfered, and took the knife from him and threw it into the cabin. The skipper then came on deck, bringing a line with him. He was coming to witness, when witness called out that he had been stabbed by the cook. The skipper then gave the prisoner two or three cuts with the line. The skipper afterwards dressed the wounds in the cabin, and when witness arrived from sea on the 6th inst, he attended the Shipping Office in company with the prisoner and his master. The Shipping Master refused to clear the prisoner.  Henry Barnaby, the second hand, said after throwing the prisoner`s clasp knife overboard he went down into the cabin. The prisoner followed him, and taking a dinner knife out of the cupboard he went on deck again. Suspoecting that he was going to make a fresh attack on Stubbings, witness went upon deck and saw Stubbings holding the table knife by the blade, prisoner having possession of the haft. He took the knife away and threw it into the cabin. Prisoner then got the pump handle and attempted to strike Stubbings with it. Witness also took that from him. Stubbings was bleeding very much. William Petherbridge, smackowner, said that on 31st August he was skipper of the Beautiful Star. Whilst in the cabin asleep on the day named, he was awoke by hearing a noise on deck. He went on deck and found that stubbings had been stabbed by the cook. Witness dressed the woundsand they went on alright. P.C. Shaw (174) apprehended the prisoner, and when charged Irving replied, "I stabbed him."  Prisoner, in reply to the usual question, said complainant threatened to throw him overboard, and then got hold of him and "hammered" him against the rail. Stubbings` finger got cut in the struggle. He then knocked him down and kicked him with his sea boots, and when complainant was about to kick him a third time he held up the knife and the blade entered his thigh. Prisoner was committed to the sessions.


On Monday, at the borough sessions, James Irving ( 15), fisherlad, was indicted for unlawfully wounding Alfred Stubbings on board the fishing smack Beautiful Star, on the high seas, on the 31st August.  Mr Kemp prosecuted, and Mr Dodd ( instructed by the Mayor) defended.  The prosecutor was an apprentice on board the fishing smack mentioned, which belonged to Mr Petherbridge, Hull, and the prisoner was cook on board the same vessel. On the 31st August last the vessel was at sea with the fleet, about 180 miles from Spurn. About a quarter past eleven on that day - according to the prisoner`s story - Stubbings was on deck the prisoner went to him and complained of his bunk leaking, Stubbings said he could not help it, and ordered prisoner aft, and shortly afterwards prisoner went aft and commenced to swear. Prosecutor endeavoured to make him hold his noise, and threatened to strike him if he did not, when he stabbed him with a clasp knife on both thighs, inflicting wounds of a serious character, one of them two inches in depth and three quarters of an inch wide. The second hand wrested the knife from the prisoner and threw it overboard. The prisoner then ran into the cabin, and, returning with a dinner knife, attempted to stab the prosecutor in the breast with it. He, however, warded the blow off with his arm, which was slightly wounded. The second hand again interfered and took the knife from him. On the skipper coming on deck he gave the prisoner two or three cuts with a line which he had in his hand. - In cross-examination by Mr Dodd, the prosecutor admitted that the leak in the prisoners bunk was the result of a collision with another vessel, which occured during the previous night owing to his ( prosecutor`s) carelessness. Stubbings also stated that the second hand (Henry Barnaby) had complained of "the young `un" eating his potatoes, and said he would be one with him yet. The prisoner heared him, and said, "if you do I`ll stab you in the back with a marlin spike. Barnaby, the second hand, then threatened to chuck him overboard. Stubbings denied that he had ever thrown the lad down on the deck and kicked him or otherwise ill-used him, but he admitted that he had on one occasion threatened to throw him overboard.  Henry Barnaby, second hand and Henry ( William ) Petherbridge, skipper of the smack, gave corroborative evidence. - Mr Dodd said he had no witnesses to call. - Mr Kemp having summed up the evidence, which he contended was consistent throughout, and pointed to a deliberate intent on the part of the prisoner to inflict bodily harm. - Mr Dodd, addressing the jury on behalf of the prisoner, submitted that the latter only committed the offence with which he was charged in self defence.  He had heared threats made against him, and believed that his life was in danger. He ( Mr Dodd) hyad been instructed to defend the lad by the Mayor of Hull, who was one of the Fishery Commision. His Worship had been led to take an interest in the lad by a statement which he had made to the gaoler, and had himself defrayed the expenses of his defence. He ( Mr Dodd)  asked the jury to say that the boy did not do anything more than act in self-defence. The prisoner also addressed the jury and said that he had frequently been ill-treated on board the smack Beautiful Star by members of the crew other than the skipper. He also said that on the day on which the alleged offence was committed the prosecutor ( Stubbings) got hold of him and lifted him over the rail saying he would throw him overboard, and he was up to his knees in the water, He, however, clung to the ropes, and whilst Stubbings was attempting to knock his hands away he drew his knife and struck him. After he got on deck again Stubbings kicked him with his heavy sea boots. - The Jury returned a verdict of not guilty, and the prisoner was discharged.