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.
Note: On these web pages, following local tradition, 'Milford' refers to the town and port; 'Milford Haven' to the waterway.
Additions, corrections (citing the source of information) and suggestions are welcomed via firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated 1st July 2009
Further transcriptions from "The Irish Times" of articles relating to:
ASCONA LT108, BRAES O' MAR M100, BERENGA GY366, BOSTON HERON FD48, CALDY M198, CLUNY M86, CONSTANT STAR M133, DEELITE YH29, DICKETTA LT463, FEACO LT207, ILFRACOMBE LT148, JOSEPH BARRETT LO252, KEYES LT580, LADY LUCK R355, LORD KEITH LT181, MERCHANT VANGUARD M46, MILFORD STAR M120, NORRARD 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.)