AVONMOUTH BL4 / M54
John Stevenson Collection
Official No: 95766 Port Number and Year: 3rd in Bristol, 1890 (BL4)
7th in Milford 1915.
Description: Iron crabber class side trawler; steam screw, coal burning. Ketch rigged: foresail, mainsail and mizzen
Crew: 9 / 10
Registered at Milford: 29 Jul 1915
Built: W. Harkess & Son, Middlesborough in 1890 (Yard no. 124)
Tonnage:139.32 grt 56.18 net
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 95.8 / 20.1 / 10.75
Engine: C 2-Cyl. 45 hp. Engine and boiler by Vulcan I.W., Hull
1890: Western Steam Trawling, Bristol
Manager: F. J. Sellick, Docks, Milford
29 Jul 1915: David Gwilym Jones, 35 Dewsland St., Milford. (64/64)
20 Nov 1918: David Gwilym Jones, 35 Dewsland St., Milford.
John McRae Knight, 'Craigland', Wellington Rd., Hakin.
27 Feb 1919: John McRae Knight, 'Craigland', Wellington Rd., Hakin.
25 Feb 1920: Charles Graham, 20 Great St., London EC3
Landed at Milford: As BL4: 26 Sep 1890 - 22 Jun 1911; 13 Jan 1913 - 24 Dec 1914
As M54: 9 May 1915 - 27 Jun 1920
Skippers: R. Payne 1890-91; Ebbeson 1891; Hallett 1891; Limbrick 1891-2; Foreman; Harsing 1893
Norton 1894; Day 1895; Erey; Pettit; Cobley 1896; Whittington 1896; Leader; Bird 1897
Royal; Rumbold; Masters 1900; Collins 1903; Martin; Foster; Aldridge 1904; Hewer 1905
Chaney; Adams; Reed; King; Leader; T Bird 1913; J. W. Rumble 1914
Notes: Jan 1915: Requisitioned and converted to minesweeper. Admy. no. 963. Returned to fishing fleet in April.
1917: Requisitioned into Fishery Reserve.
1919: Returned to owners.
Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 15 Jul 1925. Broken up at Milford
Accidents and Incidents
From the Aberdeen Weekly Journal of Monday, July 18, 1892; Issue 11687.
[From Lloyd's ― Saturday]
The Avonmouth, steam trawler, was reported by telegraph from Milford as having drifted on the rocks yesterday during a dense fog; extent of damage will not be fully known till the bottom has been examined.
From The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post of Saturday, December 19, 1896; Issue 15167.
A SCHOONER SUNK
The schooner Sarah Gibson, from Par to Runcorn, cargo china clay, was run into and sunk in Milford Haven Harbour on Wednesday morning by the steam trawler Avonmouth.
From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 25th July 1906:
On Thursday evening the steam trawler "Avonmouth" left Milford Docks for the fishing grounds. About eight o'clock, and when about twelve miles off St Ann's Head, the trimmer, named James Davies, was engaged in dumping ashes from the stokehold (hauling them up inside the ventilator in old carbine drums and tipping them over the side). The second engineer down below was filling and pulling them up to Davies, and after a long delay in returning the drums he went up on deck to see if anything was wrong. He could not find any trace of him, or the drum.
The skipper of the trawler, Jack Leader, was informed, and a search was made which proved to be futile. The vessel then returned to Milford and the skipper reported the sad occurrence. It can only be supposed that the unfortunate young man must have over balanced and fallen over the ship's side.
James Davies was only 22 years of age, single, and a son of Mr Davies, plumber, working on the Docks. They reside in Hakin.
From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 6th November 1907:
A telegram was received at the offices of Messrs Sellick, Morley & Price on Monday morning from the skipper of the steam trawler "Avonmouth", which left Milford on Friday, to the effect that he had put into Cork on Sunday with the body of the second engineer, Matthew Lynn, a man about 50 years of age, who fell dead aboard the ship.
The deceased was a well known figure on the dock, and was well known as "Sunderland Mat". He had been in Milford for many years and there is no known relative.
From the Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 22nd March 1911:
The "Dartmouth", a steam trawler which some years ago was converted for the purpose of long lining, has been sold privately by Messrs. Sellick, Morley and Price to Mr. John Grand and Charles Davies for £800. Other old trawlers such as the "Avonmouth", "Bournemouth" and "Exmouth" are, we believe, in the market for selling, and will be disposed of to make room for more up-to-date craft under the firm's management.
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