John Stevenson Collection
Official No: 118770 Port Number and Year: 81st in Hull, 1903 (H767)
Description: Side trawler, steel; steam screw, coal burning. Crabber. Ketch rigged.
Crew: 9 men (1903).
Built: 1903 by Mackie & Thomson, Govan. (Yard no. 294)
Tonnage: 183 grt 65 net. 1 Jan 1914: 72.49 net.
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 109.1 / 21.5 / 10.6
Engine: T 3-Cyl. (300 ihp) 48 rhp. Engine and boiler by Muir & Houston, Glasgow.
23 Sep 1903: Great Northern Steamship Fishing Co., Hull.
Manager: William Richard Nowell; Fred Smith (10 Mar 1913).
7 Mar 1918: Hull Steam Fishing & Ice Co., Hull.
Manager: Joseph Vivian; Robert Burton (28 Sep 1928); Charles Hugh Emerson (16 Sep 1932).
8 Nov 1934: Norman Irvine Chamberlin, Johnston, & William James, Docks, Milford.
15 Nov 1934: Norman Irvine Chamberlin.
6 Jul 1937 : Crescent Trawling Co., Docks, Milford.
Manager: N. I. Chamberlin.
23 Sep 1945: N. I. Chamberlin, Docks, Hakin, Milford.
[Further information kindly supplied by Gil Mayes.]
Landed at Milford: 13 Nov 1934 - 21 Jul 1951
Skippers: Fred ('Flagon') Jones
Mar 1916: Requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to a minesweeper (Admy.no. 1275) 1x6 pdr,
1919: Returned to owners.
4 Dec 1939: Requisitioned, designated a minesweeper and renamed HYENA.
10 Feb 1940: Conversion not carried out; returned to owners, reverted to ELLESMERE.
15 Jun 1951: Broken up at Ward's Yard, Castle Pill.
Accidents and Incidents
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 7th June 1946:
On Wednesday, five local trawlers, the Duchess, Lephreto, Avonstream, Ellesmere and Cotswold (the last named a 140 footer, recently arrived for A. J. Tilbrook) were held up owing to a shortage of deck crew, a state of affairs which has reached alarming proportions. The present dearth is chiefly due to the departure of many East Coast fishermen, who have opted to return to their home ports, chiefly Hull.
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 9th May 1947:
Last night the skipper and crew of ten of the steam ship "Muricha" [sic], 250 tons, with three passengers, were landed safely at Milford Haven, from the steam trawler "Ellesmere", owned by the Crescent Trawling Company.
Bound from Queenstown to Dublin, the "Muricha", a veteran of the 1916 Irish Rebellion, started to founder off the south coast of Wexford on Wednesday night, and began to ship water rapidly. On Thursday morning her distress signals were answered by the "Ellesmere", under the command of Skipper Fred Jones, who lives at 13, Nubian Crescent, Hakin, a local man, who took the crew aboard and made for Milford.
When last seen, the "Muricha" was sinking rapidy. She was recently purchased by the Hammond Lane Metal Company, of Dublin, and was on her way to the breaking up yard.
[The Irish vessel referred to was the MUIRCHU, a former Irish Fishery Protection vessel.]
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 17th December 1948:
Twenty-one out of Milford's fleet of ninety-two trawlers are now idle, six of the smaller class boats having tied up this week owing to the present uneconomic trading conditions. On the face of it this is a very gloomy Christmas picture, but beneath it all is a feeling of confidence in the industry.
Owners of the eight trawlers tying up this week - Lord Cecil, Loyal Star, Cassiopeia, Poseidon, Constant Star, Framlingham, Lavenham and Lord Anson - will be taking the opportunity during the present "low" in the industry to repair and re-equip their vessels, and it is good to know that two of the ships which have tied up, the Ellesmere (Crescent Company) and Milford Prince (Milford Trawling Company), have been crewing up, and will return to sea again within a day or two after a six week stoppage.
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 25th April 1952:
The trawler Norrard, one of the smaller vessels belonging to Messrs. Goodleigh Fisheries, has this week gone to the breakers' yard at Pill Point, bringing the total of trawlers scrapped during the past year to eight.
She was preceded by the Phoebe, Ellesmere, Tresco, Lavenham, Framlingham, St.Vincent and Ocean Shield. All these vessels were seaworthy but had become uneconomical to run.
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