AGNES NUTTEN A295 / M190

 

Roger Worsley Archive

Official No:    137162    Port Number and Year:  4th in Aberdeen, 1915 (A215)

                                                                                35th in Lowestoft, 1920 (LT974)

                                                                                13th in Aberdeen, 1927 (A295)

                                                                                13th in Milford, 1951

Description:  Steel side trawler; steam screw, coal burner. Ketch rigged: mainsail,  mizzen. 

Crew: 9 men (1920, 1927, 1951); 12 men (1953); 11 men (195?)

Registered at Milford: 8 Oct 1951

Built: 1915, by Hall, Russell & Sons, Aberdeen.  (Yard no. 563)

Tonnage: 182.85 gross 79.43 net 

Length / breadth / depth (feet):  110.3 / 21.8 / 11.7 (By 1951: 13.50)

Engine: T.3- cyl. 67 rhp. 10 kts. 1909. Engine and boiler by builders.

Owners:

 

As A215

24 Feb 1915:  John E. & W.W. Nutten, 5 Devanha Gardens,  Aberdeen.

Managing owner: J. E. Nutten.

 

1918: William Robbens & Sons, Trawl Market, Lowestoft.

Manager: William Robbens, 'Zeeland', Kirkley Park Rd., Lowestoft.

29 Apr 1920: As LT974

 

1925: George Flockhart, Fishmarket, Newhaven.

Manager: Alexander Flockhart.

           

As A295

28 Nov 1927:  John Walker, 202 Victoria Rd., Torry, Aberdeen. 

(By 1939: 50 Camperdown Rd., Aberdeen.)

Managing owner.

               

2 Feb 1949:  Goodleigh Fisheries, Docks, Milford.

Manager: William Wilcox.

               

As M190

8 Oct 1951: Merchants (Milford Haven), Docks, Milford.

Managers: Daniel Bruton & Cecil Lewis.

                

20 Apr 1953: Peter Hancock & Sons, Docks, Milford.  64/64

Manager: Reginald Llewellyn Hancock.

 

Landed at Milford: (A295) 7 Apr 1949 - 24 Jul 1951.  (M190) 2 Feb 1952 - 17 Feb 1960.

Skippers: Billy Griffiths; George Corney (1950)

Notes: 

Jun 1915: Requisitioned by the Admiralty, and converted to boom defence vessel.

1920: Returned to owners.

24 Nov 1927: Lowestoft registry closed.

16 Jun 1940: Requisitioned by the Admiralty, and converted to an auxiliary patrol vessel. (Admy.no. 4.274)

Jan 1946: Returned to owners.

23 Oct 1959: Used in the search for a missing Victor bomber in the Irish Sea.  Skipper Wilf Perrett, and Mate Fred 'Flagon' Jones.

5 Aug 1955: Anchored off the lockpits and dressed overall, she represented Milford 's fishing fleet on the visit to Milford Haven of the Queen aboard BRITANNIA

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 14 Mar 1960. Broken up at Pembroke Dock

 Accidents and Incidents:

From the Pembrokeshire Telegraph of Wednesday 13th April 1949:

 

    This weekend the second post-war pair of trawlers, the Agnes Nutten and Newhaven will leave on their maiden voyage (pareja) for Goodleigh Fisheries, in charge of Skippers Billy Griffiths and Denis Broome.

   

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Skipper's statement in connection with heavy weather damage to S.T. Agnes Nutten - 19th November, 1950.

 

We sailed from Milford Haven on the l4th November for the fishing grounds west of Ireland. On the 18th of November the weather became severe and we were unable to continue our fishing operations, being forced to lay waiting for the weather to improve, although dodging at night as extra security in the darkness. On Sunday the 19th, the weather became worse and at 2 p.m. it was blowing a severe gale. I noticed two heavy seas coming towards us about 2 p.m., the second being by far the larger of the two. Immediately after the first had hit us, and before we were clear of it, the second came down upon us and the whole of the Ship's deck and rails was submerged under the sea. After the weather improved later in the day, we examined the decks to see what damage had been done, and found the following:

Liferaft washed away.

