John Stevenson Collection
(As AYR DAWN below.)
Official No: 306591 Port and Year: Lowestoft, 1966
Description: Steel side trawler; single screw, motor. (1999: Long lines; gillnets.)
Built: 1966, R. Dunston, Hessle. (Yard no. s829)
Tonnage: 174 grt 60 net. (1999: 226 grt 56 net.)
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 89.5 / 23.0 / 9.0. (1999: 94.0 / 23.4 / 9.0 ft.)
Engine: 4 single acting 8 Cyl. 528 ihp. Lister Blackstone Marine, Dursley.
1999: Rebuilt at Santander as a netter.
As DEESIDE LT517
May 1966: William Henry Kerr (Ships' Chandlers), Docks, Milford
1973: As BOSTON DEFIANT
1978: Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd., Hull.
As OCEAN DYNASTY LT517
1982: Alexander G. Lincoln, Lowestoft.
1985: Neptune Ltd., London.
Managers: Cmain (Shipping) Ltd., Milford.
Jul 1991: Ayr Fishing Enterprise Ltd., Ayr.
Oct 1991: As AYR DAWN AR92.
1995: Seascope Ltd., London.
Managers: Hooktone Ltd., Ardrossan.
15 Apr 2009: As FD522.
Landed at Milford: 19 Jun 1966 - 15 Jul 1969
Skippers: Rees Evans (1966-69)
2014: Still fishing.
[Thanks to the "Bosun's Watch" website and Fleetwood Maritime Heritage Trust, especially for the AYR DAWN's career.]
Accidents and Incidents
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 1st October 1965:
Two new drifter-trawlers being built for Messrs. W. H. Kerr at a cost of £150,000 were launched at Hessle, Yorkshire, on Friday. The launching of the Dicketa was performed by Mrs. W. H. Kerr, while the Deeside was launched by Mrs. P. Gates. The trawlers are being built by Richard Dunstone. The first is expected to arrive at Milford early in the New Year and the second soon afterwards.
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 1st April 1966:
The "Dicketa", first of the two new drifter trawlers for Messrs. W. H. Kerr, is due to leave Hull on her maiden voyage on April 21st, followed a week later by her new sister ship, the "Deeside".
First landing will be at Hull and the "Dicketa" is expected then to fish a trip round to Milford landing here the second or third week in May. Both new vessels ... have suffered some unexpected delays, one caused by the accident on the sail training ship "Winston Churchill", under construction in a neighbouring berth. The 94ft. drifters have first class accommodation for the crews. The "Dicketa" (second trawler of the same name to sail from the port) will be in charge of Skipper Bruno Linke and the "Deeside", Skipper Rees Evans.
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 29th April 1966:
The new drifter-trawler Dicketa had some "teething" trouble with her winch on her maiden voyage on the East Coast, but this has now been corrected. She is in charge of Skipper Bruno Linke. Her sister ship, the Deeside (Skipper Rees Evans) is expected to leave the Humber on her maiden trip on May 25th.
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 13th May 1966:
The object of admiration in dock at Milford this week has been Messrs. Kerr's new drifter-trawler Dicketa, landing her maiden voyage locally. In charge of Bruno Linke, she sails on Saturday on her first trip from this port. Her sister ship, the Deeside, is expected to have her trials next Tuesday week and is expected in Milford in a month's time. Her master will be Skipper Rees Evans.
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 24th June 1966:
A Welsh crew went to Hull recently to take over another new trawler for Milford Haven. The "Deeside", having successfully completed her river trials on the Humber, left for the North Sea fishing grounds where extensive fishing trials have been carried out. The catch from this maiden voyage has been landed at Grimsby.
The "Deeside" has now joined the Milford Haven fleet. A super drifter-trawler, the "Deeside" is a trim little vessel and she attracted a great deal of attention in Hull as she lay alongside large freezer stern trawlers in the St.Andrew's Dock. Like her sister ship, the"Dicketta", which sailed for Milford last month, the "Deeside" was built at the Hessle shipyard of Richard Dunston Ltd. The two trawlers are owned by W. H. Kerr, Ltd, and are the first two new trawlers to be built for the Welsh port during the past five years.
The "Deeside" is equipped for fishing from either starboard or port side and she has flush deck, whaleback forecastle, transom stern, clipper style bows and raked wheelhouse. Much thought and care has been taken to ensure that the hull form will provide maximum efficiency for the power installed and also provide a comfortable fishing platform. Her main dimensions are: registered length 94 ft; breadth moulded, 23 ft; depth 11 ft.
The trawler is powered by a Lister Blackstone 8-cylinder marine diesel engine, type EVSeMGR, developing 528 hp at 600 rpm, and driving a four bladed bronze propeller, reverse reduction gear box of 3:1 ratio. A shaft extension is fitted to the forward end of the engine to take belt drive to the trawl winch. This winch is an Elliot and Garood type V3MK.2, having a capacity of 1,000 fathoms of 2in. circumference wire-rope. The electro-mechanical remote controls, made by Bloctube Control Ltd, are of particular interest in a trawler of this size. They enable the skipper to have direct control over propeller speed and direction. The system can be changed over, if need be, to a purely mechanical one, and incorporates built-in safety and warning devices. Visual and aural warning panels are installed in the engine room, the wheelhouse and the engineer's cabin. The latter is most useful, for, while the engineer is resting, his attention can be immediately drawn to any deficiencies in the main machinery, etc. Engine oil pressure, engine cooling water temperature, fuel tank level, gearbox oil pressure, engine sump tank level together with engine room bilge water and fish room bilge water level are all covered. An auxiliary set comprising a Russell Newbery Type D4 diesel engine developing 36 bhp at 1,000 rpm coupled to a 20kW, 220V DC generator, a self priming water pump capable of compressing 16 cu.ft. of air a minute to a pressure of 350 psi. A second 20kW, 220V DC generator is belt driven from the forward shaft extension on the main engine.
The fishroom has a capacity of 4,820 cu.ft. and is fitted with aluminium stanchions and aluminium fish storage shelves.
Well-appointed comfortable quarters are provided for a crew of ten, including single cabins for the skipper, chief engineer and mate. A combined messroom and galley is contained in the main deck casing. Cooking is carried out by Calor gas. Central heating is provided for all accommodation spaces. The provision store has a deep freezer locker while a domestic type refrigerator is installed in the messroom.
Features of the wheelhouse instrumentation are Decca Navigator and Plotter, Marconi echometor and echo-sounder, and Marconi radiotelephone and direction finder. The hull is of welded construction. The hull machinery and equipment meet the requirements of Lloyd's Special Survey Class +100 A1 trawler, and the Board of Trade regulations for a Class X ship.
For all the crew it is their first experience of sailing aboard a new ship and like the skipper, Mr.Rees Evans, they are proud to be taking the "Deeside" to their home port.
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 17th February 1967:
The new Milford Haven drifter trawler Deeside (commanded by Skipper Rees Evans) last week set a record for a ship of her size and type in the port, when she discharged 199 kits, which grossed £2,234, after a trip of 10 days.
It continues the success that Skipper Evans has had since taking over the Deeside straight from the builders last year. It is also an indication that Milford's fishing future is in drifter trawlers.
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 18th July 1969:
Another trawler leaves port
The fishing fleet at Milford Haven has lost another of its trawlers, this time to the port of Lowestoft.
On Friday, the crabber-class trawler Deeside left Milford for the last time. She is being sailed to the east Coast port by skipper Rees Evans who has successfully taken charge of the boat since her maiden voyage.
As AYR DAWN FD522
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