As LOCH ESK (PL53) in 1942

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

Official No:    129374    Port Number and Year:   6th in Aberdeen, 1912 (A438)

                                                                                   2nd in Peele, IoM, 1942 (PL53)                                                                                  21st in Fleetwood, 1949 (FD307)                                                                                    5th in Milford, 1951 (M166)

Description:  Steel side trawler; steam screw, coal burner. Spanish pair fishing (pareja). Ketch rigged: mainsail, mizzen.

Crew: 9 men (1912); 10 men (1924); 9 men (1929); 13 men (1951).

Registered at Milford: 20 Jul 1951

Built: by Alexander Hall & Co., Aberdeen, in 1912.  (Yard no. 473)

Tonnage: 209.47 gross 78.41 net 

Length / breadth / depth (feet):  115.6 / 22.5 / 12.4 (1951: 13.67)

Engine: T 3-cyl.. 66 nhp. 10 kts. Engine and boiler by builders.




25 Jan 1912: Stroud's Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., 164 Market St.,  Aberdeen

Manager: Horace E. Stroud, 18 Caledonian Place, Aberdeen.


Jul 1914: Admiralty. (See note below.)


1919: Stroud's Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., 164 Market St.,  Aberdeen.

Manager: Horace E. Stroud, 18 Caledonian Place, Aberdeen.



28 Sep 1929: Empire Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., Albert Docks,  Aberdeen.

Manager: Harry A. Holmes.


1935: Andrew Craib,  33 Jasmine Tce., Aberdeen

Manager: Alexander F. Wood, 223 Queen's Rd., Aberdeen.


1936:  Isaac B. Wood, 23 Elmbank Tce., Aberdeen. (And others.)

Manager: Alexander F. Wood, 223 Queen's Rd., Aberdeen.


1939: John Grant, 1 Bon Accord Sq., Aberdeen.

[ Lloyd's Register, 1939-41: Regent Fishing Co., Aberdeen; Manager: T. Walker. ]


As PL53

2 Nov 1942: Mrs. Ellen Mary Marsh G. Cubbin, Douglas, IoM. 

Manager: R. A. Colby Cubbin.


1948: Ribble Trawlers Ltd., Fleetwood.

Managers: Merchants (Fleetwood).

1949: As Fleetwood (FD307).


1950: Regent Steam Fishing Co (Aberdeen) Ltd, Aberdeen.

Manager:  Thomas Walker.



20 Jul 1951: Goodleigh Fisheries Ltd., The Docks,  Milford.

Manager: Henry John Richards, Bulford Rd., Johnston. 


19 Feb 1953: William Henry Kerr, The Docks, Milford.  (Ships' Chandler)

Managing owner.


5 May 1953: South Western Trawlers Ltd., Docks, Milford

Manager: John Charles Llewellin. 

27 Jul 1953: As CRUNDALE M166


Landed at Milford: As ROSELEIGH 19 Aug 1951 - 14 Nov 1952;

As CRUNDALE 22 Aug 1953 - 13 Apr 1955.



Loch Esk is a small corrie loch in the Grampians near the summit of Broad Cairn which is a source of one of the headstreams that forms the River South Esk.

Crundale is a village to the north east of Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire.

Jul 1914: Sold to the Admiralty (No.163) and converted to a minesweeper, as DANIEL STROUD. 1x12 pdr.

6 Feb 1915: Dragged anchor and stranded on west shore of South Bay, Peterhead; remained in that position as the crew were safe. [The Times, Monday, 8 Feb 1915.]

22 Aug 1930: Ashore at Kilminning, 1 mile south of Fifeness; crew landed by life-saving apparatus.  (23 Aug: Towed off and proceeded under own steam.)

[The Times, Saturday, 23 Aug; Monday, 25 Aug 1930.]

3 Feb 1933: Bunkers caught fire on the fishing grounds; extinguished by fire brigade on arrival. [The Times, Saturday, 4 Feb 1933.]

Nov 1939: Requisitioned for war service as LOCH ESK and converted for minesweeping duties (P.No.FY.896).

21 May 1940: Returned to owners. [ Lenton (1998): "British & Empire Warships of the Second World War". ]

11 Jun 1950: Skipper James Richard Wayman, Fleetwood, shot in the left thigh from three Irish motor boats, of Portaleen, Donegal. [The Times, Monday, 12 Jun 1950.]


Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 13 Jun 1955. Broken up at Ward's Yard, Castle Pill, Milford

 Accidents and Incidents:

From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 13th May 1955:


    The former pair trawler Crundale arrived at Ward's Yard on Saturday, and her sister ship Lydstep, and the Letterston are expected to follow soon.



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