John Stevenson Collection

Official No:  121048   Port and Year:   Hull, 1905 (H810)

                                                                Aberdeen, (A140)

Description: Steel side drifter trawler; single screw; coal  burning..  Ketch rigged.

Crew:  11 men

Built: 1905, by Goole Shipbuilding and Repair Co., Goole.  (Yard no. 75)

Tonnage:  171 grt  65 net.

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 110.3  / 21.1 / 8

Engine: T.3-Cyl.  45 rhp.  By Charles D. Holmes & Co., Hull




1905: Kelsall Bros. & Beeching, St. Andrew's Dock, Hull

Managers: G. Beeching & J. E. A. Kelsall.


Later: G. F. Paul, Hull


Renamed DEESIDE A140

1920s: Alexander F. Wood, Queen's Rd., Aberdeen.


1930: Mrs. E. M. Morris.

Managers: Ritchie & Davies, Docks, Milford.


1934: A. F. Wood, Aberdeen


1940: H. J. Richards (Pair Fishing Co.), Docks, Milford

Manager: H. J. Richards


c.1945: William Henry Kerr (Ships' Chandlers), Docks, Milford.

Manager: H. J. Kerr


Landed at Milford:  30 Dec 1930 - 8 Dec 1933 [23 Jun 1933 - 23 Sep 1934: Laid up.]

18 May 1941 - 27 Oct 1945; 21 Jan 1953 - 28 Feb 1956

Skippers: John George Bean (1931); Jim Thomas (1956)

Notes: Nov 1914: Requisitioned by the Admiralty as GAMECOCK (Admy. No. 419), and converted to a minesweeper.  1 x 6 pdr.

1919: Returned to owners.

1941-45: Pair fishing with BELLEROPHON.

1946-53: Fished out of Lowestoft.

Mar 1956: Broken up at Wards Yard, Castle Pill.

 Accidents and Incidents

From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 12th June 1953:


    The trawler Deeside (Mr. W. Kerr), which left Milford in 1946 to fish out of Lowestoft, is returning to the port and is now fishing a trip round.   At one time the Deeside, a crabber class boat, was paired with the Bellerophon.




From The Irish Times of Thursday 2nd February 1956, p.9:




    When the Milford Haven trawler, Deeside, was fishing early yesterday morning about 14 miles off Hook Head, Co. Wexford, she sprang a leak and in a short time her engine room was awash.  She sent out an SOS which was picked up by the Lowestoft drifter Feaco, fishing for herring about three miles away.  The Deeside, whose captain is Mr. James Thomas, had left Milford Haven six days ago to fish for cod, plaice and dabs.  She has a crew of 11.

    The Feaco, captained by Mr. Walter King, also has a crew of 11, and is based at Dunmore East with several boats from Milford Haven.

    In an interview, Mr. King said that received an SOS about 4.30 a.m. and it took him about half an hour to steam to the Deeside.  When he arrived alongside he began to tow her towards Dunmore East, but because of very rough seas she had to be taken to Waterford.

    The Dunmore East lifeboat, in the charge of Mr. Arthur Westcott Pitt, hon. secretary of the Dunmore East branch of the Lifeboat Institution, arrived and accompanied the two vessels to Creadan Head, a short distance from her base.

    When the distress signal was received by the Feaco, she had 30 nets laid out.  These were cut, as she went to the Deeside.  The nets were valued at 540 and other gear lost was to the value of 350.  The Feaco left Waterford yesterday afternoon in an effort to locate her gear.  Temporary repairs are being carried out to the Deeside which,it is expected, will leave Waterford for England shortly.



From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 3rd February 1956:


    The small Milford crabber class trawler "Deeside", skipper Jim Thomas, was towed safely into Waterford Harbour on Wednesday morning by the Lowestoft drifter "Feaco", skipper Walter King.  Both ships are owned by Messrs W. H. Kerr.

    According to the message received at Milford, the "Deeside" got into difficulties during Tuesday night, when her main injector pipe burst and she was unable to keep steam.  Her pumps were useless and she is understood to have been in danger of sinking.  The "Feaco", fishing in the vicinity, cast her nets and immediately went to the "Deeside's" assistance, towing her for twenty two miles to Waterford. 

     Another herring drifter, the "Henrietta Spashett", held the "Feaco's" nets until she was able to return and pick them up late on Wednesday.   Mr W. H. Kerr left on Wednesday night for Ireland to inspect the  "Deeside" and arrange for repairs.




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