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Official No:   132337               Port Number and Year:  Yarmouth, 1911 (YH723)

                                                                                           Buckie, 19 ?, (BCK42)

                                                                                           Lowestoft, 19  ?, (LT95)

Description: Steel side drifter trawler; steam screw, coal burning. 


Built: Mackie & Thomson, Govan; 1911. 

Tonnage: 99 grt 38 net

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 86.5 / 18.5 / 8.8

Engine: T.3-Cyl. 40 rhp.  W.V.V. Lidgerwood, Coatbridge, Glasgow



As YH723

1911? : Westmacott Co., Great Yarmouth


As BCK42

c.1935: R. Irvin & Sons, North Shields.


As LT95

1945: Cairo Fishing Co. (Yolland & Llewellin), Docks, Milford


c.1940: Yolland Bros., Docks, Milford (Cairo Fishing Co.)

Manager: John Yolland


Landed at Milford: 15 Feb - 6 Aug 1948; 9 Jun 1950 - 22 Jun 1955

Skippers: Charles Wilson (1948 - 54);

Notes: Sep 1914: Requisitioned by the Admiralty (No. 242) and converted to a patrol boat.  1 x 21 pdr.

1919: Returned to owners.

1943: Requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to a harbour service water carrier.

Accidents and Incidents:

From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 4th January 1946:


    Messrs. Yolland & Llewellin, joint owners of the biggest trawling fleet sailing out of Milford, have dissolved the partnership after ten years of highly successful working, during which time the fleet has increased from one to twenty-two trawlers.  The dissolution took effect from January 1st, and in future Messrs. Yolland will trade under the name Messrs. Yolland Brothers, while Mr. J. C. Llewellin takes a number of trawlers under his own name.


    Yolland Bros.:

Castle Class:  Tenedos, Mikasa, Lorraine, William Mannell, Montano and George Adgell.

Strath Class: Craigmillar and Anne Melville.

Drifters: Allochy, Overfall, Poseidon, Invercairn, Primevere, Mint, Furze, Lichen, Calliopsis and Cassiopeia.

    The Montano left Milford on Thursday (yesterday) for Fleetwood, while the George Adgell arrives in Milford within the next fortnight from Aberdeen.  Both Strath boats are at Milford, but the drifters will fish from Lowestoft during the North Sea season, and will come round to Milford for the summer season.


John Charles Llewellin:

Castle trawlers: Cotsmuir, Lady Stanley, T.R. Ferens and Harry Melling.

    All the trawlers are away at the moment, the Lady Stanley at Hull and the others at Fleetwood, but they are expected to sail out of Milford in the near future.


    The fish merchants' business belonging to the firm in Fleetwood, Swansea and Milford will now be carried on by Yolland Brothers, while the merchants' business at Aberdeen has been taken over by Mr. Llewellin.

    Naturally interested to ascertain why such a profitable partnership should be dissolved, the "Guardian" made enquiries on Thursday.  We learned that Mr. Llewellin has suffered ill health for a number of years and wishes to cut down on his responsibilities.

    The sensational rise of Messrs. Yolland & Llewellin has provided one of the romances of the fishing Industry of Milford, starting as fish exporters in 1935, with Mr. J. C. Llewellin as their representative in Paris.  The firm had to turn their attention in 1937 to building up their fish merchants business in England because of the devaluation of the franc. 

    In 1936 Messrs. Yolland & Llewellin purchased their first trawler and not long afterwards embarked on an experiment which at the time was considered more than daring - "foolhardy", said the old hands.  They fitted out two trawlers to fish as a pair - the pareja - a Spanish method of fishing.  The earliest voyages, doubtless due to the inexperience of the crews in this type of netting, brought thin returns, but by-and-by these pairs began to make news, big news, for they started to smash fishing records.  What was then the youngest firm of owners had scored a big success, and confounded their critics.  Before the war started, the company had five pairs operating on the Irish grounds.  During the war the company worked with two old ships, the Gozo and Cairo, but disposed of these when their fleet of twenty-two trawlers were de-requisitioned in their turn after Government service.

    The partners in the firm of Yolland Brothers are Messrs. John J. Leslie and T. Stuart Yolland.




From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 13th January 1950:


    One of Messrs. Yolland's trawlers, the drifter Furze, has returned to the port after a lengthy absence.  She arrived on Monday manned by a local crew.




From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 18th January 1952:





    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.





    Skipper Jack Chenery has again left all rivals tossing in his wake and has truly earned the title of drifter "King" for the second year running.  Another feature is that trawler owner Mr. Fred Ingram takes first and second place in fishing.  For years he has been collecting other prize cards for chrysanthemums.

1.  Latania (Jack Chenery), Mr. Fred Ingram.

2.  Lord Suffolk (Tom Long), Mr. Fred Ingram.

3.  Sea Monarch (late Skipper Frank Rowlands), Tilbrook.

4.  Furze (C. Wilson); 5, Mill O' Buckie (Gordon Ashby); 6, Lord Anson (?); 7, Paramount (?); 8, Jacklyn (?); 9, Allochy (?)




L to R, back row: Skipper Charles A. Wilson (Lowestoft), Deckhands George Owston and Cecil Beare, Cook G. Nicholls

Front row: Bosun Jack Ashby (12 Gracechurch Terr., Pill; who survived the mining of the CHARMOUTH), Deckhand Raymond Harding (Starbuck Rd., Milford), 2nd Eng. J. Evans (22 Lewis St., Pembroke Dock), Ch.Eng. B. Hodds (22 Glebelands, Hakin), Mate Ernie Nicholson (123 Glebelands, Hakin)

Taken for the West Wales Guardian of Friday 17th September 1954

[Mate Ernie Nicholson was a naval veteran of the Zeebrugge raid in 1918.]

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