John Stevenson Collection
Official No: 110203 Port Number and Year: 3rd in Granton, 1899 (GN62)
12th in Scarborough, 1913 (SH206)
- in Aberdeen, 1915 (A295)
1st in Milford, 1917
Description: Steel side trawler; steam screw; coal burning. Ketch rigged - foresail, mainsail and mizzen.
Crew: 10 men (1917).
Registered at Milford: 13 Feb 1917
Built: 1899; by Ramage & Ferguson, Leith. (Yard no. 165)
Tonnage: 158.58 grt 38 net (1914: 58.86 net.)
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 105.2 / 20.6 / 10.9
Engine: T 3-Cyl. 54 hp.10¾ kts. Engine and boiler 1898, by builders
12 Apr 1899: Newhaven Trawlers Co., 13 Frederick St., Edinburgh.
Manager: Edward Walker. (Same address.)
1913: North Sea Steam Trawling Co., 4 West Pier, Scarborough.
Manager: Frederick Harrison, 7 Princess Tce., Scarborough.
24 Mar 1915: Nicholas Cook, 60 Balmoral Place, Aberdeen.
As M97 (From 1st June 1917)
13 Feb 1917: Thomas George Hancock, 'Hill House', Hill St., Hakin (32/64) (Managing owner.)
John Davies Harris, The Rath, Milford (32/64)
19 Aug 1919: Thomas George Hancock, 'Hill House', Hill St., Hakin (64/64)
Landed at Milford: 15 May 1917 - 31 Oct 1921
Walter Smith 7150
Wm. Henry Burder 2479
Walter Allen 11316
Reginald Webb Hannaford.
Aries meaning a ram, and the first sign of the Zodiac (21 March - 19 April), as the ship was registered on 12 April.
1917: Requisitioned into the Fishery Reserve as ARIES III.
4 Dec 1917: Took part in an attack on a U boat, with ISA O-81.
Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 18 Nov 1921; foundered 3 Nov 1921. (see below)
Accidents and Incidents
From The Scotsman of Saturday 5th November 1921, p.12:
MILFORD HAVEN, Nov 4th.― Steam trawler ARIES, of Milford Haven, foundered last night off Smalls; crew landed here today by Belgian trawler Rowland.
Transcription of a statement by the skipper from the Les Jones Archive:
Left the port of Milford Haven on the 1st November 1921. At around seven o' clock p.m. on the 3rd November, the trawler suddenly started to take in water. Despite all efforts by the crew using pumps (donkey) she still took in more water than we were pumping out. We then took to the ship's small boat. She foundered around the nine o' clock the same day, no loss of life.
(Signed) R.W. Hannaford, Skipper
From Larn B.T. & Larn R. (2000): Shipwreck Index of the British Isles - Vol 5 West Coast and Wales:
Pembrokeshire, The Smalls, offshore 51.44N 05.33.30W
Foundered/ total wreck or loss.
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