John Stevenson Collection

Official No:  136143   Port and Year: 4th in Swansea, 1917 (SA70)

Description: Castle Class steel side trawler; single screw, coal burning. Ketch rigged.

Crew:  11

Built: 1917, Smiths Docks Co., Southbank-on-Tees.  (Yard no. 661)

Tonnage:  276 grt  107 net.

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 125.5  / 23.4 / 12.8

Engine: T 3-Cyl. 88 rhp.  Engine by builders.



1917:  Rhondda Fishing Co., South Dock, Swansea

Manager: Crawford Heron. (1917-23)

                John D. Marsden. (1923-44)


1944: A. & M. Smith, Hull.


1945: Caswell Trawlers, Docks, Milford.

Manager: Owen Willie Limbrick.


1946: Milford Fisheries, Docks, Milford.

Manager: Owen Willie Limbrick


Landed at Milford: 5 Sep 1946 - 29 Jun 1953

Skippers: Jack Scoble (1951)


Caswell (Bay) is a popular half mile sandy beach facing southwesterly, near Swansea.

Jan 1917: Requisitioned by the Admiralty (No. 3323), and converted to a minesweeper. 1 x 6 pdr. AA

1919: Returned to owners.

3 Jan 1933: The trawlers CASWELL and HIROSE stood by the Norwegian freighter HEILO off Dingle Bay in a westerly gale on a lee shore.

[The Times, 4th January 1933.  See more details on the HIROSE page.]

Feb 1940: Requisitioned by the Admiralty (P.No. FY.500), and converted to a minesweeper.

Jul 1946: Returned to owners.

1953: Broken up at Wards Yard, Castle Pill.

 Accidents and Incidents

From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 11th August 1950:


    The number of ships held up in the docks has dwindled from the 32 of recent weeks to 18, and two of these, the Paramount and Caswell, are expected to return to sea this weekend.  The St. Vincent, which has been laid up for many months, leaves on Saturday in charge of Skipper E. Satchell.



From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 12th January 1951:


    When the trawler "Caswell" (Milford Fisheries) got into difficulties on the northern fishing grounds earlier this week, another fishing vessel, the "Gunner" (United Trawlers), went to her aid. 

    The "Caswell", in charge of Skipper Jack Scoble, developed engine trouble and was taken in tow by the "Gunner", Skipper Alf Whisby.  They met bad weather on Wednesday night on the 300 mile tow to their home port.  Latest news is that the trawler left Belfast Loch at 8 o'clock this morning (Friday), and are expected to reach Milford tomorrow.   




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