Courtesy of Robert Kettle

(See also below.)

Official No: 182177    Port and Year:  Brixham, 1947 (BM21)

                                                                 Penzance, 1963 (PZ291)

Description: Motor side /drifter trawler; wooden hull.


Built: Richards Ironworks, Lowestoft; 1947.  (Yard no. 347)

Tonnage: 109.27 grt  47.82 net

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 92.06 / 22.4 / 11 

Engine: 4-Cyl. 240 bhp.  Crossleys Bros., Manchester.



As MFV-1570

Jan 1947: Admiralty.



May 1947: Torbay Trawlers, Brixham

Manager: W. J. A. Mogridge, The Quay, Brixham

Milford Manager: William H. Kerr, Ships' Chandler, Docks, Milford



1963: Elizabeth Ann Webster & Jacqueline S. Webster, Newlyn, Cornwall.


1991: W. Stevenson & Sons, Newlyn.  (Agents)


Landed at Milford:  6 Jan 1960 - 18 Oct 1961


15 May 1947: " ... The latest addition to Brixham deep-water fishing fleet, the Diesel-engined motor trawler Agnes Allen, landed tons of plaice, caught the North Sea on her trip from Lowestoft to Brixham, her first contribution her future port." (Western Morning News) 

1974: One of the first Newlyn boats to be converted from a side trawler to a beam trawler.

2007: Broken up.

 Accidents and Incidents


NLW Welsh Journals On-line: "Gower: Vol 47, 1996 - When Hollywood came to Gower by Gary Gregor."

(Stephen) Boyd visited while working on a film for Twentieth Century Fox entitled The Inspector (« ), adapted from one of five Jan de Hartog novels to be filmed.  This was no small film it had a budget of two million dollars, the maximum that most studios would then permit (although Ben-Hur had cost twice that amount).

Boyd played the part of a Dutch detective assisting a young girl (played by Dolores Hart) who had been used in Nazi medical experiments at Auschwitz, to reach Palestine after the Second World War. Supporting actors included Marius Goring, Donald Pleasence and Welshman Hugh Griffith, who had won an Oscar for his supporting role in Ben Hur, but whose scenes in The Inspector were filmed on location in Amsterdam.  The South Wales Evening Post had run an unassuming small advertisement for an experienced boatman, but the successful applicant found on the first day that film-making could entail nine hours’ work to produce just a three-minute scene!

The Milford Haven trawler ‘Agnes-Allen’ [sic] was used in the role of a gun boat.  Filming at sea occupied the first week of a fort-night in south Gower, with the second week spent on the west side of the stream at Three Cliffs Bay, which was decked out with palm trees as a Palestinian beach.

[« "The Inspector" (1962).]




Thanks to "Ships Nostalgia".

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