John Stevenson Collection

Official No:  141950   Port and Year:  Fleetwood, 1919 (FD343)

                                                                 London, 1935 (LO66)

                                                                Aberdeen, 1951 (A681)

Description: Castle class steel side trawler; single screw, coal burning.  Ketch rigged


Built: 1919, Ailsa Shipbuilding Co., Ayr  (Yard no. 352)

Tonnage:  276 grt  122 net.

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 125  / 23.5 / 12.8

Engine: T 3-Cyl. 60 rhp; by builders



As FD343

1 Oct 1919: Blackburn Trawlers, 216 Dock St., Fleetwood
Manager: Harry Blackburn, 27 Chaucer Rd., Fleetwood.


As LO66

9 Oct 1935: Iago Steam Trawling Co., Wyre Dock, Fleetwood

Manager: Edward D. W. Lawford.


Feb 1946: Haven Trawlers, (R.P. Lewis), Docks, Milford

Manager: R. Lewis


As FD281

13 Aug 1948: J. Marr & Son, Fleetwood.


As A681

5 Apr 1951: Harrow-Baxter Steam Fishing Co., Aberdeen


Landed at Milford:  3 Mar 1946 - 23 Sep 1948



George Cousins aged 20; born Mort, Devon; O.S., HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN; at Trafalgar.

9 Apr 1926:  In collision with Knott End ferry which managed to return to ferry dock and sank.

7 Jul 1928:  At Campbeltown Sheriff Court, Sk. Thomas William Kirkby admitted a charge of illegal fishing in the Firth of Clyde and was fined 100 with forfeiture of net and 5 for not showing the fishing signal. [The Times, Monday, 9 Jul 1928.]

13 Feb 1937: Sank the Fleetwood trawler OCTAVIA (H274) in collision off Maughold Head, Isle of Man; crew rescued; GEORGE COUSINS considerably damaged forward. [The Times, Tuesday, 16 Feb 1937.]

Aug 1939:  Requisitioned for war service and converted to a  minesweeper (P.No.FY.627).

Jun 1940: Based Invergordon with M/S Group 43 (Ch Sk. E. J. Marshall RNR).

July 1945:  Returned to owners.

Aug 1955:  Broken up at Granton.

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


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