The Annie Melling was a steel steam trawler built by Smith’s Dockyard Co. Ltd. of North Shields (Yard No. 785) and launched in February 1906. She was registered in Preston (PN61) by her owners T F Kelsall of Fleetwood and worked mainly off the West Coast of Scotland. Her dimensions were 117.0′ x 21.5′ x 11.4’ with a gross tonnage of 221 tons, she was powered by a triple expansion steam engine of 65 nhp.
The Annie Melling sank after being in collision with the Fleetwood registered steam trawler Clotilde on 11th August 1922. The crew managed to escape safely in ship’s boat but not before her skipper risked his life by going back on board the rapidly sinking trawler to save his cat.
The Wreck Today
The wreck lies in position 56°42.662’N, 06°16.682’W (WGS84) in a general seabed depth of 55 metres and rises a maximum of 4 metres. The wreck lies oriented 100°/280°, and is almost intact with a fifteen degree list to port, with bow pointing east on a shingle seabed. The hull is showing signs of deterioration and is very thin in places, the boiler and engine are still prominent as is the bow section which shows signs of collision damage.