John Stevenson Collection

Official No: 143997  Port and Year:  Swansea, 1929 (SA1)

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


Built: Cochrane & Sons, Selby; 1929.  (Yard no. 1035)

Tonnage: 306.94 grt  117 net.

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 130.4 / 24.0  / 11.4

Engine: T.3-Cyl. 91 rhp; 10.7 kts. Amos & Smith Co., Hull



Dec 1928: Consolidated Fisheries, Grimsby.

Manager: Sir John D. Marsden. 1945: T. R. Ronald.


Aug 1956: Peter Hancock & Sons, Docks, Milford

Manager: Reginald Llewellyn Hancock, 'Westaway', Picton Rd., Hakin.


Landed at Milford:  2 Sep 1956 - 6 Nov 1959

Skippers: J. Hewitt.


Clyne Castle built in 1791, is situated on a hill overlooking Swansea Bay, near Blackpill.   (Wikipedia)..

26 Aug 1939: Requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to a minesweeper. (P.No. FY.508). Based Gibraltar with M/S Group 92.

Feb 1944: Employed on miscellaneous naval duties. Converted for wreck dispersal duties.

Nov 1945: Returned to owners.

Mar 1960: Hired by the Admiralty for debris of Victor which crashed on test flight in August 1959 in St. George's Channel. (See article below.)

31 Jan 1960: Broken up at Hancock's Yard, Pembroke Dock.

[Mayes G. & Thomas M. (2014): Cochrane Shipbuilders Vol.2: 1915 - 1939.]

 Accidents and Incidents

The Times, Tuesday, Mar 15, 1960; pg. 7; Issue 54720; col B
     More Wreckage Found In Bomber Search

    A search which began in St. George's Channel last September for the wreckage of a Ministry of Supply Victor bomber has brought to light 14 pieces of wreckage in the past three days.  The aircraft crashed while on a test flight last August.  The debris has been recovered by the Milford Haven trawler Clyne [ sic ], which has been charted for the search conducted by the Admiralty.    .............


From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 10th February 1961:


    Three Milford trawlers which took part in the search for the missing V-bomber off the coast of Pembrokeshire have vanished from the local scene.  The Agnes Nutten was scrapped some time ago, the Clyne Castle is being broken up at Messrs. R. S. Hayes' Yard, Pembroke Dock, and the William Wilson has been sold to an East Coast firm.



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