As FR124 (1934-40)

John Stevenson Collection

Official No:  118610               Port and Year:  Douglas (IoM), 1920 (DO90)

                                                                             Yarmouth, 1923, (YH447)

                                                                             Fraserburgh,1925, (FR124)

                                                                             Lowestoft, 1945, (LT109)

Description: Admiralty steel drifter; single screw, coal burning. 


Built: 1918, by John Duthie, Torry Ship Building Co., Aberdeen. (Yard no. 445)

Tonnage:  96 grt  41 net.

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 86.0  / 18.6 / 9.2

Engine: T 3-Cyl. 270 ihp.= 9 kts. Wm. Beardmore & Co., Coatbridge; boiler by A. & W. Dalglish, Pollockshaws, Glasgow



Launched as DAYBREAK (See note below.)


24 Aug 1920: Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries (For disposal)



1920: James H. Richardson, 2 Duke Plain, Douglas, IoM.

Managing owner.


As YH447

22 Feb 1923:  Charles Henry George, Tan Lane, Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk.

Managing owner.



14 Aug 1925: Robert B. Duthie, Inverallochy.

Robert B. Stephen & Thomas Buchan, Fraserburgh.

Managing owner: Joseph Duthie, 20 The Square, Rosehearty, Aberdeenshire.


By 1934:  Robert B. Duthie, 2 Frederick St., Inverallochy, Aberdeenshire.

Managing owner.


As LT109

7 Aug 1945: Yolland & Llewellin Trawling Co., Docks, Milford.

                    (John C. Llewellin, Hakin. 17/64

                     Joseph L. Yolland, Milford Haven. 17/64 

                     John Yolland Jnr, Fleetwood. 17/64

                     Thomas Yolland, Haverfordwest  13/64.)

Manager: John C. Llewellin, Hakin.


5 Jul 1946:  Yolland Brothers, Milford.

Manager: John Yolland Jnr.


7 Dec 1949:  Waterloo Steam Trawling Co.,Milford.

Manager: John Yolland (Jnr.)


10 Oct 1950: Cairo Fishing Co., Docks, Milford.

Manager: John Yolland (Jnr.)


3 Jul 1954: Yolland Brothers, Milford.

Manager: John Yolland (Jnr.)


[Information kindly supplied by Gil Mayes and Barry Banham.]


Landed at Milford:  9 Jan 1947 - 27 May 1954.



Ralph Hall Caine (1884 - 1962) was a British publisher and a Conservative politician.

9 Jul 1918: Launched as DAYBREAK (No. 3880); a minesweeper. 1 x 6 pdr.

12 Mar 1940: Requisitioned as ALLOCHY by the Admiralty for Miscellaneous Naval Duties (hospital drifter).

26 Oct 1945: Returned to owners.

23 Nov 1954: Lowestoft registry closed; broken up at Antwerp

 Accidents and Incidents

From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 4th January 1946:


    Messrs. Yolland & Llewellin, joint owners of the biggest trawling fleet sailing out of Milford, have dissolved the partnership after ten years of highly successful working, during which time the fleet has increased from one to twenty-two trawlers.  The dissolution took effect from January 1st, and in future Messrs. Yolland will trade under the name Messrs. Yolland Brothers, while Mr. J. C. Llewellin takes a number of trawlers under his own name.


    Yolland Bros.:

Castle Class:  Tenedos, Mikasa, Lorraine, William Mannell, Montano and George Adgell.

Strath Class: Craigmillar and Anne Melville.

Drifters: Allochy, Overfall, Poseidon, Invercairn, Primevere, Mint, Furze, Lichen, Calliopsis and Cassiopeia.

    The Montano left Milford on Thursday (yesterday) for Fleetwood, while the George Adgell arrives in Milford within the next fortnight from Aberdeen.  Both Strath boats are at Milford, but the drifters will fish from Lowestoft during the North Sea season, and will come round to Milford for the summer season.


John Charles Llewellin:

Castle trawlers: Cotsmuir, Lady Stanley, T.R. Ferens and Harry Melling.

    All the trawlers are away at the moment, the Lady Stanley at Hull and the others at Fleetwood, but they are expected to sail out of Milford in the near future.


    The fish merchants' business belonging to the firm in Fleetwood, Swansea and Milford will now be carried on by Yolland Brothers, while the merchants' business at Aberdeen has been taken over by Mr. Llewellin.

    Naturally interested to ascertain why such a profitable partnership should be dissolved, the "Guardian" made enquiries on Thursday.  We learned that Mr. Llewellin has suffered ill health for a number of years and wishes to cut down on his responsibilities.

    The sensational rise of Messrs. Yolland & Llewellin has provided one of the romances of the fishing Industry of Milford, starting as fish exporters in 1935, with Mr. J. C. Llewellin as their representative in Paris.  The firm had to turn their attention in 1937 to building up their fish merchants business in England because of the devaluation of the franc. 

    In 1936 Messrs. Yolland & Llewellin purchased their first trawler and not long afterwards embarked on an experiment which at the time was considered more than daring - "foolhardy", said the old hands.  They fitted out two trawlers to fish as a pair - the pareja - a Spanish method of fishing.  The earliest voyages, doubtless due to the inexperience of the crews in this type of netting, brought thin returns, but by-and-by these pairs began to make news, big news, for they started to smash fishing records.  What was then the youngest firm of owners had scored a big success, and confounded their critics.  Before the war started, the company had five pairs operating on the Irish grounds.  During the war the company worked with two old ships, the Gozo and Cairo, but disposed of these when their fleet of twenty-two trawlers were de-requisitioned in their turn after Government service.

    The partners in the firm of Yolland Brothers are Messrs. John J. Leslie and T. Stuart Yolland.



From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 25th February 1949:


    The Milford drifter-trawler "Allochy" is back at sea after being saved from sinking in the docks on Sunday, by the prompt action of the Fire Brigade.

    An urgent message was sent to the Fire Brigade early on Sunday that the vessel was sinking rapidly at the west corner of the docks.  Firemen were cuickly at the scent, boarded the ship, and with the help of winches brought her alongside the quay.  A crane was used to get a pump aboard, and the ship was prevented from going to the bottom by a margin of only 6 inches.

    The cause of the leak was discovered and corrected, following two hours of pumping, and the "Allochy" was able to proceed to sea on the next tide.





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