Official No: 136210 Port and Year: Hull, 1914 (H148)
Aberdeen, 1941 (A ? )
Hull, 1943? (H551)
Description: Steel side trawler; single screw, coal burning. Ketch rigged: foresail, mainsail and mizzen.
Built: 1914, Cochrane & Son., Selby. (Yard no. 608)
Tonnage: 242 grt 108 net.
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 125.2 / 22.5 / 12.2
Engine: T 3-Cyl. 78 rhp. Amos & Smith, Hull
As SEA SEARCHER H148
1914: Humber Steam Trawling Co., Hull
Renamed SEAWARD HO
1923: S. T. White & Co., Hull
Renamed TARBET NESS
1930: Trident Steam Fishing Co., Hull
Manager: G. A. Ledger
Renamed AVONSTAR A ??
1941: W.B. Harrow, Aberdeen
c.1943: A. & M. Smith, Hull
1945: United Trawlers, Docks, Milford.
Manager: H. J. Horwood.
Landed at Milford: 12 Feb 1946 - 19 Sep 1952
Skippers: Jack Ryan (1952)
Notes: Mar 1915: Requisitioned by the Admiralty as SEA SEARCHER and converted to a minesweeper (Admy. no. 1187). 1 x 6 pdr.
1917: Employed as an escort.
1919: Returned to owners.
1952: Broken up at Ward's Yard, Castle Pill.
Accidents and Incidents
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 18th January 1952:
"DUKE" AT THE TOP AGAIN
After two years as "runners-up", Skipper Albert Saunders and the "Milford Duke" are once again in top place in the Milford fishing "league". In 1951 Skipper Saunders caught a greater value of fish than any other individual trawler captain in the port.
Second in the league on last year's results is Skipper W. Burgoyne, who has moved up a place, closely followed by Skipper Steve Pembroke, who was sixth in the list of 1949 catches. "Crack" Skipper for 1948 and 1949, Skipper Tom Donovan, D.S.C., is a close fifth in results while consistent Skipper James Jobson again occupies fourth position.
Here are the leading positions, the ships being classed according to size.
This class has provided a real family struggle, with Skipper Tom Salter pipping his brother-in-law on the post and his brother finishing in third place!
The first three boats are owned by the Westward Company (Mr. E. E. Carter).
1. Cleopatra II. (Tom Salter), Westward.
2. Caldy (Hubert Morgans), Westward.
3. Slebech (Harry Salter), Westward.
4. Avonstar (Jack Ryan); 5, Ocean Brine (Frank Gambold); 6, Milford Knight (Harry Thompson); 7, Hero (Lenny Brown); 8, Montano (George Kersey); 9, Milford Countess (Teddy Funge).
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