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.10 kts.  Engine and boiler 1898, by builders



As GN62

12 Apr 1899: Newhaven Trawlers Co., 13 Frederick St., Edinburgh.

Manager: Edward Walker. (Same address.)


As SH206

1913: North Sea Steam Trawling Co., 4 West Pier, Scarborough.

Manager: Frederick Harrison, 7 Princess Tce., Scarborough.


As A295

24 Mar 1915: Nicholas Cook, 60 Balmoral Place, Aberdeen.

Managing owner.


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)

Managing owner.


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:


ARIES            03/11/1921


Pembrokeshire, The Smalls, offshore            51.44N 05.33.30W


Foundered/ total wreck or loss.



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