Milford Trawlers

 

 

This website is dedicated to all the men who sailed on trawlers out of Milford, and especially to those who lost their lives at sea.  It is also dedicated to two men in particular:  my grandfather, Skipper John Johnson (1864-1906), who in 1881 was an elastic web weaver in Nottingham, and in 1888 was Third Hand on the FLYING SCOTCHMAN, the second steam trawler to be registered in Milford; and my great grandfather, Chief Engineer David John Davies (c.1854-1906).  They both sailed together on the GLOXINIA, and died in the same year, long before they came to have many descendants in common.  I am greatly indebted to the extensive and detailed memory of Skipper Alfred Beckett (1916-2005), and to his son Terry.  Most of all, I am indebted to the late Mr. Les Jones of Hakin, who dedicated his life to accumulating an archive of material relating to the history of the port of Milford; to his widow Vera, who donated the archive to Milford Haven Library; and to Mr. Clive Richards, the Librarian, who generously allowed my access to it.

Barry Johnson

 

Note: On these web pages, following local tradition, 'Milford' refers to the town and port; 'Milford Haven' to the waterway.

 

Index to ALL Milford Fishing Vessels

 

All smacks, liners, drifters and trawlers of over 15 gross tons, registered in or based at Milford

 

 

 

Vessels Registered in Milford

 

Fishing Smacks 1869 1971

 

Steam / Motor Vessels

Registered during the periods

 

1888-1914          1915-1939          1940-1988

 

Requisitioned by the Admiralty

 

1914-1918                           1939-1945

 

 

 

Vessels Registered in Other Ports

 

With names beginning

 

A H             I P             Q Z

 

 

 

Chronology of Milford as a Town and Fishing Port

 

Peacetime and Civilian Wartime Losses

 

Skippers

With surnames beginning

 

A H            I P            Q Z

 

 

 

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Updated 1st July 2009

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Further transcriptions from "The Irish Times" of articles relating to:

ASCONA LT108BRAES O' MAR M100, BERENGA GY366BOSTON HERON FD48, CALDY M198, CLUNY M86, CONSTANT STAR M133, DEELITE YH29, DICKETTA LT463, FEACO LT207, ILFRACOMBE LT148, JOSEPH BARRETT LO252KEYES LT580, LADY LUCK R355, LORD KEITH LT181, MERCHANT VANGUARD M46MILFORD STAR M120NORRARD STAR M44, OCEAN BREEZE LT341, P & Y M1 PHINEAS BEARD M271, PICTON SEALION M22, RECENIA M46, TRUMPETER H1020, VALETTA M177

 

Thanks to John Masterson for information on his father and grandfather, Chris Masterson (Jnr. and Snr.)

 

 

 

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