Official No:  136226    Port Number and Year: Hull, 1915

Description: Steel side trawler; steam screw, coal burning. Ketch rigged. Crabber. 


Built: 1915, by Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd, Goole. (Yard no.171)

Tonnage: 191 grt  72 net.

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 110.2 / 21.6 / 12

Engine: T 3-Cyl. 55 rhp by Earle’s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co., Hull



Feb 1914:  Kelsall Brothers & Beeching, Hull

Manager: John Slater


1936:  Yolland & Llewellin Trawling Co, Docks, Milford


1937:  Yolland Trawling Co., Docks, Milford

Manager: John Yolland


1941:  Boston Deep Sea Fishing & Ice Co., Fleetwood

Manager: B. A. Parkes, Cleveleys


1943:  J. Johnson.


1944:  Henry J. Richards, Docks, Milford


1944:  Pair Fishing Co., Milford

Manager: Henry J. Richards


1946:  J. C. Llewellin, Docks, Milford


1947:  Walton Fishing Co., Milford

Manager: John Charles Llewellin


Landed at Milford: 20 Oct 1936 - 12 Mar 1941; 25 Oct 1944 - 11 Mar 1946

Skippers: Harold King (1938-40)

Notes: Jan 1915:  Requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to a minesweeper (Admy.No.1218). 1 x 6 pdr.

1919: Returned to owners.

1954 -1956: Disposition unknown.

[Information from the Fleetwood Maritime Trust and the Bosun's Watch website.]

 Accidents and Incidents

From an unknown local newspaper of c. 2nd March 1939:


   The sad news was received at Milford on Monday by the owners of the steam trawler "Grackle" (Messrs. Yolland and Llewellin) in a wire from the skipper, that the third hand, George Marjoram, age 29, of Glebelands, Hakin, had been washed overboard and drowned.  There no details as to how the sad fatality occurred.

    The "Grackle", with her companion pair vessel "Grenada", left Milford docks on Wednesday evening of last week.  Mr Marjoram leaves a young widow, a daughter of Mr Goffin, Hakin, and one child.  He was a native of Lowestoft, and had worked out of Milford for some years.

    The vessel was working on the Westward hake grounds.




From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 14th March 1941:


    The gunners who gave a splendid account of themselves in the recent attack on their trawlers were Mr. Arthur (Toddy) Evans, and Mr. Frank Hawkins.  Mr. Evans, who has four brothers in the Services, lives at Pembroke Dock, his wife, before marriage being Miss Lilian Smith, Gwyther Street.  He is a son of Mrs. Evans, Brooke Avenue, Milford.  Hawkins, who is also in his 30s, is married, and lives at Shakespeare Avenue.


[ Mr. Evans was aboard the GRACKLE, and Mr. Hawkins was on the P & Y. ]




From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 15th February 1946:


    As a direct sequel to the dispute between the Skippers and Mates Section of the T. & G.W.U and the owners of pair fishing trawlers over the employment of Spanish Fishing Masters, the Spanish method of pareja-fishing has ceased at Milford.

    The "Charmouth" and "Grackle" have already been converted to fish solo, while the "Trumpeter" and "Shama", the other boats belonging to the Pair Fishing Co., will be converted later this month.  The Don Trawler Company's "Tanager" and "Grosbeak" are also coming in for alterations pending their return to fishing singly.

    It will be remembered that the skippers and mates claimed that demobilised local skippers should be put in as masters instead of the Spanish uncertificated fishermen holding the berths, one on each trawler in addition to a normal skipper.  The owners claimed that the Spaniards were indispensable, and that if the Union persisted, they would either move their boats to another port, or convert them to fish singly.  There was a deadlock for a few weeks, and as the skippers and mates were adamant, the trawlers are being converted, but will not leave the port.

    Taking another step in their new policy of fishing with single boats, the Pair Fishing Company has purchased the Castle boat "John Lister" from the Iago Trawling Company of Fleetwood, with which Capt. E. D. W. Lawford is associated.  She will be at Milford early next month, and Skipper Reggie High will be in charge of her.

    The "Charmouth" has been taken out on her first solo trip by Skipper Jack Garnham.





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