As FD60 (1919-50)

Courtesy of Fleetwood Maritime Heritage Trust and The Bosun's Watch

Official No:  127416  Port Number and Year:  5th in Milford, 1908                                                                                     -   in Fleetwood, 1919 (FD60)

                                                                                 -   in Dundee, 1950 (DE24).

Description: Steel side / beam trawler; steam screw, coal burning. Ketch rigged: foresail, mainsail and mizzen

Crew:  9 men (1908).

Registered at Milford: 25 Jul 1908

Built: 1908 by Smiths Dock Co., North Shields. (Yard no. 382)

Tonnage: 221.5 grt  84.93 net.

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 120.1 / 21.65 / 11.5

Engine: T 3-cyl. 66 hp. 10 kts 



25 Jul 1908: Neyland Steam Trawling & Fishing Co. Ltd., Neyland.

Manager: Alexander Scott, 'Moville House', Llanstadwell, Neyland.

                David G. Jones. (1918)


As FD60

24 Feb 1919: Scarisbrick Steam Trawlers (Fleetwood), Orient Buildings, Station Rd., Fleetwood.

Manager: Joseph A. Taylor.

                William W. Brierley (1924) 

                Hulbert M. Bird, Clifton Steam Trawlers, Station Rd., Fleetwood. (1939)


1948: Dundee Fishing Co., Dundee.

Managers: Cameron & McFarlane.



1950: Richard Fenton, Dundee.


Landed at Milford:  4 Aug - 2 Dec 1908 [Subsequent landings at Neyland, until 1914.]

Skippers: Ernest Alfred Sheldon cert. 7110, age 26, born Plymouth, residing 2 Eastview, Brixham; signed on 22 Jul 1908

Harold Ernest Moran 7743, 57, Hull, 4 High Street, Neyland (Jul 1910) 54 Lawrenny St., Neyland (Oct 1910); 24 Sep 1908; 24 Jul 1909; 12 Jan, 5 Jul, 1 Oct 1910; 1 May 1911

William Blackler 1890, 42, Brixham, - ; 10 Jul 1909

R.W. Gullett 6391, 30, Plymouth, - ; 29 Mar 1911

Claud Howes 1090, 29, Lound, Lawrenny St., Neyland; 10 Jan 1913

J.G. King 7381, 30, Gorleston, - ; 5 Mar 1913


Bush was an estate in Pembroke, in part of what became Pembroke Dock, held by the Meyrick family in the 1600s.

May 1915: Requisitioned for war service and fitted as an armed trawler (Ad.No. 2667).

28 May 1940: Requisitioned for war service and converted for auxiliary (anti-submarine) patrol duties.

May 1941: Harbour service patrol duties.  Aug 1943: Miscellaneous naval duties. 

1944: Returned to owners.

1954: Sold for demolition.

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 3 Mar 1919. Transferred to the port of Fleetwood.

 Accidents and Incidents

Log book entries:



1.15 p.m.  Pontoon, Neyland.

Damaged by collision.  Trawler 'Caldy' when coming alongside pontoon struck 'Bush' amidships, 'Bush' being moored at pontoon taking in coal.

    Harold Ernest Moran (Skipper)

    C.C. Wesfall (Mate 9243)




Collision.  Vessel 'Bush' unable to steam astern against strong wind.

    H.E. Moran (Skipper)

    C.C, Wesfall (Mate 9243)



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 7th August 1908:

The first trawler belonging to the new Neyland syndicate has just come round to the port on her maiden voyage. The vessel's name is the Bush. The company's ice factory and market at Neyland are nearing completion, but the ship was sent to Milford on this occasion, and met with very good success, the cargo realising 231. 


From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 16th October 1908:



    The Neyland steam trawler Bush has had its topsides painted by Mr. Fred Hitchings. This boat, which belongs to the Neyland Steam Trawling Company, was only delivered in August last, has brought in the substantial sum of 1,320 to the company.



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 3rd September 1909:



Fishing Industry.- Since Monday, August 23rd, the following boats have come into Neyland and disposed of their catches at the market the Bush 190, Urania 159, Siluria 117. Slebech 149, Caldy 106, Apley 150, Hero 163, Angle 126, and the Neyland 122. The catches have included several kits of herring, and it is expected that the trawlers will at any time run across the shoal. 





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