As FD64 (1925-44)

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

Official No:  127405  Port Number and Year:  14th in Milford, 1907 (M220)

                                                                                 -     in Fleetwood, 1925 (FD64)

                                                                                 -     in Hull, 1945 (H84)

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

Crew:  9 men (1907); 10 men (1919).

Registered at Milford: 28 Nov 1907.

Built: 1907 by Cochrane & Sons, Selby.  (Yard no. 421)

Tonnage: 236.27 grt  92.88 net.

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 120.0 / 21.75 / 11.67

Engine: T 3-cyl. 72 nhp. 10.75 kts. Engine and boiler by Amos & Smith, Coatbridge. 1907 



As M220

28 Nov 1907:  William Jenkins, 'Denmark House', Milford.  (44/64; managing owner)

Isaac John Jenkins, 105 Charles St., Milford (6/64)

James Hier, Central Stores, High St., Neyland. (14/64)


10 Apr 1919:  Maurice Wilkins, 9 Marshall Place, Hightown, Manchester.

George Moreland, 323 Waterloo Rd., Hightown, Manchester.

Manager: Joseph A. Taylor, Orient Buildings, Station Rd., Fleetwood.


15 Mar 1923: Gerald W. Kelton, 'Lock House', Dunsford, Surrey.

Manager: Joseph A. Taylor, Orient Buildings, Station Rd., Fleetwood.

                William F. Goodwin, Fish Docks, Gt. Grimsby (1924)


As FD64

6 Nov 1925: John W. A. Potts, 20 Dronsfield Rd., Fleetwood.

                     Lars J. Larsen, Fleetwood.

(Ples Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., 19-21 Copse Rd., Fleetwood.)

Manager: William A. Stonebanks, Station Rd., Fleetwood.


1928: Dewsland Trawlers, Ltd.  (1929: 19-21 Copse Rd., Fleetwood.)

Manager: William A. Stonebanks, 64 St. Stephen's Place, Fleetwood.


16 Nov 1933: Stanley Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., Newgate Chambers, Newgate, Rochdale, Lancs.

Manager: James Brierley, 11 Higher Moss Ave., Rochdale.


31 Mar 1937: Alexander Keay, Wyre Dock, Fleetwood.

Managing owner.


31 Jan 1941: J. Marr & Son Ltd., Fleetwood.


As H84

13 Jun 1944: Hull Merchants Amalgamated Trawlers Ltd., Hull

24 Dec 1945: As DERNA H84


24 Nov 1947: East African Fisheries Ltd., Dar-es-Salaam, Tanganyika Territory
Agent: Charles C. Johnston, London


29 Jun 1951: Harold G. Lewis, Mombasa, Kenya.

22 Aug 1951: Lamer Lines, Mombasa.  [Converted to cargo vessel; Mombasa / Tanga.]

Manager: Harold G. Lewis.


Landed at Milford:  3 Dec 1907 - 11 Apr 1915


Benjamin Barrett cert 4468, age 35, born Yarmouth, residing 16 Greville Rd, Milford; 9 Jan 1908; 5 Jan, 7 Jul 1910; 7 Jan, 3 Jul 1911; 13 Jan 1913

George Medway 6777, 32, Brixham, - ; 1 Jan 1913

G. Foster 5561, 44, Scarborough, - ; 10 Feb 1913

J. Eded 7249, 29, Torquay, - ; 14 Feb 1913

Charles Thomas 8623, 26, Neyland, - ; 19 Apr 1913

William Nightingale 4765, 43, Scarborough, 'Grove House', Hakin; 9 May, 14 Jul 1913


Dewsland, formerly spelt 'Dewisland" ("Dewi" the Welsh for "David"), was the Hundred of north west Pembrokeshire, centred on the city of  St. Davids.

May 1915: Requisitioned for war service and converted for minesweeping duties (Ad.No.2664). 1x12pdr.

2 Jun 1915: Off Scilly Isles picked up ten crewmen of DELTA B (O.171)

1919: Returned to owners.

Jan 1921: Transferred to Aberdeen; chartered to Bookless Bros., Aberdeen, operating from Hafnarfjörður, Iceland.

