Courtesy of Maurice Voss

Official No:                               Port and Year:  Ostend, 1909

Description: Steel side trawler, steam.


Built: by John Cockerill S.A., Hoboken (Antwerp), 1909  (Yard no. 491)

Tonnage:   196 grt  - net

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 115.0 / 21.6 / 12.6

Engine: T-3 Cyl; 49 nhp; by builders.




1909: Société Coopérative l'Ibis, Ostend.    



By 1930: Handels A/B Ibis (H.Ericsson), Gothenberg.


Landed at Milford: 16 Oct 1914 - 31 Aug 1919



1914 - 19: Fishery Trawler.

31 Jan 1918: Picked up survivors from the TOWNLEY, 2476 grt., after attack by U-46, 18 miles NE of Trevose Head, and landed them in Milford.


Belgian owners also known as "Société anonyme à responsabilité limitée pour le perfectionnement de la pêche."

[Information kindly supplied by Maurice Voss]


 Accidents and Incidents

    From the Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday,  21 October 1914:


    The Belgian Invasion" of Milford Haven.


    At Milford Haven the "Invasion" by Belgian refugees continues and the capacity of the town to accommodate the daily arrivals has been taxed to the utmost. Last Friday was a day that will not soon be forgotten, the sight of little children wandering about crying, worn and tired, moved many of the inhabitants to compassionate tears and brought out all that is best in the hearts of English, Welsh, Scotch and Irish, for Milford Haven is a cosmopolitan place. .........   Several refugees arrived by the midnight train Thursday, and scores of families poured in by the morning mail train. Mr David Pettit, the steam trawler owner who is managing the twenty-five Ostend trawlers at Milford Haven, and the owners and representatives of the firms did not get much rest that night, and at an early hour Mr Hugh Phelps, caretaker of the Masonic Hall, was knocked up. .........  They had all come in the rush to Folkestone, and the journey down to West Wales took a couple of days. .............. Most of the people of course came to Milford Haven because of their connection with the fishermen on the trawlers, but there were others who simply managed to come in the crowd. The address "Pettit, Milford," got them all through to the far away port in Flemish Wales.

    The chief work of the morning was to secure homes and accommodation for the homeless, and Mr G. S. Kelway, the Belgian Consul, and the Relief Committee, Mr W. C. Whittow, chairman of the Urban District Council, and others, lost no time in scouring the town for help. ............. A few moments later the Dock head-flag signalled "gates open" and slowly two strange, light-coloured steamers came in, they new the Belgian flag, and appeared to be large trawlers. The numbers 0.75 and 0.76 caused a quick reference to the fishing vessels' guide book, they are "Ibis V." and "Ibis VI",  King Albert's trawlers. The first came along the quay by the Victoria Road entrance and its human freight was discharged, and uniformed officers led on to the dockside twenty little boys in brown dungaree suits. These were orphans taken off the Belgian Government training ship in Ostend harbour. The little fellows looked pleased and as they marched up the road hand-in-hand, watched by hundreds of people, another touching episode was recorded. The boys were taken to the Bethel, where they were given tea, and will be housed for an indefinite period. The other trawler went to the Hakin side of the dock. 



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