PRESIDENT STEVENS  O.85

 

Courtesy of Maurice Voss

Official No:  -               Port and Year:   Ostend, 1905.

                                                                    Arcachon, 1924 ?

                                                                    Boulogne, 1936. ?

Description: Steel side trawler; steam screw, coal burning.

Crew:

Built: 1905, by Cochrane & Sons, Selby.  (Yard no. 345)

Tonnage: 212 grt  87 net

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 115.0  / 21.5  / 11.7

Engine: 3-Cyl., 69 nhp, 11.7 kts; by C.D. Holmes & Co., Hull

Owners:

 

21 Sep 1905: Soc. Anon. des PÍcheries ŗ Vapeur, Ostende.

Manager: John Bauwens.

 

As ADINE ARC8782 ?

1924: Mme. Yvonne Carimantrant, 10 Rue Richard de Saron, Paris IX.

 

As B ?

1936: Jean Fourmentin-Delpierre, Boulogne-sur-Mer.
 

Landed at Milford: 10 Sep 1914 - 20 Aug 1919

Skippers:

Notes: 

Jul 1912: Badly damaged in collision with British steamship STARTON.

1914-19: Fishery trawler.

29 Jun 1915: Picked up survivors of the cargo ship ARMENIAN, which had been sunk by U-24 (Kapitšnleutnant Rudolf Schneider), 20 miles W. of Trevose Head on the previous day.

1956: Broken up in France.

[Information kindly supplied by Maurice Voss; also reports from newspapers below.]

[ Lofthouse T., Mayes G., Newton D., & Thompson M. (2012): Cochrane Shipbuilders Vol.1: 1884 - 1914. ]

 Accidents and Incidents

 

From The Scotsman of Monday 5th July 1915, p.5:

 

THE LOST S.S. ARMENIAN

MR PAGE'S REPORT TO WASHINGTON

    Mr. Page, the American Ambassador, the Central News is informed, has communicated the following particulars of the sinking of the Armenian to the State Department:―

    The Leyland steamship Armenian was torpedoed and sunk at 8.6 on the 28th ult. by a German submarine.  The vessel was carrying 1414 mules, which were consigned for the port of Avonmouth.  There are 29 men missing, among whom are the following:― [list of eight names follows.]  Dr. Viso and three negroes are reported to have been picked up by the submarine.  There are twelve missing negro muleteers.  The men were twelve hours in the lifeboats and on a raft before being picked up by the President Stevens, a Belgian trawler, and they were transferred to two torpedo boat destroyers at noon and brought into Bristol on the 29th.  Eight negroes and two white men are in the Bristol Infirmary slightly wounded.

    The Central News adds that the men in the Bristol are said to be Americans.

 

 

From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 7th July 1915:

 

The Sinking of the Liner Armenian.

BELGIAN TRAWLER TO THE RESCUE

     On Tuesday evening week the Belgian steam trawler President Stevens (P.V.) arrived in Milford Docks with a large number of life belts and one lifeboat belonging to the Leyland liner Armenian. At once it was evident another terrible tragedy had been perpetrated by the German pirates.

    Capt. Peter Defer said that at 7 o'clock that morning he picked up five boats full of men (128 all told) and took them aboard. They included the captain and part of the crew of the Armenian of Liverpool, which they said bad been torpedoed at 7 o'clock the previous evening off the Cornish coast. They were bound from America to an English port and it was feared about 10 lives wore lost. Ten of the survivors were wounded, and at mid-day he saw two destroyers and he signalled to them to come for wounded men. They came and took all the survivors off and went in the direction of Cardiff.

 

Probably ADINE ARC (8782?) c.1924-36.

 

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