Jun 1921: Returned.

1946: Used as cargo vessel between Mombasa and Tanga.

22 Jul 1954: Grounded on Niule Reef outside Tanga with cargo of petrol in cans.   Salved but sank at moorings.

27 Aug 1954: Salved and towed to Tanga, then to Mombasa, where she sank and was abandoned.


[Lofthouse T., Mayes G., Newton D., & Thompson M. (2012): Cochrane Shipbuilders Vol.1: 1884 - 1914.]


Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 6 Nov 1925.  Vessel transferred to port of Fleetwood.

 Accidents and Incidents

From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 25th September 1907:


    Two new steam trawlers were launched on Tuesday morning at the well-known yard of Cochrane and Company, Selby, Hull.  The names of the ships are the "Dewsland", for Messrs. W. Jenkins and Company, and the "Gloria", for Messrs. Longthorpe and Company, of Milford Haven.

    The launches, according to wires received, went off splendidly, and the vessels may be expected round in about six weeks' time.



From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 4th December 1907:


    Still they come, with more to follow.  A record in the number of new trawlers arriving has to be chronicled this week.  Last week three fine boats came round:  on Monday, the steam trawler "Urania", built by the Dundee Ship Building Company for the Pembrokeshire Steam Trawling Company, in charge of Captain J. Gardner; on Wednesday the steam trawler "Cleopatra" from the Smith's Dock, for Messrs. D. Pettit and Company (Captain J. Blake); on Thursday, a trawler bearing  the name "Hero" (Captain Hawkins) for Mrs. Harries, Neyland, also from Dundee.  On Tuesday this week came the steam trawler "Dewsland" (Captain Ben Bryant) from the Selby Ship Building Company, to the order of Mr. W. Jenkins and Company, and today another for Mr. D. Pettit and Company, viz., the steam trawler "Calliope" is expected to be brought in by Captain J. Dove, whilst the steam trawler "Gloria", Messrs. Longthorp and James, is said to have left for the fishing grounds.

    During the next few weeks further additions will arrive.  It is well, under the circumstances, that the extension of the Market is proceeding so rapidly.  Another length has been commenced, and will probably be completed by the end of this year.



From the Tenby Observer of Thursday 29th September 1910:


The steam trawler Dewsland arrived at Milford Docks on Monday morning with a small tradesman's cart on board, which had been picked up at sea not far out in the Channel. It bore the name on either side of David J. Rees, grocer, St. Thomas.



Log book entries:



Swansea docks

W. J. Jenkins, age 24, deckhand; Welsh, born Broad Haven, residing Broad Haven.

Vessel fell over on her beam through coaling, causing Jenkins to fall and break his arm.

    Ben Bryant (Skipper)

    Thomas Mansell (Second Hand 6449)



245 miles W by 1/2 S from St Ann's Head.

Henry Smith, age 27, deckhand; British, born Clare, residing at the R.N.M.D.S.F. Milford Haven.

Injured leg through stepping over warps near bollard.

     Ben Bryant (Skipper)



Milford Docks.

Damaged stern and bulwarks and mizzen boom.  Caused by: on going astern we ran into the dock wall and misjudging the distance went full ahead to clear the dock wall.

    George Foster (Skipper)

    William Crisp (Bosun)

[ See newspaper account below. ]



From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 12th February 1913:


    Yesterday morning the steam trawler Dewsland (Messrs. W. Jenkins & Sons) whilst in dock suddenly came astern full speed, something apparently going wrong with the engines.  She crashed into the quay wall at the top end of the Fish Market with tremendous force, and the stern was bent up, and the quarter almost displaced by the force of the impact.



From the Cambrian Daily Leader of Friday 18th December 1914:


Whilst discharging a cargo of bricks in Milford Docks the ketch Lavinia, of Bridgwater, was run into by the steam trawler Gilligate, and considerable damage was done to her. Shortly afterwards the steam trawler Dewsland ran into the vessel, causing mach damage to the ketch, which now awaits repairs before leaving port.



As DERNA H84, c.1945

Courtesy of Mark Stoppard


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