John Stevenson Collection
Official No: 131875 Port and Year: Kirkcaldy, 1921 (KY45)
Fraserburgh, 1925 (FR54)
Lowestoft, 1929 (LT116)
Description: Admiralty steel drifter. Side trawler, steam screw, coal burning. Ketch rigged.
Crew: 9 men
Built: 1920 by Lea Shipbuilding, Canning Town, London, for the Admiralty. (Yard no. 859)
Tonnage: 96 grt 41 net.
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 86.2 / 18.5 / 9.3
Engine: T 3-Cyl, 270 ihp, 10 kts; by David & R.B. Scott, Tayport.
Boiler: Hewitt & Kellit, Ltd., Bradford.
Launched as WHIRLBLAST
31 Jul 1920: Fishery Board of Scotland.
As STELLA AURORAE KY45
1921: David Watson, 19 John St., Cellardyke.
Manager: Thomas Cunningham, Harbour Head, Anstruther.
28 Jan 1925: Bloomfields Ltd., South Denes, Gt. Yarmouth, & J. Watt, Fraserburgh.
Manager: Neil Mackay, 12th Green Cottage, Caister-on-Sea.
26 Nov 1929: Henry H. Catchpole, 16 London Rd., South Lowestoft.
9 Dec 1929: As ABIDING FRIEND
7 Mar 1938: Arthur C. Mitchell, Stradbroke Lodge, The Rath, Milford. (42/64) (Managing owner.)
George Mitchell, Lowestoft. (22/64)
19 Apr 1938: As JACKEVE LT116.
Mitchell Bros., (Jackora Ltd.,) Docks, Milford.
4 Apr 1944: Haven Trawlers Ltd., Milford.
Manager: Robert Lewis.
7 Apr 1946: W.H. Kerr, Ltd., Milford.
17 Apr 1946: Hamilton Fishing Co., Docks, Milford
Manager: J. C. Llewellin (Trawlers) Ltd., Docks, Milford
Landed at Milford: 28 Apr 1938 - 17 Nov 1939; seasonal landings 1949-52, and seasonal landings 1951-54 at Lowestoft (apart from 1953) and Fleetwood.
[ Information kindly supplied by Bob Durrant, via Gil Mayes. ]
Stella Aurorae is the Star of the Morning.
1920: Delivered as WHIRLBLAST for the Admiralty; transferred to the Fishery Board for Scotland, for disposal. Laid up at Dundee.
23 Nov 1939: Requested by Admiralty as a minesweeper (P.No. FY.958).
Sep 1943: Miscellaneous naval duties.
14 Nov 1945: Returned to owner.
1954: Broken up at Ward's Yard, Castle Pill. 27 May 1955: Lowestoft registry closed.
[ Details of all dates and owners courtesy of Gil Mayes and Barry Banham. ]
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