John Stevenson Collection

Official No: 137722    Port and Year:  28th in Ramsgate, 1920 (R347)

                                                                     -    -  Peterhead, 1922 (PD591)

                                                                     -    -  Buckie, 1924 (BCK73)

                                                                     -    -  Lowestoft, 1945 (LT164)

Description: Admiralty Steel Drifter / side trawler; steam screw, coal burning.  Ketch rigged.

Crew:  10

Built: Alexander Hall & Co., Aberdeen, 1918.  (Yard no. 558)

Tonnage: 96 grt  38 net

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 86.2 / 18.5  / 9.2

Engine:  T 3-Cyl, 180 ihp, 42 rhp; 9 kts.  Engine and boiler by builders.




12 Oct 1920: Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries.


As GUST R347

25 Nov 1920: Robert G. Roe, Clock House, Pier Yard, Ramsgate.

Managing owner.



1922: Richard Irvin & Sons, North Shields.

Manager: Sir John H. Irvin, Albert Quay, Aberdeen.


As BCK73

1924: Richard Irvin & Sons Ltd., North Shields; and William Flett, Westfield, Castle St., Findochty, Banff.

Manager: Sir John H. Irvin, K.B.E., Albert Quay, Aberdeen.


As LT164

1945: Arthur  C. Mitchell & Others, Docks, Milford.


1948: Frank A. J. Beckett, Milford.


1948: Merchants (Milford Haven), Docks, Milford.

Manager: Cecil G. Lewis, 'Ivynook', Point Fields, Hakin.


Landed at Milford: 28 Feb - 14 Jun 1947; 24 Mar - 20 Jun 1948; 7 Mar - 26 Oct 1949; 5 Mar - 4 Oct 1950; 6 Mar - 6 Jul 1951; 23 Mar - 10 Aug 1952.


Burnhaven is a village near Peterhead, Aberdeenshire.

6 Dec 1918: Launched as minesweeper GUST (Admy.no. 3981)

30 Aug 1939: Requisitioned by Admiralty for transport duties (harbour service) (P.No. FY.1607)

Jan 1943: Fleet Air Arm (torpedo recovery vessel).

1945: Returned to owners.

5 Aug 1955: Broken up at Llanelly.

[Thanks to Jan Harteveld for information.]

 Accidents and Incidents

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.



From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 5th August 1955:


    Mr. Desmond Donelly (M.P.) saw Sir Louis Chick, Chairman of the White Fish Authority, and as a result is hopeful that the Government may underwrite the whole of the extra costs involved in the latest  increase in coal prices.

    Meantime the situation remains grave.  On Wednesday morning, two more drifter trawlers left for the scrap yard at Llanelly.  They were the Burnhaven, owned by Merchants (Milford Haven), built at Aberdeen in 1918, and the Paramount, owned by Messrs. Harry Eastoe Rees.  She was built at Selby in 1916.

    This brings the number of ships at Milford Docks to 55, of which 15 are at present laid up, so that only 40 vessels are now operating.



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