John Stevenson Collection

Official No:  93115    Port Number and Year:    12th in Aberdeen,1899 (A494)

                                                                              3rd in Milford, 1930

Description: Iron side trawler; steam paddle, coal burning. Ketch rigged: mizzen sail

Crew:  9 men

Registered in Milford:  20 Jan 1930

Built: 1887 by Head & Riley, Hull  (Yard no. 22)

Tonnage: 142.21 grt  58.66 net.

Length / breadth / depth (feet):  100.2  / 20 / 10.9

Engine: C 2-Cyl. 45 rhp. Engine by Hall, Russell & Co., Aberdeen




1889: William Wolfe, Docks, Milford



1899: John Lewis, Albert Quay, Aberdeen.

Manager: A. Lewis



20 Jan 1930: Edward James Hellings, 5 Hamilton Tce., Milford

Manager Owner


9 Jan 1932: Miss Freda Hellings, 3 Oakland Rd., Redland, Bristol

Manager: E. J. Hellings.


Landed at Milford: As HER MAJESTY A494: 20 Aug - 23 Dec1889; 1 Jan 1891 - 3 Mar 1899

As LINNET: 10 Jan 1930 - 13 Apr 1938

Skippers: 1889: Pettit, Ebbesen, Thomas, Ebbesen

1891: Garnham, Saunders, Moody, Galvin, Turner, Abbey, Turner, Romilly

1892: Galvin, Pettit, Hairsine, Belton, Hairsine, Belton, Hairsine, Days

1893: Days

1894: Days, Pettit, Gray,

1895: Gray, Watson

1894: Watson, Nightingale

1897: Nightingale, Days, Wolfe, Woodgate, Nightingale, Woodgate

1898: Gray, Smart, Bryant

1899: Bryant.

Notes:  1914 - 1918:  Fishery Trawler.

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 9 Aug 1938.  Broken up at Llanelly.

Accidents and Incidents

From an unknown local newspaper of c. 27th September 1890: 


    The Swedish barquentine "Atlanta", of Helsenburg, 434 tons registered, bound from Bristol to Copenhagen, was picked up in a totally disabled state near the Smalls on Sunday afternoon, the 21st inst. by the steam trawler "Her Majesty". There was not a soul on the wreck, its foremast had been cut away, and a boat, in which it is thought the crew may have left or attempted to leave the vessel, was picked up half a mile away from her.


From an unknown local newspaper of c. 4th October 1890: 


    We hear that the crew of the derelict "Atlanta" were picked up by a vessel bound for a French port, and the news has now been received of their safety.




From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 15th June 1892: 


Local Savage Claim


    His Honour Judge Bishop, assisted by Captain Dodds, R.N., and Captain Lecky, marine superintendent, Neyland, as nautical assessors, sat at the Shire Hall, Haverfordwest on Saturday, for the purpose of hearing a salvage action, in which the plaintiffs, the owners and crew of the steam trawler "Commodore", sought to recover 300 from Messrs Wolfe & Company, fish trawl owners, Milford Haven, for salvage services rendered to the trawler "Her Majesty", on the 23rd of January last, off the Saltees Lightship on the south coast of Ireland.  

    Mr. Arthur Lewis, barrister, instructed by Mr W. J. Jones, appeared for the plaintiffs, and Mr Andrew M. Jackson, solicitor, Hull, for the defendants.

    According to the evidence for the plaintiffs, the steam trawlers "'Commodore"  and "Her Majesty"' were fishing about five miles off the Saltees on the afternoon of the 23rd of January, when the skipper of the "Commodore" was hailed by the captain of "Her Majesty", who exhibited what was called "flare lights" for the purpose of showing that he required assistance. The "Commodore" having come within speaking distance, the skipper of "Her Majesty" told him that the packing of the blow-off cock of the latter's engine had gone wrong, and asked the "Commodore" to take her in tow, and if the defect to the blow-off cock could not be put right, then the "Commodore" was to tow her to Milford. The "Commodore"  was accordingly made fast to "Her Majesty", but the engines of the latter being put right after an interval of four or five hours, the "Commodore" cast off and each vessel resumed fishing.  The plaintiffs also contended that at the time "Her Majesty" was taken in tow by the "Commodore" she was dragging her anchor and driving before a stiff wind which would eventually have driven her ashore.

    The defendants on their part denied this, and alleged the existence of a bargain. They said that when the "Commodore" came within distance, the captain of "Her Majesty" shouted "The packing of our blow-off cock is gone wrong, and I will give you 20 to stand by me until I get right".  The captain of the "Commodore" said, "All right", and immediately made a rope fast to "Her Majesty".  The defendants were [uncertain] as to the time the plaintiff's steamer stood by them, the only disputed point being whether or not there was an agreement to do the work for 20. 

    After a protracted hearing, the judge said the first thing  for the court to decide was whether "Her Majesty" was in danger at the time the "Commodore" came up to her.  The learned assessors with him were of opinion that the captain of "Her Majesty" thought himself in danger when he signalled the "Commodore".  The second question was, was there any agreement for 20?  Both sides appeared equally sure in giving their evidence on this point, and the court, while prepared to think they had spoken truthfully, were not satisfied that the agreement had been proved to have been offered on the one side and accepted on the other, therefore it came to this: that no agreement could be come to without mutual assent, and in this case there was not sufficient evidence to satisfy the court that an agreement did exist.  That being so the next matter was, what was a sufficient sum to award the plaintiff.  Taking all the circumstances into consideration, the court was of opinion that 50 was sufficient remuneration for the service rendered by the "Commodore". Judgment, with costs on the lower scale, accordingly.

    Judgement, with costs on the lower scale, accordingly.



From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph, Wednesday 1st April 1896:

COLLISION. ― A collision off the dock head early on Thursday morning between the steam trawlers "Camellia" and "Her Majesty".  The latter had a plate or two in her bow badly damaged.


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