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Official No: 187025 Port and Year: Lowestoft, 1957
Description: Steel side trawler; single screw, motor.
Built: 1957, Henry Scarr, Hessle. (Yard no. 750)
Tonnage: 183 grt 58 net.
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 106 oa / 23 / 11.25
Engine: 4 single acting 6 Cyl. 446 nhp. Ruston & Hornsby.
Jan 1959: Clan Steam Fishing Co. (Grimsby), Lowestoft
Manager: G. D. Claridge
1972: Claridge Trawlers, Lowestoft
1987: Southard Trawlers, Docks, Milford.
Landed at Milford: 1987 - 1991
1977: Converted to stand-by safety vessel for off-shore installations.
1986: Reconverted back to side trawler.
1997: Converted to barquentine passenger/cruise ship.
Accidents and Incidents
From either the West Wales Guardian or the Fishing News of Friday 28th November 1986:
Milford co-op buys two ships
The Milford Haven, Wales, fishing industry has received a boost with the arrival of two ex-Lowestoft side trawlers at the port and another is due to join the fleet shortly.
The Milford Fishing Co-op run companies Norrard and Southard have bought two trawlers from Colne Shipping of Lowestoft and negotiations for a third vessel are under way.
The 116ft. trawlers Antigua and Anguilla, which have been used in the oil industry, will now return to fishing at Milford.
The trawlers will fish the Irish Sea and North Channel for a variety of species and will land to local merchants. Skippers for the two boats have yet to be decided.
Sources at the port say that, if it wasn't for the co-op, there would be no future for the fishing industry and the port would be used for transit only. Even Milford's one beamer, Semper Allegro, often lands into Brixham rather than Milford.
From the Fishing News of Friday 15th March 1991:
Lay-up looms for Milford company
The issuing of redundancy notices to 30 shore based workers at Milford Haven has raised fears that the port's oldest firm, Norrard and Southard Trawlers, will soon lay up its seven aging trawlers.
Ways are being sought out [sic] of financial difficulties facing the firm, which has been hit by shrinking quotas and soaring costs. But the problems of the trawler firm are seen as 'the tip of the iceberg' at the troubled Welsh port.
The Milford Haven company is the remains of a once powerful fleet that made the Welsh harbour a top landing port 30 years ago.
Meantime it appears inevitable that Norrard's seven vessels — Norrard Star, Bryher, Antigua, Anguilla, Kinellan, Gilmar and Dawn Spray — will be laid up until a solution to the present crisis is found.
[In May 1991, only the Kinellan and Gilmar were still fishing; the other vessels were laid up.]
From the Pembrokeshire Telegraph & Cymric Times of Wednesday 18th March 1992:
Trawler fleet is sold to Ireland
BY JIM SMITH
Milford Haven's fleet of seven trawlers has been sold to Ireland and will leave the port shortly,
Even though the administrative receivers, Cork Gully — representing the creditors of the previous owning companies — refused to make any comments on the sale of the trawlers it is known they will shortly go to both Northern and Southern Ireland.
This follows the recent announcement by the government that decommissioning grants for the vessels will now be considered.
The trawlers include the Gilmar, which has been leased to the Milford Haven Port Authority and has been successful since returning to sea with its local crew. They have now been laid off.
The Gilmar, Kinellan, Dawn Spray, Norrard Star, Bryher, Antigua and Anguilla, were stopped from fishing last summer when the owning companies went into liquidation.
All the vessels have since been for sale and it was only the Gilmar which went back to sea — earning an estimated £1,000 a day.
Port Authority manager, Mr. Mike Hyslop, said they were now hoping to encourage the new owners to operate the trawlers from Milford Docks and to, hopefully, employ local crews.
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