3 lifebelts washed away.

Small boat cover washed away.

Mizzen sail washed away.

6 pound boards washed away.

2 net gratings damaged.

2 deck cluster lights washed away.

2 spotlights smashed by the heavy seas.

Forecastle smashed by the heavy seas.

Deck water tank displaced by seas.

 

During the storm the gipsy steering chains jumped off the sheaves and buckled the bars carrying the sheaves, since due to the constant motion of the vessel it was not possible for me to replace the chains on the sheaves for some time.

 

George Corney. Skipper.

8th December 1950.

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S.T.Agnes Nutten - Skipper's Report. 19.2.1951.

 

On Wednesday morning the 7th of February 1951, when on the fishing grounds south west of Ireland, the chief engineer reported that his fireman Sharp was suffering from severe pains, was shaking and had a fever, and was demanding to be taken to the nearest port to see a Doctor. About ten a.m. therefore I decided there was nothing I could do but to take him to Ireland, and made for Berehaven the nearest port.  The man was quite unfit to do his work, so there was nothing I could do about it. We reached Berehaven about four p.m. but no small boats were running and I had no option but to wait till the morning to get the sick man ashore. On the morning of the eighth we went ashore to the Doctor's. The Doctor told us Sharp was suffering from a gastric ulcer, and would be unfit for work for several days at least. He told me there was nothing against the man going back on board provided he kept to his bunk until he had recovered. I took the man back on board, and informed the chief of the situation, and asked whether he and his mate the second engineer were prepared to continue short handed till the man recovered. Otherwise it would mean waiting in port till we could get a new fireman from Milford Haven, which would be at least another twenty four hours or thirty hours. Fortunately the engineers decided to carry on shorthanded to save time, and we proceeded to sea about noon.

 

 

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S.T.Agnes Nutten - Skipper's Report.

 

We left Milford Haven on the morning of March 22nd 1951 for the fishing grounds, and duly commenced fishing. I started feeling ill and by the morning of March 25th was feeling extremely unwell, with a very sore throat and being almost unable to swallow. I endeavoured to carry on as long as I could, but during the afternoon got so bad I had to pack up, and being quite unfit to continue fishing, made for the nearest Irish port, which was Valentia. We left the fishing grounds at six p.m. and arrived at Valentia in the morning of the following day, the twenty sixth, at at ten thirty a.m. I went to the Doctor who wanted me to go into Hospital for six days.  I felt however, that after a couple of days rest, I should be fit enough to continue fishing, and not wishing to hold up fishing longer than necessary, I left Valentia again in the evening of the following day March 27th, reaching the fishing grounds next morning, and continuing our trip in the usual manner.

 

George Corney. Skipper.

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From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 16th January 1953:

 

    We understand that there was a very good attendance and a long discussion at a special meeting on Thursday night of Merchants (Milford) Ltd., an organisation set up by local fish merchants to purchase trawlers to supplement landings.  Of the authorised share capital of 50,000, only 20,000 had been subscribed, but Merchants Ltd. have three drifter trawlers, and one boat of a pair which is now tied up. 

    It was pointed out at the meeting that if the increased capital required is forthcoming, the Company will purchase a pair, use the Agnes Nutten as a crabber, and bring the three drifters Twinkling Star, Genius and Burnhaven back to the port for as long a period as possible.  It is hoped that the small shareholders will increase their holdings and that further investment will be made by businessmen on the Docks and in the town.

 

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From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 10th February 1961:

 

    Three Milford trawlers which took part in the search for the missing V-bomber off the coast of Pembrokeshire have vanished from the local scene.  The Agnes Nutten was scrapped some time ago, the Clyne Castle is being broken up at Messrs. R. S. Hayes' Yard, Pembroke Dock, and the William Wilson has been sold to an East Coast firm.

 

 

 

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