Roger Worsley Archive

Official No:   139782   Port Number and Year:  25th in Aberdeen, 1916 (A706)

                                                                                5th in Fleetwood, 1922 (FD403)

                                                                                3rd in Granton, 1924 (GN24)

                                                                               21st in Grimsby, 1925 (GY366)

                                                                               14th in Milford, 1951

Description: Steel side trawler; steam screw, coal burning. Pair fishing. Ketch rigged: mizzen sail

Crew: 12  men

Registered in Milford: 17 Oct 1951

Built: by Cochrane & Sons, Selby, in 1917.  (Yard no. 725)

Tonnage: 226.52 gross  86.77 net

Length / breadth / depth (feet):  121.2 / 22.2 / 12.3

Engine: T 3-Cyl. 80 nhp. 10kts. Engine by R. W. Lewis & Sons, Aberdeen; boiler by Riley Bros., Southbank on Tees




Jan 1917: Richard W. Lewis & Sons, Aberdeen


1919: Derby Steam Trawling Co Ltd, Fleetwood

Manager: Charles W. Pickering,


As FD403

1922: Godby Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood

Manager: J. Nierinck


As GN24

Oct 1924:  T. D. Lees, Granton


As GY366

Nov 1925: Crampin Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby.


Renamed BERENGA GY366 (from Dec 1927)

Nov 1927: Trawlers (White Sea & Grimsby) Ltd, Grimsby

Manager: J. N. Bacon. 1940: C. G. Martin


1941: Trawlers Grimsby Ltd, Grimsby.

Manager: C. G. Martin


19 Dec 1945: United Trawlers Ltd, Milford Haven

Manager: Henry J. Horwood



17 Oct 1951: Atlantic Trawlers Ltd, Docks, Milford

Manager: Henry J. Richards


1952: J. C. Llewellyn (Trawlers) Ltd, Docks, Milford

Manager: John Charles Llewellin


Renamed LYDSTEP M192

1953: S W Trawlers Ltd, Milford Haven.


Landed at Milford: As BERENGA: 24 Jul 1946 - 31 Oct 1951

As SPRINGLEIGH: 17 Nov - 19 Dec1951

As LYDSTEP: 11 Jan 1953 - 12 Apr 1955


Notes:  Jun 1917: Requisitioned as FEUGH  and converted to a minesweeper (Ad.No.1278). 1 x 12 pdr.

1919: Returned to owners.

25 Nov 1939: Requisitioned as BERENGA and converted to a minesweeper (P.No. FY.774)

19 Apr 1940: Converted for barrage balloon towing.

Sep 1945: Returned to owners.

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 13 Jun 1955.  Vessel broken up at Ward's Yard, Castle Pill.

 Accidents and Incidents

From The Irish Times of Friday 2nd February 1951, p.1:


Night Rescue of 12 From Doomed Trawler


    The timely arrival of a sister vessel, the Berenga, resulted in the rescue of the captain and crew of eleven of the trawler Braesomer [sic], of milford Haven, Wales, as she was drifting helplessly towards Ballinskelligs Bay, Co. Kerry, with water pouring into her engine room from a leak.

    The incident occurred last Wednesday evening, after the crew had worked at the pumps for hours, in an effort to check the inrush of water from the leak.

    Meanwhile SOS calls were sent out.  Finally, the engine room became flooded, and preparations were made to abandon ship.



    Then the Berenga hove in sight, and, despite a choppy sea, members of the Braesomer's crew succeeded in launching their small lifeboat.

    After most of the crew had been taken aboard the Berenga, Captain Jack L. Ryan, of the Braesomer, was brought to safety with the remaining men.

    The Berenga stood by all night.  At dawn the Braesomer was still afloat, but she sank at 9 a.m.

    The rescued men, who were taken to Berehaven, Co. Cork, highly praised the action of Captain A. Howie and the crew of the Berenga. "They spared no effort in doing their utmost to save us," said Captain Ryan.  "Their timely arrival certainly saved all our lives.  I hated like anything to lose my ship, of which I have been captain since October, 1940."

    It was Captain Howie's third sea rescue.

    Among the rescued men were William Scanlon, of 9 Nelson terrace, Cork, and Anthony Myles, of Gortskiddin, Crossmolina, Co. Mayo.

    The Braesomer, a deep sea steam trawler of 98 tons, is owned by the United Trawlers Co., Ltd., Milford Haven




From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 21st September 1951:

    Goodleigh Fisheries Ltd. are adding another pair to their fleet. They have purchased from Fleetwood the trawler Jenwil, which was at one time owned by Messrs. Jenkerson and Jones, and are pairing her with the Berenga, bought from United Trawlers.  The firm has also purchased the steam trawler Norrard from United Trawlers, to be used as a reserve ship for the pairs so that it can replace without delay any ship among the pairs coming out of commission for repairs or overhaul.  The Jenwil and Berenga are expected to sail within a week or two.




From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 28th September 1951:


    Messrs. J. C. Llewellin (Trawlers) Ltd. have broken new ground in adopting Pembrokeshire names for the two trawlers they recently purchased from Holland, the Nolton and Steynton, which sail next week in charge of Skippers J. Garnham and Tom Smith.

    Pembrokeshire names for trawlers are not unique at Milford, but they become so familiar that vessels like the Caldy and Slebech, and the former Thornton, are not connected immediately with the Premier County.

    Another pair, the Springleigh and the Lordleigh (Messrs. Goodleigh Fisheries) leave on their maiden voyage this weekend, in charge of Skippers George Corney and Jack Byford.



From the West Wales Guardian of  Friday 11th November 1954:

The steam trawler "Lydstep" was hauling in the last catch of fish before steaming back to her home port of Milford, when Mr George Gorman Harding, of 32, Starbuck Road, Milford, received severe injuries which later proved fatal.  It is believed that at the time he was pulling a trawl aft when a piece of rope on which he was working, attached to the drum at the end of the winch, caught him.  He died two days later, only half-an-hour before his wife, son-in-law and daughter had arrived at the hospital in Cork, where he had been conveyed.


From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 13th May 1955:


    The former pair trawler Crundale arrived at Ward's Yard on Saturday, and her sister ship Lydstep, and the Letterston are expected to follow soon.




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